psychological look into human behavior that might just explain why some of
the successful people online get the reactions that they do and why we see
so many threads like "Who's REALLY Making Money Online?" I hope this
thread might explain some of what's going on. These observations are based
on my own personal experience as well as way to many psych courses in
Essentially what it comes down to is pride. Now that I've given you the
final answer, let me expand on it. Yes, I know you were going to think it
was because as humans we're just naturally skeptical, but that's not it. And
I'll explain why.
We see success everyday. Think about it. You can't go anywhere in the
world without seeing some kind of success.
You turn on your TV and see successful actors, actresses, news anchors
and the list goes on and on. They're all successful people, some making
ungodly amounts of money. I don't even want to know what Oprah is
Go to your sports events, baseball, basketball, football, even hockey.
Again, people making fortunes. Even the lowest paid stars these days
are making more than I earn, and I consider myself successful.
Look at the business world at people like Buffett and Gates. Do you know
that Donald Trump isn't even in the top 100 of wealthiest men in the
world according to Wiki (don't know how accurate it is)
Point is, we see success everyday of the week and don't even blink an
eye at it. Of course they're successful.
But why? And I don't mean why as in the reality. I mean WHY as in our
perception of reality?
For the actors and actresses, they're handsome and talented and probably
slept their way to the top. This doesn't hurt our pride as much because
we can say, "Hey, if I was that good looking or I slept with so and so, I
could have made it too."
For sports stars, they were born with a gift. They're lucky they have it.
This also doesn't hurt our pride as much because we can say, "Hey, if
I was lucky enough to be born 7 foot 2, I could have played for the Suns
For the wealthy businessmen, they were born with money. They had it
to begin with to some degree. So we can justify not being up there with
them by saying, "Hey, if my daddy left me millions, I'd be rich too."
But when it comes to making money online, here we are, looking at some
overweight, short, bald, uneducated slob who drinks beer and shoots pool
banking 7 figures a year pimping God knows what, and then we look at
ourselves and realize that they're no better than we are and yet we're
So we way, "No way that guy is making all that money. I don't believe it."
And the reason we feel this way is because we can't accept that an
ordinary shlub can make a killing online. It's just not possible, not when
we've gone to college, had offline jobs and done other things that some
of these people have never done.
I mean have you heard some of the stories here by folks who are very
successful who dropped out of high school?
It's humiliating for folks who know that they're just as good as these folks
if not better...and yet, they can't make a dime.
So they go into denial. It must all be lies because I can't succeed.
It all comes down to pride.
When I began online, I truly believed that it was possible and when it
didn't happen right away, I didn't understand why. So I had to get a hold
of some folks who were successful and find out how they did it.
It took me 5 months to do that until a retired school teacher from Indiana
got me on the right track. Damn straight I believed she was successful.
Because I already did believe it was possible.
And sure enough, she taught me stuff and the rest is history.
Yes, believe it or not, I make a nice living online. When a day goes by that
I don't make anything (very rare) I am almost in shock, like "What
happened to the world? Did it blow up?"
I'm no Buffett or Gates, and I'm not even a poor Donald Trump, but I'm
making more money than I ever made as a QA Manager (my last and
highest paying job at 50K) by a truck load.
Believe it or not...there are successful people in IM.