I know something about you. Yes, you. By the very nature of you listening to this podcast, I know that you aren’t like most people. You’re not like the sheep…the masses…the cubicle dwellers of the world. You are weird…and that is a good thing. This is my online business manifesto.
I’m up on my soapbox today. I want to encourage you to STOP criticizing other marketers or putting up your guard…and START studying them. To be a great marketer, you MUST become a student of others.
As business owners, we often have the highest highs and the lowest lows. One minute we feel like we’re on top of the world, and the next we’re horribly discouraged and feel like nothing we do is really making an impact. I felt that way recently, then a few friends of mine talked some sense into me! Watch the video below for what I realized…and what it means for you!
Too many give up right before their breakthrough. They give up when they are close to making their first sale. They give up when they are close to making their first affiliate commission. They give up when they are close to going full-time. They quit right when success is around the corner. This is a call to stop that.
Consistent action over time is the only recipe for success in your online business. It’s always been that way and it always will be
Do fear and doubt hold you back from success in your online business? If so, watch this.
If you are being held back in your online business because of fear or doubt, this video is for you.
Have you ever felt like you have nothing to offer the world? That you don’t have a product or business inside of you…or even a story? That’s how a reader named Debbie felt until I shared this advice with her:
A new reader named Debbie recently wrote this to me:
When everyone gives up on you, don’t give up on yourself.
For those who missed it, this past week, Michigan State beat Michigan in the most unlikely way. Ten seconds left, almost no chance to win. But the Spartans did not give up. They played until the end…and won.
This video from Eric Thomas will inspire you to play until the end. You might only have ten seconds left, but that is all you need.
Never, ever, ever give up.
If you are like almost everyone I know, there is something you’ve always wanted to do, but someone talked you out of it. Someone told you that you’re not talented enough. Someone told you that you’re too old or too young. Too slow, too stupid, or too poor. And now, you’re left wondering what might have been. Now what?
Catherine Lanigan was like that. All throughout her young life, she considered herself a talented writer. Her teachers told she was gifted and maybe that she could make it someday as a writer.
So she entered college full of hope. She even registered for a senior level class in creative writing taught by a visiting professor from Harvard. When she wrote her very first short story for the class, the professor asked to see her.
He was the prototypical college English professor. He was 6′ 6″ tall, wore tweed coat with elbow patches and the horn-rimmed glasses. He also had the smug look of a tenured English professor (sorry if that is you, but I had three such professors in college and they all had a smug look).
There is little beauty inside of your comfort zone. I’ve found time and time again that true beauty is found when you step outside of your comfort zone and keep your eyes open for what’s out there. I recently finished a record-breaking run for me and when I finished, I shot this short video for you. The message: Keep your eyes open and see what happens.
What if you truly could never lose? What if every failure wasn’t the end but the beginning? What if you truly are invincible? What if you actually believed that?
I recently took our four-year old daughter, Aracelli, to the park for a daddy-daughter date afternoon. It was unseasonably cold, so we had the place to ourselves, except for a few brief moments when another family showed up. That was when the little girl Aracelli was playing with taught me a powerful lesson.
Make up the Rules as You Go
Somehow, I managed to be “it.” “It” of course means that I am the designated chaser. No adult ever chooses to be “it” or ever knows why he or she is “it.” It remains to this day one of the greatest mysteries of humankind: the origin of the “it.” But I digress…
As the “it,” I was charged with chasing two little girls around the park. Up and down ladders, over the bridge, down the slides, until, at last, I caught my daughter and tagged her. As I triumphantly celebrated my massive accomplishment and announced the passing of “it” status to Aracelli, Eleanor announced something remarkable:
“You have to catch us twice,” she yelled. She was making the rules up as she went.
She can always win.
She can never be defeated.