2018 is over like a divorce, and it’s never coming back. But I had fun while it lasted.
I wanna talk about the things I learned. Some of which surprised me, more than I expected.
1. The magic of daily habits
In 2018 I decided to commit to writing content everyday without fail. That means producing content, even if I don’t publish it the same day.
If we’re talking about website traffic the results are staggering. It’s like I stepped on a bomb and exploded into a new world of opportunity. Because I decided to create content everyday.
I’ve stuck to it almost 100% of the time throughout 2018. Nowadays it feels normal to create content everyday.
The old me can’t wrap his head around it. Because it seemed like a pain in the ass to do it everyday when there’s “other” stuff I could be doing.
Or so I thought.
This one habit has taught me just how powerful it is to commit to something every day instead of every week or month.
In 2018 alone I’ve written more content than I have the past 5 years, just by committing to it on a daily basis.
Which makes me wonder what the F the old me was even doing with his life.
2. Pride and money don’t mix
One thing I’ve always hated is ads.
You know – the kind you see on websites? I don’t know why it bothered me so much.
Maybe my understanding of it was flawed.
In fact that’s exactly what it was.
That’s the reason I’ve refused to use ads on any website I own out of foolish pride and so called “standards”.
I’ve left tons of money on the table because of my distaste for ads.
Especially once I realised what I missed out on after testing ads for myself.
Now I don’t see the fuss. Ads aren’t that bad.
And now I see most of what you hear about ads online is mostly exaggerated.
Assuming it’s not spammy or out of context, It makes sense to run ads. I understand why websites do it.
It got me thinking: what other areas has my pride stopped me from making money?
It’s like a switch. If you set your pride aside and pay attention to what’s in front of you without getting lost in bias, you might realise how many opportunities have been staring you in the face.
Perspective is everything.
You could be a step away from changing your financial life if pride wasn’t standing in the way.
3. The power of changing your environment
I planned to move by 2019. I’ve already done that.
I’m so far across the country that people think I’ve lost it or they can’t understand my reasoning.
This is what I’ve always wanted.
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The environment is different. The people are nicer.
The air is fresher. And the views are something I’ve never had the chance to experience. Ever.
And here’s the thing: my habits changed dramatically.
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I’ve been outdoors almost everyday. Walking up and down hills. It’s a lot harder but it’s good on my body and for exercise.
When I eat food I wash up IMMEDIATELY when I’m finished. Where as before I’d do it at the end of the day.
It sounds daft, a little stupid and maybe even small, but changing your environment in a drastic way has drastic effects on your habits.
In my case it’s all for the better.
Read: When I Was 15