What do you want to read about?

Ramit Sethi · October 24th, 2011

Now that I launched Dream Job Elite and I’m working with my students, I want to get back to writing some IWT material for you.

What do you want to read about?

Maybe it’s tactics on negotiating a raise, or how to invest, or specific money/career questions. Maybe it’s the secrets of how I iron my clothes so well, which I’ll just ignore since white people don’t care about ironing.

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  1. Khaiyong

    Hey Ramit, I was wondering if you have any specific strategies, tips, or articles on helping people succeed in applying for pre-seed grants. I’m in the process of applying for one right now and was wondering if there’s any great ways to stand out from the sea of other applicants. Thanks!

  2. Ramit,

    Quick thing about the survey itself (meta-feedback?) For the first question, I almost didn’t see the second column of checkboxes. Not sure if this will be true for other people, but I’d hate for something silly like this to mess up your survey results.

    I’m viewing it w/ Google Chrome on a widescreen 16:9 desktop monitor, in case this makes a difference.

    • I had the same problem… didn’t see the second column until I was almost done with the survey. (I was viewing w/ Explorer)

  3. Hi Ramit,

    It seems a lot of your postings are about people raising their incomes from 30k/yr to 40k/yr as consultants, etc. But, I am also interested in reading about how someone who has successfully followed your advice and is making 100k+/yr in the corporate world can improve (e.g. tax tips, networking tips, staying cutting-edge, moving into management roles, etc.).

    It may be a smaller segment of your audience, but I think everyone would be interested in this information as well.

    – John

  4. I would like to hear more money diaries about someone in the corporate world that actually likes his job and get get’s paid good and how he invests his money and what he spends on food and going out. And if he has any tips on his success.

  5. Hi, Ramit.

    I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts on more creative career paths. How does one approach marketing when the thing you are providing isn’t a necessity (like art)?

    Also, I’m currently working for a non-profit and I’m considering getting out of the sector because of low pay. Are non-profits really not willing to pay for talent, or are they a good place to employ the Craigslist Penis Effect? In other words, do you think it’s worthwhile to carve out a non-profit career by really outshining your competition, or are non-profits just too cheap and too short-sighted to get the message?

    Do you have any advice on negotiating with non-profits? Is it even possible?


  6. Scott–yes, negotiating with non-profits for a higher salary is possible. Consider going in to the Development/Fundraising side of things or, if not doing that outright, then bringing value to the organization by helping them secure more funding. This could be via identifying potential donors amongst the group of external contacts you normally work with or identifying potential grants for the organization and taking the lead on pursuing them.

    Or consult for non-profits. Even though money is a bit tighter around here, there are still a lot of things that I pay top dollar to outsource because I hate doing them–nonprofits are still businesses and people will still pay money that isn’t theirs to make their jobs easier. Things that come to the top of my mind are donor databases, payroll, accounting, human resources, proposal writing, technology services, strategic expertise on our issue area that we can’t afford to have a full time person do (interpreting polling data for instance).

    Ramit, as to what I’d like to hear more about, I would say optimizing spending and big purchases. Most of your real estate information has been via second parties but it’d be great to hear you delve into that further.

  7. Ramit,

    I took the survey, but wanted to add (which someone also mentioned) networking tips or scripts. Also would like to see more Money Diaries.

    I did the survey from my phone and had no issues.

  8. I’ve got to humbly disagree w/ the folks asking for more Money Diaries. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading them. But they just seem kind of un-IWTYTBR. The Money Diaries let us judge other people’s spending and don’t really give us any specific steps to change our own behavior.

  9. Razwana Wahid

    Brian – my view is that it is difficult for people to open up to friends/family about their finances therefore those looking for a ‘compare/contrast’ with their own finances can do so via Money Diaries.

    Those that manage their finances well serve as inspiration, those that don’t are a great way to see how the theory in the IWT book can help a person manage their finances better in practice.

    – Razwana

    • Agree with Razwana –
      The Money Diaries are a great learning tool that shows how real people react to real life situations.

  10. Justin Brooks

    Hey Ramit, I’d love to hear more on disproportionate results and big wins! Just ways to put slightly more effort into something and get significantly greater return, especially if you could focus in on networking or perhaps a guest post from a friend who’s philosophy on the matter you agree with. @Soners, thanks for replying to the non profit question from Scott, I’m looking into working in the Non-profit field so your insight to someone going in is extremely valuable! You never know when your commentary might help someone so again thanks for speaking up!

  11. @justinBrooks @scott
    I agree with @soners. It can be done. I’m in the non-profit field and I increased my salary by $12,000 + benefits when I switched jobs in this field.

    My tip to you is do your homework on the non-profit. If money matters to you than look into working for a bigger organization like Komen or American Heart Association. They bring in more money and your going to make more than start up small charity making less than a million a year.

  12. How about writting on how it seems like Indians are so much better than white people at saving money.

  13. Good point

    That is a very good point

  14. Hey Ramit!
    Perhaps you are the only Indian person i love besides Abdul Kalam. I just finished my Post Graduate and now i am on a situation where i have no idea where i want to move. What sort of career advice you have for me. I find most of your advices more result than others. Why don’t you write on this? I know you are not even going to add the sentence ” Find your passion”, ” Set goals” or other BS in your post. Hope this will be a great one as many of us are in that situation and you might be the best source for action oriented career move.