I see all the time, how do I do this, how can I do that, why can't I get this to work, why are some people successful and others not, etc etc. Same questions that you see all the time on all forums such as this one. Here's three things that have yet to fail me and were and are huge launching pads for the success I've had online in less than 4 years.
First, get rid of your "comfort zone" and get out of your own way. Do one thing every day to step outside of it. EVERY DAY. Do that, and imagine how big your comfort zone will be in a week, a month and then a year! You won't have a comfort zone by then. More on that in a minute.
Second, don't ask questions in general, ASK INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE QUESTIONS!
Third, work at it like you really want it.
My entire online success can be boiled down to three things and only three things.
1.Got rid of my comfort zone
2.I asked individual people questions
3.My ability to put my head down, nose to the grind stone and flat get to work.
When I first started in August 2008, I bought a course from a couple guys named Don and Jeremy. I asked those guys a bunch of questions. I asked those guys for their personal emails. I asked so many questions that I asked and they gave me their phone number so that they didn't have to answer my 200 emails anymore. I stepped out of my comfort zone and I ASKED for their phone numbers! What was the worst they were going to say? No? So what, if they said no, was I in any different position than I was before? But if they said yes, now was I in a different position? Absolutely I was. With what they taught me and I implemented, I went on to start making 300.00 a day and more and created my first product which sold over 2600 copies at a time there was no affiliate programs in the WF like their are now.
When I wanted to get access to someone who was way above my level, I ran across something Brad Gosse was offering at the time. A one on one phone call for 30 minutes for 30.00. He was already extremely successful, but at the time was just introducing himself to WF. What did I do? I asked him if I could have TWO sessions for 30.00 each. He told me it was only for one really as it was a way for him to introduce himself. I asked again, does that mean no or can I have two? I told him I wouldn't bother him with random garbage and I would prove I was willing to follow what he said. He agreed and gave me two of them.
Three years later, I consider Brad a good friend and one I've done various projects with. The best part is I can pick up the phone and call him and ask him anything and he knows he can do the same. All because in the beginning I asked for something that he wasn't really offering. But again, would I have been in any different position if he said no? But if he said yes....
Last year after leaving the WF event in Raleigh, I asked a programmer named Chad Casselman, who I had never met if he'd like to partner up and build some things. Then somehow (don't remember honestly) I met E. Brian Rose and saw he was doing something similar to some things I was working on and asked him if he'd like to do somethings together. Then we all asked each other if we'd all like to work together. From that question both Webinar Swaps and JVZoo were created in less than a year. All because of questions that were asked.
Then just this week, I pulled off something I never thought I would have a prayer in hell of getting, but I got it. I got one of the top autoresponder companies in the internet marketing world to give JVZoo something that no other affiliate network has as far as integration and list opt ins goes. Honestly I never thought they would even consider it, and it took months to put it all together. But it all happened BECAUSE I ASKED FOR IT!
If you look at those things, and there are more, just not going to write a novel anymore than I already have, they all tie together.
I started out, I stepped outside my comfort zone and I asked individual people questions. I took what I learned and the success I had and I used it as leverage in meeting other people and asked them for things. I took that and used that as leverage to meet other people who had more things that could help me and kept building on that all the way to now.
The bottom line is IF you are willing to put in the work, there are people that will help you because they know down the road your friendship and leverage may very well be worth 1000 times what you might pay them now. But you never know until you ask. Trust me, go back and look at some of the first posts I made on this forum. "how do I upload a PDF", "how do I make a PDF". Hell, I honestly didn't know how to use an email address until August 2008. I was a construction worker and was as "newbie" as it gets with computers period, let alone IM.
If you ask 100 people and all 100 say no, what's the worst that can happen? You're in the same spot you were before you started. No harm really. BUT if you ask 100 people and 10 of them say yes, or even 1 says yes, are you in a better position now? Absolutely you are, especially when you do it consistently.