This is my first post in a very long time...over a year or more. A lot has happened in that time.
When I was active in the forum, I was starting up a website called nicheslayer.com (no use visiting it, as it's been hacked) where I interviewed product launchers (they weren't all gurus, but all very nice folks).
I wasn't a full-time internet marketer at that time--by a long shot. Just trying to get my foot in the door. I wasn't comfortable trying to launch some product into the market. Who was I, after all? I hadn't succeeded online, therefore, I thought it bogus to rehash some "get rich quick" product and cross my fingers. I was comfortable doing the interviews, but it was difficult to find more and more new marketers to interview. I gave up.
I didn't visit my site for months. Recently, I found the damn thing had been hacked, but I've continued to pay my $10/month to Hostgator, knowing I would do something again some day.
Has the recession been tough on you? It's been rough as hell on me and mine. To this point I've avoided bankruptcy, but it's still really scary. Making all ends meet is a challenge. My full-time job is sales related; with a strong dose of marketing...so I keep thinking I have the skill set to create my own future through internet marketing.
The skills I don't have... I spend too much time focusing on the skills I don't possess. I don't know how to make Wordpress do what I want it to do; I don't how how to put up a landing page; I have no idea how to create an appealing header graphic...the list goes on. Do you suffer from similar limiting thoughts? I'm plagued by them.
I just got home from a quick business trip (making money for someone else, really), and my little girls were sound asleep. I looked at them and thought, "Can't I do it? Can't I do something better, greater? For them?" It breaks my heart, they're so innocent and don't understand the stresses of a parent (thankfully).
WF is a truly amazing place, filled with supporting members. I need support and encouragement. I have fallen prey to too many WSO promising quick money (God knows I could use some...couldn't you), and I don't have the heart to ask for my money back, even though I probably should.
My skills are these:
1) I can write well. I have an English degree from the University of Texas. Aside from my work in sales, I have publishing, copywriting, and project management experience.
2) I can sell fire to the Devil. I've worked in several sales jobs over the years. I have built a multi-million dollar book of business at a major finance services firm; dominated the mortgage industry; and currently sell creative and strategic services to non-profits. Selling comes naturally to me. The economy and perhaps job sector is currently a big challenge, as budgets have shrunk.
3) I'm a strategic thinker. Some of my greatest successes have come from analyzing needs/pains and creating/implementing strategic solutions.
I want financial freedom. I want to bring value to the market. I want my children and wife to be proud of the work I do.
I'd love to hear from anyone else that shares any of the thoughts/concerns I've mentioned above. Sorry this was so long...it wasn't meant to be.