I can't find an introduction thread, but I'm not familiar with this place yet; so if there is one, my bad.
I've been studying IM since May now, I've not yet monetized anything and haven't tried to. My goal up to this point has been to absorb as much as possible before trying anything out. I have tested a few methods just to get a feel for what I would be comfortable with, and to see what works and what is hype.
So far, I have not been in a hurry, after the first few weeks I realized that probably 90% of people coming in to this business think that it's going to be easy money: Follow steps 1, 2, and 3 and get rich with no effort. Wouldn't that be nice? These aforementioned people probably curse IM like it's some kind of pipe dream or scam.
I finally decided to get rolling and try to see if I can pull in some money, I now have 3 websites, simple wordpress autoblogs that I bought after researching what I want. With these sites, I intend to learn, learn some more, and practice methods that drive in traffic. Right now they are just set up to rise in Google's search results, all whitehat SEO. It is a waiting game at this point.
So many things I have searched for have pointed to this forum, and now is finally the time to join in and participate.
As for my mindset, I'm not in a hurry; hastiness will only breed failure and failure will breed pessimism. I intend on staying optimistic throughout this learning process. If I keep it up, I will succeed and I will get what I want.