Welcome to 2020! This is our first blog for the year. Those who have been here before know that here at Success24x7 we’re on a mission towards personal success, and we’re sharing this mission and the lessons we learn along the way.
We’re hoping that we might in some way inspire others, but at the very least, we find this process of writing down our plans and logging our efforts is a great learning practice and we would definitely encourage you all to do the same.
If you are interested in what it takes to achieve personal success in 2020, read on to learn more.
Personal Success for 2020
We started out mission for success 2 years ago. In 2018, we started by planning. We started investing. We started learning, studying and writing this blog.
In 2019, we got into the flow and we invested every spare dollar. We went from a tiny savings account, to a moderate investment; including stocks, life insurance, a retirement fund and a small parcel of land. We went from knowing nothing about investing, to struggling through some nervous times, to now being regular, consistent and confident investors.
Add to these main goals; getting married, having a child, getting a promotion at work and generally dealing with the everyday things of life, including struggling to maintain health and wellbeing – with a couple of injuries and sicknesses just to stretch us, and it’s been a huge year.
Personal Success Lessons
Through this, we have learned so much about how you achieve success and we have absolutely levelled up. (If you are just starting out, go to How to be a success: Track Your Progress and Keep Setting Goals and check out our initial lessons on how to achieve success.)
Plan for Personal Success
So, what’s the plan for 2020?
The main areas we focus on, on our journey to personal success, is investing towards financial freedom, building our hobbies and talents into business like streams of income and ensuring we are living healthy and happy and in a good state from day to day.
The path to achieving personal success.
- Invest to financial freedom
- Invest in your business
- Live in a successful state
1. Invest for Personal Success
(To see our initial efforts with investing, go to How to Achieve Financial Freedom Through Investing)
The basic knowledge we learned, is that the smart way to build wealth is through long term investments. And the best way to invest long term, smart and safe, is to create a well-balanced portfolio that is specifically designed for our financial goals.
So, building on that knowledge we started. We are not cavalier, high-risk, swash-buckling, high-stakes, get rich quick investors. We just don’t have the stomach for the stress and risk. So, we started really safe and slow with safe stocks, then added a piece of land, and now diversified further by setting up a life insurance fund. Added to these, some cash kept in savings, a tiny bit of gold and our retirement funds, and we have the beginning of a safe little portfolio.
We effectively went from average savers, to now full investors. And I personally went from fearing retirement, not having enough, to getting excited about living wealthy and retiring early.
Personal Success Plan for the Future
Our next steps, and what we will look to cover this year:
- Study how to allocate assets better.
- Study how to use debt to extend our investments
- Learn more about taxes
So, over the next year we will be studying these areas and learning how to go to the next level and continue to get better and as a result more wealthy.
2. Business for Personal Success
To read about our past ventures with business go here.
The basic knowledge we learned over the last two years, was that if you want to be highly successful and extremely wealthy, you need to go from working for others to working for yourself.
Now, we are not the most entrepreneurial people, and so while we see the advantages, we know some things are a challenge. But as part of this mission to success, we have both decided to slowly and gradually work towards this idea of working for ourselves.
Personal Success story
Personally, I already looked into the idea of starting my own language teaching business. However, that didn’t really tap into my passion. My passion is more related to writing, which is what I’m doing here and teaching students, not so much about language, but about how to achieve success.
My wife, has also decided she wants to earn more than her current job and she’s recently found a real passion for all things health and babies, as she recently had a baby. And so, she’s looking into the business ideas related to these areas.
As I said, we’re going slow and building towards this in the future, but to work on this year: Keep building my business, one little brick at a time.
This Business of Writing
My writing business idea started with writing this blog. I have subsequently learned how to blog, well basically, and I intend to keep building on this. I also got paid for my blogging for the first time through Medium.
In 2020, I want to continue to build this, however, I found I was driven to distraction on Medium. I found myself chasing the stat’s and writing a lot of material that was very short term in nature. So, building on this, I want to focus on writing more quality and less quantity. (As time is limited, I need to make the choice)
In future, I also know I need to work on building an email list and implementing my knowledge about affiliate marketing and advertising.
Focus on Quality:
Also, in 2019, as a hobby project, I complete a novel. It is still very rough and raw, so now it’s time to take it to the next level. So, I need to edit it and learn all about the business of publishing, whether that’s traditional or independent.
Along with that, I have the outline of several Knowledge books that I believe I could self-publish, and so I need to also work on completing those.
I started with writing and learning all about success. This combined with my employment as a teacher, has lead me to start looking at how to teach students about success. So, once I have built up my writing, developed written products and gained a bit of an audience and some reputation, I may branch out into education as a field of the business.
So, going forward, this year I’m going to push myself to go to the next level at the day job. I will try to develop more ideas that I want to teach and work on building my ability to lead and run my own courses.
For my Wife’s Venture
She will aim at studying the industry she’s interested in, learning about her market, price factors, costs, expenses, taxes, and then start small and keep building.
To help her and to build my own knowledge about business, I will be continuing my study of things like, sales, marketing, accounting, management, networking, leadership … and so on.
3. Condition for Personal Success
How to grow stronger, healthier, wealthier and happier in 2020?
From my experiences of the last two years, well much longer actually, I have seen that success comes with conditioning. By which I mean, when I am in good physical condition, feeling fit and strong and mindful, I am in a much better state to chase these dreams I have. When I fall into drinking too much, watching TV and starting to let my body go a bit, I feel the endurance, the vitality and the confidence start to waver.
So a big goal for me this year is to super charge my physical conditioning. I want to be fitter, stronger and more confident, so that I can do the extra hustle, can present as enthusiastic and energetic, and be confident to challenge myself and initiate new relationships.
When it comes to physical conditioning, routines are vital. If your routine is to watch 2 hours of TV everyday and go out and drink as much as you can on Friday afternoon, you might not be going backwards, but you are definitely not maxing out.
This is my current routine by the way. And this year, I know if I want to take it to the ultimate level, I will need to cut out the mindless entertainment and cut out the binge drinking. Add to this, an improvement in my workout routine so that I have a balanced schedule or cardio, strength and flexibility training, and my body will go to the next level. I now this is the path forward, and I need to work on making this a reality.
We started our mission to personal success 2 years ago. We started thinking we were doing fairly well. But after a lot of study and a mountain of new experiences, we learned there are so many higher levels of ‘doing fairly well’.
We’re now so much more advanced than we were 2 years ago. Each month we get smarter, stronger and better.
We encourage you too to start your own mission for success.
This is the simple path to personal success:
Aim for better
Start by working better. Get the better title at work. Then save better and invest better. Earn more by going beyond work. Then get stronger by being mindful of physical, emotional and spiritual condition.
When you aim for better, and you step out each day aiming for one little bit better than the day before, you are on the path and sooner or later you will achieve your personal success.
Mission to Success
The mission for success is to take our life to the level of awesome. We are actively learning the lessons that will bring us more success, that will improve the future for our children and will help make the world a better place.
If that’s something you want for your life, feel free to come join the mission for success by clicking here: Mission for Success!
All the best, and remember to keep striving for success.