Your Chief Enemy as an Internet Marketer that Will Defeat You Every Time

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I was once smart.

Now I just look at a glowing screen all day long and tap rectangular squares with my fingers.

Anyway, I am a meteorologist by schooling. Which seems like an easy major. But it is not.

You have to take courses like:

- atmospheric dynamics
- atmospheric thermodynamics
- physical meteorology (not exercising in front of a blue screen, but the physics of meteorology)
- advanced physics
- differential equations

These subjects are left-brained, critical-thinking centric, difficult to master subjects.

Imagine if I walked into my differential equations class the first day and said:

"How do I make 6 figures with this?"

The teacher would look at me like I was nuts. Rightfully so. Because it took years for her to master the topic to where she could actually teach it to students new to the concept, and in so doing, to earn a healthy salary from her skills and expertise.

Me walking into a atmospheric dynamics, diffy Q's or advanced physics class and asking "how I can make $100,000 from this" from Day 1 is similar to how most internet marketers approach this skill, this discipline, this art that takes years to learn, to apply and to practice to get really, really good at, so you can actually make a full time living from IM.

The Enemy? An *Unwillingness* to Learn, Apply and Practice

Thank the gods, the blogging or internet marketing or affiliate marketing learning curve is much shorter than the differential equations learning curve. But to begin a venture solely to make money from it and to expect to make money from it without learning skills, applying knowledge and practicing like hell is as assinine, ludicrous and completely delusional as me walking into atmospheric thermodynamics on Day 1, with no prior knowledge of the subject, and asking how to make 6 figures with that skill.

Internet marketing is a skill. It is not a way to make money online.

The *skill* you develop at IM helps you make money online. IM itself is useless, inanimate, a lifeless concept. You make IM come to life by studying concepts, by learning, by practicing what you learned, by putting it into action.

Your:

- skills in internet marketing, honed over years
- generosity
- friend network, earned by promoting, endorsing and selling your fellow IMers as much as you sell yourself (this helps you embrace the fear of loss, masked in the commonly held but illusory idea of "competition")
- valuable, problem solving content
- dogged, pitbull-like, savage tenacity

are a few core qualities that help you make money.

Why then do people enter IM with the lottery, delusional mindset?

Because they suffer from an abundance of fear. They fear poverty, they fear being a loser, they fear being a failure, they fear greedily that their rich neighbor will make more money than them, even though they already have a lotta dough, they fear starving, or not having a roof over their heads...but fear is at the core of this insane tendency to want to earn boatloads of money without actually learning a skill, practicing, studying and rendering useful, heartfelt service.

I know. I suffered from most of those fears personally, and until I felt those fears and let them go - during unpleasant sessions - I saw IM as a way to MMO and ignored learning valuable, useful skills, for years, leading to struggles, failures and intense depression.

Your skills, and your problem solving content, and your solutions providing products and services, and your generosity, and persistence, these are the money makers.

Just because it is incredibly easy to whip out a credit card to buy a domain and hosting, or to join some online venture, does not mean it will be easy to learn the IM skills that will help you build a full time venture.

Keep that in mind if you are having a terrible time in IM now, and feel lost, hopeless, and ready to quit.

Learn. Practice. Help. Earn.

The skills that you spend months and years developing, through practice, are the difference maker. Be open to learning, be willing to practice, be patient and persistent, and follow a few helpful mentors who have succeeded online and you will position yourself to render useful service, to profit and to become a full time, pro internet marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author cjsparacino123
    this is somewhat brilliant
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Hehehe that is A-OK in my book. Even if it was dingbat brilliant I am on board
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    My older son is a meteorologist - flew with the AF Hurricane Hunters for 16+ years. Not a job where you fake it till you make it

    The Enemy" An *Unwillingness* to Learn, Apply and Practice
    AND/OR a willingness to do nothing but dream, imagine and pretend.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Really Kay? How cool. I admire those guys. I've watched scores of Hurricane Hunter videos and shows. I thought about becoming one after college. Then after some nasty turbulence during my world travels - on a commercial airliner in light monsoon weather compared to a hurricane - I realize I made the right choice for me
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  • Profile picture of the author cjsparacino123
    "A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance." - Benjamin Disraeli
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  • Great post! This is a whole different way to look at how we should see the IM industry. A really eye-opener and a good motivation to restart everything and redo everything in times of failures and frustrations.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Hey, thanks for reading. Happy to help from seeing others in action, and from personal experience too
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  • Learn. Practice. Help. Earn. -- Noted, Ryan
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Ashwin, no probs. Happy to share. Keep learning and practicing and practicing and practicing. Acquire those skills and your online world changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    Great post. Something for all folks who get into this profession. IM Is not something where You get Lucky overnight by finding the holy grail of niches and marketplaces.

    But with that said and done...for the people who are here for the long haul and who are determined to succeed,it's a place where you can earn your freedom.

    And there is nothing more liberating than the ability to become truly 'self' reliant.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      This has been a gift to me Rory. Sitting here waiting at the dealership for my mother in law's car, working, helping and earning. It is a beautiful thing. And yes I am usually island hopping but can be spotted at car dealerships sometimes too
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      • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
        Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

        This has been a gift to me Rory. Sitting here waiting at the dealership for my mother in law's car, working, helping and earning. It is a beautiful thing. And yes I am usually island hopping but can be spotted at car dealerships sometimes too
        Happy to see you living the lifestyle Bro and leading by example!
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  • Profile picture of the author bestAd
    differential equations was easy
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      "I know; I had to play this up for the post." ~ Guy Not As Smart As bestAd Guy
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      • Profile picture of the author bestAd
        Yes, I understand the post was just making a comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    People seem to enter the IM arena with an unrealistic mindset because others tend to place it in a nutshell and then suggest it to consist of a few simple steps which lead to enivitable success.

    'Internet Marketing' for someone in my family entailed a strict 9-5 active job promoting lifting equipment primarily for offshore needs, from slings, gantries and hoists, whereas my own marketing on the Internet focuses upon company branding and as a past sideline, arbitrage methods in non tangible goods. It's a vast pool of potential and each 'Internet Marketing' job can differ wildly from the next.

    It important for people to note that Internet Marketing isn't a quick fix. It's just an area to market a product or service. When there's a product or service which holds value, the Internet holds value as a marketing channel. Even the most profound product or service can be marketed to the right audience. It's a mistake however to assume that the channel itself is the opportunity, rather than the proposition.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Seems too Daniel that most IM folks confuse simple and easy. Simple is simple. Works darn well. But then fear invades minds, and folks move away from doing simple for months, or years, then it gets all hard, and difficult. But simple works, and powerful. The complexity arises when you lack the persistence to stick with simple.

      Definitey go to do this long term to make it work. Years, and years, of smart, simple actions taken daily yield sweet results. Thanks much
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    I'm not a meteorologist; my degree is in Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis on power and machinery. Even so, that list of courses took me back...

    I didn't earn my degree during my first tour through college, where an observer would think that I majored in sleeping through class thanks to a minor in binge drinking. During the first tour, I was supposedly studying business. I needed a science credit.

    The school offered an astronomy course with the reputation of existing to give non-science majors a science credit. I went to sign up, but the course was full. I noticed another course with a similar title and signed up. Huge mistake. This was the intro course for budding astronomy majors, and the course content reflected that. I was several of those math classes you mentioned shy of having a chance at passing.

    For those of you still reading , I do have a point.

    A lot of the IMers looking for the no work, no learning, no time payday are like me when I wanted the fluff astronomy course. They want a fluff IM 'course' that will give a result. And, truth be told, some of the better fluff IM courses are fine if you want a side gig that will make you a little extra money while keeping you off the streets and out of the pool halls.

    On the other hand, if you want to build a scaleable, sustainable "real" business, you need to take the other route. Even if it means taking the prerequisite learning. (Go back up and read Ryan's post again for the list.)
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Excellent John We need to be all in with this, both through our commitment to learning and doing proven, smart things on a regular basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author LodestoneCS
    I think the lack of persistence and desire to master something has definitely hurt me. This past year, I've gotten serious and amazing things are happening.

    So bravo for an excellent article hitting the nail on the head. I'd also recommend trying to maintain a playful attitude as well. It makes it easier to learn when you're having fun.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Amen to all of this. Both mistakes I made until the past few years and yep; one look at my blog shows playfulness and doing this largely for fun makes the journey easier, and more enjoyable. Thanks much
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    Excellent post bro this is the truth. You can make six figures and beyond as an internet marketer, but just like learning a sport or playing a new instrument, there is a process that we all must go through before we can achieve the amazing results that come from dedication to a craft.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Very well said.
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