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. ...

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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’...

I took great pleasure in saying NO

A weird thing happened over the last 8 weeks. I started getting scattered messages from people who couldn’t subscribe to my email list, no matter how many times they tried. After I got more than 10 emails, I decided it wasn’t PEBCAK (Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard), and I had an IWT analyst look into it. We ...