10 Proofs of The Connection Between Your Level of Success and Personal Development

the connection between your level of success and personal development

“Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn

Your success is the sense of accomplishment you have, the goals you achieve, the small wins in daily life, the positive outcome of each of your actions, and making your vision a reality.

And the level of success is determined by the things you do daily, by your ability to improve yourself, learn new things and exceed in life. In a nutshell, it’s a result of your personal development and spiritual growth.

If you think about it, you already know that. Just look at your past successes in life.

Analyze them and you’ll see that it was during a period in which you were working on yourself. Or had a positive influence, or just had the right mindset and were motivated and consistent in something.

But many people are lost. They truly want to succeed in life, but don’t know where to start. They have barriers – both mental (like negative thoughts and big expectations) and physical (like other people).

So if you’re looking for a way to become more successful, start by improving yourself first.

Work on things like your habits, efficiency, mental health, spiritual life, and relationships. And soon you’ll start seeing changes in every other area of life too.

Personal excellence goes together with working on yourself daily.

But first, you should realize the importance of personal development and how it affects your success in life, or the lack of it.

Here’s the proof of that connection and how to make the most of it:

1. Building Good Habits Leads to Willpower and Discipline.


I write about ingraining new, successful behaviors all the time here on the blog. From waking up early and having a successful morning routine, to meditating and reviewing your goals every evening. All these seemingly unimportant daily actions are what shapes your future and who you become in the long-term.

So start with them. Take control of your behavior by replacing bad habits with good ones one step at a time.

Start small, focus on one change at a time. Give it a month before you move onto the next. That’s how you get used to the new habit and make it a permanent part of your life.

All this makes you more successful and disciplined. You build willpower each time you stick to your habit and don’t let distractions get in the way.

That helps you say no to many other bad influences and stay focused on your self-improvement regardless of the situations you encounter daily.

2. More Confidence Leads to Taking Opportunities.

If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t dream big. But confident people are so sure of their abilities and know they can succeed, that they look out for opportunities and make the most of them.

Confidence is a skill that can be learned. It’s part of your personal growth and takes time. But the results are tremendous.

3. Working Out Results in Having a Higher Opinion of Yourself.

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Shaping your body is just one of the many benefits of working out. The others are related to your personal development goals.

By making it a daily part of your life, you become energetic and lead a healthier lifestyle.

You look and feel better, gain self-esteem, know you’re doing something about yourself and are proud of your efforts.

That helps you in social life, at work and everywhere you go as you feel good about yourself and no one can bring you down.

4. Trying Again after Failing Makes You Stronger and More Experienced.

Failure goes together with success. There’s no shortcut so trying to find it is time-wasting.

Try many things all the time. And be alright with failing in many of them. But once you do, you’ll know what doesn’t work, will be more experienced, and will be able to try again. Eventually, you’ll find what works best and will succeed in every endeavor.

5. Increasing Productivity Means You Get a Lot Done and Work Smarter.

We can all learn the right strategies, make the necessary changes and build the right habits in order to become more productive.

The result? We’ll get all the work done in less time and will save ourselves time and worries in the future.

Successful people are productive before anything else. They know how to work smarter rather than harder.

The first step is to overcome procrastination and develop some productivity habits.

6. Appreciating Yourself Leads to Better Relationships.

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Let’s face it, relationships are hard. It takes a lot of patience, compromises and honest communication in order to have a healthy one.

But I believe we must first fix the relationship we have with ourselves before we move onto forming relationships with other people.

So understand yourself, be compassionate. Accept yourself for who you are before you try to change for the better. Love and be honest to yourself. Then, you’ll know how to do the same with other human beings.

7. Finding Focus Leads to Better Performance.

Today it’s more difficult than ever to stay focused while working on something. Distractions are everywhere. And in the long-term they prevent us from doing our job and achieving our goals.

Focus is a must on the way to achieving personal development. And without it, you can’t really get anything done properly.

So if you want to perform better and see results, learn how to let go of distractions and find focus.

8. Clean Eating Means More Energy and Better Health.

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Your level of success is closely related to the food you eat.

It’s what you put in your body a few times every day, after all. So make sure it’s quality.

Get rid of the junk food, start eating clean and develop good eating habits. That will take time and willpower, of course, but it’s absolutely worth it.

Start today and make small changes.

Soon you’ll be in a better mood and much more energetic. Not to mention that you’ll eliminate any excess fat and will protect yourself from diseases in the future.

9. Having a Morning Routine Means You’ll Kickstart Every Day.

Morning rituals are a habit all successful people share.

It’s not just about getting up early, but about taking control of your mornings and using them to jumpstart your day.

That happens by dedicating the first hour after waking up to positive, productive and creative activities.

These can be meditation, writing, reading, making your to-do list, getting ready to go out, listening to music, drinking your coffee in silence and enjoying the peace, doing chores, making a healthy breakfast, and more.

There are many morning habits you can include, and each can take less than 5 minutes.

10. Developing The Right Mindset Leads to Taking Action on Your Goals.

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Your mindset is your attitude towards life. And like anything else, it can be turned from negative to positive.

You need to imagine yourself successful before you actually are, to learn from the bad things in life and to make the most of the good ones, to find the willpower to try one more time after a defeat.

Your mindset can be developed over time. But it’s what will then help you take action when you’re discouraged or when you feel like giving up.

And the only way to reach your goals and increase the level of success and personal development is to take action daily.

So that’s what the connection between victory and improving yourself looks like.

What do you think? What is your current level of success? What can you do today to improve it?

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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?

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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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