What is it that makes your products or services better than someone else’s services? The hard question is this: If you can teach others to make money online or in your industry, why are you struggling to make money through that means? I’m certainly not asking that to be unkind, but only to challenge us to think about the hard questions.
To be honest, many of you need to change your online business model. If you’ve gone 6 months without getting a client, making a sale, or experiencing the income that you’re going after… then you’re operating on a broken plan.
So you’ve failed to find the success that you’ve been looking for online? Welcome to the club. Most people find that earning an income online is more difficult than they originally thought. It can actually get discouraging and it can send a lot of people packing from their online ventures. That’s alright. It’s not for the faint of heart.
I didn’t begin making enough money to live on my earnings until several years into my blogging and affiliate marketing efforts. Now, however, I’ve been living full-time without a job for over a year. That is, of course, unless you count my one weekend each month in the Army Reserves as a job.
Most people find that earning an income online is more difficult than they originally thought. I know that I did. That realization is both good and bad, depending on how you react to it. For some, it’s this revelation that causes them to quit, thus thinning the herd. For others, it’s a chance to rethink, replan, re-aim, and move forward in a new direction.
As you recognize your failure, you need to reassess your strategy, refocus and go at it in a more profitable way. Don’t stay down; get right back on your feet. You can bounce back but you have to internalize the failure and understand that it doesn’t mean that you’re a failure. It simply means that this particular strategy was a failure.
Most entrepreneurs fail many times before finding the business model that takes them to the top. Consider the life and work of Thomas Edison. Edison tried over 1,000 times to invent the incandescent light bulb that we use in our homes today. When asked about his failures he replied that he never failed. He succeeded 1,000 times in learning what didn’t work.
Feeling sorry for yourself won’t generate income. Getting upset at those who are making money online won’t increase the amount that you make. Calling people names like ‘sellout’ won’t garner respect for your ventures when you’ve never been in that position to prove that you won’t be a sellout. It’s easy to talk about how we would do things differently if we were the big money earners when we’ve never been in that position.
The key to success isn’t in getting upset, giving up, or blaming others. The key is in recognizing that what we’re doing isn’t working and then changing.
Explore new ideas.
Stop enjoying your mediocrity.
Get off your backside and make something happen.