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

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 ...

The productivity system I built to stay in touch with people

I love crazy nutcases who email me 5,000 times/day asking, “HEY RAMIT. WHAT SYSTEM DO YOU USE FOR STAYING IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE??” As if some software is going to do all the work for them. I built a really simple system for staying in touch with people in different cities. It uses a magical tool called “email.” ...

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How to stop feeling guilty

We’re talking about the Year of Unapologetic Mastery. Yesterday I asked you to tell me what one of the skeptical people in your life -- including yourself -- would say to hold you back. The comments are DISTURBING. If I had any emotions or functioning tear ducts, I would have cried. Look at this comment: “I’m my own ...

2014: The Year of Unapologetic Mastery

A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with my mom and dad. About halfway through, my mom cleared her throat. "You know, I was hoping I could go to India next year," she said. "Oh really?" I said, knowing where this was going. "When are you thinking?" "Maybe in January." "It would be nice if you could send me ...