Haven't posted in a while, and I can't seem to help in most threads as I scroll through - because they are too basic/answered xxx times already I can't be bothered, but I'm in a giving mood so I'm just going to write from the heart.
So many threads about money, not that many about the process.
The process I'm talking about is that moment of discovery when something finally works and you start to find your lane. That moment of thinking you can now take on the world because something or a few things have started to work.
Most take on a plate they can't handle from here, they start xx projects and jump from one to the next as they churn and burn their ideas, or abandon them half way through.
How many domains do you have that are idle waiting for your 'someday' moment of inspiration to happen?
How many WSO's/systems have you bought vs the ratio of how many worked yet you still seek enlightenment vs experience?
How many ideas have you done now that you are emotionally attached to that you can't walk away from because you invested too much of your time/money?
How much time do you spend aimlessly researching daily when you full well know what you have to do you're just not prepared to execute 'just yet' for whatever reason?
All of these are toxic. Over the years I've truly learned that your time is extremely precious, and once you find something that starts to work, don't just walk away starting 20 more until you figure out everything you can on how to maximize your discovery. Also know when it's time to simply 100% scrap something and walk away despite resources used as your time is more important re allocating it to your next potential winner.
I think back to the 50+ products and sites I've launched over the years, always kinda wishing 'this is the one', and it happen about 15-20 times, in varying degrees of success. But once my big winner showed itself I put the rest to sleep and started to power my way through the micro niche I had discovered/created/expanded upon. This wasn't by design as much as just a reaction - but now I preach to do that as often as possible in life.
I went from looking after: xx sites, hosting, emails for each, support teams, refunds/retention, partners on a daily, thinking of next products all the time, trying to dilute competitors, getting attacked, and generally being a chicken with its head cut off 247 but making money. . .
. ... to looking after a successful brand with many branches that is laser focused, has a powerful daily routine, and has phases where it literally is a four hour work week without much interruption in the flow of biz/$/resources needed.
This is to encourage you to purge some of your thinking (you just need a buy now button on something that is wanted, delivers on promises, and is fairly priced, we all tend to overcomplicate this process wayyy too much), purge some of your assets, get serious about your success, manifest what will happen once you get there (aka have any of you ACTUALLY given thought to what you would do with your first after tax 100K in the bank? I'm serious - not how you would spend it, but how you would flip it, grow it, preserve it, invest it, whatever).
Purge some of your daily bullshit that you know is just diluting your knowledge base and time. Launch stuff, often, test and break and put it back together to understand it, don't look for systems or cloning others methods from here - all the success stories are out there in living color re sites to model after you don't need secrets (there aren't any) you just need experience.
Fail, fast, faster, and find your winning powerful daily routine to explore - because until you get there it's all just practice. There is such a thing as practicing fast in this world. Fast and frequent practice makes for better products/middlemen sites/etc. vs all your eggs in one basket on your first few product attempts stretching over x years.
The process, once you're there you'll see that your daily grind is actually a daily contribution to your bathtub of WINS vs test after test and spikey little wins only to have to start again.
For me it was product development after being an affiliate, and that after being a designer/producer for xx years - but I know success stories in every walk of our world - domainers, designers, affiliates, product owners, list owners, gurus, opportunists on news/events...
There is no one-size-fits-all method and I'm grateful for that, your pallet of skills will determine where you end up, and what you need to know will probably be determined once you're almost there (aka growing fast not knowing fully why and becoming reactive vs proactive).
In many cases I see associates having to throw their biz plan out the window because their journey gets pulled in a sharp left or right in a big way and it's off to the moon - can't really plan for that you just have to know it's going to happen by design or by an external source sooner or later (once you're sitting on a winner that is).
I Read a quote here recently about 'work hard for 5 years, rest for 55, vs the other way around' - and I believe in that. I also see many ppl try to replicate their first success because they have a false belief that they can just replicate success at any time now that they've done it once. Wrong: If you hit big, hold onto that shit tight, respect it, you've been blessed.
Those that sit pretty will attest, you rarely stay made the first time no matter how many things like this you read beforehand, so with that said - good luck to you all, find your lane and fall in love with your process, you'll see that after a while the money is literally a cool side effect and you won't care about it as much as the powerful daily routine you have and how to sustain it.
I know this is all over the place however I hope it gets your gears turning re top level thinking about your time, how you're using it, how you grade yourself on your attempts to date, and how you may change some of that moving forward if you're in a hamster wheel of fails and have data/asset overload .