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Recap: The 30-day course on hustling your way to success

Ramit Sethi

Thank god. For the last 1.5 months, I’ve consumed more caffeine than ever before and I’ve written more than 10 pages per day. With the help of an amazing team, I’ve kicked off 2011 — the year of hustling.

As I’ve said, most people get used to mediocrity. But my goal was to help you get more done in one WEEK than in all of 2010.

After doing a 4-week course on this blog, I took tens of thousands of people to a private one-week course via email. Then, I launched Earn1K 2.0, the newest version of my course to help you earn money on the side.

Coming up, I’ll be highlighting stories on hustling from the worlds of careers, negotiation, travel, writing, salaries, and more.

But in case you missed any of the material I published over the last few weeks, here’s a quick guide to skip directly to what’s most relevant to you.

Week 1 – The invisible scripts of luck and success

How to use automated scripts to live anywhere, quit your job, or get promoted.

Week 2 – Psychological techniques to dominate

How to hack your psychology using concepts from the worlds of social influence and persuasion to earn $1,000 on the side, network with top performers, and predict your future success.

Week 3 – Negotiating your big breaks

I’ll ready-to-use scripts and case studies to negotiate a raise, land meetings with top executives, and convince people to pay you for your valuable services.

Week 4 – How to be awesome

There are fundamental differences between people who win and people who dream. I’ll show you how to create multiple income streams, get more job offers than you can handle, or quit your job to work for yourself.

Talk to you soon (after caffeine withdrawal).

Oh yeah — one more thing. The winner of airfare to SXSW and 3 tickets to a sold-out party — or 30 minutes of strategy discussion with me is Audrey, who used hustling techniques to negotiate a $3,000 raise, which takes her total raise to $13,000 more than she was making.

Terrific job. Enjoy SXSW and an the Mixergy party on me.

“So I set up FOUR practice interviews. (which doesn’t sound like much, but everyone I talked to was impressed with the effort I put forth) The first was just with a friend. The second a friend who is in the HR business. Then another two, one each week before my actual interview with the career center at my alma mater. Found out that my second interview at the career center was with someone who had worked at the company I was interviewing, and she gave me terrific tips!

Well, it paid off because I just got the call that they’re extending me an offer! Considering how much extra I’ll get paid at this new job (at LEAST $15K more per year based on the minimum range I was quoted in the interview- I was asked my salary, but turned it around to ask what they were looking to offer) It was definitely worth the extra time! (4 hours for the practice interviews and probably another hour or two of preparing for the practice interviews. 6 hours total, max) Yay disproportionate results!

Just as a follow up, I managed to negotiate a $3000 pay raise over the initial offer they quoted! (they ended up hiring me for a different position which pays less, but it’s still $13,000 more than I make now, with the potential to move up in 9-12 months. Yes, I got that in writing!)”

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    Crystal in Ft Worth

    Enjoy your trip-you deserve it

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    Cody McKibben

    Congrats on the launch, Ramit! Great content you’ve been sharing/working painstakingly to put out. Thank you

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    Jason in Orange County

    Congrats Ramit! I’m in Hawaii right now as well, and I actually started reading your book on the plane ride over 🙂

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    Open source portfolio

    Congrats on the launch man. Hope you have fun on your trip.

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    Jenny @ exconsumer

    Enjoy the book Jason. I read it about a month ago and I loved it. Ramit’s voice is much different (fresher) than most the personal finance books I’ve read. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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    Jenny @ exconsumer

    Hi Ramit,

    You have been seriously hustling this year! You’ve done a great job positioning yourself and adding a new flavor to the personal finance/personal success arena. Great job.

    Have a great time in Hawaii! That’s the first place I plan to visit as soon as my debts are paid off!

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    I took action! I’ve been “planning” on calling the cable provider to get a discount for months. I finally did it today and got $25 off/month. I used a script that I had used before and had success with lowering bill costs and it worked today. I tend to plan but need to act.
    Thanks for motivating me to act.

    posted this in the wrong comments section.

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    I am LOVING the Earn1k 2.0 course – it is seriously full of good stuff!

    Many things I have heard before, some I have even tried, but you have brought them together in a way that puts freelancing in a whole new light.

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    Hello Ramit,

    I’m a college student who works on campus for $10/hr. Just interviewed with a local company doing similar work and they offered me $10/hr. I emailed them back saying that I usually have a minimum consulting wage of $18/hr and within an hour got an email back saying they’ll pay $18/hr.

    After being told to never ask for more, because it’s rude, inconsiderate, selfish, etc it felt great to feel how powerful negotiation can be. Great work and I hope to be buying your 1K class soon!


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    Dr. Timothy Lawler


    Congrats on finishing your course. It does look very interesting in deed. I instantly gravitate to your posts, especially when you teach things such as “How To Be Awesome”. I laugh when I read it because it reminds me of Neil Patrick Harris from “How I Met Your Mother” (great show by the way). Can’t wait to check it out. And yes, empowering people to take ahold of their lives and step outside their comfort zone is key. Keep up the awesome posts.

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    Thanks for the hustling course; the line that we tend to get used to mediocrity really hit home with me. I had a few things that I had been working on all year to help me get a great performance review and a salary increase but used the material from the course to kick it up even a notch further and the results are finally in:

    8.5% raise
    cash bonus which amounts to 24% of my base salary!
    good chunk of company stock as a retention bonus
    an additional day per week working from home (2 days from home per week now)

    Financially, based on your book, I have totally automated my finances and optimized my bills. The biggest win here was that my total household car insurance bill went from over $1400/6 months to ~$800/6 months. That’s a $1200 savings per year! Several smaller gains which added up here also helped as I cut some subscription services I didn’t need and did things like negotiating 3 free months on my ADT bill before getting it dropped permanently by $13/mo. I am now maxing out my 401k and have rolled over an old 403b into a Roth IRA, refinanced the house into a 15 year mortgage at 3.6%, and am on track to have my student loans paid off by the end of the year with no other debt other than the mortgage.

    It’s been a great start to the year.

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    Absorbing story 😉

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    Where can I buy your book?

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    Hi – incredible wealth of information on your site, thank you! After reading a few posts I just got off the phone with my cell provider & negotiated my bill to be $32 lower per month! Plus I got unlimited calling and texting instead of my previous 150 minutes/100 texts. I didn’t even need to go into a script of possibly cancelling my service which I was prepared to do since it would be MUCH cheaper than my current bill : thanks for the inspiration and I look forward to learning more negotiating skills and becoming financially smart.

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    I saw this quote and thought of you.

    ‘PROCRASTINATION. This is one of the most common causes of failure. “Old Man Procrastination” stands within the shadow of every human being, waiting his opportunity to spoil one’s chances of success. Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.’ Napoleon Hill