There are always people starting out in IM and thinking that making massive money is just a matter of writing an ebook and getting someone with a list to promote it.
Well, we all know that this is not the way that usually works and there are plenty of people around to advise beginners not to make too many assumptions about that.
However - there are also plenty of people around who (because of their own lack of success) are a little too quick to jump on the "it's a long hard struggle" bandwagon.
I know that no-one likes to think that they're responsible for their lack of success - or it's speed, so it's common for people to want to be able to say it's hard and a long struggle.
What I would like to add is that - It doesn't HAVE to be!
Not everyone struggles. Not everyone starting has to struggle.
It doesn't HAVE to take a long time.
We're now living in one of the most abundant times in history and the Internet is changing and opening up opportunities all the time.
However, if you want it to be a long hard struggle - that's easy to do, just follow what everyone else is doing and listen to the stories of hardship and struggle and look for evidence.
I know we all like to see stories of people struggling and then triumphing over adversity (I've had that journey myself), but in reality it is NOT a sure thing that you must struggle and take a long time to create success for yourself.
And anyone who tells you otherwise is doing you a disservice.