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The best IWT posts of 2013

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Back in January, I wrote that 2013 was the year of taking control.

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but this year I gave myself two things to change:

    1. Have difficult conversations earlier
    2. See a movie alone (I hate doing anything alone, especially eating or seeing a movie)

Result: SUCCESS. I saw a movie alone, even though it took me until November, and I’m slowly getting better at having tough conversations without letting them fester for 32 years.

Together, this year we took control of our finances, our careers, and our behavior.

Here are the best posts of 2013!

There are hundreds of emails I wrote that I never release here. If you’re curious, you can join 200,000+ other people on my private email list.

Thanks for reading and being the best community anywhere.

And I can’t wait to share even more with you in 2014. Here’s a hint: I’ll be releasing material on my #1-requested topic from the last 5 years.

By the way, what was your biggest insight of this year? And what’s one thing you want me to share next year?

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Adnan @ Be Wise with Your Money
Ramit.. really nice collection of your best of 2013… i however, tend to disagree on one point.. i.e. looking for the market to test the idea.. to answer the question of whether to be obsessed with the idea and balancing it with the market demand is quite tricky.. quite a times, many giant businesses created the markets rather than following the market. I can quote you the example of Air BnB.. they almost created a new niche market while focusing on the macro view of the housing market for rent… secondly when we talk about the idea we must not… Read more »
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

Since social media is very important to us now, I’m not sure how long will it last as a powerful method of marketing. What do you think is the next big buzz in marketing Ramit?

Otto
Otto
2 years 7 months ago
The link to the real estate myth post reminded me of something that I thought Ramit left out of the calculation (I read the post a week later and the comment thread was mostly over). A big problem with buying a house (to live in) as an investment, is that if you do luck out and get soaring returns…those returns are mostly unrealized (you can get a home equity loan or something, but to realize the full returns, you need to sell). Because prices tend to move on a neighborhood or regional basis, it becomes very difficult to realize those… Read more »
Ross McCay
2 years 7 months ago

Good post Ramit. I am curious….what film did you go see alone?

Radu
Radu
2 years 7 months ago
My biggest insight of the year is that it’s ok to be myself and I am the only one responsible for my well-being, so I should stop looking for approval from others and start being more assertive and confident. I’ve been browsing personal development blogs for 3-4 years, but only now did this really sink in. One of the things that helped shape my new outlook on life is your Success Triggers program, so thanks a lot for putting it together! I still have a lot of challenges ahead, especially in the social/networking and career development areas, but I feel… Read more »
Marko Graenitz
Marko Graenitz
2 years 7 months ago

Thanks for all your posts this year Ramit. My insight of the year: PROCESS is key!

Lynne
Lynne
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit

I only discovered you at the end of 2013 but I am really enjoying your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more in 2014.

I still remember the first film I went to on my own – it was a nerve wracking experience but after a while I found it became one of my occasional favourite treats for myself – just to escape everyone else and immerse myself in the film without the need for conversation or sharing the popcorn.

Kathryn Vai
Kathryn Vai
2 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit! I am an old lady (by your way of measuring) and I absolutely LOVE your site! I made a mid-life career change as my job went overseas. It was an incredibly tough transition as I was competing with people younger and with more education….but I kept at my goal and tweaked and adjusted and asked for feedback and took classes and made cold calls and warm calls and whatever I had to do until I finally got my Dream Job this last year. I love how you don’t sugar-coat the truth, which makes change SO MUCH EASIER than… Read more »
Rita
Rita
2 years 7 months ago
The biggest insight I’ve hard this year is “trust the system”. Second to that, I’ve realized that it’s supposed to be hard. Last year around this time, as a college junior at a highly competitive liberal arts school, I made the decision that I would go into the entertainment industry, which is a notoriously competitive field. This required learning how to become a top performer. The funny thing was that I’d used all available resources at my school, from the alumni network to the career center. And by all accounts, I looked like a success story to everyone around me.… Read more »
Chaz Clark
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit,

The biggest insights for me was on the necessary preparation to find your dream job and get it. i was not able to sign up for the course yet but i put the free material to good use and will hear back from a job after the holidays. I have also been able to tell others to go to your site and sign up and learn what they can. i am looking forward to hopefully attending earn 1k, and dream job next year and that is what i am looking forward to.

Chaz

Cindy Caldwell
2 years 7 months ago

The biggest thing I learned about how you don’t have to do anything to people. If they don’t like you that’s it but, I didn’t care because I’m learning that in Georgia there is a lot of racism. My security job even made something up on me after working for them for almost 2 yrs.I was not fired but they won’t give,me any hours so ill quit but, they were shocked when I said.if you don’t want to give me hrs. then you wont mind giving me unemployment

Eden
2 years 7 months ago
Thanks Ramit for all that you generously and expertly share with others. The one thing that most stands out from the wealth of knowledge I’ve already gathered from you is the importance of a niche. I craft personal care products and before watching your video interview on Marie TV on the topic I was all over the place. I finally decided on a niche, created an initial product line, and have started selling product. Choosing a niche has given me so much more focus, energy and confidence that I could actually make this work. I look forward to taking a… Read more »
Moshe
Moshe
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Ramit
Thanks for all your posts, articles, and videos. I really enjoy reading what you write and look forward to the upcoming year. No specific requests, thanks in advance for all the great material!

Ashley
Ashley
2 years 7 months ago

A big insight for me is I realized how much I hate change but how fast I adapt to it. Next year, I hope that you continue to offer courses like your Earn 1K, Braintrust and Finisher’s Formula.

Eleanor
Eleanor
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit,

Thank you for a wonderful year of learning from great content!

1) My biggest insight this year is twofold:
In order to realize the changes I want, I need to break up the work and maintain trust in the system. While previously I had done the work superficially, I did it in sporadic bursts and then felt frustrated when I did not reap the system results.

2) One thing I want me to share next year:
I’d like to read about more examples of real “blood/sweat/tears” changes which reaped great results in business, life, community, etc.

Bill
Bill
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, Your blog, emails and articles are incredible! I love reading them and am slightly disappointed when I visit your site and there’s the same post from the previous day. But I guess when you are testing methods to give us ONLY what works, we can’t expect something every day, right? One thing I learned from you this year (of the many!!) is to apply the “Pay Certainty” test. This has saved me TONS of time focusing on clients who could pay for my service rather than clients who certainly could use the service but most likely didn’t have the… Read more »
Angela
2 years 7 months ago

Biggest insight I had this past year was that I also need to have difficult conversations far sooner than the later I’ve been putting them off and that doing “favors” for people inevitably leads to failure and disrespect. If folks really value my expertise and time, they’ll pay me for it, not ask me to do them a “favor”.

This was a hard one for me to face up to, but I’m glad I’m not ignoring it. Thanks for the inspiration and being my hardass Asian Dad, Ramit.

Adam Daniels
2 years 7 months ago
The testing post really hit home. This year I’ve read a lot on starting your own online business. When I finally did so I thought I had gotten something worth selling (oil portraits of great minds) because my “test” had been to see how popular such and such was on Facebook (by likes). Some of the people had millions of likes, or hundreds of thousands, and I used that to think that I had a niche market. What I later found out is that none of those popular groups were willing to give any shout out to my startup despite… Read more »
Terry Gillespie
Terry Gillespie
2 years 7 months ago

When you are busy minding other people’s business you are not minding your own. 🙂

Candis
Candis
2 years 7 months ago

My biggest insight for the year is that no one should have to apologize for things they’re good at. This is mostly a girl thing, I think. But my goal this year was to stop doing that – which I did. Though I’ve noticed some people truly prefer apologies in party with confidence, I’m not wasting my time with that any longer. And I feel better about myself because of it.

Happy New Year!

Michele
Michele
2 years 7 months ago
I recently watched a video where Chase Jarvis interviewed you on his photography show/blog (I think it’s called ChaseJarvisLive) Anyway, I would like to see more candid interviews with you as the interviewee instead of the interviewer. Anyway, someone in his photography audience brought up starting a company within a saturated field.Mr. Jarvis stated he only did 20% of his work in Seattle. My question I started a business three months ago and it had just started taking off (I told you about it in an email). Anyway, I had to relocate it from a 1.2 million population to a… Read more »
Matt K
Matt K
2 years 7 months ago
I noticed that within the work I do as a freelance translator, there’s a huge spread (three times or more) in the amounts jobs generate per hour, even when the unit I charge per word is about the same. I’ve been moving towards prioritizing those “cash-cow” jobs, and managed to push my income up 17% in the year, without working harder. That’s like getting an extra two months or so of work done. I’ve started analyzing more closely to get the real numbers on which jobs pay best in terms of real income, rather than nominal rates. My goal is… Read more »
David
David
2 years 7 months ago

Biggest Insight: pre-planning is everything to success. From finances to job searches to relationships, preparation for the funds, interviews/jobs, conversations allows disproportionate returns. Or, for Tim Ferriss, seems to be the 20% of what you need to know to accomplish 80% of the objective.

For Ramit to share in 2014: MLM vs Corporate jobs

Marc
Marc
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit can you share how you retrieve stored information quickly and create such an amazing content? I’ve watched from other videos that you use delicious and gmail tags, but how do you get all these sources into one cohesive work? When you write a post or create a content, start with the audience’s problem and help solve it – I understand that, but your posts also have a strong narrative element which makes it less obvious to me that you are trying to “sell” or “lecture” your audience as a surrogate Asian father. The experience I get from reading your… Read more »
Tim
Tim
2 years 7 months ago

avoid analysis paralysis and develop a bias towards action — consume less (information), but be more selective about it. create more — DO more.

raphael Soares
raphael Soares
2 years 7 months ago

Biggest insight this year was the earn 1k course, great course!!
I learned a lot on how to build a business, from pricing to getting clients.
Everything on the course is super clear and helpful but there is one aspect I would like to develop more this year. That would be how to expand your business by generating more leads. Also once you get to know where your customers are how to approach them.

Happy new year and keep the good work

Mark S
2 years 7 months ago

Great tips that I am going to follow. Analysis paralysis is the biggest problem for me, so going to start taking more action and think less.

Rgds,
Mark

HLD
HLD
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit, please share how you date in NYC, and host a singles event. I bet your readers will pay over $100 to go – I know I would.

Eric Nichols
Eric Nichols
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit,

Just out of curiosity, how do you measure progress on a goal like “having difficult conversations earlier?” It seems like it runs the risk of not being specific enough to tell if you are making progress.

Thanks for all the great material,

Eric

Jordan
Jordan
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit –

Biggest insight of the year. I need to model myself after someone who has financially what I want. – This single insight led me to Pat Flynn at the SmartPassiveIncome.com and his interview with you and the end of the year lead me to I Will Teach You To Be Rich. I respect your style, your swag and your unapologetic certainty.

The biggest thing I’d like to learn is: What daily practice is most effective for maintaining a sense of inspiration and ambition?

Thank you for being you so that I can be me.

Jordan

Stacey
Stacey
2 years 7 months ago
By the way, what was your biggest insight of this year? The emotional component, ie loving life is more important than anything. I spent 2013 working in a job that is great with terrible people and living in a city I hate. It is lonely. It’s the first place I can’t make friends (any other city I make friends on the bus). I have saved money. Paid debt. But for me at least, inspiration, ideas, motivation, feeling purpose in life is all about being around like minded people. If I love where I am, I find away around any obstacle.… Read more »
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