Are You Less Knowledgeable?...Consider Yourself Lucky

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I've been sitting here thinking to myself...what do I want to do next with
my business?

And then I had this rush of...well...it was kind of a hurricane.

I realized that I had so much "stuff" clogging up my brain (almost 7 years
of smarts) that I had an overload.

I honestly don't know where I want to take things next. There are just way
too many things that I can do.

My point?

If you're less knowledgeable than most, consider yourself lucky.

As long as you know one thing solidly that is all you need to be able
to launch a solid business.

Sure, I have more options.

I also have more headaches when it comes to making a decision.

There are days when I wish all I knew was...
#knowledgeableconsider #lucky
  • Profile picture of the author butters
    I don't see it as lucky, more like un lucky, your thinking, where take take your business and we are thinking, how the hell we gonna make a business . I am sure you can figure out what to do, write them all downs, put the pros and the cons, and just narrow down your choices
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  • Profile picture of the author globalpro
    Hey Steven,

    I know what you mean. It's nice to have options, but sometimes too many options can bring on an overload of what to do?

    Can't win for losing sometimes.

    Thanks,

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Funny how most of us try to learn as much as we
    can when what we should do instead is learn how
    to focus our efforts on some of the things we
    already know..

    All the best,

    Omar
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Steven,

      I realize you probably meant this as a tongue-in-cheek post, but your argument confuses knowledge with focus. Applied knowledge is a wonderful thing.

      You stop learning, you stop living.


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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        Steven,

        I realize you probably meant this as a tongue-in-cheek post, but your argument confuses knowledge with focus. Applied knowledge is a wonderful thing.

        You stop learning, you stop living.


        Frank
        Never said to stop learning. All I said was that people who don't have a ton
        of knowledge don't have it as bad as they might think.

        In other words, just trying to show the other end of the coin.

        Imagine you had a HUGE encyclopedia of knowledge you could tap into
        to make a decision on your next project.

        Sure, you have more options. But it's also going to take more time to
        make that decision. You don't want to do it hastily, do you?

        Now, take somebody with a 1 page pamphlet that contains a well thought
        out plan that anybody could execute and that was all they needed.

        Sure, less options. But less thought involved too. Can be up and running
        quickly and make just as much profit.

        See my point?

        Just because you don't know it all doesn't mean you're worse off.

        And I truly do believe this...no tongue in cheek to it.
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        • Profile picture of the author thedogtreatjar
          This is a very encouraging post, especially coming from someone like you.

          Of course... I am a newbie so that's why I find it encouraging.

          I keep collecting great stuff on how to do a bizillion different things. Collecting but not implementing. Due to the directions of others like you I am focusing on learning one thing really well.

          It's so crazy, especially here at WF... and in the War Room...all the great things that people are teaching. It would be ridiculous to try and do all of them. So I just keep filling my "warrior stuff" folder with stuff I may or may not use. This only works because I am highly organized.

          It's more than just focus, it's compartmentalization.

          I'm sorry you are just too cool for yourself lol
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Never said to stop learning. All I said was that people who don't have a ton
          of knowledge don't have it as bad as they might think.
          You actually said "if you're less knowlegeable than most, consider yourself lucky". Sounds like another way of saying "ignorance is bliss"


          Imagine you had a HUGE encyclopedia of knowledge you could tap into to make a decision on your next project.
          Everyone already does - it's called the internet.

          Now, take somebody with a 1 page pamphlet that contains a well thought out plan that anybody could execute and that was all they needed.
          Don't you think that whoever created such a well thought out plan and managed to condense it into a pamphlet did so by using a vast array of sources and knowledge?

          Sure, less options. But less thought involved too. Can be up and running quickly and make just as much profit.
          See my point?
          Yes, sort of like getting a job...:rolleyes:

          Just because you don't know it all doesn't mean you're worse off.
          And neither does it mean you'll succeed any more than someone who has superior knowledge. It's not that you're in danger of knowing too much - if your path is muddled, it's because you lack focus.

          Of course, insisting on knowing every single thing about a subject before getting started is often just displacement activity or simple indecision. But the more you know - and the more you apply what you know to your business - the greater your success, IMO.


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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

            You actually said "if you're less knowlegeable than most, consider yourself lucky". Sounds like another way of saying "ignorance is bliss"


            Everyone already does - it's called the internet.

            Don't you think that whoever created such a well thought out plan and managed to condense it into a pamphlet did so by using a vast array of sources and knowledge?

            Yes, sort of like getting a job...:rolleyes:

            And neither does it mean you'll succeed any more than someone who has superior knowledge. It's not that you're in danger of knowing too much - if your path is muddled, it's because you lack focus.

            Of course, insisting on knowing every single thing about a subject before getting started is often just displacement activity or simple indecision. But the more you know - and the more you apply what you know to your business - the greater your success, IMO.


            Frank

            Well, I understand where you're coming from Frank.

            I guess you would have to be inside my head to understand where
            I'm coming from.
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            • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
              Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

              I guess you would have to be inside my head to understand where
              I'm coming from.

              Sure there's enough room, with all that knowledge in there?



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  • Profile picture of the author Anoopchawla
    i understand completely Steven what you are going through. I myself was stuck in info overload for 3 and half years and still i read but thankfully now i have also learned to take decision. The advice that helped me was from the book the power of subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy.

    Every night before going to sleep i just imagined and used to feel that i have taken the right decision (about starting my IM business) and i am feeling so happy and at peace about it. within 6 days an idea popped up about what exactly should i follow.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      Steve, you may be doing this already but if you are, I am unaware of it. Given that you seem to enjoy teaching others and one-on-one coaching is not always a feasible option, have you considered a membership site? Perhaps a fixed term program where you could teach people how to do article marketing effectively or even just the basics of how to write an article and resource box that will make them money.

      With that type of set up, you could teach what you know best and you would be helping a greater number of people than would be feasible with a coaching program.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    I've been sitting here thinking to myself...what do I want to do next with
    my business?

    And then I had this rush of...well...it was kind of a hurricane.

    I realized that I had so much "stuff" clogging up my brain (almost 7 years
    of smarts) that I had an overload.

    I honestly don't know where I want to take things next. There are just way
    too many things that I can do.

    My point?

    If you're less knowledgeable than most, consider yourself lucky.

    As long as you know one thing solidly that is all you need to be able
    to launch a solid business.

    Sure, I have more options.

    I also have more headaches when it comes to making a decision.

    There are days when I wish all I knew was...
    Yep, you don't need to know it all, all you need is to know who has the information you are looking for when you need it and to outsource to get them to take care of things for you.

    I won't bash learning in general, but the better you can laser focus the learning of a particular niche or topic the more you are truly regarded as an expert in that field.

    I have all kinds of nearly useless information swimming around in my head that I would gladly trade for more knowledge on just one particular topic.

    Jill of all trades - master of none.

    Perhaps the benefits are that I am able to do a lot of things so I can always find some kind of work.

    And what I have realized in the process is I am really good at finding things and finding solutions - so in a sense I am a perpetual middle man in getting things accomplished.

    Where has this brought me? If I'm going to be the middle man, I want to be the BEST middleman out there - which will lead me to being the top of my field for what I do.

    How is that for my logic?
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Bev Clement View Post

      You need a business plan
      Well yes, of course. And doing that (which is what I am in the process of
      doing) is a lot easier to do when you have fewer choices.

      Right now, I could do just about anything I wanted to do. I have many
      skills.

      I could expand my business incredibly.

      But it's the deciding WHAT I want to expand it to that is the problem when
      you DO have so many options.

      For example:

      I could branch off into coaching full time.
      I could go into copywriting full time.
      I could abandon my info product model and go into membership sites.
      I could outsource to a software maker and sell software services like Mike.

      And the list of things I could do are endless.

      And it isn't a question of just picking what I'd love to do the most.

      I love all these things and many more.

      If I knew just ONE thing...the decision process would be a lot easier.

      THAT is my point.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by Bev Clement View Post

      You need a business plan
      Yep, business plans are always a bit fluid. Don't feel pinned in on a direction you are taking if it is boring you to tears at this point.

      I really like Tina's suggestion as well.

      It is about figuring out the best way to now monetize on all that information - or as much as possible.

      I think consulting is an easy and obvious solution for you if you wanted to go that way.

      And that can be narrowed down to a specific kind of consulting.

      "Article Marketing Consultant" which could be set up as a members site in a few different ways I can think of off the top of my head.

      You can provide so many different levels with this. One is a noobs members site where you go through the art of writing for the web in general and the basics of article marketing.

      You can offer a course for the writers on how to get work, and which freelancing places to go to and the best way to utilize those places.

      You can offer a course on the best places to distribute articles on the web and information on where they are.

      You can offer a course on the various ways to get traffic to your articles, covering legal methods dependent on the different article directories and how to effectively move that traffic where you want it to go.

      You can offer one on one consultation to companies who may wish to employ a full time article writer of their own - telling them what they should look for and explain to them all of the different ways article marketing in general is going to help their business and assist them in getting the best performance in their article marketing efforts.

      I think it boils down to taking a few days to look at the knowledge you have and how you can tie it all together and benefit from it.

      If it stays in your head until you are dead, it does no good to anyone.

      We all know that information is FREE all over the web. You have already invested a lot of time that a lot of people will pay you for the answers all tied up in a bow for them. That string of knowledge in your head is like your string of time invested. If I am in a rush to get an answer - a good solid researched answer - I am going to pay for it. And so are those less knowledgeable who are laser focused and are looking to solve that one problem.

      You really are an expert. I don't think your time has been wasted and I don't think that knowledge you have has to go to waste either.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Very irresponsible of you, Steve. There are enough dumb*sses out there without you encouraging many of them to remain so. LOL

    I'm not as far along in my IM journey (this incarnation, anyway) as you, but for what it's worth I'm going to enter the membership site arena in 2010. I have 2 in the planning stages right now. I agree with Tina that from what I know of you - both from the forum and as one of your customers - I think you'd be a natural for a good membership site or three.

    John
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