I always love hearing how people spend their holidays — mostly because some people have truly insane families. I looked at what my friends are doing, and it’s either…
- Filled in a loving environment eating decadent holiday food, relaxing, and watching children play with their new gifts
- Hating life, listening to a racist uncle at dinner, hiding in a bedroom, reading reddit from the bathroom, counting the minutes until they can go home
That’s why my new holiday pastime is listening to crazy stories of crazy families. I LOVE IT. Indian people usually don’t have these stories, so if you have a crazy story from this Christmas, send it to me. Not for some research or future course. Just for my personal entertainment. Ok, now to the best posts of 2014. 2014 was the Year of Unapologetic Mastery, and my goal was to show you how it’s OK to be ambitious. Not to cut back on everything, but to actively seek mastery. Together, we got some great results, like these IWT students:
But even if you didn’t earn tens of thousands of dollars or get a new job, there’s value in making small progress. For example, each of these small examples is a huge step in the right direction. Which of us…
- Went to an event where you knew NO ONE…something you never would have been able to do 2 years ago?
- Worked up the courage to call your cell phone company and negotiate your bill — and now you see that savings every month?
- Started working out just once/week?
- Asked someone out that you liked?
- Set boundaries around a troublesome relationship?
- Tested responses to the question “what do you do?” and completely changed people’s first impression of you
A Rich Life is about more than just money. Since 2004, when I launched IWT, I’ve always said that money is just a small part of a Rich Life. That’s why I spend so much time talking about mastering other skills — there’s so much more to being Rich than money alone. For example, looking great, feeling amazing, and having your dream job are all key parts of a Rich Life. And we’ll explore more of them in 2015. Notice that while I make fun of stupid IWT readers on Instagram all the time, I’ve never faulted someone for not having 6 figures in the bank, or not knowing what their purpose on earth is yet. But I insist that my students focus on the right decisions that will lead to a Rich Life — whatever that means for you. No guilt. No judgments. Just one step at a time, together. To help, here are 10 of my favorite posts from 2014: Productivity
How to create the perfect email (and stop being ignored). Includes word-for-word scripts you can use to get the attention of busy people (like executives, celebrities, and more).
Stop procrastinating and finish what you start. I answer reader questions about motivation and procrastination. For example, “how do I finish everything I have to do?” Includes a 4-minute video with 3 steps you can take today to start following through on what you start.
How to stop feeling overwhelmed. With so many different “to-dos” we could focus on each day, it’s no wonder we’re stressed and overwhelmed. There’s a better way…and I want to show you. In this post, I share my 3 rules of “Letting Go” so you can focus on what MATTERS and do more than you ever thought possible.
Advice for handling jealousy. Have you ever felt a pit in your stomach when you found out a friend landed an awesome job? Or when an old college friend worked into GREAT shape and posted about it on Facebook? In this 5-minute video, I’ll show you how to handle jealousy to live a happier life and build better friendships.
How to give advice without being a jerk. Have you ever tried to give advice to a friend…only for them to become defensive? Or are you shy and you’ve wanted to give advice but held back because of fear? If either of these sound familiar, this blog post and 4-minute video will show you how to give feedback the right way.
How you can become more confident today. A few years ago, I got interested in improving my social skills. I wanted to go from socially awkward to smooth. I want to show you how to become a social natural, too. Find out how you can improve your social skills in this short video.
Money and Business
My Ultimate Guide to making money. A question I’m asked all the time is, “how do I make more money?” Earning more gives you freedom to take a tropical getaway, pay off debt faster, treat your friends to a round of drinks (or something else). My Ultimate Guide can show you how.
5 unconventional truths about money. Even if we know we should do something with our money — like budget — why don’t we? I cover the biggest lies we’re told about money (like why “cutting back” usually doesn’t matter).
3 essential systems for starting an online business. For YEARS, the #1 requested topic on my site was “how can I start an online business?” It’s easy to see why — we can make our own hours, earn money while we sleep, and do something we love. I cover 3 steps you can use today to start your online business.