14 Tips for Blogging and Personal Success

Here are 14 tips that helped me greatly in my blogging and personal life. I share them with you in the hope that they’ll help you as well. Let me know if anything jumps out at you.

  1. Blog consistently. This is a marathon, not a 100-meter dash. Pick a posting frequency and stick to it.

  2. Know the difference between accounting and finance. Keeping track of the past is accounting. Planning for the future is finance.
  3. Separate your business from your personal stuff. Set up a new bank account just for your blog. Don’t mix the personal and blog accounts together.
  4. Understand the difference between good debt and bad debt. Good debt makes you money, bad debt cost you money. Use credit cards to your advantage. Earn air miles or get cash back, but NEVER carry a balance.
  5. Surround yourself with success. Find the most successful people in your field and get on their radar. Don’t be afraid of rejections. Many will agree to mentor you if you respect their time.
  6. If you’re going to hang with success, then it also means you need to stop hanging with failures. Don’t let well-meaning friends or family member bring you down with bad advice. Take your advice from people who are where you want to be.
  7. Treat your business partners well. Never try to screw them over. What goes around comes around and payback is a bitch.
  8. Think positive. You attract to you what you are, and you are what you think. Negative thinkers attract negative people. Positive thinkers attract positive.

  9. Live below your means. While I do live in a nice house, I don’t drive a $250,000 sport car or have any flashy cloths. In fact, I get most of my cloth by taking all the free T-shirts at various trade shows.
  10. Always keep working on your brand. It’s what separate you from the other 120 million+ blogs
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  11. Don’t take things too seriously. Have fun at this. It’s not the final destination that matter, it’s the journey along the way that’s important. Enjoy it.
  12. It’s not how much you make, it’s how much you give. Most people equate success with how much money you make. However, I think the true measure of success is not how much you make, it’s how much you give. While it’s great to have a bunch of fancy toys, you have to keep in mind that you can’t take it with you when your time comes and God isn’t going to judge you based on how many fancy cars you drove.
  13. If you want to live with masses, serve the classes. If you want to live with the classes, serve the masses. If you look at any successful businesses, you’ll see that they serve a lot of people. The more they serve, the richer they get. Google serves millions of web surfers everyday. Walmart serves more customers than any store in the world. They’re among the richest companies in the world. The rich got rich because they serve the masses. The masses being their customers, employees, shareholders, etc. The poor are poor because they serve the classes (their boss). The more you serve, the richer you become.

  14. You attract what you give out. If you give out negative vibes, you’ll get negative vibes back. If you want people to smile at you, just smile at them. If you want love, give your love. If you want money, give your money. It will all come back to you in greater amounts than you gave.

29 thoughts on “14 Tips for Blogging and Personal Success”

  1. SYC says:

    Thanks John. I love love love tips 5 and 14. Those tips remind me of the law of attraction that whatever you give out in life is what you receive back in life. Makes perfect sense to me. 🙂

  2. KennyFabre says:

    John

    my brother I practice this post every single day of my life, not just in my business, but in my every day life. Its to see you reinforcing these qualities my friend. These are key qualities for success

  3. BradNordstrom says:

    My favorite:Don’t take things too seriously. Have fun at this. It’s not the final destination that matter, it’s the journey along the way that’s important. Enjoy it.

    I always try to think of it like this but since I’m a kid I take it seriously now because life is long for me! 😉

    1. Geraldine says:

      @BradNordstrom I agree with you. These lines were very well said/written. I think this is the most important aspect of blogging- enjoy your blog and enjoy what you’ve written in your blog. Those people who survive the blogging industry are the ones who enjoy what they are doing.

  4. headhopper says:

    Wow. I’ve read literally hundreds of posts with a similar title, but nobody does it like JC. This is awesome. Print this and frame it. Write it on your wall in permanent marker. Get it tattooed on your forehead in inverse lettering so you see it in the mirror.

  5. I completely agree with the above 4 people. You don’t even need to have an original title or idea in order to impress us every time. Really I could learn from all of these, but especially #1 because I tend to blog at irregular times. I’m always thinking of new ideas, but not putting them into actuality until I feel like it.

  6. A simple concept that goes over the heads of millions…..you reap what you sow. What goes around definitely comes around. Now I just need to focus on more consistent blogging. Thanks John Chow!

  7. Kenny Boger says:

    This article motivates me again; I am a newbie in blogging, since I am not good with css and scripts, it made me headache and I start to take it too seriously with my blog designs. Well, I started to cope better with these stuff and LOVED it.Thanks for sharing nice tips to everyone,John; it means alot to starters like me.

  8. Nick578 says:

    I like this article. It’s different from these “find a niche and set up a 3 pages blog and make 34 Zillion Backlinks for 145.234.234,45$ daily income”. Very motivating. Cheers

  9. xarzy castro says:

    Many thanks for these pieces of advice. We do really need some pattern to follow. And to take it from someone like you is an honor. I just hope I can manage to duplicate some of your amazing feat about blogging.

  10. Justin Mazza says:

    Wow John. Awesome post and you hit the nail on the head on all the points. You sound like a spiritual teacher as well as a business man in this post.

  11. Hotdogman says:

    In a totally unrelated comment, Japadogs is opening in NYC: http://paper.li/f-1328710097#

    1. John Chow says:

      @Hotdogman Woo! I love Japadogs! They don’t have any in the OC but they’re in Vancouver.

  12. Don’t quit is my number 1 tip, like you say this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, no matter if you haven’t done well, it’s never too late to try a different angle, but don’t throw away what you’ve done, keep it, it will only help.

  13. iLeader says:

    these are 14 good tips, and I particularly like your admission that you get most of your cloth for free from trade shows…!! ho ho!

    the fact of the matter is that way too many people try the blogging thing to make a quick buck, rather than seeing a blog as an opportunity to share your views on any subject with the world. if your blog is interesting and dynamic, you will get followers and the money will follow them.

    for me the best tip is the last one, which could of course also been headed “what you sow is what you reap” or “do unto others as you would have done to you” both ancient wisdoms.

    really enjoyed this post, a good life lesson thanks!

  14. I never can understand it when people keep a balance on their credit cards. It’s like giving away money! Good advice.

  15. fas says:

    Nice tip John, consistency helps alot, very good advice.

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  18. Tu Michael says:

    My mantra: treat ur business as a business, not a game u play in free time 🙂

  19. ASMARIE_ says:

    greet post…. thanks for share

  20. darinholic says:

    You’ve always inspired me day by day, John. I run a personal blog, and I wish it’ll grow like you did to this blog. Bravo!

  21. kellyarnes says:

    Hi, how’s it?

    14 Excellent tips above!

    Maybe I missed it, but is there anything in there about providing the customer/guest with what they want or need. Value, value, value… it seems to give and help… to give them a taste, to feed them when they’re hungry but don’t forget to save room for desert 😛

  22. You rock again John! #14 in the list is really true. Positiveness attracts positiveness, and it is a very good mental training as well.

  23. Juan Jose says:

    Yor success will be a reflection of your inner strength and toughts. You have to work on your personal development, have peace of min d and exchange value for money. The more you give in value, the more you receive in monetary exchange. JJ. http://www.genialtec.com

  24. Whitney Black says:

    AWESOME post John!

  25. Kenny Fabre says:

    you reinforced the qualities for a person to be successful John great job

  26. Dennis Kwan says:

    Great tips @ the right time

  27. Randall St Germain says:

    Yes, this post is excellent and so true. I’m trying to follow most of those tips.

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