7 Things We Can Learn from Peter Pan on Life, Happiness and Magic

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Peter Pan is the boy who never wanted to grow up. He preferred to live in a world full of adventures and magic. And although society didn’t approve of that, he let his imaginary world become his reality and enjoyed every second of it.

Many people are like that. They create a fantasy and they spend their whole life in it. If they don’t let other people’s opinion and expectations interfere, it’s a happy life. But if they do, it becomes a constant struggle to make the best of both worlds – what they truly want, and what and who they are supposed to do and be.

I believe we can learn from anything and anyone. And Peter Pan can be a wise teacher if we open ourselves to the meaning of his story.

Here are some things we can learn from him that will make our struggle more bearable, and will let us find the magic in everyday life and enjoy it more:

7 Inspiring Peter Pan Quotes

1. “To die would be an awfully big adventure.”

Strong words. Not many people would dare to say that.

And that’s the problem. We fear death so much that we don’t even talk about it. We prefer to live life in denial, avoiding the fact that it has an end. And that itself never lets us truly experience it.

But Peter Pan knows life is an adventure, and the only way to make the most of it is to accept its end – death – as just another big adventure.

If we all live like that and always kept death in mind, we will spend our time on this planet more meaningfully, passionately and adventurously.

Related: Here’s How We Die Every Single Day

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2. “All you need is faith, trust  and a little bit of pixie dust.”

We tend to take life too seriously sometimes, and to forget that magic does exist within each of us. To refind it, we need to believe.

Alice believed in at least a few impossible things before breakfast. So why can’t you?

Just because you haven’t succeeded in something yet, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It just means you haven’t found the right way. Keep trying.

There are things in life that are not under our control and which we can’t change. That’s when faith comes in handy. We need to trust the natural flow of events and let it be. Then we can enjoy our days.

3. “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”

The secret recipe for happiness is this – whatever you’re doing right now, be present, enjoy it and appreciate it.

If you constantly think about what better things you could be doing right now, or go back to past situations and compare them to this moment, or want to do what others are doing, you won’t be content. In fact, you’ll be miserable.

So like what you do and it will become a reason to smile.

Related: Letting Go of Past and Future

4. “So come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned.”

No one can take your dreams away from you. But they will try. Peter Pan knows that and protects his ones by believing in them no matter what.

He’s ruthless with his time and his magic world, he doesn’t let any intruders in. As once people get in, they tend to try to change things and make them the way they think they should be.

So it is in real life. Others are constantly trying to talk you out of your big goals, to get in your head and make you believe their vision of the world. But you need to cherish your sacred dreams and way of thinking.

Stay true to what you believe in and keep your priorities straight.

5. “Just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings forever in never never land.”

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Peter Pan told Wendy that she needs happy thoughts in order to be able to fly.

That’s all it takes. Be positive, look on the bright side, know that whatever life throws at you – it’s the best. And you’ll find happiness and joy in the darkest of places.

6. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”

If you don’t believe you can do it, you’ll fail. If you don’t trust that the best will happen to you and expect it, bad things may come your way. If you doubt that you’ll find happiness, you won’t.

To do something, no matter what, you need to have a definite desire first. That’s a powerful technique for success in every area of life and even Napoleon Hill talked about it back when he wrote Think and Grow Rich.

It’s a law of the universe, and you need to follow it to make the most out of life.

Be sure of your success, visualize what you want in details, imagine it’s already happening. Soon, you’ll notice beautiful changes happening.

7. “No matter how hard we try to be mature, we will always be a kid when we all get hurt and cry.”

We often forget that we’re equal in another thing – suffering.

We all feel bad sometimes, and for similar reasons, which makes us equal.

So don’t try to grow up too quickly, or at all. Keep that spark within and don’t let go of your wildest dreams.

Which of these Peter Pan quotes do you find most inspiring? Why? What else have your learned from him?

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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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