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The Mastermind Within Goals Check-in – April 2017

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At the start of the New Year, the writers at The Mastermind Within, Erik and Henry, outlined goals they wanted to pursue in 2017. 2017 has started off great and will continue to be fantastic. This post is the April goals check-in.

“To have more, you simply have to become more. Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better!” – Jim Rohn

By focusing on our mission statement and purpose, we are setting up a platform for other like-minded individuals to share their ideas, build knowledge, and experience amazing personal growth.

The Mastermind Within Mission Statement:

The Mastermind Within hopes to build a collaborative community where ideas can flow openly, and readers can build knowledge and experience amazing personal growth.

To build a collaborative community, we have some blog goals which we want to check in and see our progress. Checking in keeps us accountable and responsible for the goals. In addition, if one goal is lacking, we can adjust our plans and focus in on our weaknesses.

The Mastermind Within Blog Goals:

Blog Goal #1 – Write 250 Posts

In April, Jake, Henry and Erik posted 16 times.

Jake, Henry and Erik had a few posts on our FREE Debt Destruction Tool, the March Traffic Report, and their goals update:

In addition to these posts, we were busy making a handful of pages for the Debt Destruction Tool.These pages are not counted as posts.

Henry had 1 post on his experience with vocal empowerment. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Henry wrote in April:

Erik had 1 post on increasing your credit score. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Erik wrote in April:

Jake had posts on WordPress Freelancers, Neil Patel’s secret for webinars, and creating passive income with Fiverr service arbitrage. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Jake wrote in April:

Finally, we featured two guest posts in April from Troy at Market History and Buy, Hold Long.

With 16 posts in April, that makes 80 for the year. We are on pace for 240 posts in 2017; we need to pick it up a little bit and stay consistent.

Blog Goal #1.5 – Write 100 Book Reviews

A subset of posts were book reviews. Erik posted 6 book reviews in April. Henry didn’t have any book reviews.

Erik posted the following book reviews:

Thinking Statistically The millionaire fastlane
Book Review Book Review
the art of asking The power of broke
Book Review Book Review
For One More Day Money on demand
Book Review Book Review

With 6 book reviews in April, and 24 in January, February, and March, we are on pace for 90 book reviews in 2017. We need to pick it up!

Blog Goal #2 – Get 15,000 page views in a single month by the end of 2017

In April, we received 3,550 page views. In March, we received 3,157 page views: our viewership increased 12% month over month. To reach 15,000 page views in a single month, we will have to grow the blog’s viewership by 19.81% on a month over month basis. This is certainly achievable.

This will be accomplished through a combination of SEO, social media, and a continued focus on providing value through freebies to our readers.

Blog Goal #3 – Make 10 appearances on other websites/podcasts/etc.

In April, Erik made 3 appearances on other websites and podcasts.

On April 10th, Erik contributed to Pennies and Dollar’s Post: Things We Wish We Knew About Money When We Graduated From High School. Erik wishes he had known about compounding and the value of spending money on things that bring direct happiness.

On April 21st, Erik was interviewed by Ben Peters on Millennial Commute, a podcast for millennials where Ben looks to have insightful conversations and tell great stories that help Millennials like you navigate the complex challenges presented by Higher Education, the “Commute” from high school to the workforce. Erik talked about his college experience and his goals for the future.

On April 23rd, Erik took part in Enwealthen’s Financial Literacy Chronicles. For the entire month  of April, Enwealthen is posting interviews with various personal finance bloggers. Check it out to see Erik’s take on financial literacy.

In May, we will continue to look to gain exposure through guest posting. We are 30% of the way to achieving this goal.

See the full April blog traffic and income report here.

Now on to personal goals:

The Update on Erik’s Personal Goals:

Personal Goal for Erik #1 –  Read 75 books

Erik read 6 books in April. He has finished 25 books so far in 2017; this puts him on pace for 75 books in 2017. Check out Erik’s full summary of his goal to read 75 books in 2017 here.

Personal Goal for Erik #2 – Buy another property (either primary residence or investment property)

Erik almost bought a property in April 2017. This will be discussed in a later post – it was a wild 2 weeks… As he touched on in his 2017 financial plan post, he plans to invest in his IRA and get rid of PMI. This is not a main focus for him in 2017 as the housing market is super hot.

Personal Goal for Erik #3 – Grab the rim in basketball

Erik was able to grab rim in mid-February. Erik has continued to work out to maintain a healthy physique and is looking to get stronger by working out 3 days a week. By performing compound exercises, Erik will keep building muscle and getting stronger.

Personal Goal for Erik #4 – Build Cash, 401k and investments by $35k.

April was a solid month. Erik built cash by $2,600, increased his 401(k) balance by $233, increased his HSA balance by $262, and increased equity in his house by $526 for a total increase of $3,621.

For the first four months of 2017, Erik has built his cash, 401(k), and investment positions by $18,385.

savings by month

Erik is not worried about hitting this goal. There is a promotion in the works at his day job and he recently came across a new opportunity which should bring in $10k-$15k this year.

The update for Henry’s personal goals:

Personal Goal for Henry #1 – Pay off all personal debt ($15,000 for house projects/remodels) and save 20,000$ in cash by the end of 2017.

In April, Henry paid off $1,245 of personal debt, leaving around $8,500 remaining.  He has added an additional $1,500 on 0% interest cards for various expenses.  This brings his debt total to around $10,000.

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

The next month will be huge for paying down debt: his duplex has renters, and Henry is receiving two years worth of homestead property tax refunds of approximately $4400.  Henry is looking to pay off another $5,000 dollars by the end of May.  In addition to debt pay-down, Henry was able to build his 401(k) by $252.34 (contributions and paying back his 401k loan), his HSA by $313 , and build equity in his house by $503.16.

Personal Goal for Henry #2 – Dunk a men’s basketball on a 10 foot rim during a league basketball game before our 16 week season is over.

Henry failed this goal as he was unable to dunk in during his basketball season.  He is able to alley-oop dunk and grab the rim strongly with two hands.  He has yet to dunk in a game and plans on working on overall explosiveness in the 2nd 3 month Mindpump workout program – MAPS Performance.  This along with MAPS Prime, Yoga, and running will allow him to dunk this spring.

Overall, 2017 has been going great these first four months. How are you doing on your 2017 goals?

Erik, Jake and Henry








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  1. The first two months of the year had gone well for my blog, but I got a little setback during March. After my SEO initiative in early April, I am getting a lot more organic traffic in late April and May is off to a great start.

    My blog traffic goals are not as ambitious as yours. If I can grow my traffic at a compounded rate in the single high digit on a monthly basis, then I will happy with that.

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      Hey, at least you are growing and not dying 😉 in all seriousness, you’ve been doing great Leo – I’m loving your content and I’m glad you have found success with the Yoast SEO plug-in!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend.

  2. I wish I could still dunk. I’m not even sure I can still grab the rim. I use to be able to do these things no problem back in the day. Getting older sucks 🙂 Awesome goals and it’s amazing to see the tremendous progress that you all have made with your blog in such a short time!!!

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  3. Man, you guys are killing it. That is crazy impressive to see how much traffic you are getting so quickly. Very motivating!

    What have you found to give you the biggest return on time for driving traffic?

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      Thanks Grant for the comment. A lot of our traffic has came from “referral”, i.e. commenting on other blogs. Social Media is okay.. but not that great. I’ve been experimenting with Quora and that’s been bringing in some new viewers.

      I’ve heard Pinterest is good, but I haven’t gotten into it.

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