The First Sale is the Sweetest! (my experience share...)

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I was one of those people that worked as a web designer in a marketing department. I loved the people in marketing (always so upbeat), yet I was always designing their sales pages (which was cool), and I've flipped domains in the past but till I came to this warrior forum, I never launched my own product!

Since joining this forum I not only launched my first product online but the people that bought it love me for it.

The day I made my first sale (November 2010, within the first week of launching my product that too!!) was probably better than my first kiss! No really, even my first romantic relationship never left me that excited!

I realized that it made me happier that someone out there who I never met told me I made a huge difference in his business and gave me a testimonial for my product. The happiness I felt was worth more than the money... and the money wasn't a problem, because the product was valuable enough to get weekly income.

I was also lucky enough to be reading Harv Ekers Millionaire Mind (which btw, I got from the library) and then eventually bought my own copy because I wanted it by my desk while I work from home. Which brings me to my next point... I now work full time from home! **To save you time, my biggest take away from that book was to create value! If you create value, people will love you for it!

I am a social being ... but I somehow don't feel lonely at home because I finally started working on products I felt strongly about. It took work but then again my product is in a specific niche and I understood what I was getting into before I committed.

What I learned a month into this is to make time to work out (I gained like 10 pounds in one month from being glued to my screen lol), to leave my desk even if I am just going to take a walk but to LEAVE my desk for atleast a few hours in the evening and it helps me come back refreshed! I don't know how this works, but it just does!

Anyways, long story short... this forum is awesome!

I sometimes worry if I might burn out, ... will this excitement last?

If anyone else has experiences (not necessarily related to marketing) but more related to habits that keep the excitement going, I would love to hear it!
#experience #sale #share #success habits #sweetest
  • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
    Well first of all congratulations on your success!

    I can also relate somewhat to your story. I say somewhat because I'm not someone who's working from home yet. Actually, not even anywhere close to that...yet. I'm working on it.

    I do remember my very first sale. It actually happened just a few days ago!

    I've been trying to make money online for a year now, on and off. At first I'll admit, I wasn't really trying too hard. This was mostly due to the "comfort" that I actually have a 9-5 which is what REALLY pays the bills. I wasn't really taking this MMO, and IM "thing" all that seriously.

    A lot of that had to do with the fact that there's an incredible amount of stuff being sold to us all the time in this field. It's crazy. I found myself spending way much more money than I actually intended to when I first started reading about all of this. I fell in that vicious cycle of jumping from one thing to the next too soon without actually trying to become GREAT at one and focusing on that.

    I do love reading and I was recently given a very good book by my wonderful girlfriend (who is STILL supporting me to pursue this) and it has motivated me to focus on only 1 thing this year. (The book is "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" for those that are curious)

    Anyway, back to the topic, I decided on my strategy for this year and started applying it and it's been paying off. That first sale showed me that I CAN do it...I just have to replicate that over and over. Can only go upwards from here

    As to your other question, like I said I do work a regular job. My motivation at the moment is to be able to quit it while still earning the same or more working from home. My guess is, once I'm able to work full-time from home then my motivation will be knowing I don't want to go back to the "rat race" that was working for someone else. I've been working since I was 16 years old. I'm 26 now. Only 10 years have passed and I'm about sick of working for others when I know I could be doing something else more beneficial like working towards my own business.

    Some people seem to be fine with the regular cycle of "graduate high school > go to college > graduate from college > get a job > get promoted..." and so on.

    I've decided this is simply not for me. I cannot picture myself working for someone else anymore. It's sickening me. That is my drive and I'm sure that will be part of my drive/motivation to keep doing it.

    If you get too "bored" while working at the computer all day, think of why you're doing it. Like you said, go for a walk and come back to it. Also, who said you can't take the "random" day off to do something you enjoy? (as long as it's not detrimental to your business of course).
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    • Profile picture of the author ramona_livegood
      Originally Posted by DR's Fynest View Post

      Well first of all congratulations on your success!

      I can also relate somewhat to your story. I say somewhat because I'm not someone who's working from home yet. Actually, not even anywhere close to that...yet. I'm working on it.

      I do remember my very first sale. It actually happened just a few days ago!

      I've been trying to make money online for a year now, on and off. At first I'll admit, I wasn't really trying too hard. This was mostly due to the "comfort" that I actually have a 9-5 which is what REALLY pays the bills. I wasn't really taking this MMO, and IM "thing" all that seriously.

      A lot of that had to do with the fact that there's an incredible amount of stuff being sold to us all the time in this field. It's crazy. I found myself spending way much more money than I actually intended to when I first started reading about all of this. I fell in that vicious cycle of jumping from one thing to the next too soon without actually trying to become GREAT at one and focusing on that.

      I do love reading and I was recently given a very good book by my wonderful girlfriend (who is STILL supporting me to pursue this) and it has motivated me to focus on only 1 thing this year. (The book is "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" for those that are curious)

      Anyway, back to the topic, I decided on my strategy for this year and started applying it and it's been paying off. That first sale showed me that I CAN do it...I just have to replicate that over and over. Can only go upwards from here

      As to your other question, like I said I do work a regular job. My motivation at the moment is to be able to quit it while still earning the same or more working from home. My guess is, once I'm able to work full-time from home then my motivation will be knowing I don't want to go back to the "rat race" that was working for someone else. I've been working since I was 16 years old. I'm 26 now. Only 10 years have passed and I'm about sick of working for others when I know I could be doing something else more beneficial like working towards my own business.

      Some people seem to be fine with the regular cycle of "graduate high school > go to college > graduate from college > get a job > get promoted..." and so on.

      I've decided this is simply not for me. I cannot picture myself working for someone else anymore. It's sickening me. That is my drive and I'm sure that will be part of my drive/motivation to keep doing it.

      If you get too "bored" while working at the computer all day, think of why you're doing it. Like you said, go for a walk and come back to it. Also, who said you can't take the "random" day off to do something you enjoy? (as long as it's not detrimental to your business of course).

      You are on your way for sure! I was in the same boat about a few months ago! The hardest thing for me at that time was finding like-minded people. Once I did, the game totally changed! I watched Anthony Robbins videos on YouTube to keep my FOCUS! For someone like me that is generally excited about everything, choosing one thing to focus on and commit to was the thing that made the biggest difference. I now truly believe that almost anyone can pretty much almost create anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author kin_lau
    hi DR's Fynest, great post. I am in the same situration. I do have a day job, it's very comfortable, but I know I won't getting anyway if I stuck there. And no way to achieve financial freedom. The most important part for IM is personal development, being self discipline, doing what I intended to do and achieve what I have set out for myself.

    The sure way to get rich is providing value to others and trade for money. hope we all making a differnet to others' life by contributing our knowledge and support.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMoptimizer
    Congrats on your success so far and good luck on continuing that success in the future.

    We love complements, and when people give us good feedback about the stuff we do, it's usually better than making money. Artists love being complemented on their work and so on. You can consider yourself an artist in this case because people praise you for bringing something to the table.
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    • Profile picture of the author ramona_livegood
      Originally Posted by IMoptimizer View Post

      Congrats on your success so far and good luck on continuing that success in the future.

      We love complements, and when people give us good feedback about the stuff we do, it's usually better than making money. Artists love being complemented on their work and so on. You can consider yourself an artist in this case because people praise you for bringing something to the table.

      Yes! That is exactly how it felt! I totally went into it for money initially, but after people got happy with my product, I wanted to give them more and I did and I felt good for some reason! I have now know 2 people in Italy for example who my product had an impact on! Wow... never thought I could do that. Like it was a rush of some sort which is weird because I thought that profits was the goal ... the testimonial/thankyou-type customer emails that make you happy was unexpected in this whole process!
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulMark
    Superwebpreneur,

    I take your word for your design work. Would love to see some of it. But not only are you apparently a great designer, you've got some pretty good writing skills as well. Read the post. Loved it. Congratulations on your success.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author ramona_livegood
      Originally Posted by PaulMark View Post

      Superwebpreneur,

      I take your word for your design work. Would love to see some of it. But not only are you apparently a great designer, you've got some pretty good writing skills as well. Read the post. Loved it. Congratulations on your success.

      Mark
      Thank you Mark! I appreciate your kind words. (Current examples of my work is in my signature and on my main website) Working on something new, maybe I can share that with ya sometime, its not complete but when it is
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  • Profile picture of the author xdmannet
    Yeah I agree with you !! Lol when I see my account to 0 I'm bored but when I see it rising Im happy lol!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Newview
    It is so refreshing to know that you are not alone in this universe when trying to transition from a day job to working for yourself. I agree that when you are working at your "other" job, there are so many things that become apparent. As others have stated, if you stay there you will hit your max. sooner or later. People that are in their comfort zone at work do not usually strive for things outside the box, so being an independent thinker may seem a bit odd to most. This forum is a wonderful place to express hopes, dreams and knowledge. I am working towards making the transition to working at home and building a new dream and a new tomorrow. That will forever be my inspiration. One BIG thing to share here, especially in today's corporate culture. Start NOW on whatever avenue you want to pursue for yourself. There is no gold watch, or retirement, or even any thanks for a job well done when you work for others. DON'T become a statistic! Always be true - to your customers and to yourself!
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