A Birthday and Some Writing and Self-Improvement Progress

birthday and successful habits

Happy birthday to me!

Last year on this day I shared some life lessons I’ve learnt through the years.

This year, I’m going to make a quick summary of how my writing and blogging is going.

First, I want to say that it seems like I’m more productive and motivated than ever before.
I’m reading, writing and blogging almost every day for some time now. And it pays off. The only thing I need to do now is keep that flow going and be consistent. Which is also the hardest thing.

I’m writing more about habits.

It seems to be the core topic of Let’s Reach Success, actually. Before that I was writing too much about other things. It was still connected to self-improvement, but was too broad.

So I’m happy that I found a niche now. It’s still not specific enough, but I’ll get there.

That happened for a few reasons.

I’ve realized that it all comes down to habits. All of it – our happiness, success, being in shape, getting things done, being positive and motivated. It’s all about the things we repeatedly do.
And if we take control over them, we take control of our time, mindset, and life in general.
And the results are tremendous.

Consistency is a big part of that, of course.

So, lately, I’ve been trying to define the problems the potential readers of my blog may have, and to give a solution with each post of mine.

Habits are what I’m working on daily in my life, too. So posting about it helps me stay on track.

I finally figured out what routines work best for me.

Getting up early and having a morning routine is key, and I’ll keep writing about the benefits of these two habits.

It’s what makes me feel good about myself and kickstarts my day.

I write immediately after that. Noticed that one post takes me half an hour. Almost every time. No matter how long it is, or whether or not I’ve outlined it.

I’m a fan of measuring things now. It helps me keep track of everything I do and be mindful of it. Otherwise, I waste time and don’t get things done.
Read more about it here.

I committed to writing daily. It’s great to realize that there’s no such thing as writer’s block, and you don’t need to do anything in particular in order to start writing.
I just sit down and write.

And I know that not all of what I create is good. Most of it is below average. But I’m alright with that.

I’ve realized something (mainly, because of the blogs of some pretty amazing people I’m following) – produce as much as you can, and there will be a bigger chance to get noticed.

People like Einstein are famous for one or two of their works, which are brilliant. But almost no one speaks about their other 20-30 good works, and 100-200 bad.

They succeeded because they’ve produced a lot. And that helped them become better, have a bigger chance of getting noticed, and seeing what works and what doesn’t. And all that is priceless.

And something great I know from Dan @TropicalMBA is that you must ship something every day.

The truth is that you need to write as much as you can. To commit to doing it daily, no matter what. And eventually, you’ll get noticed.
And the irony here is that most of the times the things people like the most are the ones you never expected to be appreciated.

That happened to me lately.

I’m occasionally guest blogging at PickTheBrain.

And I wrote one post about building a solid evening routine, where I listed 10 things we can do before we go to bed. Stuff like examining the day, planning out the next one, taking a walk, contemplating, meditating, etc.

Nothing extraordinary, no new ideas or stuff. Just summarized the best things you can do before going to sleep.

And the post went viral.

It hit the front page of Pocket. Got a lot of attention on Twitter.

And then I received an email from an editor of TIME magazine, asking me if they can post the article there.

So I hit another milestone by getting published in one of the most popular magazines in the world. Here’s the post.

And it just proves that you can always get noticed. Just keep writing and getting it out there. Consistency is the foundation of success.

All that just brought me some more views for a few days. And shares in social media.
But actually it was more than that – it means that I can write articles that are considered good by editors, that people like my stuff (at least some of it) and are ready to share it with their friends, that I can produce more works like that.

So if you’re staring at the screen sometimes, wondering whether to hit publish or not, I say go ahead.
The worst that can happen is that no one will read it. So you’re not losing anything. But it might just be the inspiration someone needs.

Another thing I’ve done recently is defining my goals.

Not just having in mind what I want, but actually writing down specific things and figuring out the steps I’ll need to take. And eventually I came down to things I need to do every day in order to get where I want.

And it’s easier when done this way. Now I’m not wasting time every day deciding what to do.

I’ve got priorities. And have things that should be done every day. It makes things much easier. Because I just sit down and do it. And it makes my day meaningful. I’m doing something about my future and all I need to do is stay consistent.

Another good thing that happened recently is being featured in Addicted2Success. I love that site and it feels good to have posts of mine there. Here they are.

I’m also reading more about blogging. But the more not-so-pleasant part this time. I’ve read a loooot before, but this time I’m getting things to the next level.

So I want to know everything about SEO. It’s actually pretty interesting to read about how search engines work, link building, getting more traffic, keywords and stuff.

There are other things going on with my writing and blogging, but that’s the important part for now.

Thank you all who are stopping by every now and then and reading my posts.

Always a pleasure to know that someone invests a small part of his most precious resource on my blog.

I hope you’ll keep making me company on my journey so success.

If you’ve got any questions or want me to make any changes to the blog, pop me an email and I’ll consider it. Because your opinion matter.

Stay inspired!

Image source

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest

Sharing my adventures in lifestyle design, building an online business, and growing this blog. Join me for weekly updates.

Previous ArticleNext Article

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

Pin this post if you enjoyed the interview.

Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income