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What to say when you meet someone you admire

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What to Say When You Meet Someone You Admire: When you ask people this question, they LOVE it.
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This week, we’re talking about mastery.

Maybe you want to be better at cooking or fashion or writing. Please god don’t tell me you want to improve your skills at tax-loss harvesting. I have enough nerds for readers.

So here’s a question: What do you do when you meet someone you admire?

I’ve stood there before tongue-tied. Or I just said, “Hi, I’m a big fan” (then came up with 20 amazingly clever sayings two hours later).

Instead, use this great question when you meet someone you admire:

“I’m a big fan and I’m curious: Who do you learn from?”

See, whenever I meet someone admire, I want to know who inspires them, which books they read, and who their mentors are.

When you ask people this question, they LOVE it.

People who are the best at what they do — masters of their craft — know that they wouldn’t have achieved the success they have if it weren’t for their mentors along the way.

And so, tomorrow, I get the very special opportunity to introduce you to one of my mentors — someone who’s had a transformational influence on my personal and professional life.

I bought his $10 book and was leafing through it when one of his paragraphs (in the first 2 chapters) caught my eye. I stopped cold, pulled out a pen, and started writing.

Within one month, that idea generated over $100,000 for me. More importantly, it actually made my business more fun to run.

I’ve told this story a couple times. The #1 question I get is — “RAMIT, WHAT BOOK WAS THAT?” And I’ll tell you the exact book, tomorrow.

But there are lots of books out there that have helped people make more money, improve their relationships, get healthier, etc.

It’s not just the information that matters. 

It’s about finding the right material and APPLYING it to your situation. (More on this tomorrow, too.)

So I read this book. It helped me make 6 figures in a month. Obviously, I was hooked, so I got on the author’s email list. I ended up joining his in-person course for over $20,000. Over the course of a year, he helped me double my business.

In my experience, it’s rare to meet someone who helps you see there are games being played around you that you didn’t even know existed.

Maybe your parents helped you see this. Or an especially influential professor in college. Some of us, unfortunately, have never met someone like this.

That’s about to change. Because tomorrow, I get the very special privilege of introducing you to one of my mentors who’s had the biggest impact on me.

TODAY, I want you to share your story about one particularly influential person in your life.

  • Who’s had the biggest impact on you (personally or professionally) in the last 3 years?
  • What was your life like BEFORE you met this person?
  • What was your life like AFTER? How did they help you change yourself? Be specific!

Share your story about someone who’s made a huge change in your life in the comments below. And tomorrow, I’ll introduce you to my mentor, with a very special opportunity.

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Chung
Chung
2 years 4 months ago

I bet you a trip to Hawaii that this mentor is…Jay Abraham?

Unfortunately, I’m in Canada so if I’m right (and, I’m 100% sure) donate the tickets.

Great question, will be using it next chance I get.

Mike
Mike
2 years 4 months ago

Rick Cooper: He taught me that there is no “I” in team. Up to that point I had been extremely self-centred, now I am just mildly self-centred.

Vybhav
2 years 4 months ago

Tim Ferriss . I have reduced my WFH time from 0 to 100% in 3 months and laid down some very simple rules for myself about when, where I will and won’t work.

Life changing is an understatement.

Dodie Jacobi
2 years 4 months ago
Tim’s my person too. He gave credibility to what I was seeking and knew to be possible. I used some of his material to take the first steps, and inform what has become my own personal credo: I will settle for nothing less than doing work I love to earn what supports my ideal quality of life. I immediately began pursuit, barely tapping yet all that I’ve learned and imagine. In the first year, I earned 30% more, and 40% atop that last year – all doing work I really really really love – and in 1.5 weeks/month. Yay for… Read more »
Grace
Grace
2 years 4 months ago

Thank you for introducing me to Tim Ferris I am now listening to his audio.

Rory
Rory
2 years 4 months ago
Ha ha, this came just in time. I’m seeing Ryan Holiday at a talk in a few weeks in London, and I’m nervous about what to ask him. Although, guy keeps a freaking book list a mile long, so I kind of know what he reads already, better than anyone else! Tell you what: Mark Horstman. Before I met him, I was suspicious of “playing politics” and making an effort in the work environment that wasn’t directly doing my job. After I met him, I understood the importance of doing favours, understanding politics (who likes who, who can I count… Read more »
MsAM
MsAM
2 years 4 months ago
the biggest change in my life happened when I met a guy at a random lounge. we talked for a while, exchanged numbers and agreed to meet the following week. it was not until I returned to the lounge few days that I learned who he was! let’s just say it was a jaw dropping moment for me! prior to our meeting I have been struggling with the death of my husband. before even turning 30, when my peers plan their life, I had to overcome not only the death of my spouse but to find a way to reorganize… Read more »
Rebecca
Rebecca
2 years 4 months ago

Msam, I love your story and am so happy to hear how this stranger changed the course of your life. Congratulations on having the courage to stay open.

Claudine
Claudine
2 years 4 months ago

The person that has influenced me the most in life is Deepak Chopra. (Given I’m an IWT fan, you could probably safely assume I like smart Indian/ Americans!) I’ve only spent about 1 minute with him personally when he signed a book for me at a conference years ago, but I’ve read about 20 of his 50 books (I actually re-read one of them almost non-stop for almost 5 years). Plus I’ve listened to some of his audio books for probably hundreds of hours. His insights on quantum physics, enlightenment and coincidences, have me intrigued.

Claudine
Claudine
2 years 4 months ago

Sorry- specifically, how did they help me? Taught me the ability to clear my mind & access the gap between thoughts (where everything infinite dwells). Educated me in wisdom, enlightenment and to better understand the crazy mysteries of the universe.

Adam
2 years 4 months ago

The founder who flew me out to Miami for eMerge Americas. I’ve met more people in any 2 hour period than in the last four months.

And, as suck-upy as it sounds, Ramit. Earn1k changed and continues to change my life. (People seem generally enthused when I call myself a “Consumer psychology consultant”, as if nobody had ever heard of that before. A hell of a lot catchier than marketer!)

Justin
Justin
2 years 4 months ago

I’m going to sound like a huge kiss-ass, but it’s true: the most influential person I’ve interacted with in the last three years is Ramit. I was directed to the IWT book, and just that little section on finances (60/20/10/10) changed my finances for the better. The simple (so to speak) straight talk about business has been a big boost, as well.

Jonathan Dolezal
Jonathan Dolezal
2 years 4 months ago

Keith Ferrazzi hands down. Since reading his books on relationship building and networking I have scheduled a meeting with one person a day to get to know them better.
I recently had my story posted to his blog and social media pages with hopes to getting a virtual lunch with him.
My story can be found here:
http://keithferrazzi.com/article/your-never-eat-alone-story-jonathan-dolezal
If you are interested in building meaningful relationships with anyone read his books Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back!

Janet
2 years 4 months ago
I am a speech pathologist who works with kids, teens and adults with social challenges. For years I did traditional social skills work with my groups but never saw lasting change and improvement. In 2000 I went to a presentation by Michelle Garcia Winner, an SLP who created the social thinking approach. The whole day was one huge light bulb moment for me! She taught me that we have to teach people the thinking behind our social interactions before we ever start working on skills and behaviors. Completely changed the course of my professional career…I mentored with her, went to… Read more »
Rich
2 years 4 months ago

Unfortunately I am one of those people that have never met someone like what you describe.

Perhaps that is why I am stuck in mediocrity.

Saabhir
2 years 4 months ago

Frankly it’s these “invisible scripts” that are holding you back. You don’t need to meet someone to understand their achievements and absorb their philosophies.

Andrea F.
Andrea F.
2 years 4 months ago

Hi, you are not alone. I never met anybody like a mentor in person. I am following Ramit and Tim Ferris, robert Kiyosaki and some older speakers (coaches) like Brian Tracy for example from whom I learned a lot already. I miss somehow to meet somebody like them in person. 5 minutes would give me a big kick. But I don’t give up. I am always open to meet new people, to observe the world around me and learn from everything.

Anshu
Anshu
2 years 4 months ago

I haven’t met this person but she did change my life in last 1 year:

The person is Kelly Mcgonigal and I read her book “Will Power Instinct”
If I could read only one book in my entire life, this would be it.
She helped me –
exercise daily
Develop good habits
Gave me a roadmap to follow to change the rest of my life
Steered me to read more books in that genre, and get even better understanding of myself

I truly would like to meet her and thank her for that gem of a book.

Donnalee
Donnalee
2 years 4 months ago
The biggest impact/helpful influence for me (other than my partner’s support) for the last few years is David Schlossberg (pianodave.com), my music director in a few small local shows and now dear friend. He was completely trashed by a drunk drive ten years back at age 21, and since then has come back very well from spinal cord injury, even making a charming album of piano originals that he wrote while recovering (available at his site and actually really worth listening to). He’s helped me become a much better singer and aspiring musical director through his playing and coaching, and… Read more »
Donnalee
Donnalee
2 years 4 months ago

I learn something new every day: it’s http://www.pianodave.net , not .com. Sorry for the error–

Charity
2 years 4 months ago
My top three professional influences that have made ALL THE DIFFERENCE in my life over the past two years (post-college grad) are 1. Ramit (Obviously. Who teaches you how to write bad-ass emails and actually SAVE money like the master) 2. Kate White’s book “I shouldn’t be telling you this” (Who can teach a fresh college grad who’s read every issue of Cosmo from 2001 – 2014 job / career advice better than the former EIC of Cosmo) 3. Mandy Stadtmiller, deputy editor of xoJane (who consistently makes me feel less alone in personal things, and gives killer professional advice)… Read more »
Jona
Jona
2 years 4 months ago

1/ Those who I’ve never met
Bruce Lee taught me to be honest and true person: no BS.

Tupac Shakur helped me figure out that there’s a game played around me I didn’t know about.

Ramit helped me taking action and kicking my own butt while teaching me the art of business psychology.

2/ Those who I’ve met
My previous boss : he helped me understand that I have to listen to people before applying techniques.

Claudine
Claudine
2 years 4 months ago

Bruce and Tupac! Love this. PS Ramit mixing it with legends 😉

Felipe César
Felipe César
2 years 4 months ago

My biggest mentor was a former president of a nucleo of junior enterprises in a near city.

He was drunk and started talking with me by a coincidence. He teached my how to improve my networking, how to speak at public and helped me to improve my critical sense. During many time he was always influencing me about my choices in my professional career.

Thanks to him I achieved good positions in the junior enterprise that I was working and became a great speaker.

Citlalli Segovia
2 years 4 months ago
Some years ago, I met this guy at college while studying graphic design, like most of us, he was a fun kid hungry for fun and parties, college was over, and we went on with our lives, but this kid, seemed different than the rest of us, he bought his first car paying in cash, it might not sound so surprising, but in Mexico trust me, that’s a really big deal, specially for a young person like he was at that age. Then he decided to get his Master Degree focusing on business and administration, yep, a graphic designer going… Read more »
Jenn
Jenn
2 years 4 months ago
My current EVP is someone I admire. I began working with her three years ago and she has been incredibly influential in encouraging me, supporting and teaching me how to take control of my career and be an active participant in it. She is the first person I have spoken to (within my company) honestly about my career goals and plans and to advocate (loudly) for myself. Prior to my very open conversation with her, I was hesitant about having these types of conversations with my managers, relegating them to yearly topics vaguely touched upon during my reviews. Now, I’m… Read more »
Laurel
Laurel
2 years 4 months ago
The most influential person in my life was my 9th grade history teacher… one day, he stood at the front of the class, stared at us, and announced: “I don’t care what you do – you may be a parent or an athlete or a teacher, but whatever you do, you better be the best. I don’t care if you dig ditches, you better be the best damned ditch digger ever!” I never forgot his face in that moment… his words. To this day, those are the words that go through my mind as I trudge through a work day…… Read more »
Abdul
Abdul
2 years 4 months ago

Tbh, you’re up there Ramit. I got a much greater insight on my psyche after I opted into your mailing list. Understanding my motivations led to me invest in myself. Create systems for my personal life to get from 160lbs to 190lbs of mean muscle; passing the CFA Level 1 exam in 3 weeks – Most people take 4-5 months.

I always knew I was intelligent and capable, but it was the frameworks and insights you provided that allowed me to get shit done.

Thank you 🙂

Katana
2 years 4 months ago
My biggest influence is my life coach, who is there for me every Monday. She is incredibly busy but because she lives her life on purpose, its energizing for her and she accomplishes so much every year, and still has time for coaching me. She has helped me to trust myself more, to believe that I have value to offer, helped me take my illustration work from a hobby to quality paying jobs, to learn when to say no and yes, and so much more. I look forward to our calls and the clarity I get on anything and everything… Read more »
Michael Nelson
2 years 4 months ago
I don’t have one single person, but many, and through the below mentioned people I am now working my dream job. A little over a year ago my sister-in-law Cambra (you rock) shared the link to your interview on Chase Jarvis Live. I watched the video, purchased your book, (IWTYTBR) got on your email list and now am a full-time photographer. The journey started with you and now includes CreativeLive, Tim Ferriss, Chase Jarvis, Lori Nordstrom, Blair Phillips, Spencer Boerup, Sal Cincotta and Nate @stickyalbums to name a few. Before these influencers: Life was work hard make other people rich.… Read more »
Martin
2 years 4 months ago

I’ve had a few mentors, and the details are not nearly as important as one core thread among them: They’ve all believed in me, and most importantly: helped me to believe in myself.

I believe the specific actions to achieve your dreams are secondary to the actual belief that you can achieve your dreams, whatever they may be. These influencers always encourage me to dream bigger, then believe in myself to realize those dreams. This alone is enough to take whatever action is necessary (and action IS necessary, but if you have the belief, the action will follow).

Christine Rose Elle
2 years 4 months ago
Sue Bryce is a portrait photographer. I saw her videos on Creative Live and her talent and wisdom blew me away. What was most impressive, beside of course her obvious creative talent, is her willingness to be vulnerable, say silly things, and get past her fears. Sue calls people on their crap and excuses about why they aren’t charging more for their work, and digging deep for their potential. She uncovers such beauty in her subjects too. Because of her I finally learned how to use my camera. I let reading the freaking manual stop me from creating beauty. I… Read more »
Lissy
Lissy
2 years 4 months ago
Well this might sound cheesy but my boyfriend (now together for 14years) had the most Impact in my life. Before I meet him i was kind of stuck up and very judgemental. He showed me to take people for who they are and be open to everyone. I dont think I would have been very successfull im my working career without him. I get a lot of comments that I’m always smiling and in a good mood. I learned to choose my attitude and that from him. Now I know so many different kind of people and I’m very open.… Read more »
Rob
Rob
2 years 4 months ago
I’ve been friends with my buddy Dan since we were in grade school. Between us and a select few friends we have our own little ‘Brain Trust’. On some level I’m sure that all friends do. When negotiating for my salary with my new (current) job, Dan helped me craft a negotiation email that made me over $8k more than what they were initially offering, which was more than $20k above my old position. That is a huge difference in my everyday life! Not to mention our sharing of informative and interesting websites and books. Dan actually told me about… Read more »
TK
TK
2 years 4 months ago

I would say that person was Nassim Taleb for me.

I am a Software Engineer and was lured into joining Startups after Startups, chasing that big pay day; which of-course never arrived (Yeah “The social Network” effect). After reading Nassim Taleb’s Black Swan; I understood that the big pay day is a Black Swan event; and I rather follow the path of consulting to make more than chasing that Black Swan.

I got a jump of around 80K per annum by following this line of thinking.

Nathalie Lussier
2 years 4 months ago

In the last 3 years, Marie Forleo has had the biggest impact, and also Laura Hames Franklin. Between the two of them, I’ve gone from a tiny business to now a multi-six-figure company and I’m able to tap into my creativity on new levels like never before. I’m also a lot more confident, and I’m doing things I could only have imagined…

Like putting on my 2nd live conference here in NYC called Off The Charts, and also taking my private mastermind group to an amazing retreat in Italy. Just beyond what I would have thought possible 3 years ago.

Bryan
2 years 4 months ago

I discovered her just days ago. She is impressive!

Martha Louise Hunter
2 years 4 months ago

My publisher. He took a chance on me. He has an indie company & that he would put their own financial future on the line with me speaks volumes. I am so grateful
Before he came into my life I was a frustrated writer who had beat my head against the wall trying to get a publisher. This new person is changing martha louise hunter’s identity from “writer” to “author.”

Clare
Clare
2 years 4 months ago
I have an aunt and uncle who helped me redefine my self confidence after a break-up and showed me what being prepared really means. Before I found myself in their kitchen with a pot of tea I had the knack of getting myself involved in doomed love affairs. Having been dumped by phone internationally, I made my way to their house. Tea was made and the preparation began. For the next 3 (!) hours they asked questions challenging me to question my own motives, desires, expectations, beliefs about myself, about relationships, about love. Once that was addressed the next part… Read more »
Stephen
Stephen
2 years 4 months ago
In the last three years is tough. I have fallen far since then. My biggest influence was so negative it actually forced me to make a drastic change in myself that has altered my path, hopefully for the better. A manager I had in retail recently had the impact of almost extinguishing all the experience and positive influence I had gained in the previous nine years if retail management. The methods were the same as positive motivation; daily talks and follow up, measurable results, reminders and check ins. But the difference was, the emphasis was never what success I had… Read more »
Shawn
Shawn
2 years 4 months ago

John Demartini. Before taking his Breakthrough Experience I would have huge ups and downs based on what happened around me/to me. Since taking his class, I focus on the events/plans as opposed to the emotions attached to them. It has made a world of difference in how I look at my life and business.

Andrew Dao
Andrew Dao
2 years 4 months ago
Monica Ortiz, life coach and author of Universe 101: Learn Grow Evolve Before I met her I was stuck in the trap of a prestigious lifestyle that I lived to impress others. I killed myself on the inside through compromise after compromise to look good on the outside, desperately trying not to appear desperate and instead cool with the job I had, the lifestyle I lived, and the way I acted. I wanted to impress people, make friends, sleep with women who would love me, and yet in many ways I didn’t love myself (which was why I was desperate… Read more »
Mike Barnes
Mike Barnes
2 years 4 months ago

I took a course with a person I’d rather not mention. He ended up being a scammer but he said something that rocked my world. He said “Mike, you’re the biggest guy in this room but the most forgettable”. That statement really pissed me off but then I realized he had a point. Opportunities aren’t going to fall in my lap being a wallflower. I need to break out of my shell and chase what I want…I’ll never forget that douche.

Bryan
2 years 4 months ago
This is two fold, the first is you, Ramit, for everything finances. BEFORE – I never had 4 digit numbers in my savings and retirement throughout my 20’s. AFTER – Now I have multiple sub savings accounts and automatic money systems. Through adding value and acting like a top performer, I was also able to negotiate a 20% raise in my first 7 months with my employer. Second – Chase Jarvis. BEFORE – I didn’t understand how to make a living as a creative mind and move at a fun pace. AFTER – His visionary mindset is at the forefront… Read more »
JC Avila
JC Avila
2 years 4 months ago
Great post Ramit, i’m wondering who this misterious mentor of yours is. Regarding the one person that has had a great influence in my life in the past three years, actually there are two persons, one is a guy named Berto Pena, he writes a productivity blog called “think wasabi”, since I found Berto’s blog, I’ve changed the way I think about my personal time and the time I spend working. The other person that has had a great influence in the way I think it’s an Indian guy named Ramit Sethi, since I found your material I’ve changed my… Read more »
Lori
Lori
2 years 4 months ago
I’d have to say that my journalism professor has had the biggest impact on me, personally and professionally, over the past 3 years. Before I took her reporting class during my sophomore year of college, I was an ambitious student, but a little too anxious and for some reason expected everything handed to me. (Seriously–what is with my generation and our entitlement issues?) After taking two of her classes during my undergraduate career and completing two, large-scale multimedia projects for her, I was able to see almost everything I had previously known in a different light. She taught me that… Read more »
Jen Turrell
2 years 4 months ago
Dr. Kristen Byra BCBA-D. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who I hired to start working with my kids (both on the autism spectrum) in 2010. Before her I had never really thought at all about the science of behavior. Since then between learning so much from her about my own kids and reading books on behavioral science, and your blog as well Ramit, my world has really drastically changed. I have been able to get myself exercising, eating better, I have written a book, launched a new website and a business (which I am hoping to improve greatly… Read more »
Jen
2 years 4 months ago

Darren Hardy- I haven’t met him yet, but his work & The Compound Effect have really impacted my life.

Van Nguyen
Van Nguyen
2 years 4 months ago
It’s been more than three years since I met one of my mentors, but he still continues to teach me and impact my life. His name is Lance Middleton. I met him in undergrad and we worked together in the same pharmaceutical company before he got accepted to the MD/PhD program at Stanford. Before I met him, I was simply going through the motions of undergrad, not really giving a damn about what to do afterwards. After I met him, he’s invested a lot of time in me by involving me in his startup student organization, getting me a job… Read more »
Birinder
Birinder
2 years 4 months ago
Hi, My story is a bit funny, but very exciting. I follow this guy on YouTube Elliot hulse. He is a strength coach. But what was also good about him that he reads a lot. From him I heard about Brian Tracy, and then I read think and grow rich, and many other books. Listened to Tony rober, Sundeep Maheshqari .Then came across your videos and got inspired by you as we’ll. I was a day dreamer before. I was making 35k a year. I made my goal to make 50k per yr before this June. And yes I got… Read more »
Satya
2 years 4 months ago

Penelope Trunk.

Before: I was writing for an audience of 5 people, with no idea whether it was even any good.

After: Self-published a book, won honorable mention & publishing in a contest, increased my audience exponentially thanks to mentions on her site; in short her confidence in me was game-changing. She also helped me find my editor, who is key to my continuing development as a writer.

Nathan Strange
2 years 4 months ago

I have had so many impactful people in my life that it is very hard to pick just one. I am a fortunate person, and I know it.

Most recently, I would have to group all of http://www.oldpremeds.org/. It was through their stories and support that I was able to put aside my fears and return to school. I won’t be done until I’m 50, but hey, with luck I’m going to be 50 anyway so I might as well be a doctor when I do it. Right?

Rebecca
Rebecca
2 years 4 months ago

Congratulations! I love this story. I work with someone who actually completed his residency during his 50th year.

Wendy Reese, whole being inc
2 years 4 months ago
Honestly, I would be a toss up. Rikka Zimmerman had a profound impact on me opening to my gifts. Marie Forleo made me face my limitations. Seth Godin continues to open my mind. Lewis Howe’s inspires me to greatness. But the single greatest influence, the person who got me to leave my friends, move across the country (to the country), who has taught me more about letting go, having fun, communicating, great beer (he’s a brewmaster), the importance of dancing for the sake of dance, and the art of being loved is my partner, Dave. My life before all of… Read more »
rene
2 years 4 months ago
My dear friend and father-figure, Philip. He is wonderful and I love him and admire him so much. As president of a large large non-profit, I have felt so grateful that he is in my life as a mentor. To answer your questions specifically: Who’s had the biggest impact on you (personally or professionally) in the last 3 years? Philip — I can ask him any questions — pertaining to business, professional relationships, personal relationships, and even regarding my private love-interests from a fatherly point of view. I couldn’t be more grateful for his love and advice. And we have… Read more »
Lynn
Lynn
2 years 4 months ago

My friend and colleague Donna encouraged me to ask for a raise and get my act together after falling into a slump at work. Her confidence in me and recognition of my talents reawakened my own natural assertiveness and I ended up with a 30K increase, boosted respect from my superiors, and a better wardrobe!

Ibrahim
Ibrahim
2 years 4 months ago

Who’s had the biggest impact on you: Ranjan De Silva (NLP trainer)

What was your life like BEFORE you met this person: Look at the negative, complaining, frustrated,,,,,,

What was your life like AFTER: earn $6000 within 3 month of training.

Molly
Molly
2 years 4 months ago
I think RevRun, Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein, Mastin Kipp, and Tony Robbins have all impacted me personally over the past year. Before, I felt very tired and had a negative attitude, always criticizing myself or fearing what other people thought of me. Since reading their books and tweets I have learned to meditate and pray daily, exercise regularly, appreciate abundance and blessings in my life, be more outgoing in social situations, and have found the courage to begin writing again. I’ve finished a first draft of my screenplay and while I still have many more rounds of revisions to make… Read more »
Gemma
Gemma
2 years 4 months ago
My husband and a woman I have never met in person, Heather Sellers, have been my biggest influences these past three years. Just under three years ago I found out I was allergic to caffeine and cutting out that drug has given me the opportunity to change by restoring my health. When caffeine was making me sick I lived for the consideration, “can I keep this commitment if I am at my sickest?” Which meant I did practically nothing. I could only work part-time casual at jobs that I could do on auto pilot at my own pace which is… Read more »
Nigel
Nigel
2 years 4 months ago
If I said Tim Ferris, I would be giving you a half truth. It was my friend Michael Zammit that introduced me to Tim’s work literally 3 (maybe 4 years ago). In learning from Tim, I came across more people like Ramit, Ryan Holiday, Michael Eisenberg & Derek Halpern. I’ve used things from each person to get my finances in better control (I’m currently in the midst of an $8k surprise health emergency & still ok with where I’m going thanks to Ramit), got my dream job using the brief case technique and negotiated a modest pay rise (when none… Read more »
Frank
Frank
2 years 4 months ago
The trifecta of my first sponsor in AA, Scott, his sponsor, Christian, and now my current sponsor, Don. There are a lot of people whose vulnerability and strength move you and shift your perspective in AA meetings or over coffee, many of whom you never see again. But the sponsors I’ve had have drilled into me a few core fundamentals: honesty, being of service, and gratitude, principles that guide everything in my life. They’ve also instilled the ideals of fellowship, having a strong network, particularly of guys, that I reach out to regularly, discipline and hard work, spirituality, and of… Read more »
Rebecca
Rebecca
2 years 4 months ago

Congratulations Frank! You are hard at work. Best to you!

Shannon
2 years 4 months ago
Well, I mean, obviously besides YOU, Ramit, I’ve been really inspired by Rob Scott of RobScott.com. He is adorable and so sweet. Originally, I saw that one of my friends kept posting about all these amazing breakthroughs she was having after talking to this guy. So I just Facebook messaged him and was like, “Who are you? I keep seeing Lisa post about you and you sound pretty awesome-sauce.” And we just kind of built a friendship. His guidance and advice, both directly to me and through his content & story, have inspired me so much in my business. SO… Read more »
Rebecca
Rebecca
2 years 4 months ago
About ten months ago I had a meeting with a complete stranger and it changed my life. In fact, that day is the best day of my entire life. At the last minute I attended a pitch meeting to support a friend who I thought was meeting with some tech investors who had flown in to hear two pitches. My friend ambushed me. He introduced me to a small group of investors as a someone who had a great story, and then said he had a meeting somewhere else, and left me stranded. I was flat-footed and had no idea… Read more »
Terra
Terra
2 years 4 months ago
1/ Dr.N.J (he taught me at University) and Mr. Ramit Sethi 2/ My life before: I obediently followed my dad’s guidance, just knowing that by doing so, I will be a good daughter. Since he always said I did not know what is best for my life. 3/ My life after: after constant private psychology sessions with Dr.N.J he encouraged me to start living for myself rather than living to please other people. He always inspires me to live truly to myself and persuades me to step out of my comfort zone => I’ve applied for Business with Consumer Psychology… Read more »
Mehgan
Mehgan
2 years 4 months ago
There are two people who have had a large impact on my way of thinking about my future and what kind of life I want to lead. I have not met either of them (yet) so I consider them my e-mentors. The first is Steve Kamb, from NerdFitness.com. His website/company is great in it’s own right because it helps so many people come together and learn about fitness, but I was inspired by the fact that he was only a couple years older than me and had created this really cool job for himself, one that he could do even… Read more »
Lester Hein
2 years 4 months ago

For me it was David Allen. Before GTD I was a mess – dozens of notebooks, no semblance of order, always late for meetings and forgetting things.

Now I’m a list ninja, able to feel comfortable with the things I’m not doing because I know precisely what they are and how important they are in the bigger scheme of things.

I know the system for getting from panic to control when things inevitably spiral out. I know the steps to get back on track.

That systematic element is also what drew me to ZTL

Heath Borders
2 years 4 months ago

My second son. When I met him, I realized that I needed to concentrate on my physical fitness and manage my weight because I was really not a kid anymore. Since then, I’ve lost 60 pounds and kept it off for 2 years.

Kimanzi
2 years 4 months ago

For me it was Dan Miller. I found his book in half-priced books and it set me on a course that now has me living my dream in Maui, Hawaii. Before I read that book I listened to all my doubts and fears and let them keep me from taking action.

Anand Kulkarni
2 years 4 months ago
I work in a automobile company for last 33 years. I am basically from finance graduate and after having worked in Accounts dept, I shifted to Service Division to look after the financial aspect there which involved payment of warranties, free services to dealers , raising debits etc. After we got the SAP, whole thing went online and I looked after Govt liason to get our vehicles passed by Govt inspector without paying under the table as that is the co’s policy. Again I got shifted to our Service training centre. but being non-technical person I was odd man out… Read more »
Erik
Erik
2 years 4 months ago
Izzy Arkin. He quit his job as a middle school teacher to move to Japan and study Aikido. He created the blog http://30yearoldninja.com/ where he teaches others how to go after their own dreams while he continues to honor his own childhood dream to become a ninja. Before I met him, my life was going nowhere. It felt like nothing was working out and and I had no purpose. I was unhappy with my job, I graduated with an associate’s degree for a career that I didn’t even want because it felt like something I “should” do instead of what… Read more »
Arsalan Safdar
Arsalan Safdar
2 years 4 months ago

I want to share my experience of my teacher, my mentor, Adnan Saeed. He is teacher of accounting but during class he is not limited to accounting, he provides more to the students. He teaches beyond the line and include other topics such as art of learning, social responsiveness and develop your passion to your work whatever you do and very unique learning through ” third eye concept” i.e, identify the real colors of surrounding instead of glasses you wore.

Nanci
2 years 4 months ago
I had an amazing professor last year who believed in me and my abilities, who also happens to be at the top of her field, an advisor on one of President Obama’s committees, and the person the BBC calls when they want to know the lastest research in the field. Bonkers! I was so blown away, and she was so lovely and helped me to figure out that I am most likely not going to be at the top of that field overnight, but that I can be successful beyond what I dreamed of in ways I had never thought… Read more »
Logan
Logan
2 years 4 months ago
[Who’s had the biggest impact on you (personally or professionally) in the last 3 years?] I want to say you Ramit, but that may not add you value. So let’s stick with a similar vein – Timothy Ferriss. Why, it’s actually the challenge-the-status-quo mindset of Ramit, Ferriss, Rogan, Asprey, Kagan, Halpern, Veynerchuk, even guys like Bryan Harris that reassure me that you can do anything, don’t be afraid of hard work, there is no shortcut to mastery – but there is a simpler way to look at how to do every small step along the path. He and all these… Read more »
Amber Kane
2 years 4 months ago

I shocked myself with the first answer that popped into my head. One of my co-workers, strived to get me fried during my first 3 years of teaching. This kind of tension and pressure, and everything else that it created, spurred me to work harder, become better, stronger, and to start my own business. So while she didn’t inspire me to become like her, she inspired me to be the exact opposite.

Stace
Stace
2 years 4 months ago
Who’s had the biggest impact on you (personally or professionally) in the last 3 years? My former boss – she employed me after a long bout of unemployment, she believed in me, she got my skills developed, she went all yelly ans scary before the department was downsized and we got chopped but as she had the power, unlike my other mentors at work, I have to say she was the biggest impact. What was your life like BEFORE you met this person? I was unemployed, in stop start entry level jobs and was losing confidence fast. What was your… Read more »
Chilled
Chilled
2 years 4 months ago

The dude who taught me meditation real good. Havnt met him, can’t meet him anymore.. S N Goenka

Ricardo Siller Cárdenas
2 years 4 months ago

Who’s had the biggest impact on you (personally or professionally) in the last 3 years?

Zan Perrion is one of the persons who I admire the most and I’ve had the opportunity to share moments with him throughout these years. Before meeting him, I had very constrained and superficial notions of personal relationships and life in general. But after meeting him and after having read his book, I started to see other dimensions in people, specially in women, that I would have never seen in other context. I am very glad having knowing him personally.

Wynand
2 years 4 months ago

Get to the point much?

Micheal
2 years 4 months ago

Sometimes saying that you admire them and how they inspire you in your own successes is enough for a mentor.

There are some that gets annoy when you over-admire them.

Dennis
Dennis
2 years 4 months ago
Ramit, even though I’ve never met you, you’ve made a huge impact in my life. See, I used to be ok with things in my life. Here are some of my thoughts from before I started following you: -I’m average -I’m set in my ways -If I do things well enough, maybe change can happen, but only if it comes to me The way in which you question everything you believe in to build something you want have certainly influenced me. I challenge assumptions nowadays, from silly ones to bigger ones. An example is when I told myself “I am… Read more »
Charlie
Charlie
2 years 4 months ago
Huge influence on my professional career and perspective: my father-in-law. He taught me that in order to have a chance at succeeding at the game, you MUST first at least understand the rules. For example, if you want to get into a great school, you better understand what other applicants are doing – like getting SAT tudors, doing extracurricular activities, etc, because that’s how the game is played. This advice was significantly contrary to my own upbringing’s Laissez-faire perspective, which tended to favor naive notions of just making it up as you went along, hoping for the best, and regarding… Read more »
Amy
2 years 4 months ago
When I was newer in sales, and afraid to charge too much (taking the coward’s way of selling on price), I had a sales manager who continually told me that I was worth more, that people wanted to do business with me, that I had value and could command the higher prices. His continually drumming that message into me (and practicing it himself) gave me the courage to raise my prices and start making real money. Success built confidence and then more success, and I never looked back. Our relationship did not last a long time, as I had other… Read more »
Diana
Diana
2 years 4 months ago
Who’s had the biggest impact on you (personally or professionally) in the last 3 years? Personally, it would be a man that I dated for three months who owned his own business. Literally EVERYWHERE we went, he would introduce me to about 3-5 different people. These people weren’t simply acquainted with him, they stopped and chatted with him and wanted to get to know me as well. He lived in Vail and Denver, had remodel projects between several cities and he was running his business entirely on his own. So…actually in a way he has impacted me professionally as well.… Read more »
Dewey
Dewey
2 years 4 months ago

Neil Strauss: Taught me how internal changes and self development can change your perception of reality and make you naturally attractive to others

Maneesh Sethi: took my productivity to an nonparallel level compared to any other point in my life. As a senior while attending an Engineering school I played NCAA volleyball, worked a professional internship, financed a $26,000 senior design project, wrote a thesis for a German degree, graduated and found a career I enjoy everyday….without his work only a small fraction of that year would of been accomplished.

Ralph
Ralph
2 years 4 months ago

My good friend Pat – We met while working for the same company over 3 years ago and he helped me to realized how much I wanted to start my own business and be my own boss. Since then he has continued to push me and hold me accountable and I was finally able to quit that job a month ago. New business is in the works 🙂

Shane Blick
Shane Blick
2 years 4 months ago

Ben Whitehair has been one of the most influential people in my life by far. Before I knew him… I was cocky, self centered, egotistical, a taker, among other things that didn’t serve me. He has led me into a world of love, respect, service, and an overall positive outlook. I am so grateful for him because now I am on a path to doing what I love.

He’s also the one who turned me onto your blog 😉

shara
shara
2 years 4 months ago

Hayao Miyazaki. Before I heard of him and saw his movies, I didn’t think I could fall in love with paintings and anime in a way I do now. He really makes beautiful films. (It was a dark time).

After, I bought the DVD and made good memories with my family watching his films…and he helped inspire a little more detail in my own drawings and stories…

All in all, I wouldn’t be the same person. I’d probably be a little angrier or something otherwise haha.

Matt
Matt
2 years 4 months ago

Aubrey Marcus has introduced me to a number of great authors: Dr. Chris Ryan, Robert Greene, and Carlos Castaneda. I quickly became away of power games that had been kicking my ass all my life. Quickly communication of my ideas because the least of my worries, and now I can honestly say I have a new vigor and enthusiasm towards relationships. I applied the knowledge, but he lit the fire.

Celso
Celso
2 years 4 months ago
For me 3 authors: 1. Stephen Covey: really inspiring with his 7 habits. It turned my life from the first page…It is so basic but so deep you will actually start to apply all the knowledge in no time. I now take decisions faster and easier, focus better at my job and stress is no longer a problem. 2. Josh Kaufman: his simple view of business is so good that you understand the basics with no effort and you can apply the knowledge either if you are starting a business or if you are working for some one else. Really… Read more »
Jason
2 years 4 months ago

David Chilton. I remember being at a networking event where he was the keynote speaker. I was walking out of the bathroom and almost ran right into him. Instead of saying anything I just stared with a start-struck gaze as he seemed to flawlessly glide right by me. Then the moment passed and DAMNIT! Missed opportunity.

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
2 years 4 months ago

Neil Strauss. from break up to monthly goals in personal development/ constant improvement. pretty good book list to.
That lead to Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi: efficiencies, systems, minimum effetive dose. mental barriers and again personal improvement
Kelly Starrett. Mobility, simple, short, understandable,
Between These ‘Role Models”/ long distance mentors i get a phenomenal amount of content and resources through their books and blogs. Plus they all have awesome reccomendations on other interesting/smart people to check out

APRIL CAPIL
1 year 11 months ago
I would have to say my biggest influence was my father. He was a single parent/immigrant from the Philippines who started as a welder and worked his way up to a buyer at an industrial gas company. He put me through 4 years of college and my sister through tutoring and swim lessons so she could graduate with a swim scholarship to a University. He tragically passed away from a heart attack when we were both in our senior years, but I have so many stories about the things he taught me, and feel blessed every day for those lessons.… Read more »
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Alina
Alina
6 months 18 days ago

When I moved to New York I felt so tiny in the city’s life mode: speedy, crucial and incredibly competitive. I needed someone’s advice, energy and support. Gary Vaynerchuk crushed it. He has a great impact on my life. Incredibly inspirational and energetic. He has a YouTube channel, shares a ton on useful information, runs his business with so much passion!
Tim Ferriss: hustler who brings joy, wisdom, confidence and positivity to my life.

Charlie
Charlie
4 days 18 hours ago
Oh man, there is one man who stands out above all others in my whole life who helped me learn something that has changed all my relationships and actually saved my job once. My friend John. He helped me learn the lessons of Gratitude and Non-Violent Communication. Before I met him I would get angry with things I couldn’t control, frustrated with my life and with myself for not saying what I want to say when I got into situations (like you said, I’d think of 20 things later but be tongue tied when met with confrontation). After he started… Read more »
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