What I am about to propose to you is both highly lucrative and highly dangerous.
This is something I've been wanting to share here for a long time. Admittedly I never had the guts until now.
I'm not sure why except to say that there's a certain philosophy and tone here that is strong - almost a sense of folks being strictly set in "the ways of the Warrior". I suppose I never wanted to ruffle any feathers.
But that all changes right now.
What I'm about to share here comes from my own experience as a full-time entrepreneur over the past 8 years - some offline but mostly online.
I'm the first to admit my experience is far from ordinary considering I reached five figures a month within my first 60 days online. This is not to brag whatsoever as there have been plenty of ups and downs since and many difficult lessons learned.
I've sold incredible products but I've also sold horrible ones that provided no value whatsoever. I've been incredibly responsive to subscribers and customers but I've also had periods where I cared only about my own bank account. I've announced things I never followed through on and left people wondering if I gave a damn. If you are one of those people I admit my wrongdoing and apologize to you right now.
Yes I am human and have made many mistakes. However at key moments I've also tapped into something that is so powerful and so huge that during those specific periods I was able to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a month (yes, a month) effortlessly with joy and sheer ease.
That is the real reason for this post. To offer something profound I've learned and, well, see how it lands. Not only that, I know others here will have had experiences of their own and I know I can always learn more.
For some this will greatly conflict with your viewpoint, not only in terms of business but your worldview. You will resist the idea that this is remotely possible. For others it will make complete sense and you will see the seed of something you never thought possible for yourself.
I'm interested in your honest feedback whatever it might be. Here goes.
The NEW Breed of Warrior: Six Figures in 6 Months
I have a bold statement to make. Ready?
You can create a six figure income - even a seven figure income - within the next six months with effortless ease.
Believe me? Probably not. Chances are good you fundamentally disagree with something in that statement. Even if it's the "effortless ease" part.
Let's face it. The bolded statement above reads like a hyped up headline, does it not?
One thing to consider is that all of us in this industry who have the "privilege" of getting to read a ton of headlines have developed an instinctive knee-jerk reaction that automatically says "NO" to statements like the one above. Haven't we? I know I sure have.
I'm keenly aware there are a ton of folks here who are just getting started in IM. Then there are some folks who have been working it for some time making a few bucks here and there.
There are also folks here who are quietly (well, some not so quietly ) earning low to mid six figures and in rare instances seven figures annually.
Wherever you fall on the spectrum, the above bolded statement is the new paradigm I'm presenting here - which is how you can do just that no matter where you are right now.
So here's the next question I invite you to consider:
Why is Oprah Winfrey fabulously successful and wealthy?
Please take a few moments right now to answer this for yourself. Maybe even jot down some thoughts in writing. Why is Oprah so successful? If you had to make a short list of the top handful of reasons she is successful and wealthy what would they be?
Got your list in front of you? Good.
Chances are high that "hard work" is at or near the top of your list. If there's one thing I've learned about Warriors over the last couple years it's that hard work is a badge on honor for the successful Warrior.
The majority of people here who have created nice incomes for themselves will tell you they work pretty massive hours. Not all of them do but most of them sure do. And to a certain extent I agree with the fact that it takes a ton of work.
But what if it doesn't? What if only ONE thing is required to have things literally take off for you such that success - both financial and personal - comes effortlessly?
If this "one thing" existed, what would it be?
To listen to IM'ers describe what they want and need to succeed, this is usually what you hear:
- "I just need a blueprint to follow"
- "Will someone please tell me the exact steps to take?"
- "What's the formula for making the most with X strategy?"
- "If only someone would just give the plan, I would follow it to the letter and be successful."
Isn't it true? As humans we are hard-wired to want to know "the plan". We always want to know "the right steps" to take to "get us there faster". Here's my question:
What if there's no such thing? Even more crucial, what if you discovered that no one has EVER become successful by following that path?
A bold statement, no? Indeed. I expect you want some proof as every savvy marketer does.
Ok, let's go back to the Oprah example. Think about her massive success both personally and financially.
Then ask yourself - did Oprah begin with a plan to:
- Have her own daytime talk show?
- Start her own production company?
- Have her own magazine?
- Become a huge philanthropist giving millions to various causes?
- Turn her name into one of the biggest personal brands in history?
The answer to every single one of these questions is.....NO!
Oprah had no plan in the beginning. None whatsoever. There were no "right steps" to take. Nada. Zippo. She was simply a local TV news anchor who had a commitment to something. More specifically she had a:
A platform is what most people are completely missing. By platform I mean your vision or commitment on behalf of other people. Quite literally what you stand for on behalf of others.
As we all know politicians run on a platform. A set of principles that threads their communication and guides their actions both as a nominee and elected official.
The fact is EVERY successful person in the world - including the most successful entrepreneurs - have a platform as well. Not only do they have one, it guides their every step. In fact it does more than that....their platform creates their every step.
Consider that you don't need a plan of action. You simply need a powerful platform that leads you forward.
Re-read that statement a few times and really let it sink in. I'm dead serious, don't skip this. Digest that statement several times...
Is it starting to sink in? I mean are you really grasping it? Yes, yes it's ridiculously simple. Almost too simple to work right?
Therein lies the mistake we make. People like Oprah have been telling us how simple it is for a looooong time. But we're all amazingly stubborn about the way we believe and have decided the world works. So we don't receive the message when people like Oprah share it with us.
If we stopped living trying to be right we would see it plain as day right in front of our face. Heck I've been at this entrepreneurial thing for some time and made a lot of money.....and I'm just now getting it.
Do you think Oprah really had a plan? No way. All her actions and plans evolved out of her commitment to her platform - which in her case is a belief that people (especially women) can live better in every aspect of their lives through awareness and full consciousness.
All she did was turned her monologue (what she was saying to *herself* about what she was committed to on behalf of people) into a dialogue (she began *sharing* her platform with others).
That's it. Articulate a platform about what you're specifically committed to on behalf of which customers or niche, then take that monologue and turn it into a dialogue. In other words share it. Communicate it.
When you do this things begin to happen, not in weeks or months but in DAYS.
Do you see how amazingly simple that is?
What's great about when you do this is natural actions occur as a result. Why? Because those actions will have to occur in order for you to get your platform out into the world.
Every time you get frustrated because you don't know which skill to develop or what kind of site to build or what kind of product to create or promote........realize that you are doing it completely backwards. Which is exactly why you're frustrated.
- Researching a certain industry to see what's being sold
- Identifying sites or individuals who share a commitment to something
- Thinking about possible products to sell or create and how to do that
- Setting up a website this way or that
- What to write on your website, autoresponder series or sales page
- Etc. etc. etc.
ALL of these things are what would naturally come out of a commitment to having your platform actually be a reality in the world. The answers for "what to do" and "how to do it" would reveal themselves as a natural result of your commitment.
IMPORTANT: The what and the how cannot come before articulating your commitment and platform - this is the wrong order. Yes we've all been doing it backwards most of the time, including me.
When you do it in the proper order the need for the "perfect steps to take" or the "perfect order" in which to take them totally and completely disappear.
Talk to ANYONE in any industry who started off struggling and became ultra successful and they all say the same thing:
"All of a sudden things started happening faster and easier than ever before. It was like 'where has this been all along?'"
Why do they say that? Because they accidentally (in most cases) stumbled upon the single key which is committing to a platform and allowed themselves to be led by that platform.
In summary, how is it possible to earn six figures in six months?
All there is to do is create a platform based on powerful commitment you have to a specific customer, then simply allow yourself be led by that platform.
That's it. That's how to do it. Not what you expected?
This is the new breed of Warrior I am proposing to you. The Warrior who creates a massively successful business in a seemingly backwards way - and has incredible fun in the process.
There is no doubt in my mind people will call me an idiot. There's no doubt people will say I'm missing the boat. There's no doubt people will come up with numerous examples that are the exception, lists of reasons I'm dead wrong, and so on.
There will also be people who have major problems with this because it still doesn't provide the "ultimate answer" or "checklist" or "step-by-step blueprint" they want and believe they need to succeed.
Even though I won't let up for a single moment, I'm ok with differing viewpoints. Why?
Because we all create our own reality anyway. Your life and business will evolve exactly as you believe and decide it will.
No matter where you are with it, this is my proposal for what is possible for you, me and everyone else. Let me know what you think.