50 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life

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Human life is many things. But most of all, it’s a learning experience. A never-ending process of growing, gaining knowledge, trying things, moving forward, learning to live with what you can’t change, and so on.

And I believe that one of the first things we need to learn early on is to accept this.

Many people choose to reject knowledge (be it in the form of books, people’s stories, mistakes, disappointments, etc.) and spend their whole life trying to do something meaningful, find purpose, change, or else.

But they rarely do it successfully as they can never make the most of their days if they don’t take the lesson from the past, from every failure, bad relationship and unpleasant moment.

Only when what’s already happened is accepted as part of the learning process, can we move on to something new and better.

So if you’re feeling pressure in daily life, if you’re always in a hurry and busy but never feel accomplished, if you feel lost, or jump from one goal to another, stop and reflect on that.

Maybe the solution you need is to see life as the school it is.

And once you start looking at yourself as a student and realize it will be this way till the very end of your life, you’ll find peace. That’s when you’ll also be free, independent, content and will be able to work on your personal and spiritual growth.

I started with that, because the next thing I wanted to say before we move onto the list of truths is that life lessons are everywhere around us. And it’s up to us whether we’ll keep our eyes open for them and take them, and thus get a little better and more experienced every time something happens in our life.

So here are some important conclusions I’ve come to as a result of different situations in my life – the things I’ve experienced, succeeded in and failed at, and the stuff I’ve seen, heard and realized.

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1. We create our future in the present moment.

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2. There are many things we can’t control.

And accepting that and letting them be is true wisdom, but most of the time it’s also harder to do than what we usually choose to do (interfere and try to change things).

Related: Going with The Flow

3. Don’t take it personally.

Most often when someone is rude to you or hurts you in some way, it’s nothing personal.

4. An ended relationship is a good thing.

Every time a relationship ends because one of the two people decided he wants something else in life, his ex should be grateful as thus he’s given the freedom to also find a better fit for himself (as obviously this relationship couldn’t have been a healthy one and would only be a waste of time to try to keep it).

5. Never again will you be this young and this old.

How you’ll use that fact is up to you. The best way is to experience and enjoy every moment in life.

6. There are some seemingly important things which you shouldn’t really care about.

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7. Time is and will always be more valuable than money.

But people still have a wrong perception of that.

8. Professionalism means being an amateur long enough.

9. Being authentic is always the right choice.

No matter what you do in life, always stay true to yourself. In the end of the day, you’ll feel good and will know you’ve done the right thing.

Related: How to Have a Higher Opinion of Yourself

10. Great things take time.

Many people still don’t understand the real meaning of consistency in terms of achieving massive success. They may find the willpower to start working on something big, and keep going for a long time. But not succeeding simply means they need to be more patient.

Some businesses have taken up to 10 years of people’s life. And every great man in history has been after one dream for years before he had any results.

When we talk about big things, we also need to have in mind big determination, patience, desire and focus.

11. You can learn how to be more confident if you decide.

Confidence is a skill that can be learned, and hacked if you’re in a hurry. And once you actually believe in yourself and your abilities, the world will be yours.

Related: The 10 Confidence Habits That Helped Me Increase Self-Esteem

12. You can become self-employed and win your freedom and time back.

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The way to getting there is not easy, but it starts with the realization that we deserve such independence and that it’s possible (especially with all the possibilities of today’s world).

13. Going back to the past is one of the worst uses of your precious time.

14. You can make it on your own in this world.

So lack of support shouldn’t stop you.

15. Everyone has a story and knowledge to share.

And it can help others in some way. The Internet gives us that opportunity in countless ways.

16. Change starts on the inside.

Before you become successful, self-employed, fit, are in a healthy relationship, win a marathon, become location independent, a business owner, or a millionaire, you first need to get ready for that mentally. That’s a process you go through on your own, as for others things may look ridiculous if you start believing you’re rich before you actually are.

17. Worrying about the future is a time-wasting activity that gets you nowhere.

Prepare, work smart and be ready for anything, but keep taking action here, in the present.

18. Everyone should unleash his potential by mastering a skill.

Just being good at something isn’t enough anymore, and it doesn’t let you show the world your capabilities.

19. Trying the same things in a different way is always a good idea.

That’s how the successful entrepreneurs of today became who they are – by doing things differently.

20. Our lazy habits are killing us.

People are lazy to such an extent that they don’t want to hear any new things, talk about ideas, read in their free time, and so on. And they won’t see progress in life until they stop indulging in daily activities like social media, TV, discussing other people’s lives, etc.

21. Winning and losing are subjective.

The only real loss is giving up on something you believe in.

Related: The Philosophy of Winning and Losing

22. If you don’t start respecting yourself, no one else will.

23. Every skill can be broken down into manageable steps and learned.

24. Your work is your contribution to the world.

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So make it meaningful, be passionate about what you do and put your heart and soul into it.

25. Trying to change people doesn’t make any sense.

Even if you succeed, it won’t be the same person you knew anymore.

Related: How to Stop Trying to Change Someone

26. Happiness takes different forms.

You can find it in your morning cup of coffee, and in your child’s smile. In both ways it can be truly experienced if appreciated.

27. You can’t change if you keep doing the things you’ve always done.

So try another approach.

28. Daily problems and worries distract you from your path.

When focusing on them, you leave behind what truly matters in life.

29. You’ll have to say no to many things, in order to say yes to the few that are important.

Define what’s essential today and make it a priority.

30. Always go the extra mile.

If you want to achieve something, you’ll have to work harder.

31. Do more than what’s expected.

Offering more value than what you’re being paid for is a characteristic of a smart, hardworking and great person with a lot of potential.

32. When you start giving without expecting anything in return, you’ll feel more satisfied than ever.

Giving is the best investment.

33. Everything big in life starts small.

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So you’ll have to see its potential when it’s just a simple idea.

34. It’s worth it to spend a few years of your life, work hard and have less desires, in order to turn your passion into your career and design your ideal life.

Related: How to Become a Lifestyle Designer

35. Eliminate the unnecessary.

Instead of trying to build new qualities, habits and mindset, eliminate the bad ones you already have. These are the barriers in your mind stopping you from moving forward, the things preventing you from achieving your goals, the excess belongings, desires and thoughts you have in your life.

36. You’ll have to be strategic in life to save time, perform better and improve faster.

So experiment, find what works, and do more of it.

Related: How to Be a Strategist in Daily Life

37. Find a reason to wake up in the morning and there will be a purpose in your life.

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38. If you’re not saying a big YES passionately, then it’s not worth it.

Life is too short for ordinary things.

39. Dreams are too vague and thus often sound impossible.

It’s more practical to turn them into goals and take action upon them today.

40. You can’t have it all.

And that’s alright as you don’t need as much as you think. So be selective. Focus on what matters.

Related: No, You Can’t Have It All

41. Our subconscious mind isn’t programmed to aim at many things at once.

Choose wisely what you concentrate it on.

42. If you don’t fail, you aren’t doing anything.

43. You have to be okay with rejection.

Accept rejection at an early age. It’s a part of daily life.

There are 7 billion people out there, it’s impossible not to hear no all the time. Be okay with that.

If you look at it this way, it’s great to be rejected as thus others make your journey easier – they show you that this is not the right person for you, the right job, or else. And you can move onto the next and try there.

44. If most of the people you’ve met like you a lot, it means you have no opinion, or don’t express it loud enough.

Don’t try to please everyone. Live on your own terms.

45. A great way to sleep well at night is to do your best every day.

46. Most leaders in today’s world aren’t people we’ve heard of.

But they’re still leaving a mark in the world by being role models and living a meaningful life. You can be one of them.

47. We’re not born to spend most of our time in a cubicle.

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48. If you’re good at something, do it for free first.

Then, once you become better and turn it into something profitable and big, never forget where you started.

49. Do what makes you feel uncomfortable daily.

That’s how you challenge yourself and eventually leave your comfort zone.

50. Stop a few times every day and tell yourself to get back to the present moment.

Stay there. Look around. See the beauty around you and thank for being given yet another chance to do what you want with these 24 hours.

You know all these. But are you reminding yourself of them daily?

Most people aren’t. And they live a hectic life, forgetting about what matters and always striving for more. Unfortunately, satisfaction never comes this way.

Anyways, the life lessons are around you in any moment. That itself is a positive fact. So embrace them today.

What other truths about life can you add?

See also:

The Four Stages of Life
33 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons

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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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