Figuring out who you are while building a profitable online business is tough to do – at least for me. See, every single day of my life I would start my day the exact same way and maybe you’ve done the same thing yourself.
Wake up when you want, make a breakfast that consisted of bacon, bacon, and uhmmm yeah… more bacon. Let’s not forget the eggs, toast, and glass of orange juice, milk or coffee.
But hey I was my own boss right? I did what I wanted, where I wanted, when I wanted. I was the boss-man, the creator of my own life, the trailblazing stay at home blogger I knew I’d become.
Here are the lessons I’ve learned thus far.
1. A Declining Health Reflects a Declining Business
By no means am I one of the richest guys on the internet and quite honestly I don’t aim to be. A comfy $10 million per year profit margin would suit me well. Now it’s not enough to live off of but it’s a good start lol.
The only problem is that when your health starts declining, your business is probably declining as well. Sure you might see your numbers rise in record numbers, but is everything behind the scenes really okay?
For me personally, I’ve found that when my health is in order, my finances and earnings tend to jump up as well. It’s almost as if exercising proves to be this magic thing that makes your productivity and earnings sky rocket.
Unfortunately, in the opposite direction, things can and will go to shit if your health starts to dip. So it’s very important to keep your health and fitness up to maintain a healthy business.
Take the movie Avatar for example: when the Na’vi people were in harmony with their planet, life was good and everything was alright. Then when humans went to colonize and mine their planet for some rare gem, it screwed everything up and caused absolute chaos.
It wasn’t until the Na’vi people regained their sense of purpose and connectivity with what they called “eiwa,” that things started going back to normal. Having John Scully on your team to kick some ass helps as well lol. Let exercising and eating right be your John Scully!
2. Auto-Pilot Income Takes Work
When I first got started online (damn I’ve started a lot of sentences like that) I was that newbie who wanted to make auto-pilot cash. To a certain degree I’ve been able to attain it but not quite at the level I truly desire.
I can remember trying out affiliate marketing, doing the worst job at selling all of the wrong products. Instead of looking to where the money is at, I was trying to re-invent the affiliate marketing wheel. I’d go to clickbank and try to find some “underground product” that catered to a specific niche where rivers of money flowed.
I never found it.
Instead, when I finally decided to go to where the money was at and put in the work there, my earnings went up and more checks got cashed. This was not only a great feeling but also an amazing lesson: your income only becomes auto-pilot when you put the work in. Some of it may be tedious shit you don’t want to do but you MUST put it in. At least until you can outsource the work and run your online business like a true maverick.
You’ll grow more as a person and will have a gratifying feeling knowing you became the best version of yourself. And trust me, this is a feeling you want. The feeling of cashing checks is awesome but it’s temporary. It’s the gratification you achieve as a byproduct of your hard work that really lasts.
So take this as a lesson to work hard and know that auto-pilot income may never come. But the amount of money you’ll make online as a result of all your hard work, will be a lot better than working a regular job.
3. Remember Where You Came From
When you decide to get started in this online business or any business for that matter, you’ll begin to see friends and even family members give you the cold shoulder. This isn’t because they don’t like you but really because you aren’t following their ideal norms of what’s right in society.
You’re going to have quarrels (I’ve always wanted to use that word on the blog). You’re going to have some major ups-and-downs that will seriously make you reconsider this awesome idea of living the internet lifestyle.
You will get hurt and you will fall down. You’ll have people who used to be friends with you look at you differently because you appear to be playing World of Warcraft on your MacBook all day, when you’re really building a niche site or writing some epic post to help people out online.
And little do your friends know, that behind all of those Google searches they do everyday when they have a question or problem that needs to be solved, that people like me (and you) are behind the scenes catering to their needs through epic/useful content.
(My teachers used to say I wrote really long run-on sentences. I like to think I write creative flowing sentences that capture the monent.. what do you think?)
Yes, all of this is going to suck but the most important thing to do is this: take a deep breath and remember where you came from. Just because your blog starts to grow at rapid rates and people begin to mention your name, you must always keep a level head and remember where you came from.
Reach back and pull your friends and family members up with you. Share your knowledge and love for what you do with the people you love. Because even though they gave you the stink eye back in the day, it was you who kept persisting for what you believed to be your true purpose.
And reaching the top of success mountain is no fun. You want the people you love to be their with you. So give back and leave no stone unturned.