Wanted to share a few thoughts and look forward to your feedback!
I've had the opportunity to FAIL a LOT over the last 2 decades. I've wasted time, money and energy experimenting with all kinds of things. This isn't just with IM related things...you name it, I've probably given it a go....
However, I've also been blessed to SUCCEED.
The key...I've always been a student. Not only a student of new opportunities but a student of my own failures. I never give up. I'm always studying, refining and taking action.
You've heard it before and I firmly believe it to be a true statement.
You will more than likely fail (to some degree..and that's a matter of perspective) before you have massive success. The difference between those who stay in a rut of failure and those who climb out and forge ahead is a combination of a couple of things.1) Your Mindset and CommitmentBack when I was 18, I started reading every Entrepreneurial publication I could...this eventually led to my first real estate purchase which was a small trailer park this led to my next purchase 982 acres of timberland, which then led to my next 500 acres, housing developments ....on and on....
2) Being a student first
3) Understanding that FAILURE is not an option
4) Shear Desire
I did 90% of it with little to no money down and it was thanks to Carlton Sheets real estate course.
Here's the deal there... I invested in something (the course), I focused on it and I TOOK ACTION...IT WAS HARD, it was time consuming, IT TOOK TIME but it paid off
Through those years I never stopped honing my marketing skills, sales skills, mindset, personal growth...I was reading books like nothing else (you know ...the real ones you buy at a store...lol... Amazon was just getting started back then)
One book in particular, The Great Trilogy by Og Mandido really struck a cord with me and I came across a quote that I engrained in my head at the age of 18
"Failure will never overcome you as long as your determination to succeed is strong enough"
No joke, It's like that term is branded into the inner core of my brain.
When the internet started to grow, I became a student of everything online....
Back in 2000, 2001, 2002, I thought I had enough knowledge to give it a go and dove straight in ...starting with PPC. I read some stuff online, bought a few garbage e-books and I thought I was now the KING!!
BIG MISTAKE....there went an easy $4k straight from my pocket to Google....and a big LEARNING experience for me....
Failure #1 in my online quest.
So I forged ahead...continuing with my real estate business and even though I had a nasty taste in my mouth about online marketing, I knew it was my own fault. I became a student of my own failure....
Bottom line....I THOUGHT I knew what I needed to do, I got blinded by "Easy Money" online, I thought.... This stuff is "Easy"... spend a few grand and blow it up into tens of thousands.
AS with any form of "Business Development" it takes time...whether that time is "Learning", "Building Sites", "Setting Up Campaigns", "SEO"....bottom line...nothing is Quick, Nothing is easy...if you're just getting started.
So I re-evaluated...I continued to study, I continued to learn....everything from how to set up a website, to effectively marketing online.
For the moment, I put "Making Money Online" on hold and focused on how to utilize Marketing Online to make more money with my real estate business. I learned how to put together free blogs at Blogger, how to write basic html, SEO, optins, email marketing...etc.
I "Stayed Focused" on my primary business and dabbled with the whole "Internet Marketing" gig on the side...like many of us do getting started.
>>>>Persist Until You Succeed!!!
In fact, I studied for 7 years and didn't really go full force online until early 2007.
As time goes on, you refine how you search for information, you start to develop a keen sense as to what is "Good Information" and what is "Bad Information"
Having a very bad taste in my mouth from the $4K I threw away in 24 hours (Literally) I decided to "Grind" it out getting started. You know...roll up my sleeves, get down and dirty....WORK FOR IT.
I had taken everything I had learned and started my first niche site, started applying SEO techniques I learned as well as applying some real world business sense...lol
I approached my online endeavor from "Growing a business" perspective vs a "Make Money" online perspective.....fast forward 7 years and I'm proud to say that I'm making Awesome money online and have scaled back my real estate investments so that I can spend more time with my family
The internet life truly does provide the freedom we're all looking for but it takes time, commitment, willingness to learn, fail and "Grind" it out until you find that one thing that works.
It's EXTREMELY EASY to get sucked into the Online Vortex of shiny objects, Overnight Rags to Riches success stories & Information overload.
The key thing to remember is this.
EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE who is successful in any business ....has started from nothing (unless they were born into money), they have inevitably failed to some degree, they've "spent /lost money" but "Grinded" it out.
They have Commitment, shear desire and are students of their own failures....determined to never give up.
Now let's look at that terms "Failure" and "Wasted Money" for a quick moment...
This ties into the "Mindset" that successful entrepreneurs have. I can really only speak about myself....but I don't view things that didn't go as expected as "Failures" I view them as an "Educational Experience"
I also don't view money I've spent as "Wasted". I view it as an investment into myself. And when I've "Lost" money, I chalk it up as an even more valuable "Educational Experience". You have to spend money to make money the difference is being wise with your expenditures.
Spending 4k on PPC wasn't very wise but that's the cash I had set aside to give it go.
Looking back, I consider it as an overall investment into my online business growth. That $4k was actually the catalyst that made me more determined than ever to become successful online.
The whole moral of this story is....if you're new remember that...Rome wasn't built in a day.... YOU CAN DO ITFor those of us that gave this IM thing a whirl stuck with it and became successful....keep on keepin on ...and "Stack The Value" for others because we all started at the same place...relying on quality information to help us grow online....
Focus. Pick one thing and stick with it.
Be a Doer, grind through it and you can define your financial future.
And Most importantly.... it doesn't happen overnight.
We are all in charge of our own destiny.
To your success