Sudden Bursts of Inspiration: What to Do When They Hit

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If you’re a creative individual, have hobbies, have found stuff that excites you, love to dream, explore and contemplate, are a hard worker and always open for ideas, or are lucky enough to have discovered your passion, then you often feel inspired.

And you know that inspiration has the tendency to come suddenly, and in bursts.

Often late at night, when we least expect it, when we have something else to do, and when there are too many distractions around us.

And what to do in moments like that?

I say dedicate time to it, leave everything else behind for some time and follow this creative power, let it take control and create something beautiful.

That’s important as other things can wait, but such form of inspiration – the one that’s on a deeper level of consciousness and touches emotions and layers inside of you that we don’t know much about – must be experienced.

It often drains you as it uses up your creative energy. And leaves you empty, but in a good way, because something great has come out of it.

Most of the great works of art are a result of such bursts of inspiration.

And if their creators had just listened to their parents and went to bed, or to their teachers and done only the exact homework but nothing else, or to society and never chased their dreams and did extraordinary things, some of the best things the world has to offer wouldn’t be here right now.

So when inspiration hits, be there and open yourself for it. Embrace it and do what it says.

And sometimes compromises will need to be made. But such is the price of passion.

If your calling is writing, for instance, and it’s time to go to bed because you have to be at work in the early hours and many things are waiting to get done, but you feel fully awake and start writing with ease, things just appear on the paper or screen and you find yourself in a state of flow, keep it up.

Then you owe it to yourself not to go to bed, and even sacrifice your whole rest for the night just to take this creative energy out of you and put it to paper.
Others won’t support you. Actually, everyone will consider it silly and irresponsible.

But what bad will happen, anyways?

You’ll lose one night of sleep. You won’t feel and look fresh at work (although if the burst continues for too long you may find yourself more energized than expected even in the morning).
You’ll have to depend on coffees and your performance may be a bit poorer.

But you’ll just have to make it work. If you do your best, others won’t even notice that you’re not in your best shape.
But you’ll also be proud of yourself and feel like you’ve done a lot.

Also, you’ll go to bed much earlier and will be back on track the day after that.
That’s it.

So whenever you feel so inspired that you need to take immediate action and follow a passion of yours, please do it.

For the greater good.

As the world lacks passionate people these days. Mediocrity is the norm and not many dare to dream big and stand out from the crowd. As they fear they won’t be approved, and will be judged.

So you do that for them. And for yourself. And for the creative work that needs to be done.

Inspiration is a rare thing these days. So whenever it hits, dedicate time to it without a doubt.

Have you experienced such bursts of inspiration? When was the last time it happened?

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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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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