Self-Improvement Through Life Hacks: 3 Ways to Hack Any Area of Life

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I’m a firm believer in the self-improvement process. Anyone can achieve anything he wants and change for the better. We can all thrive only if we decide so and want it bad enough.

But we don’t need to do it the hard way.

Yes, there will be effort, time, energy and hard work involved. That’s something you can’t go without on your way to success. But we can use proven tricks, strategies, role models, intelligence and useful information.

That is why I’ll be writing more about ways to hack different areas in our lives.

Life hacks are simpler and easier ways to do something. And almost anything can be hacked these days.

We don’t need to struggle to find the right way to do something because someone somewhere has already tried many ways that don’t work and has found an easier way to do it. This saves us time and effort.

Here are 3 ways for hacking life:

1. Do what others have done.

If you want to become good at something, just find people that have mastered it. Examine their way of learning and doing it and do the same.

It may not have the exact same result as you’re a different person with different experience, mindset and abilities. But it will definitely help a lot.

My personal favorite is Tim Ferriss. I’ve never heard of someone else that is so motivated, so open to new things, focused on improvement and finding better way for everything. And, of course, the results are tremendous. This guy succeeds in everything he tries.

He experiments with his own body – like Gaining 34lbs. of Muscle in 4 Weeks and Losing 30 Pounds in 24 Hours – which are the so-called bio hacks. He gives dancing tango, learning new languages in 1 hour, traveling, speed reading,   swimming and other interesting and unusual activities a try, and has a huge success.

2. Gather all the information you need.

The Internet is often underestimated for its real benefits and, instead, used for meaningless, time-wasting and unproductive activities.

What I’m talking about is all the information available on it, for free. You literally have an instant answer to any question you might ever think of. There are tons of free ebooks, articles, blogs, sites and all kinds of stuff that can give you the information you need.

The problem, though, is to find the right one.

When it comes to diets and fitness, for example, there are a lot of wrong statements. That is why you’ll need to listen to experts only, and not to sites that only want to sell you a product for an easy and quick weight loss.

Here is what Marc Ottobre says about that in his ebook Eat Your Way to Abs:

“Females are very well-read but on the wrong information.
Females are exposed to so, so much misinformation and downright crap. Furthermore, companies spend millions and millions on marketing efforts to make females believe there is a faster, easier and better way that has been a secret for centuries. It’s scam after scam.
So when a female does finally come to see a professional, or is given advice that actually works, they can be somewhat sceptical because it sounds different.”

So open the browser and search for what you need in the area you need improvement. But be careful and choose wisely whom to believe.

3. Test it yourself.

The third way to hack your life is by practice. That’s not what I would prefer, but it’s definitely the best.

Trying different things and failing is the most certain way to learn from your experience, understand your mistakes and find out what works best for you.

For instance, it would be great if you try different diet regimes, find the one that gives you the best results and which is healthy and boosts your mood and energy, and stick to it for the rest of your life.

What you choose is up to you. A combination of these three also works well. The point is to find easier ways to do things and use them from now on. Otherwise, you will be stuck in doing the wrong things for years.

Here is what else you need to consider if you’re willing to take that journey and use such life hacks:

Stay focused.

Whatever you do, do it consciously. Give it your full attention and don’t let anything else distract you. Be concentrated.

Take baby steps.

We’re talking about change here, which means to stop a certain behavior and start a new one. That can only happen if you do it one step at a time. Slowly, but steadily.

Enjoy the process.

The process itself is what makes everything count. So try to experience every minute of it. It won’t only help you improve yourself, but you will also get to know yourself better, become a better version of yourself and use more of your potential. That’s something bigger than any other change.

Self-improvement is a great journey and I encourage everyone to start it. Benefit from all the possibilities we have today to make it easier and more pleasant, and take that road to success without any fears, doubts or uncertainty.

So what do you think about life hacks? Have you tried any?

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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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