How to Be Prepared for Anything in Life

How to Be Prepared for Anything in Life letsreachsuccess

There are some pretty smart ways to be prepared for anything that happens in life, no matter how bad or unexpected it is.

Of course, you can’t predict the future. Some people spend a lifetime trying to prepare for the worst. Sadly, what they end up doing is missing out on life today. They fear tomorrow, are always anxious about the next step of their journey and never stop to smell the roses and take a deep breath. That’s not how life is supposed to be lived.

Instead, it’s more about finding the balance between living in the moment and being ready for anything that can go wrong. I’ll now show you some ways to do that strategically. All are different things you can try, skills you can build, or mindset shifts you can make. But the combination of these all will mean being able to deal with anything life throws at you in the future. While living fully in the present moment.

Let’s see how to be prepared for anything:

1. Let go of uncertainty.

First, let’s develop the right mindset for this. The keyword here is acceptance. Meaning, accept that some things are out of your control. They depend on outer factors.

Also, be okay with the ever-changing nature of life. It’s what makes us learn and grow. Nothing wrong with it. What you always have control over, though, is your reaction to external events.

Find peace of mind in the daily chaos. Once you do that, you won’t get easily upset or angry. That’s pretty useful as you’ll then be able to clear your mind after something unexpected happens, and take a good decision.

2. Have your finances in order.

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You can’t move on if you’re in dept. So let’s begin with this when you finally get your finances under control. Regardless of how big the debt is or how long it might take you, do something today to begin the journey to financial freedom.

What can you do? Instead of feeling hopeless and spending even more on unnecessary things, sit down and write down the money aspect of your life plan. Break down the debt into smaller and smaller payments. Calculate what you can save money on in the next few months, so you can pay it off faster.

Once you’re free, never get into debt again. Focus on saving after that. It’s the foundation of building wealth too. When you know you have some money in the bank for rainy days, you’ll sleep better at night. You’ll never get to rely on somebody else to fix an unexpected expense too. That’s another step towards freedom.

3. Learn how to survive.

The most important skill in life is to be adaptive. And for that, you need to test yourself in different environments and learn to survive. Then, nothing will ever bother you again in real life. We first need to make sure we’re alive and doing well, before we move onto having better relationships or being healthier.

Most people today can only survive with the help of technology and the comforts of the modern lifestyle. But what happens when they get a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere? Or need to change a bulb? Or see an old lady passing out on the street and realize they aren’t sure what number to dial to call help?

These 3 examples are something you can google and learn in a few minutes. Do it now. Then think of other basic things you might need one day. Learn how to do them in advance.

Not only would you be able to take better care of yourself and help others in need, but you’ll also pick your brain. That will unleash your creativity and you’ll suddenly start finding solutions to existing problems in your life.

4. Know what to do in case of an accident.

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When facing a crisis or emergency of some kind, you need to take immediate action. Waiting can be crucial, be it for an injury or from a legal point of view.

What are you supposed to say when a policeman stops you due to drunk driving or being distracted and missing a sign? You might end up saying the wrong thing and making things worse.

What about having a car accident? It’s key to take some necessary steps over the next few days to guarantee your safety. Speaking to an auto accident attorney is one thing on the list. You’ll also need to prepare some information in advance though. And be able to answer some specific questions to have a valid claim. Ohio Valley PI Lawyers are one firm whose services will help you.

5. Have rough plans in mind.

Don’t wait till the last minute to plan things out. I’m talking about short-term and long-term lists that you need to have, so that you follow the right direction and take decisions based on your end goal.

Could be a life plan, where you describe how you want each area of your life to look like some time from now. Then break each category down into goals, and then into specific steps. Now you can turn it into a 6-month plan to reaching a milestone.

Could be a business plan or your personal development plan. Write your bucket list too. Or how about a list of things you should think about or get done over the next few months. No rush, just take a look at it every now and then to never forget something important.

So, that’s how you can be better prepared for almost anything in life. What do you think?

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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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