How to Be the Change You Want to See in The World

how to be the change you want to see in the world

To be the change in the world. That’s one of the most famous quotes in the world, we’ve heard it many times, and thought about it many more.

And yet one rarely does something about it.

It’s true – if you want to change the world for the better, you need to start with yourself.

After all, that’s what you have control over.
And it’s a great start.

Because then your actions will begin to affect other people’s lives, and your voice will be heard, your help – appreciated.

So here are 8 ways to do something good about this world:

What to Do to Be the Change You Want to See in The World

1. Set goals and achieve them.

We tend to forget that one of our missions here is to thrive, to do the best we can and become the best versions of ourselves.

And one of the inevitable steps you need to take is figure out what you really want, to build a strategy, do some thinking and do something every day in order to achieve it.

This is not egoistic. It’s your duty to go after your dreams, to be happy once you reach them, and to enjoy the whole journey.

It’s just that we live in a world where everyone’s overburdened with daily tasks, things to do that don’t really need to be done, fears, worries about the future and regrets for the past.

Stuff like that wastes our limited time on earth and we end up being no one, and getting nowhere in the end of our lives.

So go out there today and do whatever it takes to reach your goals.

2. Help.

Whenever you have the chance, help.
Be compassionate, be kind. Small acts like these can change everything.

3. Give.

Giving is the best investment.

I don’t really know why exactly, but the more you give, the more you get in return.

It’s important to do it with your whole heart, though. Don’t expect people to thank you, or to give you something back. That happens naturally.

Just give. Be it advice, company, love, belongings, some of your time or else, you’re helping other human beings to believe in themselves again.

Something as tiny as smiling to someone can change his whole day. It can make him share that smile with another one. And if that keeps going for a while, we’ll live in a more positive place.

Don’t forget that you always have something to give – even when you spend time with someone, you’re giving him your most precious possession, as it’s limited.

Happiness can also be shared. Talk to someone and try to make him realize that there are many beautiful things around. Encouragement is much needed these days.

4. Leave a great legacy.

I’ve already written about that, so check it out.

5. Be the best version of yourself.

You owe that to yourself.

Just imagine the level of regret you’ll feel after a few years, when you realize you could have become much more.
So do something about that. Be the change.

Work out, eliminate toxic people and negative thoughts, travel and see places, expand your horizons, read and learn, eat well and be fresh and healthy, overcome your fears, learn new languages, have hobbies and evolve.

This way you’ll not only become someone you can be proud of and will feel much more contented, respected and successful, but you’ll also be a great role model to others. People will treat you well and you’ll have more to give them.

6. Inspire.

Doing the things we already mentioned will be enough to inspire others to do the same. So go ahead!

7. Create.

Write, paint, design, build, and do whatever you can to bring something new to life and be the change in the world.

These are the things that can make the next generation better.

8. Contribute.

You can also volunteer, join organizations and communities, take part in different events that aim to raise money for a good cause.

There are many ways. Just go out there and find your way to help the world become a better place.

And if you’re still wondering where to start, begin with yourself. There’s always room for improvement.

What other ways to become the change we want to see in the world can you suggest?

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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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