10 Things High Achievers Do Differently

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High achievers are those successful individuals you probably often look at, who seem to have it all.

They exceed in life every single day, say yes to most opportunities and turn almost each of them into something big. They have the knowledge, money, experience, attitude, confidence, discipline, and so much more.

But they didn’t just wake up one day being high achievers. Instead, they dedicated years of their life to build the foundation of their success, to develop the right habits and mindset and slowly turn their life from negative to positive.

That’s what helped them adapt, overcome fear of failure and any other obstacle on the way to living the lifestyle of their dreams, and eventually got to where they are today.

What does this have to do with you?

Well, you can be that high achiever after some time if you start today and make the necessary changes in your daily life. It all starts with building the right habits.

Here are 10 things every high achiever does differently that helps him see massive results and be prosperous and successful in so many areas at once:

This is a guest post I wrote for WealthyGorilla.
You can find the original article here.

What High Achievers Do Differently

1. Be an early riser.

Starting your day before dawn is a life choice high achievers make early on. It gives them so much extra time throughout the week and they can use the peace of the early morning to work on stuff they believe in. It also boosts their productivity, helps them kickstart the day and build discipline over time.

Related: These 6 Things Will Happen If You Start Your Day at 5 AM

2. Read every day.

Reading is one of the best ways to learn and grow on the inside, consume the right information, get inspired and let all that affect your actions in reality.

Read about other high achievers and their best habits and practices. Study the life of those you admire and learn from their mistakes.

Related: 5 Awesome Blogs I’m Currently Reading and What They Taught Me

3. Create the ideal morning routine.

What you do once you wake up early is also crucial. Add the right morning habits and you can be sure you’ll make the most of each morning. That’s what high achievers do and why they even look forward to the morning the night before.

Related: Get Up Early to Do These 5 Things and Your Life Will Change Forever

4. Be a visionary.

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Every successful person starts with a vision in mind. It’s what keeps him motivated on the way and helps him move forward.

5. High achievers know how to rest.

In order to stay on top of your game, you’ll need to take frequent breaks, meditate, sleep well and let go of stress and worries.

If you can’t sleep, are always thinking about what’s left to be done, work all day without a break, and don’t have any time for yourself, you’ll be exhausted, in a bad mood and won’t have the results you desire. All that leads to burnout and often depression.

Don’t let it happen, check out the sleep patterns of highly successful and productive people and see how much they sleep.

6. Take responsibility.

High achievers are responsible for anything that happens in their life. Instead of blaming others for what’s wrong, they take action to fix it. Be like them.

7. Spend time with the right people.

There are people you don’t need in your life anymore who you’re surrounded by constantly. But their way of thinking affects yours and often it’s in a negative way.

So remove toxic people from your life and find positive, purpose-driven ones instead. Surround yourself with high achievers, and you’ll soon become one of them.

8. Add an evening ritual too.

Starting your day right helps you in so many ways, but so does ending it with the right habits.

That’s when evening routines come in handy.

9. High achievers put their priorities before anything else.

Focus only on what matters and eliminate the rest.

10. Stop doing anything unproductive.

The average person wastes time doing so many things daily, while leaving what’s truly important behind.

Remember that you’ll have to do your best if you really want to see yourself successful. So break the bad habits, stop doing stuff that doesn’t get you closer to your goals, and concentrate on maximizing efficiency instead.

That’s how high achievers spend their everyday life. Definitely differently from the rest.

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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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