Reader Darren Lim Asks:
I’m just starting to get my feet wet with internet marketing and your website was 1 of the first I had visited through a chance of luck about 2 weeks back. Since then I had hummed and hawwed, tried to focus amidst the mountains of information set upon me, setup PPC campaigns that just netted me 1 sale and I still couldn’t focus on 1 plan of action with that much options swirling around me.
Fast forward 2 weeks later and I find myself back at your blog and I decided.. why not see how you did when you first started and I went all the way back to dig your posts back in July 2006. Thats when I realised that it was all about focus and hardwork at the start which I’ve been unsuccessful in doing so far. I’d just like to ask, was it that tough for you initially?
The short answer is that everyone always starts out hard before it becomes easy.
This sounds counter intuitive to computer game players because we’d usually set a game to level 1 before progressing to higher levels.
But if you think about it, the most difficult part of any task is to build inertia from a stationery starting position.
If you have an idea of where you want to be (your goal) and you want it badly enough (your motivation and determination), then you can develop a plan of action and implement it.
Sound simple, doesn’t it?
But the difficulty is that there’s often a disconnect between our goals and our motivation.
If achieving your goal means you will be financially free, able to take 6 month long vacations if you chose to, and buying things you liked without having to calculate if a new car fit into a budget, the question becomes: How motivated are you?
You may have seen that I recommend various products and services which I’ve personally felt were very good, such as the:
- And lately, Jo Han Mok’s Internet Millionaire Code
But underpinning all these tools must be the desire to succeed.
I just had a conversation with someone in the WickedFire chatroom.
If your motivation to play World of Warcraft is stronger than your thirst for Internet Marketing, you’re not likely to get very far.
If on the other hand, you’re doing very well at Internet Marketing, it would give you the freedom to spend most of your time playing WoW without regard for not being able to meet your living expenses, wouldn’t it?
If you can bridge the connection between your goal and your motivation to achieve that goal, it will be more a leisure activity, more than a job.