The Day The Internet Stood Still...

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A few years ago, during a very cold winter, I was lying down on the pavement, at the Victoria Train Station, London.

In my hand, I held a very important book, the title of which I will share with you at the end of this story.

That year, I ended up homeless, and all virtually all my belongings were in the backpack I was carrying. A tired laptop, with a couple of missing keys was my most priced possession.

I'm still not sure how I survived, but it was great to have access to the Internet at the library. I would sleep at the train station at night, and write code for a Wordpress plugin during the day. Occasionally, I would "visit" an acquaintance and spend the night on their couch.

Here is what is really important.

In my despair, I had no choice. I had to make something work, this online marketing thing HAD to F***** WORK OR I COULD DIE!!!

And then... it happened. As far as I'm concerned, the whole of the Internet stopped. It just stood still.

People were buying the product I had put out!

When I refreshed my PayPal account, there was about $50. Then $100. Then $500. At the end, it ended up being my first $10,000 weekend.

I could finally get something nice to eat, and get a comfortable bed in a hotel, whilst I sorted everything else out. And I was inspired, I knew I could do it again.

More importantly YOU can do it too!

The secret I discovered is that you have to focus on ONE thing - solving a single, most pressing problem for a group of people. Just one problem that people are willing to pay money for. No tricks, no gimmicks - just one problem.

Hopefully, you're somewhere warm as you are reading this. If having the right mindset helped me get out of the streets, you probably can have it that much easier.

So go out there, solve one problem, for one group of people, and make some money!

P.S. The book I was reading was "The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace D. Wattles.
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Awesome story! Just goes to show if you want something bad enough you will make it happen no matter what.

    Great tip about focusing on one thing. Sometimes people try to do so much they end up doing absolutely nothing.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Hey AdwordsMogul,
      Nice story.

      I love that you empathized ALL it can take sometimes is to solve ONE important problem people are having.

      I think too many people these days are trying to be 'all things to all people.'
      They should pick just ONE ( at least in the beginning) and concentrate on that.



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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by H.Miller View Post

      Awesome story! Just goes to show if you want something bad enough you will make it happen no matter what.

      Great tip about focusing on one thing. Sometimes people try to do so much they end up doing absolutely nothing.
      Hello Heather,

      Thank you, it means a lot to me that someone appreciates it. People are overwhelmed trying to do "everything" - but certain situations force you to just think clearly and take action.
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      • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
        Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

        Hello Heather,

        Thank you, it means a lot to me that someone appreciates it. People are overwhelmed trying to do "everything" - but certain situations force you to just think clearly and take action.
        Yep. Unfortunately we often have to have no other choice before we actually have the courage and clarity to step out and go for what we want.
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        • Profile picture of the author davidmac00
          Super story! I love hearing things like this, gives everyone a lift!

          Thank you for sharing AdwordsMogul and wish you continued success.

          PS. A lot of truth in the focus on fixing one problem, many don't realise how big that can be!
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    Without question, the best post I've read in a long, long while.

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  • Profile picture of the author HDRider
    Great story thanks for sharing, anyone struggling should read it.
    Goes to show what motivation and total focus can do, no bouncing around from one method to another.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by discrat View Post

      Hey AdwordsMogul,
      Nice story.

      I love that you empathized ALL it can take sometimes is to solve ONE important problem people are having.

      I think too many people these days are trying to be 'all things to all people.'
      They should pick just ONE ( at least in the beginning) and concentrate on that.



      - Robert Andrew
      I appreciate that, Robert. Understanding that "little bit" is what changed this for me. And you're right, many people struggle just because they try to please everyone.

      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

      Awesome story, and glad you had a happy ending, a lot of people don't.
      True, maybe that's why it's important to keep going for what you truly want in life.

      Originally Posted by HDRider View Post

      Great story thanks for sharing, anyone struggling should read it.
      Goes to show what motivation and total focus can do, no bouncing around from one method to another.
      Exactly!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Loved hearing that story. Congrats to you for coming such a long way and making it.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by davidmac00 View Post

      Super story! I love hearing things like this, gives everyone a lift!

      Thank you for sharing AdwordsMogul and wish you continued success.

      PS. A lot of truth in the focus on fixing one problem, many don't realise how big that can be!
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Loved hearing that story. Congrats to you for coming such a long way and making it.
      Thanks! It felt a bit scary sharing my story like this, but your words make it worth it!

      Jean Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author Denise Patton
        Bravo. Never tire of these stories. Looking forward to being on the other side of my success story.
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        • Profile picture of the author smartren25
          Great Book to read &so glad you got it! Adwords Mogul - Welldone
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          • Profile picture of the author samlee
            AdwordsMogul, was inspired by your story. Yes focus on that one thing till you succeed. I was reading that same book too.
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            • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
              Originally Posted by Denise Patton View Post

              Bravo. Never tire of these stories. Looking forward to being on the other side of my success story.
              Make sure you share it with everyone! All the best Denise!

              Originally Posted by smartren25 View Post

              Great Book to read &so glad you got it! Adwords Mogul - Welldone
              Thank you, the book really is profound.

              Originally Posted by samlee View Post

              AdwordsMogul, was inspired by your story. Yes focus on that one thing till you succeed. I was reading that same book too.
              Thank you for sharing that - I'm glad my story can be a source of encouragement and inspiration. All the best!

              Jean Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Magnus G
    Good story, you are quite a writer. Inspiring, meaningful, and a great message. Shows that you always have a choice and opportunities no matter what. thx. best of luck to you
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Jacoby
      Inspiring story...you should never feel scared telling it. This is the kind of stuff people want/need to hear because it inspires them to get up and get going. Congratulations on making it happen.
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      • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
        Originally Posted by Magnus G View Post

        Good story, you are quite a writer. Inspiring, meaningful, and a great message. Shows that you always have a choice and opportunities no matter what. thx. best of luck to you
        Thank you, that's a humbling compliment - it feels really nice knowing you enjoy what I have writen.

        Originally Posted by Jason Jacoby View Post

        Inspiring story...you should never feel scared telling it. This is the kind of stuff people want/need to hear because it inspires them to get up and get going. Congratulations on making it happen.
        Jason, I'm gonna take your advice. I have actually realized that this is a better way to connect with people, rather than just plain old features and benefits spiel.
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  • Profile picture of the author Winlin
    Well done... It's funny how the line between complacency, and doing the impossible is a thin one. If at the time you'd had an income, that maybe just covered your bills, you might have been just comfortable enough to maintain status quo , or too fearful of losing what you did have to take any real chances. Maybe? Thoughts? Regardless, I enjoyed your testimony.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Hocking
      As Zig Ziglar said "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want"
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by Winlin View Post

      Well done... It's funny how the line between complacency, and doing the impossible is a thin one. If at the time you'd had an income, that maybe just covered your bills, you might have been just comfortable enough to maintain status quo , or too fearful of losing what you did have to take any real chances. Maybe? Thoughts? Regardless, I enjoyed your testimony.
      You make a good point...

      The thing is, I got into that situation by taking a risk that backfired. So I did take a chance.

      What made the difference this time is that I had a laser sharp focus and conviction. When that cold gets into your bones you either:

      a) give up and blame whoever/whatever you can for your troubles
      b) you make up your mind, and go for it.

      When you're in a tough situation, you forget about Facebook messages ( especially when you realise that none of your FB "friends" is going to help you, for what ever reason).

      You don't go looking for the next big thing, you don't spend the evening watching funny YouTube videos ( btw, nothing agains funny YT videos )

      It's like, your own B.S. gets out of the way. You don't just try to stay busy - you actually get work done. Every single thing you do has to have a purpose. Plus, when the library is shut, you have a lot of time to reflect, hehe.

      Thanks, you know, all the comments here are very encouraging. It's good that you mentioned complacency - it's causing me re-examine myself now as well.

      All the best,
      Jean Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author skyro
    Great post and inspiration for many of us to keep pushing.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Nice "Story".....
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron C Farrow
      Thank you for your story. Inspiring, thought provoking, impressive. Every newby on WF should read this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrianhenry
    This is probably the best post I've ever read here on the WF. I always tell my friends that someone always has it worse than them and some of them will have the determination and mindset to get out of that so instead of moaning how bad things are actually get up and do something about it.

    Great post, really inspiring! I want to log off here and write some code now
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  • Profile picture of the author inxie
    You must have been very smelly.
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      • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
        Originally Posted by inxie View Post

        You must have been very smelly.
        Hehe. True!

        But I did shower during my "visits"!
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        • Love the story and love the follow up.

          It is kind of shocking that the same brains that get us in a jam are the same brains that can blast us into the stratosphere with success.

          I could really relate on so many levels my friend.

          I also had a very early taste of huge financial success but I was not prepared for it at that time.

          Did I invest it back into my business? Create more automation and or outsourcing?

          Well let's just say making mistakes sure can be alot of fun sometimes.

          They say be careful what you wish for and success is included in that.

          Many of us can have reverse rags to riches tales because we may sacrifice health, over indulge, not bring in fresh talent to assist us on and on.

          For me it is always the time for giving thanks and I am thankful of your story and the outcome.
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    Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

    A few years ago, during a very cold winter, I was lying down on the pavement, at the Victoria Train Station, London.

    In my hand, I held a very important book, the title of which I will share with you at the end of this story.

    That year, I ended up homeless, and all virtually all my belongings were in the backpack I was carrying. A tired laptop, with a couple of missing keys was my most priced possession.

    I'm still not sure how I survived, but it was great to have access to the Internet at the library. I would sleep at the train station at night, and write code for a Wordpress plugin during the day. Occasionally, I would "visit" an acquaintance and spend the night on their couch.

    Here is what is really important.

    In my despair, I had no choice. I had to make something work, this online marketing thing HAD to F***** WORK OR I COULD DIE!!!

    And then... it happened. As far as I'm concerned, the whole of the Internet stopped. It just stood still.

    People were buying the product I had put out!

    When I refreshed my PayPal account, there was about $50. Then $100. Then $500. At the end, it ended up being my first $10,000 weekend.

    I could finally get something nice to eat, and get a comfortable bed in a hotel, whilst I sorted everything else out. And I was inspired, I knew I could do it again.

    More importantly YOU can do it too!

    The secret I discovered is that you have to focus on ONE thing - solving a single, most pressing problem for a group of people. Just one problem that people are willing to pay money for. No tricks, no gimmicks - just one problem.

    Hopefully, you're somewhere warm as you are reading this. If having the right mindset helped me get out of the streets, you probably can have it that much easier.

    So go out there, solve one problem, for one group of people, and make some money!

    P.S. The book I was reading was "The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace D. Wattles.
    Yeah, that book changed my life, buddy. I've been recommending it to thousands of my clients ever since!
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    Great message and amazing delivery! Thank you sir.
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    This story is living proof that anyone can make it if they work hard at it and never give up. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyharte
    WOW! What an incredible turn of events. I would keep a copy of that book with you everywhere you go!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best of Luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by tonyharte View Post

      WOW! What an incredible turn of events. I would keep a copy of that book with you everywhere you go!

      Thanks for sharing.

      Best of Luck!
      Hehe, you bet I do!
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    I've been recommending it to thousands of my clients ever since!
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  • Profile picture of the author jovanyhdez
    Great Post!!! This gives me inspiration to keep moving forward. I am not in the best financial situation at the time but I will keep working hard and I know that I will succeed. Thanks again for your story!!!.
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  • Profile picture of the author CRIMSON ASH
    This is an incredibly inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes desperation in itself is the greatest motivator as it pushes out of our comfort zones.

    I have no doubt that you helped many Warriors today by sharing this part of your life.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by jovanyhdez View Post

      Great Post!!! This gives me inspiration to keep moving forward. I am not in the best financial situation at the time but I will keep working hard and I know that I will succeed. Thanks again for your story!!!.
      You're welcome! You will succeed, just believe in yourself and focus on creating something that truly solves a problem for your customers.

      Originally Posted by CRIMSON ASH View Post

      This is an incredibly inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes desperation in itself is the greatest motivator as it pushes out of our comfort zones.

      I have no doubt that you helped many Warriors today by sharing this part of your life.
      Those are very kind words. Wow, I wasn't expecting this kind of response, I appreciate you letting me know how this has affected you.

      All the best,
      Jean Paul
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