Have You Burned Your Ship?

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In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill told
the story about the burning ship:

"He was about to send his armies against a
powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his
own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed
to the enemy's country, unloaded soldiers
and equipment, then gave the order to burn
the ships that had carried them. Addressing
the men before the first battle, he said, "You
see the boats going up in smoke. That means
that we cannot leave these shores unless we
win! We now have no choice--we win--or we
perish!"

They won.

Have You Burned Your Ship?

Did you quit your job and dedicate yourself
100% to internet marketing leaving no room
for failure?

Or have you succeeded online while you still
kept your career going?

- Bill.
#burned #ship
  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Endres
    I've burned my ship but sometimes I see myself looking off into the horizon for another ship to come rescue me. If Internet Marketing were as easy as the sales-pitch gurus made it out to be, I would own this island!
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  • Profile picture of the author The Storm
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    • Profile picture of the author billMarket
      Originally Posted by The Storm View Post

      The ships have been burned! I quit my "real job" and I am 100% reliant on my success in the world of internet marketing.

      It takes doubt out the of equation, I know I will make it because I have to.
      Good to hear!

      I am sure you will reach all the success you desire.
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  • Profile picture of the author tk226
    Have You Burned Your Ship?

    Not yet.
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    • Profile picture of the author billMarket
      Originally Posted by tk226 View Post

      Have You Burned Your Ship?

      Not yet.
      Why not? Do you plan to?
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      • Profile picture of the author Freeman77
        I burned it today. For a little while I've been making more in IM than in my job, so I gave my notice today. I want to concentrate on IM full-time.

        It was difficult leaving -- my firm is over 100 years old, so if there's such a thing as a stable job, this is it.

        Moreover, my job is pretty cushy -- I get to listen to podcasts all day while I work, and it's low-pressure and everyone is nice.

        But it's boring, and I want to work from home. So...just another week and a half and I'm out for good!
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        • Profile picture of the author billMarket
          Originally Posted by Freeman77 View Post

          I burned it today. For a little while I've been making more in IM than in my job, so I gave my notice today. I want to concentrate on IM full-time.

          It was difficult leaving -- my firm is over 100 years old, so if there's such a thing as a stable job, this is it.

          Moreover, my job is pretty cushy -- I get to listen to podcasts all day while I work, and it's low-pressure and everyone is nice.

          But it's boring, and I want to work from home. So...just another week and a half and I'm out for good!
          Congrats! Keep us posted how it goes
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      • Profile picture of the author tk226
        Originally Posted by billMarket View Post

        Why not? Do you plan to?
        Working on the habit of Sharpen the saw.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrGUID
    Good stories here. I just wondered, have you guys found your IM income to be stable (aside from obvious month on month increases)? My software sales and adsense income do seem to be remarkably stable month on month, so I guess I will have the confidence to leave my day job when the time is right.
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  • Profile picture of the author stealth_warrior
    what if after the ship burnt but we're not win the 'war' ... do we lose/perish?

    anyway ... it's a good story, give 100% for what we supposed to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Phobos
      Originally Posted by stealth_warrior View Post

      what if after the ship burnt but we're not win the 'war' ... do we lose/perish?

      anyway ... it's a good story, give 100% for what we supposed to do.
      The purpose of "burning the ship" is to make failure difficult, to make people strive harder and give 110% for success and to make them realize that the only alternative to success is a miserable, miserable failure.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevecane
    Ship burned and cast off. I work so much better now I don't have the added stress of a day-job. Feel more dedicated and fulfilled too. Love the Hill book, it's a little dated now but stilll so very very relevant.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ilya Feynberg
    I never liked this "burning your ship" talk. It just seems like motivational speaker "I'm going to baby you along" talk. And yes I'm very familiar with Mr. Hill and his writing.

    It goes deeper than simply "burning your ship". I think Will Smith put it rather well: "There should be no reason for a plan B, it only serves to take focus off plan A."
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Bainbridge
    I burned my ship nearly 3 years ago when I was making less than $1000 a month - I'd say I was already really enthusiastic and motivated, but it definitely gave me more of a kick up the a$$ and had me working 80 hour weeks like a mad man trying to make it.. and it worked, well, I continued to make more and more money each month anyway.

    I probably wouldnt recommend doing what I did to be honest - at least not for anyone with a family to support etc, but when it gets to the point that you can do things consistently and make money, or you are making more and more and coming close to your FULL TIME job by working part time then imo it makes sense to burn it - as if you are making similar working part time, imagine what you could do if you didnt have to be in work for 40 hours a week..
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    • Profile picture of the author Freeman77
      Originally Posted by submp3s View Post

      I probably wouldnt recommend doing what I did to be honest - at least not for anyone with a family to support etc, but when it gets to the point that you can do things consistently and make money, or you are making more and more and coming close to your FULL TIME job by working part time then imo it makes sense to burn it - as if you are making similar working part time, imagine what you could do if you didnt have to be in work for 40 hours a week..
      I think this is a good route to go -- start part-time, and when you start to approach or surpass your full-time salary, make the jump. This is what I've done. The founder of Godaddy.com (Bob Parson's) recently talked how he started Godaddy in his garage while maintaining a full-time job.

      Edit: Apparently, Bob Parson's didn't start Godaddy while working full-time. He started another successful computer company while working full-time, and he later sold it and went on to establish Godaddy.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Bainbridge
        Originally Posted by Freeman77 View Post

        I think this is a good route to go -- start part-time, and when you start to approach or surpass your full-time salary, make the jump. This is what I've done. The founder of Godaddy.com recently talked how he started Godaddy in his garage while maintaining a full-time job.
        Theres defintely room to grow pretty big just working part time, but it certainly gets to the point where you have to make the move, if perhaps just to get a bit of free time back as once you start making a bit it can soon eat away more and more of your time
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  • Profile picture of the author Chucks Ihebuzor
    Good story!

    I would say that it's best to have financial stability. This way you don't make careless decisions and you don't stuff your subconscious with desperation.

    Ideally you want financial freedom and time freedom etc - but I feel it's best to operate from a position of stability.

    To your success,
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  • Profile picture of the author lindaingleson
    We rarely get out of the 'comfort zone' unless we are forced to by some event taking place, such as burning the boats. Once that happens, we can achieve so much more than we ever dreamed possible.

    Thanks, this is a good reminder.

    Linda
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  • Profile picture of the author Wechito
    Yes, I did.
    Sometimes you must take a risk in order to succeed.
    Only after becoming a fulltime internet marketer, I started to see the expected results.
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  • Profile picture of the author styla786
    Telling people to burn their ships might be fine for some people, but often that type of advice will simply lead to fear and therefore inaction in the less experienced.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I'll burn bridges here and there - but I keep my ship so I have no fear of drowning:p

      It would be nice to think that jumping into something with no "net" would guarantee you would succeed. Truth - you could just as easily fail. Some folks work well under the pressure of a need to achieve to survive - others flail around because they can't take the pressure. You have to know who YOU are.

      If you have established a base income with IM and leave your job - you aren't burning a ship but you are making a considered decision.

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  • Profile picture of the author eugenedm
    how about you keep the ship and still get the island?
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I swam in here because my ship was bombed. After working and supporting 2 for years (hadn't planned that one) my car broke down, my soon to be ex refused to help, so living in the middle of nowhere, I lost my job. At the age I was I knew if I didn't get savvy to the Internet I was cooked. So - with no car, no job, and losing a home to double rent increase, I booted the ex and started to build a raft. It's been a trip and a half.

    Of course - I make money offlline, too - the point is not to stay online...the point is to work by your own rules and always do what you love instead of being permanently tied to limiting jobs and bosses.

    One thing about "burning the boat" -- don't ever forget that if you are in a boat in the first place........you better know how to swim.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mian
    Don,t have any ship to burn, lol
    I am here coz i have to make bread and butter in this line.

    Regards !
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    I haven't burned my ship, I wanted to do that, I went in the office of my boss telling him I was quitting (at that time my decision wasn't IM related, it was family related, long story, plus I didn't need my income as my husband made enough to support us). He convinced me to take my maximum unpaid leave, which is 6 years, so I had six years to decide whether I'll go back or not. I just started my third year in April, and it's not looking like I'll be going back when my time is up Too bad for them, 'cause every time I see one of them (need to go in at least once a year for getting everything updated) they ask me when I'm finally getting back. Guess I worked a bit too hard there LOL

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  • Profile picture of the author jonrhodesuk
    I burned my bridges when I quit my job and moved abroad so I could afford to live on my internet earnings. I've had to build a raft out of my ships remains as I have returned back to the UK, but it pretty much worked out. Without quitting my job and moving abroad I would never have had sufficient time to input into my online businesses.

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  • Profile picture of the author divorceguy
    I'm building the ship now and hoping to set sail and arrive in the new world soon. When I have arrived in the new world, I will dismantle my ship and build a house, cause I'm damn sure not going back!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    Yep... even started taking legal action against my former employer. How's that for sending the ship up in flames? :p (Yes, I really did... it's a long story.)

    Now I'm much more successful, working full-time and putting myself through full-time school at the same time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Etak
      Absolutely! The most successful people in the world don't have a Plan B. There can be no other option but to succeed. This is when people really find out what they're made of!
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