By Karina De Jesus of Beach and Dress
Let’s talk about life and what it takes to make it in this world. Now, I know, there are different priorities for everyone, but let’s talk about the career and money aspect. Think about how many bloggers are out there, and how many have actually turned their blogs into a sustainable business or at least developed it to the point where they are satisfied with their blog’s success. The 98:2 percent statistic could be applied in the blogosphere as well, thus I decided to do some research on what makes the “2 percent-ers” so different from the rest of the population. The answer is surprisingly simple – their mindset. Millionaires and successful business people focus not only on the growth of their business, but also on their personal growth.
Dani Johnson (a self-made millionaire) has studied successful people and has noticed a very clear pattern and vision that these people have. “Your income follows your personal growth,” she says. We have all heard people say that our income (followers, hits, likes) follows our hard work, but the level of our personal growth actually determines how hard we work. It also determines how we deal with people (brands, collaborations, fellow bloggers, anyone?) and take criticism. Blogging is a community very highly based on almost instant feedback, and how we receive that feedback will affect the quality of our blogs. We can either accept criticism and develop our skills, or get offended and stay stuck with our old ways.
Circumstances are another aspect affected by our personal growth. T. Harv Eker has said: “If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” Focusing on our circumstances distracts us from things that really matter; we are the only ones that can adapt and succeed in the given situation so it’s important we keep our eyes on our personal skill set. Personal growth helps us distinguish and focus on things that are truly important to be the best we can be. That includes being the best bloggers we can be.
Stephen Richards puts it all very simple: “Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.”
Stephen Richards puts it all very simple: “Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.” Many millionaires know this and constantly work on their personal growth. And I say “work” because our growth has to be intentional and strategic; we cannot expect it to just happen to us. It is like a diet. When someone decides to lose weight, they have to put effort in it every day. We cannot lose 30 pounds in one day, but we can lose a pound or two per week. It’s behaviors we do each day to compound the success.
Here are some ways to keep growing:
- Research. Scour the Internet, search for successful people and things they have said. Don’t be afraid to look for advice from successful people that are not bloggers. You don’t have to limit yourself to bloggers, as we already discussed, it’s all about the mindset not what the person does professionally.
- Read. Yes, books are good for your mind, and maybe try to put the novel down for a little bit and read something non-fiction. Novels can stimulate your brain and make you analyze which is great.
- Interview. I’m sure you have people around you that have experienced and achieved success in their lives. Next time you have a conversation with these people, intentionally ask questions about their experience, that might lead to a conversation that will help you grow.
How do you push yourself to be a better you? What helps you grow, and do you think the level of your personal development affects your business?