How to get out of your comfort zone — with John Romaniello

Ramit Sethi

Let’s say you meet a new person at a party this weekend.

Isn’t it interesting how you might say, “What do you do?” and they might reply, “I’m a marketing manager,” but if you dig — if you really connect — you might discover that they lived in Kenya for two years, they started a non-profit, and they’re getting their scuba certification?

How often does that happen…vs. us just saying, “Oh, cool. Well, I’m going to get some celery…bye!

I always admired people who had weird, fascinating backgrounds. For example, in college, one of my professors was a nuclear risk analyst before she became a psychiatrist specializing in trauma. She could make connections that the rest of us couldn’t even fathom.

I decided to study a totally interdisciplinary set of courses, including psychology, decision-making, con men, deception, magic, seduction, risk, and human-computer interaction. Not only was it fun, but later, I realized that all of those subjects led me to understand human behavior better, and eventually launch IWT.

Do you know how boring this site would be if I only brought on personal-finance experts? Or career counselors? “Yes, young man, it’s critical that you look at this compound-interest chZzzzzZZzz.”

Readers fall asleep. Babies cry. The site shuts down, leaving a vacuum of wit and Asian-themed jokes across the internet.

So you’ll notice that I try to bring you interesting people from different backgrounds. Not just people talking about finance, money, and careers, but people sharing tested results in fields like anxiety, sleep, fitness, writing, marketing, and more.

It’s the same reason that I study those subjects: When you can connect the dots across disciplines, you can have powerful insights about other people’s behavior — and your own.

And today, I want to introduce you to someone who specializes in human behavior — through the lens of personal fitness.

Note: This is not just about fitness. You can take the insights in this interview and apply them to your personal life and career.

My friend John Romaniello is a fitness professional, founder of Roman Fitness Systems, and New York Times bestselling author of Engineering the Alpha, who helps people look great naked. (This is great positioning.)

I flew him in for a Ramit’s Brain Trust interview, where we covered INVISIBLE SCRIPTS and HOW TO GET FROM A to A+.

For example, we talked about how so many of us believe “that’s just the way I am” — I’m not attractive enough to get ___, I’m not the kind of guy who can look like ___, I didn’t go to ___ school, and I’m not the kind of person who could ever earn ___.

John had the same issues — he used to be “chubby and poor” (his own words) — but in the interview, he tells us how he changed the way he viewed himself, and actually changed himself along the way.

Want to know what every single top performer I’ve interviewed in Brain Trust (including CEOs, athletes, and best-selling authors) ALL have in common? Simple. It’s habits. Successful people don’t just catch a lucky break and coast — they systematically identify and integrate winning habits into their lives, day in and day out, for years.

Ramit’s Brain Trust is now closed indefinitely. But before we closed the program, we extracted all the juiciest success habits from our guests and packaged them into a 7-part Ultimate Guide to Habits that you can read anytime, anywhere — absolutely free.


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Maybe you want to start eating healthier, or cook a meal once a week. Maybe you want to start a business, or even just read one book a month.

No problem. Start small. Pick 1 or 2 things to use these powerful techniques on, and watch what happens.

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