In the words of David Bowie, “Ten years, what a surprise!” Yes, I know it was five years really, but it was the ‘surprise’ bit that I meant to emphasise.
You see, as I was answering a question at a popular internet marketing forum about how long it has taken me to become proficient at what I do, I realised that this year will be my 10th anniversary online – it was around Christmas of 2003 that I began White Dove Books.
There have been many ups and downs along the way and, for quite a long time, I was plagued by the notion that I was missing something. Making money on the internet was – by all appearances – supposed to be easy; at least, that’s what all the hype said. But my own experience was telling me the exact opposite. I was putting in a huge amount of effort and, it seemed to me that the results I was getting just didn’t tally with all that effort.
The truth is that there was a lot for me to learn. But I allowed experience to be my teacher. I simply tried a lot of stuff and found things that worked and things that didn’t. I kept the things that worked and chucked away those that didn’t and I also worked on continually improving my methods. Now, almost ten years later, I can finally say that making money online is simple – not easy – simple; there is a big difference!
Here are some of the milestones:
- 1 Year to Make my First Sale
- 3 Years to Decide there is no Magic Key
- 5 years to Really Understand What I was Doing
- 8 Years to become Financially Independent
At the beginning of this year (my 10th year in internet marketing) I was ready to set my really big goal which, as you may already know, is to make $1 Million in 1 year. How I am doing that and how I am progressing is the subject of the Monify Me blog. As Christmas of this year will officially be my 10th anniversary, I will be doing some thinking about how we can celebrate together. I am open to ideas, so if you have any good ones, please comment below and we’ll look at them.
What has changed, for me, this year – as a direct result of setting that really big goal – is how I am thinking. That has been the biggest change. It has affected how I am operating and that, in turn is shaping my plans for the future. I always understood that, in the words of Henry Ford, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” so I know that if I am to achieve my goal there has to be a departure from my methods.
The things that got me to where I am, I understood, were also keeping me there. To create a real breakthrough, I knew I needed to do something different. The problem has been … deciding exactly what to do. I know that things do not come into existence simply by thinking. Of course, thinking precedes everything, but action is what makes things happen.
It is very easy to become seduced into thinking that by taking some action, you are creating your future. Of course, it is true that you are. But you may not be creating the future you want to experience. It is not taking action that is important; it is taking right action! So, this year, in the absence of knowing what I should be doing to create a break though, I have at least had the courage to stop doing many of the things that had previously brought me success.
To some, this will seem like madness; I know. But more of the same actions will simply produce more of the same results. If I fail at achieving my big goal, I know I can always go back to what I was previously doing. But this year, I have to allow myself the freedom and the space to do things differently.
If there is one principle that has become my guiding light this year, it is the words of the late Zig Ziglar, “if you help enough people to get what they want, you will have no trouble getting what you want.” That idea has become the central tenet of my new approach for this year.