13 Things I Wished I Knew When I First Started Out...

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Warning - May Offend Some Guru's by Snatching Away Their Online Ricebowls...

In my years in IM and entrepreneurship as a whole, a few things have really helped me along the way.

And no - I am not trying to sell you anything although I think this qualifies for a WSO on its own. LOL ;-)

Just wanted to share this you guys (especially new people looking to get started) and pay it forward.

I will be updating this list (either on my blog or here) from time to time - to make this even more clear (so do check it out). Some of it might even irk some guru's out - but I am just sharing this as to my opinion on what I would have liked someone to tell me when I am first starting out in the IM-world.

Feel free to add on to the list:



Know Yourself
- Know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Focus on your strengths and what you like to do. Know yourself and half the battle is won.

A few good resources for this:

StrengthsFinder 2.0
DISC Profile - Personal Strengths Profile | DISC self-assessment profile | Understand yourself | AnthonyRobbins.com
VIA Survey - https://www.viacharacter.org/surveys.aspx


Clarity
- Being clear on my goals, what I wanted, how I wanted to contribute to the world at large and just being able to chart my path.

Being clear about what you want to do and what you should be doing also eliminates obsessive WSO buying and spinning your wheels and reaching dead-ends.


Focus
- Next having laser focus on what I wanted to achieve. I found that writing it out and having a look at my goals on a daily basis helps. I also keep update my daily log that lists down what I should be doing the next day.
I write everything down - from the simple stuff like "Getting Up" "Drink H20" "Meditate" etc.

This also includes unsubscribing to mailing lists that do not serve you / your goals (eg. you might have considered Kindle but if your current focus is on Solo Ad's - unsubscribe to the Kindle Guru's - so that you stay on track and in focus).


Your Influences
- Surrounding myself with people who are also motivated to achieve what I want to achieve. As Jim Rohn says "You are the average of the 5 people you meet. Even if you can't find like-minded motivated people in your workplace (like myself) - I minimize my interactions with negative people and spend my time reading and interacting with positive people online.

Sure, that might sound anti social - but I really think your surrounding determines your success.
Always mix with people who are 2 or 3 steps ahead of where you want to be. This ensures that the bar is always raised.


Be Grateful
- Being grateful helps you stay grounded on your own reality - things aren't always as bad as we think they are.
By being grateful for what we have - we open up our ability to receive things in the future.


Understand That There Are Different Means To An End
- Different strategies work differently and have different time scales of success. Also understand that there is a ratio of Time vs Money (i.e. How much time is needed to make it work versus how much money you need to invest to get it started). This is different between different projects / strategies.

Eg. If you are starting out - offer a service: Understand that you will be spending more time (unless you leverage via outsourcing - not when you are starting out)

You need to identify and perhaps tweak a few things to ensure that they work optimally.


Get The Fundamentals Right
- Most of the information out there are just a spin to the fundamentals of business and marketing. Learn and understand the fundamentals:
* Testing
* Optimizing email funnels
* Upselling
* Cross-selling
* Basic sales copywriting (notice its sales copywriting that includes some basic human psychology on selling).
* Understanding your market - needs vs wants. Gaps in the market. Sell people on what people want.
* Knowing your numbers - minimum breakeven, conversion rates, etc.




Know What You Want & Be Clear On What You Are Willing To Give Up to Achieve The Goal
- Yes, there is work involved. You need to be clear on what you are willing to give up - that late night out with friends or another re-run of Friends is not going to bring you closer to your income goals. You can hang out with them and re-watch Friends (heck even the whole season) once you have achieved what you set out to achieve!

So stop reading that latest WSO you just bought - and get to work - else ask for a refund! Some WSO vendors and gurus might hate me for saying this - but please hear me out.
I honestly believe if a guide that is written isn't actionable - it is a waste of both your time and money - if there is money back guarantee - ask for a refund. You would be doing the vendor a favour as well to help him / her improve the product in the near future. Get out there and take action!



WSO's / Programs / Courses / Strategies Are Just Tools
- Yes, they are just tools as I find most of what works is a mix and match of different tools (or tricks of the trade) not necessarily a one size fits all solution. It takes experience, testing and failing forward to know what works before achieving success.


Have A Gameplan
- If you can't plan out what you want to do - you are doomed to failure (OK maybe not so grim...but you get the point. LOL).
Set tasks for yourself in - daily, weekly, monthly, 6 monthly, 1 year basis.

I find that working backwards helps. Don't have a gameplan? Find someone who is 2 steps ahead (not 10 steps ahead - although being bold might be good) - do some digging to what he / she did initially and model your path. Heck, just drop the person an email. Most often, people (who are worth modelling) are also great people at heart. Else, find a better role model. There's so many successful people out there.


Always Be Learning & Contributing
- You can never stop learning. Sometimes I even find that I discover new marketing ideas from my 8 year old niece! Always be hungry and ready to soak up new information and ideas that you can use in your own "utility belt" as an online marketer. Mix and match ideas, test them out, and do contribute and pay it forward (I do admit to be guilty of not doing this as often as I should...)

and finally the last 2...

Don't Ever Give Up
- Don't ever - ever - ever - ever give up. Sure, obstacles do come. But obstacles and challenges are meant to make us grow.
Be proactive, ask, research and find ways to solve them. Lots of marketers and entrepreneurs usually sell you the rosy "I got it right the first time - look at me - I am genius pitch" but honestly - it usually starts with taking the initial action and learning from it.


Take Massive Action
- Need I say more? :-)


All the Best!
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  • Profile picture of the author gwpmike
    This is really good information, thank you for sharing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jennn
      My favorites...

      Have A Game plan

      Always Be Learning & Contributing

      Don't Ever Give Up

      Take Massive Action

      Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author humboldt84
    Great Stuff! Taking action is the most important.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Ebook
    Good stuff, thanks. I especially like the DISC profile.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aurelijus
    I wish I knew there was a WF.
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    • Profile picture of the author sidneyng
      Originally Posted by Aurelijus View Post

      I wish I knew there was a WF.
      There's so many other resources out there! LOL! I think being too dependent on one source is not healthy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Kua
      Originally Posted by Aurelijus View Post

      I wish I knew there was a WF.

      I am right there with you, my friend.
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  • Profile picture of the author trusodesign
    I really liked this post, there should be effort and hard work to achieve success. Always remember that there is a God behind a success factor.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dean Henry
      This list is what every IMers need. It really resonates with me, especially numero uno. If we dont know who we are,... then nobody will!

      But "WSO's / Programs / Courses / Strategies Are Just Tools" cracks me up,.. because its true. Some lurk for years to find the magic button, push button, WSO pixie dust...(speaking from experience here :p)

      Excellent share sidneyng.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    great list .. and in the proper order .

    but i think if you have done everything else .. tape massive action can be changed to take the best action now to get you to your goal.

    the massive action is figuring out 1-12 ..after that the thing you chose to do either get you closer to your goal .. or do not get you closer .
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    i think the only thing to add would be..don't be patient but understand things take time to unfold. make sure you have a system that recognizes progress from where to started ..to where you are and how it compare to others who have achieved success .

    Honestly it is one of the few things you can learn and get a feel for if you play online games that require leveling up or getting gear to beat a certain boss ..how you play game and what you get out of it it huge for knowing yourself ..
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    • Profile picture of the author sidneyng
      True that. Delayed gratification.
      I wrote about this here:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/mind-war...well-life.html

      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      i think the only thing to add would be..don't be patient but understand things take time to unfold. make sure you have a system that recognizes progress from where to started ..to where you are and how it compare to others who have achieved success .

      Honestly it is one of the few things you can learn and get a feel for if you play online games that require leveling up or getting gear to beat a certain boss ..how you play game and what you get out of it it huge for knowing yourself ..
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  • I feel "Know Yourself" is the most important one.

    If you do not know what your strengths and weaknesses are, you will never be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesse White
    Thanks for the informative post!
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  • Profile picture of the author J Burgess
    Great little article, didn't know about the strength and weakness self assessment! Could be quite useful for me thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    Clearing the mind and focusing are things many people find it hard to achieve. Others are very pressured that they should be productive that's why their minds are all over the place. I've had serious problems with these way back. I'm glad I have gotten my way around it.
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    • Profile picture of the author sidneyng
      Yeah mate - I fell into that cycle before...the two things that are limited in our life is our time and energy.

      We have limited amounts of both - so its vital to spend time and effort in the right things to focus on..

      Originally Posted by natebunger View Post

      Clearing the mind and focusing are things many people find it hard to achieve. Others are very pressured that they should be productive that's why their minds are all over the place. I've had serious problems with these way back. I'm glad I have gotten my way around it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    Tried Strengths finder and found out some wonderful stuff about my strengths.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeadStartSEO
    Great list! Thanks for sharing. My biggest sticking points: clarity (of intent) and focus.

    Seemingly simple concepts, but tough to master.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Well done, OP!

    DISC is something I use and train my students on. Very useful in selling but also communication in general--with family and friends. If you've ever had that family member or friend who occasionally gets on your nerves, DISC could show you why.

    Influencers is also key. Who you are surrounded by goes a very long way to determining who you become. Are you in the middle of a bunch of whiny do-nothings? Guess what you are? Got action-takers around you? Bet you got a plan yourself and are carrying it out. This can be one of the quickest ways to change your results. It can be painful: you might have to move away from people you've known for a long time, or family, but you probably won't succeed without doing it.

    We tend to work by ourselves, so it's important to have some kind of peer group to be a part of. I mean like a skype accountability group, or even that one friend you get on the phone with once a week to talk about what you both accomplished.

    There is so much to learn in IM. You can learn the technical basics in a day of how to set up a website, but that really is the tip of the iceberg. Be honest about "knowing what you don't know", and bringing in expertise to help you fix those situations.

    Don't rush around looking for money. Don't jump from thing to thing. That is a mistake. Shiny Object Syndrome never paid off for anyone but the product creator. Only buy WSOs to fill a specific knowledge gap.

    Take Massive Action is interesting. I don't believe taking all kinds of action is a great idea. Taking FOCUSED action, and being persistent about it: now that's a recipe for success. Marlon Sanders put out a video some months back with the message "Almost Done Ain't Done! Half Done Ain't Done!" and it was great. FINISH what you start. I talk to people every day who have 3/4 of a project sitting there. Well that is going to make you exactly $0, for absolute certain. FOCUS and FINISH.

    Your plan need not be ultra-detailed: "I will make money by charging _____ money for _____ specific expertise to solve the problem of _____________ commonly experienced by __________ target market" is enough. (Most people never get this far.) Test, fail and adjust quickly.
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    • Profile picture of the author BluezAce
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Well done, OP!

      DISC is something I use and train my students on. Very useful in selling but also communication in general--with family and friends. If you've ever had that family member or friend who occasionally gets on your nerves, DISC could show you why.
      Same with Jason Kanigan here. Thank you for the StrengthsFinder's link. Immersing myself on its report right now...
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  • "Don't Ever Give Up" this was the best phrase that strikes to myself by not giving up and you must have patience to because before you can get through your goals there are many obstacles that you may encounter before you will become successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author SarahThomas
    Absolutely loved the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author xohaibx
    While this list of lessons may seem like too "general" to many here. It is advice that you shouldn't miss. Sometimes the best advice is simple and not too complicated.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerryX
    Thanks, great tips and insight
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  • Profile picture of the author workdfitness
    This is some great information. Thank you for sharing this. I am definitely going to take this to heart.
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  • Profile picture of the author sweethomeliving
    Great stuff in this post. You seem to indicate that the tools are secondary to the mindset. I whole heartedly agree!
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  • Profile picture of the author itswack
    healthy reading, thanks for the tip
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  • Profile picture of the author sophiadixon
    this is a very good piece of information. I wish I knew at least half of thiese things before I started my business - maybe I would have had more success.
    I will print this and keep it in my personal notebook so if I will ever want to start a business again I will have these pieces of advice close to me. Thank you a lot for taking your time and sharing it with us!
    Have a nice day!
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