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!"