Do you have goals and dreams for your future? Do you have them written down? Every week, I remind myself of my goals for the month to make sure that I’m on track for hitting them. Sometimes I’m way behind the eight ball, and other times I really feel like I have a good handle on them. Either way though, my site improves and my readers have a better experience from the improvements.
I have been pretty good about coming up with goals each month, and I’ve achieved quite a few of them as well. If you could see what my site was just a year ago, you wouldn’t believe the transformation!
Last July, this site really started to take off and I was suddenly earning $1,500 each month. Since then, my focus has shifted a bit (more towards affiliate earnings), but the income is still just as solid as it was a year ago. Plus, since I’ve recently hired some staff writers, I’m able to work less, but still make the same amount.
Other Sources of Income
With my extra time, I have been able to work on other projects that could increase my overall income even more! I’m currently writing a book, there are other sites in development, and I have a pseudo online store that I’d like to implement as well! All of these ideas could generate some extra income and some of them could even do it passively.
Extra House Payments
I have mentioned that my wife and I are attempting to pay off our mortgage loan in just 4 years. We are currently 11 months into this plan, and we’re still on track for paying off the house by 2015.
What’s the True Focus?
While it has been great to accomplish some goals in the recent past, I’m beginning to question the long-term goal that I’m striving toward! So we might pay off our house in the next 3 years – so what? What are our plans after that? Are we looking to retire early? Start a large business of our own? Or, maybe we want a house on the lake. I honestly don’t know the answers to these questions at the moment, which is why I haven’t set any goals for this month.
This week, I am devoting my time to hunting down the answer that’s right for us. I understand that life doesn’t always happen as planned, but I’d rather have a specific aspiration for the future rather than just blow with the wind.
Perhaps you can give some inspiration on this! What are your long-term goals? Do you wish to retire by the time you’re 40? Start your own business? Or perhaps you’d like to have an extended vacation overseas? I’d love to hear about your long-term aspirations!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.