LRS 059: What James Clear Can Teach Us About Developing Mental Toughness

What James Clear Can Teach Us About Developing Mental Toughness - the let's reach success podcast, lidiya k

This is episode 59 of the Let’s Reach Success podcast. Let’s start the new year off with an episode that can help us excel at every aspect of life – mental toughness and how exactly to develop it. And to make sure the advice is solid, I’ll use the knowledge and experience of someone who’s already mastered that – James Clear.

Who’s James Clear?

A big figure in the personal development field online. He’s a writer, entrepreneur, photographer and teacher. His writings are based on research, studying the life of successful people, and his own experiments and conclusions.

He says this:

‘I write about the hidden forces that shape our habits and performance. Basically, I tell the story of human behavior through words and images.’

The topics he covers the most, and the articles that reach millions of people monthly, are on behavioral psychology, habit formation, productivity, willpower, creativity, goal setting, health optimization from how to sleep and eat better to how to manage stress and do strength training right, and much more.

What I’ll focus on today, however, is mental toughness.

What’s this?

According to Wiki, it’s ‘a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace.’

But it goes way beyond this.

In fact, I can even say that mental toughness is the single most important trait that makes or breaks a leader, a successful entrepreneur, student, athlete, or else.

It’s not about talent, or intelligence, or connections. It’s all about how determined you are to achieve a long-term goal, how motivated and dedicated you are to the idea. This is also called grit, and luckily, it’s something you can get to know better, and even master. Once you do, you’ll be seeing progress in anything in life you set your mind to, no matter how impossible it might seem.

These qualities and powerful mindset mean that you’ll make the necessary sacrifices to move forward, won’t let distractions get in the way, will stay on the right track long enough to actually see your goal become a reality, and will be disciplined and ruthless.

So, let’s see what James Clear can teach us about the grit and how to develop it:


 

Show Notes:

  • Who’s James Clear and what he writes about [0:26]
  • What’s mental toughness [1:17]
  • What mentally tough athletes, leaders and artists have in common [2:48]
  • 3 steps to developing more grit [4:07]
  • Here’s how real reward and success look like in daily life [6:00]

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So in order to build mental toughness, know why you do what you do, and define what the reward looks like. When you find a way to fight your inner demons daily and take action regardless of the resistance, that’s when you become a stronger individual and future goals will be a piece of cake.

Hope you enjoyed this episode. I love analyzing concepts like that. We often don’t know how to change something or get better at something only because we don’t understand it. It’s the same with procrastination, habits, success and failure, doubts, fears, and more.

Hope this episode of the LRS podcast opened your eyes for the real face of mental toughness a bit more.

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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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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income