10 Ways to Leave a Legacy (And Make it a Great One)

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What will happen if you’re gone tomorrow? How will people remember you? And will they remember you at all? In other words, will you leave a legacy?

These questions are scary, I know. And we avoid them as much as we can.

Actually most people ask themselves that only once in a lifetime. And it’s often when it’s too late to do anything about it and make a change.

They come to the conclusion that there’s nothing left after all the years they spent here and, more sadly, it’s like they’ve never lived. What they do as a result of that enlightenment, is to spend their last years in regret and disappointment.

I know that’s too negative for a young person to think about.

But putting these questions earlier will remind everyone of how precious each day is, how easy it is to forget to live for others and do things for them. It will help us realize that we need to make our own life meaningful. And we can still live life to the fullest throughout the process of leaving a legacy.

It’s amazing to enjoy life and try everything you want.

But it won’t hurt if you start contributing earlier, so that when you turn back, you’ll be able to see that what you’ve done matters. That will also prevent us from feeling the deepest regret and desperation once we realize we’ve done nothing for so many decades. I believe that’s a terrible feeling.

It’s one thing to improve yourself daily, to be grateful, happy and live for the moment. But it’s completely another to make all that with a purpose, meaning and desire to make the world a better place.

To be remembered, to have lived with a mission and not to have wasted your limited time on earth – this is what leaving a legacy is all about.

It’s important to do it without that egoistic intention everyone has these days – just for the idea of being remembered, not to feel guilty when you’re older or else. It must be done for others so that after your staying here, you will have left a positive influence on people, you will have helped, inspired, contributed and changed lives.

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I don’t believe that we’re on this planet just to live unconsciously day after day.

To consume, earn and spend money, do our daily routines, have jobs we don’t like, stay at home, deal with small personal dilemmas and so on. But there are many distractions to keep us focused on all that, to entertain us and to prevent us from seeing the bigger picture.

Big corporations have done their job well and made us strive for mediocrity, fight with each other.

They also gave us money to play with, alcohol and drugs to get addicted to, and enough work, events and commitments to keep us busy and make us feel in control.

This way it’s easier than ever before to spend a lifetime without seeing the true meaning of life, without asking yourself questions beyond average, without awakening, reaching our true potential and speaking up.

But if you have looked deep inside yourself and seek meaning and direction, then you can try doing a few of the things listed below. They are also what your legacy will look like and the way to make everything you’ve done and will do matter.

How to Leave a Great Legacy

1. Contribute beyond yourself.

Find and take part in activities connected with making the world a better place to live in. The point is to make your life for something more than yourself. This way your actions will speak for you even when you’re gone.

2. Create.

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If you can write, then write. If you love singing, sing. If you feel like drawing, draw. Design, build.

Create what you can and convey your message through art.

3. Be a role model.

A great way to leave a legacy is to be a good role model for everyone around you. Not only for your kids, but also friends, acquaintances and even people you’ve recently met.

Behave as you think everyone should, be good, do great things with your own life and teach others to do it too, grow spiritually and set an example for the next generations.

4. Raise your children well.

Often the only legacy people leave is their children. But if you didn’t make them honorable people who are willing to help others and have morals, you haven’t done your job well.

So do your best to teach them everything they need to know to become the next successful leaders.

5. Love.

Loving every human being and showing it will create a peaceful world. Express your love on a daily basis to your family and friends and treat with love even strangers or those who aren’t good to you.
By doing this you make them believe they are worth it, you remind them we’re all humans and together in good and bad times. And soon they will also share this newly found feeling with others.

6. Give.

That’s the ultimate law of the universe. No matter what the situation is or the person in front of you, be ready to give him what you have, to share what’s given to you and go beyond your egoistic nature.

You may give things, money (donate), advice, help, time, effort and whatever it is that you can. Don’t expect anything in return. Just give and when you least expect it, you’ll receive twice as much.

7. Do good.

Good deeds are always remembered. Let yours show other people that we can all do something nice today and make someone happy.

Smile to strangers, help when you can, make compromises, be kind to everyone. Things like that can change someone’s day without you even realizing it.

Kindness is the universal language that can make everyone smile and forget his problems for a while. Here are 10 random acts of kindness you can do today that can make a big difference.

8. Inspire.

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If you’ve found your passion, have what you want, achieved some of your goals and are contented and happy, don’t forget to stop every now and then and share your secrets with others.

Today people need to be reminded of their potential and all the possibilities around them more than ever.

So share with them your steps and what you did to get where you are, give advice, motivate, make them believe in themselves and find a direction.

This way you’ll be remembered as the inspiring person who probably helped at least a few people do something about their life.

9. Volunteer.

This is beneficial to your mental health, society, the community and the world in general. There are tens of ways to do it. Just do what you’re good at, but do it for others and don’t charge.
Search for organizations that help an area you’re interested in and join it. Give your time, skills and energy and help old people, the environment, animals, orphans, the poor, the disabled, etc.

You’ll feel amazing after doing it for some time. It’s proven that it affects your confidence, physical health, happiness, social skills, lowers depression and you meet new amazing people.

Even if you want to do it from home, there are multiple options. Just find what works best for you and contribute.

10. Make a family history.

Research your ancestors and make a family tree. Include photos. Write a book about that if you want. Or make a will.
Put your history into words – journal, autobiography, memoir. There are many ways to help your family be remembered.

So now you know how easy it is to leave a legacy and to make it a great one. No excuses accepted as you can do it from home, practice it daily and in small steps.

Make your life meaningful and let your actions help and inspire others.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

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.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

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 a  graphic 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.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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