What I've learned from 1500 posts and 2 years

by Christopher R Everson 14 replies
I'm a pretty slow learner, and although I like to pretend I am, I'm also not very intelligent.

However, I have learned a few things in the last 2 years. I'm just shooting from the hip here, and I'm just going to run off quick ideas, and some quotes I feel really apply to internet marketing, and often to internet business in general.

1. Work. Get off your ass and work. I don't care if you are tired, your wife is a little upset, the guys want a beer, you dont think it will happen. Shut up and work. Unless your a bloody genius, only work will get you to your goals.

2. Don't ask for less problems, ask for more skills.

3. Wealth attracts wealth. Associate yourself with big players in your niche, your market, or just in general. Don't cling to them, don't ride off them, but being near them and just talking business will make you money in one way or another. This is very intangible and seems far off, but just trust me.

4. Aim for the moon, it's a big target. Never settle with what you have, keep building and building and growing. In highschool, I was making over $1,000 a week with adsense. I thought I had it made forever. WRONG! Things change!

5. When it comes to internet marketing and making money online, the internet has MORE WRONG, OUTDATED, and DOWNRIGHT USELESS information than it does RELEVANT information. $49 products don't have that information either, 99% of the time. Want to know how to do something? Find someone currently doing it, and ASK THEM. Offer a skill or service and do what it takes!

6. Don't cut financial corners! Don't spend money on stupid stuff, just because you had a big payday. Take some friends out for drinks, maybe a small vacation, don't do anything dumb with your money. I'm wearing a watch right now that should have been in a money market account somewhere.

7. Take risks. Never be afraid to fail. If you go bust and and wind up homeless, it'll just feel better when your on top again. (note, this applies to us without kids, or very serious obligations, but even then educated risks)

I'll end this with my favorite quote of all time:

"If you work on your job, you could make a living. If you work on yourself, you could make a fortune'.
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  • Profile picture of the author Asher
    Hi Christopher,

    Excellent, excellent post. I think if there was a one line summary for your post, it would be "Work hard AND Work Smart"

    Because even though working hard is great, in order for better results, we gotta change and evolve along the way.

    I think point 7's the biggest challenge of all for many.

    Thanks for the wonderful post!

    Asher
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    Awesome post. #'s 2, 3 and 4 are definitely dead on!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
    Originally Posted by Christopher R Everson View Post

    I'm a pretty slow learner, and although I like to pretend I am, I'm also not very intelligent.

    However, I have learned a few things in the last 2 years. I'm just shooting from the hip here, and I'm just going to run off quick ideas, and some quotes I feel really apply to internet marketing, and often to internet business in general.

    1. Work. Get off your ass and work. I don't care if you are tired, your wife is a little upset, the guys want a beer, you dont think it will happen. Shut up and work. Unless your a bloody genius, only work will get you to your goals.

    2. Don't ask for less problems, ask for more skills.

    3. Wealth attracts wealth. Associate yourself with big players in your niche, your market, or just in general. Don't cling to them, don't ride off them, but being near them and just talking business will make you money in one way or another. This is very intangible and seems far off, but just trust me.

    4. Aim for the moon, it's a big target. Never settle with what you have, keep building and building and growing. In highschool, I was making over $1,000 a week with adsense. I thought I had it made forever. WRONG! Things change!

    5. When it comes to internet marketing and making money online, the internet has MORE WRONG, OUTDATED, and DOWNRIGHT USELESS information than it does RELEVANT information. $49 products don't have that information either, 99% of the time. Want to know how to do something? Find someone currently doing it, and ASK THEM. Offer a skill or service and do what it takes!

    6. Don't cut financial corners! Don't spend money on stupid stuff, just because you had a big payday. Take some friends out for drinks, maybe a small vacation, don't do anything dumb with your money. I'm wearing a watch right now that should have been in a money market account somewhere.

    7. Take risks. Never be afraid to fail. If you go bust and and wind up homeless, it'll just feel better when your on top again. (note, this applies to us without kids, or very serious obligations, but even then educated risks)

    I'll end this with my favorite quote of all time:

    "If you work on your job, you could make a living. If you work on yourself, you could make a fortune'.


    I definitely agree with you on this post. Everything you talk about is true and in my experience these points hold for me as well. Risks are the biggest thing that is misunderstood in our society today.

    In my opinion, and I've been guilty of this too, people look at risk as a chance to LOSE something rather than GAIN something. For example, how many financial magazines talk about "how to not lose your money" and blah blah blah rather than the true secrets to MAKING money? I've noticed this on my visits to bookstores recently. More and more financial advice is about not losing rather than winning. Last time I checked, people didn't "invest" in order not to lose but rather to make money.

    Working is difficult at times. This is probably the point I'm most guilty at not following. It's hard when things get in the way. Significant others, worthless J.O.B's (Just Over Broke), and other commitments make an IM lifestyle difficult. They are just excuses though.

    Anyhow, great post! I love reading posts about people's experiences.

    Cheers,


    Brad Spencer
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    Great post Christopher, I think most people can get something from your words.

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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Chris, congrats on your 1500th post.

      Seems as if you've learned a lot in 2 years.

      Trust me...you'll learn even more in the next 2 years.

      We all do.
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      Thank you for the post Christopher it is very refreshing. The only thing I didn't like about it is that you said you weren't very intelligent Obviously you are.
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      This is great advise. I am a beginner at this internet marketing so I love any tips that people have and I have to say these are like no other.
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        Great post man! Love it! Very good stuff!
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    How much are you making monthly after 1,500 posts if you took your own advice?
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    Love this sentence : "If you work on your job, you could make a living. If you work on yourself, you could make a fortune". Thanks for a nice post!
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    Good advice for both young and old alike. You've been at it for 2 years or longer? 15 years for me. Yet, when I think I've seen it all, bang, someone comes up with a better mousetrap and makes a small fortune overnight!
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    • Profile picture of the author NgYeoNam
      Hi Christopher,

      You are very humble. You are very intelligent.
      You have learned so much and picked up important
      points from your learning.

      Your post is awesome. It gives valuable advice
      especially to those who are starting out.

      Thank you for your post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    Originally Posted by Christopher R Everson View Post

    I'm a pretty slow learner, and although I like to pretend I am, I'm also not very intelligent.

    However, I have learned a few things in the last 2 years. I'm just shooting from the hip here, and I'm just going to run off quick ideas, and some quotes I feel really apply to internet marketing, and often to internet business in general.

    1. Work. Get off your ass and work. I don't care if you are tired, your wife is a little upset, the guys want a beer, you dont think it will happen. Shut up and work. Unless your a bloody genius, only work will get you to your goals.

    2. Don't ask for less problems, ask for more skills.

    3. Wealth attracts wealth. Associate yourself with big players in your niche, your market, or just in general. Don't cling to them, don't ride off them, but being near them and just talking business will make you money in one way or another. This is very intangible and seems far off, but just trust me.

    4. Aim for the moon, it's a big target. Never settle with what you have, keep building and building and growing. In highschool, I was making over $1,000 a week with adsense. I thought I had it made forever. WRONG! Things change!

    5. When it comes to internet marketing and making money online, the internet has MORE WRONG, OUTDATED, and DOWNRIGHT USELESS information than it does RELEVANT information. $49 products don't have that information either, 99% of the time. Want to know how to do something? Find someone currently doing it, and ASK THEM. Offer a skill or service and do what it takes!

    6. Don't cut financial corners! Don't spend money on stupid stuff, just because you had a big payday. Take some friends out for drinks, maybe a small vacation, don't do anything dumb with your money. I'm wearing a watch right now that should have been in a money market account somewhere.

    7. Take risks. Never be afraid to fail. If you go bust and and wind up homeless, it'll just feel better when your on top again. (note, this applies to us without kids, or very serious obligations, but even then educated risks)

    I'll end this with my favorite quote of all time:

    "If you work on your job, you could make a living. If you work on yourself, you could make a fortune'.
    Good post mate...same here I work for myself...and I like your sig

    Ross
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