The Superpowers We Wish We Had

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We all want to change certain things in our current lifestyle, and most of them are connected to the outer world.

Some want a better job, a bigger income, to start their own business, to have great relationships, to exercise more. Others seek more fun, better social skills, material stuff or else.

And if we start working on getting these things, we will eventually understand that the changes we need to make are inside of us. Because our bad habits prevent us from moving forward, the lack of certain qualities doesn’t let us achieve our goals and our own limitations are what stops us from living the life we are meant to.

For that matter we need to build some super qualities. They are like superpowers because we are not born with them and very few have them.

It takes a lot of work to get what we want because before everything else, we need to become the person who’s able to be successful and do certain things in order to follow his dreams.

Here are the 5 superpowers we all wish we had that are all we need to build a perfect lifestyle:

1. The ultimate belief.

A huge problem these days is one of the worst limitations people set to themselves. It is the lack of belief.

People don’t believe big things are possible to achieve, they don’t believe they deserve a happy life, they don’t believe they are ready and have what it takes to succeed.

Well, guess what? You do!

 You have all it takes to achieve whatever you put your mind to. And only when you start believing in your abilities and potential, will you be able to see yourself rise from the ashes and get to the top.

The ultimate belief is a superpower because very few people possess it. What it takes to have it is to eliminate the hopelessness and limitations, to stop listening to the naysayers and have a clear direction in life.

Don’t let certain people and events in life distract you from your purpose. Stay true to it.

2. Self-confidence.

Even if you think you have it, it’s probably not enough.

Self-confidence can be considered a superpower because of the things it makes us do once we possess it.

It means we are absolutely sure we will do everything right, we will do our best, we will actually reach the top of everything we want.

 Being confident in our abilities immediately improves our performance and leads to higher results.

So I urge you to develop a positive vision for your goals, to strongly believe in what you do and that it will be successful and to never underestimate yourself.

People these days are rarely sure why they do things, they doubt they can do them at all, and that ruins the whole thing.

3. Initiative.

This is simply the power to do things without being told to, to start without thinking too much, to just act. It means you do things independently, take chances and opportunities and don’t just wait for fate to do its job.

Here is what Napoleon Hill says about it:

“Before a person can rise very high in any field of endeavor, he must become a person of vision who can think in big terms, who can create definite plans and then carry these plans into actions, all of which makes it imperative that the quality of initiative be developed.

Golden opportunities are lurking at every corner, waiting for the person with initiative to come along and discover them.”

4. The ability to know exactly what to do next.

In his post Superpowers, Chris, the unconventional world traveler and one of my favorite bloggers, says that this is the one superpower he would choose to have.

Sometimes—no, often—I get stuck. I have plenty of ideas, but I’m not sure what to do right now. Exercise or taking walks can help. Coffee helps. But I spend a lot of time staring at the screen, going from brick to brick, back and forth on things that are only somewhat related to what I really need to do.

When I do find the next step, I feel like I’ve stepped into a phone booth and emerged in a cape. I can fly! I can proceed with absolutely certainty. I’ve become unstoppable. And if you had this power, you would be unstoppable too.

And so can everyone else feel. Why don’t we all start working on developing this ability – because as everything else it can be learned – and then move forward faster and easier as we will always know what the next step is.

It’s connected with initiative and the ultimate belief. When combined, they form something so powerful that you will no longer have the fear of failure or consider that things may go wrong.

5. The ability to go beyond yourself.

That’s a combination of different qualities – compassion, empathy, doing things for others, giving and sharing, and thinking about the greater good.

We will never be successful or truly satisfied with our lives if we focus only on ourselves. Because soon or later we understand that it’s about something bigger than us, and it always has been.

At the beginning of our journey and usually for most of our life we do things about ourselves only. And that’s not bad considering the fact that we need to become a certain person, build some qualities and habits and eliminate others, get to know ourselves and experience a lot before we realize we are capable of much more.

Then it’s time to give back for everything we’ve received. It’s time to just do good for others and expect nothing in return, to leave a legacy and think of ways to contribute to the society.

The best thing we can do is to have goals and plans that are also connected with helping others and going beyond ourselves.

 Martin Luther King says “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broad­er concerns of all humanity.”

In conclusion, I will tell you a secret.

All these are not superpowers. They are things every person is capable of doing, possessing or achieving. It takes time and dedication and it’s almost never that easy. But the results are tremendous.

Once you start working on building these qualities, greater opportunities will come in your life and the magic will begin to happen. And you will know you’re on the right way.

 What superpowers would you like to have? What is the one quality or ability you would choose?

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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

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 (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea 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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