IM Is Too Hard, Sometimes It's Easier To Just Give Up!

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...But Don't!

The Key To Your Success In IM is in one word...

...Persistence.

IM can be a hard road to travel. I should know, I've been at this since 1998 and it has not always been a smooth road.

Some get lucky and strike it rich or start making profits their first week.

Others struggle, fail, struggle, fail, and the vicious cycle never seems to end.

Well, I was listening to my radio mentor this morning and he struck a nerve.

Sometimes it IS just easier to give up!

But... imagine you were determined to get 10,000 pebbles from a huge solid rock. Due the laws of physics (but unknown to you at the time), you would simply have to hit that rock at a consistent rate of force 10,000 times to crack the rock and break it into the 10,000 tiny pebbles you want.

You've been hitting away at this rock for 3 years and have managed to hit it 9,000 times. But one day, you just get fed up (maybe family and friends have been on your case to give it up, look for something more productive), I mean you've been at this for years now and still the rock seems so sturdy, doesn't even look like it will crack much less break into the 10,000 pieces you want to gather.

So, you re-evaluate your position on the issue and decide it is better to MOVE ON. And you do, you sell your equipment AND that stupid sturdy rock to a friend (cheap just to get rid of it), change locations and start a new life.

Things are now looking up for you, though you're not living your dream, you're comfortable where you are now. And then you meet your friend from years ago, the one who bought your equipment and the rock that just wouldn't crack, you're sure he's going to tell you just how hard he's been working and still the stupid rock won't even crack, but instead he says to you...

"Hey mate, you won't believe what happened after you left! I discovered all I had to do was hit the rock (at the pace you mentioned you were doing it), exactly 1,000 times more to break it up into 10,000 pebbles. Since you told me you had hit it 9,000 times before selling it to me, I figured I'd try it again with another similar rock, 10,000 times was the charm and now I've even got it down so good, I just hire folks to pound those rocks for me, 10,000 times each time and I have so many pebbles it's hard to keep score!"

Then he adds... "Sadly, there are no more rock types like that available at the price you got them back then, now if you want one of them you have get in line and PAY 10,000 pebbles to the rock masters to get 2 solid rocks of your own"... And as if that wasn't bad enough he adds this...

"I now even travel all over teaching folks just how to crack those rocks, I'm a star of sorts and I earn great doing it, it's fun too, I meet lots of new folks and see tons of new places... just the kind of life you and I always dreamed of!"

Finally, he says...

"Hey if you want in so bad, I can probably sell you one of my surplus rocks for just 8,000 pebbles, I wish I could go lower, but it just won't be profitable for me to do that" ... You're of course excited by all you've heard, but...

Of course you can't afford 8,000 pebbles! You never did finish breaking that first rock in the first place and now, though you're comfortable (but not yet living your dream), you're still worth less than 4,000 pebbles all together.

You'll have to walk away again and this time, you really have NO choice.

...OK. Sorry about the extensive rock and pebbles metaphors, but my point is this...

How would hearing/experiencing all that make you feel? And do you still think it's much easier to just give up?

The choice is yours to make.

My advice is...

Enjoy the IM journey however hard it may seem.

Persistence is the key.

For your sake I hope you use it!

Cheers,

Kunle
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  • Profile picture of the author goodboys
    Hi KUNLE.... I have to admit this.... You have provided such a very very very real and lively example for all the people who are about to step into IM and for the newbies like me....
    The bottom line is "If you want something from the bottom of your heart, then never GIVE UP"......
    Thank you very much KUNLE for your valuable suggestions and please do guide us like this to our success....
    LONG LIVE WARRIORS...
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  • Profile picture of the author fan994
    IM is a journey. If you continue on that journey and don't give up it will lead you to your dreams. I'm getting there one step at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author lemonarian
    Oh yes. Persistence is KEY. Good metaphor with the rocks, even though it was somewhat odd

    Something I learned a few years ago... the FPP formula for success, all it takes to be successful no matter what it is.

    Focus + Persistence + Patience = Success

    Cheers for an awesome post

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  • Profile picture of the author Droopy Dawg
    Damm that was outstanding. Even if I wanted to quit I'd be dammed if I'd quit after reading this.

    Great stuff man... great stuff. If I could thank you more than once on here I would
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  • Profile picture of the author SamstaUK
    I read this *just* in time! I was just considering giving up, thanks a ton!
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  • Profile picture of the author yourreviewer
    The number one reason why the majority of folks fail in IM is "NOT TAKING ACTION." Just think about it, you want to learn how to ride a bicycle- you go about learning how a bicycle, studying all the parts of the bicycle and how they operate.

    That is fine, but you are NEVER going to learn how to ride a bicycle by merely learning the theories. Are you? There comes a time when you have to just get on the bicycle and do it. Initially, you will lose balance, you will be shaky, you will fall and you may even injure yourself. That's fine, that's part of the learning curve, the sooner you fail, the sooner you will learn from your mistakes till everything comes naturally to you.

    The problem in IM is that most folks never even get to the stage of mounting on the bicycle. They just want to keep studying how the bicycle operates all the time. No wonder they remain where they start even after ages.
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  • Profile picture of the author haohaowan2
    thats a great story
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  • Profile picture of the author sevenish
    Kunle,


    Thanks so much for another of your many fantastic, informative and inspiring posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barbara Wilson
    And maybe you've hit that rock 9,999 times and just one more good whack will give you the break-through you've been working for.

    Motivating post, Kunle. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Feral1
    Well done Kunle, great posting, 3 surefire rules for success are persistence, persistence and persistence. Never, never give up ! Always remember that determined fellow who invented the lightulb after 10,000 attempts , now there is a lesson in persistence.
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    • Profile picture of the author Toaster2
      Im hitting that rock really hard I think I am close to crack it
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      • Profile picture of the author HonestSeb
        Thanks for the motivation! I totally agree Persistance is the key to success, in anything. It leads to leadership which is also really important to motivate and get trust from others. The key to learning quick and efficient is how much FOCUS and ENERGY you put on the things you learn one at a time. Practicing the things you learn, new techniques as fast as possible to start your inner growth. I think that's usually what makes the difference between the people who get it quick and the ones who struggle for a long time. I think you need to love what you learn and forget about the income for a while...to stay focused and motivated. The results come after .
        Thanks again man! Séb
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  • Profile picture of the author msoon2k
    thanks for the uplifting post
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    IM is too hard?

    If anyone thinks IM is hard, they should try starting a manufacturing company. rofl
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