Would This Discourage You And Make You Consider Quitting?

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This is hypothetical but let's assume that you weren't making the kind of money you'd like to be making with your online venture. To take it a step further let's assume you are making no money whatsoever not even an occasional sale to a friend, family member or acquaintance. You are spending money, putting in the investment of time and effort but at the end of the day your results just aren't what you'd like them to be even though you are following the leads of people who are making money. Would this discourage you and make you consider quitting?
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  • Profile picture of the author Florian84
    It will definitely discourage me and frustrate me, but I would never think about quitting. I would see it as a temporary defeat, but never as a failure. You can't hit a home run with your first try. Every person who has made money online, even the most successful ones had to endure some temporary defeat one way or another. So the bottom line is to never give up.
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  • Profile picture of the author retsced
    To be honest, if everybody who experienced what you've just described above, and then quit because of it, there wouldn't be anyone left. What you've described is what almost everyone goes through.

    Fact is, if you're not making any money, you're doing it wrong. So, you do what any normal person would do, change your approach. It's not rocket science.

    The people who quit, are the ones who should have never started in the first place.
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    • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
      Originally Posted by retsced View Post

      To be honest, if everybody who experienced what you've just described above, and then quit because of it, there wouldn't be anyone left. What you've described is what almost everyone goes through.

      Fact is, if you're not making any money, you're doing it wrong. So, you do what any normal person would do, change your approach. It's not rocket science.

      The people who quit, are the ones who should have never started in the first place.
      Bit harsh for someone to hear but its true. But you should have mentioned that its not all about money. Like you could invest a million into something and still not make money lol. OP, ask yourself are you doing all that you could do to make it succed? If you are, and its still not working, try something else.
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      • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
        I do believe "Failure is the pillar of success".
        If you earn something without failure, u cannot retain that for long.
        If you earn something through failure, you will get success with experience, which help you to retain the success for long.

        Negative mentality always pull you behind. So thinking of quitting is not fair at all. Think of "Step Forward".
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  • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
    I would never quit, but I'd definitely make adjustments or change my direction. If I'm making money, there is obviously something that isn't "clicking". Just like the others said, everyone goes through things like this. Rarely does anything just work - it takes persistence, patience and a whole lot of testing and grinding it out.

    On the flipside, don't always compare yourself to others. Everyone does things a little differently, so results will always vary from person to person.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    That is one of those questions that is really loaded however you answer.

    Some people will say "never give up", others "refocus" and others still "you're doing it wrong".

    My take is that some people are simply not cut out to run an online BUSINESS, or indeed an offline one, and should know when to quit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

    You are spending money, putting in the investment of time and effort but at the end of the day your results just aren’t what you’d like them to be even though you are following the leads of people who are making money.
    It's exactly the position I was in, around 3 months after I started, having earned almost nothing at all. (I made absolutely every mistake that it's possible to make, when I started - and then some! ).

    Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

    Would this discourage you and make you consider quitting?
    It did discourage me.

    It was a huge and frightening problem, because at the time, I had only 2 years left to be able to make a full-time living without needing to get a job (when I graduated). And it felt like I'd completely wasted 3 months (12.5%) of it.

    It didn't make me consider quitting, because I knew that some other people, with barely more skills than I had, were earning 6-figure incomes from it. But it did make me "start again completely", assuming that almost everything I'd "learned" so far was mistaken information and myths (this turned out to be right, though of course I didn't at the time understand enough to see why/where/how it was right), and to be very careful indeed whose "information" I trusted and relied on while completely ignoring everything else. Nobody was born knowing how to do any of this stuff at all. Everyone needs guidance. Who becomes successful is all about who develops enough judgement to decide (correctly) by whom they want to be guided (and for a skepchick like me, that generally excludes people trying to sell me anything). Just my perspective.

    Originally Posted by jazbo View Post

    My take is that some people are simply not cut out to run an online BUSINESS, or indeed an offline one, and should know when to quit.
    I don't disagree with this, either ... but I think it's also true that some people can have "five years' experience" while other people can have "three months' experience twenty times over". And that makes it terribly difficult to tell/predict who should give up and when. "How long they've been trying for" isn't necessarily a good basis for deciding that, in my opinion.

    Originally Posted by retsced View Post

    Fact is, if you're not making any money, you're doing it wrong. So, you do what any normal person would do, change your approach. It's not rocket science.

    The people who quit, are the ones who should have never started in the first place.
    Can't argue with this at all. I can't even quibble pedantically with it. It's just "right".
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  • Profile picture of the author ashishthakkar
    This is hypothetical but let’s assume that you weren’t making the kind of money you’d like to be making with your online venture. To take it a step further let’s assume you are making no money whatsoever not even an occasional sale to a friend, family member or acquaintance. You are spending money, putting in the investment of time and effort but at the end of the day your results just aren’t what you’d like them to be even though you are following the leads of people who are making money. Would this discourage you and make you consider quitting?
    Warriors don't quit!
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  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

    ...Would this discourage you and make you consider quitting?
    Am I not still here?

    Terra
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      Am I not still here?
      You did take a few days off, recently, now you mention it. You were missed. I'm "just saying".
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      • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        You did take a few days off, recently, now you mention it. You were missed. I'm "just saying".
        It was an excused absence, and is not on her permanent record.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        You did take a few days off, recently, now you mention it. You were missed. I'm "just saying".
        Haha! I may push the pause button from time to time for celebrations, vacations and what not, but I never eject. :p

        Terra
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        • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
          Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

          Haha! I may push the pause button from time to time for celebrations, vacations and what not, but I never eject. :p

          Terra
          Welll, you've Terrajected a few. But, they deserved it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pilotben
    A lot of people feel like a failure at this and give it up. Zig Ziglar said failure is not a person it is an event. If you fail to make it work online then you should stand back, evaluate what you really spend your time on, or who you listen to. What works for other people may not work for you.
    Failure can be the prelude to success. If you fail you learn how not to do it. Every single successful marketer from the beginning of time has failed before he succeeded.
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  • Profile picture of the author andrewkar
    Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

    This is hypothetical but let's assume that you weren't making the kind of money you'd like to be making with your online venture. To take it a step further let's assume you are making no money whatsoever not even an occasional sale to a friend, family member or acquaintance. You are spending money, putting in the investment of time and effort but at the end of the day your results just aren't what you'd like them to be even though you are following the leads of people who are making money. Would this discourage you and make you consider quitting?
    it didn't.

    But at times it was a bit scary. My method is simple, the more resistance is there, the harder you push. Anyway, I'm stubborn like a donkey.
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  • Profile picture of the author hipeopo02
    Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

    To take it a step further let's assume you are making no money whatsoever not even an occasional sale to a friend, family member or acquaintance
    This is what people do when the get suckered into MLM schemes.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I don't think anyone sitting here who is successful has NOT been frustrated at some time... or probably plenty of times. But that's exactly what separates the boys from the men both in this business and any other. Those who are willing to work through frustration and lows and come out on top. Very few people have the courage and persistence to do it.

    That's why so few people succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    Those who are willing to work through frustration and lows and come out on top. Very few people have the courage and persistence to do it.
    Otherwise known as 2%ers.
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  • I could bring up the paypal statements from when I first started if you want (I've done it before lol). Thousands of $$$ spent learning everything under the sun with only a couple hundred $$$ earned over the course of (I don't even know how long, but long enough for someone normal to quit ) to show for it.

    If at first you don't succeed, try and try again I'm actually glad that most don't, otherwise it'd start to get a little saturated online ;P

    The good news? Generally when you start earning with one method, everything that comes after just seems a lot easier and gets going quicker with less failures.
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    You have to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run.
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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Friends, family, and acquaintances are probably not my market and I would never try to sell to them anyway.

    And, it is all about reaching your market and figuring out the best ways to do that.

    As the fable goes, one should never give up because you never know when you are an inch away from gold.
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  • Profile picture of the author medway
    Depends how long you've been at it. Failing is ok but you need to be able to figure out why you aren't making sales, that's the key.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seredy
    To answer your question in a nuthsell: No, I wouldn't give up.

    I agree with most of what others have said and trust me, I've been there. If you're failing, then by all means, fail some more. You're going to get it right eventually. That's all there is to it. Be resilient but nimble in your approach.

    Hitting a few roadbumps, doing some unintentional detours is all part of the road to success. Failing at something is part of the experience that will get you there eventually. On the one hand, it weeds out those that are not motivated enough to get back in and follow through. On the other hand, it teaches you to be accountable for your mistakes and learn from them. Honestly, failing is the second best thing that happened to me in the past six months. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

    Also, keep your spirits up. Read from succesful people (MJ DeMarco's Millionaire Fastlane jumps to my mind) and read quotes from other great people such as this one from Thoma Edison: "I have not failed. I've just found 10000 ways that won't work."

    Keep yourself motivated and always keep at it, that's all I can say.

    Good luck in the future,
    Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    First 2 weeks in, I was like "screw this", but after having a bad day at my old job over 3 years ago, I dived right back in and never looked back.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxfactor
    From Inc. magazine's "Nine Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People":

    "Every successful person has failed. Numerous times. Most of them have failed a lot more often than you. That's why they're successful now. Embrace every failure: Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time, things will turn out differently."
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I wouldn't quit but I would either start seeking more advice and/or maybe look into getting a one on one coach. I went through a lot of bs to make my first $100 but once you make your first $100 I knew that anything is possible. I know the minute I quit, all my hard work and time I put into internet marketing goes down the drain.

    Now, if it was getting to the point where I couldn't support myself meaning, I couldn't afford to eat, then I would stop spending money and spend more time learning and taking action on a smaller scale. I'm lucky I have the ability to figure out what I'm doing wrong and how I can improve my income. I usually know when to move on to something else or when to change something. I think experience and spending time failing is very important to create the mindset you need to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    It is discouraging and frustrating when this happens -- especially when you are new to this business. The thing though, is if you read many people's stories -- most of them will tell you it took them months or even years before they made money online.

    I find the key to speed up your success online is first find someone who is making money online -- then follow in their footsteps. While you are learning -- focus on one thing, master it, then move on the next step.

    An easy way to go about doing this is...

    1. Focus on creating a high converting squeeze page
    2. Focus on creating follow up emails that deliver MASSIVE value while also promoting 1 excellent product that will really help your future customers with their current problem.
    3. focus on 1 traffic strategy and master it.

    This is the outline I learned to make your first 1,000 dollar month online -- from a very smart internet marketer who has a 6-7 figure year business.
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  • Profile picture of the author sree94
    Maybe when I first started, but with the success I have had (and more importantly, the rebounds after the failures) I never would/will quit
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  • Making money is great but We should also value the service we all provide. Making money by just providing no value does not lasts longer.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    It would make me consider a more strategic approach to making money. I woudl work on the strategy of my business not day to day operations. I would figure out what activities would directly lead to making money for my business, and work only on those activities.

    It's important to take a 20,000 ft view of your business every now and then to identify the obstacles and follow a proven path.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi,
    I think you have to have a certain amount of stubbornness to be in this business. I like it so much that I look forward to sitting at my computer every single day. It's all in the mindset. Do what makes you happy and you will have success.
    Geri Richmond
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  • Profile picture of the author aurettemag
    Don't over thinking. You should focus and follow 1 system that's work and put all your mind in there
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