Every time I talk to my dad on the phone, all he does is complain about his job.
Now, for those of you who know the situation between me and my dad would understand why he hasn't been employed by my company for about 2 1/2 years now. Long story short, he was stealing from me...and that's not something I'll tolerate no matter who is doing the criminal deed.
So, he now works at Lowe's. Mostly he works there for the medical benefits since he's about 6 months shy of turning 65 where, I guess, he's going to be eligible for some type of government medical benefits.
When I talk to him on the phone, he goes on and on and on about how they keep cutting his hours, how their policies are stupid, and how he "really needs to get something else going on."
ne of the last times I talked to him, I finally had to ask:
"So, what are you going to do about it then?"
Silence. No response at all.
I don't care who you are. You are in this awesome land of opportunity on the verge of an economic boom that will blow your mind. And if you can't find something to make a great living at doing, you're simply not opening your eyes and paying attention.
In fact, in the years to come, making money doing most anything will be as easy as falling off a log. But, to make any money, you have to have a means of collecting that dough which is usually done in the form of offering the public a product or service of some kind.
I tend to lien heavily into offering products because you can duplicate as many of the same products as you want (depending on demand). Services are much harder to duplicate since you have to personally (or hire people) to do the service for each customer.
Let's think about some basic facts here:
1) You live in the United States. (I'm assuming this. Perhaps you live elsewhere but the majority of my students live in the USA. Not to say that there is less opportunity for you but I'm trying to instill a point here.)
2) You speak, write, and read English. (Again this is an assumption but if I'm wrong, you won't be able to read what I'm writing to debunk this fact, thus proving my point.)
3) You have an obvious desire to do something much grander than the mediocre that the rest of menial society may be okay with. (I'm assuming you have this desire based on the fact that you signed up for these emails at some point in time.) This means that having a job or doing something you dislike with your life just isn't going to cut it for somebody like you.
And items #1 through #3 are basically all you need to have in order to start the process of starting a highly successful home-based business (offline or online).
Now, here are a few things that you'll need that I can't assume you have or possess but they are extremely necessary if you are going to actually do something to move forward on this desire:
1) Motivation to succeed. I can't teach you to have this. You either have it or you don't. If you don't...well, good luck to you. I believe this is the point where we should part ways because no matter how much highly effective money-making material you learn, you'll never put any of it to use. You can, however, try to create a level of motivation to reach the "just enough" point to actually move forward. The only way I can possibly suggest you do this is by creating a scenario in your head of"how will your life look in 5 years if you don't do something else?" And if the 5-year picture in your head scares the crap out of you, maybe that'll lift you to the level of fire-under-your-ass motivation that you need to move forward. I don't know. (If you're as motivated as a wet dishrag then try that visualized scenario in your head and let me know if it motivates you to do anything more with your life.)
2) Willingness to learn the things you don't know. It really bothers me that some of my students immediately scoff at the idea of building their own website, especially since there has never been a better time in all of history when it's actually been easier to build a website! When you start whining about doing something, assuming it'll be much harder than it really is, and automatically start throwing up a wall to learning something new then you're doomed from the start. No, it's not an option for you to hire someone else to do it. Not that it's because it's not an option (because it is) but because you lose control of the entire process when you hire someone. To me, if you want to throw in the towel before you begin by making the false assumption that you "can't" learn something (probably because you don't want to try) and then you want to pawn the responsibility off onto someone else's shoulders to do for you then, well...maybe that person should be making all the money from the website they'll be building for you instead of you making the money off it. Seems only fair, right? With the amount of online video tutorials and customer service center help for website building that there is available today, only someone who is lazy and stubborn will choose to divert the responsibility to someone else. In which case, don't make money then.
Stick with your day job if you're not willing to take the risk and try something new.
3) Willingness to take a risk. Risks don't have to be "do or die." They can be so minimal that it's actually a greater risk to your future to keep living the way you're living now than to do something different. (Most people will never see it that way though.) What's the risk to decide to start a home-based business on the side, work the business on the weekends, and scrape together a few hundred bucks to start the business since you have such minimal overhead? What's the risk of "wasting" every Saturday and Sunday till June until you can build a successful online business that will potentially be kicking out $20,000 a month in your pocket in pure profits? (Oh, damn. All those useless televised sporting events you may have to miss out on to potentially start making about $250,000 a year, in your pocket after all expenses are paid out. How could you possibly even entertain making such a sacrifice? Those people who live in 3rd world countries have nothing on you and the sacrifices you have to make now, do they?)
As you know, 2014 is right around the corner.
And I can't wait!
Because I have this feeling in my gut that this coming year is going to be extraordinary. It's going to be the "kick off" year to many financially prosperous years to come.
But only if you have some type of money-making gig going on.
Otherwise...it's just going to be "business as usual" for you if you don't get off your ass and start doing something new and different.
See you at the top!