Do you need to love IM to be a great IMer?

by Ltespd
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This is a question I've thought about from time to time. Example: With my former job I was good at it, succesful at it, and made good money doing it. But I certainly didn't love it...and I did it for 29 years.
I like Internet Marketing. But not like I love Pizza, dancing or collecting and selling comics. What I do love is the freedom IMing can provide. The lifestyle that can be achieved.
I wanted to get some other Warriors perspectives.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shack0812
    Well I would ask you something else: Do you need to be a great IMer to love IM ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Ltespd
      Originally Posted by Shack0812 View Post

      Well I would ask you something else: Do you need to be a great IMer to love IM ?
      I would have to say "no". For instance I love playing golf...but I'm definitely not great at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author nadia712
    I don't think you do need to love IM to be great at it. Being great at it does take considerable dedication, though, so if you don't love it you're going to have to replace the passion that would generally come from enjoyment with passion for your end goals (your "why"s).

    If you've got your "why"s lined out and they resonate strongly with you in a way that gives you the passion you need to act consistently enough to be great at IM, then you're going to do just fine - whether or not you love IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Holmstrom
    I think this doesn`t need love, but right attitude, lots of passion and HUNGER to success is all you need.
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    • Profile picture of the author RobbieT
      Originally Posted by MadFin View Post

      I think this doesn`t need love, but right attitude, lots of passion and HUNGER to success is all you need.
      I think that if you are marketing something that you are passionate about and you are helping other people solve their problems (which is what marketing is really all about) by giving them massive value and over delivering then you will feel good about yourself and you will come to love what you are doing.

      Take good care of those that you love.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jere Kuisma
    I don't think success needs any of the things mentioned above. You can learn and implement things that you hate, if you got a goal that you like. Pretty much all you need is motivation.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mo Sheikh
      You don't necessarily need to love IM to be good at it. I'm definitely not in love with IM, but like you said, I am in love with the lifestyle benefits it provides and knowing that it can help me accomplish my goals. Another great benefit is that you can continue to do only those aspects of IM that you enjoy, and outsource the less enjoyable tasks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ltespd
        Thanks for the replies. So with a good work ethic, consistency and goal setting I think just about anyone can become a very successful IMer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton Nadilo
    Hey Ltespeed,

    What really is the definition of IM anyway....

    How I look at it is that IM is a simply business model that faciliate you delivering a product or service that you love. I would say that most people dont love their cars but I am sure they appreciate/love that it gets them from A to B. I think the way you could view the IM industry is simply a delivery method to tell people (or sell them related products) about what you love - Pizza, dancing or collecting and selling comics. If you were doing this all day long (and able to make money from these niches - which you can) then the IM stuff becomes secondary...just my two cents worth. Hope my perspective gives you some inspiration.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Originally Posted by Ltespd View Post

    This is a question I've thought about from time to time. Example: With my former job I was good at it, succesful at it, and made good money doing it. But I certainly didn't love it...and I did it for 29 years.
    I like Internet Marketing. But not like I love Pizza, dancing or collecting and selling comics. What I do love is the freedom IMing can provide. The lifestyle that can be achieved.
    I wanted to get some other Warriors perspectives.
    Okay, I'm going to answer according to certain words you've used in the thread title: Do you need to love IM to be a great IMer?

    I'd answer this with a strong yes. Love implies passion. And great implies, well, greatness. When you love what you're doing it comes easy, it's not work. There isn't enough time in the day. You jump out of bed early to do your thing.

    Show me an artist or writer or musician who's great that doesn't love what they do. Same goes for business people, teachers, the clergy, you name it.

    "...or collecting and selling comics."

    There's your passion right there. If you ran with this you could acheive greatness and make a pile of money too. Here's to love, passion and greatness.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    You certainly don't need to *love* it per se, but think of it this way: don't you want to spend time ENJOYING what you are doing?

    Millions can be made, but like the old cliche, money isn't everything - it can't buy happiness. You could be the most successful IMer in the world and put Bill Gates (before he started his donations, blessings to him) to shame, but what's the point if you're not happy?

    Not to insinuate that it's drudgery for you or anything, but something to think about.

    On another note, what do YOU want to provide to this world? Internet Marketing's the method used to distribute your value, it's not the crux of it in and of itself. What is it you'll give to those around you in this business... if there is something that resonates with you at your core, you know it, you breathe it, live it day by day, and provide it... that is fulfillment.
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  • Profile picture of the author stranger11
    That's a good question. I like the idea of being my own boss and making my own schedule etc. but not sure if I like the day-to-day things like testing, writing articles, building links etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1luckyman
    The reason the advice is that you should do something which chimes with your passion is that you will get up early and stay up late to make progress.

    You don't have to love IM but the guys who do will make progress much faster and overcome setbacks more easily and keep going when you might quit.

    There's a lot to learn here and the landscape is changing all the time. If you are not progressing fast enough you'll always be two steps behind the curve.

    Having said that, if you're "why" is strong enough it can easily be enough -and part of your discipline will need to be to keep reminding yourself about your "why"

    Finally you haven't got to be good at all of it - that's what outsourcing, JV's masterminding and all the related services are about.

    You will still need enough knowledge to know what to buy and to be able to select and judge the bits you need.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author belleinc
    I think just like you stated, you were good at your job but didn't love it...you absolutely could be great at IM but not love it. Although I think once you truly become great at IM, and reap the financial benefits of it, and only have to focus on the few things you absolutely love to do, and outsource the rest, I believe you will LOVE IM and everything will be different for you! 8-)

    This is great stuff!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Ltespd
      Originally Posted by belleinc View Post

      Although I think once you truly become great at IM, and reap the financial benefits of it, and only have to focus on the few things you absolutely love to do, and outsource the rest, I believe you will LOVE IM
      Very good advice. Focus on the areas you love...and outsource the things you don't like as much.
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    IM is a pretty big world. Most people would fall in love with some aspect and niche in it.

    Some people are just intrigued by business and will find someway to capitalize on an opportunity.
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  • Profile picture of the author PattyK
    I feel that at first you have the belief and persistence that you will become successful in IM. Then you will either fall in love with your niche or eventually fall in love that you became successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Oliver
    For me, the success formula is very simple:

    Success = Being good at what you do + Being good at marketing what you do

    I have no idea how I could do either, overt a long period, if I didn't love them. Customers would soon expose me as a fake!
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  • Profile picture of the author koreancowboy
    I love it!

    I eat, sleep, and breathe it. Literally. The site that I'm working on now is a health and fitness site, but it's also kinda like my personal blog. If I didn't do all of the things that I said on there, over time, people will eventually figure out that I'm a fraud, and will stop visiting my site.

    Plus, I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror every night.

    So yeah, it's the one thing in this world that I feel like not only do I love it, but that I'm good at it too. Success (and wealth) are secondary to the feeling of accomplishment, and knowing that I am helping others take care of the most important thing in their lives...their own health!
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