Why is everyone so darn lazy?

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Okay, maybe not everyone but most people are so darn lazy that if you truly applied yourself into internet marketing; you learn the right way to build a site and get traffic and have a kick ass product - you'll be making money. And you'll be ahead of the game not because you know all the secrets to the game but simply because others won't even give it an honest try.

The problem that I see is that most people around me are just at a loss for motivation. They simply don't want to work. They much rather go to Best Buy and buy (or dream about buying) a big TV rather than find ways to make more money.

Is it just me or have others seen this happen also?

I'm sorry but if we were ever to get out of this dreadful economy, people have to roll up their sleeves and work. Not just work where a boss tells you what to do but find ways to innovate a business and make it happen.

I wish I could motivate those around me but you can only lead a horse to water - you can't make him drink.

Any thoughts?
#darn #lazy
  • Yeah, that's definitely true. So much labor has been commoditized, and can be outsourced cheaply and easily (see Foxconn). The days of well paid and relatively mindless labor are over. The onus is really on the individual to carve out their own niche and find out what they can do best. In a lot of ways, this presents opportunities for growth. The Western world could be the first society ever to be 100% based on high end design, innovation, and conceptualization work, but the people just don't seem ready to take the leap.

    I guess all we can do is try our best not to let the herd mindset affect us, and to always stay a little hungry and wild...
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Why are you concerned about the lazy? I'd rather surround myself with winners and talk about them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      Why are you concerned about the lazy? I'd rather surround myself with winners and talk about them.
      I was thinking the same thing; if someone else is unmotivated and doesn't want to work or take any advice, that's their problem, not yours, unless they are your employee, spouse, kid, etc.

      BTW it's human nature to be lazy. It has nothing to do with the Internet.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      Why are you concerned about the lazy? I'd rather surround myself with winners and talk about them.

      Good idea, let me throw on a pink sweater over my shoulders, and put on my white shorts so I can head over to the country Club.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      Why are you concerned about the lazy? I'd rather surround myself with winners and talk about them.
      Yeah, I posted a similar thread earlier. The thing is it's not easy to let go of people you've know for many years.

      Plus our educational system and media are designed to keep people lazy and unmotivated.

      But you're right, there is no point complaining - let the dead bury their dead.
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        Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

        Yeah, I posted a similar thread earlier. The thing is it's not easy to let go of people you've know for many years.

        Plus our educational system and media are designed to keep people lazy and unmotivated.

        But you're right, there is no point complaining - let the dead bury their dead.
        Exactly. Our modern "slavery" economic system was made to make people zombies.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewStark
    I was reading something today that has the same concept.

    The thought of earning money is actually a stronger driver than actually doing it. I think it was talking about why so many people are addicted to gambling, but trying to make money is quite closely related.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ivory2009
    Well sometimes, most people lack the motivating spirit to start off, a good example is myself, I hv lots n lots of ebooks resell rights but dont know how to figuare it out, as in selling and making money, not dat I am lazy per say, dont just know how to kick start.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    I don't think people are lazy. I think they're confused and don't want to waste time on going down the wrong path. I hear this a lot from everyone I speak to. They WANT to do the work, they are KEEN to do the work and they don;t expect miracles, push button cures or another of the other stuff people seem to want to repeat as truths. The truth I see is that people are confused, especially when it comes to beginners. The problem is everyone (except the toolmakers) says that their way is the best way which is natural. If you're selling a method you want people to understand that you think it's the best way or you wouldn't be doing it.

    People who are serious don't need motivation. They need to believe that the next 100 hours they are going to spend learning and implementing a technique or method that is currently completely foreign to them is not going to be another complete waste of time.

    Motivating people is a tricky business, you have to know what they want and then show them how they can get it and show them how you know it's true that they will get it. Everyone wants free money (it's only natural) but if someone wants to work and isn't it's probably not because they are lazy, it's probably because they are confused. No one wants to waste time "trying" unless it's just a hobby and they are trying to kill some time. Others just like to read and be fascinated but those who really want to make money and are serious will work their arses off in my experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

      I don't think people are lazy. I think they're confused and don't want to waste time on going down the wrong path. I hear this a lot from everyone I speak to. They WANT to do the work, they are KEEN to do the work and they don;t expect miracles, push button cures or another of the other stuff people seem to want to repeat as truths. The truth I see is that people are confused, especially when it comes to beginners. The problem is everyone (except the toolmakers) says that their way is the best way which is natural. If you're selling a method you want people to understand that you think it's the best way or you wouldn't be doing it.

      People who are serious don't need motivation. They need to believe that the next 100 hours they are going to spend learning and implementing a technique or method that is currently completely foreign to them is not going to be another complete waste of time.

      Motivating people is a tricky business, you have to know what they want and then show them how they can get it and show them how you know it's true that they will get it. Everyone wants free money (it's only natural) but if someone wants to work and isn't it's probably not because they are lazy, it's probably because they are confused. No one wants to waste time "trying" unless it's just a hobby and they are trying to kill some time. Others just like to read and be fascinated but those who really want to make money and are serious will work their arses off in my experience.
      You exactly describe my slow start, I've been trying IM for a very short while a long time ago already and all that I was thinking is that I was totally wasting my time. Then later on I started to take it more serious and got my first website at 25 euro/month for a 70k exact/search keyword at #4 and I was really like WTF is this. Then I started to "think" and nowadays the very same website makes around 200 euro/month with the same amount of visitors.

      yeah 200 euro for a 70k exact kw at #4 might still sound bad for certain people but before you think about replying on that, you have no clue whatsoever what kind of kw I'm targetting here and who are sitting at #1, #2 and #3.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jem Crowne
        Yeah people are lazy
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    Lack of ambition is a worldwide internal disease. The bulk of the population has it. The result is people become robots who settle as a employee until they are a senior citizen. Who cares about people that don't care about their success. I am with Brian on this one... Why even talk about them.
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  • Profile picture of the author tsuccess
    Why are people lazy? Their are various different reasons for this but I think the biggest reason is because people lack ambition...and ambition has to be taught and it isn't taught as it should be.
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  • Profile picture of the author traffic2
    They want to make the big payday but not put in any effort to get it. They want something for nothing. I do know that nothing in life that is fruitful or rewarding is easy. I work tons of hours day in and day out but I know it pays off in the end. I dont mind slackers wanting to be Internet Marketers. That means more opportunity for the people that take it serious.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattWell
    I just watched Rich Shefren's 'From Frustration to Freedom' webinar and it was very interesting. He basically said that people are either opportunity seekers (i.e. continuously looking for tactics to succeed in business) or strategy thinkers (i.e. taking your talents and running with it in a productive manner). Of course, strategy thinkers are far more successful. It doesn't mean that opportunity seekers are lazy, but it means they are spending their time and money on looking for a great concept or tactic instead of being more productive and building a business.

    Sure there are some lazy people too, but it doesn't mean you will be successful if you just work.
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  • Profile picture of the author JEasy
    Originally Posted by Christiani View Post

    Okay, maybe not everyone but most people are so darn lazy that if you truly applied yourself into internet marketing; you learn the right way to build a site and get traffic and have a kick ass product - you'll be making money. And you'll be ahead of the game not because you know all the secrets to the game but simply because others won't even give it an honest try.

    The problem that I see is that most people around me are just at a loss for motivation. They simply don't want to work. They much rather go to Best Buy and buy (or dream about buying) a big TV rather than find ways to make more money.

    Is it just me or have others seen this happen also?

    I'm sorry but if we were ever to get out of this dreadful economy, people have to roll up their sleeves and work. Not just work where a boss tells you what to do but find ways to innovate a business and make it happen.

    I wish I could motivate those around me but you can only lead a horse to water - you can't make him drink.

    Any thoughts?
    Can you share your exact method of making money online?
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    It really depends on the person. Each of us has different ways of reacting to situations. Some will strive to do better and better but some just wanted to quit and wait for blessings to come knocking at their doorsteps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
    Originally Posted by Christiani View Post

    The problem that I see is that most people around me are just at a loss for motivation. They simply don't want to work. They much rather go to Best Buy and buy (or dream about buying) a big TV rather than find ways to make more money.
    Buying a big TV (or going shopping, or goofing off on Facebook, or watching a movie, or any of the other things that people have no problem motivating themselves to do every day) provides people with instant gratification. Internet marketing, especially when you're just starting out, usually doesn't.

    If you think about all the time and effort that people spend playing video games, setting up and maintaining their social media pages, chatting with friends on instant messager and so on, it's not that any of that stuff is harder to do than setting up websites and generating traffic. If they spent the same amount of time and energy building a business, they might very well be making money.

    The issue is that playing the social media popularity contest and chatting with friends online and playing video games is FUN, whereas setting up and marketing websites about subjects you may or may not be all that interested in, and with no way of knowing whether or not it'll even pay off is BORING. There's no instant gratification with that.

    If something's not fun for you, you're going to find every reason in the world to avoid it. And the day to day reality of starting and running a not-yet-profitable business just isn't fun for most people, so they avoid it, even if the IDEA of having a business excites them.
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    • Profile picture of the author cwilliams6009
      I'm actually pretty lazy myself. I don't consider it un-normal. You just have to fight it, set your priorities, shoulder to the wheel, nose to the . . . whatever.

      Hey TheBlogger-man, no results after five months? I'm in a similar situation. But, I paid for a year and I promised myself a good solid year of work. So let's both promise that we'll check in 7 months from now, to re evaluate. Fair 'nuf?
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryK
    One reason why people procrastinate, which can be seen as a form of laziness, is fear of failure. Fear over-rides their desire to become wealthy.

    Fear is a very real and basic part of human nature, stemming from the flight or fight. Healthy in some areas but of course, totally negative when it dominates and prevents a person from taking that first step to financial freedom.

    It maybe the people you are associating with are not so much lazy as fearful.
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  • Lazy is an understatement i hire people for a living into the financial industry they love the idea of booking an interview showing up not so easy for them then when it comes to showing up to work wow thats when its to much for them. So ya people are lazy
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  • Profile picture of the author Exel
    There are many reasons why people are lazy. In my opinion the biggest one is that it
    is so much easier not to work than to work. People would rather not work, invest the
    effort, than be successful.

    Another reason, which prevents people to even try is the fear of failure. It is a
    dreadful experience for most people to try and fail. This way, by not even trying, they
    have a solid excuse for not succeeding. They fool themselves and people around them
    about it, how they could do it if they tried, but they won't bother. Maybe after some
    time they start to truly believe in it, and never achieve anything ever. I'm sure
    everybody knows someone like that in their environment.
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  • Profile picture of the author nrmillions
    its not just in internet marketing, people are lazy to make money in anything. thats why 99% of people are not rich and are working in day jobs they hate. people are lazy and have too short an attention span these days to take the time and effort into learning how to make money. they will spend a day or two max and then quit or not continue to learn beyond what they learn in the first couple days. they get frustrated that they aren't getting rich from a day or two of work. most people aren't capable of figuring things out on their own and thats why they need jobs working for other people who can tell them what to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    This may sound non sense to others but lack of exercise can lead to becoming lazy. If you spend much of your time sitting and facing your computer, why don't you do some exercise to energize you a bit.

    In all seriousness, lazy people are the ones who keep on complaining. I am also lazy sometimes but I do everything I can to start working even not in the mood, and after many minutes, I wouldn't notice that laziness started to disappear.

    My point is, fight that laziness on you. Just do it....,
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      It's easier to work when you get paid directly instead of hoping you will ever get paid off for your efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Originally Posted by Christiani View Post

    Okay, maybe not everyone but most people are so darn lazy that if you truly applied yourself into internet marketing; you learn the right way to build a site and get traffic and have a kick ass product - you'll be making money. And you'll be ahead of the game not because you know all the secrets to the game but simply because others won't even give it an honest try.

    The problem that I see is that most people around me are just at a loss for motivation. They simply don't want to work. They much rather go to Best Buy and buy (or dream about buying) a big TV rather than find ways to make more money.

    Is it just me or have others seen this happen also?

    I'm sorry but if we were ever to get out of this dreadful economy, people have to roll up their sleeves and work. Not just work where a boss tells you what to do but find ways to innovate a business and make it happen.

    I wish I could motivate those around me but you can only lead a horse to water - you can't make him drink.

    Any thoughts?
    People all have different values, goals, and objectives. They also have different skill and knowledge levels. Just because they aren't doing as you do does not make them lazy. Some people work their tails off and just never "get it". Not everyone is cut out to be a business owner. You can't blame a bad economy on factory workers who are just fine and dandy with being factory workers. I sure hope you don't have the idea that anyone not becoming a success as an Internet Marketer is lazy. This is an arena that some people would despise life if they got into. Look at telemarketing.

    I've heard people say that you can make fortunes in it. I would rather pull my teeth out of my head than to ever do that for a living. I'm not online to do crap I hate for a living. Does that make me lazy?

    It's more important for each person to decide how to live their own life and to manage their own financial futures than it is to worry about what everyone else is doing. Frankly - I'm getting burned out listening to people on marketing forums ditching out everyone on the globe that doesn't think online sales is the end all and be all of working life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Micah Medina
    1. People are used to being customers and having jobs. That's why everytime there's an offer or opportunity the first question is always "will you guarantee I'll make X dollars in X amount of time, I can't afford to lose anything". There's not that mindset of gaining skills and accumulating knowledge on every level.

    2. People who are looking for MMO stuff are usually in financial straits and looking for the quickest possible fix. It's hard to make clear choices with that going on.

    3. Nobody wants to make a living online... everybody wants to be rich, and few people have the assets (time, money, connections) needed to get that kind of leverage.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Because they are simply not armed with the correct mindset and positive attitude.
    You gotta have that fire in you, the desire, the courage, that thing that moves You!
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    I think it is a human nature to being lazy, but with hard work we can get more compare to just being lazy and wait for money to drop from the sky.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Most people are averse to challenges...

    Many people, including my wife, prefer having jobs, because they think that jobs are more reliable -- even if jobs pay less.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bjarne Viken
    This is a very common problem. I think it stems from a society that has slowly shifted from defining people in it as citizens to consumers.

    A citizen has rights and responsibilities. A consumer is passive and non-responsive. However, the reverse side of this is that we, the internet marketers, are making money of the same negative trends we create. We look for ways to learn how to persuade, manipulate and convince.

    The hard reality of most the products we create is that most of the information people are seeking could be found in a public library or simply by looking around at forums and other free sources. However, the consumer want's convenience, and are time short. And as the education level decreases, so does their standards of quality, making our job easier.

    I just finished off watching a 47 year old movie, and was struck at how much better English was spoken back then.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Reading some of the posts in this thread, you'd think people had just been invented.

      The world has always been made up of consumers and creators; chiefs and indians; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who let things happen to them. There's no intrinsic wrong or right - it's just how it is.

      Students of marketing should also be students of human nature.


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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Let the lazy liedown and focus YOURSELF on your internet business.
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    It's not that people are lazy so much that hinders their
    progress in IM, but so often they are distracted by all the
    new WSOs and IM products and the sales pitches that
    accompany them.. The would-be marketer then constantly
    reaches out to that new IM product that seems more
    promising than all the others. And so it goes... Ever more
    new and promising IM products. Such would-be marketers
    are a great group to sell to. They are always so eager to
    buy the promise.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by focused View Post

      It's not that people are lazy so much that hinders their
      progress in IM, but so often they are distracted by all the
      new WSOs and IM products and the sales pitches that
      accompany them.. The would-be marketer then constantly
      reaches out to that new IM product that seems more
      promising than all the others. And so it goes... Ever more
      new and promising IM products. Such would-be marketers
      are a great group to sell to. They are always so eager to
      buy the promise.
      They are lazy - getting distracted is just creative procrastination.

      When you're truly results oriented you stop wasting time chasing your own shadow.
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    I certainly agree with you man!
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Sometimes it is pure laziness and sometimes it is just that people have no idea where to start or how to get started in this business so that stops them dead in their tracks. It takes hard work to be in this business and the people that don't want to work hard don't last in it for very long.
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    Christiani when I was a young stud I used to ask the same question. I was just sitting here thinking that maybe it is a personal matter. Something that goes deeper... that we just don't know, and, will never know about a person. Being proud, prideful, not knowing a persons genetic makeup, thought processes, reasons why they do what they do, and, whatever else it is hard to have an answer.

    One thing for sure is we as humans feel a need of attatchment to others, and, it can get mightly lonely alone. I guess for consulation the saying, "it's lonely at the top" derives for those who need a boost of motivation.
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  • Profile picture of the author FunMakingMoney
    Environment do shape people. Maybe those people are living in a state of denial or fantasy. They have lost the meaning of live and would rather let their life drift by 'enjoying' what this world has to offer first...

    But humans are funny animals, they are not made to be alone. So we can see that there are people noticing them and willing to reach out to them, like you. This makes this world a place with hope.

    Some people might have lost hope, some living in delusion, some,.... Thats why wen you help someon, you'll feel good inside and pride in doing a good deed
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  • Profile picture of the author ThelemaqueTip
    You are so right about that,
    I remember when i first starting in internet marketing All I heard around me was nothing but negative things..
    Now I'm during ok with internet bringing enough to pay my bill..now they all want in I told them what to do..they say "that like to much work"
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  • Profile picture of the author Lambert Klein
    I think it's all the convenience today. Most people eat crap (is that OK to say?). Don't get enough exercise and have a phone growing from their head.

    If they had to "do" to survive, bet they wouldn't be so lazy.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by Lambert Klein View Post

      I think it's all the convenience today. Most people eat crap (is that OK to say?). Don't get enough exercise and have a phone growing from their head.

      If they had to "do" to survive, bet they wouldn't be so lazy.
      True dat.

      It's normal to eat pizza and chicken 'n' chips. It's weird and overanalytical to say it's not really healthy to take children to fast food joints.

      But well...

      It's always been this way - some people like to make things happen, other prefer to wonder...
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