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Internet Marketing and Business Success: A Mental Game

There is a major problem in the Internet Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Business Training arena.

In fact, I feel the problem is so endemic and pervasive that it singlehandedly is responsible for causing the failure of many new ventures.

It also separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls.

I’m not sure why trainers don’t go through this.

Is it oversight? Or a presumption that successful people will have this quantity?

There is a lot of emphasis on the hands-on skills, and the strategy and the planning.

But there is an abject failure in addressing the mental game.

Sports psychologists have been chiefly responsible for the teams like ACS (Independent)’s rugby team prevailing against larger, more powerful Australian opponents (I’m an ACS alumni). Andre Agassi’s successful comeback is in part due to Anthony Robbins’ coaching.

They say too that athletes have an edge in business endeavors.

Although I’m not an athlete (at least not one for an extended period of time!), I have a fix on what they mean.

Any idiot can be optimistic in a positive business environment (especially at the start).

However the true test of your business acumen and mettle is what happens when the chips are down.
What happens when your funds start to tick down.

Do you have a Fight response?
Or Freeze?

It’s interesting how little we’ve progressed from our Neanderthal roots.
Almost all successful entrepreneurs are “Alpha Males”, type-A personality, fighters.
Especially when the odds are against you is the best time to fight.
You can encounter massive resistance, your chance of success might be one in a thousand, one in a million, but you still go on.

If you have the ‘need to succeed‘, success will eventually come.
Just hang in there.

Here’s where atheletes come in.
Have you ever been in intensive sports training?
After running fifty laps around the track, you come panting to the finish line.
The coach comes to you and says, ‘Man, that was below your best. Give me another 50!’

At that moment, you already feel a magnetic attraction to the locker room. You are probably staring at the coach, goggle-eyed (at least on the first occasion), but you realize the showers aren’t coming until you finish the task at hand.

So with thighs throbbing and swollen with lactic acid, you pound the track and your mind is pushing itself to the wall. Your lungs might feel like bursting, your arms feel numb, you’ve got sweat flowing down your forehead, mucus streaming out of your nose.

What do you do?

You run the first 5 laps.
Your mind counts each step. Each step made. Each step completed. Anticipating the next step. And the next. And the next.
You finish one lap.
You start on the second.
Your legs are wobbly, but you finish it.
You start on the third.
Your vision gets blurry for a moment, but you shake it off as you finish the third.
The fourth and fifth seem a little easier.
You never thought you’d made it, but you did.
It’s probably the first 5 laps you’ll ever do.

You run the next 5 laps, thinking to yourself, gee that wasn’t so bad.

And the next 10 laps feel like cake.
Soon you finish the 50 laps and think to yourself, gee, I CAN do it.

Pow! a mental barrier broken.

When they come into the business world, the barriers you encounter are cake, compared to the 50 laps.
You know that the first 5 are always the toughest.
Breaking through those means the rest although not quite ‘cake’ will be substantially easier.

And meanwhile your peers are wondering how come you’re a superman or superwoman.
Let them wonder.

Success is a mind game.

Massive Internet Marketing income and mindshare

The last 24 hours was an eye-opening experience for me.


I was surfing the Domain Social forum and wow, the scale at which some of these guys are doing domain parking and auctions, and going for big name advertising programs like IntelliText (min 500,000 impressions per month) really blows the mind.

In Asia, we have maybe 15,000 impressions and we’re pretty darn impressed already.

We see someone who’s got $20,000 in affiliate income and we think, wow…. won’t I like to be one of these guys?

Meanwhile, some of our US counterparts who are pulling in $50,000 might be considered average, while $200,000 might be above average.

It’s all a matter of your basis of comparison.

Do we aspire to the a big fish in the Southeast Asian pond, or a small fish in the big global pond with aspirations to eventually become one of the big fish.

Having a hope is the first step.

But then I’ve always believed that hope is for the hopeless.

We need something more than hope, we need an Internet Marketing eco-system to help build the community.

And at the same time, we can’t just rely on talent within our own borders like Jo Han Mok and Ewen Chia, Stuart Tan, Ryan Chua, Rachit Dayal and myself (heh…). We need to do tie-ups and alliances with our colleagues across the border like Jag Senghera, Gobala Krishnan (although he slags us for having no free wireless Internet. Akan datang ok!), Kidino and Zamri Nanyan.

Unless we are able to do more JVs and soon, it’s going to be tougher to break into the market.

Maybe it’s a matter of sharing our resources, after all the pie is big enough for all.

New Mozilla Firefox out

Mozilla just announced to their lists that Firefox is out.

Can download from Mozilla.org.

Here’s the orig announcement:

As part of Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download from http://www.getfirefox.com. We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to this latest release. This update is available immediately in 39 languages including German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, and more.

Saving Pirate Ryan

Ok, my buddy Ryan is neither a pirate, nor a private.

But he is looking for some help in scoring the top spot in the Ambatchdotcom SEOcontest.

Check out his mail and help him out if you’re able to.

I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

From RyanChua.com
A single “href” Link equals to 4000USD for Charity. Will you help?

Dear all,

Just in case this is the first time you’ve been to this blog.

I’m Ryan and im taking part in an international SEO (Search Engine Optimization) contest.
This is a crazy game that everyone’s playing, and ill go through a different route. There’s no determining whether i’ll win this competition, but here is the thing. I’ll donate all of the prize money of USD 4,000 to the BCF (Breast Cancer Foundation) of Singapore should this blog be the winner of the World SEO Championship for the keyword “ambatchdotcom seocontest“.

That means, if people type in “ambatchdotcom seocontest” (without the quotes) in Google.com, and my site is first on the result list, the prize money will all go to charity.
There is no catch to it. If i get listed first on Google for this keyword, ill get the organisers (Ambatch.com) to donate all the money directly to the charity. I’m the administrator / owner of the Singapore BMW community website of over 5,000 members. My name is here for you to see, i’m not a scam artist, and i am a real person.

However, i believe that the prize money can go to a cause which needs it more than i do, rather then people spamming the hell out of search engines, blog sites, websites etc. And i believe with conviction i can change all that, and you can too.
If you wish to impact a positive change in society, take part in a great cause, as well as take part in one of the biggest contests in technology history.

You can make the difference by:

  1. 1. Linking to this blog with the keyword “ambatchdotcom seocontest” from your website, blog, bookmarking site etc. . There’s no catch to it. Just one link from your website to make the ALL the difference. You can remove that link after October 2006. An example of a link is this >> ambatchdotcom seocontest
  2. 2. Post in your blog about this story, and let your friends know how they can help a charity cause just through ONE single link to my blog. You can remove the link after October 2006 when the final results are released.
  3. 3. Post a comment in my blog, so that i can list your site down as the people who have helped the cause.

If you don’t have a blog or website, that’s fine. Just help by passing this message around, that’s all i ask.

SEO(Search Engine Optimization) counts when more and more websites link back to a single website with a particular keyword. So the more links there are, the higher this blog will go up the search results. And if it stays at the number #1 result on October 17th, the money goes to Charity.

That’s all from me. All or nothing. Let’s win this together and i need your help. We can also help others in need at the same time. Onward!

The current rankings in Google for the word “ambatchdotcom seocontest” without the quote signs.