You’re reading blog post number 100. It’s crazy for me to think that I’ve published 100 posts on Take Your Success!
Anyway, I learned that if you don’t stop and celebrate the accomplishments in life, then life will pass you by. The more I think about it, I almost definitely got this thought from Ferris Bueller.
Bueller put it best when he said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
To take Ferris Bueller’s advice and “stop and look around,” I’m going to share with you what I’ve accomplished from my first blog post in January of this year to my 100th post today:
- Wrote my first book. This is the achievement I’m most excited about: writing The Golden Resume. This book became a #1 bestseller on Amazon and significantly helped my brand’s credibility. I’m so grateful for all of you who helped the book’s success.
- Published 100 blog posts. Of course you know this one, since I already mentioned it. Assuming the average blog post takes 3 hours and is 1,000 words long, I’ve spent about 300 hours writing a total of 100,000 words on this blog. I’m starting to believe Benjamin Franklin more every day when he said, “Writing is the beginning of all wealth.” I’ve also written some guest posts for other sites, which did pretty well.
- 47,926 website views. Most of my traffic in the beginning came from me sharing the blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The coolest part is that now the majority of the traffic comes from organic searches on Google. And if you’re interested, my career high day is 1,323 views thanks to this post on the Drinking Water Challenge.
- Gained 688 email subscribers. Getting website views is easy, but gaining email subscribers takes hard work and time. I’m pleased with my effort to make my subscribers a priority, by emailing them weekly and providing positive value in their life. My next goal is to get to 1,000 subscribers before 2016, which would be awesome.
- Appeared as a guest on 4 podcasts. Many podcasters heard about my book and asked to interview me on resume writing and the interview process. I enjoyed telling my story and then diving into the details of The Golden Resume. Podcasts are exponentially increasing in popularity, so being a guest on future podcast episodes is something I want to continue.
I also wrote these accomplishments to set a benchmark to improve on in the future. Because, while I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished since starting Take Your Success, I’m by no means satisfied. I’m hungry for more progress and results! I hope you are, too.
What About You?
Although you may not feel like it, it’s so helpful to take a couple of minutes to reflect on the two questions below:
- What are you proud of when you reflect back from January to today?
- What do you want to start now or improve on? (So next time you reflect on your life in one, three, or six months from now, you’re thankful for the work you put in to get better.)
If you’re serious about making a goal and committing to it, leave a comment below with your goal and I’ll follow up with you. When writing your goal, make sure to set a specific result with a specific date. Otherwise, your goal holds as much weight as a daydream. Cheers!
Update: My First $10K Income Month