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How to overcome your fear of starting an online business

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I fell down at a bowling alley.

The best part of this video is that, seconds before I fell, I literally walked over to my friend, said, “Record this,” and handed them my phone, like I was some world-champion bowler. I wanted to get the video of me taking down this spare so I could brag on Instagram.

Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly go the way I wanted:

 

By the way, if you go wander over to my Instagram profile, this is the only one you’ll see:

Do you see how stupid this is?

Nobody talks about failure!

ALL of us are living these public lives of perfection, but below the surface, everyone is falling down, just trying to figure it out. All right, true. Maybe not falling down like dumbass Ramit.

But it’s so rare that people will actually talk about the REAL ways they’ve failed. Not fake failures (“I cared too much”), but real failures — the fear, doubt, and insecurity that come with trying something new.

When I started this site, I was incredibly nervous about getting emails from people questioning my credentials. I didn’t even have an answer! Not surprisingly, as soon as my site started building an audience, I got those exact emails: “So, teaching people to be rich? Are YOU even rich??”

Probably the most nerve-wracking moment in my entire business was in December of 2006, when I sold the first product on this site — a $4.95 ebook called Ramit’s Guide to Kicking Ass.

I knew people would be skeptical, so I decided to try to give people way more than they’d expect: I asked a friend to design beautiful custom cartoons for each page. I cut the price to $4.95. I even gave away half of it for free!

Unfortunately, my worst fears came true. The comments and emails exploded: “Oh, I see. I will teach RAMIT to be rich,” they wrote. “What a scam,” others wrote.

Can you imagine how this felt? After years of writing detailed posts, without ever asking for ANYTHING, suddenly a $5 ebook had made them turn on me?

You know what’s crazy? 8 years later, the commenters are just as harsh. Here’s an email I received just a few days ago:

copycritic

In the past, this would have eaten at me all week. Now, I take one look and cackle. There will ALWAYS be critics

The only difference is this time I didn’t feel that knot in the pit of my stomach. This time, I was confident enough in myself to brush it off and get right back to work. Today, a deep dive into the FEARS around starting an online business, so you’ll know how we can ignore the critics, focus on doing our very best, and be confident enough to laugh at our own failures.

Fear #1: What if I FAIL?

A few years ago, I was walking to lunch with my friend, and she stopped in a Lululemon store. I walked in with her and wandered over to look at some clothes. As I held up a jacket, she called out across the store, “HEY RAMIT. NICE WOMEN’S JACKET!!”

My ears were burning. I was literally so embarrassed, I’ve never walked back into that store 10 years later. How was I supposed to know it was a women’s jacket??

NONE of us wants to be embarrassed. In fact, wealthy people pay tens of thousands of dollars not to be embarrassed every year (can you think of at least 3+ different ways?). What I learned was that failures are almost always bigger in our heads than in reality. So I picked up a women’s jacket — so what?

Now, years later, I can laugh about it. So you launch a product and it doesn’t sell out. So what? This has happened to me MORE than once. (Did you know that?) So you applied to grad school and got rejected. Is your life over? (This also happened to me. Or when I got a D in one of my classes in college…or so many other failures I’ve had. Most people don’t know about these, either.)

Just like my bowling video, nobody likes to share their failures. We all live perfectly successful lives…on the surface. But inside, they eat at us. And over time, we get so burned by failing that we decide to give up the “child’s mind” where we used to try all kinds of new things. Now it’s just easier to not try anything new at all. Learn a new language? No, that’s too hard. Try that new workout? Ugh, what’ll happen if I’m the worst in the class?

It’s so easy to stay in the shadows. It’s COMFORTABLE there. Nobody looks at you, and nobody points at you and laughs. But you also never take a risk to stand out and try something new.

Which would you rather have? A safe life where nobody points at you…and you’re the same as everyone else? Or would you be willing to take a small risk — not a huge one, just a small one — and dip your toe in the waters of trying something new?

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
–Michael Jordan .

 

Most of us claim we want to take risks. But if you really did, you would naturally fail as part of the process. So — when was the last time you failed? A week ago? A month ago? Longer? In Gmail, I have a “Failures” tag, and if I’m not failing at least 4x/month, I know I’m not trying enough new things.

If the answer is “I can’t really think of an example,” maybe you’re not actually taking enough risks. You know what’s funny? When I launched my blog, and tried more entrepreneurial things, I still remember what people said:  “Ha, what a ridiculous website. So when are you going to get a real job?”

Only NOW, after 10+ years of writing every single week, people hear I live in apartments in NYC and SF and they see me email ridiculous stories to a list of hundreds of thousands of people and fly across the country for last-minute ski trips, they say, “Wow. Running your own business. That must be nice.”

I didn’t do all this without failing. I did it because I knew failing was a natural part of growing.

Watch me go into details about how I handled more examples of failure:

Fear #2: What if I’m not an expert?

How many of us feel like imposters?

What if I don’t have the right credential? What if she has more experience than me? I didn’t go to the right college.

Imposter Syndrome is real, and it is crippling. So many of us waste our time chasing mythical credentials, waiting for the right day when we suddenly have a certificate from some random organization giving us permission to go out in the world and do what we’re here to do. And then what? Suddenly we find…uh oh, that degree didn’t matter as much as we thought. Now what are we supposed to do?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of education — not only did I study under some of the world’s best professors at Stanford, I continue to invest in my own education every day. But this idea that we all need more “experience” or “credentials” for EVERYTHING is just plain wrong. Take this email I got from a reader, Tom S., recently:

nocredentials

Notice how ANGRY he is. He’s outraged that I would DARE try to help anyone without the right credentials. This is an outdated way of thinking. Let me be blunt:

  • I’m not a CFP, but because of my online business, I’ve helped more people with their money than most CFPs ever will
  • I’m not a “certified career counselor,” but I’ve helped more people find Dream Jobs, and negotiate their salaries than almost any of them will (like these Dream Job success stories)

STOP THINKING YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR PERMISSION!

WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR A GATEKEEPER TO RECOGNIZE US ANY MORE! This old idea of laboring for 30 years, waiting for some fancy Manhattan TV producer or agent to call us, and then “we’ll be successful” is archaic and wrong.

The most amazing thing is with a few simple tools — a website, an email list, and a little know-how about how to build an online business — you can sidestep them ENTIRELY and go straight to the people who want to hear from you!

There’s a TV network I know. They treat all of their guests horribly. They reschedule you over and over and act like they’re doing you a favor if they allow you the grace of appearing on their show.

Last time they called, I realized I’d rather write an amazing post for you than spend 4 hours preparing, traveling, and recording for a 1.5-minute segment. I told them, “I really appreciate the invitation, but I’m going to pass. Thank you again.” They were flabbergasted.

When you sidestep the gatekeepers and go direct, you have OPTIONS. If you want to start an online business and spend 5 hours/week to make a couple thousand bucks a month, great! If you want to go ALL IN and aim for 6 figures/year — or even $1,000,000+/year — I can show you how.

I don’t want to play in a world where I have to kiss these gatekeepers’ asses.

Instead, I want to play on an equal playing field. Measure me on the results I get for my students in launching an online business. If I get real results, I win. If I don’t, then I lose — and SO BE IT. I’ll take the risk on me, but I’m not going to wait 30 years for some aging producer to give me a phone call. I’ll make my own luck. Suck it, Tom.

Fear #3: “I need to figure it out first”

Like your elderly uncle who drinks too much on Superbowl Sunday and constantly talks about how he’s going to write a book once “he figures it out,” we ALL have a drinking probl–wait. No, I messed that up.

We all use “figure it out” as an excuse to TALK about what we want…but do nothing about it!

96% of IWT readers want to start an online business. How long have we been reading endless blog post after blog post, dreaming about generating automatic income?

How many Facebook photos of a friend sitting on a beach — on a Wednesday! — have we seen?

And yet, when we get the opportunity to actually start one, we do the most curious thing of all: come up with reasons it won’t work for us.

I’ve seen this time and time again when I launch a course. I’ll have readers following along with every exercise, commenting on every post, writing how excited they are to get started.

And when the course finally opens, suddenly we start second-guessing ourselves. “Will this work for me? I’m an international left-handed one-legged narcoleptic…what about THAT? Does your material address people like THAT??”

This is called Special Snowflake Syndrome, and these people will never join. They ask question after question until they find something I say no to — and then they can walk away, satisfied that “of COURSE this wouldn’t work for me.” What an interesting way to live life. To wait to “figure it out” until some day, things magically align 100% perfectly. When you have enough time, the perfect business idea, all your other priorities totally handled.

THIS NEVER HAPPENS.

Your life will never be perfect. Successful people take steps before they’re totally ready. They know that there will NEVER be a perfect time where you have nothing else on your plate. So they make time, and year after year, they invest in themselves.

No wonder when you look at a top performer, you say, “Wow, I could never do that.” Because most people never made the daily decisions he’s been making for years and years!

The great news is you’ve already been doing more than most people ever do: You read about how to improve yourself. Maybe you’ve tried a few strategies from IWT or other sites. When the chance is in front of you, will you take it?

The strategy I use to “figure it out”:

I write down ALL my invisible scripts BEFORE I have to make a decision:

  • I’m uncomfortable doing ___
  • I don’t have enough time
  • I don’t have enough money
  • Will this work for me?
  • What if I fail? Then I’ll KNOW I could never do this…

And for 15 minutes, I just sit down and say, What if I were perfect? How would I answer these questions? How would I make the time? Do I really not have the money, or do I just use that as an excuse / could I make changes in my spending?

If you honestly decide an opportunity is not right for you, great! At least you did it consciously. And if it is…you’re off to the races.

TO DO TODAY

I want to hear from you.

Instead of focusing on your fears, I want you to look ahead. So far, in just the last few days, we’ve already learned the truth about starting an online business, covered which type of online business to start, learned how I went from a $4.95 product to a multi-million-dollar business, done some basic idea testing to see if people like our business ideas, learned how to conquer self-sabotage, and learned about the systems to build an automatic income.

Now I want you to apply what you’ve learned. Fill in the blanks:

  • Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as _____
  • Now I realize _____
  • I’m looking forward to _____
  • I’m nervous about _____, but I believe I can conquer that because _____

Leave your responses in the comments below. I read every single one, and I’ll respond to the best and most interesting ones.

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Ben
Ben
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as just trying to gain for yourself and something I wasn’t qualified to do. Now I realize that the true purpose of business is to improve the lives of others. I’m looking forward to learning how to reach an audience that I can help, even if I don’t have every credential in the book. I’m nervous about what might happen when I tell friends and family about it, because they seem to think “oh, that’s a nice idea, but it probably won’t work, so don’t ‘quit your day job.'”, but… Read more »
Stephanie
2 years 4 months ago
Ben you are so right! When you get in touch that it’s IMPACT to the lives of those around you that matters more than Financial wealth that is where you will see TRUE success! Financial wealth is just a byproduct from the impact. I’m so glad you recognize your fear of what your friends and family may say. They may not get it. Remember to live the life YOU want to live. A hospice nurse stated that based on her experience with her passing patients, the NUMBER 1 regret was not living the life THEY wanted. They lived it based… Read more »
Colin
Colin
2 years 4 months ago

Thinking they same way

Ray Urner
2 years 3 months ago

“Now I realize that the true purpose of business is to improve the lives of others”

Well f’n said, dude.

Gerilyn
2 years 3 months ago

LOVE this! Ding, ding, ding! 🙂 I am soooo with you.

Bradford
Bradford
3 months 11 days ago
Yes! I have searched my whole life about how I can be a difference to others and make a difference in the world. I went to college because everyone else did. I had no idea what I wanted to do in college. I earned a degree I don’t use to this day in a paying professional sense. I floundered going from job to job just trying to figure it out. I went back to college and earned a M.Ed and became a teacher thinking that was going to be how I helped others. Don’t get me wrong, I do help… Read more »
Tom
Tom
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I could not do because what skills do I have which others would pay for? Also, even if I have a hobby or passion that I know about, who would buy from me unless I’ve been published or have credentials or won awards? Now I realize these internal scripts are just excuses that I need to crush so I can take the next step. I’m looking forward to using systematic tests to determine the best idea for my business, as well as how to provide value for all… Read more »
arinn
2 years 4 months ago
In 10 days, I will be assisting as a secondary photographer on my first wedding shoot ever. Even though I have hundreds of hours of studio experience, that fear brain is trying to pull me down and tell me that I will fail! I’m nervous about photographing this wedding, but I believe I can conquer that because as long as I get a few good photos, it will all be worth it. I know I am capable of at least 5 excellent shots. Additionally, this is an excellent learning experience, because I will be photographing alongside my mentor, and even… Read more »
sean
sean
2 years 4 months ago

I love the section on failure. One time I was actually in a room with Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and he told the story about Nirvana.

Just kids who kept sucking… knew they sucker but kept looking for ways to improve. .. until they became Nirvana.

Great stuff!

Mark
Mark
2 years 4 months ago

This is a weird comment because Dave wasn’t around when Nirvana was founded. He wasn’t even on their first album. He got with them after they already had a huge indie buzz, right before they broke mainstream. He lucked the shit out.

Hannah Ransom
2 years 4 months ago

Ok, that cracks me up, if you weren’t a good copywriter NO ONE would read your blog or emails… They are so long they have to keep people entertained.

Lisa
Lisa
2 years 4 months ago

Not to be a hater but how is that guy’s email so sloppy if he is such an expert on good copy..?;)

jessica
jessica
2 years 4 months ago

Ha ha(Nelson muntz laugh) but that’s not as bad as my mom’s boyfriend at a national bowling tournament tripping over the ball return after missing a spare. Or as good as a guy in the same tournament slipping and getting a strike. I missed getting video of both but neither guy talked about it. My mom talked her boyfriend for days but that was it.

Stephen
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something other people were successful at, and that I just didn’t have “it” to be successful; Now I realize that’s just an excuse…a random way to disqualify myself so I didn’t have to ask for help and continue putting myself out there; I’m looking forward to having the support of a system to steer me as I’m done going it alone; I’m nervous about possibly failing and putting myself out there, but I believe I can conquer that because I know my content and guidance is rock solid and… Read more »
Grace
Grace
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something really risky and shortlived that only worked for guru´s and straigh-shooters.
Now I realize I might be just the kind of person who can start an online business in the ´Real´ world.
I’m looking forward to learning as I go.
I’m nervous about the monetary investment, but I believe I can conquer that because my online business will pay itself back (well….not all that confident about that, but certainly hoping).

Asavari
Asavari
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something you 1) had to commit full-time to 2) had to have a trade or skill where you make a product or a personalized service (everyday. many times a day) 3) needed to be a web designer or famous blogger to do Now I realize 1) a systematic approach cuts down on inputs (your time) AND can exponentially increase outputs (your impact on other’s lives) 2) I do not have to be an expert. Trying something and improving it is much better that chickening out I’m looking forward to… Read more »
Lisa
2 years 4 months ago
Ramit, before this post, I thought a successful online business wasnt something I could attain. While I’m not there yet, I do realize with perseverance and a lot of work, it’ll be in my future. I have felt the above mentioned fears but believe I can conquer them bc I surround myself with supportive ppl and have drive. Someone not too long ago told me, I should make decisions based on facts and what I know, and not based on fear…. “to acknowledge the fear but do it anyway.” I always keep that in the forefront. Looking fwd to more… Read more »
Daniel Reifenberger
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as an uphill battle.
Now I realize an online business can be broken down into a successful process.
I’m looking forward to getting the roadmap to follow, so I can accelerate my online business.
I’m nervous about my ability to follow through, but I believe I can conquer that because I’ve already pre-sold and delivered an online product in under a week.

Grant
Grant
2 years 4 months ago

Is ZTL only for those looking to establish an online business around online courses? Or is it also for those who are looking into different quartiles such as online software?

J.B.
J.B.
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that works in the US only.
Now I realize it has been done in my part of the world, too, revealing this to be a lie I’ve been too eager to believe.
I’m looking forward to running my first test.
I’m nervous about finding an idea where I can contribute to a subject people actually care about, but I believe I can conquer that because of the power of systems and proven strategies.

Richard
Richard
2 years 4 months ago

“Just because people sign up for your website, take your advice, and then get better jobs doesn’t mean you’re qualified to give people career advice!”

Ramit, where do you find these special people?

Jona
Jona
2 years 3 months ago
LOL “Qualified”!! I call it “the white coat effect”. Next time you feel sick, please notice how people rely to Dr in ANY ways. Doctors always have a special respect because of : 1) Difficulty of studies (if he succeeded in those studies then he must be a Genius !!!) 2) Past proven advances (Vaccines, life saving…) To test that hypothesis, one day I went to an halloween store to buy a Doctor’s outfit. I wore this white lab coat in front of a clinic where my mom works as a Nurse (remove those dirty images off your head you… Read more »
Megan
Megan
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a crowded space where someone like me couldn’t compete. Now I realize that I don’t have to compete with everyone on the planet, that it’s more important to find an audience that values my content/ services. I’m looking forward to learning more and failing a hell of a lot more. I’m nervous about getting in my own way and stopping before I even get started. I believe I can conquer that because I’m learning that taking steps, even small ones, toward my goal is addicting. It just feels so… Read more »
Mike
Mike
2 years 4 months ago
I know it’s popular to dismiss gatekeepers in the internet age, but they do serve a purpose. They’re not there to keep you from doing what you want to do, they’re their to keep you from making the haystack bigger. There are 7 billion people on the planet and most of them have opinions. Opinions are fine, but they’re not necessarily a useful contribution to the output of mankind. If you want to know something that humanity knows, you’ve got to search through the haystack of what humanity’s said to get to the needles of truth. If you want to… Read more »
Aidan
2 years 4 months ago

Chris Rock is notorious for showing up to random comedy clubs in LA unannounced with a yellow legal pad and going through new ideas for jokes. He notes the audiences reaction to each one, but its supposed to be really awkward because even at his level most of them suck really badly.

Simon
Simon
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as freedom-me-me-me type of busines, so I could go to the beach on a Wednesday, so I could go to Europe, blah blah blah. Now I realize it’s an asset that growths, creates and trasmit’s value more efficiently and an amaizing platform to work on. I’m looking forward to learn how to make the most of testing my product and validating my business model so when it launches, I will know it’s more of a controled risk I’m nervous about transfering the personal-1 on 1 selling skills and conviction to… Read more »
Melissa
Melissa
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as: Some nebulous thing that had way too much minutiae to “figure out” and that it was probably confusing, because I don’t know coding, or other techie things. Now I realize: that the 80% method is gold and that I don’t need to friggin’ know how to code a website just to sell stuff on one. I’m looking forward to: developing my idea (the “product” that I want to sell) so that I can get started.. now I don’t need to “figure everything out”, but I do need to have… Read more »
Rachel Paris
Rachel Paris
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a professional organizer/stylist.
Now I realize I just need to get started, with a “launch and learn” attitude.
I’m looking forward to helping people be more productive in their everyday lives and be the person that they aspire to be.
I’m nervous about writing content, continuously developing new material and the back end management of the website, but I believe I can conquer that because I have a brain! LOL.

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as difficult.
Now I realise that nobody else out there knew what they were doing at first either.
I’m looking forward to screwing up my first product – because then I can do the second better.
I’m nervous about putting myself out there, but I believe I can conquer that because damn it, I’m better than I give myself credit.

And I love the outtake videos. 🙂

Rusty Gray
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a pipe dream I was kidding myself by chasing – throwing money at it. Now I realize its the same as the dream job I currently have. It seemed so far away and now its all sooo easy. Its also what I’m asking my future online animation students to do….like any other skill – to learn you must take the plunge. I’m looking forward to walking my talk – as I’ll be asking my students to. Ruthelessly following the system when all I wanna do its give up. I’m… Read more »
Peter Simoons
2 years 4 months ago
Recently two things happened to me on the same day: 1) someone complained to me about a course I had delivered two years ago (!) in a very unfriendly way. It bothered me somehow. It was only over when the second thing happened the same day: 2) I read a quote on Twitter that said “Forget about the haters, focus on your mission”. While I know at the same time I receive a lot of positive responses and appreciation the negative ones seem to stick longer. Thinking about the quote helps to let go of the negative ones and focus… Read more »
P
P
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as: Out of my reach, something I’m not smart/talented/capable enough to pursue
Now I realize: I have been limiting myself!!!!!!
I’m looking forward to: Putting myself out there- learning, growing, and trying something I was afraid to try before
I’m nervous about sucking ass, but I believe I can conquer that because: Anything is possible!

Piyush Kayastha
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as __time consuming___
Now I realize __time is subjective___
I’m looking forward to __learning more about creating my online business___
I’m nervous about __where to start___, but I believe I can conquer that because __I’m motivated___

Dusan S
Dusan S
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as things that are far out of reach for us regular people. I thought they could only be made by “special” people with skills, knowledge, willpower and the ability to win people over by just being themselves. Now I realize how wrong I was and that they can be made by us – regular people, if we try hard enough that is (I believe to much in the power of human will and that is my flaw). I’m looking forward to helping people through any means necessary because I just… Read more »
Robert
Robert
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a far off dream. Something that everyone else was capable of, but not me. Because I thought I needed more time for more research, for acquiring more skills, and for perfecting my timing. Now I realize that was all a bunch of BS. Just excuses I was using to keep the dream of million-dollar website launch “someday” in the realm of possibility. But now I see that “someday” is code word for “never,” and if I truly want to keep that dream alive, it’s got to start with massive… Read more »
Jesse
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I could not run/manage.
Now I realize I can learn to do anything with time.
I’m looking forward to quitting my day-job soon.
I’m nervous about jumping full-swing into freelancing, but I believe I can conquer that because I’ve learned how to already.

Daww, so many feels.

Amit Joshipura
Amit Joshipura
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that only really smart, talented, and successful people can do that have something to offer the world. I’m sitting in my cubicle with drams, hopes, frustrations and I don’t do anything about it. I have fleeting good ideas and then I suddenly go back to email; I have a wave of inspiration but then quickly grab the elevator down to the cafeteria to eat lunch. Now I realize that most people don’t know what they are doing. Even experts are constantly learning – they have this wave of… Read more »
Elyse Sparkes
2 years 4 months ago
Maybe it’s because I went bowling twice last weekend 😉 or maybe it’s because I’m pausing my online fitness program this month to regroup & relaunch before summer, but either way this post really spoke to me… Before I read these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I really really wanted to do (and something I AM doing), but just not “there yet” with it. Now I realize, that I’ve been successful at running my program 4 times and just have to KEEP GOING with it, experiment, try new approaches. I’m looking forward to watching it… Read more »
Lisa
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something amazing that I would never have the information to successful do…I would never have the guidance to (1) find an idea worth doing that people would pay for and that I would be passionate about, that (2) I would never have time for Now I realize I already have two ideas that I have tested with (6) other photographers. I am also PASSIONATE about helping other photographers make money in the off-season and relieve much of their stress & anxiety with the slow season. I’m looking forward to… Read more »
Michael
2 years 4 months ago
• Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I would start “in the future”. • Now I realize that I need to start now so I can fail forward. • I’m looking forward to my first failure. Am I just kissing ass? Only kind of. Mostly I see this as beneficial because that means I am trying. And then I can pull out the old Edison saw that I haven’t really failed, I just learned a way that isn’t successful. • I’m nervous about committing, but I believe I can conquer that because I’ve proven… Read more »
Stephanie
2 years 4 months ago

I just made my first public commitment on my launch! It feels good!
Get it in writing and commit to it publically. When you do fail, as long as you don’t give up and you learn from it, you will inspire and help others. Just like Ramit did!

Laurel
Laurel
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something totally unrelated to what I really want to do (which is start my own B&B). Now I realize that the information and tools can be adapted to fit my own personal dream! I’m looking forward to buying my acreage property and getting started! I’m nervous about failure (I am human!), but I believe I can conquer that because I have been outside my comfort zone before and succeeded. I can do anything I want to, as long as I want to do it!
Stephanie
2 years 4 months ago

Way to go Laurel! I love B &B. When you get it up and running let me know! I’ll have to take a vacay!

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 years 4 months ago
Ramit! Thank you for sharing this! I fight that imposter syndrome way too often. And it’s and exhausting battle! I’m getting ready to launch my first group coaching program: Expedite My Career Transition Secrets. It’s for those that are in the tough space between day job and building their dream job. I keep pushing the date back because I think their is one more technique I need to learn, one more coach I need to hire, one more fact I need to read. I typically an a ready, fire, aim person but it’s the fear that is holding me back… Read more »
Clare
Clare
2 years 4 months ago
So before these posts from Ramit, I already had an online business. Problem was, it wasn’t doing very well, and I wasn’t doing very well either. I was having trouble finding clients, and when I did find a client, I had so much anxiety about doing everything right and looking like a “real professional” that I would send myself into crippling panic attacks. Which, as you might imagine, made it difficult to actually DO the work I was getting paid for. I was always pushing back deadlines and making excuses. However, a few weeks ago Ramit wrote that post where… Read more »
ID8025213
ID8025213
2 years 4 months ago

That’s awesome, congrats on working through that.

Helen
Helen
2 years 4 months ago

When we feel scared/inadequate etc. it’s amazing how one insight and a change in thought or behaviour as a result can make all the difference. Thanks for posting your story and reminding me of this – and congratulations on the improvements in your business! I hope it keeps getting bigger and better!

Shana
Shana
2 years 4 months ago
Thank you for genuinely caring to push people past their limiting beliefs so they can help themselves (and ultimately, others). Before these posts from you, Ramit, I thought opportunities online were saturated, and it takes a few years before you can stand out as a credible expert, and reap benefits in terms of profits and relationships. Or else it involved boring, low paying projects on Elance. That online business required costly trial and error, spreading oneself thin for publicity/marketing, and being isolated. Now I realize, there’s still time and space for someone to come up who’s determined to be world… Read more »
Michael Q
Michael Q
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as an easy avenue to call yourself an “entrepreneur”.
Now I realize online business provides an effective means to disseminate valuable skills and knowledge with the intent of hitting a specific client.
I’m looking forward to getting uncomfortable with myself, having to be REALLY honest about what value I can bring to the world.
I’m nervous about not finding that value offering, but I believe I can conquer that because I know that sentiment is internal. Tackling inner psychology will provide value to me and any future client.

Daniel
Daniel
2 years 4 months ago
In a time period roughly coinciding with Ramit launching this new program, I began developing an educational web-series with a friend who teaches High School history. While not a business per se (I fully expect this project to offer little in the way of financial return), I have found Ramit’s advice helpful regardless. I used to think of interesting web-series as the exclusive territory of people with extensive backgrounds working with media and communications. I have found that while this is often true, YouTube sensations frequently are spawned by inexperienced, committed individuals who pick up a camcorder and make their… Read more »
Melissa
2 years 4 months ago
This email is powerful. It cut right through to my heart and made me nod all the way to the end of the email because I agreed with everything you said, Ramit. I have just recently started on an online business that I truly believe in. But it took some time to “figure it out.” Until now, I feel so scared and worried that it would not work even though i know I have something really good here. But I took action! And i am proud of that. Thank you for this email, Ramit. It is an uplifting and inspirational… Read more »
Deborah
Deborah
2 years 4 months ago
• Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as selling people something they don’t need or selling products. • Now I realize an online business is about providing value to people. • I’m looking forward to refining my online business idea and figuring out how I can provide value to people in the entertainment industry and yet make a more than decent living while achieving a balanced lifestyle. • I’m nervous about people attacking my credibility, integrity and inexperience especially in the famously insular and cliquish entertainment (legal) environment in Hollywood, but I believe I can conquer… Read more »
Lora LeFhae
Lora LeFhae
2 years 4 months ago

Great post Ramit. I work with women to increase self-compassion and the negative recriminations really tear people up.

PS I have to say this is the best subject line I’ve ever read!

Dev
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something not applicable to my passions
Now I realize that online may be the best venue to start educating people about beer
I’m looking forward to the freedom to educate a wide variety of people about craft beer and spirits and the brewing industry
I’m nervous about not living up to expectations, but I believe I can conquer that because I’m not in this alone.

ID8025213
ID8025213
2 years 4 months ago
* Before these posts from Ramit, I thought (just being honest, sorry!) about online business as dominated by slick young hucksters in the dodgier end of the make-money-online field and targeting pickup nonsense to kids, with limited scope for people who didn’t develop the right presence and network of blog buddies in 2008. * Now I realize there is a wider range of online products (or at least opportunities for same) than I would have guessed and also likely some altruistic intent behind even some of the most car-salesmanish copy; this is thanks to the interesting comments on the blog… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel
2 years 4 months ago

That douche who emailed Ramit about his writing was himself a damn-near entirely unintelligible writer. Amirite?

Chris B. Behrens
Chris B. Behrens
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as unattainable. I would sink thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours into an effort, only to never have a single customer. I HAVE DONE THIS. Now I realize that I started with the solution in mind, rather than the problem (and the customer). Having done start-ups before, I thought I knew everything I needed to know…I needed to humble up and empty the cup. I’m looking forward to learning the principles, and learning the system. I’m looking forward to the first sale. I’m nervous about getting the idea wrong… Read more »
Chris B. Behrens
Chris B. Behrens
2 years 4 months ago

By the way, Ramit, this is the best stuff I’ve ever read from you.

Travis
Travis
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a lot of luck and tedious mind numbing work to get traffic and push people to buy Now I realize I can focus on content and create systems to help drive traffic so people can find the help and content that they want and I’m trying to give. I’m looking forward to moving beyond just having a site that get traffic because someone got my business card to a place where I can reach a broad audience and help them understand that healthy eating is easy and tastes good.… Read more »
Luis
Luis
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I can do but I kept thinking that I’m missing something. When I looked into WordPress to start a website it was like another language, I just had a hard time understanding it (the codes, theme design, and child theme). Even with tutorials I was still lost. Now I realize that maybe it’s not me, maybe I just need someone to show me a step by step system, a map on how to build a website/business from the ground up. I’m looking forward to start this project. My… Read more »
Travis
Travis
2 years 4 months ago

With regards to fear #2. My wife, who is starting Whole Food Nutrition Classes, ran into someone who looked at her business card and saw it said “Whole Food Nutrition Consultant”. She then said so you’re not classically trained as a nutritionist but teach on nutrition and whole food diets…you are exactly what I’ve been looking for. She is now making a meal at a co-housing development for 20-40 people and working on the potential of teaching live classes at their facilities even though she has no formal certification.

Priya
Priya
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as my ticket to freedom. Now I realize that an online business is, first and foremost, an opportunity to add value to the world. I’m looking forward to being able to help a lot of people, and to trying something completely new and learning by doing. I’m nervous about what my friends will say when they see me trying to start a business, but I believe I can conquer that because I know that I can put up with the discomfort of having others question me, and I know that… Read more »
MacKensie
MacKensie
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I would do ‘someday’ when I was ‘ready’. Now I realize I need to work on this now- in fact, this is the primary thing I want to spend my free time working on. I can tweak, and learn, and get better through doing. I’m looking forward to helping somebody do something they were afraid to do (move to a new city or country), helping them make their own life better. I’m nervous about sucking, I guess, but I believe I can conquer that because I know that… Read more »
Jimmy Rhoades
Jimmy Rhoades
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as only for a lucky few.
Now I realize I can try different ideas.
I’m looking forward to trying ideas out.
I’m nervous about not having enough time, but I believe I can conquer that because I never sleep anyway…

Jacob
Jacob
2 years 4 months ago

•Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a business for coaches who would use it to make products based on their expertise. Now I realize it just an outlet for people to share what they love with the world in a way that makes them a profit. I’m looking forward to learning physiology Ramit uses for online business and implementing it into my products to make my students more successful. I’m nervous about putting myself out there but I believe I can conquer that because I will have a system, that I can execute with passion.

Brendan
2 years 4 months ago

1. Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I wanted to do but I didn’t know how.

2. Now I realize with the right materials and system I can learn how to do it.

3. I’m looking forward to starting.

4. I’m nervous about not being able to help people with what I know, but I believe I can conquer that because I believe in proven systems.

Kate
Kate
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that didn’t fit well with my strengths. Now I realize I do have a legitimate product to offer. I’m looking forward to finding a way to develop the product. I’m nervous that I’ll become another in an endless series of people who exploit the broke and desperate, but I believe Ramit is going to cover that any day now 🙂 Side note: In all seriousness, I do have my doubts about the legitimacy of offering a product for sale online. I was really struck by the Org Chem… Read more »
OrgChemProf
2 years 3 months ago

Hi, Kate. Thanks so much for your kind words. I plan to continue to post videos designed to remove some of the mystery from organic chemistry and perhaps to render the field more accessible, perhaps even more appealing – and less formidable – to students.

Sarah
Sarah
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as too expensive to start up and would take too much time to make it profitable (in addition to my day job). Now I realize I don’t need a ton of capital to start an online business. I can provide information and services, rather than goods. I’m looking forward to writing and integrating my desire to sell some homemade goods with other online services – maybe even an online course! Honestly, what I really want to do is get my own goat for my backyard, and make goat’s milk soap,… Read more »
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Tim
Tim
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a guessing game. It is a big shiny object out there that I could never achieve. I will build a product or create a website and hope people will like it. If they don’t, I will fail and probably just give up. I would have to get more traffic, because obviously I don’t get enough for people to realize my brilliant idea. Now I realize that I firstly must do a lot of research up front. I knew this internally, although I never knew a great way to do… Read more »
Lucas
Lucas
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a dark maze full of traps with endless hours of drudgery in front of a screen Now I realize that there is a roadmap and automation systems to be implemented that can make business much more effective I’m looking forward to the creative endeavor of building a business + its systems to add value to the world, thus freeing me to create and try new things I’m nervous about failing to find a profitable, marketable idea to start with, but I believe I can conquer that because there is… Read more »
Aoife
Aoife
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as being something elusive, because as much as I have studied and learned, I have been completely failing. Now I realize that it’s not a failure, it’s a test. I’m looking forward to making changes in what I have been putting my attention on and carving out a new path. I’m nervous about this because it means starting again at the beginning but I believe I can conquer that because I will be doing what I really want to do and because I now know that I can keep testing… Read more »
Phil
2 years 4 months ago
I used to think about online business as something that really tech-savvy people with a great product to sell did. Now I realize that it is quite feasible if you take it one step at a time. I’m looking forward to that moment when I realize my idea will help a lot of people and be profitable. I’m nervous about all the technical obstacles I’ll have to overcome, but I believe I can conquer that by keeping my eye on the prize and remembering that if I can just overcome a few hurdles, I can get disproportionate results compared to… Read more »
Candice
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I’d need years(more) to figure out how to do profitably. Now I realize that with the right systems in place, I can build an online business that allows me to make a profit and serve many more clients than I can on a 1:1 basis. I’m looking forward to learning how to build the systems, helping many more customers establish themselves as experts in their field, and increasing my income so I do more fun things with my family and friends. (Entertaining, travel, and eating at the best… Read more »
Ashley
Ashley
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts I thought about online businesses as a scam, mostly. Now I realize they can be a versatile way for people with various skills and experiences to be self-employed in a completely useful, profitable, and non-scam my way. Although there still a lot of crap out there. I’m looking forward to actually making choices and taking action rather than thinking and wishing. I’m nervous about putting in time that is hard to find without getting a return. And at failing. I believe I can conquer that because other people have. If they can do it, why can’t I
Rahim
Rahim
2 years 4 months ago

Dear Ramit,

Before I read your post, I always thought I need to get approval from someone..or have the right credential to start teaching marketing technics to other people.
Guess I am completely wrong!
Thank you for liberating me from this invisible chain of fear.

Much love,

Rahim Ibrahim

Vincent
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as my dream goal.
Now I realize its much more tangible.
I’m looking forward to learning how to build an audience from scratch.
I’m nervous about succeeding but I believe I can conquer that because I will strategies at each level.

Emilie Pelfrene
Emilie Pelfrene
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that is not applicable to what I’m trying to do.
Now I realize, well, that it is, and I could develop a business using the background and experience I have to make a difference for thousands, or more, of companies, and their workers.
I’m looking forward to… Gosh. Get out of my shell? Try? Succeed?
I’m nervous about failure, but I believe I can conquer that because I actually know what I’m talking about, and I have the experience to make that difference.

Cat
Cat
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that required a ton of time and was generally overwhelming – the sort of thing you’d have to put your life on hold for. Now I realize that even taking small steps on a daily basis can help put me on a path where starting a business is perfectly feasible and something that can be accomplished systematically. It works with your life, rather than against it. I’m looking forward to learning more about creating something that has value for many people, and can help solve their biggest problems.… Read more »
Gia
2 years 4 months ago
I’m just a college student, an international one at that, so I’m full of limitations, regarding what jobs i can hold, and being unable to legally hold a business. I’ve grown more scared of failure lately because of those limitations. I’m also unable to find a regular part time job on campus. When I was in my own country I was braver, I even opened I tiny little company doing handmade accessories and little artsy things that helped me save money for school, and I miss it a lot, even though selling and contacting customers is a nerve wracking experience… Read more »
Gia
2 years 4 months ago
I’m just a college student, an international one at that, so I’m full of limitations, regarding what jobs i can hold, and being unable to legally hold a business. I’ve grown more scared of failure lately because of those limitations. I’m also unable to find a regular part time job on campus. When I was in my own country I was braver, I even opened I tiny little company doing handmade accessories and little artsy things that helped me save money for school, and I miss it a lot, even though selling and contacting customers is a nerve wracking experience… Read more »
Jason
Jason
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a dream, but not something I could do.
Now I realize by following steps and systems and doing the work that it is much more attainable.
I’m looking forward to making a difference in other people’s lives and making connections.
I’m nervous about getting outside of my comfort zone, but I believe I can conquer that because I will be using systems to go from Point A to Point Z and everywhere between.

Expendable Henchman
Expendable Henchman
2 years 4 months ago

It’s funny how many examples there are of someone busting thier ass for a decade to become an ‘overnight success’ who ‘just got lucky’.

You didn’t even notice that in the midst of your bowling “Failure” you still picked up another pin. 9/10 aint bad. Most places, it’s an A.

Kacie
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something other people could do well, but me maybe not so much. I didn’t feel like I had anything that people would pay for and not send angry emails/demand refunds. Now, I realize, I am capable of this because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me. That, and I’m teachable. I’m looking forward to learning more about Ramit’s newest course. Slightly scared of the price point, but we’ll see what happens. I’m nervous about the time requirement involved, because my primary focus is… Read more »
Mark
Mark
2 years 4 months ago

• Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as too complex to start on my own.
• Now I realize that’s still true, but with Ramit’s help, I can do it.
• I’m looking forward to seeing what I’m capable of doing.
• I’m nervous about failing, but I believe I can conquer that because I’m going to follow the system and adapt it as necessary.

Dan
Dan
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a way to make money without being tied down to a particular location. Now I realize it’s an opportunity to reach far more then I ever could working one on one. If you focus on helping people and deliver tremendous value to them then you can also make money while doing it from anywhere. In fact, it’s your responsibility to do so and promote it if it can really help people. I’m looking forward to exploring different ways I can help others. I’m nervous about that I’m unable to… Read more »
Chandu
Chandu
2 years 4 months ago
Your words are as close to truth as they can be. Before I created my website, I thought designing half a dozen pages and putting ’em up would bring me clients. Once I created the site, there were a lot of backend processes that needed to be done. Tired of doing all these ‘new’ things, I just closed it down. And for some time, I believed that I didn’t have the smarts (even though I graduated from a top tier university). Creating a profitable website isn’t impossible since there are so many websites making money from blogging, e-commerce, affiliate links…… Read more »
Ravi
Ravi
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something out of my reach for extremely business savvy people which did not include my mental blueprint of myself. Now I realize not only is it achievable for me, but it is also precisely the same thoughts holding back many other people too. I’m looking forward to building something I am proud of and learning from master Ramit himself how to get things done to produce the same kinds of “results for my clients speak for themselves” type products I’m nervous about getting started and any small steps that… Read more »
Courtney
2 years 4 months ago
Thank you Ramit. Reading your posts has broadened my vision of what a successful internet business can be. Before reading your posts, I solely used my internet presence as a retail outlet for specialty products. Your posts have helped me realize that my passion, knowledge and artistic vision is my strongest asset. Inspiring and supplying people with what they need to turn their dreams into reality is truly the best part of my job! I’m looking forward to learning how to bridge the gap and engage people online, the same way I do in person. I’m nervous about indulging my… Read more »
Brandon
Brandon
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as an affiliate marketing site or a blog that makes a decent side income. Now I realize their is much more that. Online products and courses can be taught and you don’t have to be an expert. I’m looking forward to understanding what needs to be tweaked when roadblocks happen, and how to grow an online business and have momentum on your side. I’m nervous about if my idea will work or fail, but I believe I can conquer that because I know there are many other ideas that may… Read more »
Will
Will
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as…..”you needed to be well versed in the content you were promoting and to get the content right immediately” Now I realize….”mistake tell you what to focus on” I’m looking forward to…”creating a business that can provide amazing results for users and grow into a well known brand that generates recurring, scalable income.” I’m nervous about.”.wasting time and money and lots of trial and error”, but I believe I can conquer that because” if there is system that will say do this and you likely (more than) get x (what… Read more »
Katie
Katie
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as unattainable for someone like me (I guess I had special snowflake syndrome AND imposter syndrome) and I was scared to put myself out there to fail and be labeled a loser. Now I realize that i WILL fail and that’s ok! I also realize that if i fail, i will probably get labeled a loser by losers – haters gonna hate. I’m looking forward to talking about my business goals to the people I trust – this is a huge step for me, since I’ve been keeping this to… Read more »
Marbey
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as doable but converting my skills to a product was next to impossible.
Now I realize I was creating excuses not to try out of fear of criticism, failing and being a sleazy salesman.
I’m looking forward to helping others solve an important and not urgent issue.
I’m nervous about selling, but I believe I can conquer that because it’s my obligation to share what I’ve created, tested and continuously improve.

Paul Moodley
Paul Moodley
2 years 4 months ago

Ramit, thanks for everything !
i still don’t know exactly how to start the actual technical steps pf starting an online business. i have a few ideas but how do i start.
please help

Hugo
Hugo
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as scammy, a “too good to be true” business model that relies on selling your soul to make sales. Now I realize that this was my own judgment and it was in reaction to my own fear – that if I created something successful, that I would be called scammy, a fake, and that I had sold my soul (not authentic) etc. I’m looking forward to taking a beginners mindset into this program, really testing ideas before starting, learning/trusting in the systems provided, and observing peoples reactions to what I… Read more »
Hayley
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I wasn’t disciplined enough to follow through on. Now I realize I am just trying to be a loser cos winning is scary I’m looking forward to kicking ass and taking names- by creating products and services that serve a purpose for my clients I’m nervous about all the hard work, but I believe I can conquer that because its harder work to not be living the life I love serving the people I most want to make a difference to. (also Ramits eyebrows told me so)
Jana
Jana
2 years 4 months ago
• Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as _____ • Now I realize _____ • I’m looking forward to _____ • I’m nervous about _____, but I believe I can conquer that because _____ Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as time-consuming, freeing, and competitive (there are so many other people out there) for relatively small amounts. Now I realize: Time-consuming, AT FIRST. But after systems are in place, that $4.95 can keep coming months after I’ve moved on. And yes, it can be freeing—cue the beach posts on a weekday. And… Read more »
Stefano Ganddini
2 years 4 months ago
Every single one of your posts always seem to hit the nail right on the head for me, but this post is just pure gold. When you were talking about how you can’t succeed without failing, I was immediately reminded of this quote, “You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.” There’s got to be some sort of corrrelation between how successful a person is and how many times they’ve failed. Failure is a necessary part of succeeding. Also, one of the most important thing I’ve learned recently is… Read more »
brian
brian
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that only qualified people could do.
Now I realize you don’t need anyone’s permission as long as you’re contributing positively to someone’s life
I’m looking forward to learning how to market validate and create fantastic products that give s10x its value to my customers.
I’m nervous about having to pay $1000 to buy ZTL but I believe I can conquer that because I’ll find a way to earn it.

Brian
2 years 4 months ago
Great post, enjoyed learning about your business failures and how you course-corrected. Your video about fear of failure felt slightly off target for me. I’ve repeatedly applied the “treat it like a test” mentality to various aspects of my life. Perhaps when it comes down to it I like being an iconoclast so it’s easy to overcome any anxiety I have about people thinking I’m a weirdo (if I even had any to begin with). However, business feels different to me. If I worked out and failed to get buff, a girl rejected me, or I applied for something and… Read more »
Kevin Deen
Kevin Deen
2 years 4 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a way to be free!
Now I realize that’s still true but it offers even more.
I’m looking forward to freedom, controlling my own life, and living a rich life.
I’m nervous about getting started, but I believe I can conquer that because I know I have the power to accomplish anything if I put my heart and mind into it.

Jason
Jason
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something only graceful people who could bowl did. Now I realize that even Indian guys with enviable eyebrows who bust ass on at the alleys can make a buck or two. I’m looking forward to the next video of Ramit wiping out in some comical manner. I’m nervous about the next time I go bowling, but I believe I can conquer that because I suck at bowling anyway and wipe out almost every time I go, so I’m pretty used to it by now. But seriously, I am the… Read more »
mal
mal
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as selling physical products via the Internet, and e-books. And also selling digital products such as photographs and art (via Etsy). Now I realize online courses are another product as well. I’m looking forward to learning about how to set up a successful online business – the psychology of selling, how to set it up so that it is automatic, etc. I’m nervous about whether I have enough knowledge or expertise in any useful area. This is seriously the biggest worry I have – I don’t think paper qualifications are… Read more »
Helen
Helen
2 years 4 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I should be able to get my head around (with a background in marketing) and felt stupid that I just didn’t ‘get it’ all by myself. Now I realize there are fantastic strategies, tactics and systems that make an online business work. The systems have taken you years to develop, including lots of failures – and it doesn’t happen overnight. But thanks to all your experiments, mistakes and successes you can help us to do it ourselves (and also I’m not stupid, I just don’t have experience… Yet!)… Read more »
Paul
Paul
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about an online business as something I do not have enough talent to do well. Now I realize I was just disqualifying myself automatically without looking at the truth- my current employer pays me well for a reason, so I should be able to replicate that elsewhere. I’m looking forward to testing the ideas I’ve drafted with people I know to better understand the language of my target market. I’m nervous about writing compelling content on a regular basis. What if I stare at the screen and can’t come up with anything to… Read more »
Nicole
Nicole
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I could not do because I had no marketable skills and I wasn’t an expert at anything. Now I realize that even though I don’t consider myself an experts, others might (because I know something they don’t) and I can continue to improve even as I start my first business. I’m looking forward to learning how to start an online business even when I feel that I don’t know everything about my niche. I’m nervous about my level of expertise ( I want to be able to answer… Read more »
Silvino
Silvino
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something more related with technology, I didn’t realize about the possibility of doing online courses.
Now I realize that I was wrong and there are many possibilities I probably didn’t think about.
I’m looking forward to know more and take a systematic approach to finally find an idea to help people with my skills.
I’m nervous about starting this business, specially because I have failed before, but I believe I can conquer that because I expect to not make the same mistakes and now I will have a system to follow

Sean
Sean
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that would be easy to set up, only if you have all kinds of techno knowledge and know people of standing within the niche I was targeting. Now I realize that by applying logical thinking, planning, and systems, I can make best use of what I already know to contribute to the niche area. I’m looking forward to helping people to realize how messed up we are with our nutrition, and how simple changes can address sooo many issues. I’m nervous about people not buying into the ideas… Read more »
Russell
Russell
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a problem I have yet to figure out.
Now I realize I am making it bigger than it really is.
I’m looking forward to the day when I can look back and laugh at how silly all my worrying was and help others overcome the same fears I dealt with.
I’m nervous about being deceived, but I believe I can conquer that because at the end of the day if I don’t take any risks I’ll be exactly where I was yesterday. I already know I don’t like that.

Sven
Sven
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a far away dream. Something I could never reach because I do not possess unique skills. Now I realize it is the combination of skills that makes me who I am and how I am able to help others. I’m looking forward to writing out and testing out ideas so I will be able to make a start, make a difference and grow from there. I’m nervous about following through, but I believe I can conquer that because of a positive mind and the knowledge that it is OK… Read more »
Ann
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that I want to do, started and want and can do more but wonder if I can really create something that people will find useful. I also wonder if I can find the people in this massive online world who really would benefit and appreciate it. If I can’t make people happy then I am wasting my time. I keep attracting clients that are not my ideal customers and I accept the work. As soon as I accept the work, I wish I told them we were not… Read more »
Diandra
2 years 3 months ago
– Before these posts, I thought I needed to spend years blogging, gain a huge following, somehow monazite my site without cluttering it with ads, and give away mountains of free content before I could create the elusive unicorn product that sells better than bloggers in my niche. – Now I realize how much time I was wasting trying to be the best at everything Paleo, Crossfit, and Mobility related before I created anything to sell. I recognize that my current clients pay me because I get them results and they have told me how much they appreciate my desire… Read more »
Alysia
2 years 3 months ago
This post is fantastic. I’ve been considering launching an online business but struggle a lot with the fact that I’m not “certified” or an expert or whatever. To hear that someone who I consider to be an expert struggles with this as well, is really encouraging. In the past I’ve been nervous about critics but now I realize that regardless of my credentials people are going to find something to pick apart. I believe I can conquer my fear of other people’s opinions and failure because even if I fail I’ll still learn from the experience at little cost other… Read more »
Kevin
Kevin
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something for experts. Afterall, why would people pay for something I produced. Now I realize with the right mental framework and systems, I too can build a sustainable online business. I’m looking forward to learning how to systematically build my expertise in my field and business so I can best serve customers and get them the results they want. I am looking forward to being the best at what I do in my field. I’m nervous about the lack of expertise in any one particular area. I have knowledge/skills… Read more »
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that would be too hard and probably wouldn’t earn any real money for years (because of the need to get traffic first). Now I realize that starting very simple, targeting a specific audience, and testing carefully can result in earning at least a little money in only a few months, which makes it much more exciting. I’m looking forward to getting feedback that people like my content! I’m nervous about not being able to create anything that people will want, but I believe I can conquer that because… Read more »
Rhoda
Rhoda
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I’m just not wired for.
Now I realize I am discouraged by my past experiences with starting an online business and I have been using special snowflake syndrome as a way to mask my fear.
I’m looking forward to developing a concrete plan for handling failure.
I’m nervous about the craziness my inner critic is going to say when I try developing another online course, but I believe I can conquer that because I will be learning strategies for becoming a resilient entrepreneur..

Michelle
2 years 3 months ago

ok I really enjoyed that fall down.

Chamika
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that would only be successful if you lived in Silicon Valley, had a ton of web development expertise, Ivy League accreditation and a lot of passion. Bring rich translated directly into making at least $1 million overnight as soon as the magical website would be built. Now I realize many online services never connect information into anything useful, being rich has nothing to do with money, value is in the eye of the beholder and by rewiring yourself and not giving in to the “invisible scripts” anything is… Read more »
Helen
Helen
2 years 3 months ago

Just had to add…

I was in a meeting earlier today discussing some training and I caught myself thinking “well that won’t work for my team because…” I stopped myself by checking “Hang on, am I being a special snowflake?” I think it might now be my new favourite go to phrase!

Darla Berry
Darla Berry
2 years 3 months ago

I’m not even interested in creating an online business but I get something out of these ideas to apply to my personal life. They also apply to that “on the groun” business I may be dreaming about for some day. Thanks, Ramit!

Erik
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that needed a lot of polish right from the beginning. Now I realize that it’s okay to start filming my music lessons in collaboration with my cello teacher and posting them online. I’m looking forward to making an online tutorial for cellists that liberates them from sheet music, freeing them to enjoy jamming with other musicians. I’m nervous about the quality of our video, but I believe I can conquer that because the best way to improve is by doing it.
Garrett
Garrett
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I might do one day… when I figure out what I want to focus on and become an expert. Now I realize that I’m just procrastinating because of fear. I don’t need to wait to become an expert, I can learn, share, and build a business at the same time. I’m looking forward to becoming the best mentor for I’m nervous about not choosing the “right” idea (an idea that I’d love to put in 10 years of work and be proud of down the road), but I… Read more »
Wade Arave
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a way for me to stop working all together (misunderstanding 4 hour work week).

Now I realize that it’s to take my expertise and translate it into a valuable product/service that others will benefit from.

I’m looking forward to getting what helped me out there for others to experience.

I’m nervous about about what people will think (particularly my family) about what I have to say (it’s controversial), but I believe I can conquer that because the material is good, and the results are real.

Stacy
Stacy
2 years 3 months ago
Not an online website business, but I just took a (terrified!) leap and applied for (paid!) internships with the library and archive at JPL based on recommendation of the librarian I volunteer for. This is a man who has worked for names like IBM and Amgen in their libraries, and he’s recommending me to JPL! I’m only half way to getting my library degree (MLIS) but because of my skill with attention to detail and my inherent understanding of how to organize things he says I’m ready. I usually plan everything WAY in advance, we engineers are like that, but… Read more »
Ryan
Ryan
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something only other people could do.
Now I realize anybody who is *persistent enough* can do it.
I’m looking forward to challenging myself and growing as a result.
I’m nervous about not living up to my own expectations, but I believe I can conquer that because there is no such thing as failure; there are only learning opportunities.

Kane
Kane
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that you need to implement a ton of technologies up front immediately.
Now I realize that you just need to get started one step at a time and follow a system of tweaking and testing.
I’m looking forward to getting out into the market and contacting more people to learn what they want.
I’m nervous about getting in touch with the right people, but I believe I can conquer that because there are people who want help and to be found and they will come if you provide the right value.

Robert Kelley
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as too much work to do alongside my crazy full-time job. Now I realize that if I devote a little time to it, I can build systems that will allow me to profit even without spending a lot of time on it. I’m looking forward to earning what I deserve in exchange for helping people who will actually benefit from my experience and knowledge. I’m very nervous about the possibility of failing to get people to subscribe and buy, but I believe I can conquer that because I will be… Read more »
Ez
Ez
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought online business was all about pitching and selling pre-developed products. Now I realize that I could start an online business by providing a SERVICE, as I’ve been doing for free for years. I’ve been helping people in support groups, friends, family and through online forums – and now I see that I can form a business doing what I love. I’m looking forward to establishing trust with my first paying client and seeing their excitement in working with me – and more importantly, in working towards their goals. I’m nervous about attracting clients,… Read more »
Liz
Liz
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I had no idea how to do.
Now I realize that if there’s a system, it becomes much easier to realise where you are going wrong.
I’m looking forward to seeing the different systems Ramit has in place.
I’m nervous about putting my ideas out there, but I believe I can conquer that because I have a valuable idea that will help people.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as scary and impossible (for everyone else but not for me).
Now I realize that it is only what I make of it – for better or worse.
I’m looking forward to overcoming what holds me back and making a difference on a bigger level.
I’m nervous about putting myself out there, but I believe I can conquer that because I’m pretty kick ass at everything else – so why not this? 😉

Thanks for all of these resources, Ramit – looking forward to your webinars next week xo

Cesar S Falcao
2 years 3 months ago
Man, if Ramit don’t knows what he does in teaching business/financial, who in the whole world does? A major in English to write, oh give me a break! Ok, bowling is not of his strengths (LOL) but he’s great master in finances, jobs and entrepreneurship! I thought online business were the way, now I’m certain. I really liked the online courses focus, it really makes sense. I already knew a lot of material from Ramit, excellent, smart and uplifting content, but I’m glad to know he’s launching a course focused on online business, right now other options out there are… Read more »
Pedro
Pedro
2 years 3 months ago

Actually, I think somewhat differently. The first bad critiques you receive you should feel angry, and sad. Sure, it hurts for some time, but the important part is that after some distance from that storm of feelings, you should look back and ask yourself if those comments were worth your time. Where they just rants or was there something to learn from them? What matters is that you should persist, don’t just give up.

Nathan Riehl
Nathan Riehl
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a way authors kept their writing public between books.
Now I realize online business are a great way to spread the skills you have across the world.
I’m looking forward to build a business that helps people become their ideal selves.
I’m nervous about jumping from one-on-one interactions to mass media, but I believe I can conquer that because I’m not afraid of screwing up.

Lang
Lang
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as very gimmicky and scammy. Now I realize it’s not about trying trick people into buying something but providing something people want, and finding that out or validating the idea even before creating the product. I’m looking forward to learning more about the overall strategy in building an online business, the specific tactics and research tools that are need to validate and test ideas. I’m nervous about not having any quantification for my idea, I’m not a body builder or a certified personal trainer or nutritionist, but I believe I… Read more »
Justin
Justin
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as – Tons of blog posts, capture readers, then monetize. Now I realize – Passion is not enough. Its all about your customer. Qualify what they want before you do any work. Make evergreen content. Education is priceless and easier to scale. Its not about social media or a snazzy website. I’m looking forward to- Getting started. I have read this blog since the Ass-Kicking guide. Instead of kicking ass I have been sitting on my ass. I need stop fearing failure, conquer my invisible scripts and just test something.… Read more »
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Kristina
Kristina
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I could may be be able to do in a few years.
Now I realize I can do it now.
I’m looking forward to the challenge it brings.
I’m nervous about failing, but I believe I can conquer that because I can learn from the mistakes I make.

Kate Loftus
Kate Loftus
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something other, more confident people, who were experts in their fields, did and succeeded at. Now I realize that I am actually fabulous and very knowledgeable about several unique and interesting topics and I have a lot to offer to the people of the world, my clients. I’m looking forward to testing my idea and really working hard at it. It has been a while since I applied myself in a focused way toward a goal, and I am yearning for it. I’m nervous about completing the exercises in… Read more »
Jo
Jo
2 years 3 months ago

•Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a fantastic idea!
•Now I realize it’s still a fantastic idea!
•I’m looking forward to using the my knowledge and experience to help others.
•I’m nervous about whether I will actually follow through, but I believe I can conquer that because the Finisher’s Formula has helped me so much with follow-through already, and it will only get better!

Akshay Vasudevan
Akshay Vasudevan
2 years 3 months ago
• Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a get rich quick scam. I thought it was only a few gurus who mint money because they had it all ‘figured out’ • Now, I realize that there is a systematic approach to starting an online business and if done right, I can make enough money to quit my day job and do it full-time. • I’m looking forward to begin my online business right away and will lay the foundation right away by jotting down what interests me and what my strengths are. • I’m nervous… Read more »
Vickie
Vickie
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that was a worthy goal, but very complicated to implement successfully. Now I realize the hard work is coming up with an idea that has potential to grow and serve a market, and fine tuning it through trial and error, test marketing, etc. I’m looking forward to learning more…and seeing that first order come in! I’m nervous about even starting! but I believe I can conquer that because I now realize that this is a long term game and I can start now.
Vicki
Vicki
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as probably too complicated for me, with too many moving parts. Now I realize, I thought it was all about being able to employ hundreds of complex tactics, when I really just don’t know the right simple strategies to implement. I’m looking forward to figuring it all out. I’m nervous about the market for my service(s), but I believe I can conquer that because I can always find something to do that my local market (or an online market) wants. My “special snowflake” fear is that I live in a… Read more »
Marie @ Financial Debauchery
2 years 3 months ago

Online business can also be a great way to success! In my own observation, online business can engage more customers to buy because as we all know the world is hi-tech now. Almost everyone prefer to just buy online to save time and of course more convenient.

Dan
Dan
2 years 3 months ago
Hi Ramit, I like that you said how many failures per month (3) is too few failures per month. Could you continue with that… Instead of telling people to take more risk, could you tell them how much risk is the right amount? Instead of telling people to not wait for absolute perfection, could you tell them how perfect is perfect enough? Instead of telling people not to wait to be an expert before taking action, could you tell them how much expertise is enough expertise? Which would you regard as the better coach – one who tells his players… Read more »
Reshanda Billy
Reshanda Billy
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as possible but mysterious. I was hearing so many different approaches from so many different people and didn’t know what I should accept. Now I realize that there is no mystery. It takes hard work but the work incorporates systems that have been figured out and captured in such a way that I can learn from them and build my own systems. I’m looking forward to building my own systems. Actually, I’m looking forward to building. Anything. I wanna build something great. I’m nervous about how long it will take… Read more »
Simon M
Simon M
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as being a HUGE deal involving a list of thousands, a massive high-tech website, relentless tweeting and Facebooking AND a “perfect”, high-end, straining-the-limits, multi-meda product. Now I realize I can start with an email list of 16 (thanks Chris) and a basic, get-off-the-ground thing that the right, few people will think is totally amazing and will be helped by. I’m looking forward to learning how to set up the systems to make this happen. I’m nervous about people thinking I’m crap, but I believe I can conquer that because I’m… Read more »
Pedro
2 years 3 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that will demand a lot of lost work. Do things that I have know idea if will work Now I realize that with the scripts and a program I can follow every step and LEARN how to do it. I’m looking forward to start the process of trying and learning and conquering all is missing to my success. I’m nervous about my idea, but I believe I can conquer that because the point is not to have a good idea, is to learn and be better. Meybe this… Read more »
Fish
Fish
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a possibility.
Now I realize this possibility can be a reality.
I’m looking forward to trying the zero to launch system and starting a new reality.
I’m nervous about failing, but I believe I can conquer that because ZTL will cover the knowledge gaps and give me an advantage that will help me create opportunity and return value to the customer.

Yolanda
Yolanda
2 years 3 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as either expert-only zones exclusively reserved for the Y gen. and tech or social gurus or scams schemes to attract fools and make money on their back.
Now I realize I let my fears make excuses for me, keeping me for digging into it.
I’m looking forward to make a change and dig in
I’m nervous about launching to of my projects online, but I believe I can conquer that because if this doesn’t work, I’ll try another one.

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lynne
2 years 3 months ago
HI, Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that is really not for people like me and only for those who are confident enough to face whatever criticism they will encounter. Now I realize that it is a way of reaching out to people and probably touching someone’s life , in one way or another have experienced the same thing. I’m looking forward to gaining more friends and sharing experiences that will probably help in some ways. I’m nervous about being criticized, but I believe I can conquer that because I am surrounded with people… Read more »
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Gaston
2 years 3 months ago
It’s not a failure it’s a test! wow! how crazy our minds always are trying to sabotage success, by keeping us safe. Are we suppose to be evolving? what would happen when doubt and fear are no longer within us? This is something that I discussed daily with my mum, because she’s always looking, as too many others, the path to salvation thru religion. If we truly are into salvation, why we are not trying to be like Jesus, or at least 90% like him? take out walking on water, but at least replicate the way he dressed, acted and… Read more »
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David
David
1 year 11 months ago
-Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something serious with many variables but I felt I needed a calculated plan before making my platform. I bought some domains and had a company set up WordPress so I could begin customization the site. Yet I am now sitting on it feeling a bit lost about the game plan I started working on. Is there an audience? -Now I realize I’m still scared and I need to remember I need to properly “dance with the fear” (Seth Godin). Heck, fear can be there even when we’re successful. I… Read more »
Jacob
Jacob
1 year 8 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something you did when you either had nothing to lose, or pursued as a hobby after having already made enough money to live comfortably.

Now I realize that’s bullshit.

I’m looking forward to validating my idea in real-life.

I’m nervous about making zero dollars, but I believe I can conquer that because: who cares?

Brandon
1 year 7 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a major money maker while I slept. Now I realize that although I have done online marketing for years, I have not done it systematically. I had even lost faith in building email lists. I’m looking forward to building new email lists, and having a better testing plan for new product ideas. I’m nervous about selling myself. In my mind, there has been a very thin line between egotistical assholes and self promotion, but I believe I can conquer that because my products will eventually help others and they… Read more »
shirley
shirley
1 year 5 months ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as impossible to achieve.
Now I realize that with some guidance and help Its not impossible to make online business work.
I’m looking forward to Find that one idea that can help others.
I’m nervous about starting because I might be left out knowing that a lot of people has idea already of what they want/ would do, but I believe I can conquer that because I might not be able to know it now but I am prepared to fail if that will make me better and succeed.

Tanya
Tanya
1 year 5 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit I thought about online business as a whole lot of empty, big-promotion low-content websites that con people into buying things of little value – something I don’t want to be a part of (besides the good few out there, but how do they ever differentiate themselves fro the rest?) Now I realise that (according to Ramit) having valuable offerings is key to success and that others have actually experienced this. I’m looking forward to be able to explore my passion and share it with others who are interested and be able to add value to… Read more »
ChihYu
ChihYu
1 year 5 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a passive way to make money – build a site, produce a product/service, and hope people will come to your site. Now I realize that it’s way more analytic and systematic. Success doesn’t happen randomly or by luck. I’m looking forward to Ramit’s courses when it opens in March. I’m also looking forward to share my journey with Ramit and my fellow colleagues. I’m nervous about not having a great product or service to help people, but I believe I can conquer that because I’ll learn from Ramit and… Read more »
Edgar
1 year 5 months ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a way for established offline businesses to create an online presence or for successful people to continue growing their success and making more money for themselves. Now I realize that everyone has the same opportunity to start an online business and I shouldn’t let my self doubts hold me back. I’m looking forward to overcoming my self limiting beliefs and taking more risks. I’m nervous about creating a product that people may hate or find useless, but I believe I can conquer that because I can learn from the… Read more »
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1 year 4 months ago

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Josh
Josh
1 year 1 month ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as pixie dust.
Now I realize pixie dust is real.
I’m looking forward to flying.
I’m nervous about taking off, but I believe I can conquer that because I can deal with my worst-case scenario. My mind says I may fall. I say bring it.

Michelle M
Michelle M
1 year 15 days ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something I could never do because I am not very tech savvy and because I don’t have any background in business. Now I realize there is NOTHING I can’t do (except the stuff I can’t do but I won’t know that until I try) I KNOW I’m a skilled coach and I KNOW I can help hundreds if not thousands of people. If I follow Ramit’s guidance I will become someone with business skills as well. I’m looking forward to reaching the people that desire to change and helping… Read more »
Jon
11 months 12 days ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as: something that required a perfect plan before getting started. I thought I had to be an expert in every way before I could write about it. I thought I had to have the perfect web address…. I labored over deciding to use my name, or creating a catchy site name, but then didn’t move forward without a name. Now I realize: I just have to start. Pieces fall into place. But you have to begin to build first before you can see reward. I’m looking forward to: acting I’m… Read more »
Chad
Chad
11 months 11 days ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as a foreign type business model and underestimated its effectiveness in adding value to others lives. Also thought in order to be successful you needed specialized skills that appealed to a large market. I now realize the opportunities available in using such a powerful vehicle to reach others and that finding the RIGHT audience to help is more important than appealing to everyone. I’m looking forward to taking the first step, learning the successful systems you use and making an impact on people’s lives. I’m nervous about rejection and judgment,… Read more »
Patrick
Patrick
10 months 27 days ago
Before these post from Ramit,I though about online business as impossible to make any money-unless you have built your email list into thousands,thousands of fans of fans on social media and having a great website then you dont stand a chance.. Now i realise those things were a myth from online gurus.small list may be as good if not better than a big list or big following from social media for success.. Iam looking foward to start my online business using IWT strategies cause they make sense to me.Iam also looking foward to put in the necessary hard work and… Read more »
Charan Santhirasegaran
Charan Santhirasegaran
10 months 7 days ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought of starting an online business as something only rich experienced and educated people could do. Now I realize that with a good work ethic, and the right knowledge, tactics, and maybe a little guidance, anyone with a good idea and goal can do it and change their lives and all their costumers’ lives as well. I’m looking forward to learning more about starting a business, and implementing everything I learn into starting my own within the next month, as soon as I get money to produce things to sell. I’m nervous about getting… Read more »
Toni
Toni
8 months 9 days ago

I am at the beginnings of wanting to start a online business I would love to reach out and help others by being guided by Ramit, I cannot wait I have a few ideas at the moment and not sure which idea to use or even wonder if any of them are worthy, but like I said the guidance is what is needed here for me.

Amy
Amy
6 months 23 days ago

Thank god for this post. I too am an international left-handed one-legged narcoleptic. Finally! A course written for me! Thanks Ramit for your witty way, and your “get off your butt and out of your head” post. Cheers to a great 2016!

Dax
Dax
6 months 15 days ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as tricky gimmicks.
Now I realize it’s a learnable skill.
I’m looking forward to learning that skill.
I’m nervous about spending money, but I believe I can conquer that because I have no more to spend.

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Alex
Alex
5 months 23 days ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I’ve tried many side gigs that have worked, but stopped because either I got “lazy” or maybe, I was afraid of putting myself out there. I tested a few ideas, and even though the feedback was positive, I just never followed through with it. Fear. Now I realize I need to focus on “what life could be” vs “what ifs” I’m looking forward to a passive income that allows me to quit my job, pay off my parents debt, and travel with my lady just for the hell of it. I’m terribly nervous about failure… Read more »
Chris
Chris
5 months 13 days ago

Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as an esoteric, difficult to get into business.
Now I realize that it really is an achievable goal.
I’m looking forward to getting started and delivering a valuable product to people!
I’m nervous about finding and deciding on a viable idea but I believe I can conquer that because I know there is something of value that I will be able to help people with

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Jeremiah
Jeremiah
4 months 15 days ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as scary, with a lot of moving parts that might make me look dumb in front of my family or other people. Now I realize there is a system that can be followed and if we are committed and follow the program there are tons of exciting possibilities I’m looking forward to putting my ideas out there to help others even if some people will be angry or hateful towards me because I don’t have credentials I’m nervous about embarrassing myself, but I believe I can conquer that because in… Read more »
Brian
4 months 14 days ago
Before I began reading from Ramit: A) Life seemed a little more hopeless B)I thought I needed to be an expert in my field to make any real money Now I realize that what you REALLY need is: 1) Great idea that solves people’s burning desires 2) Passion to help people and want to improve their lives 3) SYSTEMS! I am looking forward to seeing if the ideas I have will sell and learning about that process specifically. Also, I am looking forward to the opening of Zero to Launch. I want it now! (I see what you did there… Read more »
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3 months 28 days ago

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3 months 27 days ago

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3 months 26 days ago

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3 months 25 days ago

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3 months 25 days ago

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Anonymous
3 months 24 days ago

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Anonymous
3 months 23 days ago

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Businessman
1 month 7 days ago

I’m anticipating discovering as I go.
I’m anxious about the financial investment, however I think I can dominate that since my online business will pay itself back (well … not all that positive about that, however definitely hoping).

Damilola
Damilola
17 days 18 hours ago
Before these posts from Ramit, I thought about online business as something that was meant for a certain set of people that are very different from me,I knew somehow people make money from it but felt it can’t be me. Now I realize that if i put my mind to it, i will excel and give people’s life and my own a meaning. I’m looking forward to building my own site and reaching the RIGHT audience. I’m nervous about what people will say if i fail, right now have not started but have told everyone that cares to listen how… Read more »
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