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My birthday

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Is it weird to wish myself a happy birthday?

I turn 32 on Monday, June 30th.

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The conversations with my mom have become increasingly hilarious. No matter what we’re talking about, she manages to masterfully weave in an Aesop-style fable about the importance of getting married right now.

Ramit: “I’m going on vacation for my birthday.”

Mom: “That’s so great. Where are you going?”

Ramit: [BEACH LOCATION]

Mom: “You know, travel is great to do when you’re young. I was talking to Muninder Uncle and his son, Raj, is going on a trip with his new wife. Did you know he got married? He didn’t WAIT like all those other people…”

At this point, I’m just amazed how someone can take the most mundane topic — hanging up art in my bathroom or buying new pants — and subtly transition the topic to anything they want. Are all women born like this?


Me and my mom
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In turn, like a master fencer, I have become skilled at imperceptibly parrying her matrimonial references and deftly changing the subject.

OK!

On my birthday, I’m asking for one favor. Just one.

Can you tell me how IWT has changed your life?

It could be getting a $5,000 raise, or starting a business, or paying off debt. This year, I’m especially interested in hearing about how you’ve mastered your inner psychology — whether that means you started going to the gym, or learned how to handle the naysayers in your life, or made more friends.

This is all I want for my birthday, and these stories are the reason I have my dream job.

When I say I read every response, I mean it.

If my material has helped you in ANY way, please share your story here.

Thanks, and as always, I’ll talk to you soon.

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Ibukun
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

I got married about 6 months ago… Loving it! (Mum is right.. lol)

Ok.. at the ‘free’ level, I used your briefcase technique to increase my job offer salary by 11% plus additional bonuses before even resuming work.

HR couldn’t understand it, CEO was more than happy.

David Hunter
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, One (of the many) thing you’ve taught me is… Be YOURSELF! Sounds simple, right? Wasn’t for me. I always thought I had to conform to others and how they work, say, do, etc. Can’t act yourself around so and so. Blah blah blah I watch you swear, tell people off, and you keep moving forward to bigger and greater things, along with your growing audience. I’ve adapted to being myself. And the people around me don’t like it… Fuck ’em! I’ll peel out and leave dust in their faces while I keep moving forward! So, thank you, Ramit! Keep… Read more »
Anna T
Anna T
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit,

I started investing in myself by buying your book which arrived today, and finally pay off my remaining debt!

Michael
Michael
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I ‘d like to say that your material has helped me open my eyes, I believe that one of the clear changes in me are that I am now more resourceful and have a better understanding about business/psychology and my mindset. Becoming aware of powerful barriers has been a very helpful in my life. I must say that having just started dap plying your material ion the past 7 months the notable changes have been psychological and I have been increasingly setting up foundations and seeking systems to perpetrate all areas of my life. Although I… Read more »
Ray Harvey
Ray Harvey
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! Beware, your dear Mother only wants grandchildren so she can “Sugar’em Up”, shake and then hand them back to gleefully watch how YOU cope!! Last week I earned almost complete autonomy in my current role, was given a $1000 discretionary budget…and handed a $200 cheque. But the best part…I had an offer from a brand new startup in another industry and the salary will dwarf what I’m getting now! I honestly haven’t begun to use the tools yet…I’ve just really taken to heart your overriding theme in relation to work, that we almost always under-sell ourselves!! Tell… Read more »
Jessica
Jessica
2 years 1 month ago

Well, you haven’t changed my life per say. BUT, I do find your journey incredibly inspiring and fascinating. I enjoy reading your emails every now and then and it gives a lot of food for thought. If anything, that’s something! Thanks for sharing your work with the world and Happy Birthday.

Katana
2 years 1 month ago

Your site has helped me because I commented on something and it sent traffic to my artist’s website 😉 seriously though your voice gets in my head and I am like self, wTF are you doing right now! Get up and do something! Thanks!! I love the no bullshit talk. Oh, and your email script helped me compose a few direct emails that got responses. Thanks for that too. You are so helpful!

AmyM
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! I just wanted to thank you. After reading your book I realized a few things. First, I already knew a lot of that stuff. But more importantly, I wasn’t DOING most of the things in the book. Your rather blunt writing style was a kick in the pants for me to get off my a$$ and DO something. So I’ve automated all of my retirement planning and some of my regular savings so I already have enough saved up for my 6 month emergency fund and then some. I decided to revisit a business idea I had a… Read more »
Kelli
Kelli
2 years 29 days ago

Happy Birthday, Ramit! You make it very clear how to snap out of small-minded thinking and habits, to own one’s own power and think bigger already! And I’m finding it extremely helpful in many areas. Thank you! Enjoy the beach. 🙂

David D
2 years 1 month ago

Happy bday!

I have used your materials to improve my email communications, which has led to an increase in my response rates to parties, requests for help, and my survey research.

Also, I have used it on my wife…don’t tell her…to get her to agree to my crazy shenanigans.

Lastly, I have used several postings and some of your videos in my classes to engage my students about topics on life, negotiation, and getting what we want.

Thanks!

Ashleigh
2 years 1 month ago

I used the Briefcase Technique to go from being a part-time department assistant at a university to being Director of Communications for a religious organization.

I even told my best friend (who’s a chef) about it and she snagged a sweet job running a corporate kitchen despite being only a year out of culinary school.

Crazy part is I’ve never purchased any of your products. This is all from your free stuff. Truly a testament to how dope your content is. Thank you so much for everything, Ramit. I hope you have an awesome birthday. 🙂

Joel
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday, I got a $2000 raise when nobody else in my department got anything. Like zero. I was the only person in Canada who got one. Five months later I quit to become freelance. Went from $84k full-time to $125k with lower taxes (incorporation) and more control over my hours. I asked (since I was leaving) why I got a raise when no one else one. My boss said that I was the only person who focused on getting better (Year of Mastering Your Craft) and becoming a top performer. I didn’t complain about doing things outside of what… Read more »
Dan
Dan
2 years 1 month ago

Hi, Ramit
Happy B day. Ive used overnight resume makeover to land a great job, with an 8% increase in my pay. Not an insane amount but definitly worth every penny i spent on the course.
Thanks!
Dan

Joel
2 years 1 month ago
Adding to it – Inner psychology stuff: I’ve also automated my loan payments, education contributions, retirement savings etc. I’ve identified why I don’t go to the gym, and after a few mistakes, found that purchasing basic equipment for my house worked much better. I work out at least once per week – just by buying a bench press, a skipping rope and clearing some space in my rec room. Briefcase technique was a mixed bag. It helped get me a 6 figures consulting job in a desired field (trading floor). It also back-fired when I used it, when the employer’s… Read more »
Anneke
Anneke
2 years 1 month ago
I’ve only used your free material, but you’ve massively shaped my thinking about wealth, my career, and working with people. In one post that stands out, you asked something like “What does wealth mean to you?” I thought about that for months, and my answer totally changed what I pursue and how I pursue it–and I’m having success! Some techniques that have helped along the way include thinking of my career (and life) in terms of measured tradeoffs, focusing on big wins, and using some modifications of the briefcase technique. These are all uncomplicated concepts, but it would’ve taken me… Read more »
Anneke
Anneke
2 years 1 month ago
melanie
melanie
2 years 1 month ago
thats awesome! my goddaughters bday is on the same day… she’ll be 7 🙂 I live in Germany and finances are mostly automated anyway and people are sceptical of credit cards (i.e. sadly not too many great free card bonus deals..) but I did enjoy reading ur book and love the way you deal with haters and bad ppl in general. So I learn a lot just by watching you teach and implementing psychological mindset shifts. such as the ones u teach in ZTL. you truly show what can be reached in life when you create the right thoughts for… Read more »
Claude W
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday : D, Your Momma is on the ball, Marriage has changed me for the better, 4 years on June 5th. With 1 son, 19, 3 daughters 14, 9 and 5 and one to enter the world on July 4th, 2014. I have been blessed. I also started to workout and I feel so much better every time I do and to the naysayers as well. : D Have a gr8 trip I hope with my hard work and dedication I too will be able to take my wife and children overseas to see the world, Peace and God… Read more »
Anonmana
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! I’m going to focus on two key mindset shifts that I’ve had: 1. The idea that “a year from now, you’ll be a year older” so what are you going to do? It’s always better to start something (even if you fail) than to wish you had started. 2. The concept of taking small steps towards your goals. Breaking your goal down into bite-sized steps is much easier to commit to, and allows you to course correct along the way. You gave an example of a friend who wanted to start running, but wouldn’t do it because she… Read more »
Casey
Casey
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! 6/30 is my husband’s birthday too! I have taken the plunge and have started to pursue a career path that I am interested in. I am working one full time and one part time job now – one to pay the bills and one to gain experience in the field in which I wish to transition. Before your motivational/instructional videos I was afraid it would be too hard to balance 2 jobs or that I wouldn’t like the new field the way I was hoping I would. I was right on one account, it’s EXTREMELY hard! The difference… Read more »
deborah
deborah
2 years 1 month ago

Changed my script and started going to the gym for the first time in my life. Lost 10 pounds, another 10 to go. Got myself a great job at a great company. Next?? Get lightening to strike for the 2nd time in my life and meet the love if my life for the rest of my life!! Happy birthday, Ramit! If you believe in Karma, you have a ton of blessings coming your way!

Frances
Frances
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!

I love reading your emails – you’re very humble while giving wonderful advice on how to achieve our goals.

Marriage can wait, Mom. 🙂

Tyler Merry
2 years 1 month ago

I am debt free, 7k pay bump at work. started a side hustle and am currently making an extra 100-400 a month.

also we share the same birthday…. I am june 30 as well!

Candace W.
2 years 1 month ago

Remit,

We share the same birthday! I will be 34 on June 30th. Hope you have a great one, I know I will. IWT has helped me start my own business and to help identify my love and passion for photography. I always wanted to have a business and I thought “Why not?” So I did and I’m so glad I faced my fear. I still have a lot to learn but I couldn’t be any happier.

Happy Birthday!

Candace Woods

Heather
Heather
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!

I started following your blog a few months ago after reading your book. In the last six months, I have changed my relationship with money (to a positive one!) as well as my spending and saving habits. I quit my job that I didn’t like and landed a new one that I do like and make more money. I plan to pay off a credit card that’s had a hefty balance for 10 years by the end of the summer.

Thank you for all that you do. Enjoy 32!

Matthew
2 years 1 month ago

I have altered my habits into healthyer living, still a working progress but it develops more everyday. I have become more in tune with spirituality and my inner voice. Again progression on a daily basis. Living for the moment and only the moment. Happy Birthday, enjoy the beach!

Clara
Clara
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! Maybe you should take your mom’s advice, haha!! I wouldn’t say IWT changed my life 🙂 I mean, change doesn’t happen in a day, right? I’ve been thinking a lot about conscious spending, and it’s actually been pretty hard to decide what I really care about because I have a lot of varied interests. I defaulted to something I say all the time, which is I prefer to buy organic and yummy foods than spend my money on the sick bed in the hospital later. (New take on apple a day keeps the doctor away, ha!) So… Read more »
Charlene
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! Reading IWT helped me in a number of ways. Most importantly, IWT and many of your Dream Job-related posts remind me to value myself and “pay [myself] first.” For me, this also means not settling for whatever salary an employer seems to think I deserve. Now, in my search for a new job in a new city, I’m calculating what level of pay I’m comfortable with, based on models in IWT that incorporate investing, saving, and guilt-free spending. And I refuse to settle for less. I want to live a rich life and now I have the… Read more »
Marek
2 years 1 month ago

Hi,

On one hand, IWT changed completely my perspective about Networking and how to approach my job search through a sales perspective, by the way this is not very common in Spain. I found all the negotiation tips very valuable.

On the other hand, I loved the section on the book IWT focused on how to diversify your investment portfolio.

Greetings from Spain!

Marek

Jesse
Jesse
2 years 1 month ago
When I started reading IWT, I had just begun to work for myself as a virtual assistant. I lacked self-confidence, grit and awareness of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. 6 months later, I’m much more confident in myself and in my ability to get what I want in my life. I am living on my own (not in a relationship) for the first time in my adult life and happily so, which is something I never thought would be possible. And I much more freely let people into my life, which is something I did not do… Read more »
krizia
krizia
2 years 1 month ago

I used your idea of not cutting back in my life by limiting how I spend but increasing how I earn.
It’s now my personal mantra and it has changed the way I see things in my life.

Thanks Ramith!

Maligayang Kaarawan!(Happy Birthday in Tagalog)

Krizia

AJ
AJ
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

IWT helped me land a job that not only was a pay and position increase but also pointed my career in the direction I wanted it to go. Additionally, it has helped me keep my focus when I am frustrated by trying to start a career at 35 years old. There are days I get VERY frustrated by being at the bottom, but your information has helped me stay focused on the goals and realize the longer term possibilities rather than being too focused on momentary frustrations.

Thanks for what you’ve done!

Farooq
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit!

Your book and program have helped me pay off debt, automate savings and budget properly.

And for that I offer you my sincere thanks. Best wishes for #32!

Cheers,
Farooq

Joseph
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Happy Birthday my friend. It is in some way a celebration of a moment in the past but it can also be seen as a celebration of the fact that you are alive! 🙂 You have helped a lot of people. Good for you man. You have reminded me countless times that no matter how in our heads we can get, the world and people in it, are here for us. Your approach is the human approach, with MAD hustler charm and skill! So when are you getting married again? 😉 A smart man once said, there was never… Read more »
Jesse
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

IWT has changed my life by teaching me to stop thinking it’s all about me and to add value for other people. That is a short sentence by the principle was like the cartoon light bulb over my head being turned on.

Thank you for your products,
Jesse

Lindsay
Lindsay
2 years 1 month ago
Your book on personal finance is what has helped me the most so far – now all my spending is guilt-free. Before, I would make myself feel terrible when I spent any money, and would agonize over justifications for every purchase I made. Thanks, Ramit! Happy birthday! By the way, my husband used to roll his eyes a bit when I shared your stuff with him – he kind of had the impression that you were just hustling people for your online courses. But the other day I was emailing him diaper price comparisons and replied, “As Ramit would say,… Read more »
Mani Canaday
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit! Your insights have helped me in so many ways, but I think the most significant is that I’ve stopped being so damn afraid all the time. I was afraid of failing, afraid of not having enough, of not BEING enough. I still feel the fear from time to time, but I push through and do whatever it is that I want to do anyway, and life is changing in some really incredible ways.

Thanks,

Mani

Cristalia
2 years 1 month ago

When I graduated college I was looking for a book that would teach me how to manage my finances and, yes, to become rich so I found your book at a B&N and bought it. A few years later I gave it to my husband and he loved it. We learned so much from negotiating our new car at the dealer to me getting a raise at work and much more… Thank you Ramit and Super Happy Birthday!!!
BTW, moms are always right. 😉

Samantha
Samantha
2 years 1 month ago

My brother handed your book I Will Teach You To Be Rich the semester before I graduated from college and it helped me to be courageous! I took control of my finances and I’m about to launch my own business. Since then I have passed on the book to 3 people and had the opportunity to meet people from your Brain Trust Group. I’m looking forward to joining 🙂

Nina
Nina
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday 🙂 Ok, so IWT has changed my life initially in that I went from not taking my finances seriously and being utterly unprepared for the future and often randomly worrying about that to knowing exactly how my situation looks, having savings for my pension sorted and maxed out, and doing a little funds investing to boot. Now recently I have also registered my side-business, so I can legally do freelance work. I have also signed up with a career coach whom I will soon start with to investigate just what I want out of work and my career… Read more »
Noel
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Brother~

A lot of your material on better social skills has helped me. Particularly the “Small Talk” idea (that you’re “relationship building” vs “bullshitting”). Also your “Brutal Honesty” approach to one’s self and with others. Definitely has helped w.r.t. communication and making connections.

Hope you have a great birthday!

Frank
Frank
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, This year alone your No Stress Negotiation course helped reframe my entire mindset for how to be a top performer at my job, and helped me negotiate a promotion and 30% salary bump on my terms, working in the area of my company I’m most happy with today. In RBT, I’ve used an accountability partner to help me reach my fitness goals of getting to the gym 4 days a week and lose 30 pounds. It’s been a life-changing experience with both of these products and I look forward to continuing to leverage both of these for more success.… Read more »
Clare
Clare
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit, I am trying hard to have a year of mastery. Next week I am going to master driving a boat. A feat I have put off for years!! I am also going to find my dream job before 2014 is over. Happy b-day!

Mevonnie
2 years 1 month ago
Hello Ramit! First, Happy Birthday. Your material helped me do the following: Free level:I realized there is another world of professionals out there who are making a difference and living the lifestyle that they desire. No need to choose one from the other. As helpful as the free information was, I realized that without investing in myself, I will not grow to the level that I seek. Therefore, I need to make a concious decision and investment to change I joined RBT in May 2014, and since then I have started a private clarinet studio, where I am now making… Read more »
Michelle
Michelle
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! Thank you for teaching us lots of good stuff 🙂

Mira D
2 years 1 month ago

So far its been a free ride. As a hard core Gujju I’ve been frugal and pro-markets all my life, so that continues. But where you did help was open my eyes to the opportunities that abound for topline growth. Right now all I have is this KNOWING, I don’t know what exactly I will do with it. But I know I will.
And your mom is right.
Will wish on the day, too early.

Alfredo Lopez
Alfredo Lopez
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, First of all Happy Birthday! I’ll also be turning 32, but not until November. I’m really grateful for the work you do because, more than anything, it’s helped shape a different mindset for me. One that is much more active. Before, I was always generating great ideas, and daydreaming about them. Now, I’ve been able to make many of your strategies and techniques, and applied them with success. These include your methods for getting a raise (I negotiated a $10K salary increase for a new job, without having worked a single day), as well as negotiating all kinds… Read more »
Liz
Liz
2 years 1 month ago

Two things come to mind… one is that you introduced me to the work of BJ Fogg and the power of tiny habits. The second is that I’ve become much more aware of some of my own internal scripts that have kept me from really going after a significant income boost. (The most striking of these was, “I don’t want my son to end up being an entitled asshole!)

Vigil
Vigil
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday! I used your tips in one of your YouTube videos “how to negotiate salary when you’re underpaid’ to get a 30% raise.

Dan
Dan
2 years 1 month ago
I live in the midwest and so of course, I have a backyard. Much as my father did before me, and his before that, etc. I also have a son — four years old. And all my life as I grew up I understood the fundamental truth that as an Real Grownup With A Backyard, I had to own a lawnmower, and had to mow my own lawn. So I think it was last summer. I was driving home. I remember exactly where I was when this occurred to me as I thought about whatever it was you had sent… Read more »
Natasha
Natasha
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!!
What you wrote about invisible scripts helped me a lot 🙂 I made more friends, significantly reduced procrasrination and my work got done a lot faster and a lot more proficiently
PS My birthday is tomorrow 😀
PPS Yes, most Indian mothers are just like that. I’ve seen it happen more times than I can recount. Good luck.

Harold
Harold
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit made it easy to automate my finances, as well as prepare for finding and interviewing for my first full-time job. More importantly, he boiled down the two processes into easy-to-understand steps that get you 90% of the results with 10% the effort. Abstracting and learning from the techniques he uses to create these strategies was worth even more than the strategies themselves.

Joce
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, you inspired me to slow down and negotiate a lower price for the car I am about to buy, instead of just impatiently going for a higher price! I have been inspired by other tips of yours too and plan to dig in deeper into your content in the future and put more of your advice into practice. And I am generally inspired by your passionately and consistently helping others by providing so much free content, writing a book, marketing yourself. I am an entrepreneur too and know it takes a lot of heart, strength, courage, thought, time and… Read more »
ES
ES
2 years 1 month ago

How did IWT change my life?
I used to think and then maybe act.
Now I think and act, and then think again and then act again, etc.
IWT is hands on and street smart. No fluff.

Emily
Emily
2 years 1 month ago

Thanks to your negotiation advice, I’m making 45% more today than I was last year. Thanks again, and happy birthday!

Hollie2
Hollie2
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Happy Birthday and best wishes to you in all your endeavors! What you have shared on your website has changed the way I think about myself and my abilities completely. I love having my house cleaned and my groceries delivered to my door. NEVER thought I would allow myself to have those things. OH yes, now I do! I struggled to find time to floss everyday and exercise was non-existent. Learning about habits has changed my whole daily routine! I floss every day! I exercise every day! It didn’t happen overnight, but habits take time to form. I started… Read more »
Jesse R.
2 years 1 month ago
IWT allowed me to bust free of my spirit-crushing office job, discover that what I want most is to become location independent, and find enthusiasm and joy in learning about self development and personal finance. Big things: I’m traveling to the other side of the planet (NorthEast U.S. to SouthEast Asia), I’m building a personal life and career according to what I want (as opposed to settling on what life gives me), and take pride in being a learning addict. Little things: Became very meticulous with money, lost patience for beating around the bush in terms of negotiating and excuses,… Read more »
Alexandra
Alexandra
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday! Your e-mails have helped me think differently, think of other ways to make money, and also value myself and my skills more than I have been.

Thanks!

Joe
Joe
2 years 1 month ago
IWT has helped me a ton. I used to be that guy that always overdrew his account and could never quite figure out why. I was spinning my wheels and only succeeding at digging myself in deeper. Thanks to IWT I automated my finances, optimized my retirement and knew that I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted with the remaining funds. Also, your career advice (especially the resume advice) helped me double my income in one job move. Thanks a bunch from my whole family (my daughter particularly appreciates that she can eat food without her parents having… Read more »
Jansen
Jansen
2 years 1 month ago
Hope you have a happy birthday, Ramit! IWT is the gift that keeps giving. Your insight is very practical and straightforward. As a matter of fact, I remember coming across an article where you discussed ways to get around our shortcomings. Most people go on about willpower and just “making” yourself do stuff, but you went into actual solutions, like identifying the problem point and addressing it. Suddenly, figuring out how to get myself to do stuff turned into a challenging game with myself, rather than a futile battle over things as fleeting as motivation or willpower. Here’s an example:… Read more »
Pamela Slim
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit, you and IWTYTBR have helped me in so many ways over the years!

Happy Birthday!

Probably my most relevant tip has been your advice about focusing my efforts to fewer products and services, which increased that income stream by at least 50%, reduced headaches and confusion, and strengthened the message of my brand.

But I would have increased my income by 90% if you had just been married. C’mon, hurry up.

Adam
Adam
2 years 1 month ago
Your book showed me the way to sort my finances and I can now move forward in my life with confidence that I’m doing the right thing. More significantly, you showed me the power of tuning into my invisible scripts and I find this useful in all aspects of my life including my relationships, work, sports etc. I now notice these in other people as well and this enables me to advise my friends better. I’ve also learned the importance of setting up systems, and not relying on “willpower” and “motivation” to get the important things done. I can’t thank… Read more »
Jackie
2 years 1 month ago
Besides all the obvious: helping me get clients, get out of debt, make more money on the side, etc., the BIGGEST thing that your site has taught me is how important it is to find what your own personal definition of wealth is. Before, I thought that because I didn’t have all this fancy crap that I wasn’t truly “wealthy”, but after reading your site for so long, it feels so damn good to be able to pick up the tab once in awhile when I’m out with good friends and other small things like that. That makes me feel… Read more »
Michelle
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! 6 Fig Consultant has made a huge impact on my business. I had a client who was paying me pennies to edit business cards for them because they were hiring a bunch of new employees. I realized their business was growing tremendously but I wasn’t sure how to capitalize off it. Fortunately, I had just started your course and went from small one-off projects with the client to then creating a new business service in which I was hired on a retainer to then landing my first $20,000 contract with them (or anyone for that matter). So I… Read more »
Scott
Scott
2 years 1 month ago

Automated my finances, landed my dream job with simple tactics, and I feel I just have a better understanding of people’s behavior and how to communicate more effectively. I think just knowing these things has boosted my confidence at key times and has had the greatest benefit.

Adam
Adam
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday, Ramit! Been reading for years. The overall big win you’ve given me is understanding my own psychology, how I’ve held myself back in the past, and how to change my mental game. Number two is understanding OTHER people’s psychology. Earn1k helped me turn my freelance rate from $40/hr to $75. Even better, when a great opportunity fell in my lap, I understood how to leverage a freelance gig into a full-time trusted advisor role, because I could look beyond my own wants and see the big picture. Then, from solo consultant to favored vendor, now with eight employees.… Read more »
Susan Parker
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit, Had to write, your birthday is the same as my mom’s and my daughter’s is the next day. You fall right between my daughter, 33 on Tuesday, and son who is 30. I am extremely impressed with your success and love reading your emails, especially the stories about your mom. Loved the one about flying first class. As for me, you are an inspiration. I am just finishing a book to be published later this year and plan to do a series of talks on the subject (Power of the Seed: Oils for Health and Beauty). So… Read more »
Robert Jones
2 years 1 month ago
I was first introduced to you through an article you did with Fortune Magazine in 2010 or ’11. I was intrigued, so I began reading your blog. At the time, I was in essentially a secretarial position at a law office in San Francisco, making 38K per year. I liked your blog, so I invested in your book and began putting some of your ideas into practice. I started thinking about things differently, and thinking bigger. I decided GET OUT of the dead-end job I was in and start putting my skill-set gained from years as a residential transaction paralegal… Read more »
Simon
Simon
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday!

I used your earn1k course to land a permanent contractor position that pays me about 50% more than the average income for my industry. I have saved $30k in the last 12 months. I plan on staying in this job for another 12 months then go nomadic for the trip of a lifetime.

I am ashamed to admit that I have also bought your ZTL course and so far done nothing worth talking about with it. But I will, I promise you that!

Jim
Jim
2 years 1 month ago

Mindset. The biggest takeaway I have taken from you, your site, and even the people who frequent here is mindset. By taking the time to learn more about it, how to utilize it and how to understand it better it’s impacted every portion of my life. In doing so, has led me towards a more rich life. The impact has been on everything from relationships, to health and success. Thanks and have a great birthday!

Kathleen
Kathleen
2 years 1 month ago

All the best to you Ramit and Happy 32nd birthday.
I have been reading your emails for quite some time and I find you to be a very upbeat and positive and truthful person.
Keep up the good work and keep smiling.
Now if I was only younger!!!! Ha ha

Sowjanya
Sowjanya
2 years 1 month ago

The thoughts on many of the topics you touch came t my mind often but I would brush them away as they were ” too much ” to handle, but through your sessions/ videos I now have to courage to DWELL on them at least and am sure will more forward on them soon . Thanks for what you do and can connect with your Indianess very well since I am one too !

Susie
2 years 1 month ago

You define and inspire “ballsy.”

francina
francina
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit your work has helped me follow through on projects i start.

Omar
2 years 1 month ago

Thanks to IWT I stopped over analyzing what to do for an Online Business and finally got out of my head thanks to the Zero to Launch Course.
I have learned how to Set up a website in minutes, how to promote my business and create value in the real world.
Those are the visible facts, but what IWT had really taught me over months of emails and blog posts was to dispel all the mythology regarding money, success and the nature of Online Businesses.
What cain I say… Ramit is just the surrogate Asian father I never had!

Annie
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!

IWT has changed my life in several ways but most recently, I used your negotiation material to begin to practice with the ultimate goal of negotiating a raise at work. Just last month I successfully got a promotion and a 25% raise (yes, I was that woefully underpaid after being too afraid to negotiate the job offer) with additional benefits after I was already told that there was absolutely no money available for anyone in the company to get a raise.

Aria
Aria
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!
By far what I have gleaned most from your emails is the self-confidence to deal with naysayers AND establishing and clarifying boundaries – especially on the spot during a conversation (a deficiency I’m improving). This takes quick thinking, which is good exercise all the time. You’re encouraging & reminding us to sharpen our wits and forethought continuously. Thank you.

Darin Klinger
Darin Klinger
2 years 1 month ago

In 2012, I invested in the “Stress Free Negotiation” course and I was able to secure a job offer with another company in my industry for $24,000 more than my previous salary!

I cannot think of another investment with that kind of return. From that point on, I have compounded my income by continually negotiating raises (3 since 2012) and I have been able to take on new responsibilities as a top performer.

Thanks Ramit, and Happy Birthday!

SB
SB
2 years 1 month ago

IWT got me automating my Roth IRA contributions, and also negotiating harder for raises. So thank you for this, and happy birthday Ramit. When you get married make sure you find some one as passionate as yourself.

Cj
Cj
2 years 1 month ago
Believe it or not, I actually met you back in ’06 at a conference in San Diego for Credit Unions seeking to target Gen Xers at the time. Your insight was profound and your charisma as a young speaker even back then, was impressive. Fast forward to 2014, I was at a point where it was time for a shift. I felt like I had accomplished all I had previously set out to and was looking to change my career from the ladder focus, which I had climbed, to the difference focus which would let me impact the lives of… Read more »
Melinda
Melinda
2 years 1 month ago
Happy early birthday! After I came back from a trip to Europe, my boss told me my job was being eliminated. I immediately put out my situation to my network very non-smarmily, and that same week, had two interviews, one offer, and a second offer this week. I even managed some negotiation after watching your scripts with Susan. I will be buying a car in the next month, and I also plan to use your material for that. Thanks very much for putting great free material out there. (I also bought the Earn1K stuff a few years ago and it… Read more »
R
R
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit and Happy Birthday! What you have accomplished before turning 32 is mind boggling, and I have the feeling it is just the beginning. I love reading your posts. You have a wonderful can-do attitude and not the kind that’s all mumbo jumbo. You deal with the psychology but in a different, more useful way, and you also help people understand what they have got to do differently–that sitting around wishing and hoping and waiting for things to change won’t work. I like that–it has the ring of truth in it. Now if only I could be 32 again… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! You’ve helped me negotiate a 10% raise, negotiate fees, network more effectively, and become a top performer at work. But I would say the two most important things you’ve taught me are these: 1) INVISIBLE SCRIPTS: You taught me to identify my invisible scripts so that I can take steps to test them and face them head on. This is SO HARD but I know the payout will be huge if I keep at it. THANK YOU for continually challenging me in this way. I never knew how much I needed someone to call me on my… Read more »
Megha
Megha
2 years 1 month ago
1. used the briefcase technique to get a 22% raise in my last job. 2. then used the negotiation techniques in your Dream Job class to negotiate a 36% raise in my next job but MOST importantly, used the techniques in your Success Factors course (and generally through your emails) to CUT OUT ALL people who were only adding NEGATIVE value to my life (those same people are now asking me how I scored such an awesome job with a huge increase in salary). AND best of all, I don’t feel guilty about cutting any of these people out. Thanks… Read more »
Rusty
2 years 1 month ago

I am a ztl student and have taken my career and future earnings into my own hands this year. I am a farmer by profession and have had some tough experiences with markets and weather in the past. I decided that I didn’t want to let something completely out of my control determine my future. I signed up for zero to launch back in April and am currently working towards building a profitable online business. Thanks Ramit and happy birthday.

Laurel
Laurel
2 years 1 month ago

like you need more happy birthday wishes!!! =)~ So you already know about my plans to start a B&B next year, which is the only thing that is keeping me from dashing my brains out at my current job! Your book (and subsequent blog/emails) keep me on track and keep reminding me that I have an actual future outside the proverbial rat race – don’t stop writing and sending !!!

Sheila
Sheila
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! I would say two major things I’ve learned from IWTYTBR are budgeting and negotiation. In your writing about budgeting, what really stood out to me wasn’t that you should spend so much on wants and needs ect, but that you should budget for the life you want. Before i read your book and blog I made decent money but I never kept track of it so it was hard to find the money to travel. Once I created a budget, I realized how i could change around where I was spending, which allowed me to go to both… Read more »
Beth
Beth
2 years 1 month ago
I’ve been one of your followers for a number of years. IWT & Dream Job have helped me with two jobs. The most recent one a year ago. I constantly think now about how a top performer would handle a situation. And I’m quoting you to my 17 yr old son who wants to major in psychology. Most of the conversations go like this…”You know Ramit went to Stanford and ended up making his own degree with psychology and computer science and now he has his own company.” “Yes, Mom, you’ve already told me a dozen times. He always trying… Read more »
Amy
Amy
2 years 1 month ago
I first bought one of your courses (negotiating) about 1.5 years ago, then followed it with success factors. The last year has been transformative for me, to put it mildly. I was able to change a dead end job into one with exponential growth, in part thanks to my ex mgr leaving. I received a promotion, and am now considered the sme in my group, as I continue toward my next career goal of becoming a pm. I have a mgr now that values my contributions to the group, have been recognized for performance by our sr vp of finance,… Read more »
Timothy Moser
2 years 1 month ago

IWT first opened my mind to running my own business and defining my own life. Earn1K got me earning money on the side tutoring back in 2010, and since then I’ve scaled myself to teaching thousands of people online and working for myself. I never plan to work in a job gain.

I’ve learned many things from people connected to you, Ramit, such as Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn, but for me, it all started here.

Happy 32nd!

Jordan K
2 years 1 month ago

IWT helped me increase my salary by $73,000! I learned about the game being played around me, I learned that there are infinite sources of wealth, and I learned that I don’t have to be the best at my job, I just have to be the best at showing other people how good I am. There are a ton of other people way smarter than I am doing better work than me, but getting paid less because they don’t know how to sell themselves.

Happy birthday Ramit and keep the good advice coming!

R
R
2 years 1 month ago

By the way, Ramit, I have two lovely daughters.

Sipiwe
Sipiwe
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!

IWT has helped me be a lot more conscious of my spending and judicious in my automation. Thank you!

Jo
Jo
2 years 1 month ago
For years I’ve been dominated by negative scripts. I tried positive self-talk, I tried ignoring the negativity… I tried exercise and what not. It didn’t work. My doubts, my indecision, my fears generally got the better of me. They squelched all my willpower and action, even when I really took action. I began to believe that willpower and action were overrated – and when that happens, you’re in real trouble. Your technique of acknowledging the scripts and responding to them with my wisest self is among the most useful tools I’ve ever used. It really helps. That, and of course,… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda
2 years 1 month ago

I’ve started a Tupperware business and this has been slow before but immediately when I started watching your videos my business has increased

Fel
2 years 1 month ago
Birthdays are the best. Where’s your Tiara? Let me count the ways you & IWT have helped me– 1. Value over cost mindset = priceless. I invest heavily in myself now with no qualms and consistently reap rewards 10 fold because of it 2. Book buying rule = That mindset led me to reading like I used to when I was a kid and coming across some of the most game-changing books of my life that have altered the way I think about everything (Art of Learning, Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Game, to name a few)… Read more »
Lynzie
Lynzie
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! Make sure your cake is delicious and your beer is cold.

So I’ve always been an “I’ll probably do it later” kind of gal, but since reading your blog I’ve actually cared about thinking of a dream job. I didn’t even think that you could have a “dream job” anymore than you could have a pet unicorn. So while I’m not at my dream job juuust yet, I know what I want and I know how I can get it.

Robert Harlan
2 years 1 month ago
A truly Happy Birthday to you my friend. It would be great to have a social event to meet up with you and thank you personally for your efforts. The thing that really struck me was the inner voice you echo out to all of us. What are we doing ? How do I get the skills to be a more marketable employee ? How to engage with others and keep things in balance. Last July I took a 22 week CompTIA A+ IT class during the evening. Yes I did get certified and in part it was your voice… Read more »
Omari
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit,

I’ve used your material to help tell my story as The Corporate Dropout by creating the first ever digital soul experience.

more to come…

Omari

TheCorporateDropout.com

Helen
Helen
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! There’s so many ways your stuff has made big differences to my life, but the biggest so far is your Overnight Resume Makeover – alongside other free stuff around Dream Job – helped me to get a job I love (as the manager of the person in the job I originally applied for because they thought I was so fabulous!) and move to a city I love living in (after 5 years of living somewhere I didn’t feel at home) I’m now slowly working through ZTL, the material is already making me more awesome at my day… Read more »
michelle
michelle
2 years 1 month ago

Wishing you an awesome birthday 32! so young, but so wise :)..Seriously, what I have learned so far and put into practice, go for the big win. be consistent, give value to others as a way of being, not just saying so. I have learned a lot, and I love the ‘special snowflake and all the other ways that people (including myself) disable and dissect why…………Just keep on.
BTW—no time like the present to find ‘the one’ could be your big win next year……………….
Hope you enjoy your deserved vacation.

Jon
2 years 1 month ago

Helped me feel comfortable asking for what I’m worth, even after multiple raises. Always focus on the value I can provide to my customers and seeking new opportunities and gladly accepted payment in return.

Bryan
Bryan
2 years 1 month ago

I used some of your techniques from the negotiating a raise class when negotiating for salary at my new job. Got a 10k bump. Danke, and happy birthday!

Kimberly
Kimberly
2 years 1 month ago
Ok. After having debt due to medical issues (the big C) AND having my salary frozen during the great recession (I work in the family business so no raise negotiating for me), I realized I couldn’t afford your course. (Hey you DID say, pay off debt first,) What I DID do is purchase your book I Will Teach You To Be Rich with an Amazon gift card I had gotten for my birthday. I read it in two days. By the end of the week, I had negotiated down interest, automated my finances, maxed out the total contribution I could… Read more »
Aniesa
Aniesa
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday! Your material has helped me to build more confidence in going for the jobs that I really want and expressing my abilities without selling myself short.

Ken
Ken
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday, Ramit!
Your blog and book have been inspirational to me. I’m already a business owner, (a gentlemen’s club, actually! And, yes, it’s my dream job…) But many of the things you teach about psychology help me every day in managing the girls and the rest of my help. Mostly, your success, and your teaching about maintaining the right attitude have helped me to continue to believe in myself and those around me who are actually striving to improve.
Thanks for all of your hard work, and hope you enjoy your time on the beach for your birthday!

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit,

About 2 years ago when I first saw the brief case technique I used it immediately and got a new job that not only meant a double promotion but was also double my salary at the time.
I have now quit that job and I am involved in other projects, but I’ve kept using the technique ever since then.

Pam MacCollum
Pam MacCollum
2 years 1 month ago
Happiest of Birthdays to you, Ramit! May this year bring more joy than the last! Your request of birthday present is quite unique, and for this reason, I am happy to present to you: I Will Teach You To Be Rich, in particular your courses on Negotiation, Dream Job, Success Triggers, And Brain Trust, have been exceptionally helpful in the past 9 months. Your email series on Mastering One Thing pushed me to get on board with my goal to get in better health. Starting in December 2013, I began an eating regime that saw me start dropping pounds –… Read more »
Dewey
Dewey
2 years 1 month ago

I have been following the big wins manifesto. I have successfully automated my finances and savings and I have been saving without any effort. Currently working on my credit score, but I have used the briefcase technique and started taking action of running a business on the side.

Dewey
Dewey
2 years 1 month ago

I noticed on the comments people wishing you a happy birthday. Your birthday is on June 30th, I will wish you a happy birthday on that day and not a day before 🙂

Laimonas Simutis
Laimonas Simutis
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! Biggest win would be this. Before learning from your materials, if I wanted to start a new habit or get better at something, I would pick an approach, fail at it, quit, then some time later try again, but with the same approach. Now when I start new habit, I set simple goal, track if I did it or not, stay non-emotional about failure to do it, analyse why I failed, readjust, and try again until successful. Other changes: – much more aware of the internal dialogue and catching instances where I want to “scold” myself – much… Read more »
D
D
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday, Ramit! One concept that has really stuck with me is the fact that we’re cognitive misers. To change habits, we have to change our environment to help us there, not just plan to do in through willpower alone. Last week, my boyfriend came back from the dentist with the news that he had FIVE cavities. That’s pretty outrageous. So, we started a plan to brush our teeth for 2 minutes, 3 times a day and see if it makes a difference at the next dentist appointment. We set up a jar in the bathroom–we add a quarter for… Read more »
Satish
Satish
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit, happy birthday. It is not at all strange to wish a birthday to ourselves. I read your emails on a routine basis whenever I find them in email box. Of course they contain useful information. One sentence was very striking and that is “we say I will prepare 100% and I will try it, but this way we will squander our time. Whatever ability we have, we have to try with it and add additional percentage to it.” This idea gave me an encouragement. Thanks. Once again I wish you a happy birthday.

jen
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday! Yes, women have that power but men do too 🙂

I think the best thing I’ve learned from you is that bullshitting yourself is not a life strategy. (And thanks!)

Louise
Louise
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit,

You helped me get started in my consulting business by teaching me to take the idea and put it to the test with 3 clients. Once you have three clients, then you know you’re on to something.

Thanks! And, Happy Birthday!!

Mike M
Mike M
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! You have changed my life for the better. Since I found your site, you helped me to start thinking a lot about what I want in my life and how I am going to achieve it. What you shared regarding your parents always asking you about what you are willing to do to be where you want to be in a year’s time has really changed my perspective and mindset on going about things. Then, I finally decided to take action. I signed up for your ZTL course and have been working hard on creating a system… Read more »
Sarrah
Sarrah
2 years 1 month ago
I used your 1K On the Side – Productivity Pack to hone my time management skills and figure out where my time was being wasted and how to maximize the time I was spending on projects. Because of that, I quit my job and landed a better one with more benefits, higher pay, and greater flexibility. Using the free videos, I also decided to start taking responsibility for my life and the decisions I make, and I’ve been happier since doing so. I didn’t realize how stressful it was, always looking for outward for someone to blame rather than looking… Read more »
Ty Summerlin
2 years 1 month ago
After moving from New York to Okinawa, Japan and then to San Diego, all within the course of 18 months (my wife is a general surgeon in the US Navy), I used your techniques to overcome my fear and doubts about starting an online business that can follow me anywhere (as a military spouse, this is now a necessity). I had a life-changing experience several years ago after I started working with the world’s top prosthetics practitioner (located in New York) to develop fitness programs for amputees. Aware of my impending move to Okinawa, we discussed starting an online fitness… Read more »
Corinne
Corinne
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Bornday Ramit! Hope you have a big one! IWT changed my way of thinking about how to do business and how to think outside of the box! I started taking pole class lessons and at one point, ‘had’ to come to the decision of paying for pole classes or school classes. School won out, but I missed pole so much! The exercise, the confidence, the empowerment, and just the sheer coolness of it. Thanks to you, I remember that it isn’t always about the money and learn how to market my skills. I offered to work in the studio… Read more »
Jason
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

I’m on your book material and have negotiated down my cable bill to less than half of what I was paying. Also have begun automating finances, savings, and am starting my business using your principles as well. Thanks for everything you’ve done, great information that helps me kick myself in the ass to get started!

Dave
Dave
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

Thanks for an awesome year!

I secured a job with a 15% pay increase using the briefcase technique. I also had coffee with a VP level person and am currently closing the loop.

Hope your vacation is a blast man!

Robert Putt
Robert Putt
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! Your Mom’s the best, you should include more of her commentary.

I used your briefcase technique and got a 30% raise on my starting salary and better benefits at my new employer. They were truly amateurs and it reflected.

Enjoy the sun.

Greg
Greg
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! IWT has raised the bar in nearly all aspects of my life. I look at money differently and my categories of spending are now nearly identical to I Will Teach You To Be Rich. I was laid off from my job and used lessons from Earn1k to carry my family 3 months on freelance work and more than doubled my standard rate. One of the companies I contracted with hired me full-time with a $28k increase in salary compared to the job I was laid off just months earlier. Finisher’s Formula keeps me a top performer and I’m… Read more »
Willie
Willie
2 years 1 month ago

IWTYTBR was a gateway drug to realizing that I could make subtle changes in my life that would drastically change the way I viewed myself and the world. From shifting my personal finances to spend lavishly on the things I love while cutting costs ruthlessly on the things I don’t (can’t tell you how many times I’ve used that quote with friends) to developing self-discipline sufficient for studying for and passing the exam to become a diplomat, your material has helped me more than you’ll ever know. Cheers to you, and Happy Birthday!

Caitlin
Caitlin
2 years 1 month ago
Tell your mom thanks for having and raising you! So nice to hear a dude grateful to his mom, even if she is persistent about… a certain subject. Thanks for pointing out and sharing links/videos/webcasts that have useable content–practical tips as well as systems. The automated system for paying bills took a load off, and I love tweaking it to fit my needs. The links to freelance financial challenges and (what’shername’s bit on) the productivity course have been slowly panning out for me. She suggested some great books! Thanks for highlighting how one has to deal with inner psychology to… Read more »
Diego Castro
Diego Castro
2 years 1 month ago

Thanks to your material I got my first job having just a prior internship and without finishing my college degree.

Happy birthday Ramit and thanks for everything!

Rick
Rick
2 years 1 month ago
For me, the most impactful way that this site and Ramit has changed my life, is simply in working on being a top performer. Ramit speaks a great deal about finding a dream job and doing what you want in life, but a big thing that often gets passed over on the way, is just the satisfaction that comes from knowing you do good work. I’m happier then I’ve been in quite a while at my current job, and my performance has been out of the park as a result. I know that soon, I’m going to get really hungry… Read more »
Amit Kumar Agrawal
Amit Kumar Agrawal
2 years 1 month ago
So here goes.. I had seen the video : How to negotiate your salary with emphasis on proving that you are a top performer. I got the call from the vice president in Norway absolutely unannounced and he wanted to discuss my salary with me for the new job. The only thing i focused on was being a top performer and it earned me 1 year extra hike of 20,000 Kr. All thanks to you. I joined the organisation and after joining came to know that the vice president with whom I negotiated my salary was responsible for strategy and… Read more »
Robert Ahdoot
2 years 1 month ago
Dear Ramit, Happy Birthday! Safe travels. We don’t know each other, but I’ve become a huge fan of your work, style, and what you offer to improve the world. That is my biggest gain from you. It started with your 99U speech, discussing J Abraham’s “strategy of preeminence.” I’ve always known deep down that my clients are lifelong partners. But articulating that, aloud, to them, has elevated my presence for myself and for them so greatly. It leads to the authority of saying/doing/writing anything I want to, with the clear mutual understanding that my work and intentions are to improve… Read more »
Courtney
Courtney
2 years 1 month ago

After my divorce, I was in tremendous debt thanks to my ex’s profound level of financial irresponsibility. IWT helped me automate my finances and pay off $40K of debt in 3yrs. Amazing!

IWT has also helped me become a more confident negotiator which is a big deal for me because I’ve always been the introverted type who tended to shy away from negotiating. In my side business, I charge what I’m worth instead of charging what I think a client might be willing to pay.

Caitlin
Caitlin
2 years 1 month ago
Fuck, where do I begin? I’ve been following you for so many years that you’ve influenced me in countless ways. It’s true. I hang on your every word. Lemme see, off the top of my head: doubled my income found my dream job — twice built two successful startups wake up at 5am every morning to go workout (learning how to obey my alarm clock was a big deal) learned deal with people who hassle me to have kids (I’m good, thanks) paid off credit card debt got over my fear of starting conversations with people I don’t know got… Read more »
Dodie Jacobi
2 years 1 month ago
Many happy returns Ramit!! I celebrate you and the gift of automated personal finance as your greatest contribution (thus far.) I celebrate your mama as potentially the next greatest gift – I love your stories of her heartfelt wishes for you, how you balance being a loving son with your individual life purpose, and how funny the juxtaposition of these two perspectives. Though my dear folks are no longer living, and left an indelible legacy of life lessons and best wishes for my life, the challenge of individuation is universal and connected to life purpose. Parental influence is so profound,… Read more »
JT
JT
2 years 1 month ago
Habits. I had them, good and bad, but they didn’t mean all that much to me – until a webinar you gave some time ago, something to the effect of ’28 days makes a habit’. Shortly after, I downloaded an app called ‘Habit List’, and incorporated it into my daily life. I started small, tracking habits like ‘Read 30 minutes each day’ or ‘floss daily’. This has been so successful, that now I observe habits and implement habit tracking for almost every area of my life that I want to make a measurable change in. This includes: tracking food intake… Read more »
Steve
Steve
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit!

Your CEO model made it possible for me, my wife and kids to move from coast to coast. We live a MUCH richer life now — and we were doing fine before!

Thank you for all of the tools over the years! I still review your Success Triggers videos – a year after I bought them.

All the best,

Steve

Menlo Park

Josh
Josh
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Thank you for: – giving me the tools I need to make discontinuous jumps in my business through Earn1k which enabled me to double my existing rate and book an $11k job the week after I started it using ONLY the briefcase technique (seriously, I’ve never even made it to the end of the course, something I’m rectifying right now). – the permission to be where I am financially. To hold off even on even some positive purchases such as education courses because having credit card debt tells me I’m not ready…and that’s fine and a strong motivation to… Read more »
Harrison
Harrison
2 years 1 month ago
Your mom might be the reason I now have no financial stressors. Seriously. She may be one of many influencers that made you want to start a ridiculous finance blog and write a book that helped me turn $3k into $6k in a year just by automating. So I turned right around and invested that into your courses. Because of them, I earn an extra $1300 a month that keeps me in tasty beer and coffee. And eliminated my concern for making rent ever again. Dude you’ve given me the tools to earn a living in ways that people effusively… Read more »
Adam
Adam
2 years 1 month ago
I’ll relate the same story here that I told the person you had interview me way way back in the day when I somehow managed to get two free copies of your book after it first came out. (I don’t think you ever used the interview) “Doing the Math” This was before I think you got into a lot of the psychological stuff (at least when you didn’t go as deep into it), but you can see the relevance now. The key to me was to not make an emotional decision with money, but to do the math first and… Read more »
Sthuthi
Sthuthi
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, This is such an easy question to answer, I am glad you asked: IWT came into my life at just the right time. I had graduated with a degree in a field that wasn’t doing so well, and I was struggling to find employment. While I was happy for my friends getting jobs and moving forward in life I couldn’t help feeling stuck, and questioning my purpose/abilities/self-worth. It was time to make a change.. I knew it, I was just too chicken to do it. I coffee networked my way from an unemployed pajama wearing new grad to… Read more »
Julia Davis
Julia Davis
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday! Your honest spirit, diligence, and independence has been an inspiration. I am on my way to stripping my old way of thinking what makes one happy and working toward a more thoughtful impactful life. Have a lovely weekend.

Candace
Candace
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I bought your DJ course last year and went through the rigors of your different modules. I just got an offer for my DJ position last week in a completely different career track, same industry, with no direct experience, through networking, understanding the needs of the company and scenario planning for the interviews. They are offering me a 20% increase in salary with better benefits and I will be negotiating the Ramit way. Before I would have just blindly applied to positions that I think I am qualified for but now I know ‘the way’ and that… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

I have an Anthropology degree. A lot of people told me that liberal arts and social science degrees are worthless. Well, Dream Job helped me get a 6x hourly increase from my previous job, launching me from one of my poorest of my friends made up of attorneys and engineers to one of the most well-paid. I get to work with great teams, including a company VP, and make recommendations at a strategic level for a well-known and well-established tech company. Your material has taught me that only the sky’s the limit.

Many thanks.

Joe B.
Joe B.
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Happy Birthday! Your material has been immensely helpful for me. I’m a student in your Dream Job course, and learning that there is a system that I can employ to find my dream job has empowered me in what I previously felt like was a hopeless situation. Your lessons about choosing a Job Title, and Company, as well as Natural Networking seem so obvious in hindsight, but I had so many mental barriers in the past that were holding me back from doing anything to improve my situation. I haven’t found my dream job yet, but your material has… Read more »
Alex
Alex
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I purchased Earn1K 2 years ago and now earn an extra $1200/month from freelance work. It was a huge relief when I was able to prove to myself that I could find a way to make income independently from my 9-5er. I remember cramming Earn1K videos/worksheets hours before my first freelance consultation. Every note on my phone started with DELIVERABLES DELIVERABLES DELIVERABLES. Without having it as a guide, my focus would’ve been on the wrong things and I might not have been able to reach a deal. I also would’ve undervalued my work, as pre-earn1K I was… Read more »
Dave
Dave
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

IWT has helped me in multiple areas in the last year:
I landed a new job that will pay me $30k more than my previous one (and another $7k raise next month).
I used your personal finance techniques to automate my finances and help me start saving/investing so I can reach my financial goals.
Finally, I started a side business that has already brought in $2k worth of profit.

Thanks and cheers!

kr
2 years 1 month ago
Dream Job: I started implementing the DJ system as I was interested in switching career tracks. At one point a coffee meeting led to a job opportunity. I let my boss know I was pursing it. I got a 5k raise and a title bump just for taking coffee meetings. ZTL: I’ve been wanting to do my own thing for a while, but Earn1k didn’t fit for me. I haven’t been able to settle on anything, there’s just too many options, too much info. ZTL has allowed me to focus on something that I enjoy, that there’s a market for,… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s Bday List:

Thanks to you I:

-Landed dream job
-Negotiated $7k pay raise
-Automated finances
-Started going to gym minimum 3x/week
-Improved networking
-Enjoy Starbucks whenever I feel like it, guilt free

Happy Birthday!

Samantha
Samantha
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!
I have been afraid to fail for so long that it was holding me back from trying to succeed! Your coaching has helped me see through that inner psychology and now I’m set to begin my dream job in August!
Thanks, you’re Awesome!

Keisha
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

As a recent graduate your email scripts helped me get informational interviews leading to real interviews without submitting resumes. Dream Job articles helped me realize the path I want to take as well. Above everything else I realize when a mental barrier is preventing me from doing something I want to do, and I test the best ways to work around them now.

Thank you.

Eva Spitzer
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit, I read your book about five years ago, and have read your blog and emails ever since. After reading your book, I got all my finances in order and saved enough money to quit my job and freelance. I then took your Earn1k class, which helped me find lucrative freelance work that lead to a new job that paid 50% more than my previous one. I continued to save money, and *after getting married,* we negotiated down the cost of our house by 20%, and then renovated it. I always call and get credit card fees removed,… Read more »
David
David
2 years 1 month ago

I wanted to find a way to invest regularly without having to spend all of my time thinking about it. Ramit’s book taught be about index funds and lifecycle funds. Now I can spend my time focusing on the projects I care about but knowing that I am putting money away wisely for the future.

Peter
Peter
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit and Happy Birthday!

I bought your IWT book and because of it was inspired to open an online savings account and set up some automatic saving via direct deposit. Not a very large change, but every little bit helps in saving.

Rebecca
2 years 1 month ago

You’ve given me the gift of creating my own system of financial stability and the financial guidance only one other person on the planet would have been able to give, but he isn’t here to do so. For that, my gratitude goes beyond “thank you.” You’re always my first stop when I’m looking for insight.

May your 32nd year be brilliant beyond your ability to predict or conceptualize.
Let magic in, daily.
Rebecca

Jim Luoma
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Read IWTYTBR and also paid for the Earn $1K class back in 2011. Only completed the first week or two of the course material (my bad) but I used the lessons I learned from the course and your book to get a 50% raise at my company before eventually leaving them a year later to start my own consulting firm and a small construction business. Since I read your book four years ago, I’m earning 50% more at my full-time job, own a rental property, have quadrupled by retirement savings, and have a small business I operate in my… Read more »
Nikki
Nikki
2 years 1 month ago
My friend showed me your salary negotiation video. It reassured me and gave me ways to frame my request so that I could be open and assertive but not defensive. It went great and I got an immediate 7k raise even after they’d just given me a raise and a promotion. I’ve shared that video and advice with a half dozen other women and everyone that asked got similar raises. We’re all young so just think about how that salary increase is going to result in a higher salaries for the rest of our lives and the knowledge that it… Read more »
Jack
Jack
2 years 1 month ago
Happy early birthday Ramit! Thanks to some top performer level preparation and new negotiations techniques, IWT has gotten me a great new job along with a 33% increase in salary. I’ve also started to book freelancing gigs as well as started on my own online business. Both are still in their very infant stages but at least now I’m willing and motivated to work towards it. Understanding my own psychology and a bit of that of others around me really puts me in a much better position to understand what’s really going on and how to best address the situations.… Read more »
Crystal
Crystal
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit – You’ve enabled me to increase my salary by $11,000 in the last year and a half. I’ve used your negotiation skills, done a ton of upfront research, and been more mentally prepared for whatever may come my way. I’ve also challenged my own invisible scripts and become more confident in my abilities and what I bring to the table at my job. Thanks for everything, and have a wonderful 32nd birthday. My (32nd) birthday was last month… it’s not so bad to be in your early thirties!

Taylor Dinges
Taylor Dinges
2 years 1 month ago
Wow. IWT has done remarkable things for me, but more importantly it has done more for my family and friends. I implementing everything from IWT, used the scripts, talked to my financial adviser and it worked 100% of the time if I followed your advise. When I attempted to deviate, I had negative results and immediately went back your scripts. I can not believe that the information in IWT is not mandatory in high school and college. Most importantly, I force fed/spread the word to all my friends and family and everyone was very receptive. Being a young professional, the… Read more »
Raghavan
Raghavan
2 years 1 month ago

My big IWT take aways have been:
1. Take action
2. Focus on big wins
3. Testing

Lindsey
Lindsey
2 years 1 month ago
After taking your Dream Job course, I feel insanely more confident in my ability to find a Dream Career! After I went through a two-month process of interviewing for a “Dream Job” which turned out to be a bait-and-switch, I felt so defeated. However, within days, I had 3 interviews for amazing jobs (instead of what I probably would have done before, which would have been to take that less-than-ideal job since, at least it was a job)! All of this was thanks to the system. I have trusted it, and it works for me. Now, I am able to… Read more »
Michael
Michael
2 years 1 month ago

Braintrust interview w Romainello – bought the book, started the program. I’m better off physically than I have been since my second year of college and I just finished week 3! Never would have considered that book without that interview, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Ruben
Ruben
2 years 1 month ago
IWT has changed my life — to say the least. I mean that as a long time follower since the early stages of your blog. From your early personal finance tips to your career advice, I have taken them to heart and have executed much of your words of wisdom with great success. Your book became my financial bible (top notch bathroom reading) and motivation during harsh times. Not only did you help me change the way I treated my money, you also forever changed the way how I FEEL about money. Straddled with student loans, credit card debt and… Read more »
Matt
Matt
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! Your material and courses have helped me in so many ways. Here are the biggest ones that come to mind: 1. Breaking my habit of jealous self-talk. I was always looking at what everyone else was doing and coming up with BS excuses why they were succeeding in areas that I was struggling. I don’t do that anymore. I’ve taken to heart the “Iceberg Effect” and know that almost all of the successes I see and read about are achieved though tons of hard work and past failures. Now when I see these it just inspires me… Read more »
JK
JK
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday Ramit! I love your idea of testing a hypothesis. I am still looking for my dream job, but I started to contact people in order to make career goal more specific. It’s nice to know that you will never fail by testing your hypothesis (e.g., if your strategy didn’t work, that means you learned what did not work). I am extremely introvert and tend to get tired easily just by talking with people, but I pretend that you are my career coach and that you told me to talk with others. Thank you so much for all your… Read more »
Natacha
Natacha
2 years 1 month ago

Iwt has changed my life forever by giving me the hard simple basics to change and improve my life as often and as deep as I want for the rest of my days: don’t BS yourself with excuses, invest in yourself, focus on the same thing over time and TEST to gain knowledge and momentum!

Michelle Dunlap
Michelle Dunlap
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! Where should I start talking about how you and your material have helped me? I’ve used your book to automate my finances, and have paid off my car and 80% of my credit card debt so far! I’ve used RBT to expose myself to new people and ideas, and to hold myself accountable with my NDZ group. I’ve used Dream Job to laser in on the career I want after careful research, and am using natural networking now to find out more about individual places to target. I’ve opened myself up to serendipity by talking with my… Read more »
Eloy
Eloy
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

My life has changed a lot since I introduced testing and little bets. My wife loves it, instead of making changes and thinking that they will be for life she knows that if it is nonsense we’ll try other thing.

Kind regards.
Eloy Ruiz

Carla
Carla
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday Ramit! I read and enjoy every one of your emails. You convinced me of something I was skeptical of — that taking little baby steps first and instilling those as habits, instead of going all out and failing time and again — has a higher likelihood of success, long term. Accepting this has allowed me to stop the cycle of a long, drawn out planning phase, then revving up, psyching myself up, busting out of the gate . . . and then crumbling under the inevitable complications and pressure. Don’t have to do that anymore, plus I’m finally… Read more »
Dave
Dave
2 years 1 month ago
Found your book after you did a guest post on the Mint.com blog (I think it was 2009). Read the book, loved it, started following the site. The book alone changed how I thought about money (used to worry constantly about it) and brought quality to my life. Then over the years of reading your material I realized the biggest lessons for me: build systems and testing. Examples of building systems: – Through a guest blog post on your site I bought Four Hour Body (used to be 240 pounds) and was able to build a food system with Tim’s… Read more »
Rico Pagliuca
Rico Pagliuca
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I feel odd posting this comment [about how IWT has changed my life] since I have yet to pay you a damn thing. Due to debt, fear and untreated ADD I’ve yet to be in a place where I can actually pay you for the content you generate. I have, however, used some of your information for my own personal benefit. And I read every email. The negotiation tips you’ve offered for free, and the interview you did with that one gal [i cannot place the name] where she shared her experience really have helped me feel… Read more »
Karl
Karl
2 years 1 month ago

More than anything, IWT has given me the confidence that I can take more control over my lifestyle and earnings. I always thought I would just wind up working for someone else my whole life, but now I know I can have so many more options.

Happy birthday Ramit. I hope you treat yourself to a great experience that you will share with the IWT community.

Take care.

Mario Lopez
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit! Happy birthday!!
Your material have been very helpful for me, specially Ramit Brain Trust and The Finisher Formula. I am very spiritual but spirit by itself doesn’t work for get a job or create a business. Your material has an important role in my life, it is the Clint Easwood part, the yang element, the action instead of contemplation. It has helped me to find a very good payed job. Thanks soo much!

Brandon
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, everytime you ask this question, I kick myself because I know I should have an answer on how the Earn 1K course has changed my life. But the truth of the matter is I still haven’t gotten all the way through the course (bought it 3 years ago). But that’s not to say that I haven’t been helped. I have actually used one of your free techniques to get a $10K raise in my job. So, I can without a doubt say you are the man. I may not always know where the most beneficial piece is going to… Read more »
Robin
Robin
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday! Your posts about psychological barriers have been very helpful. And your hacks for making/changing habits, automation, making good choices, and time management. Your posts are refreshingly free of frugalism. And they’re funny, so whether I learn something I want to use now or not, I’ve been entertained. Thanks!

Aaron
Aaron
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit, Just want to thank you… alot of your content has helped me tremendously. Recently I took action after reading your post on why we settle on the big things in life, and decided I need to do something about it. I have been at my job for 6 years as project manager, over worked and underpaid for my role. I could easily coast just getting by for another 6 years here. After taking a couple of my key network friends out for lunch I started the process. I used the briefcase method laying out presentation of case… Read more »
Keith
Keith
2 years 1 month ago

Hello and Happy Birthday Ramit!

When I started following you and reading your material, I was at a very low point in life. Your insight led me through a lot of introspection. Fast forward several years, I am in a job I really like, making more money than I have in the past, and am happy.

Thank you,
Keith

John
John
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

I’ve used your book “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” to turn my finances around and it has changed my life. I have also successfully landed my dream job at a tech company in NYC as an Interactive Designer! The past 9 months since I started reading your material, it has changed my life around 180 degrees!

Thank you for always kicking me in the butt,
John

Therese
2 years 1 month ago
Happy day of birth, Ramit! IWT has changed my life in more ways than I can name, but there are two core concepts that have had the biggest impact on me and on my life: The first of these concepts is the importance of really understanding and getting into other peoples’ heads — whether in work, business, in love or in life-at-large, learning to do the “deep research” and frame things from other peoples’ points of view, in their own language, and in consideration of their burning pain points has been central to EVERY big change I’ve made in my… Read more »
Elliot
Elliot
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! How did IWT help me? Well, I’m not sure it did but getting married did! Imagine what will happen when you get married! You’ll take all of what you know and take it to “the next level” as they say.

Will
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, buddy… I was saving this for the Friday Brag, but since you asked: We got invited to speak to a $9 billion (billion with a b, as in “bout to crap myself”) company. This was because I was massaging our existing clients through questions about what made them happy, what they liked about what we were doing and all the other stuff Ramit says to not ignore. Then Boom! They said we should speak with a company they work with and we asked for an introduction. They did and we were in! A couple of weeks later we… Read more »
Nathan
Nathan
2 years 1 month ago

Congrats Ramit!

I don’t think I would have gotten back into a professional field without you’re material.
I had a adventurous dream job, that blow up in my face. Afterwards, I was way to shocked to push myself again. This “Year of Mastery” has kept me grounded in the knowledge that if I want success I’m going to have to get overmy failures, learn from them, then push on.

“Navigating the maze of life, means taking at least a few wrong turns. ”

You’re a great person,
thank you,
Nathan R

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 years 1 month ago
Happy (early) birthday! I’ve been meaning to reach out to you for awhile to let you know how IWT changed MY life. I just landed my DREAM JOB by using every single technique in FYDJ, increased the salary on that offer by leveraging another offer I had, and truly pushed through my fears of networking to become a networking master. I also negotiated my past job’s salary up an additional $7k from what they were giving me in my annual review last summer. Truly, these are all thanks to your advice. Oh, and I booked 4 nights in Waikiki Beach,… Read more »
Analise Smith
2 years 1 month ago
I read ‘I Will Teach You How To Be Rich’, and COMPLETELY changed my financial game. I’m 27 and have now maxed out my ROTH IRA two years in a row. I was a good little disciple and told all of my friends who had a very puzzled look on their faces when I mentioned an IRA; might as well been speaking german. My best friend downloaded your book and opened a ROTH, not to mention my boyfriend (well I kinda made him). They both are now spreading the word about you too. THANK YOU for writing such a funny,… Read more »
Ana
Ana
2 years 1 month ago

I totally get you! Here, in the other side of the Atlantic, I only know two people our age (27 here as well!) who actually care about personaly finance! I read IWTYTBR, and I made my friend do it as well! “Why are you saving for retirement now? You are so young!” Oh well 🙂

Jax
Jax
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday and Thank You Ramit!

The No-Stress Salary Negotiation Course has made me a superstar at work. A little guidance from you helped me find new purpose and become an fountain of ideas and creative solutions. I’m making things happen and being recognized for it. We haven’t had THE negotiation yet, but I’ve scored a new certification on the company’s dime, and I feel confident about the potential here. My ideas and documentation are regularly knocking the boss’s socks off. In his words, “This helps me advocate for you.”

Khoco
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Born Day Ramit, your free material aided me in helping my 17yr old son totally niche down to his “perfect” job by asking key questions ruling out all the Jobs he didn’t want and then fine tuning it so he was able to say with confidence all the reasons why he’d make a great Beta testing Gamer!

Simone
2 years 1 month ago

You have helped me to automate my finances; save more money; go for the big wins; go for my dreams; and make more money with my side hustle! Thank you.

Happy birthday Ramit!!

Ben
Ben
2 years 1 month ago
Productivity pack and ZTL student here, but what has impacted my life the most was your use of psychology to turn basic financial advice on it’s head. I’ve been reading along for probably 7 years or so now, and while I can’t take advantage of all of your material for myself, I’ve used a lot of it in my work. I work in public health, and your material motivated me to study behavior change and psychology of health and I’m now working in Iraq to end discriminatory gender practices such as female circumcision through educational programming improved by in-depth psychological… Read more »
Liz
2 years 1 month ago

IWT may have taught me how to approach debt, finances, and negotiations, but the absolutely biggest lesson was to not sweat the small stuff. Eff the $2 iced coffee, it brings me happiness. I’ll work on rocking my side hustle instead of agonizing over the nickels and dimes.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Early Earth Strong Ramit! So IWT has had a dope impact on me! Your Scrooge Strategies helped me to save over 2000 on upgrades I made to my car by using the multiple saving account technique, using points /ff miles and waiting to see if better deals arise. I got a new in Dash DVD stereo for 660 (retail 1400) by using these methods, when I was all set to use my $600 saved up to buy a lesser model and pay for installation etc. Your Earn 1K helped me to actually write pitches for freelance work! I blog… Read more »
Arvind
Arvind
2 years 1 month ago
Your material helped me focus on what’s really important to me and got me to start taking action on those things. It helped me get rid of information paralysis and ‘not knowing what to do.’ At the end of last year, right before I joined Finisher’s Formula, I had lost about 90 lbs of weight and was starting to think about my career after 2.5 years of stagnating. I decided that I wanted to do SOMETHING, but a start-up didn’t work out the last time I did it, and I wanted more control over my time. I didn’t know what… Read more »
Suzy
Suzy
2 years 1 month ago

Of course, Happy Birthday!

I am retired so I am not looking for a dream job, etc. I like reading your advice on spending and organizing my time. I also think I got a great pot roast recipe on your site some years ago!

Steady
Steady
2 years 1 month ago

Got a great job with a salary that doubled the one in my former company. Moved to another city because of this and I’m meeting amazing people and making friends along the way.

Thanks for your inspiration and wisdom.

Marsha from YesYesMarsha.com
2 years 1 month ago

Thanks to the Finisher’s Formula, I now floss every single day.
My dentist thanks you.

Happy birthday, Ramit!

Joe
Joe
2 years 1 month ago
I’m working my way through Earn 1K and Success Triggers. I have discovered I have a lot of invisible scripts and the material is really helpful in overcoming them. When it came to freelance work I used to think, “I can’t do that, I don’t know how to [SKILL SET], I can’t use [SOFTWARE]. I’ll never make any money and die alone in an alley where squirrels will eat my eyes.” The IWT blog and courses have made me realize how ridiculous I was being. This year I have done freelance projects that I didn’t completely feel qualified to do,… Read more »
Cathy
Cathy
2 years 1 month ago

Of all the things I’ve learned from Ramit, this is the one thing that has changed my life the most:

“Success in life is directly proportional to the number of awkward conversations you’re willing to have.”

I have this Ramit quote on the wall in my office and on the fridge in my home. It has affected every personal and professional relationship I have. I have taught this to my children. I have modeled it for my team. And it is completely true.

Dustin
Dustin
2 years 1 month ago

Just this week I took a new job where I negotiated an over $16,000 per year raise. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do so without your material.

I recommend you to friends and family constantly.

Thanks Ramit!

Ram
Ram
2 years 1 month ago

You have helped me better negotiator and think in terms of value creation rather than make more money.

Carmen
Carmen
2 years 1 month ago

Dear Ramit,

Earlier this year, I was looking at ways to justify asking for a raise. I came across your website, watched some of your videos, and took a lot of your great advice.

This ended up in me getting a $7K or 16% raise! I am happy to say that I am one of few people I know (That are not an engineer or something) who are only 30 yrs old and are making over $50K per year.

You have great advice – THANK YOU SO MUCH! Keep it coming!!!

Happy Birthday!

Kevin
2 years 1 month ago

You have made me realize that I want to work for myself instead of someone else. Joining ZTL was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I won’t give up, and I will be successful. Hopefully, I’ll be able to look back at my life before IWT and realize what was missing in my life.

Sarah D
Sarah D
2 years 1 month ago
After years of reading IWT and your free material, I was finally inspired (by both the course material and my current career situation) to sign up for Dream Job. This changed my life profoundly. I followed your steps to the letter, and was prepared for a long but rewarding battle to obtain my dream job – and to my pleasant surprise, got it in just five months after starting the Dream Job course. I owe you a detailed explanation of how the course helped me and I’ll provide some soon in the Dream Job feedback fields, but I am happier… Read more »
Phil
Phil
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit, the biggest way you’ve helped me is by confirming my belief that it is not that difficult to find/create a job in this world that you enjoy and adds value to others’ lives. I already knew the old “you’re not supposed to enjoy work” mantra that some people preach was BS, but you’ve only confirmed how ridiculous and close-minded it is. Thanks a lot!

Paula
Paula
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!
I used to spend a lot of time thinking about how my money was working for me (even though I’d started saving/ investing early and had automated most of it). Reading IWT helped me understand that it wasn’t enough to have set things up correctly, I ALSO had to stop worrying about them, enjoy my life, and then *spend* my money on the things that would make me happy. You gave me permission to spend and save at the same time. Thanks for that 🙂

Chandana
Chandana
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, Best Wishes for your Birthday! Even though I am older than your average readership, and very successful, I have learnt many things from you. Recently, I went out on a limb and got a personal trainer. I am already a fit person, but want to kick it up a notch. I have an injury for which I am getting physical therapy, so I wanted to do something that would take my mind off it, and keep me from feeling sorry for myself. Earlier, I would have balked at paying such a huge amount, but I decided that it… Read more »
Allyson
Allyson
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! Always figured you were a cool Cancer (my bday is June 29th, so cheers!) I bought Earn1K about 2 years ago, and am now free-lance writing (~$1500/month) thanks to you. Still in debt, but wow! am I grateful for your course. While it’s not financially possible now, I look forward to taking another to take my freelance biz to the next level. Thank you for your dedication to your blog, business, and students- May this be the year that you find your fantastically-cool, brillant, loving, and knock-your-socks-off true partner! Waiting to hear your good news (no pressure,… Read more »
Rachel B
Rachel B
2 years 1 month ago

I started following your advice in 2009, and took your No Stress Negotiation course, which enabled me to successfully ask for a raise. Today I am totally debt free, and making nearly 3 times what I made in 2009. Life feels pretty good right now. I’m getting married in September, and it seems crazy that I actually have the money to pay for it, without going back into debt!
Happy Birthday, Ramit! And THANK YOU!

Jesse Anderson
2 years 1 month ago

It’s my birthday and I wants to know how I helps you 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo_TRFXh5XI

I’ve done Dream Job and found my Dream Job. Along with that I got a big raise. More importantly, I broke through many mental barriers.

I taught my wife some of the tactics and she got her Dream Job.

My family is much better off financially now. Thanks Ramit!

Ashley
Ashley
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit,

Your material has gotten me to speed ball paying off my student loans(almost there), open up an emergency fund account, set up automatic payments and start contributing to ROTH account as well. As soon as my student loans are paid off I plan on starting to invest.

josh
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit,

Congratulations on celebrating another birthday keep up the awesome work. Through your awesome material (RBT, Earn 1k) I am now 90% of the way to launching my first venture on the side.

I am going back through your earn 1k to nail down what my benefits are not features and how to position myself.

Thanks for kicking me in the ass to get it done.

Natasha
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!

I’m a young reader who first learned about you by buying your book “IWTYTBR” at Legalforce (Palo Alto location).

Your philosophies about personal finance and business are guiding me for a better life. I have a couple job interviews next week and I am going to apply the briefcase technique! Your newsletter is one of the few that I subscribe & read on a daily basis.

Thanks for the awesome videos & blog posts.

Juan
Juan
2 years 1 month ago

Your insights have pushed into what I feel is the right direction in my life, is something very hard to notice for me, but I feel there is a constant force that joined previous experiences and is guiding me toward a person who can communicate with other people.

I feel communication is the key to ease your path in life, and Ramit advice is one more step in the road.

Thanks for your energy.

Brandon
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, IWT was the first website I ran into about 8 months ago on this “genre” of material and you have opened my mind up to so many learning opportunities which have completely changed my life because of it! I read every IWT newsletter and do my best to proactively accomplish what you challenge your readers to do. In turn I have also subscribed to a few other newsletters/youtube channels which all challenge me to be a better me. I no longer waste my time doing pointless things, I’m now scheduled and busy from 8-10 which is a little much,… Read more »
Kit
Kit
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday Ramit! I’d like to thank you for changing my life in one sentence, actually. I’d just been introduced to your material and was reading around, and I ran across a passage where you were talking about people who say they “should” do xyz. And you used the phrase “loser language” to describe the word “should” – it seemed like that was just a throwaway turn of phrase to you, but to me it was a major thunderbolt moment. I’d always been a total “should” victim, because I genuinely thought that a sense of obligation was a moral virtue… Read more »
Chris
2 years 1 month ago
Hey Ramit – Happy b-day. I’ll turn 32 a few days after you on the 4th of July. No beach trip for me this year, but I was truly able to tell my family I have everything I need and no birthday shenanigans or presents needed this year. I’m one of those freeloaders who stays on your mailing list and returns to your site because of all the awesome free material you give away. I can say that I was able to both land a job right out of college (not easy today, especially not when you graduate college at… Read more »
Chaz
Chaz
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday! I have benefited greatly from your help in this last year. I left a job and negotiated a 40% raise from my old job to my new one! and it was my dream job. Now I am slowly working through zero to launch. Thanks again for all the great material.

I will be turning 30 on the 3rd of July and will have to take your advice and go to a beach somewhere to celebrate this last years changes!

Chaz

Leigh
Leigh
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit! Earlier this year I negotiated a $15,000 raise using your techniques. And you helped but me on the road to getting my finances in order when in one of your emails you said that you absolutely would not allow for someone to pay for your course on credit. I was like, “look at this opportunity I missed out on. Girl get your house in order.” Thanks a bunch and happy birthday!

raoul
raoul
2 years 1 month ago

You’re just awesome and your stuff are too! I learned a bunch of thinks about personnal finance, business, blogging, traveling, helping others, …
thank u

raoul
raoul
2 years 1 month ago

happy birthday 😉

Carolynn
2 years 1 month ago
Where do I even begin? Here’s where your material’s gotten me just this week alone: -$3k of new business. I’m officially making more money as a self-employed businesswoman than I do at my day job (which I’m probably quitting in the next 3 months) -Despite the income, I now have MORE time to spend doing whatever I want. Tonight I’m taking my 91-year old grandma out to dinner for her birthday. I couldn’t do that when I was working crazy hours at my first corporate job out of college. -I’m buying my first car … again, thanks to the income… Read more »
Jo Jo Fildi
2 years 1 month ago
Well Ramit, I think I will remember your birthday, as it’s the same day as my first born daughter- she’s going to be 9. Just wanted to first of all wish you a wonderful day, and also to say that I’m on your Z2L program, and we’ve made so much progress over the past month with our business, that I’m finally starting to believe that I could be one of those people who jet around the world with my kids to far off places, and blissfully work from a laptop anywhere in the world. I’ve had to listen to your… Read more »
Cat
Cat
2 years 1 month ago
Congratulations on 32 revolutions around the sun Ramit! What IWT has given me? Making being laid off the best vacation and challenging game I’ve ever had. (What people aren’t happy when they are unemployed and searching – I was totally happy!) Being able to cross off working at the Smithsonian, ie being a nerd herder off my bucket list Moving across country and experiencing a new way of living and finding my place within it. Joining RBT and meeting and being constantly challenged by incredible positive people who are making me a much better version of myself. Thank you and… Read more »
Corinne Espinoza
Corinne Espinoza
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! Your material has helped me focus and prioritize my goals; it motivates me daily, keeps me on track and helps in logistical ways (increasing income) as well as psychologically (not feeling guilty that I am not a magical creature who can do everything on the planet at the same time, including relax). P.S. Ever think about getting a wife and settling down?

Ana
Ana
2 years 1 month ago
First, yes, we do have a gift, I can make anything you say look like you just called me fat. I don’t even think I am fat! I have the theory that all these skills improve A LOT once a woman becomes a mother. Now, your birthday gift! I could make a list (I LOOOOVE lists), but let’s go with the most important one. You know all those people you talk about that are constantly claiming they are on a diet, but are still fat, because they reward themselves with a chocolate every day? Yes, I hate them exactly like… Read more »
Christine
Christine
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit,

Happy Birthday!

I’m part of your ZTL and RBT programs. I’ve learned that (proper!) marketing isn’t scammy — it is getting the word out to the right people so I can help them solve their problems. It is a big paradigm shift for me.

I’m also excited to join a community that can help me launch my online business.

Cheers,
Christine

Bradley
Bradley
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit!

The list of things I’ve learned from you is too long to put here, but the main three would have to be:

1) The power of Big Wins
2) The importance of systems
3) Networking/cold emailing

Thanks for all that you do!

AJ
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! I started with Earn1k and also bought Dream Job. I wanted to make some extra income, so I started a business (Castro Valley Game Library), and I paid it off. I’ve already made thousands. This is definitely a dream job. I get paid to help families play games together. My latest community event was a giant outdoor snowball fight with 300 fake snowballs. I also do weekly events for a client ($50/hour for 90 min. events/1x per week & I can bring my kids). They book 8 events at a time and have renewed since Oct. I can… Read more »
RMF325
RMF325
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit; may all of your wishes come true! Your material has helped me in so many ways; I’ve got my money automated, I have a Schwab checking account (best checking EVER!!), I have an AMEX Starwood Preferred card that I use a lot. I took your negotiating class and learned so much from that; have used that knowledge many times. I learn something from you every time I get an email from you; it is always great stuff. And, I found out you have a little brother named Maneesh, and he’s helping me learn/do all kinds of things… Read more »
Ashley
Ashley
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit!! I hope reading these comments about how IWT has impacted us really is a great present for you. Where do I even begin to describe the ways in which you, your team and material has helped me? I’m part of 2 classes and don’t regret joining either. Even though I have yet to get through all of the lessons from these classes, I have already learned so much. You have taught me to let go of all the junk both mentally and physically in my life and free my mind of worthlessness. You have taught me to… Read more »
Joanna
Joanna
2 years 1 month ago
I signed up for a finisher’s formula. I went through half the course when I recall reading/hearing something in the lines of ‘motivation is rarely a problem, execution is’. Man, has it changed my perspective. For 5 years I’ve been trying to lose weight. I know I could do it, because I’ve done it in the past, but it just wouldn’t happened. I blamed myself for not trying hard enough. I realized that all this time I was doing the same thing: start exercising, eating better, etc. Pretty much the same that I did before. Except my life changed (where… Read more »
ArvidV
ArvidV
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit,

A happy birthday!

The one thing that was huge for me was the Achieving Mastery (and why there are no shortcuts) from the succes triggers program. It helped me get into the mindset of continuous action. And while I still look for hacks, I now also value the longer term perspective and have given myself more time to develop and build both the internal and external habits and beliefs on my path. Like you say, at one point I only wanted to know the hacks and the tactics instead of the long-term hours and strategies.

Linda G
Linda G
2 years 1 month ago

The way you refreshingly bust popular myths about money and work.
Your negotiation tips, and ethical use of persuasion.
Your being an example of what you talk about.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Etan
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, dude! You’re up there w/ Seth in my book in terms of the amount of valuable insight you consistently provide to your readers. I needed to get some ridiculously high bank fees waived and your advice worked. Something that I’ll never forget ( ’cause those fees truly burned my soul when I saw ’em). The fact that I could recall learning something I read by you, then was able to easily find it, AND have it ACTUALLY WORK is essentially what everyone in this space aims to do and you do it well. On top of all the… Read more »
Maria
Maria
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! The most important thing that I have got from your material is a better relationship with two casual acquaintances, who are now dear friends who constantly challenge and support me. I mentioned something at a party (honestly can’t remember what) and my friend asked “Have you heard of Ramit Sethi?” I had already done a few of your courses, and one thing led to another and now three of us meet weekly to discuss where we are, what we are doing, what we need to do to get where we want to be, how, exactly we are going… Read more »
Giviz
Giviz
2 years 1 month ago

Love your videos about social skills and I will be more than happy to watch more of them. I’m ready to pay for that 🙂

Jamie
Jamie
2 years 1 month ago

My new cover letters and resumes I created after working the Overnight Resume program got me a new job with better pay, benefits and future.

bevan
bevan
2 years 1 month ago

I accidentally subscribed to your email list, since then I’ve read IWT, put $5000 into an index fund and I’m making regular donations toward my future, AND IT FEELS GOOD!
You really have changed my life and ideas for the better, all it took was a little guidance, and someone to say “yeah, it’s ok…”
Thanks buddy, Happy Birthday

Daniel
2 years 1 month ago

IWT has given me a perspective that has allowed me to be perceptive of where and how to add value in every circumstance. In terms of what that has helped me accomplish, I’ve used the closing the loop technique to secure a position on the founding team of a charter school as a 19 year old college student.

Thank you for all the content that you release, it truly has been a blessing.

Happy Birthday gangsta.

Tage
Tage
2 years 1 month ago

With your help I’ve automated many parts of my financial world (e.g. auto pay all bills, keep “never used” credit card open with one monthly auto payment to maintain credit history, auto contribute $ to retirement before it hits my bank account) and realized that many things can (and should) be negotiated such as bills, transaction fees from banks, and salaries & benefits). I’ve even started placing all my loose items (keys, wallet, and phone) in the same spot every night so I don’t continually waste time looking for them in the morning.

Esme
Esme
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday!! Having discovered this blog was probably THEE best non therapy therapy I’ve ever received..LOL!!

I’ve realized a few things… 1. Everyone has opinions- duh. How I take what they say and re frame is MINE to keep. 2. I’ve started going to the gym and… I gave up soda! 3. I started investing in me
=) Es

Peter Christensen
2 years 1 month ago

My big takeaway from IWT are mental and attitude changes.

My career and life are not following a set path – they are mine to shape and determine. Skills that I thought were fixed and innate are malleable and improvable. Big, audacious goals can be accomplished, but only by building habits and systems and following a sustainable path. Find the real reasons and limitations, and act based on those, not the (lame) surface excuses.

Life is still challenging, but I feel empowered to face it, rather then waiting idly for someone else’s outcome.

Steve Hopkins
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, HaPpY bIrThDaY! Long tine subscriber, I have your IWTYTBR book. But I havent purchased any other offering . I relate to much of what you write becasue of other advanced courses on adult learning I’ve taken over the last almost 20 years. I’ve revisited that content often, on Attitudes, and Accountability, and Purpose and more, and I use it almost daily in some way. It has become embedded in my personality. Your writings offer a reinforcement of those learnings, and the bonus is they come with your snappy personality! My side business (see website – hint, hint), is… Read more »
David Tang
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, I hope you’ve a great year to come. I’ve been a student since 2011. Since I’ve read blog I started reading books again. (I’d stopped when I finished law school). Before I had a script that I read all day (for work) and so was too busy to read for fun. Now I realize I simply wasn’t prioritizing and making the time for it. The books you’ve suggested have been transformational on a personal and professional level (you and those in your community introduced me to Cialdini and Abraham and Ellsberg and Neil Patel). R6FC (the course) and… Read more »
Nina
Nina
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit.

I have not tried it yet.

Nina

Steve
Steve
2 years 1 month ago
¡Feliz cumpleaños! Like Caitlin above, cannot begin to list the many ways in which I have benefited from IWTYTBR Based on just your free material – Started growing my professional network by reaching out to people and giving to them. – Have started actively (sorta) working on my personal business. Key delay is number 3 below – Have applied briefcase technique 3 times in 4 years to move roles. Have almost tripled pay in the time. Have chosen to put personal business plans on hold until I can execute effectively at new job and have bandwidth to grow a business… Read more »
Tracy
Tracy
2 years 1 month ago

Got me a 12,000 dollar raise! Happy birthday my dude.

Dragon
Dragon
2 years 1 month ago

IWT has taught me to lay off the daily lattes, pay off my house years earlier than my friends, and to subscribe to your newsletter so I can laugh at ridiculous but hilarious pictures of a grown man on a child’s float and learn practical financial skills at the same time. How do you like that for a run on sentence? Not to mention you’re HOT!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Janet
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday. I love reading your stuff. Your Mom looks great. Even though I’m probably about her age your advice helped me open my Etsy shop as a side business where I make a couple of hundred extra a month and more during the holidays. And when I first started, I asked your advice and you wrote back to me personally and told me to narrow the focus of the shop to one thing, which I did and you were right. (Of Course)

Michael
Michael
2 years 1 month ago

I have focused on my inputs rather than others outputs, low and behold I am now 2nd within my team for performance.

Email is a way of passing off someone elses todo list by adding it to mine. I took the decision to see how many people actually chased me up. Out of 30 plus email senders only less than 1% of emails were deemed important enough for followup. I now wait for the chase and focus on my agenda to ensure full productivity. No longer am I the slave of other peoples to do list.

Jane
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! Your material has helped me SO MUCH over the past 5 years: – Your book helped me automate my savings so I could afford to quit a job I hated and not worry about income for a few months – Your salary negotiation material helped me become a true top performer/hustler and negotiate a large salary increase at one job – Earn1K helped me start my own consulting business AND art business (despite parents with negative invisible scripts about art and making money) and have the confidence to charge what I’m worth – Dream Job helped me… Read more »
Janet
Janet
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday, Ramit.

Get married whenever *you* want!

After I read one of your articles, I was thinking of ways I could make an extra 1,000 a month . So far this year (2014) I have made 10,000 a month. Thanks, Ramit.!

Shiri
Shiri
2 years 1 month ago
Hey Ramit! First of all, Happy birthday! Wishing you all the best in health, happiness and success. I love reading the comments here. It’s hilarious to see so many people say you’re mom’s right, yadda yadda. While I’m sure you wouldn’t have mentioned this if you actually cared what people responded to it, I find it funny that people think they can tell you when to marry, what to do with your life, or just give you unsolicited advice when they have no authority on the matter (like the bike shed phenomenon that you and Derek Halpern talked about in… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa
2 years 1 month ago

I am learning to automate my finances in order to be able to spend more time focusing on the truly important things in life.

Have a very happy birthday Ramit!

Andy
Andy
2 years 1 month ago
About 2 years ago I took your dream job course. It directly lead me to one of my dream jobs that I had for close to a year. I ended up clearing close to 6 figures. After the contract ended I took a 6 month vacation to Colombia….Back in the US now where I wait to start school. This all started with a friend telling me about the IWTYTBR website and book…Made me take a hard look at my life and what I wanted. Freedom was at the top of that list. I’m not free just yet but I am… Read more »
Ann
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!
You gave me the confidence I needed to raise my prices. I increased my prices 483% (so basically, I was working for peanuts). My current clients seemed happy to pay my price because they appreciate the value. I felt like I was giving such a deal.

Even though we have never met, I just felt like you were a good friend giving me good advice. That’s really cool. Thank You!

Joslyn
Joslyn
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy [beach location].
You helped me to become operations manager at work, get into business school, and successfully break up with my ex after trying for a year. Your writing helped me identify small changes to work toward these bigger goals. Thank you for your hard work and contributions!

Catherine
Catherine
2 years 1 month ago

Hi!
Its the funniest thing.. I connected with your email distribution randomly through a friend of a friend.
I am a stay at home mom and I don’t always read your emails but when I do, I am always pleasantly and positively intrigued by your thoughts.

You are an extremely funny, smart and bold guy!
Happy Birthday Ramit!

Andrew
2 years 1 month ago

There are a few things that you’ve helped me wrap my head around. I automated my finances. I stopped worrying so much about my website and business cards and started getting clients, successfully.

The biggest thing is realizing that I need to test everything. I look at every business negotiation, or introduction, as a chance to test the way people react.

Thanks, and happy birthday.

trevor
trevor
2 years 1 month ago

Dude, Happy Birthday!

From IWT, I’ve become a master negotiator. Literally, I end up negotiating everything and asking for discounts everywhere. Thanks man.

Jen
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit!

Wishing you a very happy birthday!

There are tons of ways you have helped me in my writing/consulting work, both large and small, but two from just this past year stand out: Using techniques I learned in your Earn 1K course, I landed two clients almost effortlessly–one was a $4,000 project, and one was a $19,000 project. Couldn’t have done it without you–now learning how to apply your methods to product creation in Zero To Launch.

For anyone out there wondering if Ramit is the real deal–he is.

Again, happy happy birthday!

Jen

Hema Patel
Hema Patel
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! Thank you for a fresh new perspective on personal finance. I have read many books on this subject and your book is by far the best that I have read. I am also taking the DJ course and I am knocking down those barriers and learning to play the game. I have also automated my savings to fund my retirement. Thank you very much and I can’t wait to read your next book (hope you are working on one).

Ted
Ted
2 years 1 month ago

The biggest thing has been fundamentally understanding Mental Barriers. Before reading your blog I didn’t know they really existed. By understanding this, my Problem Solving Abilities and Follow Through has gotten much much better. Thanks Ramit! Happy birthday.

David W
David W
2 years 1 month ago

Although it’s hard to hit on only one thing that you’ve helped change my life with, I’ll say that is the relentless focus on psychology as supposed to the tactics. I have found this to be incredibly powerful in being able to affect my behaviour and helping influence others.

Happy Birthday Buddy!

unaeze
unaeze
2 years 1 month ago

it have giving me sense of focus in life happy birthday friend.

Rita
Rita
2 years 1 month ago

I learned a lot from IWT but the most important thing I learned was that fear was holding me back. I have an idea of what I want my life to be and I know how hard I have to work for it but I don’t or I didn’t until I watched you on talks at google and discovered IWT.
I never knew what it was that was holding me back and now I do. That’s very important. Now I know what to do do I’m not so lost…
You’re job matters.
Thank you.

Early Happy Birthday Ramit.

Robyn
2 years 1 month ago
Dear Ramit, How you’ve helped me – let me count the ways! That seminar you did with BJ Fogg, where you talked about taking baby steps? “Floss one tooth.” That got my novel finished this year, man. Automate? Bang – 20% off the top without thinking about or missing it. $4000 increase for the asking, working at home whenever I want and a review in 6 months from your negotiating seminar. So many great interviews, software, scripts. And I’m just about to lean on you for how to get into Stanford for my 17 year-old. If I had your energy,… Read more »
Kelsey Jones
2 years 1 month ago

I found out about Individual 401(k)s, which I had never thought to even research before listening to the audio version of your book. Since I’m a consultant, I just always figured I could only have Roth IRAs since I didn’t have a single employer. This alone has probably just made me a millionaire by the time I retire!

Taylor
2 years 1 month ago

I’ve just started with your materials, but the “it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be good enough” has been a big game changer in getting my online business actually going, instead of just sitting on the sidelines. Hopefully by your next birthday, I’ll have a big number to put behind it 🙂

祝你生日快了

Amber A.
Amber A.
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit!

Happy Early Birthday!! Love the photo with your Mom. She is adorable!
I have used one of your books to start paying off debt, to get fees waived, and start saving for the future. I have also used your material to make a big change that happened a few months ago: moving from Chicago to Nashville.

Thank you for everything. Have a great birthday!

Amber

Tonette
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit! Thanks for your materials and for the dedication you put in your work. One key takeaway that I have learned from you is to start now and progress no matter how small the baby steps. Since I started, I’m going on a roll and little by little moving forward towards my goal. Thank you! Good health and happiness to you. Bless you!

Rachel
Rachel
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit! Over the last year and a half have negotiated an 18% raise, automated all my finances, started a Roth IRA, and started using natural networking to do deep research. While everything has taken some time to come together, I have particularly made a lot of progress the last few months in exploring new interests, meeting new people, and taking manageable strides towards a much bigger goal!

Thanks for all of your valuable material! Worth every penny.

Happy birthday!!!!

MJ
MJ
2 years 1 month ago
Last November I was very frustrated with my job (part-time retail sales), and a little lost for direction, as I realized earlier last year that my own business that I’d been trying to build since at least 2006 wasn’t what I wanted anymore. I joined one of your webinars for the Earn1K program and started watching & reading a ton of your free material. Around the same time I found a job listing for a local part-time job in online marketing at a firm where I had acquaintances. I studied your Briefcase Technique material and aced both interviews. Started the… Read more »
Donna Schwartz
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit – we share the same birthday – Happy Birthday to both of us!
IWT (Instant Networking Course) helped me to network with a well-known saxophonist on the west coast, who will be looking into getting some gigs for me.
The ZTL course gave me great clarity and access to a system that will help me determine which online product I want to sell first.
Thanks!

Robert
Robert
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! The best part of the DJ course so far is that it’s giving me a system to work with. Before I started I knew that there had to be a better way to approach the job application process but was paralyzed by the fear of failing and not knowing what steps I needed to take. I’m only at module 3 but at least I now feel that even if I do screw something up I’ll be falling forward.

Bryan
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday sir. Your deserve it. Ramit, your online videos and materials did the following for me…

-Got me a job when I as unemployed
-Changed my habit to be a top performer at work
-Got me a 20% raise at my new job in 8 months
-Landed me at a dream job within 3 months
-Automated my finances to be net worth positive for the first time in my life
-Made me more confident and sought after

In short, you made me step up…and it feels good. Thank you.

Ran
Ran
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I wasn’t really planning on share anything, but I figure it is your birthday and I should thank you some how for all the help I got from your materials. I have read your book, signed up for DJ, success triggers, finisher’s formula and RBT. I have been applying some of your changes to my life. I think the most influential mind switch I have is the “add value” mentality. I went from I, I, I syndrome (trust me I wanted and still want a lot of things, but usually you don’t get them and I get… Read more »
Bonnie
2 years 1 month ago

Magical & miracle-filled birthday to you, Ramit! You have provided so much magic for so many these past few years!!!

IWT has inspired me to live with courage, strong in my sense of worth, clear in the value I provide, and authentically sharing when asked. I agree with many of the other commenters that your example is what has energized me to do more, push myself outside my comfort zone and expect more of myself and others.

Enjoy your day and know when you find the right one (for you AND your mother) you will both know 😉

Rob
Rob
2 years 1 month ago

Just started my new job last week. Was offered a salary that was a $5,000 raise and was able to increase that to an $8,000 raise. Working for my dream company and the only place left to go is up!

Lidia Marina Hurovich Neiva
2 years 1 month ago

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAMIT!
Your advise is always full of wisdom and enthusiasm.
Geat thanks for sharing your knowledge and inspiring so many lives, including mine.
I am more focused and productive, day after day, happily painting and working at a job I love, where I deal with art and design, the income is not still what I want yet, but I’m learning and working on that.
I would like to share one of my paintings, they express much more that words.
Congrats again and blessings for your and your mother too!

DB
DB
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday! A few years ago I got a job that made $10K/yr more than my last one when I used your interviewing/ job hunting material. I also have learned a lot about budgeting and managed to pay off my 5-digit credit card debt using material from the book!

Efren
Efren
2 years 1 month ago

I wish you a happy birthday! The biggest benefit I have received from IWT is learning how to think differently about spending. Two months ago I was finally able to pay off 10k in credit card debt. I did this by using a system to automate my finances which I learned from IWT.

Rebecca
Rebecca
2 years 1 month ago

Apart from the boring (though life-changing) things like automating my finances, you taught me that I have worth as an individual, not just whatever the going rate is for my job in my area. You also taught me the importance of negotiating and I managed to get an extra $10k/yr in starting salary at my latest job!

Ben
2 years 1 month ago

Negotiation. Serious improvements in how I approach this, and that I see negotiation in many more places than I used to.

Imran Khan
Imran Khan
2 years 1 month ago

IWT helped me get out of my complacent habits and forced me to look for a better job. Now I work for a top 20 company in the greater Atlanta area. I do less work and get paid 25 percent more for it.

Thanks Ramit.

April
April
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!
Your book taught me to stop listening to my parents’ financial advice, which was equivalent to burying my savings in the backyard. Your blog and videos gave me the skills and confidence to negotiate a salary increase at my first “real” job at a company where I was told by a current employee that they don’t negotiate entry level salaries–and I got it!

Pete Springer
2 years 1 month ago

Turned your earn $1K program into a earn $2K/month program. That gave me financial cushion to creatively expand my main business, which is earning more as a result of the investment I put into it. You helped give me the insight and push I needed to do that.

Ramit – you’re inspirational and unique. I read “I Will Teach You to be Rich” a couple of years ago and I’ve been a fan of your work ever since. You tell it like it is and that’s so appreciated. Your advice is rock solid.

Andrea
Andrea
2 years 1 month ago
IWT has changed my life in four distinct ways: 1) The regular emails keep me grounded and remind me that, even as a member of the performing arts industry, I am a businessperson and should treat myself as such. 2) IWT reminds me that I am just like everyone else: my mental battles are the same, my ability to overcome them is the same, and my potential to succeed by effectively using my talents is the same. 3) I have developed a Ramit-esque voice of reason in my brain that both keeps me from procrastinating and motivates me to do… Read more »
Justin
Justin
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit, Happy Birthday!
You have helped me to keep my eyes open to the possibilities. You have helped remind me of how I used to think when I was in my early 30’s.
The good news is my 40’s are great and getting better.

Christina
Christina
2 years 1 month ago
I bought your book “I Will Teach You to be Rich” about two years ago, and I really did think it was a scam, so I threw it away. Then a friend gave your book again, I actually read it, and then I practically lived on your blog and YouTube content. I used your exact scripts and suggested that landed me a $15,000 raise, and then I trained my boss (just how you suggested) to allow me to work COMPLETELY from home, even though the rest of my co-workers still all work at the office. Your videos have also taught… Read more »
Mike
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Since 2012 you have helped me successfully identify and crush so many invisible scripts I probably should have been keeping a list so I could recount them for you now but if I had to identify the spark that lit my fire, it would have to be the following question: A year from now you’ll be a year older. What are you going to do? When I actually sat down and thought about that question, the answer was pretty clear. Since then, by using E1K I’ve acquired my first client and have two more in the funnel (my closing… Read more »
Cameron
Cameron
2 years 1 month ago

I Will Teach You To Be Rich has changed my view on finances and helped me get a simple and better grip of my managing them. The philosophy of focusing on big wins has been huge. I have quite my job and since and gone after what I actually wanted.

Becky
Becky
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I got a Kindle for the Winter holidays in 2010, and the very first book I bought was IWTYTBR. Life changing! I immediately opened up high-interest savings accounts and starting saving for my life goals, which I NEVER thought would happen, namely: traveling to Europe. I also paid off my student loans early and before the age of 30 (made it by 4 months!), and am currently “living rich” – which meant that this year alone, I took a trip to Hawaii this year with my Grandma and her boyfriend (she hates when I refer to him… Read more »
Rita B.
Rita B.
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit,

Wish you Many Many Happy Returns of the Day!

Your material has overhauled my life. The greatest benefit is discovering my own definition for a ‘rich life’. From being a complete couch potato and junk food connoisseur, to being a regular walker and green smoothie evangelist, it was quiet an enlightening journey. Now, I whole heartedly believe that HEALTH is my primary WEALTH. Next up, slowly moving towards the 80 10 10 Diet.

Your focus on meta-messages rock!

Thanks for daring to be brutally honest despite all your vulnerabilities. 🙂

Owen
Owen
2 years 1 month ago
This spring I started success triggers looking for a chance to invest in myself and “optimize my psychology.” By the end of the first week I had realized a huge flaw in my thought process. I had always assumed that my friends had a cut and dry view of me, and changing myself would make them not like me. If I wasnt the bearded fat man in the group I didnt have a roll. Success triggers made me think about how other people see me and made me realize that my friends will love me for who I am, that… Read more »
Eric
Eric
2 years 1 month ago
I’m more of a passive reader because I love taking your material and using to springboard some of my own pursuits for things like productivity and approaching human problems with a psychology-focused mindset. Your material influenced me to go grab some books on habits (The Power of Habit is my favorite), and I use those to make unbearable tasks more bearable to the point that they can actually became habit. By making more drudgery into habit, I find myself keeping mental energy high throughout the day, which in turn makes me more productive and ready to keep going into the… Read more »
Krystina
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday,

I realized that the people that are always finding their dream job are the people that have the courage to go for it, even if it doesn’t seem like any one else around you is going for it. Playing it safe will never get a dream job, because most people are playing it safe. You taught me to have courage and to think for myself.

Andie
Andie
2 years 1 month ago
Feliz cumple! Happy Birthday! My crazy and loveable Indian friend, Jerry, who I am now happily dating again, introduced me to you. I was very skeptical, to say the least, when he suggested we listen to one of your podcasts. Although immediately, I was drawn in and taken aback at how much your ideas and concepts make sense. They work! I have absorbed a lot from reading your free materials and watching your videos. Because I implemented revised thinking and strategies in my life style, I am a new woman. My friends and family have noted a newfound spark inside… Read more »
Jessica P
Jessica P
2 years 1 month ago

IWT (as well as IWTYTBR) has helped me become more of a forward thinker– business, personal dealings, and certainly with gaining more and more respect from my peers. It’s amazing how even some of the leaders in my chosen field are asking MY opinion– and I can only hope that’s the tip of this year’s iceberg. Thanks for all the advice, Ramit!

Michael
Michael
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday Ramit. I have learned many things since I bought your book back in 2008. 1. I have saved quite a few late fees from credit cards by using the script in your book. 2. Learning to identify invisible scripts, its astounding how often we hear them. Its also interesting when I catch myself repeating the same scripts that I heard from one of my parents or a teacher and realizing that they are total bullshit. Thanks for opening my eyes to the game we all play with ourselves. 3. How to automate my finances so they are paid… Read more »
Patti
Patti
2 years 1 month ago
Hey Ramit, Happy b’day. Love your mom. Was thinking about you last week. I’m way over your target age group , had my own business, now “in transition” as my career has gone the way of obsolete. I find all your stuff valuable and have shared it with my younger friends. But last week, I was able to adopt the got-nothing-to-lose attitude and reach out to people for help on a personal issue, people in big places, way richer, more powerful, more together than I will ever be. But as I did it, you were on my mind because I… Read more »
Allavali
Allavali
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Rami…
Many Many Happy Returns of the day… 🙂

Thanks,
Allavali

Ankur Verma
Ankur Verma
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit, you are just fantastic. Have a great time on your birthday.. and especially enjoy your mother’s food!

You techniques helped me become a top performer in my organisation and in the process of landing up a great offer..

Ann
Ann
2 years 1 month ago
Hi there and happy birthday! I’ve got 15k raise after watching your videos how to negotiate and to be self confident. I studied the list of mental barriers and forced myself to do the opposite every time I had negative self talk. I watched your videos over 3 months prior to my annual review. I applied the techniques at work and in my personal life everyday. “Let them say “no” first” was my motto. I had a mind set that I’d ask for 15k raise. When the day came to negotiate, my boss asked how much raise I wanted. I… Read more »
M S
M S
2 years 1 month ago

Feliz Cumpleanos Ramit,

Wishing a million more friends in the coming years. I admire your generosity, and the genuine passion towards your work.

I have learned you’re guidance is truly at a higher plane. That you’re Inspirational is an understatement. You’re profoundly touching on an energy within the self so few of us even realize its there or let alone know how to tap into it.

May your next 30 years continue to surround you with all that you seek.

Much love to you !!!

Olga R
Olga R
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit! Happy early Birthday!!! I started your program only 4 weeks ago, but it has already changed my life. I don’t know where all the confidence came from, but it did! I have been following your advice and already got amazing results. The program was a great catalyst and pushed me to explore what is out there. I started reading books on the topics that you bring up in the modules, listening to podcasts, attending events, and meeting great people. I just came back from a networking event and four people asked me to email them my resume. Another… Read more »
Duke
Duke
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!

I have yet to get any results from your materials, but I’ve only recently started to take action. Although it isn’t directly one of your lessons, I’ve learned from you to take things slowly, have less expectations for the immediate future, and learn to play the long-game. It has given me a lot more confidence and motivation, knowing that I will eventually get there (likely faster than I can imagine), as long as I take the small steps now instead of waiting and dreaming for the big rewards right away.

Dude
Dude
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday, Ramit!

Your material has made me insist on earning what I deserve. And people are more than happy to pay. Thanks for instilling that value in me

Tenisd
Tenisd
2 years 1 month ago

I started to manage my money so much better and almost have payed off all the debt 🙂 So thank You Ramit and happy birthday 🙂

Akash
Akash
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Sir!
32 already? So it’s already 2 years I’m avidly reading your peregrinations through life?

Thanks to your free stuff (I’m of Indian origin like you, ha!), I’ve been able to:
– start working out every day – even when I was sick – it’s now an overpowering habit
– eat better
– sleep better
– dealing with negative creeps without emotionally exhausting myself
– focussing on my priorities.

Keep it going!

Alwin
Alwin
2 years 1 month ago

Happy bd Ramit,

Your book turnd my live around.
I went from barley surviving with my last job to tripleing my salary.
I payed of my depths start to save up to start another buisness hope that Will be next year.
Using skills that i know already to get a seccond income to pay my bills.
It wont stop here still have many ideas to Go to.

Stuart
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday. I have not bought any of your courses, but I have used some of the ideas you publish on the blog. Thank you for that. I think the most important one happened at the end of 2013. I am self employed and I work in marketing. I was trying to find the “system” that would enable me to easily and reliably grow my client base. I had tried a number of different approaches (cold emails, space ads in 2 newspapers, classified ads, social media, pay per click and SEO) and just didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. With… Read more »
Lena
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit 🙂

I did Earn1K and I learned a lot! Above all I think I made the first decisions about my online business – what I wanted to do, my target market, … – I learned what to focus on and also that it was possible to do this because you were the first person who convinced me to buy something online without sounding bad – I love your copy 🙂

Lots of love and thanks a lot!
Lena

Vaibhav
Vaibhav
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday. I’m sure you have inspired many people like me but your blog has been a game changer in my life. From understanding the psychology of taking decisions, conducting oneself, setting systems, organising tasks, running an enterpreneurial business, the importance of doing things timely, to writing clever funny witty blogs and much much more, IWT has really enriched my life. You are one of the few who genuinely cares about creating value and not taking it. All the revenue that you generate running IWT and its success must be great but looking at the comments above, how you’ve improved… Read more »
Mike
Mike
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

I recently landed my dreamjob, using the briefcase technique, putting in 80% of the effort outside the interviews plus of course using competence triggers!

PS. I didn´t have the right education and I had less branch experience than the colleagues. Despite that, thanks to your help I am one of the highest payed in the team now. DS.

Anadrag
Anadrag
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday! You helped me gain confidence and negotiate in a masterful way, so I managed to get what is more than a double of the average salary for my job in my country, but the best part is that I also got an incredibly flexible working time so I can be with my kid and enjoy life 🙂 How great is that? I love ya!

carlo
2 years 1 month ago

i’ve started reading your materials some months ago, some days prior to my negotiations with my employers. i’ve studied, prepared myself and I asked for a raise with confidence.
I was ready to negotiate with both (i work two jobs) but in the end it went much smoother than I expected.

I’m already thinking about the next steps and the next review: i’m going for consecutive raises every year.
Thanks for giving me the extra push that I lacked, and the guidelines to manage the negotiations.

32? man, you’re younger than me… talk about humbling…

Arthur McCormack
Arthur McCormack
2 years 1 month ago
Dear Mr. Sethi, First and foremost I wish you an early Happy Birthday, as well as congratulations on your ever increasing success. At the tender age of 32 you have accomplished much in the business arena, and I can only presume that this is true also in other areas of your life, even if not yet in marriage – to your mother’s dismay? I recall once a blog post you wrote about what people viewed as being successful – the details of the post I cannot recall – but what I do remember was how you succinctly you observed the… Read more »
Rory O'K
2 years 1 month ago

I’ve gone from 0 to a fully automated savings and investments plan, as well as starting my own business. Life changing stuff. Can’t say better than that. Thank you Ramit!

Hazel Hardie
2 years 1 month ago

All the best people have their birthdays on June 30th! I’ll turn 34 next Monday, which sounds really old when you’re 18, but I’m just starting to realise how much fun being in your 30s is – and it’s all thanks to you and your positive attitude!

Keep up with the great work, you’re an inspiration to me and thousands of others.

All best wishes,

Hazel

Robert
Robert
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit,

hope you’re having a great bday. For your mom’s sake I hope you meet a nice gal too 😉

I’ve done the dreamjob 2.0 course and was able to land my dreamjob as a data analyst for a gaming company (in a different continent speaking a different language)… the most valuable material for me was the: 1) Email scripts 2) Marketing Materials and 3) Interview Prep ( i had 25 interview questions prepared and was able to answer every non-technical question 110%)

Thanks Ramit. Keep up the great work!

Sincerely, Robert

Rashina
Rashina
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Although I’m currently a student and don’t necessarily have a full time job to speak of, reading your posts have inspired me to believe in myself when no one else will. Although there are clearly countless problems that professionals face on a day to day basis leading them to underestimate their own professional value, I think that university can also be a pretty tough experience, particularly when you’re surrounded by people that all want to do well and are likely to belittle what you can achieve as a result (I have found that this primarily occurs… Read more »
Farvin Kadir
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday, Ramit. First of all, thank you. Yes, you did change my life when I stumbled upon your site in November 2013. During that time (Nov 2013), I was still in my ‘delusional phase’ as I have just graduated in June that year. Got a job in October with a sub-par salary. So, what do most fresh-grads do? Yes. I did it too – I was looking for quick ways to make money. As a 25-year old man, I kept on searching for tactics to achieve that ‘dream’. Then, I found your site. As sceptic as I was, your… Read more »
Sven
Sven
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit, Happy Birthday!
Although I do not live in America, your advice is very much useful across the globe (as you can read from other responses). I’ve used your free tips to negotiate a raise and help me organise my finances. Love your video’s and used them a lot.

Thank you very much Ramit and keep up the good work!

Lola
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit, Happy Birtday!
You helped me find the courage to start my own business on the side.

Thank you

Kate
Kate
2 years 1 month ago
I’ve used the briefcase technique to get jobs (and come second in others… Never mind! It’s all experience). I ask myself constantly ‘What is the real reason I’m not doing / doing X?’. What is the script? I love the concept of scripts, I studied these in sociolinguistics when I was younger. Your material makes great use of them (understatement). ‘Make habits, practice planning, practice focus’ is a mantra I use and apply. ‘Get three things done’ – narrow down the priorities – and have an accountability partner. When you want to contact a VIP have a point and think… Read more »
Sagar
Sagar
2 years 1 month ago

Hey
Since my inbox is consistently updated with ur emails, I treat u as a close friend. So first of all, wish u a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY buddy..
I read ur emails about 50% of the time. I also trust u and ur piece of knowledge. But I regret to say I have not utilized much of it. I have confidence that my inbox is filled with great material. So that makes me feel secure 😛
So thanks Ramit. Its up to me now to take action. You have done 100%

Di
Di
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday, I hope you had a fun one. Get married with you find the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. Don’t rush it. I told both of my kids that marriage can wait – enjoy life first.

BTW, marriage and kids can be a big money drain, LOL.

Jonathan
Jonathan
2 years 1 month ago

In short, IWT has taught me to switch from worrying about my money to thinking about my money. That minor turn of the dial has made all the difference. I jumped on the IWT bandwagon when LifeHacker featured the book. Back then my credit score was 501. Just got a letter in the mail it is up to 708. Thank you, Ramit. And happy birthday.

Meredith
Meredith
2 years 1 month ago
Applying your e-mail scripts has made me a more effective and efficient communicator; I will be sharing your tips with international grad students at the university where I work, to help them realize the value of scripts in all areas of life. I’ve also stopped stressing over a $3 cup of coffee or other daily ‘luxury’ expenses, realizing that focusing on finding ways to make more money is a MUCH more enjoyable way to live than sweating every dollar I spend. I’m also aiming higher and validating my own dreams as legitimate much more than I ever have. Thanks, Ramit!… Read more »
Austin
Austin
2 years 1 month ago

I made contact with a VIP in my field and am now exchanging emails. We’ll see where it goes.

Kory
Kory
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday, Ramit!

I bought your IWT book and immediately read it and put it into action. Because of you, I don’t worry about my day-to-day finances because they are automated. It has made my life so much better. I have more time to spend with my wife and two children, and we have the process in place to be able to go on a vacation every year, which was my wife’s goal. Thank you, Ramit!

Stephen
Stephen
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday dude

I’m a DJ and ZTL student but haven’t (properly) applied things, and yet with my recent job search I kept feeling like you were standing there saying “get more”. End result, a 30% rise over my current salary in gross terms, more when you look at the extra days holidays, or the yearly bonus, or the extra perks.

Eleanor
Eleanor
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!

I am due to graduate in a few weeks and I am very lucky to be in a position where I don’t need a job straight away so I have been using your email scripts etc, to gain work experience and find out what is out there rather than applying for any old job. It’s not a huge life-changing thing yet but I am confident that this way I will find the right position for me, and if it weren’t for your blog I probably wouldn’t have the guts to be voluntarily unemployed!

Will
Will
2 years 1 month ago

I negotiated working from home full time when my child was born. I now get to see him throughout the day and haven’t missed a single milestone. Being able to do this is worth more than any raise of salary, but I also was able to get that and have paid off all my debts and set up a strong financial platform. All motivated by IWT. Thank you.

Black and Blue Man
2 years 1 month ago

IWT continues to give me hope and food for thought about various aspects of life. I admire what Ramit has achieved and continues to achieve, and I hope he keeps on succeeding.

Happy Birthday, Ramit! 🙂

The Anti-Conversation
2 years 1 month ago
It’s hard to count the ways in which IWT has changed my life. In fact, it’s hard to think of one way. Hold on, let me do some deep mental digging… Ok, I’m back. Man, some of things lying around in my head are scary. Like, why would I think dangling my privates over a functioning sausage grinder was fun. I don’t remember it well, but, wow, yeah. Oh, how has IWT changed my life. I did find a couple of things. One) I feel freer to do the things I want when I want to do them when I’m… Read more »
gisella
gisella
2 years 1 month ago

First things that come to my mind:
1. learning to be patient – trusting the system instead of needing tiny daily rewards while losing the big picture in the meantime.
2. joining a program with a personal trainer (that I had never considered doing) to help me reach my fitness goals.
And so far, I’m really satisfied!

Shea Jackson
Shea Jackson
2 years 1 month ago
Hey Ramit, Happy early birthday! I wanted to say thank you for helping me to feel empowered with money management — so much so that I was able (at 24) to pack up and relocate across the country to NYC. You even welcomed me on Instagram! See, you do have a heart 😉 I’ve taken Success Triggers and been inspired to read The Power of Habit based on your love of BJ Fogg. Early morning gym time is my next goal — working on it now. Slowly but surely. It’s a keystone habit that will greatly improve the quality of… Read more »
R
R
2 years 1 month ago

While battling some tough personal circumstances, I used a lot of the free material on your website to reframe my professional narrative, reposition myself and find a great job despite not being the most obvious candidate – now almost two years later, I am kickin’ it at work.

I bought some courses which helped in focusing what I want that helped open my mind to other possibilities outside what is a very specialised profession. WHen the time comes, I will be ready and confident to take my life in another direction.

Happy Birthday, Ramit.

Zach
Zach
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, your material has helped me kill my finances and rock my career for most of my twenties. * Coming out of college, I used your book to set up a solid foundation for my finances, pay off student loans, and save $100K+ in my Vanguard account. Even better, I’ve given away more than a dozen copies to friends who are curious about how to handle their money better. * Used your free negotiation material to negotiate a 32% raise with the president of my company. Even better, this higher wage level carried through to my next job, so I’ve… Read more »
N
N
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday!!!

This is kinda embarrassing but after finding your website, I did something I have put off for almost 9 years. I went to see my dentist. It sounds so simple but my fear kept me back for so long. Your tough love approach got my butt moving and it was such a huge weight off my shoulders. And it wasn’t even as bad as I thought it would be. I also finished my resume (after procrastinating for 2 years) and started applying for jobs that same afternoon.

Hope you have an awesome birthday. 🙂

sonia simoes
2 years 1 month ago
I’ve been following your blog for at least 6 years. When I turned 30, I made it a priority to manage my finances like the grown up person I was. But everything about finances beyond a basic checking account seemed daunting. Suze Orman was good, but I always felt like she was shrieking at me. The only advice my parents had was “Save your money!” You seemed like a peer that could trust and spoke a language I could understand. I started with little steps: paying down my debt, opening a retirement account and automating my savings. I pre-ordered your… Read more »
Seth
Seth
2 years 1 month ago

1. Earn more, don’t just cut spending.
2. Focus on big wins.
3. There are games being played all around you (e.g. negotiations, interviewing). Learn the rules & get in the game.

Thank you, and Happy Birthday-

Seth
Seth
2 years 1 month ago

thought of a couple more:
4. Look for and implement systems. Our family now has a “vacation checklist” that is a written list of things to do before we go out of town on a trip (e.g. return library books, clean out car, rent dvds for kids). Some “systems” like this are so simple, but so helpful.
5. Consider high & low competence triggers. Love this idea. Had a work meeting this week with a new partner and got some new work clothes beforehand so I’d send a positive signal. Helped boost my confidence, too.

Danny
Danny
2 years 1 month ago
Hey Ramit, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’ve used your teaching and techniques for years now. Starting from control of my budget, automating my finances, interview techniques, salary negotiation and more recently Zero To Launch. (That last one is building slowly) But the most helpful your teachings has ever been was the first summer I read and applied the teachings from your book. I was the weird grandchild reading and highlighting your book at the family reunion. I was enthralled. I made notes of everything that I needed to do and within 2-3 months I had applied all that I could. I no… Read more »
Will
2 years 1 month ago
Hey Ramit – Happy birthday! – I have used your free material to help my wife and four friends prepare for and kill interviews using tactics from the briefcase technique and especially the how to negotiate section of your site. They have all gotten promotions or new jobs with 5 – 15% in salary increases. – I have used your free material to automate my finances, dig myself out of a huge (30k) amount of debt, and invest stress free. Five years ago I couldn’t imagine having any savings and now I have a six month emergency fund and a… Read more »
Colby
Colby
2 years 1 month ago

The biggest impact has come from your advice on deliberate planning. In just the past three months, I’ve used your framework to get these three wins:

(1) Swim 4+ times per week, which probably exceeds the number of times I’ve exercised overall since graduating high school.

(2) Earn a promotion along with a 30% raise.

(3) Hang out strangers through meet-ups and closing the loop with interesting folks.

laughingMouse
laughingMouse
2 years 1 month ago

You have given me the belief that if and when I am ready to go freelance, that I can nearly guarantee my success using your principles! It will be much less scary than before I found your material.

Wayne
Wayne
2 years 1 month ago

I got fired.

Felt sorry for myself for a day; then started looking for opportunities. Found one a 13 hour drive from home, much better than anything around here.

Will soon move, along with teenage children. My family has commented that this isn’t like me, it’s a risk and I’m quite risk adverse.

Found a good job, will likely earn a 6 figure raise. (Based on performance, not salary like my old job.)

Build good habits, be willing to work and take risks; I’m excited for my future.

Deidre
Deidre
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

You have taught me that when I’m told that things are set in stone, they really are… stone that I can form and fashion any way I like, if I so choose to embrace the challenge! Thanks so much.

Akira
Akira
2 years 1 month ago

Your interview with BJ Fogg inspired me to take the following route rather than my usual route of rushing and inevitably failing:

I have some fitness goals which include being able to do: one-arm pullups, handstand pushups, and pistol squats. But rather than go to the gym for two hours a day, I workout at home for 20 minutes a day so that I’ll actually do every workout (and enjoy it). Even if it takes me two years to get to my goals, I’ll actually get there now!

Thanks, Ramit, and happy birthday!

Thomas
2 years 1 month ago
Happy early birthday Ramit! You have accomplished a considerable amount for someone turning 32 and I hope to say the same for myself when the time comes. I was first introduced to your material at a small real estate seminar in which Sharran Srivatsaa discussed personal finances for realtors. At the end of the seminar he awarded those who asked questions with a copy of your book. I started reading it that night and I’ve been reading your other material ever since. As an accounting and finance major I am familiar with a lot of the personal finance material, but… Read more »
Scott Welch
Scott Welch
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday!

There’s many things I’ve learned from IWT, but the biggest right now has to “getting inside your client’s head.” In my case, these are my boss and the executives of my company. This one little nugget can be quite difficult to figure out, but the rewards are tremendous. When you have your COO call a meeting and mention how much your work has been noticed and what you see as your future in the company, you know you’re on the right path.

Gina
Gina
2 years 1 month ago
It has changed my life in so many ways…I’ve followed his advice which has led to some great lessons, new connections, and pretty cool experiences. Just to list a few… Gained experienced in fashion marketing/PR simply by reaching out via email (with the help of his 50 email scripts) to a start-up now being documented by CBS Natural networked my way into shadowing a professional clothing stylist as well as getting offers for two paying gigs (with no real experience). The shadowing was beyond eye-opening as the stylist shattered a number of myths such as working as a freelance fashion… Read more »
marko
2 years 1 month ago

I stopped being a latte saver, I stopped counting pennies and losing dollars.

I started several new bussines, the most of them have failed, but now i dont wait for the perfect timming, I ve become an action man… my life is full of new experiences. and eventually someday my rate of succesfull projects will be amazing.

Thanks and happy Brithday

Emily
Emily
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, HBD! I use IWT principles in so many areas of my life these days. Do the deep research up front, understand your audience, systematize your productive efforts, think about the OTHER person and add some freaking value to them before you go around asking for things. Over this past year, I particularly used this advice in writing a few choice applications, and bam! IWT totally helped me get a Fulbright Scholarship! I have dropped my corporate gig and leave the country in a week. SO INCREDIBLY PUMPED and so glad to have IWT influence my life. 🙂 Thanks for… Read more »
Matt
2 years 1 month ago

I’ve doubled by salary in the past 4 years using your techniques and Productivity pack. I’ve also got a huge jump start on retirement thanks to your book. I can’t thank you enough.

Anshu
2 years 1 month ago
As a new business owner is a field totally unrelated to my field of education and day job, I was overwhelmed with advice and things to do. I kept reading random articles on internet and tinkering here and there not really knowing what I was doing. However, I came across Ramit’s advice of “Find 3 paying clients” Not 1, not 2, not 10 – but 3. It was so striaghtforward and specific that I could narrow down my focus and do it within a couple of months ( yes that’s what it took). It felt great to have someone pay… Read more »
Amit
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit has helped me get off debt, and organize my finance. I was always terrible with money and my parents never taught me the value of money.
Ramit has also helped me open my own bartending business.

Satya
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! I’ve purchased several of your courses, and happily so; the one little tip in your book to put my chunk of savings that I was too lazy to do anything about into a life cycle fund paid for them all. Hello, compound interest! Thanks to E1K, I started pulling in money from home, on my terms, while my kids napped. But furthermore, I learned how to test my assumptions and see new possibility everywhere. And with ZTL, I’m learning how to use my strengths in order to provide real value, and solve real problems for people in an… Read more »
Yousuf
Yousuf
2 years 1 month ago

You helped me serve my employer better be learning to get in their heads.
You helped me start a freelance business.
You helped me improve my relation with my spiritual teacher by getting in his head and trying to do things for him before he asks me.
THANK YOU!!!

MaFer Cedeño
MaFer Cedeño
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday!!!!! Dear Ramit, I beliave the most impact I have got from you is to know that it’s posible to develop an extra job, well payed, from the skills I have. I didn’t believe someone outside a formal job would pay for any of my habilities. But your true, you just have to try, go there and be sure what are you offering. I also have payed debt, several times, and them got in debt again (sorry, it turns out that interest of credit card is arrown 25% but the inflation is over 60% so it’s worth it) Best… Read more »
Nelson
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit!! I really hope you have an amazing birthday on monday and I want to thank you very much for all the hard work and smart work you put in helping your students. Man I know it isnt easy all the time, I know it’s been quite a journey for you but I’m pretty sure your family, your team and yourself included are really proud of what you have built over the years. What I have learned from you is to focus on big wins and create systems instead of paying attention things that don’t matter like the… Read more »
Kevin
Kevin
2 years 1 month ago

I’m always looking for new ways to think about money and aquire wealth. IWT has opened my mind to ideas that I could have never imagined. Thank you for all the info Ramit and Happy Birthday!

SS
SS
2 years 1 month ago

You’ve helped me automate my finances, get rid of my student loan debt, and save more than $50K in retirement savings since 2009. Your courses have also helped me increase my productivity, become a top performer at work and increase my confidence.

Josh
Josh
2 years 1 month ago

Your material has helped me to go from wanting to take action to knowing how to take action to get control of my life and take it a direction I want. Priceless!

harsh
harsh
2 years 1 month ago

happy bday ramit………ur views and ideas have helped me change my vision…….cheers

Nancy
Nancy
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the work that you do. You have been instrumental in helping me reconstruct my inner psychology to work in my favor. The value that I have gotten the most of out of reading your material is how you talk about mindset and eliminating your limiting beliefs and getting out of your own way. I used to take whatever I could get in life, be that in work (I never once asked for a raise or negotiated my salary), dating, or friends. I’ve learned, thanks to you as well as some… Read more »
Eric S. Mueller
2 years 1 month ago
Your material got me to automate my finances. Even better, I opened a separate checking account for bills. Every paycheck, 1/26th of all my bills and subscriptions for the year goes into that account and all my bills get paid out of it. I either use web bill pay or have the check card for that account charged. I almost never have to think about my bills now. I’d been afraid to automate for years. In 1993, the Navy screwed my paycheck up and I didn’t get paid, but my car insurance came directly out of checking. I had to… Read more »
Kelli Law
2 years 1 month ago
Because of emails, I could no longer go back to the same old boring life working for someone else. I started my company and although it has truly been an uphill battle simply because it took me so long to get the right team, I’ve finally been able to manage never thinking small again. I only surround myself with people whom I want to live like. My life has purpose and through my company I hope to make a little dent in the world and improve brands where I can because I think if you have to work for someone… Read more »
MiKO
MiKO
2 years 1 month ago
1. Revamped and condensed resume to 1 page. 2. Paid off not so huge student loan. (Career change) 3. Became more reasonable, calm and successful in negotiations. 4. Asked for a raise and got it. (Retail) 5. Interviewed for a tech job after not having done so in years. 6. Not bothered by what other people are doing so much! 7. Considered the leverage car buy. 8. Asked to be paid for the project, vs hourly. 9. Started a mastermind group for a small group of women. 10. Returned to Blogging. 11. Began Guest Blogging. 12 Give of my skills… Read more »
st
st
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit. I signed up for your newsletter ~2 years ago as apart of my Denny-Hatching (read “business-stalking” ) Strategy and even bought a random $100 booklet during a sales process checkout. At the time i was investigating tons of online businesses in various industries looking for common patterns & yours was 1 among ~250. Right off the bat, the sign-up bonuses you gave were miles ahead of most of those businesses. In fact the only ones to beat you were Jay Abraham & a couple of copywriting Gary’s (from my p.o.v). Over the years I’ve come to trust… Read more »
Sherly
Sherly
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, Happy Birthday! I hope your mom can see that even without a wife yet, her son is loved by many people he helped throughout the years. Since I first start receiving your e-mail, your thoughts inspire me to do more with my life. Your book is not just an eye opener but also helped me to see beyond just today. I used the tips in the book to start paying down my credit card debt and so far I paid off two credit cards out of 4 total and close it down (newer credit cards). I also automated… Read more »
AC
AC
2 years 1 month ago

I was offered a raise last week so I asked for more, stating the value I brought. THEY countered their original offer with a lot more (an additional 8k) without even asking me to counter. Obviously my value was there as they definitely added a premium in their counter.

Andrew
2 years 1 month ago
Took your course and took action, continuing to do so. Stopped “shoulding” all over myself and moved forward with creating an email list, creating an article per week, helping those who are also interested in my niche. It’s slow, since it’s a small niche and I feel like I’m learning to ride a bike again, but the wheels are spinning and I’m noticing other areas where I can apply what I’ve learned. Thank you Ramit, Happy birthday! Andrew P.S. I didn’t get married until I was 38 and now have a wonderful family, so you still have a little time… Read more »
Paul
Paul
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!
I am taking your success triggers course. Used your from D to C technique to try a self hypnosis course to loose weight. I’ve lost 15 lbs so far with no particular effort. Used your brutal honesty technique to change how I was working for my lawyer exams – this took me from freaking out that I wouldn’t get anything done to passing them all.

Tom
2 years 1 month ago
Hey Ramit, early happy birthday! You’ve helped me automate my finances and given permission enjoy $3 lattes whenever I want. I appreciate that. Your book has become my default gift to anyone graduating high school or college (even friends abroad) because no one else is teaching young people about money the way you are. FYDJ helped me land a fulfilling job with a leading environmental conservation group in the country as their unanimous top choice and on track to secure up to 50% more salary by next year than my previous job. This Mexican pizza is for you man, cheers!
John Garvens
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit! Keep fighting the good fight against your mother’s matrimonial references.

I automated my personal finances, started a side business as a digital marketing consultant, and landed a sweet job at an awesome company. Plus, people in my network continue to reach out to me with new opportunities. In short, life is awesome.

Megan Goodell
Megan Goodell
2 years 1 month ago
Your materials have inspired me to really get my fiscal s*** together! Being a woman in her early 20s, I wasn’t that financially literate and had no clue where to start with making smart investments or how to make a game plan for paying off debt. After reading IWT I was able to set out my budget for the next year and finally have actual dates in mind for when I will have my debts paid off. It’s great to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂 Thanks, Ramit! Happy birthday.
Nir Chezrony
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! Your material has helped me in so many ways. Let me start with the quantitative gains: Negotiated a $5000 raise, started a $1k/month side business, automated my finances to save $750 a month, and negotiated down my cable bill for $30/month savings. As far as qualitative gains: helped me stop pursuing bad ideas, focus on what works, help me get in to people’s heads, not fear imperfection, have confidence in my product/services, see my own growing value over time, made me see what makes a valuable friend/acquaintance, and gave me a method to make myself more productive and… Read more »
Michelle
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Weekend, Ramit! Over the years that I’ve been following your blog, reading your newsletters / book and signing up for a couple of your programs, my life has definitely taken on a different trajectory. Thanks to you, I’ve begun taking a more systematic approach to analyzing my business, my money, my habits, and how I go about doing things in general. I’ve also begun to redefine what it means for me to have a rich life and to be successful. You’ve given me the courage to seek help, reach out to others and try try try, just to… Read more »
EM
EM
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit – reading IWT and taking the dream job course, the main thing I’ve gotten out of your material is the psychology of money. More specifically, how people will spend money for the things they want in life. I’ve noticed that with myself and have since then transferred that to my job in sales. Taking what you’ve taught me, I’ve been able to maximize my sales!

ES in Columbus
ES in Columbus
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! Tell Mom you are waiting for the RIGHT woman, and that takes time. She wouldn’t want grand babies affected by divorce, would she?? You will hear this a lot, I am sure: The biggest thing you have challenged me to do is get off my duff and DO- not just THINK about doing! I make my lists, then prioritize and dive in. For a life-long procrastinator, that was freeing! Also, deciding what would a rich life look like, to me? With a sizeable inheritance, I have been able to bless many. There are few (if any) loans/gifts/purchases I… Read more »
melissa
melissa
2 years 1 month ago
your book “i will teach you to be rich” has made a tremendous impact on my life. one of the key takeaways was the idea of automation, out of sight out of mind, which cannot be more true. you can’t spend the money you “don’t have”. another thing is opening an account with schwab where ATM fees are reimbursed and international fees are waived. i can’t tell you how amazing i feel everytime i go on vacation and am able to freely use any ATM. i totally agree with you, if i could i would TOTALLY marry my bank!
Jenny Ji
Jenny Ji
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday petal 🙂 my favourite thing is the briefcase technique you showed to Chase Jarvis. What a great idea! I do this normally anyway in my snooping of a company to make sure I have a kickass presentation when I get there…. but actually letting someone see that in an interview? And my other favourite, is looking at not skipping things and having to write down everything I spend… I’d rather just earn enough that I don’t have to worry about it. And that is a very cool feeling indeed. Very cool! thanks Ramit. Happy birthday you big legend,… Read more »
Scotty G
Scotty G
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, happy birthday! Since finding out about you through the 4hr work week book, and reading your IWTYTBR book, this is what I’ve changed in less than a couple years: completely free of all consumer debt, a career I absolutely love and a recent $7K raise in said new career, healthier lifestyle and in the best physical shape of my life, and an ability to appreciate the current moment. Far better decision making, and most of all, the ability to lead by example to my friends and family. Your work has had a ripple effect within my network of… Read more »
Eric
Eric
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, I started reading your material a little over a year ago, and it has fundamentally changed my life and psychology! I read your book and used it to optimize and automate my finances. From reading your posts I found YNAB and use that in conjunction with your principles to dominate my personal finances. I am seen as a personal finance expert by my friends, and I spend my money extravagantly on the things I love and I cut costs mercilessly on the things I don’t. I used your free Dream Job material to land a job in order to… Read more »
Arun
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit,

You achieved a lot in your 30s and have inspired lot of people via this blog and your book. You are a really life changer.

Keep it up.

Tony
Tony
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

I like how specific and intense you are regarding business practice. There is a lot of fluff in this world and in a few weeks I will be starting my own consulting business. I have one client.

I am excited to learn more from you and in my small way, possibly contribute to your ongoing success.

Tony

Peter
Peter
2 years 1 month ago
IWT has helped me to think on a more systems-based & strategic level in all areas of my life. Financially, professionally, health-wise and even romantically, oddly enough. By implementing a systems-based mindset at my job, I have been able to leap-frog other people and add more value to my company. I now have my finances in order as well, and am systematically paying off my debt and planning for my future. I wish I had been taught this materials as a child in a way, or as a teenager. Its a shame I am only learning how to live truly… Read more »
Yuridia
Yuridia
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday!
Yes, your material provides motivation and tactics. I’ve landed the job I wanted and 9 months later I’m using your tactics to persuade my boss that I deserve the manager position. I’ll soon find out if I got the promotion!

Jared
Jared
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday, sir. I used your negotiation strategies to land a 33% salary increase when I changed jobs.

Andy
Andy
2 years 1 month ago

Afternoon Ramit,

I used your savings advice my first year out of college starting a new job. Since starting I’ve saved 10k in my roth IRA, and 10k in savings. Also, I managing to move to SF to pursue a management career with the company.

Thanks for all the great advice!

Simon
Simon
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit. I’d used a lot of your free material to go from someone struggling with job interviews to getting four offers in a week and a huge boost in confidence. This also led to me negotiating a pay rise three months later, and within this job, improving many of the ways we do things. I’ve also got your book and have used that in my life as well. It also led me to “invest in myself” in the shape of your ZTL course… I’m not as far on in that yet because…get this…I got married in April(!) but… Read more »
Iva
Iva
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!!

Valeska
Valeska
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, All I can say for now is that it changed my life more emotionally than finantially. Sadly, I’m currently unemployed and the difference between the currencies between here (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I am from) and the USA are huge, so, to make such an investment in dollars would have been too much for me. But let me say I DREAM about your course Find Your Dream Job; I am 38 and I still think I haven’t found my path, and your inspiring emails make me feel motivated to keep trying. Right now I am in a depressive… Read more »
Shary Raske
2 years 1 month ago
Thank you for connecting me with some of the most brilliant minds in the world, including yours! You model for me standing in your greatness. That is the inner psychology I am claiming: that I have something of great value to give my customers. Watching you provide great value inspires me. I appreciate your humor, your integrity, and your business savvy. If you ever get married, then the next artful dodge will be, “You know your cousin Raj just had twins and you know I AM waiting to be a grandmother.” Enjoy your birthday! Mine was last week and I… Read more »
Mike
Mike
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

You’ve given me the strategies and systems to fix my finances and learn more about myself.
You’ve given me the confidence to take a sabbatical from my 9-to-5 so I can create the kind of rich life I want to live.
And most of all…
You’ve given me a MASSIVE kick up the ass to take action!

Huge thanks, Mike

Christine
Christine
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit from good’ol BK! First things first I redesigned my whole financial management system because of your advice and have saved waaaaaaaay more money than I would have if I didn’t automate. I can’t bullsh*t myself (sometimes I still do but I am aware of it instead of it being a habit) anymore because I now know about invisible scripts that I now have the tools to break them down. You have given me such a big gift there is still more for me to implement which I look forward too. My family which I still live with… Read more »
Kat
Kat
2 years 1 month ago

I hope you have a wonderfully happy birthday Ramit! The most quantifiable thing that has changed in my life since starting your program is that I am now officially vegan. This is thanks to your lessons on breaking invisible scripts (It’ll be too hard because I travel all the time, etc.) and the wonderful RBT guest Kris Carr who’s work focuses so much on nutrition and real life experience that it made the decision easy. Thank for discussing invisible scripts and for creating a wonderful community.

Pascal
Pascal
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit,

The biggest change for me was automating my finances.
Before I was tracking almost all my spending and always had a sense of guilt when buying something. Now I’m saving a fixed amount for what’s important in my life (investing in myself, travel, house) and don’t feel guilty anymore when spending a lot on what I like.
I have almost a fully automatic system and have the feeling that my finances are managed well without checking my accounts all the time.

Thanks a lot and happy birthday!
Pascal

Sarah
Sarah
2 years 1 month ago

I am using your book to help me save up to move out of my parent’s house and into my own apartment. I am also using your advice and spread it to my friends. Also I am planning on buying more copies of your book and give them as gifts to my friends.

Happy Birthday!

Sarah

Pete
Pete
2 years 1 month ago

How has Ramit helped me, let me count the ways.
1. Taught me a system to find a profitable idea and get my first client.
2. Changed my approach to networking by removing the “sleazy side” and offering value to those you meet.
3. Focused my attention on income generation to achieve financial goals
These alone have helped me see a happier future where I will live a rich life and they give me confidence now!

Thank you Ramit!

Happy B-Day Ramit!

Pete
Pete
2 years 1 month ago

IWTYTBR , seriously helped me get my financial life together. Its not perfect but after 10 years+ of having student loans in default, no credit, no credit card, not money in the bank. Now my credit is in good standing and working towards a better score everyday. (Currently at 722) Student Loans are under control and more on the way to being payed off. Your book is the book they should give every high school graduate. Thanks and happy birthday.

Heather Ross
Heather Ross
2 years 1 month ago
IWT changed my life in the following ways: (I am paraphrasing your advice) 1) Your advice: Make extra money on the side. I stopped whining about my husband’s lack of ambition, low pay rate, and our accompanying financial woes, and started a business as a career coach. 2) Your advice: Don’t be an information junkie – do, don’t just read. In addition to starting my business, I went back to school. 3) Your advice: Deal with and change your inner fear. Even though I was scared, I returned to school to earn my degree in business administration (I am 49).… Read more »
Allan
Allan
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit, Yes Moms can be difficult to deal with, particularly when their perception of what is good/right for you differs from your own. Mine is over 70 and still trying to work out how to tell me what to do. 🙂 I’ve bought a couple of your products and regularly read your blog. How have you helped me? * You have introduced me to a number of great and helpful writers whom I would otherwise not found (eg Naomi Dunford – ittybiz). * You have helped me realize I am not that far away from the success that… Read more »
Robert
Robert
2 years 1 month ago

Since I have been reading your material, I have stopped thinking *I* was insane (crazy maybe…) I love that you call people out on their sh*t, you speak truth, and if people are not ready to accept it, you focus on those who are. When I listen/read your stuff, it is life affirming for me.

J. Raju
J. Raju
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit …. Happy Birthday … Knowing you, I’m sure you gonna have a blast and yet enrich yourself with the experience … Well, Your blog has helped me and I look forward to your mails and the associated comments on various issues … Yes, I have not joined or taken any professional assistance so far but you never know … I might plunge into your courses when I get that trigger … I have had some mind-blowing experiences, upheavals in personal as well as professional life and am certain I am not made for the ordinary stuff … Just… Read more »
Amir
Amir
2 years 1 month ago
happy birthday ramit! Your work have inspired me to better my career. I still havent internalized all your material in DJ but the ones that i used have made me get better positions in 2 companies and increased my base salary by 77% in the space of 2 years! It made me a better person and more aware of the choices i made, to the point that sometimes i play the ‘What would Ramit say’ game before making decisions. Your material have proven its worth that i do not hestitate to buy Earn1k early this year. I would probably buy… Read more »
Yoshiko
Yoshiko
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!

I am currently in the process of interviewing, so I found your DJ material incredibly helpful, especially when it came to interviewing! The feedback I have gotten so far is that I impressed everyone I met with. I am also a steadfast user of timeblocking, and now I am testing different ways to improve my sleep habits.

Thank you for wanting to improve people’s lives and I wish you another fulfilling year and life.

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Dominique
Dominique
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! You have taught me to reframe things that don’t make sense to me. To ask why before I dismiss something. This has allowed me to be empathic with people who let their doubts get in their way and give advice that at least is on the same page as them rather than being incomprehensible or seemingly impossible to them. It has also allowed me to uncover a few techniques that I would have missed especially in how to be more effective at work. Observing people who were obviously faster than me, looking at their strange habits which made… Read more »
Mira D
Mira D
2 years 1 month ago

Many happy returns.
Have a splendid year!

Yo
Yo
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! Hope you’ll have a wonderful day… With joy, laughter, and one peaceful moment with your mom but without the “gonna-get-you-there-talk”… As for the main change that occurs since I’ve come around your blog and and courses, is mindset revolution, evolution and re-volution. I explain: I’m great a innovative thinking as they said but I’d never come to finalize the execution process. Too much of a perfectionist. Led me nowhere and couldn’t even put a name on that. Now, I do. That’s a revolution. But I’ve since learned to take action, in setting up tiny habits, and systems… Read more »
Sandro Paolini
Sandro Paolini
2 years 1 month ago
Holy Shit! This page is AWESOME! It shows me, that even if i doubled my income with your brilliant brief case technique above my own expectations, that i sit in a fine self-made cage, because i don’t move on, because there seems like there is no necessity, no burning fire. I tried for days to read all feedbacks on this page and made a lot of notes. I see the burning is inside of me and i want a lot more and i have all what i need with your inspirations and informations. This time your readers and their results… Read more »
Ati Aziz
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday Ramit! IWT has changed my life by giving me the biggest gift I thought I would never have – friends, families, colleagues, brothers and sisters that I could confide, exchange ideas, learn from and be honest to – through Ramit’s Brain Trust (RBT). I don’t think I can put it into words how RBT has changed my life – it’s not about money, it’s not about career and it’s not about success – it’s just this state of my mind that I could make everything happen and work according to what I value the most. It’s the most… Read more »
Michele
Michele
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Happy birthday! This is so you. What do you want for your birthday? Pages and pages of praise. Nice! You changed my life by completely changing my perspective. I already knew most of the stuff you taught me, but I had no possible way of tapping into it. More importantly, I didn’t have the confidence to go after better opportunities and demand what I want. I was incredibly lucky to have a good friend introduce me to an amazing company, but I’m the one who earned the job, because you prepared me! I handled a coffee meeting with the… Read more »
Katherine
Katherine
2 years 1 month ago

I asked for a raise when I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I have asked about promotions in a structured way that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I have thought about the psychology of work far more than I would have otherwise.

I have set up informational interviews (successfully!) when I wouldn’t have had the courage to do do before.

I have become more aware of my strengths and limitations.

Griffin
Griffin
2 years 1 month ago

doubled my salary since reading IWT over the last few years.

Also began working out on a regular basis, and recently I have converted to a morning workout up at 530am twice a week.

I told a friend I didn’t want to go to the Bar for the NBA Draft last Thursday night b/c I was planning an am workout and he said to me… What happened to you. ( I sucked it up and did both b/c I do like having a few thurs night beers even if it makes friday harder)

Elise
2 years 1 month ago

A very happy birthday to you, Ramit! Your emails often make me laugh aloud, and that has definitely helped my life. I appreciate a lot of your free materials, like “How to Charge What You’re Worth”, etc. I’m grateful for your blog and emails, they make me think. My own mom gets very tired of my quoting you. “If I hear you mention that man’s name again” she says…

Thank you for sharing your gifts and insights with the world!

Blessings to you for an even more fruit-filled year,
Elise

Samuel
Samuel
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday.

I’m really happy to see what you’re doing. It’s great. I feel richer already by knowing it.

I can’t really line out which changes where how much influenced by you. You certainly have a positive impact on various aspects of my life. I’m very happy.
I really like your Braintrust Videos. They influence me.

Thank you.

Anna
Anna
2 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit!

Happy, happy birthday! Sending you big virtual hugs and tons of warm wishes!

You material has been a game-changer for me in doing freelance work. It’s helped me negotiate a higher salary at my bridge job, stand behind higher rates with clients, negotiate price increases with clients, and let’s not forget helping me get my cable bill down. Every time I hit a professional road block, I turn to your material.

Thanks for going after YOUR dream job so you could help me create mine some years later.

Happy Birthday Ramit!

Hugs,
Anna

Mohammed
Mohammed
2 years 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, Happy Birthday sir, wish you the best! Like a lot of other people your material has really opened my eyes to many things, especially budgeting. I graduated last year and of course coming out of college and getting a job meant I would splurge on EVERYTHING! But first I needed a job! My brother in law gave me your book for a graduation present and he let me know about your briefcase technique. He has his own company and said he’s still waiting on someone to use that method on him and he would hire them on the… Read more »
cukamunger
cukamunger
2 years 1 month ago
I really enjoy reading your blog/book/course material. I have found that your advice helps me to refocus and move closer to my real goals. Shoot, it helps me take a look at what my real goals are. 1 example: I am a horrible sales person (so I went into engineering), but I broke out of my shell and went for the Hawaii vacation. I posted on Facebook, emailed, and texted many of my friends. Most thought it was a scam, but I convinced about a dozen people to sign up. Didn’t win, but I tried.
Iluska Ikeda
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday, Ramit! Your site has helped me the most with picking the right ideas and validating them. I’m the kind of person who has a bazillion ideas and actually tries them out, sticking with them for far too long. But I had never tried to validate them first (duh………..), and so most were a total and complete flop. But since finding your site and signing up for E1K, I wrote a list of ideas, picked the ones that fit the criteria you discussed, picked one and validated it! I feel dumb for not ever having done this before. I’ve… Read more »
Matt
2 years 1 month ago

Your product (site, stuff, messages) is Grade A, it feels good to see someone producing quality. You’ve encouraged me to sharpen up and get to the point where I can take Earn1K. Keep doing what you do Ramit.

Susie
Susie
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!

I finally got around to reading your book last year. I am slowly implementing your suggestions and working toward a more automated and stable financial system.

Thank you!

Antti
Antti
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! You and BJ Fogg have helped me to start excercising. After I read and listened to you I started to think why I don’t excercise even though I would like to get in shape. I noticed that I especially hate that I have to take a shower after doing anything physical. With your baby-steps advice I deviced a plan that I would use crosstrainer just for 10 seconds before my evening shower. Just 10 seconds! I was sure that I could do it no matter how tired I am. And as you predicted it almost always leads to… Read more »
Marcos
2 years 1 month ago

Your site lit a fire under my butt to get cracking on living a rich life. It’s incredibly positive and optimistic which is absolutely contagious. I’m more organized, I’m making more money, my art is reaching more people, I was been able to use the suitcase technique to get well-paid work during the time I was unemployed which was crucial to my financial and emotional well-being. Thank you, Ramit. Just wanted to leave this note of gratitude.

Athena
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! I have been “Shoulding” myself less and I have been more courageous. Thank you for helping me be more comfortable in my own skin. Aloha, Athena

Jordan
Jordan
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! I turned 32 on June 27! 🙂 Anyway, I’ve had one of the worst years on record, really, really bad. But I’m not going to talk about it at the risk of becoming one of “those” people you spoke about in your email today. My point is that I used some of your scripts you provided in a video to get hired on as a freelancer for 2 different clients. They don’t pay much, but it’s better than not getting paid at all which is what my alternative would be right now! So thank you, and again, happy… Read more »
Tia Richards
Tia Richards
2 years 1 month ago
Hello Ramit you have CHANGED MY LIFE COMPLETELY, I’m currently employed full time at the “No.1 hospital in America” yet still underpaid for the cost of living in MD and was always looking for a “side gig”. I also attend school for fashion which I’ve always loved and wanted to take classes fresh out of high school but my parents convinced me to do otherwise so for years I sit unfulfilled in the life of healthcare. It was May 8th I was reading “Daily Worth” as I do every morning and read your article “I will teach you to be… Read more »
Nancy
Nancy
2 years 1 month ago

Small change but important – just automated all my payments for the beginning of the month! 🙂

Adam P
Adam P
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Even though I haven’t attended your classes, I have, over time, changed myself reading your material and emails. I don’t always comment but I do read. Over the years from when I was around 18 I wasn’t a completely negative person but occasionally had negative thoughts. I can now say, I am 99% positive all the time. It has taken a lot of mental captivity and surrounding myself around positive, forward-thinking, smiling people. I am a business man and have had those friends say “that’s a stupid, crazy idea and it’ll never work.” I believe in myself when I… Read more »
charmaine jones
charmaine jones
2 years 1 month ago

hi happy birthday to u GOD bless u

charmaine jones
charmaine jones
2 years 1 month ago

i dont understand and me try try not get thrughter not rich??????? need ur help me and am deaf please try me

Dana
Dana
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit! Above all, you make me laugh, so thank you for that. I always enjoy reading your blogs and find them worthwhile–even the very, very long ones.

Alexandra
Alexandra
2 years 1 month ago
In the last year, I got a 19% raise at my 6 month review (I only got the 6 month review because i negotiated it into my offer, thanks to your material) and I moved up into a better role and got more respect from my coworkers when I showed them I was a top performer (not just telling them i was, but really proving it). Also, I know you aren’t in the official relationship advice business (though maybe you should be?), a lot of things you wrote about helped me decide to get out of a dead relationship and… Read more »
Paul
Paul
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, When I was negotiating my last job change, your insights on top performers helped me completely change my approach. Previously, I had been motivated to “answer the interviewer’s questions”, but this time I turned the tables. I went into the interview with a presentation which showed them what their job required and how I met their needs. When I finished, the one interviewer asked the second if she had any questions. The second one said, “he already answered them all”. Thanks for encouraging the top performers to stand up for the dream jobs that they have earned.
Kris
Kris
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Ramit!

I have recently become a rabid reader of all your free content. I haven’t made any money on it YET, but you have definitely inspired me to think bigger, understand my customers better, and come up with some strategies for creating a bigger and more reliable income from my freelance business, two of which I’m developing right now. I’ve also added a few positive habits to my life, after watching the video on habits and realizing how important they are.

Thanks for all you do!

Sierra
Sierra
2 years 1 month ago

First off, Happy Birthday!!

Your daily messages are very inspiring! They re-direct us to a much more obtainable approach. Sometimes my mind is so jumbled with the excitement of many different ideas that I don’t formulate a achievable plan. Thanks for breaking it down and helping to guide us through the steps to a successful future!

Jim
Jim
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday- I am hugely entertained by your demented writing. See you around.

Natasha
Natasha
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Happy Birthday Ramit! Wow, where do I begin? I came upon your blog while doing some research on how to start investing a few years ago. I was hooked by your approach on how to handle finances and even more so on what it means to live a rich life. I’ve read your book, applied those methods and saw an immediate change in the power of automation, no matter how little I had. I continued to read your posts and implement the psychological changes you taught us and changed the way I thought about various aspects of my life… Read more »
Lukasz
Lukasz
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!
I think without your help it would be much more difficult, timeconsuming and painful for me to figure out how to sell online.
Thank you!

Brian
Brian
2 years 1 month ago

I’m down to $1,200 of CC debt from following your advice and also realized I needed some help, so found a great mentor in my area to help me with some psychological trauma that has been getting in the way of my learning and growing rich in the ways I’m reaching for.

Love the no bullshit approach. Your information and website is not something I just skim. I look forward to becoming a student in the future after I get my credit card debt paid off!

Happy birthday to you and Shamoo! That picture is EPIC (:

Mary Greene
Mary Greene
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit! No, not all women are like your mom. . . for better or worse. Just don’t wait so long to marry you believe you deserve a perfect mate because you are perfect. That approach leads to nit-picking and isolation.

Thank you for insisting on rational action to feel and do better.

Cheers,
Mary Greene

Brian
Brian
2 years 1 month ago

Great take on that Mary. I have a similar version of this myself and also appreciate what you said about “not all women are like your mom”. And it sure does, been there myself.

Best,

Jill
Jill
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit, Have a Happy Birthday!

This past year of your life, your emails and videos have inspired me to realize that there’s more out there for me. And, yes, maybe I CAN do it. Yes, I’m still lame sometimes. And, yes, I can be the perfect example for some of your “lazy” examples. It’s nice that you call me on my bullshit, though. Now I’m off to work on my budget, while you, sip some margaritas and ENJOY your day.

Anderson317
Anderson317
2 years 1 month ago
Finisher’s Formula gets results. My primary goal from FF was to raise the amount I grossed at work from ~$130k in 2013 to over $200k in 2014. Halfway through the year, I’m at ~$90k. Not exactly where I want to be, but significantly ahead of where I was in 2013. Plus, I have the tools and mindset to check in and make the necessary changes in order to pick it up more in the second half of the year to meet my original goal. I am also losing weight and keeping my house in order even though I have three… Read more »
Julie
Julie
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit!!!!!! I would have to say that the biggest thing you have taught me is that there is no such thing as failure– only feedback. By opening my mind up to finding the best way to accomplish something, I am no longer only focusing on the goal but rather the process which for me has made a world of difference. I got a job, I am starting a side business, and I am having fun doing it all rather than getting tripped up in every little pit hole. Also, by focusing on the big wins and creating strategy,… Read more »
Kavita
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Happy Birthday Ramit. From another Indian woman and a relationship expert, you better get on that marriage thing:) Totally kidding. The way you have changed my business in the last year is by giving me more freedom. I launched my first my first ALL digital product (Zero to Launch), called Meet The Man Who’s Made For You. I now have a way to keep making reoccurring revenue without having to devote my personal time. The first launch yielded me $12,000. That is just the beginning. I am making tweaks to it and launching it again at the end of… Read more »
Deborah
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! Your blogs, email and programs had a big influence on my past year. I started my business in June of 2013. It was a bit scary, but also super exciting. The life of an entrepreneur has its ups and downs, as I am certain you know. Those “up” weeks are great! But, the “down” weeks filled with self doubt and negative self talk are a challenge for certain. Invariably, one of your positive and encouraging emails would arrive during a “down” week, and change my mind set to positive determination. Thank You! I also joined Earn 1K… Read more »
Rochelle Toll
Rochelle Toll
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday! I have been getting your emails for years. My boss announced he was retiring and looking to sell his business..I truly believe your emails gave me the knowledge to know this was a great oppertunity for me. Coming up with the 100k by the end of this month will be the biggest challenge, but again, I want this and your emails have taught me how to get what I want.. We will seen what I have learned by the end of July!
Happy Birthday..and thank you!

Steph
Steph
2 years 1 month ago

IWT has taught me what I’m lacking to change my habits. I finally put in the effort to find a reward that works for me (mini marshmallows!) and ended up doing GREAT last semester, without missing class, which is a really big step for me after repeated lows in school.

Miho
Miho
2 years 1 month ago
Happy 32, Ramit! 🙂 The IWT Website was very helpful to me to stay grounded and, of course, to succeed in my job application & interview. I was looking for a teaching position in college, but using IWT principles and adopting the idea of how top performers could act or think in a given situation/interview worked perfectly for me. I was trying to get a position where my dissertation research was not very relevant to that position (…relevant in a sense, but not very consistent) – while there are so many applicants applying for a single position, my question was… Read more »
George
George
2 years 1 month ago
Ramit, your site opened the world of the mind to me. I’ve spent about a decade trying to figure out how to get past many of my core problems (or even just figuring out WHAT these core problems are), and somehow I stumbled onto your site first through finding something you wrote about laziness. As I perused through some of your other blog entries, I started to realize just how incorrectly I was looking at the whole picture of how we operate (which is understandable, since it’s the same picture we grow up hearing about and/or just assume to be… Read more »
Kelley Goes
Kelley Goes
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday! IWT has elevated my communication skills to new heights. Just reading your emails – how you structure them, your phrasing, use of personal/impersonal examples, vernacular, tone and pacing – makes me a better speaker and negotiator. You have a gift for blending that which we probably already know intuitively with new content and using one to reinforce the other. The topic of the “lecture” is almost immaterial – briefcase technique; non-latte factor; finding time; defining the actual goal in precise language that lends itself to constructive action – it’s all relevant to every facet of life and easily… Read more »
Renee
Renee
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! Your material has helped me to land a promotion at my current job within 6 months of being there! I started off as a regular employee a year ago and then I became a top performer, letting all of the higher ups know that I waned to move up as well. I had never had any managerial experience in my life but my boss saw that I was doing so well and decided to make me a manager! I have received a lot of training and workshops to help hone my managerial skills as the company I… Read more »
Kara
Kara
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday, dood!
I’ve been following your blog and getting your emails for years. LOVE your insights; I’ve applied them both in my professional life and personal finances. This past year I bought your zero to launch program. While I’ve been a bit slow with it, it’s really made me critically think about what business ideas I could feasibly make work and how to make it happen. Now to just get off my procrastinating tookas and do it.
Soak up some rays & enjoy your day!

Rachel
Rachel
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit. Thank you for your blog and email messages, they are funny, insightful and inspiring. I love seeing “behind the curtain” of success, and appreciate your honesty and integrity. Rachel

Jasmine R
Jasmine R
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Ramit! I hope it is as rich as you are 🙂 I am so thankful for your site because I have learned a ton, starting with the world of finances. I have always been one to be tight on my money and save; however, learning about automating, how to look out for 401ks, and even a better approach to saving money has truly been eye opening for me. I do not have a job and steady income flow yet (in grad school) however when I do I’ll know what to do! Also, your networking techniques “close the loop” etc,… Read more »
Jacqueline
Jacqueline
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! First, it may not be all women, but most (especially mothers) are notorious for that, myself included. With our kids, we cultivate it from a young age, otherwise you end up spending an hour listening to a three year old tell you about the flower she found and never get to ask her to clean up her crayons. Instead, after listening a little about the flower, you mention how pretty it is, just like the pretty picture she drew earlier. Then you use that to point out the crayons still need picked up. Voila, habit formation (on… Read more »
Kate
Kate
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday, Ramit! Wow, what a shame that no one responded to your request 🙂 One thing that changed my life this year? Testing. Just the mindset of “okay, set a goal, test one possible route to reach it. Evaluate your results, adjust, test another route.” A year ago this week, I was just finishing my first month at my then-dream job. Literally, a job I had used Ramit’s free Dream Job material to pursue, and got. But I had some free time, so I started using testing to develop my work portfolio. Test, evaluate, adjust, test, evaluate, adjust test.… Read more »
Dennis Willis
2 years 1 month ago

Tiny Habits are HUGE.

Josh Stein
Josh Stein
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday! When I took my current position, I used your recommendation to simply negotiate for more money – I had an amount I needed that I wouldn’t leave my (then) current position without, asked for it, and got it. Was less stressful than I thought it’d be!

Thanks!

Junaid Dawud
2 years 1 month ago

Last summer I did a pretty crazy expedition, so one big goal for this year has been to finish the book about the trip. Your emails help me to act on the fact that the book won’t publish itself and sit my butt down to work on it.

Happy Birthday!

Chelsea
Chelsea
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I received a 30% raise and am on my way to becoming an expert in my field. I’ve also come to realize through reading your material that there’s nothing “wrong with me” when i fail regularly to get up early to work out, make my kids lunch the night before, or make other adjustments in my regular daily routine that have been on my list for years. Your info on behavioral psychology really takes the emotion out of the challenge and leaves you more with an equation that’s far easier to manipulate than the weight of months… Read more »
Tracy MUrray
Tracy MUrray
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday. I am saying something that may be akin to blasphemy on your site but I do not read your words because I want to be rich, or because I want to change. I actually just enjoy your writing style. I get your newsletter and sometimes I click over to your site just because you seem like a cool guy. In my real life I have always enjoyed being around dynamic fast moving personalities because it is an excellent counter-balance to my rather calm personality. I use to get my fix of energy from people I worked with but… Read more »
Beatrice Lugano
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Happy Birthday Ramit!
I started in November IWT Earn 1K on the side course, and I think that the best thing that you taught me is to have confidence in myself. With the briefcase technique i closed my first three contracts. This month i doubled my income and I’m thinking about raising my rates for september.
All of this working from home (before Earn 1k i was a stay at home mum)
Thank you!

Olga
Olga
2 years 1 month ago
First of all – happy birthday! Here is what IWT changed in me: 1) Natural networking. This was a huge mindset shift, as I used to – like may others – understand it as getting not giving. And giving is so fantastically liberating! IWT made me ‘go other there’ and and say Hello to the word. It also made me believe that I have something interesting to share, even when I’m not the best selling author, CEO of one of the Fortune 500 companies, or whoever else we identify as typically ‘successful’. So I’m now googleable (blog, linkedin – thanks… Read more »
Alan
Alan
2 years 1 month ago

Dear Ramit, It’s my birthday too! Happy Birthday to both of us!

Peggy
Peggy
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday! And thank you for all your informative, interesting emails. I followed your advice about going for big wins, rather than little sacrifices. As a result, in the past year, I have recovered over $500 in overcharges, questionable fees, and mis-charges from my cable company, internet provider, banks, and other businesses. I guided a family member through the process of using “natural networking” to resolve a difficult business issue. And I have shared your information with other family members, some of whom acted on it, and some didn’t. But, I act on any of the information that pertains to… Read more »
Ru
Ru
2 years 1 month ago
Happy birthday Ramit! Things I learn from you: What you did: respond to my email with 10 minutes What I learned: responding emails to your (potential) clients quickly always builds goodwill. Even if the response ends up being “I don’t understand, call me” or “No”. I respond to my gen-y clients much quicker. What you did: reframing the importance of psychology in your various webinars. What I learned: reframing the same message over and over again improves execution. I didn’t finish all the DJ modules but the psychology part of it made me mentally stronger going up against HR and… Read more »
Rachel
Rachel
2 years 1 month ago

I’m utilizing the Swensen model of asset allocation in my retirement portfolio now. And I whine less. (I reserve the right to be a special snowflake.)

anne
anne
2 years 1 month ago

happy birthday, Ramit!

Your material has – slowly – taught me to have more faith in myself and my capability as a self-starter and potential entrepreneur after 30 years of working for other people. It’s also given me amazing material for my work as a coach and trainer – and I refer my clients of all ages, plus my friends, to your site all the time.

Thank you!

Cherry
Cherry
2 years 1 month ago
I am great at making the list and doing everything on it. I realize after reading your email today that I just don’t do that for a big goal. I get overwhelmed with a big goal and haven’t broken it down into the necessary steps to feel like I am actually making progress. So I ask myself today, why can’t I dream a bigger goal? Maybe because I have to figure what to commit time, energy and money to??? It is easy to navigate the small tasks and feel good about accomplishing something while avoiding thinking about big goals that… Read more »
Will
Will
2 years 1 month ago

You’ve reminded to get a steady foundation (and get out of debt) before I try to heap to much on my plate.

Andrew Ecklund
Andrew Ecklund
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! Since discovering your site in the last year (my first year out of college) I have built a financial system that runs on its own, and has allowed me to save 10k in 9 months, majority of which is in retirement accounts invested in lifecycle funds. “My” system follows the one in your book completely, it has made me 100x more comfortable financially, and has allowed me to intelligently help friends with their finances – I have saved my friends thousands of dollars in student loan interest and years of payments, just by having one discussion. Most… Read more »
Em
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! I’ve taken several of your mini-courses, actually working through one now. Although you don’t date things, I’ve notice how your presentations have improved drastically over time. Lesson learned: Don’t wait until things are perfect. Go ahead and start selling, as long as the substance, the value is there. I love the online savings accounts so I can save for different goals easily. Now working toward living a rich life by doing what I enjoy, earning what I need to earn to do the things that are important to me, guilt-free. There’s more, but I’ll keep it short… Read more »
Hannah
Hannah
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit,

Happy Birthday

I’ve learnt to lead a rich life by taking more holidays, and you are directly responsible for making me join a choir – although I’m not sure my husband feels the same after been forced to attend my concerts and being subjected to our rendition of wrecking ball
Random perhaps, but that’s the way it is

Annie
2 years 1 month ago
HB Ramit – Maybe a year ago, I wrote you an email explaining how I penny pinch to save money and manage my earnings. I also said that I probably wouldn’t take one of your courses because of my frugal lifestyle. However, since that time, I’ve adapted my approach and found the way to balance living well and maintaining a strong financial foothold. But now I’m ready for the next step! With a solid job and paycheck, I want to set up a system to create a second revenue stream. Your daily emails remind me that I can do it… Read more »
Mike
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit,

Thanks to IWTYTBR, you taught me to automate my finances and enabled me to give fearlessly. Thanks to your teaching on savings goals, I realized I need to increase my income and some freelance opportunities have come out of the blue.

Enjoy your birthday!!!

nysofmind
nysofmind
2 years 1 month ago

Your advice simplified my overcomplicated thinking and helped me slim down the barriers that exist to perform any meaningful task. I just got started with investing in the stock market and this site is a major influence on getting me started. Thank you.

Rebecca
Rebecca
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit! Your material has helped me a lot! Most recently, though, the company for which I work had a major executive transition, and I was presented with a new boss (who was also one of the new executives). I had been doing work above my title and pay grade for the last 6 months, carefully collecting my successes and making connections. When I had my meeting with the new boss, I had no qualms about stating that I expected a raise and a new title and had the scripts and evidence ready. Oddly enough, I never needed the… Read more »
Heather Craik
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I’ve been consuming your content for years, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned a lot of benefits before in your birthday posts (automation transformed my finances, the idea of 3 paying customers has helped me start two businesses successfully, and it’s always nice to know that I have a surrogate Asian father out there willing to kick my ass). Here’s one you might not see commonly. I finally got to the point around this time last year of wanting to purchase a course. Specifically your course. But we had some billing issues, so that was a no go.… Read more »
Dan
Dan
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Dude! 🙂

Since reading your blog, I have:

1) automated my finances even more than i used to
2)got off my ass and started going back to the gym 3x a week
3)got off my ass once again and have started the process on finding my dream job which I should have started FOUR YEARS AGO!!!!!
Thanks for all your hard work! Loving the blog and the free vids…

Alex
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday!

I’ve been reading your book and have automated all of my bill / CC payments and got all of my accounts in proper order, so they’re just managing themselves for the most part at this point.

Atalia
Atalia
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday, Ramit!! I’ve been following you for over five years and between your free material and Earn1K/DreamJob, I’ve found a lot of confidence in myself and feel like I can catch up in a lot of areas in my life. I feel properly equipped for the “real world”, unlike how I felt when I graduated from high school, and subsequently, college. That’s given me a sort of confidence I’ve been missing for years and while I’m not quite where I want to be nor as successful just yet, I know I’ll get there in time if I put a… Read more »
Marcel
Marcel
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit!

I have only recently started to follow your blog, and yesterday joined E1k. So, what I have learned rom you so far has been a lot, jam-packed into a small window of time. The key thing that made me go for E1k was learning how to get into the head of your ideal client/customer. How to really target your ideal customer, get into their head, and figure out what they need.

Looking forward to telling you about my accomplishments on your 33rd birthday!

Have a great year ahead!

Shirley
Shirley
2 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit … I’m old, happily married, incredible kids with awesome families or significant others on the way to becoming families, successful in business, looking at the last 5 years of my career … so in answer to your birthday present request … what I get from reading you is the benefit of your energy, enthusiasm, and insights into human nature and thus business trends. I love your style of being full of yourself (which I believe you’ve properly earned the right to be) and transparent. I wish you nothing but the best and happy birthday!

chlo
chlo
2 years 1 month ago

Happy bday! It coincides with starting to read your blog, but ever since, I decided to make sure I keep moving in the direction I want to…even if its small baby steps every day. I applied this to having a cleaner condo, working out, and career change tasks. Sometimes the task is tiny, like 1 plank each side, folding 10 peices of laundry and follow up on 1 email, but when I start, sometimes I end up cleaning for 1 full hour etc. Momentum!

Angela
2 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday, Ramit!!!

With your productivity material and your book, I’ve destroyed my three page task list that used to leave me in utter despair/overwhelm and in less than twelve months, my husband and I will be debt free.

That’s how you and your work have changed my life. I am so grateful. Hope your birthday is utterly awesome!

Selena Soo
2 years 1 month ago
IWT has been the biggest influence on my online business. I love the way Ramit connects with his readers by telling powerful, memorable, and often hilarious stories. And I am constantly learning from him. Even his free material is superior to 99% of the paid content out there! So far, I’ve purchased seven of his courses, which have been the best investments I’ve made in my business. He’s showed me how to move up the value chain — from $30/hr to up to $2000/hr in a two-year period. I was a beta student in his program Zero To Launch. Because… Read more »
Tod
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Mate,

You are a recent discovery for me…

Your website and emails have got me thinking about how to be more effective in reaching my goals.

Many happy returns : )

Maja
2 years 1 month ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! Thanks for all of your emails, insights and advice, they have been truly invaluable to me and my business. Everything I read from you really makes me think differently and I continually learn a lot. I am currently reading your book and have already automated all my banking which has given me so much peace and clarity around finances. Your email scripts have been extremely useful and effective in getting what I need from the people I contact. I’m truly grateful for your powerful, inspiring content and wish you a really fun, relaxing and joyful birthday. Thanks… Read more »
Tim
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday Ramit,

Your site has helped me overcome the “woe is me” mentality and take charge of my career. I overcame the fears of starting a new career and decided that I’ll be in control of what I do. That way I can’t blame anyone if it fails, like I have been doing. In short, your site kicked my butt to the point of me ignoring it for a while…but the psychology was sound and really helped me overcome many unfounded fears.

-Tim

Jim
2 years 1 month ago

More of the same encouraging stuff. I’ve listened in for a couple of years. It’s usually content of something I’m in at the moment that has been helpful. Like now- like you, I’m doing a new thing. Some say it’s great, some say what’s wrong with it.

I used to waste time arguing back after straitening their “facts”. Now- I know they won’t be my customer or client anyway – and reference their comments (I know others will think same thing) to my presentation accordingly.

Paris
2 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday!
I picked up a copy of your book earlier this year and I felt that I was reading something that finally made sense and could work for me.
Since then, I have set up a conscious spending plan and paid down 50% of my credit card debt already. I’m looking forward to being completely done.

Thank you

I’m currently living abroad and have a job that I love. More adventures and stories to come.

Thank you

Kip Mistral
Kip Mistral
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit, I am continually refreshed and amused by your irreverent and very worthy philosophies regarding life, doing business, relationships and everything in between. The more shocking and outrageous you are, the more realistic and practical you are at the same time. I really admire your spirit and your conviction that you own your own world.

Patrick Millerd
2 years 1 month ago

Ramit – have a good day and great year.

Your emails and site are a reality check. It’s good to get some thought provoking, positive truth in the mishmash of junk!!

Martin
Martin
2 years 30 days ago

Happy Birthday,

Your material has helped me in many ways. I started flossing! You introduced me to the work of Cal Newport and that was incredibly beneficial. It was material that I wish I had had 20 years ago. I started a do later list which has allowed me to actually finish things that are important to me instead of starting many things and finishing none. Thanks.

Tiffany Dawn
2 years 29 days ago

Happy birthday, Ramit!! Your material has helped me take control of my finances. I set up automatic savings accounts, which ensured that I was able to afford my recent wedding. I joined RBT and met a great accountability partner who has really pushed me to think purposefully about my tasks each week. I have become more observant and have better insight into why people act they way they do, and I know better how to interact with people.

Yvette
Yvette
2 years 29 days ago
Happy Birthday Ramit Your Book “I will teach you to be rich” has profoundly changed my life. I was up to my ears in debt. Now I am paying it down (still a little way to go but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel) and everything is automated. I’m getting more and more practise at negotiating like an “Indian”, which for a middle aged caucasian women is an interesting and challenging thing! I love your practical commonsense No BS advice that I can put in to action. And that is the key, you have a… Read more »
Doug
Doug
2 years 29 days ago

Happy Birthday!

I subscribed to your email list about 6 months ago and since then I’ve got my ducks in a row to go back to school for my masters. You’re emails have helped me prioritize pursuing my goals over the security of sticking the crappy just out of college job I was in. I’m happier and I feel like I’m actually working toward something meaningful again.

Thanks a ton for all your great content.

J.C. Avila
2 years 29 days ago

I’ve learned to take deliberate and methodical action toward my goals. To set up systems to start doing what I’ve been day dreaming for long time. To invest in me and believe that I have something that makes me a top performer.

John Morey
John Morey
2 years 29 days ago

Happy Birthday! I hope it’s a great one.

I’ve learned to be more aggressive and do what I want to do in my work, home, church, life. I still lean toward being acted upon instead of acting myself but it keeps improving as I keep reading and get older.

John

Roman
Roman
2 years 29 days ago

Happy birthday!

The best thing I learned from you is the briefcase technique. I’ve used it and gotten great responses. I’ll use it again on any interview I go on in the future. It got me to think about what the employer wants.

Kimber
Kimber
2 years 29 days ago
Happy Birthday Ramit! I also turned 32 this June. I’m thankful for IWT slowly reeling me in with your book and later with Success Triggers & ZTL courses. I’ve learned to invest in myself and that I’m worth it – that I can consciously and systematically tackle mental barriers that have held me hostage for years. I am re-defining myself with confidence to actually talk to strangers, send unsolicited emails, provide VALUE and successfully build relationships where I was held back by fear and thinking ‘I’m an introvert’ – or ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I don’t know how’. Taking… Read more »
Greg
Greg
2 years 29 days ago

I love how you turn sales to love. Just like now: this page is the smoothest and most enjoyable “give me a testimonial!” request I have ever seen. I have learnt many tips and tricks from you how to be less confrontational when critical, asking more gracefully, being less rude yet effectively communicate what i want. It helped me to get along in my job, and I could find mentors, cooperation partners that was always a big challenge for me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Benquo
2 years 29 days ago
You gave me one exact lime to use, to start conversations at conferences, networking things, and similar events: “so, what brings you here?”. Not always the best thing to start with – but it’s *something*, and it was something I knew how to say – because you gave me all the words. I used this line, a lot, and started getting more comfortable introducing myself to strangers. I started riffing off it, saying different things that accomplished the same purpose, once I’d seen myself regularly succeed at starting conversations with strangers. Recently, I found my girlfriend a mentor by accidentally… Read more »
Mohammad
2 years 29 days ago
377 $ is what my wife, our toddler and me were living on when I read your book on march 2014. 188 $ were rent and the rest some how was for the rest of the month. As I was jobless since January, this money was the scholarship money my wife was getting. In addition to that as a foreigner in Turkey I had no work permit. Starting with this information, how you think your book helped me?, take in account that I’m not allowed to have a credit card neither, because i don’t have a permanent salary. Back in… Read more »
Layne
Layne
2 years 29 days ago
I am an Earn1K member – and I will admit I have not used the program to it’s full potential – however – your free emails (and I mean MOSTLY the emails!) have given me so much advice and courage – that I am a degree-less, ballsy, dental assistant – who pushed a lot of limits and became a marketing director for a exponentially-growing-multi-practice-specialty-dental-company. Less than a year ago I was busting my ass working 40-50 hours a week – now with my guts and then my followup with performance (build 6 months worth of stats to present when asking… Read more »
Charlie
Charlie
2 years 29 days ago

I used your free salary negotiation techniques to get a 13% raise and place myself in the top 10% of income earners in my field/location.
I also used Earn1K to find gaping holes in my service offering. I’m working on a new offering that adds more value to my target audience now.
Thanks for everything.

Judd
Judd
2 years 29 days ago
Ramit, IWT has made me question some of the things I thought to be true, clearing my understanding of how things really occur (such as your post regarding thoughts dictate actions which create results vs small wins creates beliefs which strenghtens aligned thougths and so on). You have assisted in me gaining clarity in how I provide effective training for my trainees to get the results they need, and I’mtaking the same claity into business. I hadn’t thought I’d use the Dream Job program you run (as I was just going to go straight into business), but I can see… Read more »
Justice
Justice
2 years 29 days ago

Happy Birthday Ramit! Thank your mother for the gift of life. Thank you for your straight-shooting talk, and encouraging material. You present scenarios that we all have endured and you provide ways to work with them, around them, and to better them. I get stuck, then I read your material and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Many more Happy Birthdays!

jj
jj
2 years 29 days ago

today is my birthday.

Olivia Richardson
2 years 29 days ago
Hey Ramit, Happy Birthday (belated by a few minutes, heh.) This year you helped me take responsibility but you also gave me an action plan that helped break the cycle of the same tired, plug in my resume and hope I land a company that is right for me- bit. I’ve been decent at getting some interviews and doubled my salary but this year with DJ and IWT:BT I’ve killed it in understanding the target companies and roles right for me. Plus you’ve helped me put action into the words “giving”which has led me to meet some cool people who… Read more »
Kristiyan
Kristiyan
2 years 29 days ago

Happy birthday, Ramit!

I learned so much from your material in the past year. The greatest thing for me was learning about the invisible scripts and barriers and how to notice them in real life. This enabled me to conquer my fears, finally get out of my comfort zone and take part in the summer Work and Travel program. Now I’m here in the USA (I’m from Eastern Europe), working a summer job, getting some real work experience for the first time in my life and loving every minute of it!

Thank you for everything that you do!

Kristiyan

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