Becoming good at something takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears, which is one of the reasons why you should only pursue what you are passionate or interested in.
It gives you the fuel to blast through the obstacles that will pop up on your path.
100% passion is not required, only interest and the willingness to move forward.
Most people tell me they don’t know what their passion is, but this isn’t the problem. The problem is being afraid of missing out.
Everyone has many passions and interests, and we don’t want them to slip away.
Pick one passion and give it all of your attention.
If you try to make them all work, you will fail. It’s not impossible, just improbable.
I struggled with this for several years. But luckily I learned how to make it work.
$8,000 Up in Flames
Back in 2006, I was still playing poker. I enjoyed it, but I had an itch to do something else. I realized that I didn’t want to keep playing online poker for the rest of my life.
At the time, I knew nothing about SEO, affiliate marketing, advertising, blogging, or online business in general.
So, the first thing I did was sign up for 1-on-1 mentoring, because mentoring had played a big part in my success as a poker player.
The mentoring program lasted for about 6 months and cost me $8,000. There were a lot of unanswered questions during this time.
It might’ve been bad coaching, or just bad implementation on my part. Either way, it’s not something I regret, because I learned a lot about myself.
What happened was I built up a website, wrote a pretty fluffy e-book and wrote a salespage. I never gave it a chance. I just deleted the whole thing within a few months. I was confused and had no idea what to do.
The coaching had ended, so I had no one to turn to. I felt like more coaching wasn’t worth the money, so I stopped and jumped on board another opportunity. Sound familiar? 😉
Site Build It! (aff link) spoke to me. It was simple. It was reasonably priced and the community was awesome, so I joined in 2007. I had actually tried it in 2006, but given up on it as well.
My two Site Build It! sites bring in between $1,000-$2,000/month. The income goes up and down, as I no longer focus on those sites.
The first site was a poker site, which was a horrible failure, but I managed to monetize it somewhat, which helps me pay for the hosting and then some.
The biggest reason my first site was a failure was because I neglected to follow the instructions. I think this happens to a lot of people; they join a course, don’t follow the instructions and then blame the course.
It’s all part of a learning process I went through. After 2 years I realized that my poker site wasn’t going to cut it. I received help from the Site Build It! forums and started a new site in the health nice.
I got in touch with another SBIer called Tomaz from Freedom Ideas. He was kind enough to help me for free.
This time, I was determined to succeed. My mindset had shifted and I was willing to do whatever it took. I followed the advice I got from Tomaz and the other people I had got in contact with and built my first really profitable website.
Then I moved onto article marketing. What I did was put up a small site, and then drive traffic to it by writing almost solely for EzineArticles.
I no longer recommend that, as it’s much better to build up your own real estate and create an authority site, like I teach in Lifestyle Liberation Academy.
I wrote thousands of articles, and I got really good at writing. And to this day, I still have a few sites that bring in a nice passive income because of the work I did.
It’s nice to have the money come in, but I wouldn’t recommend people go after this way of making money online unless they are absolutely determined to succeed.
Everything changed for me when I realized, in early 2009, that my poker website wasn’t going to help me make a living.
I had to stop fooling myself. It’s easy to believe that you’re perfect and the fault lies in the course, program, ebook or even Google.
When you’re honest with yourself, you learn to let go of what doesn’t work. Now, I am not talking about trying something for 3 months and buying each new course that comes out.
I went on for 2 years until I realized my mistakes. We all have to make mistakes until we learn enough about ourselves to actually take in what people are saying and apply it correctly.
In the end, you will determine your own success, so be kind to yourself, and keep moving forward.
This article was about the beginning of my journey, but there’s more to it. If you’d like to discover what else I’ve learned, feel free to browse the articles on this blog.
If you’re completely new, I recommend you start in the Start Here section.
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