If you could go back in time and give your former self advice, what would you say?

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I would tell myself patience pays off in the long run. I remember when i was younger trying a 100 different things and making zero money online. I was so impatient and never stuck to one subject. Now looking back i wish i could kick myself in the ass! I guess age just changes your perspective on things lol


what advice would you give your younger self?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris Skiadas
    "Wake up you idiot and take some freaking action!"
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    "no one will buy from you if they don't know you" ... warming up traffic for sure.
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  • I would tell myself the same thing you would. Patience, focus, faith.
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    Problem is if I go back and tell my former self something I won't have the learning experiences I've had to draw the conclusion as to what my former self needed to know.
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    When Isabelle asks you if her ass looks big in that dress, don't start laughing.
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    For sure, I would tell myself to stop chasing after shiny objects and stick with one thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bryan Ebert
    Don't wait. Quit thinking that you will have a perfect site, or product, or anything really. Just get started; you can always tweak on the fly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Hunter
    I'd tell younger me to sue everybody for everything sooner. Its sad how long it took me to start suing companies and how easy it is to win. Most settle. Ones that do not will lose lot more from negative publicity than if they settled. Anybody want to start class action lawsuit against Google, hit me up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Antares330
      I'd tell myself, "focus on a few things, and take action, even if its not the perfect action"
      (some is better then the none)
      Thanks for the inspiring question!
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  • Profile picture of the author kk075
    It depends on how far back in time I could go. For example, if I could go back to the year 1995, then I'd tell myself to quit my job and study internet marketing full time. I'd also be a great coder, one skill I never focused on and severely regret.

    If I could go to 2000, I'd tell myself to spend a few years building online poker niches and retire. If I could go back 10 years, then I'd tell myself to finish that kids fantasy novel I was working on and get it published. If I could go back five years, then I would have told myself to start my SEO firm then and skip the extra freelance years.

    The biggest thing (outside of making money) I would have told myself at any of those points is to spend more time doing my own thing and focus on branding myself. Because even though I earn a great living writing copy and marketing for others, I've held myself back by not going all-in on my own ventures.
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    • Profile picture of the author crowsnest7
      Don't put all your eggs in one affiliate program basket. Find something easy to promote - not just high ticket.

      And buy a few premium domains when they first come out - even if they're a bit pricey.

      Great question!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
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  • Profile picture of the author kencalhn
    don't waste so much time on forums, lol
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    • Profile picture of the author ejullya
      focus and take action and take more action.....
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by kencalhn View Post

      don't waste so much time on forums, lol
      kencalhn: I know you said that as a "lol" tounge in cheek statement, but there's more truth than fiction in that statement.

      You'd be surprised how many people spend all there time giving advice on forums instead of making money. It's like the salesmen who spends most of his day in the office instead of in the field knocking on doors. It's a comfort zone you can easily fall into if not careful. Been there done that!
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      • Profile picture of the author JeffMitchell
        I have 1 thing that I would tell my younger marketing self....




        BE MORE CONSISTANT!


        Looking back over the last almost 7 years, If I would have completed 1 blog post a day, or one video a day, where would that put me now.


        The advice of pick one strategy and focus on it until it starts working is absolutely true...


        Hope that helps,


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          Buy the domain name business.com first. That, and create a pixel ad site in 2005.
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    Don't stand up in a rowing boat.
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  • Profile picture of the author birgit23
    decide on one thing, stop getting distracted on the next shiny object and take massive amounts of action.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
    I would tell my younger self to go all out in educating yourself and mastering the skills that will make a difference in my life. Then I would literally push myself to bring out the best I can be. I will tell myself that all disappointments are for the better. Just keep moving forward and growing as an individual.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie123
    To utilize online arbitrage techniques to source inventory for eBay and Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Knowing what I know now, if I can go back 12 years to the day that I started, I would tell myself this:

    Tal, if you want to succeed you need to know that it takes money to make money online. Build your list and make sure that any affiliate program that you are adding to your newsletter or site has to pay you monthly residual income. You also must position yourself to earn from the efforts of others and also make sure that you position yourself to earn high ticket commissions. Stay consistent and never give up. You can do it too because others are doing it and are succeeding. You were born to win and there is no reason why you can't do it too.
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  • Profile picture of the author hilear
    Get started!

    Focus on one thing you like!

    Have confidence!

    There is a piece of the pie for everyone!
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    Never NEVER invest in bizopp, LOL!

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  • Profile picture of the author MaybeImYou
    ... I've thought about this quite a bit.

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    I would most likely tell myself to have patience. don't try to have a perfect product launch it as soon as you can. wait for feedback it will come, always improve. stick with one thing for a while before moving onto the next thing, and always learn from what works and doesn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author slammer81
    I'd tell myself to relax.

    The younger me looked at everything as super important. Any failure was a disaster (at University exams, with girls, biz stuff).

    Can't remember what all of the worrying was about now LOL

    Life's too short, relax.
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  • I would tell myself that selling X high-ticket offers with recurring rebills are MUCH more profitable than selling X*5 Ebooks or small plugins at $27.

    Dont bottom feed.
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  • Profile picture of the author badassmarketer
    Work on your social skills, and have lots of sex.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Sorry, But I tend to look to the future

    al
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      what advice would you give your younger self?
      After years of being the breadwinner and proving I can "do this" my advice to my younger self would be


      "Marry money"
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