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New presentation: How to overcome critics & build a powerful support system

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I got a huge response to my previous post about dealing with critics. They come in all shapes and sizes, and the most formidable critics never attack head-on. Instead, they say things like “Are you sure about that?” or “I’m just worried about you…”

So I wanted to go into more depth to go beyond just “handling” critics — and go into the deeper area of building a POSITIVE support system.

This week, I’m giving a live presentation on How to Overcome Critics and Build a Powerful Support System this Wednesday night.

You’ll learn:

  • The subtle ways critics cut people down
  • Unconventional ways to handle critics (beyond just ignoring them)
  • How to build a positive support system of people who WANT to help you and hold you accountable

This event is online and free:

And, to the 5,000 people who live in Siberia, or have kids, or have a dog with a runny nose: This is live. There will be no transcript or recording. Again, for the illiterate people who are not reading this and will email me anyway — I said sorry but no, I will not record this.

TO ATTEND:

Register for the webinar here: http://live.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/

-Ramit

P.S. Once you register, leave a comment and share:

  1. A subtle way that someone close to you gave you unsolicited, negative feedback
  2. What it would mean to have a POSITIVE support system around you, who would constantly hold you accountable, support you, and wouldn’t let you fail.
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Julie
Julie
3 years 2 months ago

Actually, Siberia would be a fine place to be that day–it works out to 10 am the morning of 5/23. Where I am in Eastern Europe, not so easy at 6 pm. So don’t knock Siberia.

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 2 months ago

When I announced that I was leaving my in-house translator position to go freelance, several people asked whether I’d be able to make enough money doing that or whether I was planning to get a part-time job as well.

Katie
Katie
3 years 2 months ago

My work mates used to ask me not to jokingly say I was working too hard and making them look bad.

Carolynn
Carolynn
3 years 2 months ago
1. My grandmother is RIFE with fear. She’s actually quite crippled because of it. This weekend she ordered me to never ever leave my low-paying job as a temp. She did temp work for years and raised 3 kids, but the electricity was always turned off and she’s living hand to mouth in her retirement. I think wealth scares her, as does entrepreneurship or anything outside this box where you work your ass and just be grateful you have any menial office job (especially if you’re a woman). I don’t swallow her fears, so now I just smile politely because… Read more »
Erika
Erika
3 years 2 months ago
This year I radically improved my diet and have lost a bunch of weight. (50lbs gone; still need to lose another 150lbs or so. Truth.) Pretty much everything everyone has said to me about it is a “subtle way that someone close to you gave you unsolicited, negative feedback.” * One person briefly noted that my skin looks better, then went on an excruciatingly in-depth tirade about all the previous problems she had noticed with my skin, ignoring all my polite requests to stop until I finally had to cut her off with “We’re not talking about this anymore.” *… Read more »
Simi
Simi
3 years 2 months ago
Erika, I am on a similar diet. It’s really helped me, although I’ve never had a weight problem. But I don’t get any more awful headaches or feel exhausted all the time. I experienced that since adolescence so I really thought that it was normal and healthy to feel that way. I do have odd reactions from my carb-loving family. Nothing overt–just comments like “it’s okay to have carbs in moderation” or “everybody deals with sugar crashes–nothing wrong with them.” I was beginning to doubt myself this week, so I’m glad I read your comment and that you’ve experienced success… Read more »
Emily
Emily
3 years 2 months ago

I feel like I have less of an issue with people in my life offering subtle or direct criticisms. I tend not to open myself up to it honestly. I have a pretty loud inner-critic and spend a lot of energy fighting with that and probably abiding internal scripts about my own limitations. I think having a positive support network would be great. It might help me build confidence in my own abilities and encourage me to accept a bit more emotional and personal risk.

Brian
Brian
3 years 2 months ago
I had a coworker who would offer his “constructive criticism” of my projects, even if it was for a project that he had no skill in. He would bring up his “concerns” to our VP about the direction I was going, often exaggerating details to make it sound like I was about to crash and burn. He also made sure to tell others how I wasn’t doing my job because I was focused on certain projects, although he would neglect to tell these people that the duties I was neglecting were actually his or another coworker’s tasks. He did this… Read more »
Ren
3 years 2 months ago
1. I can’t think of the last time someone gave my negative feedback (though I know it’s happened plenty), but I can give an account of the last time *I* was the critic. We’re trying to encourage my uncle and his new wife to move out of our house (she wants their own place, thankfully). My uncle is *very* lazy and procrastinates constantly. I suggested several options including a condo, apartment, even townhomes. He decided to buy a house (they’re still looking). I was very critical of this decision at first, and honestly, I’m still not sure he can (or… Read more »
James
James
3 years 2 months ago
Friends of mine will often give me negative feedback when they scoff at the number of different projects that I have going on. I don’t think they realize that intake it personally and view it as them attacking me as my passions. With a positive group around me would help me yay on track with my projects since I know there are people invested in my success , even if t is just emotionally. I could turn on them for advice, like a president does to his cabinet, and I would expect them to he candid, direct, and kind while… Read more »
Abe
Abe
3 years 2 months ago
1) As a college kid, when I get my work done and want to get to bed (relatively) early, my friends/roommates have numerous insults/derogatory remarks about my sleeping habits. They claim that since they can subsist off of 3-5 hours of sleep, then I should too! 2) It would be awesome. I think there’s a fine line between blind support and accountability. For instance, when my workout buddy bails on me, I ask him why he missed it and he gets offended and mutters some excuse. He gets upset after I try to hold him accountable – something he told… Read more »
John Corcoran
3 years 2 months ago
Ramit: A number of years ago, I remember a backhanded “compliment” (if you can call it that) that I got from someone else when I had just told everyone in my office that I had gotten a new job. I had been a writer in my prior position, and was going on to a new writing position, but where I would be doing a different kind of writing. That person said “well, I think your writing is much better suited for [the new writing] anyways.” The clear implication was that I was not good at writing the kind of product… Read more »
Anil Kuppa
Anil Kuppa
3 years 2 months ago
2.What it would mean to have a POSITIVE support system around you, who would constantly hold you accountable, support you, and wouldn’t let you fail. I have been reader of your blog for about 2 years, though I have not paid for any course yet. The reason being it is too expensive for the money I earn. Through your blog, I have come across brilliant stuff such as tiny habits course, Tim Ferris book. Through tiny habits, I have become very self disciplined and motivated now. Thoughts lead to habits , habits lead to actions and actions to long term… Read more »
Eric DelGrego
Eric DelGrego
3 years 2 months ago
1) I’m a guy in my mid-20s working in a white collar office. Recently I decided to grow my hair long. I don’t think a single person directly said “I don’t like your hair”, but I can’t tell you how many people said things like “I liked your hair better short” or “do they let you keep your hair like that at work?” These comments were the worst because the people thought they were being positive or looking out for me. 2) I’m not exactly sure how to answer part 2, but I can’t wait to hear this part: “Unconventional… Read more »
Thomas
3 years 2 months ago
Someone of the worst critics are the ones that you love the most like spouses, families and friends. A lot of them really think they are helping. I remember when I first starting making money online and my now wife said so when are you going to get a real job. Things have changed and over time she is my biggest support system. She never lets me get down and always says you can do it. I now even have a mastermind group every Thursday were we set goals and plan out how we are going to get them done.… Read more »
mary
mary
3 years 2 months ago

Hi Everyone,

You can’t do that! Nobody is going to pay you for that! My irish catholic parents know everything, so they must be right, right?

Being around positive encouraging people gives me courage and motivation to not believe the lies my parents were taught and are trying to pass on!

Stephanie
Stephanie
3 years 2 months ago
1.) I had a decent paying job as a Sales and Marketing Director but I knew my income had reached its cap (in my area at least). So I decided, with my background in sales, that I needed to go full commission because the income is essentially limitless. You’re paid what you’re worth! Using Ramit’s email script, I landed a job as a Commercial Real Estate Broker in the top producing firm in my city. I also landed a mentor, who happens to be the firm’s CEO. He’s invested a ton of time and resources into my training, including paying… Read more »
Akasha
Akasha
3 years 2 months ago
My critics told me years ago that I was crazy to think that I could move, travel and work around the world because “it’s just not done” and “you have to settle down and get a real job.” Three years ago, I got an online job teaching journalism courses at a university, moved to Nicaragua, learned Spanish and started my own journalism site. It’s been great. I’ve lived in Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Costa Rica and traveled through a few other places in Latin America, Europe and North America. Teaching online and writing freelance articles along the way. Now I… Read more »
Kimi Jepson
3 years 1 month ago

I think self accountability is the only factor that can elevate you among thousands of people. No other person can make you stand up to be evaluated. Anyone whose accountable for his action is a responsible person.

Mitch
Mitch
3 years 1 month ago
I wish I’d known these lessons several years ago. When I started my first year at college, I was ready to make a lot of changes in my life. I was working on my social skills (which I’d pretty much ignored previously, to the point where even the most introverted and shy people I met would tell me I was the quietest person they knew) and I was starting to work out or at least do some kind of exercise every day. About 15 to 30 minutes in my dorm room. Being very introverted, especially around strangers, I didn’t tell… Read more »
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