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I feel this type of encouragement is necessary, especially when dealing with money.

Most of you (us) are here to learn how to make an income online, a good income at that.

Well let me tell you that I started in 2010 and my first year was fairly good. But my second year was awesome.

Everything I'm doing online made over $70,000 in 2011, which is huge because that's more money than my mom makes in almost 4 years.

With that money I've been able to help her with rent, help my friends with money, buy the things that I wanted, and put money towards my future.

But, I will say that money also has a downside. Near the end of 2011, I began to feel like I was more important than other people, like I was some kind of super hero.

Since then I've learned that money does have an evil side to it if you let it effect you that way, but I'm also learning that as people, we change drastically when we are put into these situations.

Some people become greedy and mean.

Luckily, I didn't go down that path. I want to help those around me so that they can have someone to rely on and believe in. I never want to let someone feel like I'm better than them again. And that's a difficult thing to do especially when people say things to me relating to my career online.

I'm over here worried about not wanting to pay for a truck/car in full because I hate paying payments, while there are people that are looking at me like I'm crazy because I have that opportunity.

So, point of this entire post is to tell you not to let the money get ahead of your dreams. There are many great things about money, but there are also a ton of downsides to having money, so don't lose yourself. I'm picking up those pieces now and it hurts.
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  • Profile picture of the author TamilYoung
    First of all congratulations on your great success. And I appreciate your guts to share this great insight. And you have a great mindset on helping people and this is only going to attract more success. True inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Profile picture of the author Cloak
      Congratulations on your success in 2011, Justin. And may continue to prosper into the future. Very good wisdom about not letting money get to your head. That happened to me in 2005 and 2006 when I made a lot of money. I didn't feel like I was better than others, but I didn't spend the money wisely. I was eating out at restaurants multiple times a week. I rarely eat out at restaurants now; it's just too expensive. Things can change awefully quick. So the lesson I learned from that is to make sure you have other sources of income. Those were my early days of being an affiliate. I'm now back into IM, and I consider myself a noob again.

      Mind if I ask what you did? Clickbank, Amazon, what? What did you do? And any WSOs/mentors you'd recommend that helped you get where you are? It's overwhelming for me visiting the WSO section. Too much to choose from.
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  • Profile picture of the author jcruz
    Congrats on your success, and how did you go about actually making that money. And you shouldn't feel bad because you have better problems than others. Just take what you learned and help others.
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  • Profile picture of the author bmokranus
    congratulations, you're doing a great job justin, scale up your work and you will double you earning this year, viva 2012
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffreyperkins21
    congrats!!!! you did great...
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    • Profile picture of the author Racquel_McFarlane07
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      Thanks for sharing not only your successes but also shortcomings. This will help others to learn from your mistakes which is very brave of you.

      Keep up the great work and remeber its not what you make but what you leave behind that matters
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  • Profile picture of the author mervyngoh
    Awesome, thanks for sharing.

    Great to hear from you and really motivated by it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Exel
    But, I will say that money also has a downside. Near the end of 2011, I began to feel like I was more important than other people, like I was some kind of super hero.

    Since then I've learned that money does have an evil side to it if you let it effect you that way, but I'm also learning that as people, we change drastically when we are put into these situations.

    Some people become greedy and mean.

    Luckily, I didn't go down that path. I want to help those around me so that they can have someone to rely on and believe in. I never want to let someone feel like I'm better than them again. And that's a difficult thing to do especially when people say things to me relating to my career online.
    I agree completely.

    One of the hardest things in life is to stay true to ourselves and not compromise our values.

    Gratz on your achievement and keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shatish Rao
    Congrats Justin!

    I'm sure you have put in a lot effort to get where you are now and still manage to keep yourself grounded to help those around you.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Spencer Jones
    Really nice post Justin. You are very true...

    I am happy that you were able to realize the truths so early. And that's one critical thing about being successful, it can turn you in to a prideful person which can cause all sorts of trouble in your life.

    Here are some truths from the Bible that clearly portrays the condition you mentioned -

    People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. - 1 Timothy 6:9-10


    It's not money in itself that's the root of all evil, but the "LOVE OF MONEY". As long as you have the right attitude towards money, you are safe. The best way to have the right attitude towards money is to understand that the best use of money is not in indulging in your lusts by spending it on everything you want to have, but to use your money to impact lives...

    Dr.Spencer Jones
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    • Profile picture of the author Cloak
      Originally Posted by Spencer Jones View Post

      It's not money in itself that's the root of all evil, but the "LOVE OF MONEY".
      I think it's the "lack of money" that is at the root of all evil.
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      • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
        Originally Posted by Cloak View Post

        I think it's the "lack of money" that is at the root of all evil.
        Either way, the evil is there. The hardest part is being content.

        I feel once I get to a certain point I'll be content with my lifestyle and just stick with it, but I've seen so many people get into it and just want more more more. That's when the pieces start to fall apart.

        I wasn't falling apart because of wanting more money. I was falling apart because I let the money get ahead of the things I truly valued in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Congrats Justin!

    Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

    But, I will say that money also has a downside. Near the end of 2011, I began to feel like I was more important than other people, like I was some kind of super hero.
    Don't you mean Super Villain? :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by rmolina88 View Post

      Congrats Justin!



      Don't you mean Super Villain? :p
      Haha, well sorta. I didn't do anything crazy bad, I was still helping people, donating to charities, and overall was trying to be a nice person, but I let it get to my head.
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    Kudos to you and blessings. Way to honor your Mom by helping out with the bills. You are something else! A rare gem, indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bond Girl
    Justin, Way to go!! Congrats on your Success, but even more kudos go to you for first recognizing where you needed to pick up some pieces and secondly for trying to help others to avoid the same pitfalls. Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author AlisonTaylor
    70K and you were already rolling around feeling yourself ? what happens when you crack a million ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shawn Wilson
    Justin, first off, congrats on your success!

    Always good to hear of others taking action and actually making a living online. Just stay grounded and stay on course. Help others and realize you are blessed from your efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Joseph
    I don't even know you and I'm super proud of you.... I discovered this whole internet marketing world at the age of 22 and here you are at 22 killing it. That is definitely something to be proud of mate.

    Sometimes we get a bit upset when we get what we want from life.... and it's good that you identified that. J
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesCx
      Originally Posted by Gary Joseph View Post

      I discovered this whole internet marketing world at the age of 22 and here you are at 22 killing it. That is definitely something to be proud of mate.
      Same here, couldn't agree more! That's a huge achievement at 22, keep it up Justin.
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    • Profile picture of the author gnuga2007
      Not so many people succeed in their second year..congrats man!
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    Congratulations on your success!! Keep up the good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    Now my goal is to succeed even further in year 3 So far it's going pretty good, but I plan to ramp things up in July.
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    Congratulations Justin! Good job...Keep it up!
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    congrats.... nice share for this..
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  • Profile picture of the author luane
    Wow- Justin! Awesome year for you! And the fact that you care to help your Mother with her bills and your friends shows your heart is in the right place.

    Secondly, the fact that you are concerned about your attitude towards money is pure wisdom! As long as you remember money is a TOOL and not an end, you will always be able to enjoy your monetary rewards because it is who you ARE, not what you HAVE that matters now and at your last breath!

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring post with us!

    Kristie from Georgia
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    • Profile picture of the author stratocaster
      Really great achievement from online business congratulations!
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  • Profile picture of the author moodykitty
    Wow! You are a very wise young man.

    God bless you

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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    Things are getting better and better each day

    I just bought a new car, I'm moving in July to a luxury apartment, working on getting furniture and building a future by saving.

    I even have someone calculating my expenses and earnings so that I can budget myself more clearly. This year I'm going to make more money, but the better part of that is by the end of the year, I'm going to have money saved up.

    Get ready 2012. I'm a little late, but it's okay, I'm about to share my wealth of knowledge and interests with the world
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    • Profile picture of the author loungebiz
      Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

      Things are getting better and better each day

      I just bought a new car, I'm moving in July to a luxury apartment, working on getting furniture and building a future by saving.

      I even have someone calculating my expenses and earnings so that I can budget myself more clearly. This year I'm going to make more money, but the better part of that is by the end of the year, I'm going to have money saved up.

      Get ready 2012. I'm a little late, but it's okay, I'm about to share my wealth of knowledge and interests with the world
      Congrats on your continues achievement. Since i still a newbie, your stories is what inspire me in keep on trying until i achieve my online profits.
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      • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
        Originally Posted by loungebiz View Post

        Congrats on your continues achievement. Since i still a newbie, your stories is what inspire me in keep on trying until i achieve my online profits.
        Remember to also let your own visions and dreams be your inspiration. You, like each and every one of us, have what it takes to succeed in this and any other industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author JD Ways
    Congratz on your success Justin! my take on money is that it's neither good, nor evil or has a good side and a dark side..money is neutral. Money is just a tool the reveals ourselves..in other words, the more money one has, the more of one's self is revealed...what I mean is that if your loving, when you have more money, you'll just demonstrate more love...if your not compassionate, when you have money, you'll just demonstrate more uncompassion! My comments are in general. So if you look at it that way, money will always be a good thing to have because it shows us our true selves..what we need to expand in ourselves and what we need to diminish in ourselves. GREAT POST!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Nick
    thanks for sharing, and congratulations.
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    I appreciate that man
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  • Profile picture of the author TMercT
    "With great power comes great responsibility"

    -Spiderman
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by TMercT View Post

      "With great power comes great responsibility"

      -Spiderman
      Wonderful quote and it fits this thread perfectly.

      It's very true.

      Never let the power get ahead of yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author OmarK
      Originally Posted by TMercT View Post

      "With great power comes great responsibility"

      -Spiderman
      Don't mean to sound crude but I think it was his uncle Ben

      Anywho, thank you Justin for posting this. I'm always glad to see people post some real motivating stuff in this forum, especially when I'm on my verges of quitting. And you are absolutely right, that's why I'm planning to use all (sort of) the money I earn on university. Don't want to give myself a chance on abusing it in the wrong ways
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  • Profile picture of the author DueDiligenceDiva
    Justin,
    Thanks for the transparency and sharing. Not always easy to be "real", as so many only want to focus on the bragging rights...

    At 22, you're already showing some great wisdom.

    At "slightly older than 22" myself (let's just say I have 26 and 23 year old sons...) my advice is to locate successful mentors who you admire and study their trail. Ask for their guidance and input and help in holding you accountable. That will help you not only avoid the "big head" and accompanying headaches, but expand your influence exponentially, so that your success can become a catalyst for others.

    Best of luck to you!!
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    I agree, money has two sides.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    @Racquel,

    I absolutely agree especially on your last comment.

    I want to leave behind a story of a man who had nothing and created something out of it. I want to be a good father, a good husband, a good teacher, and a good student all at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorjeterboy
    New car? moving to a luxury apartment? What the?

    Well done Justin. not all can do what you achieved right now. Reading some self improvement books I believe will help you a lot. Congrats.
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      Hi Justin,

      thanks for sharing. I'm inspired. I have just joined WF and hope to learn from all the like-minded gurus here.

      Jon
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      • Profile picture of the author JoeUK
        With that money I've been able to help her with rent, help my friends with money, buy the things that I wanted, and put money towards my future.
        Amazing, I like your style and in just two years - very well done!

        As a petrol/gear head may I be nosey ask what car you got yourself? :p
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    Congratulations on your success!
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    Nice one .
    Thnks for Sharing.
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  • Nicely done Justin. It's very important to know how to stay grounded these days....
    Thanks!
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    Congrats - Recognizing the issue is the first step towards fixing it. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    I love all of the support I get from other Warriors it's definitely encouraging and keeps me pushing fOr even more success.
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