"What if money didn't matter?"

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Wow, I was just hit with an immense amount of realization after watching this. It couldn't fit anywhere more perfect than this forum.

The question anyone reading this should ask themselves: If money was non-existent or not a problem, would you honestly be doing Internet Marketing?

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  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    If money didn't exist, we'd be using something else as a medium of exchange. So we'd like be doing whatever business we're in to acquire more of whatever we're using as a medium of exchange.
    • Profile picture of the author swords
      Originally Posted by Sean T Alexandre View Post

      If money didn't exist, we'd be using something else as a medium of exchange. So we'd like be doing whatever business we're in to acquire more of whatever we're using as a medium of exchange.
      That's not the point of the video. Whatever 'medium of exchange' that you are looking at, it poses the question "What if it didn't matter?".
  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    Why would any form of exchange exist if it didn't matter? That's where the video falls flat on its face.
  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    As for my answer.

    I love helping people with problems. I love coming up with solutions. So being a life coach or business consultant is what I would do.

    My current job is handling in house internet marketing. Basically I consult but for one company only. It's not quite perfect but very close to what I truly want to do.

    I've never been on to live a life based on what others wanted.

    I grew up on welfare. That allowed me to see that really you can live a nice life not even working. So I never feared not having money because I knew the safety net was there and I saw how on that net you could stay home and play video games and watch cable (net wasn't around in the 80 when i was a kid on welfare). But by the time I was 20 I had made more money per year than my mom (single parent) ever had and all I was doing was following jobs I enjoyed.

    In high school I decided I wanted to be a teacher. Since I loved helping people and wanted summers off. You'll hear teachers talk about how hard it is. But the truth is they make it hard. The teachers who inspired me talk to me about what they really did. With proper time management it really is a 7 to 4 Mon to Fri job. So I went to college for less than a year and realized I didn't want to do anything that required college. Because even though I would have enjoyed being a teacher I wouldn't have enjoyed 4 more years of pointless homework (I could and likely still can ace most tests without having to study) and wasted time.

    At 19 I got my first job (not a fan of working) at Wal-mart. It was full time (minus like 3 or 4 weeks a year I had a set 40hr work week) and I made $1 over minimum wage (know what you are worth and never take less). While there I realized I kind of liked this retail thing. Retail management allows you to coach people professionally and allows you to do visual marketing (better known as merchandising). So I left Walmart to be a retail manager (walmart over works their managers or at least did back then).

    But over time realized that while I was making good money I didn't like the hours. At times they were long and you would go from days to nights and back.

    But over time I learned that since I was good at consulting I was good at selling. All selling is really is helping people buy things that benefit them. So finally I made it to a commission based retail store and became a sales manager which luckily had a long period of time as a trainee where I got to sell the same as the commissioned sales people.

    That allowed me to see first hand that I could sell and make the same or more money and yet be way happier. But the hours still sucked so I found an RV dealership that was only open till 5 (6 two days a week during summer).

    Of course while there I was able to give advice to the owners and we talked about the internet and how you could market better on the internet. Which lead over the years to more and more of my job being the marketing consultant halves.

    I am a great example of just doing things you love. I get bored so I need to change it up every few years (sometimes months) so of course my course evolved.

    I made money along the way because not only did i enjoy what I did but I was good at it. If I ever got tired of a job I quit. Two of those jobs I quit without having another job lined up. And people who know me know I have no savings so I didn't bring my own safety net. Most people would be afraid to do that. Because they worry about money vs. being happy.

    Being happy is more important. And if you have confidence in yourself you know you will land on your feet. I always have.

    So I have always done what makes me happy but in a way that will allow me to live the life I want (corvettes and other sports cars have high monthly payments). It wasn't hard. But to get started I had to stop listening to people who told me what I should do.

    Here is a tip for the young ones on the board. College is useless for the vast majority of careers. Before you do it decide if what you want to do with your life requires it. You can name most of those careers off the top of your head (engineer, teacher, doctor, lawyer, etc). If it doesn't are you going to college because you enjoy formal learning? If you can't answer yes to one of those questions you really shouldn't go to college. You will never get those 4 years back and time is worth more than money. Plus you will likely end up with $20k plus of debt and I am sure you can think of many things that you would enjoy spending $20k more on.

    So I know you can make a living doing what you want as long as you are good at it.

    I hang out on this forum because I love marketing and consulting. But I do see a lot of people on this forum who are here for the wrong reasons. They want to make money online but they do not love marketing. Some don't even love tech. There isn't really a reason besides "money" for them to be here. And even that really is the dream of "money for no effort" that they have bought into.
  • Profile picture of the author Tuzio
    If money didn't matter I think we would trade friendship and compassion. Whats wrong with trading an item for an item of equal value? If we take out the intermediate paper promise I believe we would be happier and more compassionate.

    The problem is human need for betterment and ranking against others... How do we achieve it? More money.

    In regard to your question: No I would not be promoting businesses goods/services if money did not matter.
    • Profile picture of the author swords
      @Aaron Doud

      Great post man, that is truly an inspiration. I'm only 19, so I can't relate to many things you mentioned except for the college part. I am currently a freshman at college, and although I don't like the classes, I DO love the networking and *cough* fun weekends. There is no better place, or time, to meet people and create these friendships. On top of that, it's very true when people say: "It's not how many people you know, it's WHO you know". These friendships may be beneficial to me someday, or maybe not, but that's none of my concern as they are just my friends.

      That's awesome you've always went to where you thought you'd be happiest though. I can't see myself quitting a job and not having another one lined up the next day, I would be scared of never getting another job. You're definitely on the right track to living a fulfilling lifestyle and a lot of people should take note of the post you just made.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    If money was not an issue, I would still publish information online, I just would not attempt to monetize it as much as I am doing. Maybe I wouldn't try to monetize it at all.
  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    swords,

    Once you are truly confident in yourself and understand that the worst really isn't that bad you can.

    But even then it is effort at times our mind will let us stay in a bad situation because fear of change is scary.

    I always tell people to get past that just think about the worst that could happen. Is it really that bad?

    In some ways starting my life on welfare and in public hosing gave me a unique view of this. The worst isn't that bad. I had food, friends, toys, and even a NES. Honestly some of the happiest moments of my life were the "worst". So why would I fear that?

    Quantify the "worst" and you can put that fear away. Then just follow the paths that make you happy. We don't need as much money as people think we do to be happy.
    • Profile picture of the author Big Rob
      Originally Posted by Aaron Doud View Post

      swords,

      Once you are truly confident in yourself and understand that the worst really isn't that bad you can.

      But even then it is effort at times our mind will let us stay in a bad situation because fear of change is scary.

      I always tell people to get past that just think about the worst that could happen. Is it really that bad?

      In some ways starting my life on welfare and in public hosing gave me a unique view of this. The worst isn't that bad. I had food, friends, toys, and even a NES. Honestly some of the happiest moments of my life were the "worst". So why would I fear that?

      Quantify the "worst" and you can put that fear away. Then just follow the paths that make you happy. We don't need as much money as people think we do to be happy.
      This is easy for the self.
      Factor in dependents, not so much
  • Profile picture of the author mmrumii
    Then the world would be heaven I guess. Everything disputatious in this world is only for money.
  • Profile picture of the author Nic Oliver
    The first distinction I'd make is between Internet Marketing (The make money online niche) and online marketing (marketing your business online). There's so much rubbish told and sold as internet markeing, catering to the Shiny Object Syndrome addicts.

    I'd only be involved in Internet Marketing if I could really add value for people.

    Online Marketing is a different matter. Sure, I'd continue to market online even if I didn't need to make money anymore, which is how I interpreted the original question.

    And I'd continue as a hypnocoach, helping people to unleash the potential of their minds.
  • Profile picture of the author rolough
    I'm on the warrior forum because I want to learn how to make enough money so that I can get to the point where money doesn't matter.

    Also, IM is fun for me and is part of my ideal lifestyle.

    If money didn't matter, I'd still blog, help people, connect with people, and learn.
    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      In response to the title:

      LOL!

      Let me expand on that without sounding like an arrogant idiot.

      I laugh because that will never ever happen... EVER!

      Everything requires an exchange of energy. Everything.

      That energy for human to human interaction is money.

      If it wasn't money it would be food, energy, water etc. Its still money in a way isn't it? Its just a way we humans tag it. And money is not even money. Its just an exchange of energy.

      In an easy to explain way it comes down to Maslows hierarchy of needs.

      The problem for people that get passed the point where they don't need money is two things. 1) their bills get bigger as does their bank account and so in turn has them in an inwards spin that they cant get out of and or 2) the compulsive part of their nature kicks in and they want to continue making money regardless of their situation.

      I believe that Maslow's law is flawed as it stops and does not take into consideration the unseen and unknown realm of meta physics and what is not normal or currently not understood... paranormal; if you will.

      And I dont think that this is true for all people either. People are different, we all have different roles.
    • Profile picture of the author createvalueshare
      Originally Posted by rolough View Post

      I'm on the warrior forum because I want to learn how to make enough money so that I can get to the point where money doesn't matter.

      Also, IM is fun for me and is part of my ideal lifestyle.

      If money didn't matter, I'd still blog, help people, connect with people, and learn.
      This is exactly what I thought. The reason that I am not completely free from earning more money is I have not got enough money to support the ideal life style for myself, my family and my relationship with my community. Everything I do needs to have a purpose, so IM to me is a way I use to earn enough money to support my ideal life style.
  • Profile picture of the author BrianCampbelldotcom
    Originally Posted by swords View Post

    If money was non-existent or not a problem, would you honestly be doing Internet Marketing?
    That's an interesting question. Actually, I hit the point a few years ago through simplification (reducing my living expenses) where I can live off of my investments. I live in Hawaii & spend most time outdoors, so it doesn't cost a lot to live a great life.

    I decided to continue Internet Marketing because it does help me with an important mission. Empowering people. Money is part of our reality here on this planet at this time (until we all learn to cooperate & share the abundant resources on the planet).

    Traditionally only the newspapers, goverment, radio stations, tv stations etc... had the power to send out their message to the masses. Now the AVERAGE person has that power through the Internet.

    I want to empower thousands of people to build their own list of 10,000-100,000+. This way they can get people collaborating in various ways. There are lots of things that don't cost money (planting vegetables for instance is almost free).

    This is a new paradigm that I believe will ultimately change the world economy & possibly even help us evolve past the need for money. We're still not there, but things are obviously changing.

    Internet Marketing is simply a way to deliver value to people through the Internet. As long as your produce is making people's lives better you'll have as much money as you want. The more people you help, the wealthier you'll be. Not just in monetary terms, but also in the quality of your relationships
  • Profile picture of the author MikeBailey
    I think a better question to ask is, "If money didn't matter what would you be doing for others"

    For me I would be a musician, (instead I am a web designer because it is almost impossible to make a lot of money as a musician)
  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    I thought this was a good short video. How much is enough?

    How Much is Enough? :: Mental Toughness Blog
  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    This question is pretty pointless and goes against nature of things. Mankind has been greedy from the start. A lot of us may not admit it but we all are greedy to a degree.

    If money didn't matter then we all would be taking all we can from each other. There would be no barriers or lines. I'm not buying the whole "I'm a good guy and I help people" crap.
  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    I hear ya but money does matter. In fact its one of the most important things besides love. Walk onto the bank and try to deposite some love. Call your electric company and ask if they take love for payment. Unfortunately it does matter and we need to be open to except as much of it as possible. I had my eyes close for a second and was thinking about it... thanks for the perspective, very good
  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Ya if there was no $ then we would still be using the barter system and chances are the internet would never have existed...

    But ya the main reason why I love IM is not because of the money but it's the freedom that comes with making money on the internet. Money is just a by product
  • Profile picture of the author Anoosh Kashefi
    I think about that everyday, and the best part is the answer is 100%, wholeheartidly, YES!

    I love internet marketing. I love the challenges. There is no doubt in my mind that IM is my passion, my hobby - I'm addicted.
  • Profile picture of the author TheMaleRN
    if that were true... then I wouldn't be here...
  • Profile picture of the author joaniemcmahon
    I am new on here and cannot figure out how to post something ... would you mind telling me how to post something in one of the threads. I am looking to purchase a solo ad from someone in the health and wellness niche. And wanted to find out who may know of such a list for solos

    Thanks Joanie
    mcmahonjoanie@gmail.com
  • Profile picture of the author Reese Fabro
    Well they say if you do what you love doing you become a master. People pay for your knowledge.

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