4 Phases of Success...Which One are You in?

Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987 by
We all want to be successful...or so we tell ourselves. It can be a lot harder than we expected, and I know I've been challenged more by internet marketing than I was planning on.

Personally I think it's important to understand what weaknesses you have and where you lie on a commonly laid out 4 phases of success that a lot of motivational speakers talk about and use to coach their clients. I want you to ask yourself in this post, where you are and what you can do on each phase to move into the next phase.

Phase 1: Conscious Incompetence
So...you just bought the latest 77 dollar Mike Jones product. Or at least I did in this phase. Now you think IM is easy because some guy making a million dollars a year told you it is! Make a website, and wait for your cash to roll in like CRAZY! It's so simple with a guaranteed system!

How to Outgrow it
Wake up! IM is not a magic money wand! Stop buying products and start committing to a real plan of action with a mentor and someone to hold you accountable for your success or failure!

Phase 2: Conscious Incompetence
It's been a few weeks since you put that site up, and no traffic or conversions are coming in. You feel desperate because you are losing at a game you only just started playing.

How to Outgrow it
Here is where it pays to become a part of a community like the WF. Get some friends who enjoy IM and have long discussions with them about what works for them and what doesn't, and try to mold your success by what has already worked for other people. Just don't listen to too many people.

Phase 3: Conscious Competence
A SALE?! IS THAT A SALE ON MY ACCOUNT?! NUH UH! At this point it's finally hit you that you actually have the power to make money online, and that you did something right for once! The only question is...what was it? You scramble around the internet fighting as hard as you can to produce content just like what converts for you occasionally in order to copy your results for more money, but you are still struggling and barely making anything online!

How to Outgrow it
Keep fighting! The home stretch is the hardest part! Now that you have realized the commitment it takes to be successful in IM, it can be tempting to quit with all the nauseating feelings of uncertainty surrounding you at all times. But you have to push forward! This is the most important phase of all!

Phase 4: Unconscious Competence
You've spent so much time fighting and struggling that you are making money in your sleep, literally. You wake up every morning to see your bills are paid by your websites, and you haven't submitted content in weeks but you are still getting conversions! You do the smartest work of all here, without even realizing it, and can afford to outsource and use paid traffic methods without taking giant risks like when you first started. Welcome home!

I am fighting to get to this 4th phase desperately, but I am still more in the 3rd phase to be honest with you. IM is difficult for me, but I am very persistent and will not give up until I see a cash register on the other end of my websites. I just need to keep fighting, and so does everyone else reading this post!

So, what phase are you in?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    I think it's phase 3...Conscious Competence.

    ...and in some respects I may move into and out of unconscious competence.
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    Bruce
  • Profile picture of the author Lett
    Phase 3 here too
  • Profile picture of the author excoder01
    Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post


    Phase 4: Unconscious Competence
    You've spent so much time fighting and struggling that you are making money in your sleep, literally. You wake up every morning to see your bills are paid by your websites, and you haven't submitted content in weeks but you are still getting conversions! You do the smartest work of all here, without even realizing it, and can afford to outsource and use paid traffic methods without taking giant risks like when you first started. Welcome home!

    The 4th phrase is where we learn of two types of Gurus.

    1) Those who are good at what they do, but do not know how to teach it.

    For instance, if you ask the guru, "How can I make money from my blog?" The guru will respond to something like, "Just work hard and get more traffic! That's it." Those folks are so "unconscious" about their expertise that they're unable to relate to newbies. It's like being an expert driver and telling others learning how to drive by telling them -- "It's easy -- just turns the wheel!"

    2) Those who are good at what they do and CAN teach it.

    For instance, they do not ridicule or criticize newbies with vague advice, "Just work hard and social bookmark your site." They offer you indepth, no holds barred training and methods. They go into every intermediate steps from setting up a website, getting content, using various marketing techniques, and so on. In short, they can relate to newbies.

    In that case, there's a 5th phase.

    Reflective Unconscious Competent.

    Those folks are rare but Chris Farrell, Steve Clayton, etc comes to mind who are very good at helping newbies without giving vague "just get off your ass and work hard!" advice.
  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Originally Posted by Michael J. Price View Post

    I'm at phase 1
    Heheh. I can see that based on how you purchased Mike Jones' latest product, the Cash Code .

    It's cool, I bought Clickbank Code back in the day. We all make mistakes.
  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Originally Posted by excoder01 View Post

    The 4th phrase is where we learn of two types of Gurus.

    1) Those who are good at what they do, but do not know how to teach it.

    For instance, if you ask the guru, "How can I make money from my blog?" The guru will respond to something like, "Just work hard and get more traffic! That's it." Those folks are so "unconscious" about their expertise that they're unable to relate to newbies. It's like being an expert driver and telling others learning how to drive by telling them -- "It's easy -- just turns the wheel!"

    2) Those who are good at what they do and CAN teach it.

    For instance, they do not ridicule or criticize newbies with vague advice, "Just work hard and social bookmark your site." They offer you indepth, no holds barred training and methods. They go into every intermediate steps from setting up a website, getting content, using various marketing techniques, and so on. In short, they can relate to newbies.

    In that case, there's a 5th phase.

    Reflective Unconscious Competent.

    Those folks are rare but Chris Farrell, Steve Clayton, etc comes to mind who are very good at helping newbies without giving vague "just get off your ass and work hard!" advice.
    Hm. I never even thought of a fifth phase but I suppose that makes sense. Assuming you get into the make money online niche after you've made money online!
  • Profile picture of the author The-English-Webmistress
    Of course what actually happens is that we move between phase 1 to phase 4 constantly as we take on new projects, learn new skills, try out new techniques...

    The learning never ends, so the levels of consciousness change all the time!

    Andrea, The English Webmistress

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