1,000th Post: Ex Info-Junkie Lessons (Cost: $35k+)

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As it's my 1,000th post in just under 5 years, I wanted
to share some hopefully valuable tips with you.

Here are some of the lessons I wish I'd learned way earlier
in my Internet Marketing career.

Embarrassingly, some of these lessons took me 5 years (and
over $35,000 in Internet Marketing education materials) to

1. There Are NO Big Secrets

There are no big secrets to Internet Success.

Everything there is to know about succeeding as an Internet
Marketer is already out in the open and within easy reach.

Sure, there are some loopholes and mini-secrets that crop
up from time to time but they don't remain secrets for long.

Lesson: Quit Searching for Secrets. Do the Fundamentals Instead

2. Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open

You don't need to spend extortionate amounts of money
to learn what works in Internet Marketing today.

Keep your eyes open and watch what the smartest marketers
are doing in your industry. That'll tell you what's working at
the moment.

Sure, buying the supposed latest and greatest $2,0000
hyped-up course may contain a few gems but if you didn't
apply the last one, what makes you think that this one
will change your life?

Lesson: Watch What the Gurus Do

3. There's NO Free Lunch

There's a wise old saying that says, "If something sounds
too good to be true, it probably is."

When I got started in IM years ago I got suckered into too
many pitches that promised me easy riches. NONE of them
made any money - except for the peddler of the falsehoods.

The simple fact is that to succeed in Internet Marketing, or
any other field of endeavor, requires one essential ingredient:

All of the top tier gurus work their asses off - no matter how
much they try to convince you otherwise.

Lesson: If you want to succeed at this, you gotta work.

(Anyone who tells you any different is a liar or doesn't know
what it takes to succeed yet).

4. The Essential Step

You can study all of the Internet Marketing theories you
want to... buy all the books, listen to all the audios, watch
all the videos, go to all the seminars, etc but it don't mean
a thing if you don't take the 100% absolute essential step:

Take action.

Yep - I can almost see your eyes rolling from here.

You've heard this advice many, many times before.

But the important question is: have you acted on it?

You see, an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

The guys and gals that are killing it in this industry are the
ones who've got their finger out of their asses and actually
done something... hey - anything.

If you're ruminating, meditating and cogitating over what
you need to do, then you're probably overthinking things.

Just choose something, take action on it to find out if it
works for you.

Granted, this step is a lot easier said than done but at the
end of the day, you need to start going out there and doing
stuff otherwise you'll be stuck in learning mode for ages.

Lesson: Put your learning into action quickly - the same day.

5. Failure Is NOT Optional

Quit trying to get things perfect and not make any mistakes.

That strategy may work well in school but it doesn't work in
the real world.

Read the biography of any successful person and you'll find
a path littered with failure.

To succeed big, you need to be prepared to fail too.

Success and failure are really two sides of the same coin.

The more you're prepared to fail, the more you'll be likely to

Playing it safe, and trying not to make any mistakes is a
recipe to ensure that success forever eludes you.

Lesson: Fail Fast to Succeed Faster

You may have heard some or all of the above tips before but
don't make the mistake of not acting on them.

There's a reason that these points come up again and again.

The truth is always the best place to start.

Dedicated to your success,

#$35k #cost #infojunkie #lessons #post
  • Profile picture of the author JEL0221
    Thank you Shaun! Happy 1000th post

    Your first tip I feel is one of the most important. STICK TO THE FUNDAMENTALS.

    Don't buy everything in sight because they claim you can make $543,689,987,298.56 in your first few days.

    Observe what successful marketers do that your interested and copy, rinse and repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author ToniMaltano
    These are some great tips man so thanks for that. I want people, espescially
    newbies to read number 1 more than once. There are NO big secrets. It is
    really like that. I am glad that I realised this pretty quick.

    This is what pushed me towards making my own products...... just starting
    earning big money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Great 1,000th Post, Shaun. If you're not making money yet, pay close attention to Shaun's advice, it's right on the mark.

    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Originally Posted by Shaun OReilly View Post

    Read the biography of any successful person and you'll find
    a path littered with failure.

    To succeed big, you need to be prepared to fail too.

    Success and failure are really two sides of the same coin.

    The more you're prepared to fail, the more you'll be likely to

    Playing it safe, and trying not to make any mistakes is a
    recipe to ensure that success forever eludes you.

    Hey Shaun, HAPPY 1000th! Great stuff here. All newbies (and plenty of old hands) should print this out and keep it handy.

    One of my heroes is Thomas Edison. People should learn about him. He failed so many times most of us would have slit our wrists or at least given up and flip burgers. He talked of cultivating an ability to take a lesson from each failure without letting it sap him of his essential joy in seeking answers and success. That's the key to it all, imho.

    Thanks Shaun!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    Good stuff Shaun,

    As far as not letting failure get the best of you, I believe the real secret to success is persistence.

    One could have knowledge, ability, and passion but yet still not succeed if they quit before tasting success.

    Persist and outlast your competitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheKeys
    Woah 1,000 posts! That's crazy. Means you must be doing something right. Keep it up

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    • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
      Excellent post Shaun, that section on failure really resonates with me. It's funny though, before I got into IM I never used to procrastinate or think about failing. I used to run a mail order business and the path was always clear and the next step pretty obvious. As soon as I dipped into IM though I got swallowed whole I think by all the information available. I think even complete newbies should start actually putting what they're learning into action each week and each day if possible. I wish I had done this as it would have been far more rewarding than 'researching' for so long on all the possibilities and catching a nasty case of analysis paralysis.

      Congrats on your 1000th post good sir and hope there are many more to come.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreshMedia
    Congrads on your 1000 post. You are so right when you say it takes work. Nothing in life comes easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedMatrix
    Congrats on your 1K posts. Good thread. I like # 1, there are no big secrets. Just a lot of hard work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Britt Malka
    Hi Shaun,

    Gratz on your post #1,000, and such a great post as well

    Yeah, I agree with you, but recently I've been very surprised by two things:

    Marlon Sanders did a competition, and the price was a great product. We just had to do some short videos. We were only TWO competitors, and he must have thousands of followers.

    I'm in a Super Affiliate Challenge at the moment, and we're supposed to work two hours per day to get to earn $1,700 per month. I've seen several people whine about this being too much work.

    I'm flabbergasted ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    I really agree when you say that Nothing is Free.

    One has to get a domain, hosting, autoresponder and other essential tools to get started and if you don't want to spend money on these mandatory tools, you might as well quit because you will have to work extremely hard and you will probably quit before getting any results.

    “The first draft of anything is shit.” ~Ernest Hemingway

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