Case Study: The 30-Minute Habit That Transformed Kelly’s Blog

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30-minute blogging habit

Today on the blog we have a case study from one of our readers. Or rather one of our podcast listeners, as it was a tip in a particular podcast that spurred on today’s guest author to make some significant changes to her blog over the course of a year. I hope you enjoy Kelly Dunning’s story, and her insights and advice on how she has made the most of one simple habit to banish the guilt of not posting and rediscover her passion for her travel blog Global-Goose.com.

My blog used to make me feel sad and discouraged.

Why?

I loved working on it, but I rarely ever got around to it. I’m a full-time freelance writer with a travel blog as a side project. I spend a lot of time on the road. Like many bloggers out there, my blog is often sidelined by my full-time job and other commitments.

By the time I finished my freelance work at the end of the day, I was tired and wanted to get away from the keyboard.

I made this excuse for years, and while I always got my freelance writing work done my blog was embarrassingly neglected. Sometimes I wouldn’t write a post for weeks, and if I did it would be a small one just to remove the guilt of not posting.

This made me feel awful. I’d started the blog as a passion project. Traveling was the pivotal decision that changed my life.

When I hit the road for the first time, I felt so empowered and excited. I started my travel blog because I found a love for traveling that I wanted to share with others. Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing it as much as I wanted to because I couldn’t find the time. (At least, that’s what I told myself.)

I never struggled to think of things to write about. In my head I had an almost infinite list of blog posts I wanted to write. I just wasn’t making time to write them.

Finally, after a lot of stress and procrastination, I found myself in a rare moment of honest self-reflection. I realized I was just making excuses. Have you ever heard the saying, “If you argue for your limitations, then surely they are yours”? I was definitely guilty of arguing for my own limitations.

I had to get around this “limitation”, and figure out how I could write for my own blog in my spare time after writing all day as a full-time job.

One simple thing completely changed blogging for me.

I decided to spend 30 minutes on my blog every day, before my workday even began. Yup, just 30 minutes. I figured it was small, but it was better than nothing.

That was a year ago, and what a difference it has made.

“It’s Just What I Do”

The idea of a 30 minute per day blogging habit was inspired by one of Darren’s ProBlogger podcasts – “3 Productivity Tips to Help You Build Healthy Habits.” Darren says that when he’s forming a good habit he tells himself, “That’s just what I do.” There’s something very powerful about this. It works as a convincing mantra to help you instil a habit until it becomes something you do without even thinking about it.

So, I started setting a timer first thing in the morning and working on the blog for 30 minutes. Now it’s just what I do.

I started this habit in November 2016, and I’ve kept it up ever since – a full year now. This habit has allowed me to transform my travel blog, and I’ve published more high-quality posts than I ever had before.

Why This Works For Me

Working on my blog every morning for 30 minutes a day has been an effective strategy for me because:

  • It’s a small amount of time that I could always squeeze in, no matter how busy my day was. That’s 3.5 hours per week (14 hours per month) of steady work – certainly more than I was doing before.
  • I would have never been able to carve a 3.5 hour chunk out of my weekly schedule. But 30 minutes per day is always possible. I do it first thing, before any other distractions creep in and take over.
  • With a 30-minute timer ticking down, I use my morning blog time very efficiently and get a lot done in a short amount of time.
  • Since I’m working on my blog a little bit every day, it’s often on my mind and I think of ideas and ways to improve it around the clock.
  • I often find I keep working once the timer rings because I’m engaged in what I’m doing, and want to keep going until I finish that particular task.
  • Working on the blog for 30 minutes in the morning also gets my creative juices flowing, makes my other writing better, and puts me in a great mood.
  • Beginning with a solid 30-minute session of working on the blog means I’ve already accomplished something I’ve set my mind to before I even start my workday. This boosts my confidence, and gives me a great start to the day.

How Has It Made a Difference?

Thirty minutes a day may not seem like much. But it has made a huge difference to my blog over the past year. Looking back on the past 12 months, this is what I’ve achieved:

  • Published 51 blog posts, which is almost one a week. I’ve never managed to maintain the habit of blogging consistently for that long before. And many of these have been long, in-depth, evergreen posts.
  • Updated/improved/fixed errors in countless other posts. I notice these areas for improvement more often because I’m looking at my blog every day.
  • Improved the quality of my blog posts due to the increased practice.
  • Completed a 23,000-word travel guide for my website that I started writing years ago but never finished.
  • Thought about the “Why?” of my blog so I can define exactly how I want to help readers, and then implemented the changes.
  • Increased my Facebook page fans by 1,269.
  • Increased my Twitter followers by 1,570.
  • Increased my blog traffic by 24% (comparing October 2016 to October 2017).
  • Created a user-friendly “Start Here” page to organise my content and help readers find what they’re looking for.
  • Started and maintained a Pinterest Account, and designed beautiful pins to promote my posts.
  • Made a page and a Google Form for guest post submissions, and worked with guest authors to create blog posts.
  • Wrote several guest posts that were published on relevant websites in my niche.

I’m not saying this is miraculous. Some blogs have certainly grown faster than mine. But I’m proud of what I’ve  achieved in the past year because without this simple habit I wouldn’t have done nearly this much.

Yes, I could have done a lot more if I’d been working on my blog full-time. But that just wasn’t realistic for me with my full time job. With this habit, I could make it work around my other commitments.

I work on a blog post nearly every day, and it usually takes me several days to to complete one from start to finish. Sometimes it takes a while because I’ve created some long and in-depth guides that are 3,000-5,000 words long. (I’ve learned that juicy, detailed and helpful blog posts give the best experience for my readers, so that’s what I’ve been focusing on.)

One of the most important differences is the way I feel about my blog. Instead of making me feel embarrassed, futile and frustrated, my blog makes me so happy right now. This habit means my blog is no longer a side project I feel guilty for neglecting, but rather an active, thriving blog with a steadily growing readership. Every day when I get up in the morning, I’m excited to work on it.

A couple of weeks ago one of my readers emailed to let me know that one of my posts had been incredibly helpful for them, and was the inspiration for them to travel abroad for the first time. Knowing I made a profound positive impact on someone’s life is such a rewarding feeling.

Plus, my blog now serves as a much better showcase of my writing skills, and is a more effective portfolio when applying for freelance writing jobs. I’ve been getting more and better writing projects in the past year, and I think there’s a direct correlation.

What If I Miss a Day?

Now before you assume I’m some kind of super-woman, I admit I don’t do this perfectly. I don’t always achieve the 30 minutes every day. Sometimes I wake up late. Sometimes I’m not feeling well. Sometimes I’m lazy. And sometimes I’m sleeping under the stars in the Australian outback with no computer.

But the habit is ingrained now, so if I miss one day I’m usually right back on it the next morning. After all, it’s just what I do. I’ve decided that it’s unrealistic to expect I won’t miss a day every now and then. That’s fine with me. But I make sure that missing days is an exception and doesn’t happen that often.

I’ve found that achieving success when working towards a long-term goal (like building an awesome blog) depends more on cumulative habits than what you do on any given day. It’s kind of like living a healthy lifestyle. If you have a long-term habit of exercising regularly, and you eat healthy food on most days, treating yourself to a double-fudge brownie every now and then won’t make too much of a difference because it’s the exception rather than the norm.

How I Make The Most of My 30 Minutes a Day

I’m often amazed at how long 30 minutes can actually feel. When I’m focused, I can get a surprising amount of work done in this time. I can usually write 600-800 words in a morning session. Then, when I finish a post, I use the next couple of 30-minute sessions to work on uploading to WordPress, formatting, adding images, publishing, promoting on social media and all other follow-up actions.

Here’s how I make my 30 minutes really count:

  • I put my phone away so I’m not distracted. If I whittle away the 30 minutes checking Facebook notifications, I won’t get another chance to work on my blog until the following day.
  • I listen to classical music on my headphones because it tunes everything out and helps me stay focused.
  • I use Trello to organise everything I’m working on for the blog. I have separate columns for Blog Post Ideas, Blog Posts in Progress, Miscellaneous Tasks to Complete for the Blog, etc. It helps me see the big picture and figure out what needs to be done next.
  • I have at least two different blog posts on the go at any given time, so if I’m not feeling inspired to write about a particular topic that morning or if I hit a block, I can spend the time working on something else.
  • I have other blog-related tasks for the days when I want to take a break from writing. This includes scheduling social media, uploading blog posts, adding photos, creating Pinterest graphics, reaching out to influencers, etc.

This simple habit has helped my blogging enormously, and might help you if you’re busy and struggling to find time to blog.

I challenge you to find 30 minutes in your day to work on your blog, whether it’s in the morning like me, at the end of the day, or whenever works for you. It may not seem like a lot, but it really does make a difference.

Bio:

Kelly Dunning is a Canadian freelance travel writer. She lives a nomadic lifestyle with no fixed address, working from the road since 2011 with her partner Lee, a web designer from England. They’ve traveled to more than 50 countries, and offer travel tips, stories and inspiration on Global-Goose.com.

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I Made Over $20K While Sleeping!

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On this episode of the Dot Com Life Vlog, I wake up to over $20k, made while I was sleeping. Because that’s the kinda stuff you can do when you live the Dot Com Lifestyle. I also fly Costa Rica for a week. See you there! Remember to subscribe so you won’t miss any episode.

How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle

I have many internet products and services that makes me money while I’m sleeping. Continuity affiliate programs like Aweber, LeadPages, ClickFunnel, MOBE, and others ensure a steady flow of income no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world. Of all the programs, MOBE has been consistently one of the highest earners. It’s the program I recommend for new and experienced Internet marketers.

The best way to start is by applying for Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle. This is my 21 step program I created with MOBE to make your first $1,250, $3,300, $5,500, and even $10,000 online. In addition to the step-by-step, you’ll also be given a one-on-one coach who will help you get started on the right track. I can’t promise that you’ll make $11K in your sleep, but you will make money if you follow the steps and plug in with your coach.

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Do You Know How Important it is to Have Your Travel Visa on Your Packing List?

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Travelling to a new country is already stressful enough, from planning to booking hotels & airfare and packing. The things is, traveling to unfamiliar places especially Asian countries can become a huge headache because you don’t know whether or not you need a visa.

If you’re a last-minute kind of a person, the chances are you might have to cancel your trip because you simply don’t have enough time to make a visa. Even worse, you may need to shell out oodles of money to settle a fast visa.

But that’s about to change thanks to Visadb, a handy website that allows the user to browse all their available visa options.

Introducing Visadb, an ingenious website and nifty tool for today’s traveler

Are all passports created equal? You’d be surprised by the answer thanks to visadb. It’s a fantastic online tool that allows you to check countries or regions where you can travel visa-free, whether you need a Holiday visa or startup abroad.

Visadb is a pretty straightforward online visa & travel tool. All you have to do is tell it where you are from – you can choose your destination country or region (Asia, Africa, Europe, Americ,  etc.) – and visadb will specify how long you can stay, if you can garner visa on arrival, and show you a comparison of transport, accommodation, and food costs between your home country and destination.

You can view all the countries in 1 place by just specifying your home country, and visadb will do all the heavy lifting. This way, you can zero in on holiday-friendly regions and states. In a way, visadb takes the hassle out of planning holidays and travels.

Of more importance, however, is that visadb can help you compare cost of traveling of different countries.It can also look up countries that are startup friendly and plans to incorporate an array of other information about the best places to work, study, work, and find citizenship without much fuss.

Don’t Be Caught Off-Guard, Become A Smart Traveler Today

It’s important to note that the website is currently in its alpha stage. You may want to cross-check the information with your local embassy or the consulate office.

Use Visadb to make your next travel or holiday hassle free

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The Dot Com Life Vlog – Averaging $6,800 Per Day

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How does making over $6,800 a day sound to you? Well, that’s what I’m making from just one affiliate network while living the Dot Com Life. However, you’ll see it also has its ups and downs. Enjoy the vlog and thank you for subscribing.

How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle

I have many internet products and services that makes me money while I’m sleeping. Continuity affiliate programs like Aweber, LeadPages, ClickFunnel, MOBE, and others ensure a steady flow of income no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world. Of all the programs, MOBE has been consistently one of the highest earners. It’s the program I recommend for new and experienced Internet marketers.

The best way to start is by applying for Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle. This is my 21 step program I created with MOBE to make your first $1,250, $3,300, $5,500, and even $10,000 online. In addition to the step-by-step, you’ll also be given a one-on-one coach who will help you get started on the right track. I can’t promise that you’ll make $11K in your sleep, but you will make money if you follow the steps and plug in with your coach.

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Here Is How You Can Turn That Frown Upside Down Today

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Having a positive mindset all the time is no easy job for anyone in this day and age, as we constantly run into roadblocks, challenges and frustrations that prevent us from being happy. Not to mention the skyrocketing number of depression and suicide cases. Are we living in a sad world?

Research shows that happy people are 12% more productive[1], meaning that being positive can put you on your way to success. Since there is no guarantee for luck and positive outcomes, we all need to think positive and cheer ourselves during hard times. So why not take a look atThe Power of Positive Thinkingby Norman Vincent Peale, to see how you can live a happy life with a positive mind.

The author, Dr. Peale dissects positivity base on Christian values, leading us into a positive world with seven topics, mainly about self-love, interpersonal relationships and goal achieving. The book hands out practical advice to seeking happiness,tricks to a getting a good sleep, clearing your mind and reducing the level of stress and anger in tense situations. All very practical and realistic situations that we will go through at one point in our lives.

Positivity comes from your mind and flows within your actions

Lessons to learn from the book: how one should perceive problems, and worries as opportunities to improve; to kill the sharpest weapon, anger and fear needs lots of love and patience. With its religious background, the book might not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet there is truth in this book that will prove to be helpful during times of crisis.

Whenever you are in a negative state, where you feel frustrated, lost and helpless, go through one or two chapters. You are bound to find something that will speak to you and turn that negative frown into a positive one.

“Every time you have a negative thought, replace it with a positive one”, Dr. Peale reminds us, to look at life positively, for every cloud has a silver lining.

Reading duration: 4hrs 30mins

The Power of Positive Thinking is available fromAmazon at $8.91

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How Can a Website Rank Higher without It Being Optimized?

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You’ve probably noticed many websites ranking high in the SERP’s and they’ve really had no SEO optimization done. You’ll notice they are ranking high for keywords NOT on their pages, which often gets us wondering how this is possible. However, it’s important to understand Google does have over 200 ranking factors so these particular sites could be falling under some of these. I went out on a journey to find out how website would be able to rank WITHOUT any particular SEO campaign or even any backlinks pointing to their page. Over several months, I was able to gather cool data on why this was happening. I can tell you right away, much of it has to do with Google and their ranking factors.

Let’s jump right in:

Website Age

One of the MOST important ranking factors for Google is the age of the website. The longer the website has been around, the more credibility it has gained over time. However, this ONLY applies to those websites that are continually updating their content and improving their overall website. Through an older website, you’ll probably increase other ranking factors automatically, for example, older sites have more content, CTR’s, brand awareness, and are much larger. If you think about it long and hard, you’ll notice many of these factors are part of the 200 ranking factors.

CTR + Bounce Rate

Google is ranked the #1 search engine for several reasons, however, the main factor is its ability to distinguish between enormous data. Google will boost your websites ranking in the SERP if you have a higher CTR for a particular keyword compared to others ranking for the same keyword. Keep in mind, the longer your website has been around, the more likely you’ve probably generated way more click-through than some of those just starting out online. However, there are still ways people can manipulate click-through so Google will take into account the bounce rate. For example,

The way to tell if a click-through is legitimate is to track bounce rate. If people truly meant to land on your page, they would spend more time on the page and visit interlinking content.

Content Quality

Because Google is a sophisticated search engine, it can track content quality among many websites. This means if you have some sort of “targeted” keywords on your page, Google will know where to rank your website and for which keywords. However, before it does, it will take into account the quality of your content and compare it to others for the same keyword. Don’t forget the recent updates we’ve had, which focused on ”thin” and “duplicate” content like Panda. Through this update, they can tell when some websites have high quality content across the entire domain compared to a few pages. Next,

Older websites have a proven track record of having a larger collection of high quality content published on their website. This is why older websites have been known to outrank others in the same niche.

Backlink Profiles

Many of you think the higher the backlinks, the better for rankings, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Some websites with only 10 backlinks are outranking others with 50 and the reason is very simple. It has to do with the relevancy and authority of these backlinks. One way Google tells how relevant a website is by skimming through the link profile to check relevancy of the sites linking into it. Older websites with higher quality content don’t necessarily have to build links on their own because over time, they’ve been able to generate awesome relevant links from authority websites.

Keep in mind, if you’re wondering why some websites are ranking and they have 5-6 links, you should dig deeper and look over the relevance and authority of those links pointing to the page.

Keyword Competition

Depending on the niche, some websites might outrank others simply because the keyword profile Google has created is very low in competition. As mentioned, just because you are NOT actively optimizing your website doesn’t mean Google won’t create their link profile for you. How many times have you written content and in Google Webmaster Tools, your page is ranking for keywords you never wanted to rank for? The point I’m making is some websites might simply be ranking for keywords because they are low competitive keywords. This means NOT too many websites are ranking for the same keywords so you automatically have an edge on other websites. This is NOT necessarily a negative thing because some of the generated link profiles involve keywords with the following:

  • Growth potential
  • Current search traffic
  • High converting keyword (buy now, review, etc.)
  • High CPC, which is perfect if you have Adsense on your page

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After Spending A Day With Gary Vaynerchuk, Here Are The Brutal, Harsh & Required Lessons You Can Learn.

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Gary Vaynerchuk was in Melbourne recently and I spent the day listening to his advice. A lot of what he said was like a slap in the face combined with a bucket of cold water thrown on my head every ten minutes or so. He speaks the truth and he does not hold back.

He’s gone from just being a social media guy to someone who aims to inspire – sort of how Tony Robbins and many others that created the self-development movement did in their day.

Here’s what Gary taught me that will be instantly actionable for you:

 

Never forget the underdogs and the people who are struggling.

At these type of events where Gary was speaking, there is a class system (love it or hate it). The people that spent the most money sit at the front in the VIP section, and as you go further back in the room, the seats get cheaper and often the wealth of each individual decreases.

When question time came, lots of people put their hand up and Gary went straight to the back of the room. He did it to prove a point. The people in the front could see him after the event and they generally had already made it.

Gary’s interested in the underdogs and the up and comers. This is because he knows that they’re the people that have the most potential and he knows what it’s like to be one of them.

What this simple lessons taught me is that you should never forget the people who are or used to be just like you. How much money someone has should never be a measure of where you focus your time. If you really want to make a difference, then serve everybody.

 

7 pm – 2 am is where your dream begins.

Many people say they don’t have enough time to follow their dreams. Gary is a practitioner who is busting through people’s BS excuses and he hates people that complain. So when someone asked the question “How do I find time to work on my business in between work and family?” Gary responded with 7 pm till 2 am.

That’s the time when your dreams are executed on.

“When you come home from the office, it’s time to get to work and not drown yourself in booze and Netflix”

We all have the time; it just comes down to whether we’ll use it or make excuses for why we can’t do stuff.

For me, my time is a bit different. I practice what Gary preaches except I do it from 4 am to 7 am and from 7 pm until 10:30 pm. Do what works for you. Bottom-line, you have to work.

 

Control your expenses man!

One young man got up during Q&A and told Gary he doesn’t have enough money to start a business. Gary’s face lit up and he was ready to pounce on the poor man.

“Do you have a wife and kids?”

“Yes sir I have a wife and no kids.”

“Where do you live?”

“In a four-bedroom house close to the city.”

Gary exploded and screamed that he needs to control his expenses. Many of the so-called entrepreneurs out there make up excuses about money. When you drill down, we all have enough resources to work on our side-hustle or our dream.

The problem is that we buy useless stuff we don’t need. It comes down to priorities. If your dream matters, then as Gary says, sell your four-bedroom mansion and eat dirt for a few years by living in a one-bedroom apartment.

 

You don’t want to learn the new stuff.

Many of you got somewhere with email and landing pages and made a bit of money. Now you don’t want to learn the new channels like Alexa and Virtual Reality. What you did until now will not take you where you want to go into the future.

When you’ve got something, you tend not to put in the work to keep it. If you’ve got nothing, the time is now for you. Having nothing is in many ways your greatest asset. Having nothing gives you a sense of hunger that money can’t buy. That’s why many of you who are living this life of entitlement are drowning in your failures.

The world owes you nothing. Go out there and be phenomenal.
Embrace your vulnerability and have the courage to take massive action.

“Not wanting to learn the new stuff is making you ignorant of the success you could be happening”

 

Lives built on one pillar.

Gary spoke a lot in Melbourne about people he’s met who have their entire lives based around one pillar of success. So many people have built their lives on one knockout punch, one arbitrage, one hack, one freebie they give away.

You can’t have sustained success if you keep doing the same thing over and over. The market changes. People change. Even you change.

You need multiple pillars to your success and that will change over time. Stop complaining and become a lifelong learner. You don’t have all the answers and the game is constantly changing. Either grow and learn or die in your own success. This is brutal but true.

 

Give away your best information for free.

It’s counter-intuitive but it works. I’m living proof of it. My best work is all free and that’s how I reach millions of people per month. I can also make money as well and that works even though all my content is free. It works because people have to know you first before they’ll trust you with their time.

 

Respect people who comment.

There’s a lot of you who have online communities who take them for granted and don’t respect the people that give you their attention and their time.

Gary religiously looks at people who have a reasonable size audience and he notice’s one thing: many of you never respond to the comments you get on social media.

Obviously, you can’t respond to everyone but if you never reply to people, you’re disrespecting everyone. Learn to respect people and inspire them, and then you can be a leader in whatever field you’re in. Ignoring everybody is not good for you. Chances are your ego might be too big.

 

There’s a lot of fakepreneurs.

Gary talks a lot about entrepreneurship being the flavor of the month and he’s right. There are a lot of fakepreneurs who don’t respect the game and try to take the easy road. The beautiful thing about capitalism is that when we have a market correction (Global Financial Crisis), all the fakepreneurs who are doing it because it’s cool will go back and get a job again.

You can’t fake it. You’re either an entrepreneur or you’re not. It’s okay if you’re not. Stop pretending and get to know yourself better.

 

Just because you haven’t figured it out yet doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

“The ROI of a basketball is zero. For Lebron James, the ROI is worth billions of dollars” – Gary Vaynerchuk

ROI Of A Basketball Lebron James Gary VaynerchukIf you haven’t found the answers yet, then that doesn’t mean something doesn’t work. Just because you don’t have the answer to a problem, it doesn’t mean you’re right. Trying to be right all the time is a disease that will infect every aspect of your life and screw you like the casino.

There are people succeeding somewhere in the world at whatever you’re tyring to do. Rather than complaining, go find these people and then offer them mutual value in return for their strategies.

 

Only do what you are good at.

Facebook Live is useless if you are boring or don’t know what you are talking about. The social media platform is irrelevant. You actually have to know your stuff for anyone to join your tribe. Double down on your strengths and the ROI of your time will increase.

 

We will always choose time.

You will pay money and give up your privacy for time. Uber sells time, not transport. It’s quicker to delete than it is to unsubscribe from an email list. Audio is the next big thing, says Gary, because it sells us back time.

If you are an entrepreneur looking for a channel to grow an audience from, start a podcast or any content that is centred around audio. The most basic podcast you can do is interview someone who has an audience, and then syphon their brand so you can get access to their audience.

 

Focus on creating.

The world is changing and if you’re not talking to us all via either video, text or audio, then you’ll become irrelevant very soon.

Start sharing your ideas.
Create content.
Create value for as many people as you can.

 

What happens after you get phenomenal, great advice like this?

You’ll be pumped for a few days. You might attend an event like this yourself. Then next Thursday comes and you face a massive life challenge and go back on the defense rather than living your life on the offense.

Don’t just get pumped up for a day. Keep the momentum going. Listen to podcasts from people like Gary and Tim Ferriss. Read non-fiction biographies of the greats. And most of all, keep taking action towards your goals. That’s how the pumped up feeling will last.

Thanks Gary Vaynerchuk for coming to Melbourne and inspiring us all. Much love and much respect.

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41 Mark Zuckerberg Quotes on Finding Success

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Best known for founding the social media empire Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg went from coding in his Harvard dorm room to becoming one of the most influential and recognizable entrepreneurs of our time.  The youngest billionaire ever, Mark Zuckerberg encourages everyone to focus on the bigger picture and how to achieve success while making a change in the world & following your passion.

Here are 41 of Mark Zuckerberg’s Best Quotes:

1. “I think a simple rule of business is, if you do things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.” – Mark Zuckerberg

2. “I started the site when I was 19. I didn’t know much about business back then.” – Mark Zuckerberg

3. “People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard.” – Mark Zuckerberg

4. “The question I ask myself like almost every day is,’Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’” – Mark Zuckerberg

5. “Find that thing you are super passionate about.” – Mark Zuckerberg

6. “Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.” – Mark Zuckerberg

7. “Don’t let anyone tell you to change who you are.” – Mark Zuckerberg

8. “Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers, and engineers. We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity and work to improve people’s lives.” – Mark Zuckerberg

9. “It takes courage to to choose hope over fear.” – Mark Zuckerberg

10. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” – Mark Zuckerberg

11. “Instead of building walls, we can help build bridges.” – Mark Zuckerberg

12. “So many businesses get worried about looking like they might make a mistake, they become afraid to take any risk. Companies are set up so that people judge each other on failure.” – Mark Zuckerberg

13. “People don’t care about what you say, they care about what you build.” – Mark Zuckerberg

14. “If you’re always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden.” – Mark Zuckerberg

15. “This is a perverse thing, personally, but I would rather be in a cycle where people are underestimating us. It gives us latitude to go out and make big bets that excite and amaze people.” – Mark Zuckerberg

16. “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.” – Mark Zuckerberg

17. “Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend.” – Mark Zuckerberg

18. “My number one piece of advice is: you should learn how to program.” – Mark Zuckerberg

19. “In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get people’s perspectives. I really try and live the mission of the company and keep everything else in my life extremely simple.” – Mark Zuckerberg

20. “I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that’s always existed.” – Mark Zuckerberg

21. “Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by fare the thing I am most proud of in my life.” – Mark Zuckerberg

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22. “By giving the people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.” – Mark Zuckerberg

23. “Advertising works most effectively when it’s in line with what people are already trying to do.” – Mark Zuckerberg

24. “Don’t let people deter you. That’s how you do it.” – Mark Zuckerberg

25. “It is important for young entrepreneurs to be adequately self-aware to know what they do not know.” – Mark Zuckerberg

26. “The most important thing that entrepreneurs should do is pick something they care about, work on it, but don’t actually commit to turning it into a company until it actually works.” – Mark Zuckerberg

27. “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” – Mark Zuckerberg

28. “Connectivity is a human right.” – Mark Zuckerberg

29. “When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.” – Mark Zuckerberg

30. “By giving the people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.” – Mark Zuckerberg

31. “The Hack Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete.” – Mark Zuckerberg

32. “I’m here to build something for the long-term. Anything else is a distraction.” – Mark Zuckerberg

33. “You get a reputation for stability if you are stable for years.” – Mark Zuckerberg

34. “The question isn’t ‘what do we want to know about people?’, It’s,’What do people want to tell about themselves?’” – Mark Zuckerberg

35.“If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world.” – Mark Zuckerberg

36. “Entrepreneurship is about creating change, not just companies.” – Mark Zuckerberg

37. “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

38. “Some people dream of success…while others wake up and work hard at it.” – Mark Zuckerberg

39. “People think innovation is just having a good idea but a lot of it is just moving quickly and trying a lot of things.” – Mark Zuckerberg

40. “You are better off trying something and having it not work and learning from that than not doing anything at all.” – Mark Zuckerberg

41. “The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world so do something you like.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Which quote inspired you the most? Comment below!

218: How to Set Smart Blogging Goals for the New Year

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Using the SMART Approach to Set Your Blogging Goals for 2018  

It’s that time of year where many of us are reviewing the year gone by and setting our blogging goals for 2018.

Goal setting is really important in any venture. Without goals, your actions tend to be aimless and random. By setting something specific to aim at, you’ll  be motivated and more focused in your efforts.

A lot has been written about goal setting over the years. But one way to set your goals is to use the SMART approach, where SMART is an acronym for characteristics of good goals.

Most people say Peter Drucker came up the idea, while others say it was George Doran. In any case, both men were almost certainly contributors.

Today I want to work through one version of it (there are a number of subtle variations) and see what we can learn about it as bloggers.

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Hi there, and welcome to Episode 218 of the ProBlogger Podcast. My name is Darren Rowse, and I’m the blogger behind problogger.com, a blog, a podcast, series of ebooks, and a job board all designed to help you as a blogger to grow your blog, to build an income around your blog, and hopefully change the world and make it a better place at the same time.

Today in Episode 218, I want to talk about goal setting. It is that time of year where I know many of you are beginning to wind down a little bit. You’re beginning to do some reviews of your blog and you’re starting to think about next year. You’re thinking about what you should be trying to achieve in the year ahead. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably starting to think about some goals or objectives for the year ahead. That’s something that we’re talking about as a team for ProBlogger and Digital Photography School at the moment.

I thought I would share some tips on setting some goals. Goals that are going to stretch you, but also goals that would be realistic. Goals that will move your business forward and move you forward, I guess, in many ways as well. I want to give you a bit of a framework for thinking about those goal settings.

You can find out a little bit more about what I’m doing today on today’s show notes. There’s a full transcription of today’s show, as well as some further reading as well. Go to problogger.com/podcast/218. There’s also an opportunity for you to sign up for our ProBloggerPLUS newsletter on the show notes. And simply, that is a weekly email that I send out every Thursday, Australian time, on Thursday morning US. That’s just a recap of what we’ve published over the last week. You get a little notification of our new podcast and new blogpost and if I’ve done a Facebook Live as well. Anyway, I want to get on with today’s show. Show notes again at problogger.com/podcast/218.

As I said in the intro, it is that time of the year where many bloggers are reviewing the year gone by, beginning to think about goals for 2018. Also, many of us are looking forward to a little bit of a break over the holiday period. Here in Australia of course, we’re going into Summer at the moment. I’m standing here in my shorts and t-shirts which is a welcome relief after a long winter. We’ll be having a warm Christmas and New Year’s period with a bit of a break. That’s what, us, Aussies do. But also, in the midst of all that planning for a break, we’re beginning to think about next year, 2018. I can’t believe it’s almost upon us.

Goal setting of course is so important in any part of your life really. If you want to achieve things, it’s much easier to make those achievements if you’ve actually got a specific goal in front of you. Your actions tend to be pretty aimless in life and random if you don’t have something to actually aim for. How do you come up with that thing that you’re going to aim for?

There’s been a lot written about goal setting over the years both on ProBlogger. I’ve covered this topic almost every year. I’ve done a blog post or a podcast on it and in the broader blogger sphere, there’s been many books written about it as well.

One of the approaches that has come to my attention over the years that I’ve found helpful in thinking about my goals is to use the acronym S.M.A.R.T. This doesn’t tell you how to come up with goals, but as you’re thinking about your goals it’s a good framework to run your goals through to make them more effective goals.

I don’t know who came up with the S.M.A.R.T. framework for goal setting. Some people say it was Peter Drucker, other people say George Doran’s. I want to give those men credits but they have both certainly written about this and contributed to this framework. There’s been plenty of others over the years as well. I’ve done research into the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, there’s lots of different translations of it. The S.M.A.R.T. can actually stand for different things. I want to give you one version of that today. And as I’ll go along the way, I’ll also mention a few other words that I think could be useful as you’re thinking about your goals.

Let’s look at them one by one. To start off, I’ll give you the overview. The overview is that your goals should be S for smart, M for measurable, A for achievable, R for relevant, and T for time-bound. As I said before, there’s a few other words that I’ll throw in along the way. Let’s look at each one in turn.

Let’s start with S for specific. Make your goals as specific as possible. Don’t make your goals something like, “I want more traffic for my blog,” or, “I want more money from my blog,” or, “I want to write more often.” These are good goals, they’re good things that you should be probably wanting to do as a blogger. But they’re very fuzzy. Make them more specific. If you want more traffic, how much more traffic do you want? If you want more money, how much more money do you want? If you want to post more often, how often do you want to post? Get as specific as possible.

You might say, “I want 100% more traffic this year than I had last year,” or, “I want to earn $50,000 this year,” or, “I want to publish a blog post every week this year.” They’re very specific goals. They also tap into the next letter which I will talk about in a moment.

The other S word that I came up with that I haven’t really seen too many people talking about but for me, is an essential to any goal. It’s to make it as significant as possible. Don’t just set goals for the sake of having goals. Choose goals that will take you towards your overarching, long-term goals, the things that you are wanting to achieve – not just this year but in the next 10 years. What is the goal of your blog? Why are you blogging? Your goals need to tap into that why on a deeper level.

If your goal is to make a million dollars, then you’re probably not going to do that in the first year. But make your goal something that is going to help you to achieve that overarching goal. If your overarching goal is to get a book deal, you may not get that this year. But what do you need to do this year to take you towards that long-term goal? If your goal is to retire by the time you’re 60, then unless you’re 59, that’s probably not going to happen this year. But what can you set as a goal that’s going to take you towards the long-term goal?

Consider the big picture and also consider, I guess, what is significant to you. What are you passionate about? What is meaningful to you as well? It’s really important to have significant goals because those kinds of goals, they’re going to be much more motivating for you than just a general fuzzy goal like, “I want more traffic,” or, “I want to double my traffic.” If you tap into the why you want more traffic, that is going to make the goal more significant to you. Make your goals specific but make them also significant.

M is for measurable. If you can’t measure, then it’s not a S.M.A.R.T. goal. In the examples I gave earlier, “I want to increase my traffic by 100%,” or, “I want to earn $50,000.” “I want to publish a blog post every week.” They are not only specific goals but they’re also measurable because I can tell whether I have achieved those things or not. I will know by the end of the year if I have increased my traffic by 100%. I will know if I have published every week whether I’ve published every week. I can see whether I’ve achieved those goals or not.

Measurable goals are great for that reason. You’ll know if you’ve reached them or not, but they’re also great because they can help you to track how you’re going in those things as well. For example, the $50,000 this year. Fifty thousand dollars might be more or less what you want to achieve. But whatever it is that you want to make, you can then break that down into a monthly, weekly, daily total. I know if I want to make $50,000 this year, then I need to make $4,166 every month. I can see how far through the month am I on track to make that target. Same, you can get even more granular thinking about $137 a day to help you reach that goal.

Measurable goals are great because they help you whether you’ve got it or not but also, it can give you motivation along the way that can spur you on and see how you’re tracking with your goal. The other M word that I would encourage you to think about, it kind of taps into the significant one that I was talking before, but it’s to make it meaningful.

Make your goals meaningful to you. Try to choose goals that have meaning to you personally but also to your business. Like I said before, this taps into those significant goals as long-term goals, but also, what else is meaningful to you. Your goals could actually be other things that you want to achieve.

For example, I talked to one blogger recently who told me that her goal for next year is to raise $10,000 for school of orphans in Africa. That’s what she wants to achieve. Whilst that’s not going to grow her business, it’s meaningful to her. She actually visited that orphanage a few years ago and it’s a meaningful goal for her. She wants to raise that, and she wants to raise that through her blogs.

Choose goals that are not just going to further your business, but are going to further other goals that you might have, other meaningful things that you have. Your goals need to be measurable and also if you can, make them meaningful.

Now A, a is for achievable goals. Your goals should stretch you. There should be things that are going to make you work hard. But they should also be realistic, based upon the situation that you’re in. If you’re blogging in the evenings after work, after other family commitments, it may not be realistic to set your goal to publish a blog post every day. It may not even be realistic for you to publish every week. You may want to come up with a different goal based upon the situation that you’re in. If you are able to dedicate full time, you’ll probably be able to reach some of those goals of publishing weekly, maybe even daily.

Setting your goal too big could actually hurt your blog. It could impact your motivation but also, it could hurt the quality of the work that you’re doing and as a result, could hurt your brand. Do stretch yourself, but don’t bite off more than you can chew. Take account of your available time, the resources that you have, also the stage of your blog, are things really important? I see a lot of bloggers who say, “I want to be a full-time blogger by the end of the year,” and they actually haven’t started their blog yet. That may not be realistic. It might be a stretch goal.

I have certainly seen a couple of bloggers go full-time within a year, but in most cases it’s not actually achievable for most bloggers. Usually, it takes a couple of years to kind of get to that stage. Take into account your time, your resources, the stage of your blog, where it’s sitting at the moment. Also, look at previous performance, how’s your blog been tracking, and the experience of others as well. You can certainly ask around to find out whether a goal sounds realistic to other people.

It’s also worth saying that another A word is often translated into S.M.A.R.T. goals as agreed-upon. I’ve seen a number of people write about this. Your goals need to be agreed-upon. This is usually said in the context of a team. The A, agreed-upon, everyone in the team should know and agree upon the goal.

This isn’t going to be as relevant for all bloggers because I know a lot of ProBlogger and podcast listeners are single person blogs, they’re just them blogging. It’s not too hard to have an agreed-upon goal if you’re the only one there. But if you do have a team, I think it’s really important to communicate those goals that you have.

The worst thing you can do if you’re in a team is for you to have a goal and not communicate that to your team. Make sure everyone else knows what the goal is, and get buy in from them as well. A goal really is useless in a team environment if everyone doesn’t know it, but also they don’t buy into that in some way. A is for achievable goals, but also if you have a team make sure that they are agreed-upon as well.

R, make your goals Relevant. Make your goals sit alongside each other really well. This is thinking about you’re going to probably come out with multiple goals for your blog in a year. If you’re thinking about that sort of whole year, you probably should have a number things that you are trying to achieve. But sometimes goals can clash with one another.

I think back over the years, there’s been tons of set goals that I realized one of the goals that I’ve set for the year stands out on my list as being something that just doesn’t fit with others. Many times the reason is that it’s just not the right time to pursue that thing.

For example, I think it was back in 2015, I had on my list of goals that I wanted to run an event in the US. It’s something that I felt strongly about – we’ve got a lot of readers in the US – I wanted to do this, and I felt it would be worthwhile. I thought it would serve our readers. I thought it would be profitable.

But as I looked at that complete list of goals that I wanted to achieve in 2015, it became clear to me that if I was going to put an event on this US, it was going to hurt some of my other goals.

It was going to take a lot of the focus away from some of these other things that really needed to happen first. I needed to get some more foundational things done before I put on that event in the US. So I decided to put that goal on hold. It wasn’t something that I killed. I knew I would do it eventually. But I decided not to pursue it in 2015.

This year, when I decided to look at my goals, it was something that we were much more ready to do. I already met some people who can help us to make that event a reality, and I had freed up some time in my own schedule to be able to put attention into that. This year in 2017, we ran the Success Incubator event.

It was a good goal but it just wasn’t the right time for that goal. It wasn’t a relevant goal for 2015. As you look at that list of goals that you’ve got, bring some critical thinking to it. It’s great to have sort of big goals. I think there’s a place for blue sky thinking, brainstorming, when you’re coming up with goals. But also bring some critical thought to it as well. This might be something that you want to involve some other people in. Show your goals to someone else. Often they will say, “Hmm, this one doesn’t quite fit.”

There’s some other questions you might want to think about. Do your goals sit well with each other? Are there any in your list that could clash with others, one goal might hurt another? Is now the right time to pursue all of those goals? Will one of the goals cause you to be distracted from some of the other things because it’s so big or it’s so new? Is the current environment suitable for the goal? Maybe your goal is to come up with a new type of product and maybe the market’s not ready for that product yet.

Or maybe it’s an old-fashion kind of goal. It would have been a good goal ten years ago, but it’s not so good now. Do other things need to be achieved first? Are there some foundations that need to be laid this year so that you can achieve those other goals next year?

Those are some of the questions I will encourage you to ask once you’ve compiled a list of goals to actually think about. Not only are they specific, measurable and achievable but are they actually relevant for my business today? Are they relevant to what’s in front of me right now, the current situation I’m in? That’s R.

T in the S.M.A.R.T. is to make them time-bound. It’s perhaps a bit of a stretch too because it’s not a word I would usually use. For me, I would say put a deadline on your goal. This is part of making your goal specific and measurable. It’s also about helping you to begin to think about the how, how you’re going to reach that goal. Once you put a deadline on it, you begin to see what needs to be done at certain times of the year.

Put a deadline, “This goal needs to be achieved by August.” I begin to then kind of work backwards from August and begin to slot into place other smaller goals or objectives or milestones that need to happen along the way. It’s also, I find personally, my personality type. Having a deadline actually helps me with my motivation. I work really well with a deadline. A deadline helps me to stop procrastinating. I’ve talked about that in previous podcast as well. Put a deadline on it.

One tip I would give you with deadlines. Don’t make all your goals by the end of the year because you’re going to get into a problem at the end of the year. It could mean that you have a really hectic last month of the year. December might be crazy because you’ve got all these goals that haven’t been met yet and you’re trying to work on them all. Think about spreading some of your goals out through the calendar so that you are working on different things at different times of the year.

For my blogs, for Digital Photography School for example, we create a calendar for the whole year. We’re actually will be doing that in the next week or so. We begin to slot those goals in as we go. Once we have our overall goal, we might have an overall goal. This year we want to launch three new products. We begin to think about when will those products fit in? Another goal might be we want to do five affiliate promotions. Now, we’ve got our products slotted in, we can begin to see where our affiliate promotions might go in. We might want to have four opt-ins, four lead magnets. Where are we going to slot those in? We’ve already got all these other projects on the go, so we’re able to begin to slot those in.

Having a deadline in place means that you are motivated. But it also begins to help you to plan that year so that you’re not doing too much all at once. Really helpful. Another T word that I want to throw in for S.M.A.R.T. goals is to make your goals as thorough as possible. I’ve already alluded to this in some ways. I think you probably should come up with more than one goal for the year. I don’t think you should come up with too many, but think about all of the different aspects of blogging.

As I’ve talked about in previous episodes of this podcast, I believe there are certain pillars of pro blogging. If you want to have a profitable blog, there are a variety of things you need to be working on in any one at a time. You need to be thinking about content. You need to be thinking about traffic. You need to be thinking about engagement and building community. You need to be thinking about monetization. For me, they’re the four pillars of pro blogging. It makes sense to me that you probably want to be thinking about coming up with at least one goal for each of those four areas; some goals for your content, some goals for your traffic, some goals for engagements, some goals for monetization.

Then of course, there are some other aspects of blogging like design, like tech, the tech side of your blog, your servers and that type of thing and also, your productivity and how you are going to do all of this stuff. You might want to have other goals in some of those areas as well. By doing so, you’re coming up with a holistic kind of thorough approach to goal setting. You’re not just saying, “I want more traffic this year,” or, “I want more money.” You’re actually beginning to break down where does more money actually come from? Well, it probably comes from working on my content, my monetization, my traffic, my engagement, my productivity, my design, my tech. All of these things will help contribute to some of those bigger goals that you might have as well.

For me, the areas that I would always be thinking about were content, traffic, engagement, monetization, productivity, design, and tech. They’re probably the seven main areas that we will be coming up with goals for across my blogs.

S.M.A.R.T. goals, S.M.A.R.T. goals are specific, they’re significant, they’re measurable, they’re meaningful, they’re achievable, they’re agreed-upon if you’ve got a team, they’re relevant, they’re time-bound or they have deadlines, and they’re thorough. There’s this smart approach to that. A few other thoughts that I would pop in there, write it down, I think it’s so important to not just come up with the goals in your mind because if you’re anything like me, you’ll forget those goals or they won’t be at the top of your mind, actually write them down, put them into a calendar. I think that is so important.

If you’ve got a goal and it’s measurable and it’s got a deadline, then it should automatically go into a calendar at that deadline and you should probably even be working backwards. Once you’ve got the goal in the calendar, you want to start thinking about what needs to happen to make that goal a reality. This is where you get into the planning. Work backwards from the deadline. What needs to happen for that ebook that you want to have launched by October? What needs to happen by August? What needs to have happened by April? What needs to happen in the next week? You can begin to put some milestones in place. You can begin to work out the order of what needs to be achieved, and who needs to do it as well.

The last thing I would say is make your goals accountable to people. Maybe that’s another A word there. But be accountable to someone with your goals whether that be a family member, a partner, a friend or maybe some other blogger that you want to pair up with this year. Or maybe it’s in your Facebook group or another Facebook group as well.

If you want to join the ProBlogger Facebook group, we’ll have a thread where you can share your goals for the year and maybe just by putting it out there to the group, maybe that will make you a little bit more accountable. I would encourage you though to find someone else who will keep you accountable to that, a buddy or maybe a mentoring group as well.

I hope that’s been helpful for you. I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year, either in the Facebook groups or in the comments on the show notes as well. Today’s show notes are at problogger.com/podcast/218 and of course, the Facebook group, if you do a search for ProBlogger Community on Facebook, you would find that group immediately.

Lastly again, do sign up for our newsletter. It is the best way to keep up with our latest content. We definitely, this year, slowed down in the content creation that we’ve done. This is really as a result of your feedback. We were getting a lot of feedback from people saying, “I didn’t want too many articles every week.” So we slowed it down, there’s only ever going to be one blogpost, one podcast, and one Facebook Live over the next year. Occasionally, we might slip something if we’re doing a series that’s on top of that. But we want to make it achievable for you to consume our content at ProBlogger. That ProBloggerPLUS newsletter, which you can sign up for anywhere on ProBlogger, will help you keep in touch with that new stuff as well.

Hopefully that’s helpful for you today. I’ll look forward to travelling with you over the next few weeks as we approach the end of the year. I’ll look forward to chatting with you in the New Year as well. As I said last week, we’ve got a brand new course that we’ll be launching that’s going to help people to start a blog early in the year next year. If you know anyone who is kind of thinking about starting a blog, let them know that we’ve got that coming. Then we’ve got something else coming up straight after that course that’s going to help us establish bloggers to kind of get their blogs firing up again as well. That’ll come out probably on February as well. Some exciting things coming. Can’t tell you much more than that at the moment, but I look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks. Thanks for listening, chat with you next week.

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The Number One Investment in the New Year. Hint: It Isn’t Bitcoin or Real Estate

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This is the number one investment all millionaires can agree with…Have you guessed what it is yet? The biggest investment you can make in the New Year is not a house, or a car, or a new diet program even if these are all good things.

The biggest investment you can make which all millionaires can agree with is yourself.

Surprise! Setting up yourself to succeed for the New Year isn’t always easy. I always believed that words mean nothing if it isn’t backed up with action. The more words people say, the more likely they’re not going to follow through with it. Hustle in silence. Focus on the results.

As an entrepreneur for the future, here are the top three things worth investing in every New Year’s:

Investing in your time and money

Plan your new year by the quarter. Set goals. Be realistic. Have quarterly goals and monthly goals, which include meeting new people and budgeting your finances.

Networking Goals:

Be very specific about them and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of people do you want to meet and from what industries?
  • How many people do you want to meet with whom you’d actually want to establish relationships with – with a regular follow-up in mind?

Financial Goals:

  • Have a marketing budget – with an evaluated quarter-by-quarter and month-by-month basis.

  • Know the exact amount of profits you want to make that is measurable in scale in comparison with the previous year.

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale

Investing in your personal development

When it comes to changing your mindset from mediocre to millionaire, it really starts with education. There’s a ton of things you can start with from reading books, to attending conferences and listening to podcasts.

Whenever you’re making a new purchase whether it’s a new book, magazine or a ticket to an event, instead of thinking ‘I can’t afford this,’ think ‘how can I afford this’. Doesn’t that sound better?

More importantly, you can think about it like this – how much am I worth? Am I worth this much to invest in for my personal development in the long run?

  • Read more books. Think of it as an investment instead of a purchase. ‘I am investing in a $20 dollar book for my future that will be worth more than this.
  • Reach out. Ask a mentor at a high level what they are reading. Imitate their reading habits and see where that takes you (hint: higher than the level you are now).
  • Journal. Don’t forget to log those gold nuggets. Always listen and be on the lookout for what resonates with you motivationally and run with it and see how far you go.

Investing in your business growth

Investing in your personal growth can almost automatically translate to your business growth. Your personal mindset has changed, so it can now trickle down to other areas of your life including your interpersonal and professional life – which of course includes your business.

Here are the following benefits of conferences in acquiring new keys to success:

  • Plan out two to three conferences – business conferences, not Comic Con. Two events that I already have planned out for the new year are these two:
    • Massive Success Breakthrough (MSB) in February
    • Thrive Conference
  • Journaling – even just one takeaway, one gold nugget – that sticks with you can make your whole year.
  • Networking – meeting various different people throughout the conferences can be the very people who can connect or even mentor you that can help you accomplish your goals and take them to the next level.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie

Bottom line guys, investing in yourself is paramount. Sure, taking action and failing forward is important. However, investing in your personal and professional growth will catapult the growth of your entrepreneurial mindset and business. Your business only grows when you grow.

How are you investing in yourself on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments below!