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Best backhanded compliment of the year

The best backhanded compliments I ever received, plus tips on how to give a good sincere compliment and how to twist that into a truly funny backhanded compliment.

Ramit Sethi

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I LOVE backhanded compliments.

In fact, I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur. The very best ones require the perfect combination of wit, sincerity, and disdain to create a good piece of bittersweet praise. There is an art to giving a good compliment and it takes a special twist to make it a perfect backhanded compliment.

 

Some of my favorite backhanded compliments
How not to give a compliment
The art of observational compliments
How to give the perfect backhanded compliment
Complimentary action steps

 

Some of my favorite backhanded compliments

To deliver a truly stinging backhanded compliment you need to know someone really well. They have to accept the superficial, true part of the compliment and recognize the stinging subtext. My ex-girlfriends were especially good at them.

So when I got this backhanded compliment in my comment section a while back, l was floored:

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Pure art. I’m still smiling about it now.

I actually held a little contest for my readers after I read that “compliment”: What’s the BEST backhanded compliment you can give me? I asked them to put their answers in the comment section…

…and the results were HILARIOUS.

Here are a few of the best ones:

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Ouch. Solid burn, Sheridan.

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Ha! I bet he’d change his mind if he saw the site now.

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Subtle…yet oh so effective.

So today I’m going to tell you how to deliver a cutting backhanded compliment. But first, that requires a knowledge of the fundamentals. You can’t run before you jog, people.

So we have to start with what makes a “normal” sincere compliment work or fall flat.

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How NOT to give a compliment

Many people have a misconception that giving a compliment is as easy as saying:

  • “Nice watch.”
  • “I like your dress.”
  • “Cool car.”

…when this simply isn’t the case.

I don’t blame them, though — even I’ve been guilty of thinking this before.

It takes a lot of practice and a lot of screwing up before you learn that compliments like these are incredibly shallow — and when you give them, people can sense their vapidness and you just come across as insincere.

In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie put it best:

“The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.”

People aren’t stupid. They know a weak compliment (or “flattery” as Carnegie called it) when they hear it. They also know the value of a good authentic compliment and appreciate it.

I want you to think back to the last time you got a compliment that really made you smile. When was it?

Was it someone at work saying you did a great job at a presentation? Was it from a friend who you helped move?

Think about that compliment. Chances are, it was thoughtful, authentic, and it made you feel great.

A sincere compliment — like its backhanded cousin — is an art form. Once perfected, it can open the doors to a world of new relationships and connections that would not have otherwise happened.

The question then is “how?” How do you give a good compliment that’ll come across as sincere and meaningful?

The art of observational compliments

The observational compliment goes a step beyond “Nice dress” or “I like your tie” and shows the person you’re complimenting that they have EARNED your appreciation.

For example:

Bad compliment: “You’re the bravest and smartest person I’ve ever met. Teach me your ways!”

Observational compliment: “You know, you seem pretty adventurous. I know a lot of management consultants, but I don’t think any of them would go skydiving in their off time. That’s pretty cool.”

See the difference? On top of being weird and kind of creepy, the first one isn’t authentic and people will pick up on that.

The second one is much better — and it works for two reasons:

  1. People LOVE to hear about themselves. This is the reason things like the Myers-Briggs test and astrology are so popular.
  2. It shows that you’re LISTENING. People love to feel heard, and when you’re able to showcase that you were paying attention to what they were saying, they’re going to respond well to your compliment.

Giving a good compliment is actually pretty simple — though hard to master. All it takes is 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Ask thought-provoking questions and LISTEN

Like so many of our issues, the problem of how to give a good compliment starts with simple listening. When you’re speaking to someone, spend about 5 minutes building a solid foundation of rapport and listen to them.

The key here is asking really good thought-provoking questions that will open them up to you.

When I first discovered this years ago, it was a revelation to me. I remember going to a wedding and absolutely GRILLING an old friend with questions.

“What are you up to now? Where are you living? What kind of place? Is that an apartment or a house? How much is the rent? Blahblahblah.”

Eventually, someone else in our group commented, “Damn, are we at a job interview?” and everyone laughed. I thought to myself, “Man, I really miscalibrated that.”

I found myself guilty of TMQ [too many questions]. It’s a big problem.

Asking questions can be a great way to provide a springboard for active listening — and consequently, good compliments. But if you ask too many prying questions, you’re going to come off as just plain weird.

What you need to do, then, is ask a couple of really genuine questions — and then ADD to the conversation. If you’re having trouble coming up with questions, I wrote an entire post complete with scripts and situation-specific examples.

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Step 2: Analyze their answers

When you watch people who are really socially skilled converse, they will ask a question, listen, and then make a statement based on that answer.

If you’re still confused, a solid rule of thumb is to ask 2-3 questions and then make a statement as well.

When you’re talking to someone, think to yourself, “Where can I add value? What connections can I draw between us?”

Take a look at the two examples below. Can you see why one is bad and the other one is good?

Bad example:

You: “Where are you from?”

Them: “Michigan.”

You: “How long have you been there?”

Them: “Two years.”

You: “Oh, do you like it?”

Them: “Yeah, I really like—”

You: “What brought you here?”

TERRIBLE. This conversation is entirely hypothetical and I’m still cringing in my seat. You’re not involving yourself in the conversation — and as a result, you’re not adding value. All this does is make you seem like someone who simply asks questions. Don’t do this.

Good example

You: “Where are you from?”

Them: “Michigan.”

You: “Oh, I’ve been to Michigan before. I actually grew up in Phoenix but live in Chicago — pretty close by.”

Them: “Oh, really? How long have you been there?”

BOOM. Now you’ve successfully engaged this other person and established a connection with them — all by sharing something simple about yourself.

Step 3: Give them an observational compliment

Once you’ve listened to them, you’re now prepared to give them an authentic compliment.

Here’s a great example of one:

You: “John, you seem a lot more thoughtful than most people I’ve met.”

Them: “Why’s that?”

You: “After talking with you, I noticed you really take the time to listen to what other people have to say.”

Notice how the “observational” part means that you OBSERVED something about them and responded with a genuine compliment.

And be honest with them. You don’t want to tell a ramrod-straight military general that you can tell he’s a sensitive soul. Likewise, you don’t want to tell a 9-5 office worker that you admire how adventurous they are (unless they ACTUALLY are).

How to give the perfect backhanded compliment

Ah, now the fun part! You got the basics down, so let’s analyze one of the backhanded compliments above: “I love how the design of the site itself is a lesson in saving money,” by Moshe.

He does everything right from the how to give compliments steps above:

1) Ask questions and listen: Moshe has read the site and my book. He knows I am all about saving money in smart ways.

2) Analyze their answers: By reading the posts, he knows I like to focus on big wins and automated savings. He also sees the old site design and it was a bit rough.

3) Give them an observational compliment: “The design of the site itself is a lesson in saving money.” Viewed without irony or sarcasm, this is a great compliment. However, Moshe used the optional fourth step of giving a compliment to twist this one into a backhanded compliment.

4) Add sarcasm or irony to change the compliment from positive to negative: Moshe has sarcastically twisted the meaning of his compliment from negative to positive by implying the site is ugly. This is the twist that all backhanded compliments have — a subtle change in context from positive to negative.

My favorite backhanded compliment ever follows these steps perfectly. Winston Churchill once said, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else.”

This is a pretty sick burn. Churchill (if he actually said it) starts by observing that Americans are moral and helpful, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing,” and then adds a sarcastic twist, “after they have tried everything else.”

Complimentary action steps

Here’s what I want you to do after you read this article today:

Compliment ONE person you don’t know in an authentic way today.

Remember to listen, analyze, and then compliment. Once you do, observe how it makes both you and the person react.

Then, for fun:

Compliment ONE person you DO know in a backhanded way.

Be sure to tell me how you did with both attempts. I love hearing about the great work that my readers are doing on their self-development journey. After all, we all started somewhere.

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356 Comments

 
  1. avatar
    S M Pandit

    You’re smarter than you look.

  2. avatar
    B Fish

    Great financial insights. You have such a firm grasp of the obvious!

  3. avatar
    Justin

    I’m amazed by the level of success readers have after following your advice.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Justin, NICE. That toes the line beautifully.

      So far, the rest suck. Step it up, guys.

  4. avatar
    Andrew

    This competition is a surprisingly good idea.

  5. avatar
    Sheridan

    I always feel more intelligent after reading your thoughts and ideas.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Sheridan, good one.

  6. avatar
    Moshe

    I love how the design of this site itself is a lesson about saving money.

    • avatar
      Baker

      laughed out loud at this one…

    • avatar
      Christianna

      HA! Loved this!

  7. avatar
    Derek

    It’s easy to obtain success after following your example.

  8. avatar
    Lisa

    For a guy with bushy eyebrows, you sure know what you’re talking about.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Lisa, that was terrible.

  9. avatar
    Abigail

    Your obstinance is charming.

  10. avatar
    Baker

    Before I read the site, I only assumed it was a scam based on the title.

    • avatar
      Erica Douglass

      You mean this site isn’t a scam? F****! I need to make $20,000 by Saturday! That’s why I came here! I’m unsubscribing. Your site sucks.

      😉

      -Erica

  11. avatar
    Elizabeth

    It’s taken me some time to wade through your site, but having done so, I find it brimming with surprisingly useful, yet simple advice, organized in a fairly rational way.

  12. avatar
    Adam

    Hmph, so it looks like the best jobs *AND* the best blogs are being outsourced to India now.

    • avatar
      Erica Douglass

      Ha! Okay. This reminds me of a really funny story. I used to run a web hosting company, and for a while, I had an Indian employee. His name was Sohrab, but he was American-born with no accent (and drove an older Corvette, of all things.) He worked out of our office in San Jose.

      One day a really pissed-off customer called. She was screaming into the phone about how our “outsourced Indian support” was terrible, and how much we sucked for using it, etc. I said, “Wait a minute. Who have you been dealing with?” And she mentioned his name. (Note he was actually really awesome…this customer was crazy.) So I said “You know, he’s here in the office next to me. Would you like me to put him on the line?”

      That shut her up pretty quickly. She apologized. And she was pretty contrite after that.

      -Erica

    • avatar
      Mecca

      I actually LOL while holding my stomach at this post! Then hung my head in shame since I have so many friends. Repeated it to my friend Shan in India and he too laughed which made me feel so much better. It my not win, but it was great to me!

  13. avatar
    Daniel

    This is easily the most informative post you’ve ever done.

  14. avatar
    Brandon

    Glad to know you haven’t run out of article ideas.

    • avatar
      Cath

      Ahahaha. So snide, I love it.

  15. avatar
    Christopher

    “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” is a great first effort by Ramit Sethi. He shows a lot of potential for joining the ranks of personal finance experts.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Beautiful

  16. avatar
    PJ

    It’s rare to see insights like these make it onto the New York Times Bestseller List. Authors of this caliber consistently amaze me with their ability to be ranked so highly. I don’t think I could write at that level if I tried. Such success is nothing short of astounding.

  17. avatar
    Rich S

    Indians sure know what they’re talking about.

  18. avatar
    J.R.C.

    The way you leverage personal finance to fufill your personal enjoyment is always entertaining to observe.

  19. avatar
    FinanceDad

    You just look like a cocky bastard, but you’re goddam witty and have a sharp and unique perspective on most everything. You certainly are changing the way I teach personal finance. I’m glad I made you laugh.

  20. avatar
    Sweta

    Are you having a low self-esteem day? You shouldn’t, you’re hot.

  21. avatar
    Dave

    Thanks to what I’ve learned from you I’ll soon be starting my own compost/manure distribution company. My only hope is that I can be as successful as you are. Thanks!

  22. avatar
    Toronto Website Developer

    With no shoes or socks on the cover, I thought the book was another piece of crap about frugality. Thanks for surprise.
    -Pete

    ps. With the money I saved, I just sent you a pair of Nike’s. Hopefully things pick up for you.

  23. avatar
    Josh Derouin

    The “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” Blog definitely keeps the rich…rich.

  24. avatar
    Uncle El

    I love this blog. I definitley earned 1k more in my mind.

  25. avatar
    Jeroen van Delft

    Giving away a free copy of your book sure is an interesting and original way to garner more comments for your blog.

  26. avatar
    Josh Derouin

    Your ability to write financial advice for the common man definitely makes some people rich.

  27. avatar
    Zac Bissonnette

    You rarely find financial advice of this quality.

  28. avatar
    Zac Bissonnette

    None of the more respected, better-known sources of financial advice contain the level of quality this site does.

  29. avatar
    Ryan Waldron

    I’d think you were a profiteering asshole, except this batshit crazy crap you recommend makes good sense and seems to work. I guess that makes you a profiteering genius, and the asshole vibe is an air of success.

  30. avatar
    Trillionaire Wood

    I’d bet Ramit Sethi is equal to any other Financial Guru.

    • avatar
      Riley Cabot

      Being Indian he surely has the biggest turban of all the Gurus in the yard.

  31. avatar
    TheBaron

    IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com may sound like a scam, but it is a website that lives up to its name.

  32. avatar
    Jules

    The advice here is better than most.

  33. avatar
    Josh

    Geez Ramit, if some of these people follow your financial advice like they write “backhanded comments”, no one is making extra money.

  34. avatar
    Cashking

    A signed book that is one hell of a prize.

  35. avatar
    Leopold

    I read your blog for a long time and loved your great advice on becoming rich. It was only untill later I realised its not iwillteachyoutobeCOMErich, but a personal blog about how Ramit feels about being rich. Still fun to read though!

  36. avatar
    Ross Hudgens

    Even though you frequently come off as a world-hating prick, I constantly find myself coming back to the site. Cheers.

  37. avatar
    Jaron

    I love how your prize for this is a free book that we’ve all read already. Way to use a conscious spending technique!

  38. avatar
    JB

    “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” would be perfect if it lost 10 pounds.

  39. avatar
    Logan Cox

    Ramit, these backhanded compliments don’t do justice to the quality of your work.

  40. avatar
    Dan

    In all honesty, having crafted a brilliant back-handed compliment on Ramit’s blog would be an even better prize.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      I am sad knowing that I’m funnier than 95% of my readers. Sad, but it also feels right.

    • avatar
      Dan

      Psh. Like “To think I was just going to call you a narcissist before reading this article” was better than some of the ones here.

    • avatar
      Kelly

      No one ever questions if Ramit is holding himself back by being too humble. 😉

    • avatar
      Scott

      It’s true Ramit. Your humor is one of the main reasons that I read this site.

  41. avatar
    Sara

    I Will Teach You To Be Rich: A brilliant and attractive Stanford grad imparts wisdom on getting rich, consuming large quantities of hot wings, and generally dominating your life. If you went to a state school, YOU NEED THIS BLOG

  42. avatar
    Ryan Waldron

    Your large readership is really impressive, especially considering your snarkiness.

  43. avatar
    mepex

    Ramit, you are truly an inspiration. Who knew a person could be so successful repackaging conventional wisdom?

  44. avatar
    Dr R

    Your coarse handle with the specifics of personal finance makes for a superb paint-by-numbers strategy for the financially illiterate! Bravo!

  45. avatar
    Andy

    “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” is a book so good he has to give it away for free!

  46. avatar
    Todd

    Ramit is great if you don’t know anything about personal finance.

  47. avatar
    Kate

    Ramit Sethi of ‘I Will Teach You To Be Rich’ is a great example of the fact that that intelligence and interesting writing will take a person farther in life than looks.

  48. avatar
    Restless Butterfly

    Ramit’s blog has the greatest untapped potential of any finance blog I have ever read!

  49. avatar
    Jeff Kuo

    I’m sick of always reading stuff by experts. Thanks for writing like you.

    • avatar
      Matt Cheney

      That’s gold right there! Nice one Jeff!

  50. avatar
    James Crocker

    Oh great, an update! I love these.

  51. avatar
    Karolyn

    This blog offers great financial advice for people who aren’t interested in personal finance.

  52. avatar
    Tom

    Damn-it Ramit, there isn’t much financial informaiton on this personal finance website.

  53. avatar
    Ed

    Your advice is pretty good for a blog.

  54. avatar
    Steve

    Don’t ever listen to the critics. If a priest can explain to me the keys to a successful marriage, I don’t see why a 28-year-old can’t tell me how to run my business.

    • avatar
      Balaji Santhanam

      Good one Steve!..btw..which one worked good!!

    • avatar
      Steve

      Thanks. In the contest of Ramit vs. Priest, Ramit won…

    • avatar
      Riley Cabot

      Nice, Steve!

  55. avatar
    Nikc

    Great work Ramit! I always tell people: “If you really wanna read Suze Orman, but don’t have alot of time, just check out IWTYBR.”

  56. avatar
    Marc R.

    I’m impressed with the amount of comments you’re able to inspire from your posts. I must have missed the post where you instructed your loyal followers to spend their time thinking of witty sayings to post in the comments of blogs to hopefully win a free book….a sure fire way to become rich indeed!

  57. avatar
    Joel

    Reader’s might not absorb something the first time Ramit writes about it, but by continually referencing the same posts and reusing phrasing for reinforcement, he brings an antiquer’s eye to the re-purposing of content, putting old writing back on display in the hopes of reeducating the new visitor and finally getting through to the long time follower.

    • avatar
      Fluterby}i{

      OOOH BURN!

  58. avatar
    Sheridan

    Ramit, I bought a copy of your book when it first came out. If I win will this be an updated version where all of the errors have been corrected?

  59. avatar
    Kate

    Ramit Sethi says he is funnier than 95% of his readers, and he’s right! He’s also smarter than at least half of them.

  60. avatar
    DanP

    Hey Ramit, for a finance guy, that’s a really creative way to get people thinking about your site. Kudos.

  61. avatar
    Ryan Waldron

    Ramit, You are funnier than your readers. This is trues. To that I congratulate you. Nevertheless, you are funnier than your readers in much the same way that a bison is smaller than an elephant.

  62. avatar
    Balaji Santhanam

    I thought you are good at Finance, but you are good at ‘inviting’ criticism too!!…look at the list I thought I would be first ..but I’m 72!!

  63. avatar
    Nikc

    DAMN SON! HOMEY CALLED YOU A BISON!! I don’t know about you Ramit, but those are fighting words where I come from.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      hahahhahaa

  64. avatar
    Flutterby}i{

    You should be happy you have smarts instead of looks. But, hey, some women find money attractive, so you’re good!

  65. avatar
    Steve

    I know they say the great ones make it look easy, but I’m impressed with how much effort you seem to have put into this site.

  66. avatar
    Jon

    Hey Ramit, great site. As always, it’s worth it to labour through your writing to uncover the valuable insight. Are you doing site development again? My first comment didn’t post.

  67. avatar
    Ajit

    Your blog empitomizes mind over matter. If you don’t mind, then it doesn’t matter.
    If you don’t mind (losing the battles) it doesn’t matter (as long as you win the war)
    If you don’t mind (losing pennies) it doesn’t matter (as long as you save the pounds)

  68. avatar
    Tim Rosanelli

    Most readers agree that Ramit’s writing is a total scam… until they actually applied some of his advice to their finances and made money. 🙂

  69. avatar
    Steve

    I’m impressed with the ease with which you managed to solicit and receive 81 pieces of negative feedback in just a few hours.

  70. avatar
    Steve

    The stock photography included in the spam you send me is of the highest caliber.

    • avatar
      Steve

      Did you hijack my name?

  71. avatar
    Keith

    Too bad you aren’t poor enough to need your own advice, Ramit!

  72. avatar
    Gurgling Snurg

    Your flatulent emanations on iwillteachyoutoberich.com are pure ambrosia to me.

  73. avatar
    stuckinabarrel

    You must be one of the richest people in the world.. A secret billionaire ..

  74. avatar
    Andrea Magee

    You are correct in reminding us, again, why women aren’t your target audience.

    • avatar
      Kelly

      Yeah, you’ve gotta admit that giving women a backhanded compliment in a post soliciting backhanded compliments is a bit over the top. …or didn’t you catch that one?

  75. avatar
    Barrett

    Advice like this is why the American economy is and forever will be as great as it currently is.

  76. avatar
    Vinay Katari

    This is by far the greatest “Get Rich Quick Scheme” I have ever read.

  77. avatar
    Matt

    You’ve taught me to be rich by compiling other people’s ideas and selling them.

  78. avatar
    courtney

    I don’t care what anyone says, I think your blog is useful.

  79. avatar
    TC

    Great book. IWTYTBR is well written in layman’s terms for the financial literate.

  80. avatar
    Sarah

    You are the least interesting hilarious person I have ever encountered.

  81. avatar
    Steve

    The man you are today is proof that you follow your own advice.

  82. avatar
    Jessica

    At least you have something to fall back on.

  83. avatar
    Michael

    Thanks Ramit for offering a signed copy of your book for the best backhanded compliment. I know this copy of your book will be worth so much more than the unsigned copy I already own.

  84. avatar
    Stefan

    IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com could have been so much easier, just say: Teach others to be rich. Wouldn’t have lasted that long though

  85. avatar
    Steve

    Don’t criticize Ramit until you have walked a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do, you are a mile away and you have his shoes…

    • avatar
      Ryan Waldron

      I would agree that one shouldn’t criticize Ramit until you have walked a mile in his shoes, except that it is clearly obvious from his book cover that he doesn’t have shoes.

    • avatar
      Steve

      Clearly, my advice must have been obvious, since someone followed it before I even gave it– you know, like the advice on IWTYTBR.

  86. avatar
    bob chase

    You aren’t usually very funny, but this clever scam to incite a riot of humorless banter has made you the best game in town.

  87. avatar
    Lori

    It’s really great that you have a sense of humor about yourself.

  88. avatar
    David Crandall

    Critics have said that Ramit doesn’t even have the financial intelligence of a 4 year old, but I’d argue that he does!

    • avatar
      Ryan Waldron

      I would disagree with that, I would say his financial knowledge is at a much higher level than his writing ability.

  89. avatar
    Bukka

    I had no idea that spending too much could be the cause of me not getting rich.

  90. avatar
    Garrett Vonk

    I think this is a great contest and you’ll probably get a lot of good responses. It’s always great to see new ideas and opportunities for everyone to participate. All in all, this contest is really a unique idea…for a blogger.

  91. avatar
    understand the rules

    you know guys, he didn’t say it had to be about him. you’re severely limiting yourselves here.

    • avatar
      Sara

      I was going to leave a sarcastic comment here, but I’m afraid you’re being ironic.

  92. avatar
    Andrew

    This is one I actually received in High School when my troupe as judged in competition. I played the lead.

    “It was an great performance for your age.”

    Another fun one:

    “I had no idea you cleaned up so well.”

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      That’s a good one, Andrew. My friend and knew a guy who we all thought was fat. But once, he had to borrow one of my shirts, and we looked at him, stunned. It fit him perfectly and he looked great. “Dude,” we said, “we thought you were fat.” We weren’t even trying to be back-handed about it — it turns out he just buys horribly fitting clothes. But now I think it was hilarious.

  93. avatar
    Gurgling Snurg

    Following a well-trodden path, Ramit demonstrates brilliantly that the secret to wealth is . . . to peddle a book about the secret to wealth.

  94. avatar
    Satvik

    Ramit Sethi’s magnum opus absolutely, decisively answers the question “Is it better to be sexy or rich?”

  95. avatar
    Kelly

    Ramit of IWTBR really keeps his readers entertained with his juvenile antics.

    Ramit’s advice really sticks with you because he has a unique way of combining jackass with truth.

    Ramit’s 100% refundable policy balances out his hard sell tactics beautifully.

  96. avatar
    Jeremy Freelove

    Ramit’s exceptional talent of repackaging other writer’s ideas is surpassed only by his ability to get his readers to follow through on them.

  97. avatar
    Gurgling Snurg

    You flaunt your Stanford degree like a flashy piece of bling, hypnotizing the lumpen masses, while cleverly neglecting to mention that your major was not in economics.

    Bravissimo!

  98. avatar
    Micah

    Ramit’s personal finance insights are so incredible, they’re worth the hourly facebook and twitter updates reminding you that they’re still there.

  99. avatar
    Kelly

    I’ve seen a few takes on this idea (54, 115) so it’s time to do it right.

    Ramit has mastered the art of giving new life to conventional wisdom.

    c’mon people… is it that hard to be subtle? It is supposed to be a compliment built on a negative trait that is looming just under the surface.

  100. avatar
    Kuato

    With the quality of advice you give, how are you not on the Forbes 500 list?

  101. avatar
    Jamie Phelps

    IWTYTBR makes a great drinking game. Ramit snarkily restates common sense and you take a shot. I’m trashed right now and what’s worse, I’m out of scotch.

  102. avatar
    Rich

    “I am sad knowing that I’m funnier than 95% of my readers. ” -Ramit

    True, but that last guy is a *riot*.

    • avatar
      Steve

      hahaha!!!

  103. avatar
    James M

    Earn1K really works, I’m starting to put more pennies in my pocket.

  104. avatar
    Jared

    Great to see you back in character, Ramit! It’s fun contests like this that make up for all the self promoting and get rich quick schemes.

  105. avatar
    Razwana

    Whoda thought – a guy with a name as complicated as yours could write a book with such a simple message

  106. avatar
    Daniel Perez

    I thought you were a Berkley graduate, until I came across “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” and it’s abundance of witty, beneficial information–an ode to a Stanford scholar indeed.

  107. avatar
    Ryan

    Found this one on this website!

    “Smart, bold, and practical. I Will Teach You to Be Rich is packed with tips that actually work.”
    —J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly

  108. avatar
    Joe

    Ramit! So glad you came up with a good idea!

  109. avatar
    Jeremy

    Getting a copy of Ramit’s autograph will ensure that I have the most valuable writing he has ever done.

  110. avatar
    Tim Grahl

    You have fantastic advice for the most part.

  111. avatar
    Alan

    I want to be as successful as you when I get old.

  112. avatar
    David Crandall

    Ramit does a great job of breaking down the stereotype that Indians are good with money.

  113. avatar
    Bryan

    Impressed that your success isn’t limited to running a 7-11.

  114. avatar
    Alan

    People who like this sort of book will find this the sort of book they like.

  115. avatar
    Daghain

    Wow, and I always thought that people who wrote books teaching others to be rich were really just lining their own pockets.

  116. avatar
    Sachit Gupta

    You’re uni-brow is beautiful. (Reference: http://www.nevblog.com/homeless-experiment/)

    • avatar
      Sachit Gupta

      Correct Link: http://www.nevblog.com/homeless-experiment/

  117. avatar
    Linda Eaves

    The way you fuss about how I spend My money is so precious!

  118. avatar
    Alan

    “Smart, bold and practical” the books not bad too.

  119. avatar
    Andrew

    @ramit lol, I’m laughing because, despite never being overweight, I dressed like that guy too.

    That comment from the judge really pissed me off though. Heh.

    Supposedly, one of Jack Nicholson’s favorite “ice breakers” is to lead off with:

    “You look incredible, when is the delivery?”

    Or something like that.

  120. avatar
    Alan

    Ram It – Ramit. When I receive emails starting with Ramit I don’t believe You’ll ram it anywhere. Your so straight to the point.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Dear god. Alan please never come back to my site again

  121. avatar
    Catherine

    At my wedding, talking with a guest at the reception (a friend from earlier days):

    “Catherine, I am SO glad you did not buy into that whole mindset of losing a lot of weight before your wedding!”

    (Granted, not skinny, a size 12… but, come on!)

  122. avatar
    Cory

    Ramit, I’m a huge fan of your common sense approach to the family budget. I like how you take an intuitive process and break it down into plain language. The ideas you share are simple and straightforward, and avoid a lot of the complexity that the personal finance crowd tend to loathe.

  123. avatar
    Catherine

    Okay, yes, I just read that article again and it had to be about Ramit and/or his book… but it’s too good to not share 🙂

  124. avatar
    Efan

    Despite sounding like a get-rich-quick scheme peddled by the lowest-quality of late-night infomercial magnates, I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a delightful mixture of sparkling common sense, high-tech financial advice, and all the wit, charm, and grace one would expect from a newly-crowned personal finance guru.

  125. avatar
    Kimmoy

    Congrats on becoming a NY Times best selling author but do I really have to debate the minutae of whether the odds of commenting and winning a $10 book is worth it or not? Oy!

  126. avatar
    Erin Murtagh

    It makes perfect sense that someone who gave you a backhanded compliment would want a signed copy of your book.

  127. avatar
    J.Z.

    That’s a great haircut! Did you cut it yourself?

  128. avatar
    Marco

    Incredible! Your teachings are so assertive I’m convinced you really know what you’re talking about!

  129. avatar
    Kevin

    Sethi’s IWTYTBR is the prequel to David Bach’s Automatic Millionaire. IWTYTBR is the Phantom Menace to the Automatic Millionaire’s Star Wars. IWTYTBR fills in the story line gaps and has the reader pondering the author’s motivation and choices in character development.

  130. avatar
    riley

    Do you agree or do you not understand yet?

  131. avatar
    Sunil

    can’t believe you recommend buying $4 lattes . . . what kind of a finance “guru” does that?

  132. avatar
    Jocelyn

    Despite having little formal education in personal finances and economics, Ramit beautifully translates the often cryptic principles of managing money to cater to his college-aged peers with success that continues to astound.

  133. avatar
    Marie

    “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” has taught me that anyone can achieve their dreams if they believe strongly enough in themselves.

  134. avatar
    David

    By utilizing Social Networking and New Media, Ramit has filled the much needed niche of providing advice and ideas in ways their originators never thought possible.

  135. avatar
    chuckarama

    I don’t know. The tone of this whole competition is a bit pitchy for me, but I like your energy. The whole Don Jonson shave thing is working for you. Keep doin what you do dawg, just watch the pitch.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Ha, this may be the least-pitchy thing I have ever done on this site

  136. avatar
    Solomon

    I forget, what time zone were you in again? I see comments at 5:20am, crazy. Here are a couple:
    “Ramit keeps the poor…rich”
    “Ramit’s personal responses to people’s comments shows his commitment to refreshing his blog entries as if he’s reading as you type.”
    “IWTYTBR teaches STFUDF to all who LOL at his site.”
    On a side note: If the people who lack wit follow your finance advice as well as your advice to not come back to your site on a non-finance related matter, that could be depressing to them…but not as depressed because they first made $1,000 off your site by now.
    Another note: I already have your book in case I win, can I just get a signed copy of your next book instead? Thanks.

  137. avatar
    rosa

    Dear Ramit, I’m a spanish speaking person from Spain (Europe)…your blog and all your free stuff ( videos, e mails, etcetera) are very useful….for learning and practising English. I really appreciate it. Thank you!!

    P.D: Do you speak Indian?

  138. avatar
    Josh Moore

    Just because you’re qualified and I listen when you say I have psychological issues doesn’t mean you have sorted your need for attention and validation from others.

  139. avatar
    Ab

    After reading some of these comments I completely see the value in your STFUDF methodology

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      God I know, I was even more right than I imagined

    • avatar
      Ab

      Considering your average reader’s inability to craft a back-handed compliment, I’m impressed that you’ve been able to teach them about anything, to say nothing of a complex topic like personal finance.

      Okay, I’m done hating on your readers since that could be considered self-hate…

  140. avatar
    Matteo

    I’ve always respected your work. The Indian community should be proud of you. Which tribe are you from?

  141. avatar
    Karissa

    I really love your book, it’s my favorite bathroom reader.

  142. avatar
    Jared

    Hi Ramit,

    Great job on the site! Keep working hard and I’m sure you’ll have some of your own readers — you know, ones that don’t click over here from Get Rich Slowly — in no time!

    Thanks,
    Jared

  143. avatar
    Juan C

    Ramit’s site is so popular that its server goes down the moment you try to buy his awesome Earn1k course. His advice about having a proper backup plan in place was exceptionally useful to me.

  144. avatar
    Dena Stern

    “The very best ones require a perfect combination of sarcasm, wit, bittersweet praise, and disdain. Women are especially good at them.”

    As a women, that was an excellent backhanded compliment. But do you really need a signed copy of your own book? 🙂

  145. avatar
    LittleFreeBook

    Congrats! That’s one of the best competitions that you could ever have come up with … keep up the good work!

  146. avatar
    jeremytech

    This blogs worthless flights of fancy never cease to amuse me.

  147. avatar
    Blue

    Finance Dad’s comment still describes you best.

  148. avatar
    Pollen

    No more amateurs stand up night at Ramit’s ever.

  149. avatar
    Chris

    You and Jim Kramer give the best financial advice!

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Superb

  150. avatar
    Adam

    This contest is so enticing that I almost want to look into who you are.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Love it

  151. avatar
    Serena

    I mistook you for a psychic to have already written answers to the many questions I always wondered about.

  152. avatar
    Jess

    Your book will do wonders for your career.

  153. avatar
    Peter

    I’ll be glad to see your blog succeed.

  154. avatar
    Peter

    All your blog needs now is a little wit, humor, and some original idea.

  155. avatar
    David

    Ramit is not a narcissist, more of a know it all, but that is good because he is so smart and interesting; it has taken him far. If you’re a narcissist, it is only downhill for you, but if your like Ramit you only get smarter with age.

  156. avatar
    Peter

    It’s so nice to see the caste system in India is forgiving.

  157. avatar
    Nikhil

    I drank five lattes this morning. They were delicious.

  158. avatar
    zoul

    Nice but, am I getting rich by reading all these articles by you?

  159. avatar
    Brian

    To think I was going to tell you to rename the site to iwillteachyoutobejewish.com.. This is quite the contrary!

  160. avatar
    Maddie

    I’ve never been more into an Indian dude

  161. avatar
    Manish

    Honestly, I never thought one can make a profession out of selling pure wisdom. But, Ramit goes on to prove me wrong everytime i read his blogs. I’ve never got a chance to read the book. But something tells me that I might have it in me to start something, if done passionately.

  162. avatar
    Tom

    At first I thought all these “friends” you help were fake, but then I realized you actually do have a life.

  163. avatar
    david

    You must not be too busy if you went on vacation when you released Earn1K.

    shiioot, sounded so much better in my head at 1 AM.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      no it really didn’t

  164. avatar
    Jocelyn

    I’ll Teach You to be Rich is a book so full of common sense, every high school student should be required to study it.

  165. avatar
    Brian

    The user generated content on this site is great.

  166. avatar
    Paweł Kata

    Just looking at your logo doubles my investments 😉

  167. avatar
    Greg McFarlane

    “Practical, worthwhile financial advice for a readership largely too dumb to understand what a backhanded compliment is.”

  168. avatar
    Adam Taylor

    It is great to see Ramit developing some whit, at least now he is half way there.

    Or:

    Ramit is an excellent reminder to me that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.

  169. avatar
    GM

    It speaks to the industriousness of a man when he finds for himself at work what he can not at home.

  170. avatar
    Xianhang Zhang

    After reading this post, I’ve upgraded my opinion of you to relatively adequate.

  171. avatar
    Mikko

    Great topic! How appropriate of you to ask for backhanded compliments.

  172. avatar
    Elizabeth G.

    Ramit, I am sad to see how many of your readers don’t know a backhanded compliment from a lame insult. (This is neither). Funny idea though.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      True, I want to fire half my readers after reading their dumb responses

  173. avatar
    Cathy

    Second prize – two signed copies of I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      hahahahhaa

    • avatar
      Jen

      Hey Ramit, if I win, will you not sign my copy?

  174. avatar
    Jyrki

    My brother and I set up a competition over which one of us is wealthier after the next ten years. As a start, I gave him a copy of your book.

  175. avatar
    Jess

    I think it’s sweet that you’re still saving for a wedding.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      HA

    • avatar
      Trev

      LOLZ

  176. avatar
    Zain

    1. Read Ramit’s blog
    2. Take Earn1k course
    3. ???
    4. Profit!

    • avatar
      mike

      You should really write for Southpark!

  177. avatar
    Rich

    If your advice was as good as you say it is, then you wouldn’t have to waste your time making a living pimping a book and a blog.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      that’s not a back-handed compliment. (please don’t) try again

  178. avatar
    Lucy Siggs

    Darling, I’ve found the sweetest little website run from one of the Colonies on making money! Someone (so tasteful in a toga) says one doesn’t have to economise at all. There’s other stuff too.

  179. avatar
    Will Handy

    Taj Mahal Badalandabad, you and IWTYTBR have seriously improved so much over the last few year since your early college days of learning about the “Great American Art of Muff Diving”

    p.s. Earn 1K has helped me more than I can put into words. Thanks!

    Will

  180. avatar
    Alan

    If I won I would NEVER sell the book on ebay but if you could sign the book it would be even more valuable, no I mean special to me.

  181. avatar
    Kate

    Ramit–the content this month on IWTYTBR is fantastic! You must have been working hard.

  182. avatar
    Pishab

    I’m not laughing at you, just near you

  183. avatar
    Lia

    Ramit could be really handsome if he concentrated more on his appearance.

  184. avatar
    David

    Ramit, you always write so clearly and passionately. I can’t wait until you get to a topic that really affects my bottom line.

  185. avatar
    Timothy

    Your comment was so good it almost deserves to be a featured post of its own.

  186. avatar
    Andrew

    You’re really good at trying to be funny. From the looks of these comments, it’s rubbing off on people.

  187. avatar
    Dan

    Your complimentary first chapter actually made me want to buy your book.

  188. avatar
    Adrian

    Dear Ramit, your book has farther reach than you think: my decision making in poker games got far better after reading it.

  189. avatar
    Baron

    i usually dislike sophomoric writing, but i enjoy reading your blog.

    i find the reader comments here to be just as insightful as any other personal finance blog.

  190. avatar
    chuckarama

    Your ineffable ideas inspire me.

  191. avatar
    Satvik

    To see a demonstration of Ramit’s success, one has to look no further than the popularity of his back-handed compliments contest.

  192. avatar
    Satvik

    Actually, an even better measure of Ramit’s success is the exceptional quality of the responses in the contest. One can see not just the number of people following IWTBYR, but also their unusual intelligence and wit.

  193. avatar
    Tommy T

    Don’t let Ramit’s narcissism and sardonic wit fool you, occasionally his posts are very close to accurate.

  194. avatar
    Steve O

    are you honestly this surprised at your responses to asking people to be witty? or do you just love making fun of people of average intelligence?

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Both

  195. avatar
    TTTimo

    I thought I was a scrooge until I read all the money saving tips here.

  196. avatar
    MBernard

    “Great minds think alike”, not today apparently Ramit.

  197. avatar
    Matt

    IWTYTBR’s inclusion on the NYT Best Sellers list is proof positive that millions of people make terrible financial decisions and desperately need help.

  198. avatar
    Lee

    I recommend your book to my clients who have a sense of humor and have tendencies themselves toward the crass and unrefined.

  199. avatar
    Amy

    Reading your blog is a great way to kill time.

  200. avatar
    Sophie

    I looooove to read your blog when I have nothing else to do!

  201. avatar
    Alex

    The confidence with which you make your claims makes them that much more convincing.

  202. avatar
    Sandra Beckwith

    You might be dumb, but you aren’t stupid.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Seriously Sandra, what is wrong with you. That is not a back-handed compliment

  203. avatar
    Kate

    The comments on this post really showcase the caliber of readers you have, Ramit.

  204. avatar
    Vijay

    A self-help guru evident by the success of his book sales.

  205. avatar
    DanP

    “I think it’s sweet that you’re still saving for a wedding.”

    By far the best one so far.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Agreed, that was a really good one

  206. avatar
    Ryan

    I was able to find a few people who graduated from my school and a medium hot daywalker to give your book rave reviews as well.

  207. avatar
    Michele

    It’s nice to finally find a blog whose author doesn’t feel the need to prove they are smart.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Not bad

  208. avatar
    Justin

    Ramit’s latest contest truly shows the quality of reader he draws to his site.

  209. avatar
    James

    “I am sad knowing that I’m funnier than 95% of my readers. Sad, but it also feels right.”

    Your humor is the best thing about this site.

  210. avatar
    Ram M

    When facing unpaid bills galore, don’t say damn it, say Ramit and check his site.

  211. avatar
    Ram M

    i teach the poor to be rich.

  212. avatar
    John

    Giving away a books for free . . . so THAT’S how the world’s greatest authors increase book sales!

  213. avatar
    Wayne

    It’s really impressive that you have loyal readers given the picture of you on the iwillteachyoutoberich landing page.

  214. avatar
    John

    The only thing that would make me happier than receiving a book that has been signed by Ramit Sethi would a piece of toilet paper that has been soiled by Chuck Norris.

  215. avatar
    Wayne

    Ramit, your blog is surprisingly articulate. Indian guys are usually only good with numbers. Great work overcoming adversity.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      That is actually true. Sadly I am bad at math

  216. avatar
    Eric Bahn

    For a young guy with such limited career experience to date, you provide awesome advice for people starting their own businesses.

    • avatar
      Eric Bahn

      PS: Douchebag. 🙂

  217. avatar
    David Crandall

    It appears that there is an obvious need for iwillteachyoutobefunny.com!

    My favorite is by far the “Second prize” one, though.

    • avatar
      Cathy

      🙂

  218. avatar
    Rod

    I almost save as much money from reading your blog, as I did when I switched to Geico.

  219. avatar
    Rob

    I really like this idea Ramit, it shows you like to connect with your audience on a real level….I know I couldn’t get away with such a useful post.

  220. avatar
    Richard

    Ramit Sethi produces advice worthy of his readership.

  221. avatar
    Chris

    Not the typical highbrow stuff you’d expect from a Standford grad.

  222. avatar
    Melvin

    “I’m not rich but I’m your fan anyway”

  223. avatar
    Sean Connery

    Your mother’s a whore.

    Sorry, if 90% of these responses aren’t backhanded compliments anyway, we might as well have a little fun.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      You make me sad

  224. avatar
    Melvin

    You enriched my life with words!

  225. avatar
    Nishant

    Seeing people getting crazy over your book prize, I should have read it before recycling it…:)

  226. avatar
    Devin Reams

    I’m surprised you have hundreds of comments.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Touche

  227. avatar
    Ben

    I use half your blog tips half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of your blog half as well as you deserve.

  228. avatar
    Ajit

    Ok, this is a good one: I’m scratching my head wondering why, when I google Ramit Sethi, the next word google suggests is “scam”

  229. avatar
    Nishant

    i am breathless with anticipation for your next post… to read all the brilliant comments your beloved readership provides you….

  230. avatar
    Jeremy

    You call this a finance blog? I’ve been scouring the site for months, just waiting for you to tell me to give up my Starbucks habit…

  231. avatar
    mat

    not bad for a Gora.

  232. avatar
    Alex karasyov

    Your book gave you a great fan club made of the financially challenged.

  233. avatar
    Dan

    I know this isn’t a democracy, but 210 (Cathy) and 213 (Jess) get my vote(s). I won’t even try, lest I wind up sounding like 95% of the statements on here…

  234. avatar
    Melvin

    I like curry… and Indian food too

  235. avatar
    Nishant

    if i made a dollar for every great comment left on this post.. i’d barely have enough to buy a copy of i will teach you to be rich.

    k i m done!

  236. avatar
    Melvin

    “It’s obvious, your readers don’t know what is a backhanded compliment”

  237. avatar
    Jesse

    Ramit, you’ve done so much better than I expected. Your blog even compares fairly favorably to my own!

  238. avatar
    Melvin

    “You are full of compliments”

  239. avatar
    Jesse

    Also, I have to tell you how great it is to see how well you are doing in technology for someone with a psychology degree

  240. avatar
    Nish

    You finally made me put my first comment.

  241. avatar
    Tony

    Ramit, a master of social trends, is pioneering the field of financial advice made of 100% post-consumerist recycled material.

  242. avatar
    Ron

    I didn’t know that reading from a script can save you so much money.

  243. avatar
    Ed

    Just like Barack Obama’s current tenure your work seems to inspire great hope. You show all the cognitive hallmarks of someone who graduated in the top 95% of their class. Do your fellow classmates follow your financial advice or are they all as independently successful as you? It’s surprising how many Stanford graduates one sees in positions of influence.

  244. avatar
    Jesse

    The amateurish writing does nothing to detract from the great information in “I will teach you to be rich”

    Poor Ramit is going to have a complex when this thread is over.

  245. avatar
    jewell

    You’re blog is so funny and interesting, it’s easy to overlook how boring personal finance really is. 😉

  246. avatar
    Dreamer

    I’ve loaned your book out to a lot of people, and I tell them the same thing every time: “Ignore the cover and the title, it’s the best book on money I’ve ever read.”

    It’s funny because it’s true. This book offers something for everyone. I loaned it to a friend with a toddler recently. They loved the advice and easy to follow action items, and the toddler loved the bright colors on the cover. The best part is, by the time she’s old enough to understand aesthetics, she’ll appreciate the book for the content.

  247. avatar
    Josh Moore

    Kinda funny that there is so many people commenting at how lame some of the backhanded compliments are, but they aren’t willing to have a crack themselves.

    At least some of Ramit’s readers like to try the things he suggests, regardless of their results.

  248. avatar
    Tony

    wow a free book? and to think i almost thought about buying a copy

  249. avatar
    Juan C

    Reading your posts makes me a smarter person.

  250. avatar
    Tony C

    your signature makes the book free right?

  251. avatar
    Nikhil

    Hey Ramit, just out of curiosity, is this the highest number of comments you’ve had for a single post on iwillteach?

  252. avatar
    Shah

    Ramit’s advice is really good. Almost on par with the recent advice from my financial planner to sell my stock because the market is tanking.

    Recent backhanded compliment given to me:

    B: “T–will you develop a client contact information list for us.”

    T: “Maybe–why me?”

    B: “Well you’re the leader in the field on this.”

    T: “In the field of client contact info?”

    B: “Absolutely.”

    T’s action: Immediatly changed email signature title to “Leader in the Field of Copy and Paste.”

  253. avatar
    Marco

    Your book must be great! So many trying to nail this competition!

  254. avatar
    David Ponder

    Ramit leads the way, demonstrating to his readers how to shake off the negative perception of a one sided lifestyle full of seemingly shallow pursuits.

  255. avatar
    Dingo_Pug

    Ramit is to financial advice as Fox News is to journalism!

  256. avatar
    Jay

    It’s very encouraging to see that your writing is accessible to this caliber of commentators.

  257. avatar
    Patrick Dench

    This has absolutely nothing to do with finance and is completely frivolous, but at least it’s possible to get a good book out of it.

  258. avatar
    Felix

    I could win a free copy of your book? Good thing I decided not to get it earlier!

  259. avatar
    Brian Gerry

    Ramit is proof positive for his readers that financial success is achievable by anyone.

  260. avatar
    Valerie

    I’ve never clicked through to your actual website before from my blog reader feed! Wow!

    (That is actually true, yes).

  261. avatar
    Rick

    Finally! a meaningless post that can produce results for one lucky reader. Kudos – Ramit Sethi – Kudos!

  262. avatar
    JPM

    It takes a lot of courage to give away your book for what it’s actually worth. I admire that.

  263. avatar
    sheris

    I can’t wait to buy your book on the Kindle. Don’t want anyone to see what I’m reading on Caltrain.

  264. avatar
    K Mac

    You don’t sweat much for a fat girl.

  265. avatar
    KMac

    You appear to have tremendous untapped potential.

  266. avatar
    Zain

    You certainly have a large followership. And to think, all it took was a bribe to bring them out in the open

  267. avatar
    irene

    wow, you have a lot of acne.. but it looks really good on you

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      But…I really don’t

  268. avatar
    DanP

    Ramit, you’re english is really good for a brown guy.

  269. avatar
    anna

    the toga looks great: it really accentuates your shape.

    (additionally, I’m subscribing to this site via rss so I never have to read its comments again. not that mine is anything brilliant, but I physically recoiled when reading 70% of these.)

  270. avatar
    T

    I’m glad you already warned us that replies to blog posts are not the right metric to pay attention to…

    But this is amusing!

  271. avatar
    Ryan Gooler

    India is an amazing country. From tech support to personal finance, it seems that Indians are showing up everywhere and showing us exactly what to do.

  272. avatar
    Adrian Childers

    Didn’t know so many people loved to hate Ramit

  273. avatar
    Jerome

    Thank you for making us poor people feel right at home.

  274. avatar
    Kathryn

    I stumbled on your site today….i’ve spent the last 5 1/2 hours reading articles then bought your book right after. If you were less of a jack ass and instead a little more professional, I would find your articles and book a lot easier to read.

    (let me know if you need my address, I’ll be waiting for my free book)

    • avatar
      Peter

      Sheesh, Kathryn. That’s just a straight insult. It doesn’t qualify for the contest and you expect your book?

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      I’m pretty sure you didn’t win

  275. avatar
    Peter

    Well, it seems to me that the one about the wedding is the best one so far. “It’s so nice to see you’re still saving for your wedding.” Bravo.

    I’d have liked to win but I already have the book anyways.

    • avatar
      Lucy Siggs

      Snot fair! Ramit doesn’t clarify for how many weddings he is saving for!

  276. avatar
    M.L

    Automation is a great idea but most people do not have money.

  277. avatar
    Brian

    Reading iwillteachyoutoberich.com is as great as listening to Nickelback!

    sorry that was low..

  278. avatar
    Galephico

    Ramit, thanks for teaching me how to save on latte’s and coupon’s. I’ll be rich !

  279. avatar
    Guillaume

    Given the number of comments, a lot of smart people saw an opportunity to win the book here. You really know how to attract your target Ramit.

  280. avatar
    Ed

    Keep up the good work; reading this blog is the most fun I’ve had in a long long time.

  281. avatar
    Pratik Stephen

    Ramit, I like how you’re totally comfortable with showing your true self in public, including that pesky (not so) little wise-guy inside of you!

    Life’s too short to be politically correct for all the stuck up / immature / “too mature for jokes” aka boring / overly sensitive folks who can’t take a joke!
    Ironically, its exactly these folks who inspire most “politically incorrect” jokes, and it’s often their reactions that make these jokes all the more fun! : )

  282. avatar
    Pratik Stephen

    Your irreverent, cocky, and at times, downright childish sense of humor is the only reason I follow your blog!
    : )

  283. avatar
    Pratik Stephen

    (edited the earlier comment)

    Your irreverent, cocky, and often childish sense of humor is the only reason I follow your blog!
    : )

  284. avatar
    Christian Faller

    Those answers make me sad…

    However if you think about it, having a personal finance blog with at least 5% of readers that are financially literate AND funny at the same time is actually not bad at all. It easily tops the average of the American population.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Thanks, this actually makes me feel better

  285. avatar
    CarolH

    Boy, next to the American Idol blog, this is my favorite!!

  286. avatar
    David Ponder

    Ramit’s strength may be the fact that he can sell something without seeming like he’s selling something. Not unlike an inner city minister, Ramit promises huge financial windfalls to those who follow his ‘teachings’, all the while thriving on the incomes of his less fortunate ‘congregation’.

  287. avatar
    Tim

    Ramit has an uncanny ability to break down complex personal finance topics into language a 5-year-old understands.

  288. avatar
    Desi

    this is so retarded! there is one freaking sentence and everyone is looking in to it so deeply! unreal. Friends this is not how you make money in life….this is how you make Ramit make money!

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      When did everything become about making money?

  289. avatar
    Andrew

    I highly recommend this blog if Suze Orman’s website is down.

  290. avatar
    Desi

    Ramit,

    Things became about making money, when..uh… you wrote a book about making money…oh yea its not about money its about being rich….bla bla. Sorry Ramit, I really liked your articles when it had actual content (people saving ‘x’ amount of money a year/month/etc doing so and so) then it all became about ‘paying’ for advice (earn1k, etc), and the articles/newsletters getting ridiculous like this one. Being a fellow Indian like yourself, I was excited about getting some real content, but now all I see is ass kissing from this retarded ‘Goras’. You know exactly what I mean 😉

  291. avatar
    Jonathan

    Wow, didn’t realize making a backhanded compliment can be so…difficult. It’s like trying hard to come out as Andrew Carnegie when your voice sounds like Rocky Balboa.

  292. avatar
    Michele

    Hey Ramit, the recent posts have been awesome. So much better than when I first started following your blog. Keep up the great job!

  293. avatar
    De

    LOL! exactly my point. See Ramit, since I have opposed you, now you will be getting tons of backhanded compliments from your ‘loyal’ fans….even more now since my post. I have made others give you a lot more backhanded compliments then you would have every gotten, and thats in it self is the biggest backhanded compliment from me to you…..so I deserve the book 🙂

  294. avatar
    RyneG

    I think the deadline is over but i would still like to take my stab by saying…

    I bet you could teach us so much more about backhanded comments if we enroll in your Earn1k program.

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      HAHAHA

    • avatar
      Ramit Sethi

      Ok weirdos, I closed comments. I’ll let you know the winner soon.

  295. avatar
    Tom Johnston

    You gave me a chuckle with this one, Ramit. Always crisp writing!