What IS Your REAL Problem?

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One of the most persistent, almost humorous topics
that I've seen discussed on this forum over the
past decade is about marketers marketing to marketers.

We complain about email lists that we subscribe to
where the publishers then try to sell us things.

We complain about marketers using the very same
copywriting tactics that we study, in an effort
to influence our behavior.

And my favorite is that when someone who started
out right here on the forum, through some "miracle"
makes it big, we instantly put them in the other
camp in the "them vs us" battle with the gurus

Yes, as a community, we all seem to have agreed
that the forum is most useful it we don't allow it
to degrade to nothing but blatant self-promotion.

I spent over 4 years as a moderator here trying to
help keep the forum useful.

At the same time, I think that it's important that
we acknowledge that many (perhaps most) of us are
here to learn what works in earning a living online.

If we are REALLY honest with ourselves, we also have
to acknowledge that many of us see the forum as a
potential marketplace of 1/2 million customers.

Realistically, most forum members aren't your potential
customers, but the fact that so many affiliate programs,
and WSO management platforms have sprung up, prove that
many of us DO view the forum primarily as a marketplace.

So... my question... "What IS your real problem?"

What's really frustrating the heck out of you?

Yes, that is a rhetorical question!

The honest answer for most that I see complaining is
that you are still struggling trying to figure out
how to actually earn a decent living online.

You are trying to do that in a rapidly changing
environment, and you keep taking advice from others who
are also still trying to figure things out.

All that aside, there are things you can do, that are
100% in your control, to make things a little more
manageable. So let's look at a couple of frustrating
problems, and I'll invite you to bring up others.

For many of us, it is email overwhelm. We simply can't
keep up with the flood of email yet some people feel
obligated to stay subscribed to hundreds of lists.


Here's how I handle that problem...

I filter my email. I send newsletters to specific
folders where I can read them when I want to. That also
allows me to easily search through those emails when
I want to do a little research. Gmail makes this
incredibly easy.

I stay subscribed to lots of "lists" because I do
want to see what tactics others are using, keep up
with who is launching what products, and in my role
as a JV broker, I also like tracking who the most
effective super-affiliates are

I unsubscribe from lists that I get no value from. There
are actually very few people who seem to put out newsletters
that really grab my attention these days. Paul Myers and
Marlon Sanders immediately come to mind.

Unsubscribe from lists that are no longer useful to you.
You owe that to myself, and you certainly aren't going
to hurt my feelings

On the other hand, don't waste time obsessing over who
is on your list. You do want to be aware of trends and
what's causing them, but getting upset over unsubscribes
is a huge waste of energy.


A second problem that we seem to have is lack of focus.

I handle that by giving myself a schedule and sticking to
it. I control how much time I allow myself to be on
forums, Facebook, etc.

I consider visits to this forum and Facebook as little
rewards to myself, but even then, I consider what I'm
doing during those visits as work.

I am a bit of a workaholic.

On the topic of focus, another problem that we have
is the ability to pick one course of action and stick to
it. Even I, with 16 years as an internet marketer, have
this problem.

The solution with this last problem begins with acknowledging
that you have it.


For me, I also solve it by having an accountability partner,
and mastermind group members, who have permission to keep
me focused.

My accountability partner and I discuss what we are each
working on, and then give each other permission to push each
other to really focus on those things and get them completed.
We have "a boss" who will calls us on our BS... with our
permission

The final one that I'll mention is simply not being able to
do all of the things that we feel that we need to do.

The short answer there is to outsource, doing what you do
best, and getting others to do the rest.


I know... most of you don't feel that you can afford to hire
someone to do things for you. I learned over a dozen years
ago, after struggling with a .cgi script for hours and not
getting it to work, and then having a friend point out to me
in mere minutes that I had a comma (or maybe it was a
semicolon) in the wrong place, that it's often cheaper to
leave some things to the experts.

If you can't come up with the money to get others to do it,
then look for ways to barter or exchange services. It's just
cheaper in the long-run to get others to do things that you
are not proficient at.

The answer is NOT to get better at what you are not good at,
it's to focus on doing the things that you ARE good at...
provided they pays adequately and that you enjoy doing them.

OK, I'm stepping off the platform. I just noticed the guy with
the basket filled with rotten tomatoes!

What are other real problems that you are noticing, and what
are workable solutions?

Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
    And my favorite is that when someone who started
    out right here on the forum, through some "miracle"
    makes it big, we instantly put them in the other
    camp in the "them vs us" battle with the gurus
    This is probably the biggest issue as far as I see on the forum. Everyone is so determined not to "behave like the gurus" and the result is that they refuse to adopt behaviour patterns that can lead to success.

    A recent thread on here lambasted WSO sellers that didn't contribute to the main forum and take the time to personally answer customer support. Without realising that spending 8 hours a day on here and answering every single support ticket personally are two of the top behaviours that hold you back from success.

    I for one frequently get complaints to my support email addressed saying, "I am only interested in a reply from Andy". Well sorry guy, but I have hired people specifically to answer that stuff. When they do, they speak for me. I am responsible for what they say, I am accountable for what they say but rest assured it's going to be them saying it, not me.

    So my biggest piece of advice to add to Willie's awesome post is this -

    Stop complaining about how the "Gurus" behave and start asking yourself which of those behaviours you should adopt.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Fantastic post Willie.
    Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    What are other real problems that you are noticing
    At the moment the biggest problem I've got is indoctrinating, rather than educating visitors.

    are workable solutions?
    I'll get back to you on that.
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    • Profile picture of the author AmitabhB
      "The Gurus distract & scamming me with new million dollar launches ever week..!!"

      "I receive to many mails sending me many over hyped shiny products...."

      "Every Guru preaching different ways & strategies to earn money online..so making me confuse...."

      "Everyone is lying around here...!!"

      "Facebook and other social media platforms are big time wasters... They are of no use!"

      and it goes on and on and on.... :confused:

      This is called nothing but "Whining"...."Complaining".....Blaming others for our own failures so that we can feel less guilty and excuse our-self of our in-capabilities! :rolleyes:

      C'mon..... Nobody puts a gun to our head and tell us to buy their stuff or open up their mail and read it. Facebook cannot force us to sit for hours and waste all that time of yours, surfing updates by others or checking out what your friends were doing in the late night party. Its we who chose to do each and every bit of that!!

      Acknowledge that its your weakness, and nothing else. You are wasting time because you fell victim to your own habit of time wasting.

      There are others making hundreds and thousands of dollars earning here i the same internet and Facebook and Twitter, when we are just spending our precious time into unproductive works.

      Its like when a diabetic knows that sweet is harmful for him/her, yet being tempted to take a bite of it every time he/she sees it.
      Its like someone suffering from obesity knowing that junk food is their biggest enemy, yet going for the extra burger or french fries......

      Take hold of yourself. Take responsibility of your life and whatsoever is happening in it completely! Its only YOU and YOU who is responsible all everything that's there in your life, all the good and all the bad, and nobody else!

      According to my experience till now, wasting time in unproductive things is the biggest issue I personally have faced. Doing only that makes money and leaving the rest is the key. Sticking to just one and one plan and stop hoping from one to another is another problem I faced a lot. Basically lack of focus is the reason.

      Here is a story I shared few days back in here that has inspired me a lot: A Short Story and A Great Lesson.

      Thanks a lot for that lovely post Willie! Loved it...
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    • Profile picture of the author matus37
      Yes these are main problems that you write Willie. I find the solution for this - I write on the paper this : 1.DONT GIVE UP AFTER FAILURES 2.FOCUS ON ONE METHOD 3.LEARN THIS METHOD 4.TAKE CONSTANT ACTION WITH THIS METHOD

      And I sticked this on my pc monitor.So I see this everytime when I make something in internet marketing.This help me very very very much and I think it was the KEY to success.Because nobody can still remember this 4 rules and peoples forget it and than they are out of the way to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author warner444
    The 4 things that have held me back most are:
    Lack of focus
    Not staying with projects long enough
    Trying to do everything myself.
    Hesitation to commit fully to new projects.
    In other words, me.
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    And my favorite is that when someone who started
    out right here on the forum, through some "miracle"
    makes it big, we instantly put them in the other
    camp in the "them vs us" battle with the gurus
    That always makes me mad. There are people that have worked their butts off to make a success of their lives. And the minute they do, they are shot down. But it is not just in this industry. It's a world wide problem. It's far easier to shoot down the successful, than to actually do the work yourself, make the necessary sacrifices and get it done.

    People are too afraid to pay the price of success and they are too concerned with other people's opinions of them.

    I'd rather be rich and fabulously unpopular than conform to society's expectations of me

    Di
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

      ... It's far easier to shoot down the successful, than to actually do the work yourself, make the necessary sacrifices and get it done.

      People are too afraid to pay the price of success and they are too concerned with other people's opinions of them.

      I'd rather be rich and fabulously unpopular than conform to society's expectations of me

      Di


      I guess that it always has been that was. I know that I grew up
      without, and with a loving grandmother who repeatedly misquoted
      the Bible, teach me that "money is the root of all evil!"

      I was very surprised when I discovered how much time and
      other resources people like Richard Branson devote to charity,
      and solving major problems in the world.

      There is a part of us that seems the feel that the rich or
      ultra-successful somehow owe us something.

      The world owes us nothing but really won't stop us if we
      are just willing to claim it.

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      • Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        I guess that it always has been that was. I know that I grew up
        without, and with a loving grandmother who repeatedly misquoted
        the Bible, teach me that "money is the root of all evil!"

        I was very surprised when I discovered how much time and
        other resources people like Richard Branson devote to charity,
        and solving major problems in the world.

        There is a part of us that seems the feel that the rich or
        ultra-successful somehow owe us something.

        The world owes us nothing but really won't stop us if we
        are just willing to claim it.

        Willie
        Willie, I think my mother and your grandmother must have been
        at least first cousins because I was taught pretty much the
        same thing.

        People who were well off were designated as "Them" and
        we couldn't have what "they" had because "they" were somehow
        wrong for having more.

        My mother and my dad were good people who loved me and
        provided the things I needed such as food, clothing, school,
        and a few "toys" so don't get the wrong idea about what I'm
        saying.

        It's just that for some reason, if one didn't work hard at manual
        labor, and still made a good living, he was just too lazy to work
        and was not to be respected.

        I didn't break out of that mindset until 1977 when I read a
        book by Ben Suarez called "7 Steps to Freedom - How to Escape
        the American Rat Race" where he said in one passage - "You can
        do a lot more for people if you're rich than you can if don't have
        2 nickels to rub together."

        Getting back to your original post, I realized I was spending too
        much time on forums, reading emails, checking Paypal, and
        various other things that I wasn't getting anything done.

        I would sit in front of the computer 12-14 hours a day and
        sometimes more, but would only do maybe an hour or two
        actual work.

        Now, I check email first thing when I get online, and don't
        touch it for at least 4 hours. I made a schedule for getting
        on forums and Facebook and such and try my best to stick
        to it although it's hard sometimes.

        Mostly I save Facebook for the end of the day when I feel
        I've got a lot done for the day.

        By focusing on the important things I have to do, I find that
        I'm not spending nearly as much time online, I get more done,
        and have more free time to spend with my grandchildren or
        my wife.

        The way I managed that was actually done for me. My internet
        went out at my house for several weeks and I had to drive to
        town to the library to get online. During this time, I learned
        get everything done offline that I could so when I got to town,
        I didn't have to spend forever online to get things done.

        Now, I can do in 3-4 hours what it used to take all day.

        One last thing, now, instead of trying to work for 8 hours or more,
        I work in 3-4 hour blocks. I focus intently on what I have to
        do for that block, and I take a break. I may take a nap, or we
        may load up and go to Walmart to get a few things, or I may
        treat myself to an hour or so of TV.

        I love America's Funniest Home Videos that comes on at 2:00,
        so up to that time, I focus on getting stuff done then I break
        for the show. This is also the time I eat lunch, so I kill two
        birds with one rock.

        Then I go back to work another 3-4 hour block.

        That has made my productivity go through the roof! I get more
        done in less time than ever before.

        I hope this will help somebody out there!

        Michael
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        • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
          Originally Posted by Michael Worthington View Post

          I would sit in front of the computer 12-14 hours a day and
          sometimes more, but would only do maybe an hour or two
          actual work.

          A lot of us do this, or have done this, and tell ourselves that
          we've worked a lot.

          It's not actually that different in the offline world where the
          majority of time is actually spent doing non-productive things.

          I know that in my 20 years in the military, I had many days where
          I got absolutely nothing accomplished, except maybe attending
          the meeting to plan the meeting.

          Many people do that online too... day after day... getting
          ready

          Studies have shown the even corporate executives spend very
          little time actually focused on productive tasks... so that puts
          us ahead of them now.

          Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author philrich21
    Great post on time management Willie.

    I also try to schedule my time similarly but I don't have anyone else to keep me on track.

    My biggest 4 would be

    Sticking with a project
    Keyword research - being confident that the keyword or niche is going to pay off
    SEO proven backlinking method
    Repeatable process
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    Honestly what I see as most peoples biggest problem is that they try to buy or at least find "secrets" rather than looking for information they can learn from and apply to help make them successful.

    Many never realize that there is no "secret" per say. They just keep buying more reports in the hopes that they are just one "secret revealing report" away from achieving success.

    When people have the idea in their head that other people have "secrets" they are withholding from others, they develop a bad attitude towards those people...the "gurus".

    People who spend their time and mental energy on having a bad attitude rarely have enough left over to do the things that actually do make people successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    One of the biggest problems is that people look for things that don't exist. They want magic systems, programs, push button miracles. They come here looking for that mystical "niche" that's going to make them rich.

    I like to look at it this way. Marketing online is business, plain and simple. People going into business offline don't call up their friends asking what they might sell because it's the latest hot, shiny object or if there are secrets requiring little to no work for selling stuff.

    More often than not people go into business marketing products and services they know and understand and often like or even love. Selling something you're at least familiar with makes things so much easier.

    And when people new to marketing online choose to market a product solely on the fact it's hot, they not only have to figure out all the little tricks about marketing online, but also all the little details about the product and the buyers for that product. Is it any wonder so many people are frustrated and overwhelmed? I don't think so.

    I'd say, come into this thinking about a business. Sure, there are systems. They're not secrets though. They're derived from sound business practices like providing exceptional value and service. They're about creating a community where people feel welcomed and feel their purchases are appreciated. It's about treating people the way they themselves want to be treated.

    Are there quick hit strategies that work? Yeah, a few. But not a single one will keep you in business for very long. Choose to open and operate a business first. The fact that it's online is secondary, it's still a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    My problem has a lot to do with learning fast enough.

    Learning is either done efficiently, or inefficiently.
    I've seen guys read/apply internet marketing for 10 years, who still seem to have no idea what they're doing. Then I see people who have been in this niche for 2 years, and already make consistently good money.

    It has become obvious to me, that the really good marketers, have some type of sense as to WHAT to invest their time in, in a manner where it will truely equal EFFICIENT LEARNING.

    Like the difference between being productive and actively PRODUCING for your SURVIVAL.

    So I go online, on youtube, on here, read read read, apply apply apply.
    Then I later find out "you read the wrong thing" or "that system doesn't work like you think" and I think "great, just wasted another x however many weeks/months of my life".

    I think the real issue for me is this, there seems to be 2 main ways you can learn internet marketing.

    1) Read technique after technique after technique, to backwards rationalize/reverse engineer some type of foundation for internet marketing. You read thousands of techniques, then reach conclusions about marketing that you build a foundation from.
    Problem is if the techniques you're using are bad, you develop a BAD and INEFFECIVE foudnation.

    2) Ignore techniques, and focus on nothing but building a traditional foundation. Maybe you buy SEO books from Barnes and Noble, get college text books, or just spend your time reading more formal material rather than soley techniques you see online. Maybe you have a friend who has a formal education in internet marketing, or a friend making a lot of money. You learn more of the basics, then the "fluff" so to speak, learn more efficiently, and are able to apply what you learn more effectively.

    Its hard for me to really explain what I'm trying to say. But it definitely seems there are 2 main different ways to learn about marketing. All I know is reading techniques seems to help, but it seems all I wind up doing afterwards is damage control. You can wind up redoing one technique in 10 different ways, because you never had a real foundation built as to WHY you're doing what you're doing. Maybe thats the real problem, too many gurus teaching you WHAT to do but not getting into the details of WHY you should do it, and if x occurs, how you need to change things or respond accordingly. That type of knowledge imo doesn't come from reading techniques, but focusing more on the foundations and all those basic boring details people don't talk about here. Things you're more likely to read in a book.


    Like maybe instead of just reading about backlinking technique for 3 months on warrior forum, I should have read 3 comprehensive/recent books on SEO. To help me see the bigger picture that is.

    So I've been doing a lot more reading now OFF warrior forum and am amazed to find out I'm learning a lot of things that are NEVER talked about on here.

    I guess my biggest problem right now is understand how much time I should be spending online reading the "wisdom" of people who are mostly trying to build their own lists, and profit off me.

    I think it falls into that whole concept of learning from people who don't have agendas. Sure people who write best selling novels on SEO have an agenda (to make money and perhaps promote in their book) but it just seems right now I need MORE books, and less forums.

    The more books I read, the more confident I feel, while the more I read on forums, the more confused I get. There are too many contaminated biases on here from people who just don't have the experience they need. They have the experience needed to make themselves look like a guru, but when you learn from them, you just realize there are far too many gray areas you don't understand.

    I am most focused on learning efficiently, getting a grasp on the larger picture rather than learning little specific bits and pieces about things, and only seeing 10% of the picture. That ALWAYS happens when reading on here, so maybe I should just stop using forums. I honestly don't know, but forums actually seem to be causing me more consequences than benefits.

    Is there lots of information? Sure. But its not refined in any manner. Its not organized. Its just a mess of information (even when using the search feature), and I think THAT is causing more problems than anything, where I get my information from.

    -Red
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      Great post Willie! I can tell you this. Started making money when I stopped listening to every Tom Dick and Harry and I have been in marketing all my life. What I did was clean up my e-mail, that is, unsubscribe to some that weren't beneficial. One day I bought my wife a new computer and while installing it I went into her Gmail account and she had 11,000 e-mails in her inbox.

      Honestly, I didn't know that you could keep that many e-mails in the inbox. I almost fell out of my chair with laughter. And it dawned on me that this woman does not read all of the e-mails that come in her inbox. My guess is there are people out there like her.

      Long story short though, there are a select group of people who I listen to and Paul Myers is one of them. Open up every e-mail that he sends me. However, I buy a lot of stuff but I don't buy everything, and I don't think that he expects me to. (maybe he does) (LOL) His e-mails are extremely valuable to any marketer who wants to make money and I would recommend signing up for his newsletter. If you think that is a plug for Paul then you 100% correct.
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      • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
        Originally Posted by James Clark View Post

        ...
        Long story short though, there are a select group of people who I listen to and Paul Myers is one of them. Open up every e-mail that he sends me. However, I buy a lot of stuff but I don't buy everything, and I don't think that he expects me to. (maybe he does) (LOL) His e-mails are extremely valuable to any marketer who wants to make money and I would recommend signing up for his newsletter. If you think that is a plug for Paul then you 100% correct.
        I've been listening to Paul for a decade too

        One of the most brilliant things that I remember him saying regarded
        problem solving,where he said that when he faced a problem, he
        asked himself what advice would he give a client.

        For some reason, I though that was brilliant. It taught me that
        we really do often know enough, if we just step back and look at
        things from the right angle.

        There are actually a lot of brilliant people here on the forum. However,
        it does often take times to learn who you should really listen to,
        which is why I appreciate word-of-mouth recommendations.

        Willie
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        • Profile picture of the author David Keith
          Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post


          There are actually a lot of brilliant people here on the forum. However,
          it does often take times to learn who you should really listen to,
          which is why I appreciate word-of-mouth recommendations.

          Willie
          And you have 16 years at this. Imagine having 16 days experience and walking into this forum...lol. My head would explode.

          BTW. Willie, you are one of the people I and many others follow as well. You always offer a lot of good solid business advice. That's something that is getting more and more rare in in the IM game these days.

          You don't know me because I am not in the IM niche, but I remember being on your Saturday morning mastermind type calls probably over a decade ago. Those calls made me a life long follower.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonParker
    My biggest problem is when something in particular works really well, I don't do it over and over again.

    I'll let a couple years go by, for example, and rediscover it... And I'll say to myself, dang I already know that works and I could've been doing it every week for the past two years.

    For example, I've done well with high ticket offers in the past and had some big days. Then I let probably a year go by before I promoted another one.

    Then I promoted some again and they work just as well as before.

    Why do i do this? I have no clue.

    All I know is that just about everyone I know is the same way... They find something that works and stop doing it for some reason.

    That's why I started keeping a little journal I'm calling "trade secrets" to refer to.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Keith
      Originally Posted by JasonParker View Post


      All I know is that just about everyone I know is the same way... They find something that works and stop doing it for some reason.
      I think we all get a mild case of "shiny object syndrome" from time to time. We all chase fads and such.

      The key is really in identifying and quantifying your opportunity costs. Lots of things will work, but which work better for you? Figuring that out is when you go to the next level.
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  • Profile picture of the author EvolBaby
    What I've found is if you keep your integrity opportunity and prosperity will be attracted 'to' you. The hustlers and scammers will have no effect on you. Last week a Warrior contacted me out of the blue and in less than a week I brokered a deal that may lead up to $40 million a year in business. Other things fell into place after that. Be honest, keep your integrity no matter what, understand what responsibility is and you will prosper.
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by EvolBaby View Post

      What I've found is if you keep your integrity opportunity and prosperity will be attracted 'to' you. The hustlers and scammers will have no effect on you. Last week a Warrior contacted me out of the blue and in less than a week I brokered a deal that may lead up to $40 million a year in business. Other things fell into place after that. Be honest, keep your integrity no matter what, understand what responsibility is and you will prosper.

      That has been my experience too. I no longer have to search
      for great deals, they come to me... although I did put a few
      fishing lines in the water

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author EvolBaby
    This is definitely one of those "most important of WF threads" goin' on here. Thanks Willie.
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  • Profile picture of the author preets
    Hi ,
    My real problems are :
    1. Facebook - didn't understand why people spend so much time there?
    2. Twitter - Is it really helpful in my business?
    3. Spending too much time on WF.
    4. Try to make money by doing nothing.
    5. Dreaming that some GURU contact me and forced me to do some clicking and made me RICH.
    6. Not accepting my weakness.
    7. Complete directionless but think I am smartest on earth.
    8. Spending 8-10 hrs daily online ,but not find anything workable.
    9. Need mentor but not searching.
    10. Wasting my time to blaming others for wasting their time .

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  • Profile picture of the author K. Rondo
    "Accountability Partner?"

    I'm single right now, but I think that's the type of relationship I've been searching for all of these years...
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by K. Rondo View Post

      "Accountability Partner?"

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  • Profile picture of the author limestone614
    This is a great thread, some excellent points made.

    I had a long wait to get to the real problem I have now, which is not having enough time.

    Because I have used both the methods Redshifted mentioned above, great post by the way.

    Way back in about 1998 I had my first foray into IM, I think I gave it 3 months, got lost with Amazon, lost with Google....

    I went off to work...

    One thing leads to another and I ended up back in IM, but in a different, more natural and fluid way, by building a used, offline TV parts business, and simply listing the items on a website, real basic. However, a few years of ignorance later and I again looked into Google.

    Seems I got pretty good at just knowing what Google is looking for, and website visitors, amazingly enough.

    I've managed to sell pretty much the next 2 years of my working life to a large company for what most of my friends consider an obscene amount of money.

    It will however, give me a strong foundation for my hopeful 5 year plan.

    It does of course leave me with lots of ideas, but little time to impliment them.

    Problems I noticed on my path:

    Giving up too soon. (Don't give up)
    Trying too many things at once. (Learn 1, then make it work)
    Believing some of the things on various forums.

    Find a method that makes money, there are hundreds and hundreds, make it work and then do it again.
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  • Profile picture of the author kencalhn
    Hi Willie, hey great post.... real problems are

    a) I don't trust people so I don't do nearly as much affiliate/jv stuff as I should (I fry bacon fully clothed ) , and
    b) I'm working so hard to keep cash flow going in my main business that I don't make time to enter/test new niches I should be in (like fitness/exercise/healthcare).. and
    c) I hate css/php coding but I've been slowly learning it these last few years so I can use WP/joomla effectively w/template mods. and
    d) I don't outsource nearly often enough, though the programmer bid boards are great for that, from the dozen or so times I've used them.

    email: I keep a few dozen email accounts, most of which I only check once a month, for niche-specific optins, and single email accounts for each of my major competitors, so I can see a) who they jv with b) how often they mail c) price points/content etc... to avoid being defocused, my main email account gets no emails from anything other than my specific business.

    productivity: Brian Tracy's excellent book "Eat that Frog" and taking massive action on his other content transformed me into a single-minded juggernaut who produces more content than any 10 of my competitors put together. really. One of my customers nicknamed me "Genghis Ken" lol for my workaholic ways... but to me it's not work, it's fun... and helps survive and thrive in troubled times. Highly recommend everyone at least go to youtube and watch some of his no-cost videos, they're world class. He's my top role model for adding value. And he's very nice in person, too. Great guy.

    Good reading your posts as always, you know your stuff... interesting topic, looking in mirror.

    -k

    problems I successfully overcame include too much time in forums, lol. used to have 4k posts here years ago, now I just post a couple times a week if that, lately
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