Dealing with anxiety: How to stop feeling overwhelmed

Are you guys tired of people blowing smoke up our generation’s asses and not telling us the truth? LIE #1: Parents telling their kids that they can be anything they want (even kids who never built the discipline to finish their homework) LIE #2: TV “experts” -- and even the government! -- telling us that buying a house is ...

My answers to your questions on motivation & procrastination

All right, people. Yesterday I told you I was launching “Therapy Week with Ramit,” a week of tough love with my characteristic lack of emotional sympathy paired with insights so piercing they make you reconsider such facts as gravity and euclidean geometry. I asked you to send me your questions. I got thousands of them, largely ones that made me ...

Ramit’s Therapy Sessions

In a rare generous mood, I recently asked some of my readers to send me their toughest questions so I could answer them. I expected challenging questions on asset allocation, multi-armed bandit testing, ethnographic research, and maybe advanced negotiation techniques. In actuality, I got questions like this: “Do you think most people cheat because their partner isn't doing enough? And ...

How to stop being jealous

I used to be pretty jealous. I used to actually joke that I was just a “jealous guy,” as if that was part of my makeup. And the truth is, it’s easy to feel jealous when you’re young and everyone is going through the same experiences -- same classes, same grades, same clubs -- but some people are ...

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How to ask for something from an important person (and actually get it)

Today, I’ll show you the actual email I used to get bestselling authors and famous celebrities to contribute to an ebook I put together. Hint: the email does not look like this (an actual email I received): With emails like these, I hope you appreciate the mental fortitude it takes to not go insane every day of my life. ...

Look what happens when you try to help the wrong people

Look what happens when you try to help the wrong people

I got a great email from an IWT reader that made me smile. I smiled because I sensed his inevitable doom, but I wanted to try to gently guide him away from making a mistake. In the past, I’ve written about how I don’t try to help everyone. It’s uncomfortable to admit, but some people just can’...