3000 posts and all I got is this stupid t-shirt

by J Bold
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Ok, sorry, just a joke/expression, I don't really have a picture of a stupid t shirt.

Well, the title says it all. I've recently reached 3000 posts and here are my thoughts on the matter.

What I've learned in my time here at the Warrior Forum

1. Post count means nothing.

It merely means I've made a lot of posts on a forum. It doesn't equate to a certain amount of money or general income level. I wish I didn't have this many posts, ha ha. I know other warriors with less than 1000 posts, heck, even 100 posts, who I know for a fact make six figures and above. There are people on this forum with less than 100 posts who are millionaires.

So don't fall into that, "Oh, he's barely made a few posts, he's some loser newbie." However, it doesn't mean you have to trust that person. They may or may not be telling the truth, so always do your due diligence if you are thinking of investing serious amounts of money with that person.

2. You get what you put into it.

Listen, it's not easy. It's not. But it's also not as hard as it can be if you keep blocking yourself with mental barriers.

If you are struggling, and you have done enough learning (most warriors here probably have more than enough knowledge, now they just need to put in the experience, take their lumps and figure out how to make things work IN PRACTICE), nothing can substitute for a huge work ethic.

If you work your arse off, you can't help but succeed. Look at successful people. Yeah, some of them are geniuses, some aren't. But the world would never know a genius if he didn't work hard and transform those ideas into practical means.

Take pro atheletes. There are some pro athletes playing at the highest level who are not as athletic as their peers. But through an insane work ethic and a little bit of luck, they've been able to make it.

3. Build a business

Seek to build a business, rather than make a quick buck. You know what's wrong with making a quick buck? It means you're desperate, or greedy, and both of those are negative mindsets which do not last for the long term.

Short term cash solutions may help you get seed money. But if you can't build a business on it long term, abandon it as soon as possible.

And if you are building a business, it's not going to help you to buy another IM product/WSO every day based on a new, completely different business model that may or may not even work for most people who try it. You'll get confused and be jumping all over the place trying to do this, that and the other thing and never get anything done.

Don't be a get rich quick scheme information junkie. It just doesn't work like that.

4. Ambition and Generosity

At the same time, have a strong ambition. But don't be greedy. Some people say, "Ha ha, internet marketers are supposed to be greedy." I agree to the unimaginative it sounds silly that someone involved in marketing, which is all about making money and positive ROI would say that. But it's a mindset thing. Be hungry for success, shoot for the stars, etc. But if you're greedy, it will be obvious to those around you that you don't care about people and that you only care about money. It will mean you're always looking out for number 1 which will scare people off who may have wanted to work with you.

It's like those affiliates who want to offer stupid commissions like 15%, etc. You often see people who have no idea how to get traffic for themselves and are like some little kid holding onto their candy and not wanting to share. They thing if they give a 15% commission they are doing a favor to potential affiliates. Realize you have to give to receive.

Be generous. Do things without expecting anything in return. Don't chase the money so much that you lose sight of what it's all about, connecting with people and helping them. Giving to rather than taking from your partners.

If you can approach things in this way and truly get it to click in your brain, it will do wonders for your life and potential for making it.

5. Have clear goals and write them down

I've seen varying opinions on how to go about this but it's awesome to have clear goals and shoot for them. Make them reasonable yet slightly ambitious. Set deadlines, even if that deadline is "asap." Don't move on to one task until the one before it on the list is completed. Only move on if you run into a huge obstacle which can't be solved on that day.

Write down every day what you want to get done, for example. Write it down! A piece of paper or a whiteboard that's staring in your face every day. Don't run away from your goals and your productivity.

6. Made up statistics are just that. Made up.

95% of internet marketers fail!

Really, what study told you that?

I have no doubt it's a high percentage who give up and fail in IM, in the end, but let's leave the fake statistics where they belong, in the trash bins of our minds.

7. Find something to love

If you don't love what you're doing, and nobody else is telling you to do it, chances are you will find every excuse not to do it, even if it could make you a lot of money. It may sound crazy, but for most people, money is not enough of a motivator to get work done.

Even if you can find a good mindset course that will trick yourself into loving even the most boring of tasks, do it. You've got to find some aspect of what you're doing that you love, to keep you motivated.

You might say, "But I work at Taco Bell and I don't love wearing an ugly uniform and putting up with impatient fatties all day and yet I am still able to get my word done." (at the moment I consider myself a fatty so I can say that, ha ha)

That's true. But somebody is telling you what to do. It's the employee mindset which is incredibly easy to get into as that's what we are told all of our lives to aim for, to be an employee. As long as somebody else tells you what to do it's easier to do it, for most of us. Like a dog and its master.

But to be an entrepreneur, you have to be your own boss and frankly that's incredibly difficult as far as working hard every day and having motivation. Some people just do it naturally as that's their personality. But that's the one percenters who do that.

To motivate yourself, you need to find something you love to do and start with that. I'm not talking about starting a niche about your passion, no. You can try it, sure. But if you know you love talking or public speaking in real life, etc. perhaps you would enjoy hosting webinars or making a lot of videos. See what I mean? Think along those lines.

By the way, if you work at Taco Bell, don't sell weed out of the drive through in the wee hours of the night. That's pretty stupid.

8. Don't have ADD

Don't get distracted easily. Don't log into Facebook when you're supposed to be working. Don't check email 30 times a day.

Schedule your time. I won't get too detailed but the most successful people know how to manage their time. It's the whole employee/boss mindset thing again. Harder to keep to a schedule when nobody is telling you to do it.

If you know you have what it takes to get things done as far as knowledge and a plan, but have trouble completing tasks, perhaps a service like the Rachel Rofe "staying accountable" service would seriously help you.

Or use something like the Pomodoro technique. Google it.

9. There's a difference between networking and socializing

There's different opinions on this but a lot of people recommend networking extensively and schmoozing with others, etc.

It can work depending on who they are and what your goals are, yeah, but don't waste too much time shooting the breeze with people when you should be working. Get to the point.

10. You're not special just because you want money

I see customers and forum posters all the time with some kind of entitlement attitude (not being political here, just a word that fits). Just because you bought something with a fancy sales page full of grandiose claims doesn't mean that just because you bought that thing you automatically deserve success.

This takes work and a willingness to figure things out, as well as a positive attitude.

It also doesn't mean you then own that product owners time or deserve a response within 5 minutes. People have lives and businesses to run. Ever tried to get a response from a huge corporation like Google? Realize how good you have it when product creators will personally respond to you, even it does end up taking 48-72 hours (some people do take weekends off, you know).

11. If you can't overcome obstacles, you won't succeed

If you look at the most successful people in the world, they always have some story where all the odds were against them, or they ran into some insurmountable obstacle. Their friends and family may have told them to just give it up, etc.

You have to overcome obstacles, both minor and major, to really break through and be a success.

eXample: Can't figure out how to get a simple wordpress site up? Outsource it or learn how to do it one time so you know how!

Don't be afraid to learn. Don't make excuses like "I'm not a techie so..." when all it takes is a willingness to learn simple things.

You can use this analogy for anything in IM.

Ok, I guess that's it for now. Time to get off the soap box!

You might fail at times. But remember that old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!"
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  • Profile picture of the author CalinDan
    Congrats on your big 3. You should get more than just a shirt for all your contributions over the past few years.

    Great post, keep 'em coming for the next 3000.

    Kind regards,
    Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author jackcarr
    Congrats mate, great read for a noobie like myself some good pointers. Heres to another 3000
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by CalinDan View Post

      Congrats on your big 3. You should get more than just a shirt for all your contributions over the past few years.

      Great post, keep 'em coming for the next 3000.

      Kind regards,
      Dan
      thanks mate.

      In reality, Warrior Forum should be giving out shirts, right?

      Originally Posted by jackcarr View Post

      Congrats mate, great read for a noobie like myself some good pointers. Heres to another 3000
      Hope you were able to take away something from it. I should add, I don't really like the phrase "newbie" as it's turned into a way of looking down on those supposedly less experienced or lower earners. In reality, if you spend 100 hours learning about IM and then double that with putting into practice what you've learned, you are no longer a "noobie" in my book.

      Good luck with whatever you do. Hope you find something to focus on and just go for it.
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      • Profile picture of the author tantivy
        Just bookmarked this one! Congrats to your 3K posts!

        Yes, it is difficult when you set yourself to be your own boss. Nobody motivates you to work but yourself. And in this business, when people don't see you earning $1K a month, they tell you to quit it. You're going nowhere. Just had that ill advise recently. But when you are already there, then you are there already. Just have to be stubborn in a good way.
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      • Profile picture of the author CalinDan
        Originally Posted by J Bold View Post


        In reality, Warrior Forum should be giving out shirts, right?
        Yeah mate, they should be handing out all sorts of gear to reputable warriors.

        Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author cpwebsite
    Great advice and congragulations man on reaching 3k posts. Good luck to your future and I hope all works out well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Hugall
      Well I must say.... Good Job! I thought that once you reached that many posts you were given a few mill and off you go. Maybe that was 4000. Either way thanks for the insight.
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      • Profile picture of the author J Bold
        Originally Posted by bilkat19 View Post

        Well I must say.... Good Job! I thought that once you reached that many posts you were given a few mill and off you go. Maybe that was 4000. Either way thanks for the insight.

        Wouldn't that be nice?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Rofe
    Congratulations! That's great advice.

    And thanks for the shout-out
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Great post. Congrats on reaching 3k... your insight is indeed accurate.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    All great points ... but I didn't get a t-shirt
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  • Thanks for the post, enjoyed reading it some very good points.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devjeet
    Congratulations!! But worst method to pay attention
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by Devjeet View Post

      Congratulations!! But worst method to pay attention
      Thanks but I have no idea what you're trying to say.
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      • Profile picture of the author GBGRiPE
        Congratulations!

        Reaching 3k posts

        I think the amount is not the point, but the contribution to the community is huge man. Im trying to post 5 good post per day from this week to try to contribute as much as possible. That will in my mind come back to you if you later release your own product or service, people can look back and see how much you contributed to the community already. I truly believe that will only bring positive credit to your name..

        Good luck to your future and I hope all works out well.
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      • Profile picture of the author seriousmny
        That's a lot of posts. I am usually the laid back type and I'm a listener, so I rarely post making statements unless I need a question answered or need some feedback from the group, but this is a great milestone. Congratulations on your 3000th post.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    What did I miss? I didn't get a t-shirt from Allen. That is not fair people.
    Everyone who gets over 3000 should get a shirt.

    All joking aside.....

    Congrats on your 3000 posts. Nice way to give back to the warrior society.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Wow. It takes a lot of words to get to 3,000. Congrats.

    Maybe you could have a t-shirt made with this on it "Warrior 3k".
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul_Evans
    Great post and insights.

    Especially love #4

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Elfen Lied
    Congrats mate. You have crossed a long distance. Hope to make that far and prosper.
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  • Profile picture of the author lesterlim85
    Oh man I can't imagine getting to even 1k posts! Kudos to you and so many other warriors who have contributed so much value to the community! ANd great insights shared in the post!

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by lesterlim85 View Post

      Oh man I can't imagine getting to even 1k posts! Kudos to you and so many other warriors who have contributed so much value to the community! ANd great insights shared in the post!

      Cheers,
      Lester

      Ha ha, thanks Lester. You're too busy working.

      You still doing JV brokering? Hope things are well for you.
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    Launch & JV Management yup! Doing great thanks man!
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    • Profile picture of the author vicdublin
      Congrats on your 3k posts, It takes great effort and commitment to do what you've just done. Well done! and more grease to your elbow.
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      • Profile picture of the author J Bold
        Originally Posted by vicdublin View Post

        Congrats on your 3k posts, It takes great effort and commitment to do what you've just done. Well done! and more grease to your elbow.

        Thanks but again, posting on a forum is not an accomplishment ha ha.

        Seriously, I just wanted to share some ideas rattling around in my head.

        But yeah, 3000 posts on a forum is just that, 3000 posts on a forum.
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        • Profile picture of the author jboykin
          Originally Posted by J Bold View Post

          Thanks but again, posting on a forum is not an accomplishment ha ha.

          Seriously, I just wanted to share some ideas rattling around in my head.

          But yeah, 3000 posts on a forum is just that, 3000 posts on a forum.
          I have to disagree with you. If there is one thing I have learned so far, its that content is king on the internet. 3,000 posts is a lot of content! And whats more is I can tell just reading your post that you have picked up a few things on how to write an article.

          Cheers! and here's to 3,000 more!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    Congrats on reaching 3k posts and thanks for the very-well written post. I enjoyed reading all the points.
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    Excellent post, don't get A.D.D.. This one hits right at home for me
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    Congratulations. I like your points in the post. we need keep good habits for our success.
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    I've certainly met my share of customers in my 3000 posts most of whom approached me. Sometimes I have asked myself why I bother. What I think might help me receive benefit is elusive, but then I get surprised.
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

      I've certainly met my share of customers in my 3000 posts most of whom approached me. Sometimes I have asked myself why I bother. What I think might help me receive benefit is elusive, but then I get surprised.
      Yeah, it's certainly true that there can be a benefit at times, without a doubt. Some people built serious reputations on this forum with their posts. I have just not been as deliberate about that as some.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mary Greene
        J. Bold, thanks for the excellent advice. Your T-shirt is in the mail.

        I know you're right because I've been here since the beginning with an earlier account. Watching leaders emerge or submerge is a life lesson in itself.

        Internet Marketing is more than selling, niches are more than topics, and demographics are more than age, race, gender, and income.

        The warriors who tap human needs and growth prosper. The warriors who burn through their lists with biz ops wake up to darkness.

        Cheers,
        Mary Greene
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    Wow, that's a seriously meaty thread you posted and very very helpful. Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on reaching 3000
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      To write such a wonderful 3000th post is awesome.

      I agree with almost all of what you are saying. Makes solid sense.

      At a number level, I don't agree about that 15% - 15% may make sense (and be extremely generous) in many settings while in many other settings that's utter nonsense... I agree with the philosophy you are trying to convey at that point though.

      Last but never the least, congratulations on making 3000 solid contributions, out of which 471 are officially wonderful as people have explicitly thanked you for those contributions. Keep it up.
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