But it inspired me to reel off on a thought track and I think some people could do with hearing this...
You don't succeed by being lucky.
You don't become a big name Internet Millionaire overnight.
It doesn't 'Just Happen'.
If you think of Frank Kern, Jay Abraham, John Carlton etc. as the pinnacle of Internet Marketers, don't forget they had to start where you did too.
No one is born with the ability to make six and seven figures. It takes work, it takes effort, it takes dedication, but more than anything it requires the belief in yourself that you are CAPABLE of success, at least enough to make you spend more time working at it.
I can't exemplify that any better than repeating this... Nobody is born a success. It isn't natural. It is artificial. It is Made. You need to learn how to make it, just like you learned to read and write.
Success is found by people who share the same common ground... they try, they **** up, they try some more, get it wrong worse, they try and they learn and they keep at it until finally... they succeed.
Making money is a science more than it is an art.
Science is formulaic... do the right things the right way and you will profit. But nobody is born with that knowledge. You gotta go find it, learn it, apply it.
Apply it, get it wrong, apply it differently and keep at it until you get it right.
It isn't luck... there's no 'You might not make it'. There is only 'You choose when to give up.'
You will always be forgiven for getting it wrong. You will always have the opportunity to get it right.
My advice to you, is to simply immerse yourself in the world of whatever venture you are choosing to pursue. Be it affiliate marketing, product creation, Pay Per Click, Cost Per Action, AdSense Sites... Immerse yourself in it.
Live it, eat it, breathe it... Become consumed by it.
It sounds extreme, and it is extreme. Just like being a part of the upper 5% of people who succeed with their own business is extreme.
You want to be extreme. Success isn't for the faint of heart.
For those destined for success... what you put together in the first place will not be perfect. Perfect is for those who study and refine and tinker until... well, until it's perfect.... and guess what?
It never gets implemented. Because it will never be perfect.
Don't doubt that you have something valuable to say, or give. There are no new ideas, just new takes on the ones that have lasted.
You don't need to start a revolution... you don't need to set the world on fire. Not to begin with.
First you need to learn enough to be poor at something. Now you need to get better. But you're still better now than those that never tried.
Then you learn to be competent. Now you can start earning.
From there you become better than most. Now you earn comfortably.
After that, you start getting good. Now you get earn a lot.
Once you're good, you can become excellent. Now you have more money than you'll ever need.
Once you're excellent... You can become a Master of Your Craft. You can make the rules. You can set the world on fire.
... You choose where to stop.
But it doesn't come overnight.
And it doesn't come easily.
There's a book called 'Outliers: The Story Of Success' written by Malcolm Gladwell, and it was actually published on my birthday... How do you think THAT makes me feel? ... I haven't read it.
In it though, you'll find the 10,000 hour rule, which states that mastery over any given subject can be achieved by practicing it for 10,000 hours.
That's 417 Days. Which is a little more than 1.14 Years...
By that working then... If you spent six hours a day studying and applying what you learn in your chosen field... you'll become a Master... A Frank Kern, A John Carlton, pick your poison... in 4.5 Years.
Take a few days off, it'll take longer. Work at it more than 6 hours a day, it'll find you sooner.
Regardless of where you are now, you have the ability to get better. As soon as you become competent (which doesn't take long, you're just one good book, course or conversation away...) you can start earning AS LONG AS you put it into PRACTICE.
There are no theoretical Masters. Just well read Amateurs.
Once you can see a process through from start to finish, and you can see how logically the money will come to you... you can trust that you're good enough to start earning and make money.
If you understand why a venture will make money, and there aren't any 'missing steps'... then you will profit. That's competence.
Have you ever seen this?
Apparently it came from South Park but it makes my point nicely...
Once you can define the '???' you have competence, you can go out and make money. Just TRUST that it will work. Suspend disbelief that you could be an Internet Profiteer for a moment and go ahead and take the necessary steps.
You'll always be forgiven for getting it wrong.
If you don't feel you're good enough now, and you've been at this for a reasonable amount of time... you almost certainly are good enough.
Trust in the 10,000 hour rule... SO few people get there, and if you can get to 2,000 hours, or even 1,000 hours... you'll know what others don't. People pay money for what they can't do and don't know.
Some of the science of success is intangible... The Law Of Attraction, The Law Of Reciprocity... these things are what bring you money, these are things you can't see or touch, but exist nonetheless.
These things are human nature... just because 2+2 seems to equal 5, enjoy it, trust it. What's the alternative? ... Not doing it? Where will that get you?
Most people don't even see 1,000 hours of work. Most people never realise their potential.
Make a promise to yourself that you'll go the distance. Know there's light at the end of the tunnel if you persevere.
If you managed to read this far, you've made a good start. This isn't a short post and you've persevered. Congratulations, you are capable of sticking to a single task for a certain length of time.
Don't even promise yourself 10,000 hours at first... Just try 10.
Of course with the Pareto Principle (The 80/20 rule) with the right information, your first 2,000 hours could well bring your six figures a year... that's the beauty of Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants.
... Just make sure the Giant is a Giant and not actually a big pile of ****.
I think these two videos help make my point:
Take it easy,