Our Top 10 Articles of 2016


by Don Smith

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 When I started this personal growth website back in 2015, I only had a vague idea that I wanted to give back to the community because of how much had been freely given to me over the years by my mentors.  I feel like I've accomplished that goal, and something I didn't expect.  I found more mentors, close friends, and a wider community that believes that ongoing personal and professional growth is as important as I do.  I've found my home away from home.

To my friends, family, and the community that has developed around our mission of helping each other grow in our personal and professional lives, thank you for an awesome year!  I feel incredibly blessed as I see the thousands of people who have rallied around this mission in our various communities, and humbled by the fact that thousands now view the articles on this site every day.

I thought you might appreciate a rundown of our top 10 articles from 2016 in case you missed one of them.

1.  10 steps to creating wealth

My most popular article in 2016, I unpack what it takes to build wealth based on my research and personal experience.  If you are looking to build wealth and aren't looking for a get rich quick scheme, start here.

2.  How does the average millionaire make it there?

Have you ever wondered what the average millionaire is actually like?  This article unpacks that topic with some surprising revelations.

3.  I've fallen out of love with my spouse, I'm lost. How do I find that friendship and love again?

Inspired by the questions I was constantly being bombarded with on Quora, I wrote this article to explain how people can regain that loving feeling after the newness of a relationship wears off.  It was sad to me to see how many people feel like they need to just suffer through a bad relationship rather than working on bringing back those feelings.  If you are finding yourself in a position where your relationship has lost a bit of the spice, try these suggestions!

4.  I've lost my passion for life. How do I renew it? 3 Questions you must ask yourself today to revive your passion!

Over the past few years, my passion for life had slowly been declining.  These are the 3 questions I spent a lot of time answering to get it back.  This article was written just a few months ago and is already #4 for the entire year, so I expect it to be topping the charts for years to come.

5.  Books for Personal Development: Finances, Business, Relationships, Skills, and Time Management

A list compiled from more than 35 years of avid reading and personal experience, here are my top picks for each of these areas of personal development.  If you are looking to grow and willing to put in the effort to make reading a habit, start here.

6.  7 life lessons I've learned over the last 39 years

One of my favorite articles to write, this one unpacks some of the most important lessons I've learned over my lifetime.  I hope you take away a few ideas for your own life from this one!

7.  How Do I Know When I've Met “The One?”

Everyone thought I was crazy when I married Pamela 3 months after meeting her.  I knew deep down that I wasn't nuts, though.  5 years later, I am certain I made the right decision and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  So how did I know that I had met “The One”?  This is how.

8.  Why don't I get invited to more things?

Have you ever asked yourself the question why don't I get invited to more things?  I know I have.  It turns out, I was asking the wrong question.  Once I started asking the right one, this ceased to be a problem.

9. What's an efficient way to avoid procrastination?

Do you find yourself getting distracted easily, or having trouble concentrating?  Do you find yourself procrastinating often?  This is the best answer I've ever found for resolving those issues.  It helped me, my hope is that it will help you as well.

10. 10 TED Talks to Improve Your Life

Posted only a few weeks ago, this one has already been a huge hit.  These are my picks on some of the best TED Talks out there, I think you will thoroughly enjoy and be moved by each of these.

Honorable mention is an article that I wrote after a good friend passed.  I think you'll get a lot out of 3 Lessons about Life I Learned from Leighton.  I know he would appreciate his life affecting a few more people, so I'd appreciate it if you took the time to read and share this one if you enjoy it.

That's our roundup for 2016!  I hope you have an amazing 2017!

Our Top 10 Articles of 2016

About the Author 

Don Smith

Happily married with five kids, Smith owns a technology company, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and loves playing soccer, hiking, and mentoring.

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