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Back in January, I set some big hairy audacious goals.
One of them was to post three times a week on this blog, and by doing so, I would end up posting 156 times over the entire year (52 weeks times 3 posts a week).
2018 has been a really fun year for me writing, and it’s pushed me to work on becoming more clear in my presentation of my ideas, and lead me to learn and share many new ideas with you and the other readers of The Mastermind Within.
I try to focus on these three areas for content topics: personal development, personal finance and entrepreneurship.
One of my favorite quotes is from the book “The Miracle Morning”, and is all about how becoming better as a person will lead to success in other areas of life if you believe this:
Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.
Focusing on becoming better as a person, through working on communication, mindset, learning and habits.
After understanding how we can be successful, the next step is tackling our finances and working to become financially free.
I don’t care about being rich to just be rich, but with an abundance of money comes an abundance of options.
Money allows you to do whatever you want with your family, time, career, and relationships, and by understanding the fundamentals of building wealth, increasing income, and reducing expenses, you can become wealthy.
Out of the roughly 150 posts from 2018, I’ve chosen 25 that I believe were the best.
Below, I share with you these top 25 posts from 2018.
The Top 25 Mastermind Within Blog Posts from 2018
On this blog, I write about content in three areas: personal development, personal finance and entrepreneurship.
I’ve broken the rest of the post into three sections and you can navigate directly to those sections through the links below:
- Top Personal Finance Mastermind Within Posts
- Top Personal Development Mastermind Within Posts
- Top Entrepreneurship Mastermind Within Posts
Top Personal Finance Mastermind Within Posts from 2018
Below are my picks for the top personal finance posts from 2018:
Place Asymmetric Bets to Build Extreme Wealth in Your Twenties and Thirties
I want to build extreme wealth at a young age. Look, no one is getting rich fast through investing traditionally. If I want to achieve amazing returns, I need to take a lot of risk, but also be cognizant about the downsides. It’s possible to take chances like this through bets with asymmetric payoffs.
How I Earned Over $105,000 at Age 25
2017 was an amazing year and was the first year I broke $100,000 in income. I did through increasing my income at my day job, but also in my side hustles with both active income and passive income.
Read more here: How I Earned Over $105,000 at Age 25
Becoming a Six Figure Earner at 26
This past September, I got a promotion and reached the six figure mark for salary at the age of 26. This was achieved through a combination of working on my communication, building automated solutions for our department, and being a team player.
Read more here: Becoming a Six Figure Earner at 26
The #1 Financial Mindset for Wealth: Track Your Income and Expenses!
What gets measured, gets managed. Want to be successful with your money? Start tracking your income and expenses!
All Assets are Worth Considering (and Owning) for Financial Success
Traditional personal finance advice says keep to cash, stocks, real estate and bonds for financial success.
This is great, but doesn’t tell the whole story. I believe the advice shouldn’t stop there. Instead, I believe that you should consider ALL assets for your personal portfolio to achieve success.
What a Relatively Frugal 25 Year Old Male Living in the Midwest spends his Money on
Many personal finance bloggers provide net worth, income and expense, and goal updates each month for their financial situation.
Some of these bloggers go in-depth into the details and are fully transparent, while others will tell you at a high level their net worth and how it changed during the month.
I love transparency and revealed all in this post.
$165k Net Worth at Age 25
Back in April, I shared my net worth over time and how I’ve grew it a little over $170,000 in 3 years through increasing my income, saving 50% of my income and investing (somewhat) wisely.
Read more here: $165k Net Worth at Age 25
Take Off Your Bull Market Beer Goggles
In September, I was having a lot of alternative thoughts about the stock market bull market. There was a ton of irrational enthusiasm that I had to address.
Read more here: Take Off Your Bull Market Beer Goggles
Become Debt Free Using the Debt Avalanche and Snowball Methods
A person in debt is a slave. Luckily, there are methods and strategies to get out of debt fast.
Read more here: Become Debt Free Using the Debt Avalanche and Snowball Methods
Why I’m Considering a 401(k) Loan
Part of my alternative thoughts from the year of 2018 was to pursue alternative methods of financing and funding. A 401(k) loan is actually not that bad of an option to finance other investments or pay down debt.
Read more here: Why I’m Considering a 401(k) Loan
What Makes You Happiest and Why Money Matters
More money will not make you happier, but instead, thinking about the things you can do with money can lead to great happiness. Starting with your why and dreams should always come before actions and your what.
Read more here: What Makes You Happiest and Why Money Matters
Capitalism, Marxist Thought, Post Capitalism: An Overview of Economic Systems
When I was in high school, I learned about different economic systems, but never actually dove into what they actually represented. In this post, I dive deep into various economic systems and examine the potential of each.
Check Your Investing Privilege
When talking about investment returns in the United States, many assumptions are seemingly swept under the rug. It’s important to understand what occurred in the political, social and economic environment over the last hundred years which lead to the great success of the American markets.
Read more here: Check Your Investing Privilege
Applying the Concept of Compound Interest in All Areas of Life
Compound interest is an incredibly powerful concept from personal finance, but can be applied to nearly anything.
Read more here: Applying the Concept of Compound Interest in All Areas of Life
Top Personal Development Mastermind Within Posts from 2018
Below are my picks for the top personal development posts from 2018:
Principles of Becoming a Mastermind
There are a number of principles I try to keep in mind when living my life. The only thing I know is that I know nothing at all, and as a result, I need to be consistent and stay open-minded to new ideas and experiences.
Read more here: Principles of Becoming a Mastermind
Give and You Shall Receive: Live with an Abundance Mindset
Life is not a zero sum game, you can win and I can win. The energy you put out into the world WILL come back to you at some point. Being generous with your time and money will result in great success…
Read more here: Give and You Shall Receive: Live with an Abundance Mindset
Mindset is Everything: The Power of Positive Thinking
In our world, there exists positive, negative and neutral energies. Positive energy and positive thoughts can lead to great success and open up new doors, whereas having a negative mindset will lead to closed doors and frustration.
Read more here: Mindset is Everything: The Power of Positive Thinking
It’s Okay to Not Always Be On
Taking breaks is okay. Naps are okay. Not always being on your personality or on your tasks is okay.
Read more here: It’s Okay to Not Always Be On
Be Proactive in Your Thoughts and Actions for Success
Want success? Get ahead of the game with proactive actions. Reactive actions are rarely beneficial for success.
Read more here: Be Proactive in Your Thoughts and Actions for Success
Top Entrepreneurship Mastermind Within Posts from 2018
Below are my picks for the top entrepreneurship posts from 2018:
My Entrepreneurship Story – Becoming an Entrepreneur is Not Easy
Over the last 4 years, I’ve tried a number of entrepreneurial endeavors. Some of these I’ve accomplished, and others I’ve failed at. I share it all here.
Read more here: My Entrepreneurship Story – Becoming an Entrepreneur is Not Easy
Ideas are Worthless Without Action
Ideas and thoughts are worthless by themselves. I can come up with 100s of ideas for new businesses and products right now, but if I don’t do anything with those ideas, what’s the point?
Read more here: Ideas are Worthless Without Action
Wake up an Overnight Success (5 Years from now)
We flock to new successes and love to celebrate success. But, success rarely comes overnight, and rather, is typically 5 to 10 years in the making. I’m putting the work in now, so that in 5 years I can wake up a success. Will you?
Read more here: Wake up an Overnight Success (5 Years from now)
How I Make $85 an Hour Doing Statistical Consulting
One of my most lucrative side hustles is an $85 an hour statistical consulting gig where I perform statistical analysis for dog and cat doctors. It’s been a great, and unexpected, experience for me over the last year!
Read more here: How I Make $85 an Hour Doing Statistical Consulting
My $42,000 Side Hustle – How House Hacking Changed My Life
Housing hacking has been a HUGE win for me over the last 3.5 years. In that time, I’ve earned nearly $45,000 on the side, and it’s all been passive income.
Read more here: My $42,000 Side Hustle – How House Hacking Changed My Life
What is Side Hustling and Why I Side Hustle
Side hustling is a huge part of my life, and while it’s not for everyone, I think it’s critical for improvement and growing my income.
Read more here: What is Side Hustling and Why I Side Hustle
2018 was a Great Year!
Thank you for being a reader of this website!
I really appreciate the emails, support and kind words I’ve received over the past 12 months as I’ve pushed and tried to create great content for you and the other readers of The Mastermind Within.
I’m excited to continue this push in 2019 to continue to hopefully inspire you to become better and continue to share my story as I progress on the path to success.
Readers: what was your favorite post from me this year? Did I miss any good ones? What do you like most about my writing and site?
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