Free chapter from Ramit’s Guide to Kicking Ass — The Information Diet

Ramit Sethi · September 28th, 2007

Have you ever felt like you’re reading blogs and talking to lots of people every day — getting more and more information — and not getting anything done?

Delavar wrote me this morning:

I’m a regular reader of your blog and wanted to tell you that I’ve seen firsthand the power of some of the principles you’ve mentioned in your ebook e.g. in the section on ‘Producers, Consumers, and the Information Diet.’ For a period of time, I would read blog after blog and became addicted to the information diet without really doing anything. Then when I actually came up with a goal list and accompanying action plan, things started to manifest themselves. For instance, I came to the realization that I was not being challenged anymore at work and would like to move on if I saw an interesting opportunity. And then, out of the blue, I see the job opening announcement at pbwiki that you posted. So I’ll definitely be applying!

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I’ve released a new free chapter from my ebook, Ramit’s Guide to Kicking Ass. It’s one my favorites: Producers, Consumers, and the Information Diet, in which I talk about how to avoid the syndrome of reading blogs, consuming information, and getting nothing done.


Hundreds of people have bought my ebook. Here’s what some of them have said:

  • Producers, Consumers, and Information Diet pointed out something in my own life (i.e. I was consuming too much). I’ve gone on an information diet and my productivity level has reached nine thousand.”
  • “I’ve never done well with making introductions via email. Your template made this easy. I’ve already used it twice this week.”
  • “Lots of stuff on how to run teams. Good balance between inspirational (soft) and hard writing.”
  • “You brought views in from outside of I Will Teach You To Be Rich. It had a very professional look and feel, almost to the point where it would’ve been worth charging more for it!”
  • The information Diet was an interesting topic. I realized that I need to go on one. I read all this fascinating information, but I never use it to make anything.”
  • “The fact that it wasn’t wrapped in DRM or something similar. I liked that you trusted your readers enough that we didn’t have to jump through 50 hoops to get to the eBook. I think it was just the right size.”
  • “The essay called “The Key to Running a Great Project” was something I find completely applicable to my life: I am a graduate student who is overwhelmed by school and at the same time, I am launching a site with a friend. We constantly have to find milestones that will help us keep our momentum.”
  • “I LOVED the graphics!”

Then I asked, “What have you done differently after reading the ebook?”

  • Getting my contact list updated and actually get my side business going and not talking about it so much.”
  • “After a month of my senior projects starting to stall, I gathered my team together and discussed 3 important, but manageable, objectives to accomplish over the next 3 weeks. This caused a positive shift in momentum, allowing us to finish the project on time.”
  • “I helped one of my friends looking for a job network with another friend of mine by sending an introductory email. Several days later someone else ended up doing the same thing for me.”
  • I have begun to invest for my retirement and have a plan to make contributions, no matter how modest, to my account each month.”
  • “I have scheduled a time with my dad for next week to sit down and learn Quicken, set up a clear (as opposed to my rather ambiguous budget, which isn’t really a budget at all…) budget, and to change banks. Call it my Money Day, with some help from someone I financially respect.”
  • “It’s helped me realize that my contacts are indeed invaluable. In fact, right after I read K’s essay, I e-mailed 6 or 7 people that I had forgotten to send my updated contact info to.”

The newly released chapter is free to download. If you want the entire ebook, it’s $4.95. One more thing: If you don’t love it, just let me know and I’ll refund 100% of your money back.

Check out Producers, Consumers, and the Information Diet, the newly released chapter, and the entire ebook here: Ramit’s 2007 Guide to Kicking Ass.

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  1. Hi Ramit,

    this may just be me, but when I went to download the new free chapter, the PDF only included one page?

    – Cal

  2. Ramit Sethi

    Cal, you’re right. It’s a short chapter — intentionally — because I want people to read it quickly and go do something.

  3. This is perfect for my current situation, thanks a mil Ramit – be easy

  4. Thank you for releasing this new chapter. This is something that’s been on my mind a lot recently and that I have been trying to change. I used to be very much a “producer” online – I regularly posted on forums, kept up blogs, did graphics design and even had a .net site. I couldn’t understand why other people I knew were content with just “lurking” online – I wanted to get all my work out there! But as I realized more and more people I knew were solely consumers, I wondered what the benefit was and sort of “disappeared” from online activity for awhile. Now I am joining forums I used to lurk on to get feedback on my ideas and posting to a new blog. As far as real life, I still suffer from an undeserved sense of smugness from a high information diet without really doing anything to advance my goals, but I am definately changing things around now that I am realizing it. I changed my major and picked up some new classes among other things I won’t bore you with.. but it really is encouraging how much you say to “don’t just read this, GO DO IT!”

  5. Mrs. Micah

    Actually, I just started my own information diet by tagging blogs in my reader as Days 1, 2, or 3. This way I only check on those blogs during those days. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

  6. It’s a great article, but it’s a shame about the grammatical error in the final sentence.

  7. Ramit Sethi

    Ack, yes, thanks for pointing that out.