Here are some of the names I’ve been called in the last MONTH:
- “Rip-off artist”
- “He lies about everything”
- “Total BS…none of his stuff is good anyway”
How would you feel if someone said this about you?
How would little Ramit handle this?
He would cry
It’s a funny quirk of human psychology: You can get tons and tons of nice comments…and then the MINUTE somebody says something negative about you, you can’t stop thinking about it.
As someone who gets thousands of comments a day, I’ve had to learn this first-hand.
Take a look at this great Facebook post from one of my students:
Watch the video: How Nagina built an online business
AWESOME! I get dozens and dozens of comments like this every day. It feels great to know I’m making an impact.
But then…I get comments like this:
“Ramit is a media whore”
“Ramit, you don’t have any credentials and you’re not rich”
Do they realize what it’s like to get these comments?
Every day, every month, for over 10 years?
It doesn’t matter that I turn down millions of dollars in revenue every year by prohibiting people with CC debt from joining my flagship courses (which, to my knowledge, is unheard of).
It doesn’t matter that I give away 98% of my material free.
They have a viewpoint and they really, really hate me.
The most frustrating part is how these hateful comments are the ones that stick out the most. I can get 100 positive messages, but the ONE negative one sticks out.
It’s crazy. Why do we let some random anonymous troll ruin our day?
When I started out, I saw how one negative comment could ruin my entire week. I would fixate on it, obsess over it, wake up days later with that horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach.
You can’t focus on helping others when you’re consumed with worrying about random critics.
You know what’s changed now? I don’t get mad at random critics. In fact, I’m amused by them.
My response to this emailer
I’ve realized something after years of getting these emails.
If you want to criticize me, feel free. But what are you doing about it? How are you helping people lead Rich Lives? Building a business? Turning down millions of dollars by prohibiting people with CC debt from joining your flagship courses?
Oh…you’re not? You’re just sending a rant-filled email to some guy on the internet? Not interested.
This mental toughness takes years to develop. Think about the critics in your life: Is your family unsupportive of you wanting to try a new job? (“You should just be happy you have a job at all.”)
I’ve heard heartbreaking stories about people’s spouses being critical.
Or maybe your friends constantly try to sabotage your weight loss.
To me, the best thing I can do to prove them wrong is succeed. Not argue, not debate. Just show them through my actions.
If you’re thinking about starting something new to live a Rich Life, it is INEVITABLE that you will get critics questioning you. Do not be surprised. Expect it. Plan for it.
And know that one of the most common questions you will get is about your credentials.
“What are your credentials?”
Do you realize that people STILL ask me about my credentials? It’s not enough that I’ve helped tens of thousands of people find their Dream Job or start online businesses.
People are obsessed with knowing your credentials because it’s the only worldview they know.
I don’t need fancy letters after my name to make a positive impact. And neither do you. Put another way, most of the successful, influential people in the world don’t have PhDs.
Critics love to throw around this “gotcha” question to make you feel inferior. “What makes YOU think you can teach this? What are your CREDENTIALS?”
They look at me expecting me to wilt like a flower in the sun. I smile back politely. “I think credentials matter for certain industries, but my biggest credential is the results I get for my readers.”
This took me years to internalize. I don’t want you to have to go through what I went through, because I thought about giving up lots of times when I got these horrifically mean comments.
So I recorded a video showing you how to overcome these critics.
What if you’re not an expert?
How do you know you’re ready to teach something to the rest of the world?
Aren’t there already other people doing it better than you?
Here’s how I think about being “expert enough”: You don’t have to be the world’s best. Just better than the people you’re helping.
Here’s what we’ll cover in the video below:
- The only credential you need to run a successful online business (it doesn’t require years of study or experience — hell, you may already have it)
- How you can start a business with skills and knowledge you already have, but don’t think are valuable
- 2 ways to connect deeply & authentically with your customers
- Discover a great business idea using the “what if I were perfect?” technique