What's YOUR Motivation?

by WebPen
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Why are you doing this?

Why in the world are putting in long hours staring at a computer screen?

Are you just trying to quit your day job?
Are you earning extra money to buy a new house, car, etc.?
Are you trying to make the big bucks and retire, Millionaire Fastlane style?

I know for me- it's the freedom of being able to do what I want. Compared to what most people do all day long for a paycheck, IM is a dream.
#motivation
  • Profile picture of the author Diice
    Originally Posted by Justin Stowe View Post

    Why are you doing this?

    Why in the world are putting in long hours staring at a computer screen?

    Are you just trying to quit your day job?
    Are you earning extra money to buy a new house, car, etc.?
    Are you trying to make the big bucks and retire, Millionaire Fastlane style?

    I know for me- it's the freedom of being able to do what I want. Compared to what most people do all day long for a paycheck, IM is a dream.
    Freedom, Financial security, Family support, Fun, being able to choose work hours, the rush of product launches, seeing big amounts of money landing in your Bank/Paypal account. Cars, big houses.

    All the usual stuff! :p

    -Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    The freedom is definitely the biggest pull for me, and probably for many others. Who wants to be another cog in the machine, sitting in a cubicle farm pulling your hair out over a TPS report or something? lol

    I enjoyed my initial career very much but I've always been a free spirit and I'd rather do what I'm doing now (occasionally pool side) than go back to pant suits and micromanaging.
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    • Profile picture of the author Barron
      My motivation is using this as a means to build capital for future offline projects as well as establish some decetn passive income that will (hopefuly) last a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    Being my own boss, making as much money as I want, and because I LOVE technology/Internet marketing.

    - Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Every night before I go to bed I peek into my two nephews (we have full custody) room . I go on down the hall and look in on my son ... then a few doors down the daughter.

    Then I crawl into bed with my wife of 22 years ..... all the motivation I need.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
      Originally Posted by Troy_Phillips View Post

      Every night before I go to bed I peek into my two nephews (we have full custody) room . I go on down the hall and look in on my son ... then a few doors down the daughter.

      Then I crawl into bed with my wife of 22 years ..... all the motivation I need.
      I love this! And I commend you for taking on your nephews, that's not something every person would be able to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonGiorgini
    I love being able to set my own hours, even though they extend way beyond the ordinary 9 to 5.
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  • Profile picture of the author rooze
    Freedom, as experienced by the average Internet Marketer:

    Spend 18 hrs a day glued to the computer :confused:
    Scared to take a break due to feelings of guilt
    Unable to convince people you have a real job
    Frightened that Getty images might sue you for that picture of Brett Favre's willy you used in your blog.
    Terrified Google will drop you from their SERP's
    Petrified the FTC might get a line on something you've 'claimed'.

    Ahhhh...the 'freedom' of working online
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Originally Posted by backlinkspackets View Post

    Happy Easter!
    Wow dude .. what part of the international date line are you on?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheInternet
    My motivation is reaching some simple goals:
    • Reliable and fuel-efficient car
    • Good camera gear
    • Non-stop Internet connectivity
    • Open road
    • Enough money to not care about monetizing what I do with it
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    I enjoy it
    It does not feel like a job
    To lead a decent life style and to provide for my family and help others where I can
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    Originally Posted by Justin Stowe View Post

    Why are you doing this?

    THE Diamonds,

    The Pearls,

    The round the way girls.




    Poppin Bottles with Models



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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    I want to pay off my bills.

    I want the freedom to spend time with my wife and kids.

    And I want to provide them a better standard of living.
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  • Profile picture of the author boostmg
    i think the real motivation for anyone is to live a free life and do what you want. it sounds boring, and parties, women, and fast cars is just marketing that your made to want.

    i still want a ferarri, but only after i get to leave my job and live freely anywhere in the world
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    The ability to work from anywhere in the world (which has internet access) is the ultimate freedom which is the main thing about IM which I love.

    And not having to answer to bosses on petty power trips or be around childish co-workers is a big plus.

    Lastly, the knowledge that even while I am sleeping, my sites are making me money.
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  • Profile picture of the author JD Ways
    I just love the FREEDOM!!! Choose my own hours! Choose what I want to work on and if need be, with whom!! Money ain't bad either!! Oh and did I mention the FREEDOM??
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    I do what I do, because I refuse to go back to being a mindless corporate slave, working to make someone else rich.
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  • Profile picture of the author Douggie
    My motivation is wanting to get the hell out of my 9-5 job and tell my job to go shove it.

    One day...
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  • Profile picture of the author luckystepho
    My motivation? To know that I never have to work for anyone else ever again... to live where I choose, wear what I choose and drive what I choose... to be able to treat family and friends to some amazing experiences... in short, I want the choices financial freedom will give me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Challendge
    There is much more to life than rush hour, 9-5, getting told what to do, rush hour again, getting home too tired to do anything, getting ready to sleep early to do it all over again!

    Not only does that usually translate to a mediocre income, it also takes years and health from you. I want to live a long and healthy life and my chances of doing that have skyrocketed since I've been able to work from home and be my own boss!

    Money is a sexy bonus! Health and happinesss....THOSE are my motivations!
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    • Profile picture of the author WebPen
      Originally Posted by Challendge View Post

      There is much more to life than rush hour, 9-5, getting told what to do, rush hour again, getting home too tired to do anything, getting ready to sleep early to do it all over again!

      Not only does that usually translate to a mediocre income, it also takes years and health from you. I want to live a long and healthy life and my chances of doing that have skyrocketed since I've been able to work from home and be my own boss!

      Money is a sexy bonus! Health and happinesss....THOSE are my motivations!
      Honestly- I think this is the best description of how I really feel.

      I'm still in a day job, contracted for 2 more years

      I'm aiming to be full time in just one year though- making 6 figures and pushing my arse off for them to let me OUT
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  • Profile picture of the author akmal
    To have more time with family.
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  • Profile picture of the author MidlandsMarketer
    It's simple for me really- my dream has always been to have a job that I love doing. One that I can't wait to get up in the morning and get back to work on.

    And, if that job can't be found, then I can sure as hell create it!

    IM has been my way to do this.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
    For me it's about looking around and seeing how much people embrace (and defend) mediocrity.

    Then I say "I don't wanna be like this people." Then I go make something happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauren Scott
    I like being able to sleep whenever I want and not live in fear of being "busted" for it. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author ShanaRN
    I don't want anyone else in charge of my income/time.....except for ME
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    seeing 95% people stuck in mediocrity and 9 to 5 jobs
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    Why work hard instead of stretch and watch the TV or enjoy a sunny day?

    It is the freedom to work...or not work as I want to.
    It is my goals to split my earnings--1/3 giveaway (charities and helping family), 1/3 savings or investments, and 1/3 to live well on.
    It is my desire to move on to the next step of my life.
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    • Profile picture of the author MP80
      There are four things for me:

      1) Freedom,

      2) A thirst for knowledge,

      3) I love a challenge,

      4) I enjoy being alone!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Nothing can be compared to freedom. That's why we work in front of PC to earn much
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
    For me it is the only way to go at this time. My kids have a mother who cook four meals for them a day, take them to school, the park, other activities and pays the bills.

    I could be doing more if i were in the industry at this point, I could have more recognition if I were back at university (I´m sick and tired of listening to people who say I am wasting my brains).

    But I know that in this world we live today to keep my kids healthy and reasonably happy needs my permanent dog watch.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Why am I doing this?

    As someone who truly believes he has the entrepreneurial spirit, I have always wanted to start a business. These days when no one is willing to invest big bucks required to start most real life businesses, this is the next best option. In fact, it is THE best option! You get to work at home, the earning potentials are endless, once you set things up for a lot of endeavors, you will earn a passive income for a long period of time. It's a great great life!
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    I have three children that depend on me alone. Working all day at a job is not condusive to 'being there for them". So now I work when they are at school, spend the afternoons with them and then work again at night.

    One day this business of mine will even allow me to take them on a holiday. That's something that we have not done in ten years.

    Oh and of course all the normal stuff; pay the bills, be able to buy clothes for them and the occasional dinner out with the kids. The rest is just material

    Di
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  • Profile picture of the author Ido
    1. Your Start-Up Cost Is Darn Close To Zero
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    I am in a bad marriage and have agoraphobia/panic disorder so I can't work a regular job. I'm not making any money yet, but I'm building websites and reading the board everyday to learn how to get out of my situation. I've got very simple tastes so I just need to earn enough to pay the mortgage/utilities on my own income.
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  • Profile picture of the author kayebee
    My motivation is to leave my crummy day job and be financially secure. I want to have the freedom to go anywhere and not have money be the reason for me not going wherever at my leisure. It would be really cool to travel to my favorite places and bring my work with me.
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  • Profile picture of the author dimitri banks
    FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM AND MORE FREEDOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author NikNak
    World peace. Snow flakes, buttercups and a free Tibet. Who is with me?
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Originally Posted by Justin Stowe View Post

    Why are you doing this?

    Why in the world are putting in long hours staring at a computer screen?

    Are you just trying to quit your day job?
    Are you earning extra money to buy a new house, car, etc.?
    Are you trying to make the big bucks and retire, Millionaire Fastlane style?

    I know for me- it's the freedom of being able to do what I want. Compared to what most people do all day long for a paycheck, IM is a dream.
    Pretty much all the above with the most emphasis on the first one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Takk
    I actually like my day job quite a bit in my corporate career. But I want to be able to have the spare money that I need to help out my family, and catch up. I make a reasonably living, but I'm certainly not that far ahead, and not because of overspending. My father is in rough shape, and I want to be able to help him out more.

    Anything beyond that is simply increased quality of living. If I actually did hit big, I wouldn't mind the stress free early retirement, but I'm being realistic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    Freedom is the big one for me

    The freedom to do what I want, when I want. Being able to have my work, work around my my life. Not the other way around like everyone stuck in the rat race.

    Oh, and I detest anyone bossing me around

    - Trevor
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  • Profile picture of the author AbrahamGuzman
    1.The freedom and comfort of my own home
    2. Being my own boss
    3. Doing what I love
    4. Spending time with family
    5. Flexible schedule
    6. It is exciting and get to meet new people
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  • Profile picture of the author dennis09
    It dawned on me one day that most people are only one step away from the unemployment line. I saw my father put in 30 years at a major company only to get laid off with a "slap in the face" retirement check. If you work a regular job then your entire livelihood rests on your BOSS and his attitude towards your work. That is just plain scary to say the least.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heathj
    I currently have a full time job that I make about 120k a year...give or take 5k, kind of depends on how much overtime I work during the year. But, I live in California and on top of that, a very expensive place in California....so 120k is not that much money when it comes down to it.

    But, I have a comfortable life.

    So the reason I am doing this is because I am going to retire in 7 to 8 years and I am looking for my next career. I want to supplement my retirement income in this line of work.

    I actually have a buddy that retired and became a greeter at walmart........No thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author luane
    I love being able to actually look FORWARD to getting up versus dreading the alarm clock (I often get up earlier than I did for work), and having a set of tasks that I can vary each day. The most fun part is when a family member needs a drive to the doctor or a child picked up at school, I can say YES! Or, like today when my daughter was driving through town on her way to the big city, I was able to stop what I was doing at my computer, and meet her for lunch! Now, THAT is freedom. And I didn't even have to ask the boss! (me).

    Because I said YES. I also am a Baby Boomer and want to be sure I can provide for my children, my parents and myself when I get older. Fear or pleasure motivated? I think both push my buttons!

    When I see those sales, it is like, woo-hoo, let's do some more of that : ). What a life!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by Justin Stowe View Post

    Are you trying to make the big bucks and retire, Millionaire Fastlane style?
    Bingo! You've read my mind my friend.
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    • Profile picture of the author Don56
      The opportunity to start a business with very little investment(of money, not time). And, to use this business as my retirement fund.
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    • Profile picture of the author jadesource
      I live in a house in the middle of a rice field 2 hours north of Manila. There are two Asian Cows in the field each day, quietly chomping grass. They are often kept company by two white asian Cranes, just like you see on Japanese screens.

      I kind of burned the ships.

      For me to get a job that will support my family we would all have to move back to the states. Sometimes that scares me, but most of the time it motivates me.

      I work every day, but I'm fond of saying I'd rather work every day for ME than 40 hours a week for somebody else.

      But, I control when I work, and what I work on. I love my work.

      And in between, I take a swim, maybe a nap, maybe play some guitar.

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    • Profile picture of the author Theresa Perez
      I once had an owner/manager who amazed me as to how he stayed in business for so long inspite of being such a tool.

      He actually inspired me to think that if this @#%! can do it, I can do it!

      Remembering him now still makes me smile, in a grit my teeth sort of way.
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    • Profile picture of the author successproducts
      For me I just love it. I love to help people make it. I make enough money doing consultant work and I am a very good programmer on top of that. Even if right now even if I earn 1 mil a year I would not stop doing this. It's in my blood. I am motivated beyond money.

      But I would like to make obscene amount of money just to see where is the hook. I also know timing is everything and when the time is right, I will get there. I just love it and that is all I would like to say.
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  • Profile picture of the author sundown16
    it's simple ... freedom and calling my OWN shots!
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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Everett
    I think besides the freedom, the tax breaks and the obscene amounts of cash that it can be possible to make, I would say "dignity" is also an issue here..

    Working for someone else for Forty years plus, sitting in traffic day in and day out just to service someone else's dream is not very dignified.. well, not to me anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Britzie
    A will to succeed and working on my terms with the freedom of being my own boss.
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  • Profile picture of the author huester
    I am doing this for myself and I am doing it for you. I don't like people getting riped apart from there money and I do enjoy the satisfaction of helping people but I do enjoy collecting those paychecks. Money has never been a problem for me as I have a full time job and can provide for my family. I suppose I also do this to save towards my pension. This might change in a few years once I learn one way to make money online I just need to duplicate and duplicate.

    To all you that are starting or seasoned pro's I salute you.
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  • Profile picture of the author louie6925
    My motivation is to provide for my family! just looking at my two beautiful kids is all the inspiration I need!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
    I started doing this because I am petty.

    In my 3rd year of college, my entrepreneurship professor (who's day job was dealing with small business loans for a major bank) told me that it was impossible to start a successful online biz with zero capital.

    After arguing back and forth for a few months, I finally just said "fine - watch me". I walked out of his class, dropped out of college, quit my internship, and have been working for myself ever since.

    In hindsight, I understand why every friend I had looked at me like I had just lost my mind. If I had failed, then I never would have been able to live it down.
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    • Profile picture of the author theemperor
      Originally Posted by johnes4th View Post

      I started doing this because I am petty.

      In my 3rd year of college, my entrepreneurship professor (who's day job was dealing with small business loans for a major bank) told me that it was impossible to start a successful online biz with zero capital.

      After arguing back and forth for a few months, I finally just said "fine - watch me". I walked out of his class, dropped out of college, quit my internship, and have been working for myself ever since.

      In hindsight, I understand why every friend I had looked at me like I had just lost my mind. If I had failed, then I never would have been able to live it down.
      People can talk about cars and houses till the cows come home, but saving face is a REAL motivator :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author WebPen
      Originally Posted by johnes4th View Post

      I started doing this because I am petty.

      In my 3rd year of college, my entrepreneurship professor (who's day job was dealing with small business loans for a major bank) told me that it was impossible to start a successful online biz with zero capital.

      After arguing back and forth for a few months, I finally just said "fine - watch me". I walked out of his class, dropped out of college, quit my internship, and have been working for myself ever since.

      In hindsight, I understand why every friend I had looked at me like I had just lost my mind. If I had failed, then I never would have been able to live it down.
      Wow, that's a great story- haven't heard one like that before.

      It's interesting to me to see how many different motivations people have- this is awesome!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    Great question. There are many answers for me

    1) To pay for our wedding
    2) To provide a stable second income
    3) To have more freedom and flexibility over my work hours in the future
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    It's the freedom! Plus, the fact that I'm earning more than all the people around me of the same age. Plus the fact that I'm the first one from my former high school class that is pretty much on his own financially and probably the first one who is able to buy stuff like clothes, phones, trips from his own pocket, not with the help of his parents. Can't wait to be able to afford a car
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  • Profile picture of the author Krisz Rokk
    Health, family, freedom, passion and contribution are my big 5 motivators!
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    Money
    Financial Independence
    Can work from Anywhere
    Can work at any time I want
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarK
    This





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    Yes, I got offers from all these universities (and actually 2 more) but I still don't know which to pick!
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  • Profile picture of the author Hackbridge
    My faith, my family, debt, and to prove I can do it.


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  • Profile picture of the author trilogy9013
    I agree with most of the people here in saying that FREEDOM is obviously a major plus to IM and it is one of the top reasons i love being in IM. However, i think secretly we all want freedom, but more than that we want to make bigger money than is normally possible with most day jobs. At the end of the day, I want to be able to work whenever and however much I want and in the meantime enjoy the high life!
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  • Profile picture of the author sackboy127
    Seeing my sites gradually climbing up the SERPs is a great motivation for me everyday. Just can't get bored of watching it.
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  • Profile picture of the author one1990
    I'm doing this because I like working from home. It's also a business where most fail, so I'm taking it as a challenge, to prove that I can do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author momtraders
    My motivation is the fact that once upon a time I owned a residual membership site that made money while I slept. Yes, I was only making $4500/mo at the time, but it was nice not to have to worry about basic needs or bills.

    I sold my business long time ago and it was a big mistake in many ways but in some it was the right thing to do, no real business lasts too long on the internet unless you tweak, and change things. Plus competitors starting coming in fierce, so it is good I got out when I did. Now that I have the idea of what is possible its like a hungry man that can't put enough food in his belly! I have been working non stop for a year to get where I am now, an I want my business to be so automated it puts automation to shame, because honstly it is SO POSSIBLE! i also want my business to have a lasting effect. I have studied what works and what doesnt. I am taking some things that I know work, and mixing in some things that have left me with trial and error. Honestly I do not want a billion dollar businss. Just a passive income, that is easy to manage and that has lasting staying power. But yeah that is what motivates me
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Wessman
    Watching my parents slave away at jobs that they hated as I grew up put a real sour taste in my mouth for the 9-5 grind. This motivated me greatly to turn to internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author lossman29
    I'll TAKE ALL THE ABOVE.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisEllgood
    Obviously lots of money but also having the freedom to do what I want without having to worry about money or a job.

    One of the main things is I want to buy is a Nissan GTR. Best car in the world, can't wait to buy one!
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