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The Mastermind Within Goals Check-in – May 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 May goals check-in.

β€œTo 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 May, Jake, Henry and Erik posted 16 times.

Jake, Henry and Erik had a few posts on our FREE Personal Finance Income Statement, the March Traffic Report, and their goals update:

Henry is over in Spain and has been busy on a personal spiritual journey after quitting his job.

Erik had 6 posts in May. Some of these are serious, some of these are silly. He really enjoyed writing the “Looking for a wife” post πŸ™‚ Here is a list of the non-book review posts Erik wrote in May:

Jake had a post on cryptocurrencies. Here is a list of the non-book review posts Jake wrote in April:

Finally, we featured two guest post in May from Kyle Nelson, executive coach from Cubefulness, and Drew Cloud, who blogs at Student Loan Report.

With 16 posts in May, that makes 96 for the year. We are on pace for 230 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 4 book reviews in May. Henry didn’t have any book reviews.

Erik posted the following book reviews:

The Everything Store Content Inc
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five people meet in heaven Skill with People
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With 4 book reviews in May, and 34 in January, February, March, and April we are on pace for 82 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 May, we had 3,496 page views. In April, we received 3,550 page views: our viewership decreased 2% month over month. To reach 15,000 page views in a single month, we will have to grow the blog’s viewership by 23% on a month over month basis. This is certainly achievable but we need to start expanding into different social media channels. We are going to look at Pinterest as I’ve heard great things from many different bloggers.

This goal 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.

On May 28th, Erik and Henry had a guest appearance on GenYFinanceGuy‘s blog. Dom reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in writing out a 10 year plan. Both Henry and Erik wrote out their vision for the next 10 years. What’s incredible, is 2 months after writing it, some of the things are coming true!

In June, we will continue to look to gain exposure through guest posting. We are 40% of the way to achieving this goal.

See the full May blog traffic and income report here.


Now on to personal goals:

The Update on Erik’s Personal Goals:

Personal Goal for Erik #1 –Β  Read 75 books

Erik read 4 books in May. He has finished 29 books so far in 2017; this puts him on pace for 70 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 can still touch rim, but has fallen off a little bit in terms of explosiveness. Lots of working, not so much working out (1-2 days a week outside of softball and basketball) πŸ™

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

May was a solid month. Erik had a reduction in cash by $4,844, but increased his 401(k) balance by $495, increased his HSA balance by $262, invested $6,000 in his business and increased equity in his house by $528 for a total increase of $2,441.

For the first five months of 2017, Erik has built his cash, 401(k), and investment positions by $20,825.

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Erik is not worried about hitting this goal. June should be a big month for savings as he gets 3 paychecks and a quarterly statistical consulting check from one of his other side hustles.

The update for Henry’s personal goals:

In May, Henry has been traveling around Europe (England and Spain), and will not be able to provide an update on his 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

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.


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

Erik, Jake and Henry

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  1. Progress is progress. Great job keeping at it guys! Looking forward to hearing more about the site and side business as time goes on and Henry’s trip when he returns. Oh and his book reviews. πŸ˜‰

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  2. These are great goals and I’m glad you all have achieved so many of them. This has given me motivation to highlight some of my goals and add some new ones perhaps mid way thru the year. I didn’t know about the Pinterest outlet. I’ll have to check that out, thanks!

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  3. All great goals. Seems you are all well on your way. Just keep doing what you are doing and the rest will fall into place. Quality content keeps traffic flowing. Keep up the good work.

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      Hey Tim, I appreciate the comment and you stopping by. Things are getting busy this summer but we will stay consistent and keep it going!

  4. My goal of increasing my net worth by 100k this year ha been progressing well. I am 75% there. I will be getting a huge tax refund check and addition income from real estate. I should be able to hit my financial goal by the end of the summer.

    As for my blog, I got some really good traffic from google in May. However, to grow my blog further, I really need to post more than once a week.

    I see that in your traffic report that you had made some really great progress on the subscriber front. Your tools are definitely helping people improve their finances.

    Keep up the great work. Looking to read your next post on you Pinterest experiment.

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  5. You all are making tremendous progress along the way. I love the goals and for myself I am still working out 3-4x a week at the local bootcamp. I’m also trying to continue posting 3x a week. Which is definitely not easy while I’m trying to do some other things in the meantime πŸ™‚ Hopefully it will pay off and be worth it.

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      That’s awesome you are getting in the gym 3-4x a week. 3 times posting is pretty difficult when you are busy. My reading has taken a huge hit!

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