Ahh god this question

OK, let’s pretend you’re at a conference. There’s a table with tea and coffee over here. Everyone is wearing nametags. You recognize someone across the room, and as you’re walking towards him, you run into a small group. Someone says, “Oh, meet (your name).” What’s the first question you’ll probably get asked? “What do ...

Instant Authority: 3 Fast and Easy Leadership Skills for Introverts

People have all kinds of stupid ideas about what it takes to be a leader. They think “Oh I can’t be a leader. I hate being the center of attention.” Or “I’d rather focus on my own work than worry about what everyone else is doing.” They think being a great leader means being popular or manipulating people ...

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Inside the secret world of luxury

Yesterday, we looked inside the world of luxury. I told you how I learned to get past my knee-jerk reaction of saying “$250 FOR A BURGER!?” and got curious about how this world really worked. Then, I asked you to share the most expensive thing you’ve ever paid for. I LOVED reading your responses (see some of the 180+ ...

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This hamburger costs $250. WTF?

This damn hamburger costs $250. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS. $250 at Beer and Buns in NYC.   Why? And does it really taste 50 times as good as this $5 burger from In-N-Out? Flickr/Jessica Rossi $5.00 at an In-N-Out Burger near you. Notice our first reaction when we see a $250 burger: “RIDICULOUS!” Or “Only a ____ person ...

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How to give advice so that people will listen

I look back on my 21-year-old self and cringe. Like a bull in a china shop, I “knew” what was right, and by god, I was going to tell everyone. Friend: “Sigh, I hate banks.” Ramit: (ALARMED, I HEAR A PROBLEM I CAN SOLVE): “Why, what’s wrong?” Friend: “They just charged me $34 for an overdraft fee. That’s ...

Conquer your fear of public speaking with these foolproof techniques

Before I was CEO of this company, I used to be super awkward. I went from being shy about speaking to a New York Times best-selling author interviewed on national TV.   My biggest fear was that I’d stay awkward. I'm not alone in this. The Washington Post listed public speaking as America’s top fear. I thought people were ...

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