Start jogging every morning and your world will change.
Hundreds of articles, blogs, books and other sources of information have been discussing this activity – it is so simple and easy to do, we all know its power and influence on both our physical and mental condition, and yet we tend to avoid doing it.
Yesterday, as it was the first warm day of spring, I went jogging.
Had been planning to do it for a long time, but it happened just yesterday when the combination of circumstances was perfect. It’s not that I gave up on sports during the winter season – I was going to the gym (almost) regularly – but jogging is completely another thing.
There is one story about Muhammad Ali that I won’t forget.
It is a little violent because it describes the second time that he’s beaten someone outside the ring but, nevertheless, I find it very inspirational.
Here it is in a few words:
One day, while doing his daily jogging, he passed by a local cafe, where some men were always gathering. The Young Ali was planning to win the Olympic Games in Rome that year, so his motivation was at its highest level.
While running, he was saying out loud to himself “I will become a World Champion” over and over again.
One of those local men, however, found that very irritating. That’s why when on the next morning he saw Ali doing his cross, he came out of nowhere and punched him in the face.
Ali got out of control and hit him a few times.
When on the next day that man saw the young man running, he said to him: “Good morning, Champion!”
You don’t have to be a world champion to find out how truly magical jogging is. After making it a habit of yours in the long term, you will be a few steps closer to success.
Why make jogging a permanent part of your daily life?
And if you want to make the most of it, you will do it in the early hours of the day – maybe as a part of your morning routine – and in the nature.
Because being in the park, among trees, running along the forest path, will help you feel harmony, balance and, suddenly, you will make a deeper connection with your inner self.
I’d love to hear your experience with jogging in the comments below. And if you don’t have any, are you going to make it a habit of yours?
Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.
During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.
How did you start your career in finance?
I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.
What made you start blogging?
The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.
The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.
The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.
I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.
I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.
How was The Ways to Wealth born?
I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.
1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.
2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.
3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.
One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.
What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?
The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.
Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.
I then went to Upwork and posted a job for agraphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.
I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.
I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.
What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?
My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.
When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?
My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.
What happened then in January?
First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.
Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.
Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.
How do you balance work and family life?
I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.
When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.
This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)
What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?
Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.
What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?
I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.