I've heard many stories of people that would go on unsuccessful for years until they started making steady money in the IM business. Most of them told me that the reason for their failures was purchasing new "shiny" IM products every now and then instead of focusing on one idea and sticking with it until they'd succeed. The breakthrough was when they decided to stick to one IM idea/product for as long as it would take achieve results. This is what lead them to be successful.
What about you guys? How long did it take you to actually start making money in the IM business?