How Your Income Follows Your Personal Growth

Personal Growth

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?


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15 Responses

  1. Christine-Desiree

    LOVE this article. Very informatice and yet honest with the past expereinces and how to help people who want to start their own success from their blog passion.
    Good to know there are down to earth, yet extremely successful people who can reveal how they made it and those who worked incredibly hard yet keep it real.

    I’m new to blogging, here it is:

    Thanks for this post x

  2. Toni Styles

    A very thought provoking post Karina! The power of our minds cannot be underestimated. The way I push myself to be a better me, is by striving to make any negative situation work ‘for me’ in a positive way – instead of what would otherwise be against me. As we build any Business – Murphy’s Law will surely present itself from time to time, however if we look at the good and bad as an equal opportunity for growth; we can go onto achieve immeasurable success and maybe even more importantly a spirit of profound resilience. <3

  3. Nadya Helena

    I definitely agree with this one. I also think this is what they mean by “focus on the process, not the end result”. I think the process here means that we, as individuals, have to keep growing, and keep growing strong. Criticism is a hard pill to swallow, but we do need it from time to time.
    I personally like to take a step back from time to time to reevaluate myself, what I have achieved and what I want to achieve next. Aristotle said, “an unexamined life is not worth living” and I completely agree with this.
    Great post, Karina! Big salute!


  4. Grace Kendrick

    This is so true!
    Expanding and improving the success of your blog, is always in mind when your a blogger! But I think it’s also important, for bloggers to spend more time concentrating on making unique content for your blog, which will make it stand out – making it sustainable, should always follow this!
    Grace X

  5. Sheryl Blasnik

    I actually have a question for the blogging community as a whole….

    How do you handle an “Unsubscribe” notice? Feedburner gives me their e-mail address and I would really like to just put myself out there and ask the person WHY they no longer want to receive my blog posts but not sure this is a professional move on my part.

    Anyone have any constructive thoughts/ideas on how to handle this situation?



    • Karina De Jesus

      Hi Sheryl,

      I don’t really have the experience with this because my readers are not given the chance to subscribe via email, but the first thought that came to my mind is that you definitely shouldn’t email the “un-subscriber” personally. That would create awkwardness and I don’t think you’d receive an answer anyway. Instead, you could probably add a section that automatically asks them why they have unsubscribed once they click the unsubscribe button. Give them multiple choice like “too many emails”, “content not relevant anymore” etc.

      I hope this helps! 🙂

  6. Stella

    Blogging is a passion. If someone starts blog with excitement and if one will be passionate about it. He can get success easily.

  7. Charlotte

    It’s very interesting.
    In addition I think it’s important to grab the opportunities you get in life through work, studying or from blogging to make you grow. Read inspirational books and likewise to open your eyes. There are many ways to be more aware of who you are and what you can do.
    – Charlotte,

  8. Yasmeen (Castle Fashion)

    I think it’s also important to remember that the contents of your life inform the contents of your blog, directly through photos and videos, but also indirectly though drawing inspiration from your experiences. If I’m feeling in a rut in my life, it becomes apparent very quickly in my writing. So I try to keep my schedule lively and challenging. I think about the blog as a loose translation of my life. 🙂

    Castle Fashion

    • Karina De Jesus

      This is so true, Yasmeen. As soon as our lives get less exciting, our blogs can become the same way. That is why we intentionally have to seek the excitement and development.

  9. Sarah

    Because of all this college preparation stuff (whaddup junior year), I’ve been going through a lot of self-discovery and self-improvement lately to help my chances in getting in somewhere good/that suits me. And although it’s a pain, I think it’s really helped me grow personally too. I now have a better sense of who I am and who I want to be and I’m trying to infuse that into my blog. I particularly like the quote by T. Harv Eker. I think that’s a great mindset to have and I hope to put it to use in the near future

    Great, great advice for both blogging and life!!

    • Karina De Jesus

      Sarah, it’s so good to hear, this could be helpful to you in some way.
      You are right, unfortunately, growth sometimes is not easy. It is so worth it though.

  10. Lipstick and a White Tee

    In love with this article. Thank you Karina!

    J @ Lipstick and a White Tee

  11. Jessica Lynn Lang

    Excellent advice. Perspective is important. Persistence is key as well. From what I know about business in general it takes 2-3 years to finally break through. You have to be willing to stick with it. And as you pointed out willing to receive feed back.