Have you sometimes wondered why some people make money online, while others don't?
Or even why some people can pick themselves up and carry on if a business or idea doesn't work out and that they can do this time and time again until they succeed?
I've had various jobs over the years including security, cleaning, being a chef and having my own small one man cleaning business. I hated these jobs because of long hours, crap pay or both.
Going back to 1998, I tried the MLM thing, going from door to door with catalogues hoping that I could pick up good orders and then talking to people about the team building opportunities and how they could make decent money from doing the same thing as I was.
You may have been to these big ra-ra hyped up meetings yourself and seen the REALLY successful leaders up there on the stage, winning that BMW or Merecedes, maybe an all expenses paid trip, heard their stories and wanted to be up on stage telling the audience yours.
I remember I did and then I'd go back home all excited, ready to put out as many catalogues as I could. The trouble was as soon as it was raining and I had to go and pick up soaking wet mush, all that good intention disappeared and gradually the whole idea of making huge amounts of money with MLM seemed even more distant.
So I gave it up after a couple of years not really making that much money and then paid a whole lot of money to a 'guru' for a course about direct marketing after seeing little classified ads in the national newspapers. This was before the whole internet thing had started so we're talking about buying licenses and sending out physical products.
Although the information was good, there was no step by step instructions as to which order I was supposed to do things so I really didn't have much understanding about building a mailing list, or anything like that. But I made some good money from that which although was cool, still wasn't the thousands I had been told was possible.
Now by this time I could have given up. My then wife was giving me an earful for spending too much time on the business and not enough time with her or my two daughters, I wasn't making the money I was wanting to make and anything I was making, was going on more courses, so that LIFESTYLE still hadn't come around.
So pretty good reasons to give up maybe.
But I didn't – heck NO!
I still wanted that lifestyle and I was stubborn
Forward to 2008 and it was still the same story but by now I was dabbling with ebay and I was seeing all these people that were making huge amounts of money from that and wondering why they were and I wasn't but I STILL refused to throw in the towel and quit – I just didn't want to!
It was then that I came across Alex Jeffreys who became my mentor after I joined his very first coaching program.
I thought I knew a lot about the internet and marketing. After all I had done some selling on there and made money. Boy was I wrong! Alex's program opened up even more and I basically started from scratch.
Now humans are pretty lazy by nature. We want things but without working or at least without working too hard -right?
And I hold my hand up to this. I got complacent and started to lose focus even although I had built a good sized list. I gradually stopped the emails offering quality information, tips etc and started to just send promotional emails for new launches and products. So of course my list started unsubscribing and I lost the income because I wasn't helping them.
Again, I could have given up, but I didn't want to. I still wanted to do well. Forward to 2010 and now social media is really starting to take off with blogging, facebook, twitter etc.
Local business marketing was becoming a topic i.e helping local brick and mortar businesses in the town or area go online and bring more traffic to their offline premises through social media marketing and Google Places. Business owners were hearing about the power of social media but either weren't sure about it or had no time to do it themselves.
So basically I was able to use the knowledge I had gained from Alex's course and what I had learned since to offer consulting to local busineses. Totally different to what I had initially started out to do BUT the point of all this is that if I had given up at any time along this journey, I'd probably be stuck in a dead end job or on the dole.
So you gotta start doing something to see results, meaning you'll have to make a change to see a change.
Getting the right mindset and focus is so important to succeeding and if you don't have that then NOW is the time to start changing. I'm still not where I want to be, BUT I am still continuing forward and this is why I scrapped my old blog and have started this one. I also want to get back to helping newbies make money online by using my experience and knowledge.
So after this brief story,finally below is the 2nd video in this series. I really hope that this brief post has helped you and if you have a similar story, comment to make or have a question, then please leave it below.