It Takes Years To Become An Overnight Success

Building a business online can be a daunting task.  And when you have the opportunities of the internet before you it is easy to get lost and unfocused.  But the same advice is true whether you are building a bricks-and-mortar business or a virtual real estate empire. 

Online opportunities are so many and diverse that a huge range of unique skills are required, niche services needed and information sought.  And with more and more people coming online every day, the internet is a global market which should allow anyone willing to put in the effort to succeed.

And all this choice means you really shouldn’t waste your time and efforts following a business model which does not sit well with you. You have to find and follow a business model which allows you to play to your strengths.

It has been said that it takes about 10,000 hours working on your business (note that is hours working) until you can get a full time income online.  And that is a long time – years – depending on how much time you actually spend working (as opposed to just being online).  So it might be just too tempting whenever your project stalls, to become distracted by the latest trend and get dazzled by the profits others are reaping from a particular method or system.  

But if you are ever to succeed online, (as with anything in life), you must resist the temptation to “switch horses mid race”.  Every time you switch from one thing to another, you reset the “10,000 hours” clock back to zero.  You will never get through the basics and start to earn a regular income online.

And be careful whom you follow!  Never follow anyone just because they are successful – being successful at what they do does not mean that they would be successful at what you’re doing.  You wouldn’t ask a golf pro how to improve your backstroke would you?

So when setting out online, stick to what you know, play to your strengths, be careful whom you follow and focus.  Work diligently and you will get there.  Remember, it takes years of hard work to become successful.

Say No And Focus For Online Success

I got sent an email today about how a three-year-old earned a gazillion dollars online in 22 minutes.  Well I may have exaggerated the details a little but you get the idea? 

To be honest, I’ve been online now for about two years.  I haven’t earned enough to cover the costs of being online most months and I felt a teeny bit “well it’s easy for them”.

But So What?

I know what’s been stopping me from earning more.  In the beginning it was because I didn’t know where I wanted to go.  Then I didn’t know how to get there (still working on that one).  But recently, what’s been holding me back has been lack of focus.

Yesterday I monitored the emails sent to me.  It was pure madness.  Two major gurus have launched products recently (“Last 12 left”, “Don’t Miss Your Spot” “Once These Are Gone We Don’t Know If They’ll Be Coming Back”) and another is cranking up his launch countdown.

Email after email claiming life changing wealth and success from the same guys that claimed the same thing about another product a week ago. 

Now I’m not rubbishing their business models, because I understand this is how the gurus make money – by hiking demand desire to fever pitch and then supplying it.  But from a consumer’s point of view, this is close to insanity!

So today I want to give you some advice. 

  • Realize there will always be good products and services being offered that could help you be more successful online;
  • For every offer you see ask yourself
    • Is this in line with my business goals
    • ancillary to my business goals or
    • is in the complete opposite direction?
  • NEVER buy if you think “this is the one”

We’ve all made mistakes.  I even bought a well known much hyped product that was totally based on PPC ad campaigns.  nothing wrong with that except I decided right at the beginning of my online life that I was NEVER going to do PPC.  So why did I buy into this product?  Why indeed!  It was just another distraction. 

You don’t have to do everything.  Just do what you do PROPERLY.

Make some time to revisit your goals today.  And when these offers next hit your inbox, just say NO to everything that is not actually in-line with your business.  Spend your money ONLY on things that will help YOU move YOUR business forward.

You’ll notice a difference in your outgoings!  And with fewer costs, you stand a chance of making a profit sooner.

I guess that teenager in the email headline was just super-focused on achieving success in one area.  I was at that age.  And that’s possible when you don’t have responsibilities and have someone else to do the shopping, cook, clean and generally take care of you.  If you crash out and fail, your parents will still pay for everything. 

There’s NO point being envious of someone who is NOT in your shoes.  Just play the game with the cards you’ve got now.  I wouldn’t be without my kids, nor my dogs. OK, nor my DH. So I guess I’ll just have to ignore the constant barrage of offers in this crazy internet marketing world, and focus like that teenager every chance I personally get. 

Do the same.  You’ll get there in the end.