Pennies into Fortunes

Years ago, I listened to one of the most prolific speakers of a generation. He was already dead by the time I learned of him, but I bought everything he had ever written and everything I could buy that he had recorded for listening. He changed my life and therefore changed the trajectory of life.

Jim Rohn was a sales person that turned into a professional speaker and ultimately one of the best motivational speakers of all time. He help create an entire industry of supposed gurus. The difference between these supposed gurus and Mr. Rohn was he had created something from nothing and was not only successful in speaking and training, but he had developed several businesses prior to becoming the speaker and influencer he became in his second career.

There are several quotes, philosophies, and opinions that I can give him credit for, but one of the ones that have stuck with me forever is how he said “anyone can turn pennies into fortunes” if they have the right disciplines.

I just celebrated the ninth year of writing my blog. I guess that is what we still call them. In an era of podcasting and video, I still believe in the written word. Even if no one reads it, it is really important for me to do it, because it forces me to work through my thoughts and ideas. There is no way to do this “working through” better than on paper. I credit Mr. Rohn on reminding me of that.

From my nine years of writing at now titled, I impacted thousands of people. I wrote over one thousand published blogs. I reused many of those blogs on bigger platforms. I posted over fifty book summaries that still show up on the first page of a google search when you search for some of the most impactful books over the last decade. I published a book in 2014 titled Seven ways to More. This book was one of the main reasons I started writing.

My goal when I started blogging all those years ago was really for me to write a book. It turned out to be more than that for me. It became a place for me to flesh out ideas, it became place for me to influence the people in my training courses. At the time I was a Dale Carnegie Trainer and I used my writing to share with my participants in the course. The book summaries I wrote I shared with 1000’s of people that were in my courses or saw me speak.

The title selfdevelopmentaddict came from where I was in my life over nine years ago. I was probably in about the sixth year of a total transformation of my life. I was introduced to Jim Rohn in 2009 and that put gasoline on an already burning desire to change my life.

As the title selfdevelopmentaddict promotes. I was addicted to improving my life. I was reading everything I could get my hands on. I was investing in training courses. I was training to become a full time Dale Carnegie Trainer/Instructor. Continuous improvement was my life. And the blog reflected that.

Nine years later, I am now changing the title to this blog because of all of the foundations I built I am now moving in to a different phase of my life and I want this blog to represent that change. I probably should have done it sooner.

I will still do the normal stuff I have always done, such as book summaries, personal development, sales, mindset, training, motivation, etc. But I will be heavily focused on personal finance, financial literacy, real estate investing, single family homes, multifamily apartments.

Nine years ago, I wasn’t equipped to write about the things I want to write about now. But after years of investing in knowledge and experience in these areas I am more determined than ever to share my thoughts in these areas.

I have redirected the current selfdevelopmentaddict website to connect with the new url I hope my loyal followers over the years continue on this journey with me.

As a below average student who grew up lower middle class who didn’t have a clue what he wanted out of life. I was able to change that future and become who I am today. I am no where close to where I want to be and I am a constant work in progress. But I look forward to continuing to grow and I hope you do it with me.

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The future is bright and the grass is greener where I am standing.

To your success and your future.


2 responses to “Pennies into Fortunes”

  1. braincharger Avatar

    Thank you for such an inspirational post! I haven’t read a lot of Jim Rohn work but I have saved in my notebook one of his quotes (my favorite): “Life is like building a house. Laying bricks based on plan or random? Design the future. You can make a living or you can design a life”. I also believe in the power of written text (over the lazy format of videos & podcasts). Such posts -as yours- inspire me to restart blogging (after having abandoned for many years)!

    1. Brian Willett Avatar

      Great to hear from you. You gotta go online and listen to Jim Rohn. Most of what I paid for years ago is now free too. I have that quote on my desk. You can make a living or design a life. You gotta restart. Someone will hear your message. If not, it will help clarify your thoughts. Thanks Brian

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