Just recently, a Warrior posted it took him 5 years to reach that and stay consistent. It would be nice to see a year from now how he is doing and if that was maintained. There was a Warrior in the past, who took even longer, 7 or 8 years to hit his 100K a YEAR goal, which he did.
Then he started selling his HOW TO info in the WSO. In less than a year, he went from 100k to under 10 k for THE YEAR. He recently came back to the WF, out of sheer boredom, to see what was going on. Anyhow...
It is not uncommon for an Entrepreneur in the real world to spend 5 years or more getting those results, mostly through trial and error and finding their own path. Once they reach it, they have either systems or their tactics can keep them at that level.
Online, we have seen a lot of people hit the 100k a year mark, only to be swatted down because they built their money making machine on someone's beach (like the Article Marketer) and got washed away by the tides of changing algorithms.
So, struggle, trial and error seem to be part and parcel of the journey, BUT, there is the flip side to that coin.
My old friend Jim Straw came online, and within 2 years built a 6 figure a MONTH affiliate marketing business, he was so successful, he closed down his paper and ink publishing business which he had operated for decades.
How long it takes any given person to reach the 10k a month mark has as much to do with the MINDSET along with the knowledge, skills and experience they bring with them as it does with just grinding it out.
See, there are those Warriors who have spent a decade without success, some going 8, 11 years without making any money, after having spent thousands on various courses.
Sure, chasing shiny objects, rainbows and unicorns have a lot to do with it, and wanting unrealistic rapid results, but I want to argue the lack of preparation and bad choices have as much to do with failure as anything.
The one way to get rapid results is through preparation, not just learning software, or social media...but basics like accounting and budgeting.
There have been many people get to a high level and then spend their money, without saving or reinvesting and when something happens, they are unprepared. A month of basic business how to, which includes accounting, budgeting, marketing and general business management would bode many well before they dive into IM.
There is a tendency when someone hits their goal, to see things through their personal journey glasses, so if it takes someone 5 years to hit 100K a year, that is what HE will say, teach, believe or have experienced.
If they took 8 years, they will tell YOU it takes 8 years.
How long does it take to get to 100k a year? As long as you THINK it does. It takes as long as it takes based on what you do and how you do it.
And that depends what you bring with you to the game. Matt Furey teaches the PSYCHO-CYBERNETICS self-image approach. Which basically says your self image acts as a governor on your behavior.
We tend to do what we believe we can.
I have long advocated an approach which begins with self analysis, and knowing what one wants, the goal in as much detail as possible along with a reason WHY one would want to achieve it. Old school (and tons of success from it) would be Earl Nightingale who said: "We tend to live up to our expectations."
So, if it takes you 10 years, I would ask why?
If it takes you two years, I would ask HOW?
There are no rules, no IM regulations, no Online cops giving tickets for jaywalking.
But getting there and STAYING there, are two very different things, which is also, governed by mindset, as opposed to blaming Google or Facebook for pulling the rug out from under you.
How long does it take? As long as you make it take.