161: The Mini-Victory Theory and 17 Mini-Wins You Can Get Today

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Inspiration for this special Friday solo edition The Side Hustle Show comes from our first month of parenthood.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far: It’s ALL about the mini-victories. That’s really all there is at this point. I’m talking about stuff like:

  • Talking this kid off the ledge when he’s inconsolable.
  • Stealing an uninterrupted hour to sleep — or hustle.
  • A feeding without projectile vomiting.

But that’s got me thinking, every BIG victory is built on the back of a ton of mini victories.

You don’t wake up one morning and win the Super Bowl. You win it one quarter at a time, one possession at a time, one down at a time, one yard at a time.

And before that, you had to have enough of those mini-victories throughout the season to even have the opportunity to play in the big game.

And before that, you had to have enough mini-victories in college to get drafted and stay healthy.

And before that, you had to have enough mini-victories in high school to get recruited and make the team.

We all want the BIG win; quit our jobs, passive income, early retirement, location-independence, whatever it is. But what’s the next mini win to help get us there?

What action can we take TODAY to move closer to that BIG win? That’s the Mini-Victory Theory.

These are about saving money, making your first sales, the proverbial low-hanging side hustle fruit, and some slight edge habits that can help move the needle over time. About half of these are mine and half are suggestions from members of the SH Nation Facebook group.

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17 Mini-Wins

1. Max out your 401k, at least up to company match – free money!

2. Buy discount gift cards.

Link: GiftCardGranny.com.

3. Get a rewards credit card.

Link: This Spending Habit Has Earned Me Thousands of Dollars in Free Money.

4. Create a Paribus Account.

(Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the link above.)

5. When you go shopping, look for items to re-sell via ebay or Amazon FBA.

6. Find something free on Craigslist and re-sell it.

7. Start writing.

8. Set up a Clarity.fm profile.

Link: Clarity.fm: Start a $100 per Hour Consulting Business in 5 Minutes

9. Do ONE push-up.

Link: Mini Habits

10. Go on a news break.

11. Join a free FB group.

Link: SH Nation Facebook group

Link: Screw the 9-5 Community

12. Make a cold call or a send a cold email.

13. Use your natural unfair advantage. 

14. Develop a morning routine. 

15. Break your BHAG into the smallest possible pieces.

16. Take a moment for gratitude.

Link: The I Done This Challenge

17. Knock out the no-brainer tasks first thing in the morning.

Link: Finding Your Slight Edge

Big Thanks

Big thanks to Jeremy Dieghan, Brendan Quigley, Jennifer Leigh, Darryl Elvina, Andy McCabeDennis Smith, and Jack Hommer for your contributions to the community and to this episode!

Your Turn

I’d love to hear what your mini-victories are in the comments below. Have you implemented any of these already and seen some impact from it?

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About the Author

Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Forbes, TIME, Newsweek, Business Insider, MSN, Yahoo Finance, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times, Bankrate, Hubspot, Ahrefs, Shopify, Investopedia, VICE, Vox, Mashable, ChooseFI, Bigger Pockets, The Penny Hoarder, GoBankingRates, and more.

8 thoughts on “161: The Mini-Victory Theory and 17 Mini-Wins You Can Get Today”

  1. Thanks for the shout out Nick and thanks for the reminder on politics. I have to bite my tongue sometimes to keep from posting something political or commenting on something political. It’s a waste of time and my time can be spent better making positive changes in the lives of others.

  2. Great points, Nick. So many people forget the 401k match. Definitely checking out Clarity.fm as well.
    My mini wins: current project made its first non-Amazon dollar and I launched my podcast.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. New baby- give yourself time just to be a dad. They’re 18 before you know it, believe me. Thanks for the great resources.

  4. Hi Nick,

    Thanks so much for the great list.

    The Mini Habits link is not working for me. Can you check if it is indeed correct?


  5. Thanks for the great ideas Nick! I’ve been trying to focus on small wins lately, too. I’ve decided I’m lousy at reselling things online, so I’m moving on to bigger and better things (I hope!) I’ll definitely be checking out clarity.fm. And I’m having a lot of fun with my new web site. I’m not sure where it’s headed, but I definitely enjoy it!


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