I have seen the following quote uttered by just about every personal development speaker:
“In order to get what you want, you have to help others get what they want.”
You probably have heard this before too. The advice is so simple; it’s easy to overlook.
However, when I pause to think about it the above statement, I realize that this is the equivalent of the “golden rule” of wealth building.
If your goal each day, is to help others get what they want, they will repay you. Sometimes it can be in the form of money. Other times your repayment might come in the form of advice. In the blogging world, maybe it’s just a simple tweet.
I have some big dreams for Gen Y Wealth.
As of October 1st, I was the 444,991 most popular site in the world according to Alexa. That might not mean much to you, but to me that was a huge jump of over 200,000 from the previous month.
My goal is to get Gen Y Wealth in the top 25,000 sites in the world. It might take two years or ten years, I’m not sure.
Whenever, I set a big goal for myself, I try to do two things. First, I make sure to track it at least once a month. Second, I make sure to take part in a community of people, who have similar goals.
About a month ago, I stumbled upon a community called Yakezie. This is a group of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers, who want to improve their site’s Alexa ranking.
Today, I wanted to announce that I’m joining the Alexa Challenge.
My first goal is to get in the top 200,000 by the end of this year.
My second goal is to get in the top 25,000 by the end of 2011.
How has Yakezie Helped Other Bloggers
To get a good idea of how joining a community can help you achieve your goals, I posted this question to the community at Yakezie.
Here are some of the answers:
Craig @ Free from Broke – “Being around like-minded people helps push and gives you a good barometer of where you are and where you want to be. It refreshes your ideas and gives you a soundboard to bounce ideas off of. I’ve used this with blogging friends and in building up my community and site.”
Freddie @ Invest with Passion – “I have only been in Yakezie for 4 days now and my Alexa rank has dropped about 300K, 1.5 mil to 1.2 mil, and falling. Being around a like minded group has re-energized my efforts on my blog, given me a support group to bounce ideas off of, learn from, and be motivated by. Honestly, I don’t know how I have been involved in blogging this long and have not joined something like this. Definitely one of the best decisions I have made this year and it is only going to get better. To anyone that is going to join, don’t be shy, jump in with both feet, there are some wonderful people here looking to help first, second, and third….the benefits will come from giving.”
Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff - “In my blogging life, being surrounded by other great bloggers has led to quicker than expected success and continual improvement of my own blog. In my personal life, I am only as far along with my savings goals as I am because my husband and I plan out our future goals together and save accordingly.”
Kris @ Everyday Tips and Thoughts - “For me, surrounding myself with like minded people helped me achieve a goal because I was associating with people that understand my mindset. Suggestions are always more meaningful from people that can empathize, and have maybe even been in the same situation before. The encouragement keeps you going, as does being accountable to a great group of people.”
Evan @ My Journey to Millions – “I think that accountability breeds success”
Craig Ford @ Money Help for Christians – “Some goals are impossible to accomplish without help and a collaborative effort. In my blogging I’ve found that the resources of many are always more influential than my own resources.”