I remember reading this back when I first starting dipping my toes into the IM world, a good 10 years or so ago now. I don't remember who exactly, but I think it *may* have been the late and great Corey Rudl. While I'm not 100% sure on who said it, the advice stuck with me.
This person said when you get your first bit of money from the internet, take your wife/husband/partner (or all three of them - boom boom tish!) out to a nice dinner, and spend it all.
A strange bit of advice when you first hear it, but when you think about it:
We know how much time, work, and effort it can take before you bust your way into making solid income. When you're sitting at your desk, and in a moment of weakness (which we all have) are thinking "Damn, why did I ever decide IM was a good idea?!", you can think back to that meal and remember that yes, you can make good money from the net.
Instead of your first $100 being absorbed into the neverending pile of bills, instead you'll remember the event, and you'll remember that feeling of spending money that you plucked out of the internet. And not only that, your partner will also see the worth in what you're doing.
It's interesting advice, and something that stuck with me all these years.
That's my bit of reflection for the morning...