2 years ago today, I started The Mastermind Within. I registered the domain, themastermindwithin.com, and got to work building out the website.
I decided to take bold action, and put my thoughts and opinions out into the wild World Wide Web.
What started out as an outlet to help others, to connect with like-minded individuals, to document my journey, and to potentially create an income stream has become all of this and more.
I’m incredibly thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and am looking forward to continue on this journey in year number 3.
In this post though, I want to talk about something that I love talking about here on the blog: TAKING ACTION.
It would have been easy for me to not start this blog, but I decided to take action and do the work. It would have been easy to not write thousands of words spanning hundreds of blog posts, but I decided to take action and do the work.
There are so many “hard” things that are necessary for success in this world. But speaking frankly here, they aren’t actually that hard. The difficulty comes in the consistency and application of discipline.
In this post, I want to celebrate the action takers and my consistency over the last 2 years, which has lead me to this point.
Finally, I’ll talk about what year 3 on this blog will (maybe) look like.
Ideas are Worthless Without Action
How many million dollar ideas have you came up with over the last few years?
How many of those have you implemented?
For all of your ideas that you’ve implemented, what was the gain or loss?
I have plenty of ideas, but have realized that all of these ideas are worthless unless I actually try and capitalize on them.
Starting a YouTube channel, buying a rental property, starting a blog, getting started with a new hobby, getting into shape, building a new company – all of these things make for great conversation and goals, but without actually doing the work, nothing will come of it.
This blog, The Mastermind Within, wasn’t the most original idea. There are plenty of blogs which talk about personal finance, self improvement or entreprenuership.
Here’s the thing: you don’t need an amazing idea the first, second, fifth or tenth time you do something. Surprisingly, taking action actually will lead to bigger and better ideas!
Over the last two years, I’ve seen some fantastic results personally, on the blog, and in my other hustles. Below is a brief recap of some of the accomplishments from my blogging.
Thousands of Words, Hundreds of Posts
In 2018 (not including this post), I’ve added 188 pieces of content to this blog, with the word count totaling 253,515 words.
In 2017, I added 168 pieces of content to the blog, with the word count totaling 216,269 words.
That’s a lot of freaking writing.
One of my life mantras is the following:
Simple daily disciplines over time will lead to MASSIVE SUCCESS.
Over the last 730 days, I’ve stayed consistent with my writing and growth on this website.
There were days when I didn’t want to write, days where I didn’t have a great idea, and days where I could’ve just pushed it off for another day.
I’m very proud of my consistency and am happy to see these word counts and totals.
Personal Growth and Improvement
Growing up, English was my worse subject in school. I got B’s and C’s in English, whereas in my math and science courses, I got mostly A’s.
Communication, English and comprehension has always been a struggle for me.
With these as weaknesses, why did I start a blog? If I’m bad at these things, then why try?
Something I like to do is spin situations and look at them from a different angle. With these weaknesses, maybe I actually should start a blog or podcast!
Blogging and podcasting has drastically improved my communication and ability to think on my feet. Writing over 200,000 words in a coherent matter takes practice (my first posts looked horrible – and they still can improve!)
With this improved communication, I’ve seen improvements and an impact in my relationships and career.
Communication is incredibly important for having a successful career, and through my efforts to improve my communication, I’ve seen an increase in my salary to over $100,000 a year.
Another skill I’ve learned from blogging is web design. Designing websites and making improvement to this website has been a lot of fun, and also helped me in my day job.
Learning HTML and CSS isn’t too difficult, but there is definitely a learning curve to get started.
Now, I’ve been able to market this skill and help others with their websites!
From blogging, I’ve learned a lot of great skills which will help me going forward in my hustles.
Connections, Friendships and Love
When I started blogging, I had no idea that there was a huge community of other bloggers who all loved talking about money, hustling and personal growth.
Over the last 2 years, I’ve met and interacted with hundreds of awesome people at different meet-ups and media conferences.
I even dated someone amazing for about a year who I met through this blog!
A number of these people I met over the last year I now consider some of my best friends 🙂
Discussing personal finance, having accountablity buddies, sharing great stories and experiences, and raising my “average” (you’re the average of the 5 people you spend your time with in all ways – wealth, social skills, health, interests, career success, etc.) has been so much fun and so great.
I’m very excited to continue to keep having fun with these new blogging and finance friends, but also meet new people too!
A New Income Stream
I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want to make money from this blog someday.
When I started, I took inspiration from other bloggers who had turned their personal website or blog into an online business.
In 2018, I’ve made roughly $2,500 from this blog. While I’ve spent about $3,000 on the blog this year, I now am gaining confidence to be able to implement a strategy to turn a profit in 2019.
It would be amazing to make even $500 a month from this website. Right now, I’m focused on growing my traffic and being accepted to a premium ad network (Mediavine is one that I have in mind, but they require 25,000 user sessions a month, and I’m at about 12,000 a month – half way to go!).
Unless I really like a product, or come out with my own product, I don’t plan on promoting or selling something here on the blog.
For now, I’ll stick with the passive streams of income (sponsored content and ads), and look to continue to learn more and grow in 2019.
What’s in Store for Year 3?
In Year 3, I plan to do a lot of the same for new content. On this blog, I focus on 3 different areas for content: entrepreneurship, personal finance and self improvement.
Many people come here for the self improvement, and then use these personal growth tips to achieve their dreams (whether in business, with their money, or in their relationships).
In 2018, I posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and for the majority of the year, I had a podcast epsiode go live on Tuesdays.
This was a lot of work, and in 2019, I’m going to go to 2 posts a week. These posts will focus in on the same topics of personal finance, personal development and entrepreneurship. Some topics I’m considering diving into more and writing about are relationships, investing, and exercise, but I have to do some more research and thinking before being confident in these areas.
Something I’ve been throwing around is bringing back my podcast, The Mastermind Within Podcast, and talking about different thoughts I have throughout the week. I would include this media file in one of my posts from that week, and this would give another way for me to share my message.
With all this being said, my main goal in 2019 is to continue to grow and to continue to help others.
I’m very excited to see what year 3 brings, and can’t wait to continue to share the results with you each month and quarter.
What Can You Accomplish?
One of the sayings I hate the most is, “I don’t have enough time for X.”
Yes, I do understand that there are situations where kids are involved, multiple jobs are being held, or because of past choices, there aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything you want done.
But for many Millennials, a lot of time is spent on their phone, watching TV or laying in bed. Heck, I used to play 3-4 hours of video games EVERY DAY. That’s over 1,000 hours a year!
What is interesting, is humans underestimate how much they can accomplish in a year (or 3, or 5 years).
In the past year, I’ve added over 250,000 words and 188 posts to this website. In the past two years, I’ve added over 450,000 words and 350 posts to this website.
Could I have done all of this in 1 day? No.
Could I have done all of this in 1 week? No.
Could I have done all of this in 1 month? No.
What about 1 year? 2 years? 5 years? Yes 🙂 (I did it!)
Think about this for a second: in 5 years, you’ll be on this Earth for 43,800 hours.
How many hours does it take to reach your goal? 100? 200? 500?
I think you can carve out 100 hours in the next 5 years 😉
Spending 30 minutes a day for 200 days will hit lead to hitting your goal. Spend an hour a day for 100 days and you’ll hit your 100 hour goal.
I know you can do it.
Take action today. Do the work, and you’ll be on the path to success.
Thank you very much for reading this post, and thank you very much for being a regular reader of this blog 🙂
Readers: what can I help you with in 2019? Are there any topics or subjects that you want to get more information on?
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