20 Ramit Sethi Success Quotes – Author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich

20 Ramit Sethi Success Quotes - Author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Finances can be a tricky subject to tackle and are probably something you would not think of being discussed on a blog about positive living. However, Ramit Sethi, the author of the popular I Will Teach You To Be Rich bestselling book, offers a plethora of inspiring quotes, that not only will make you think but also want to take action.

However, you may want to check out this recent interview of him, sitting down with the founder of InsideQuest, Tom Bilyeu. My list of Ramit Sethi quotes will start below the video – enjoy!

Side note: I love how real and brutally honest Tom Bilyeu is here and in all of his interviews! In the near future, I will focus in a post, exclusively on him! He rocks!

1.  “Frugality, quite simply, is about choosing the things you love enough to spend extravagantly on—and then cutting costs mercilessly on the things you don’t love.”

2. “There are a million different ways to approach any topic. The key is: Instead of focusing on the competition, focus on your audience. Who is your audience, and what do they want that they are not being served right now? I guarantee you, in the yoga audience, there are people who have never done yoga. Then there are people who tried it a couple of times, and they kind of gave up. They say things like, “I should go back,” but they haven’t. What you can do is take your special insight and your perspective on the world, and serve their needs. That’s how you build a business that stands out from all the rest.”

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to focus on what we can control

3.“Focus more on being decisive and less on trying to make the “right” decision. You’ll never know until you try, and if you’re wrong, you can always try again.”

4. “Who wins at the end of the day? The self-satisfied people who heatedly debate some obscure details? Or the people who sidestep the entire debate and get started?”

5. “Listen up, crybabies: This isn’t your grandma’s house and I’m not going to bake you cookies and coddle you. A lot of your financial problems are caused by one person: you. Instead of blaming “the economy” and corporate America for your financial situation, you need to focus on what you can change yourself. Just as the diet industry has overwhelmed us with too many choices, personal finance is a confusing mess of overblown hype, myths, outright deception—and us, feeling guilty about not doing enough or not doing it right. But we can’t just blame corporations and the media: With both food and money, we’re not taking personal responsibility to step up, learn this stuff, and get started.”

6. “One of the key differences between rich people and everyone else is that rich people plan before they need to plan.

7. “This book isn’t about telling you to stop buying lattes. Instead, it’s about being able to actually spend more on the things you love by not spending money on all the knucklehead things you don’t care about. Look, it’s easy to want the best of everything: We want to go out all the time, live in a great apartment, buy new clothes, drive a new car, and travel any time we want. The truth is, you have to prioritize. My friend Jim once called to tell me that he’d gotten a raise at work. On the same day, he moved into a smaller apartment. Why? Because he doesn’t care very much about where he lives, but he loves spending money on camping and biking. That’s called conscious spending.

8. “But ultimately, expertise is about results. You can have the fanciest degrees from the fanciest schools, but if you can’t perform what you were hired to do, your expertise is meaningless.”

9. “Cynics don’t want results; they want an excuse to not take action. Ironically, even if they win their own manufactured argument, they lose overall, because they’re stuck in a prison of their mind.”

10. “The 85 Percent Solution: Getting started is more important than becoming an expert.”

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11. “There is a limit to how much you can cut but there is no limit to how much you can earn.”

12. “The single most important factor in getting rich is getting started, not being the smartest person in the room.”

13. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to focus on what we can control

14. What do you love spending money on?

One of the key differences between rich people and everyone else is that rich people plan before they need to plan.

15. I want to challenge people to think about what it would feel like to spend more on the thing they love.

16. My goal is not to make you feel bad, my goal is to actually show you how money can be positive, how you can live a rich life.

17. People desperately grave the truth.

18. Take control at the basic level

19 A rich life is starting from what YOUR rich life is.

20 Psychology trumps math any day of the week.

Core Messages From The Above Video

Keep In Mind: What you got out of this video might be different, but this was my personal main thoughts:

1. Be clear about what a rich life means to you

2. Be clear about what your core money values are

3. Communicate with your potential spouse about their version of the rich life

4. Ask yourself (and your partner) the following questions:

  • What does money mean to me?
  • What would MY rich life feel like, look like?
  • What is the core focus things, that I want to spend money on?
  • How would it feel if I could spend more money on that core focus?
  • What items, services, etc. that are not in my core focus area, can I cut back on spending money one?
  • What does my company or work mean to me?
  • What would it take to become a top performer in my field?
  • How can I develop an action plan for becoming a top performer in my field?


Any information is only as good as the action you take based on the received information – what actions are you going to take today?


  1. Thank you for these great quotes. My favorite one is about the best thing we can do for ourselves is to focus on what we can control. Like for example I try not to get too involved with some of the things going on in distant places of the world because there’s really nothing I can do about it. But I’d rather Focus my energy on building my online business and do my workout routine because that is something that I actually have control over.

    Not to say that I don’t care about other things outside my locus of control, I certainly have feelings about other things. And that’s another thing within my locus of control as well, to feel my own feelings and make space for my own feelings.

    1. Author

      You know, if you continue to focus on what you can control, then you will achieve enough success to be able to expand your circle of control. You will have more money to donate or free time to volunteer. If you first take care of yourself, and that very well, you will be able to take care of others later on. 

      Many blessings and a lot of success to you! 

  2. Ramit sethi is a successful individual that I can see through the list of quotes here has a way to get under the thick skin of an individual to make us think rightly and focus on what we ought to focus our life on and how to cut cost on things that are of limited value to us. I’m definitely bookmarking this post. I ha e seen some great quotes here and would be my watchword for days to come. Thanks

    1. Author

      I am glad that you enjoyed the quotes! He is absolutely an inspiring individual! 

      Have a blessed day! 

  3. These are really nice and encouraging quotes I most say. Reading through them makes me reflect back of all the errors I’ve made in life and I can’t fix. I’m particularly interested in  the post which says “The best thing we can do for ourselves is to focus on what we can control”. After all the regrets from reading these quote I cane to number 13 which changed my whole mood. Sing I can’t change the past all I can do is focus on the future, which is what I’m going to do. Thanks for this mind blowing post. 

    1. Author

      my pleasure! There were moments while watching that video, I was thinking the same, reminiscing about my own mistakes, so I resonate deeply with your comment. I have found, however, that one particular advice another one of my favorite authors Hal Elrod has given me helped a lot: You are allowed to complain, or feel bad for 5 minutes then say to yourself “Can’t change that!” and it is time to move on. I hope this will help you also along the way.


  4. Wow, ramit sethi is truly an inspirer. U see that some of the quotes talks about focus. I believe that focusing is one of the most important part of being successful in life. I dint really know much about him but his book sounds familiar. On the key points of the video, I was able to pick a few things one of which is to define money and understand exactly what wealth entails because it is only then that one can know what one really wants. Thank you for this quotes.

  5. Hi Claudia,

    Love your website and I’m sure I’ll be back to read more.

    I love motivational quotes and I didn’t heard about Ramit Sethi before, I’m happy I found your article today.

    Quote # 2 – Wow, I took a note about it, focus on what your audience is not served already! A good way to know what kind of product or service they will need from me. 

    Quote # 5 – So true, so true!

    Quote # 6 – I need to print it out and work on a plan to grow my online business. 

    Quote # 11 – Love it!

    Quote # 13, So true again!

    1. Author

      glad to see that you enjoyed these quotes – many blessings and much success to you!

  6. Lots of good thought-provoking questions. The one question I had to come to grips with is that I don’t want to be a top performer in my field because it requires every minute of every day is spent accommodating someone else and will leave me little to no personal downtime. Now that our kids are grown, my husband and I are learning to shift our focus to our  needs in the future as we are nearing our 60s. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but we are downsizing and identifying wants vs needs as we go along. 

    1. Author

      finding your own priorities, even if they do not line up necessarily with what we are told that they should be, is a good thing. You are taking control of your life, your future, as you see fit, nothing else matters. 


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