This Not A Hobby, This Is YOUR Internet Network Marketing Business
By: Warren Little
Shifting your mindset for success
My attitude has caused me to miss so many opportunities it’s really not funny.
If I had a different attitude back in 2001, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this to you now. I would probably be retired at billionaire status.
That was when I started dabbling in this whole making money on the Internet thing. I was just trying to make a few dollars here and there.
I know, it’s always 20/20 hindsight. However, if I could have my time again I would do things so much differently.
Back then all this stuff was new to me, as it is for many of you. As a result, it was exciting and fresh and most of all fun. I’d stay up all night working on my sites, fluffing around with this and that.
I loved it and it really didn’t feel like work.
In most people’s minds, this sounds like a good thing. However, there is a core problem with this that can actually harm your quest for making money online.
You see, most of us are programmed to do two kinds of work. The work that earns us money should be hard. This is serious stuff and most of the time is neither fun, nor would you ever want to do it for free.
Then there is the other kind of work that is enjoyable. Normally what would be considered your hobbies. That might be surfing, building model airplanes, photography, etc. It’s the kind of work that can be hard, but doesn’t have to be, and you’re doing it because you enjoy it.
So you’re programmed that if you’re enjoying yourself, and you aren’t earning a lot or any money from the exercise, then it’s simply a hobby.
Unfortunately, there lies the root of many people’s failure to making lots of money online. They see it as a hobby.
THE PROBLEMS WITH A HOBBY MENTALITY
When you treat your business like a hobby, there are all sorts of negative side effects as you might imagine.One of my hobbies is playing golf.
That’s the great thing about a hobby. If you fail, then that’s OK. If you want to switch hobbies then that’s cool too. If you spend all day and only get 1 or 2 great shots, then no big deal. The process was fun.
But this kind of mentality is dangerous if you want to have success in a new online business. If you are treating it like a hobby, you’ll probably fail.
HOW TO CURE THE HOBBY MENTALITY ONCE & FOR ALL
When you write about correcting people’s incorrect behavior, it’s easy to sound preachy. I’m the first one to admit, that I don’t do all of these things well so don’t feel like I’m on my soap box here.
However, what drives me is to encourage us all to not miss out on the amazing opportunities that are still passing us by everyday. I might long to be back in 2001, but I can guarantee you in 10 years we’ll be longing to be back in 2010 saying if only.
So, do all that you can to tackle this paradigm problem and make the most of what you have. Here are a few strategies that I have used in the past successfully & taught the students in my internet network marketing coaching program.
Create an Imaginary Friend with Billable Hours
When you have hobby mentality, you have no respect for your time. When I play golf, I don’t think about how many hours went into those couple of great shots.
Don’t let that creep into your business. One strategy I’ve used is to create an imaginary client. The affiliate site I’m working on is not my own, but this imaginary client. I know that for every hour I work on the site, I need to justify the time I spent as they are paying for it.
No client in their right mind is going to want to pay me for shooting the breeze for hours on end on Twitter or Facebook. If I can’t prove that this is directly going to bring positive ROI, then I probably shouldn’t be doing it.
I would encourage you to do this seriously. Use time tracking and reporting software to make this real.
Set Goals & Deadlines
I can’t stress enough the importance of setting goals and deadlines on your projects. As Steve Jobs said, “Real Artists Ship”. In other words, it doesn’t become art, unless someone else sees it or uses it.
If you don’t have deadlines in place, you’ll just keep refining and refining and never actually “ship”.
You should also work on daily deadlines. I create a list each day that consists of really 3 parts.
By using this prioritization system, I can ensure that projects move forward, money is made, and the bigger picture business is built.
Performance goals are also important. Goal setting is a big topic to cover, and I’m not going to try and do it here, however, it’s fundamental if you want to see success.
In addition to the imaginary client, I would encourage you to get some accountability partners. This could be your life partner (wife, husband etc.) or it could be some sort of mastermind group.
Whoever it is, ensure that they are on the same page and believe in you. Mastermind groups are excellent and whenever I’ve had the chance to be involved in this kind of thing, it has been immensely encouraging and helpful. Going to marketing conferences can have a similar effect sometimes.
If you do have a significant other, it’s important that you involve them as much as you can. Share as much as you can with them, and celebrate the wins with them. Even though my wife doesn’t know exactly how I do what I do after 8 years of being together, she knows enough to help me through disappointing times, and to join in the celebrations when I have a win. I couldn’t do it without her.
A big part of moving your mindset from hobby to business, is to use mental cues as much as you can. There are many ways you can do this. Including:
- Creating a dedicated work area that is ONLY for work.
- Creating a set time each day that is your work time.
- Dressing differently when you work. I know it sounds strange, however, a business mindset and pajama's just don’t go well together in my book.
- Giving your business a name, and getting business cards made.
Write a Business Plan
A business plan doesn’t need to be a 100 page document. A friend of mine ran a 200 million dollar company and helped me write a business plan. He believed it shouldn’t be longer than 6 pages. That’s all you need.
It’s difficult to find treasure without a map.
Reinvest into Your Business
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Sure, you don’t need to do it straight away. However, I would encourage you to reinvest back into your business as much as you can if you want to grow it fast.
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Focus and reclaim wasted time
One of the biggest battles we all have online is keeping focus.
We must master this in two main areas.
How many times have you started something, not finished it, and then gone onto something else. Almost everyone has done it, and some more than others. You must stick to your business plan and execute what you set out to do. Remember, a magnifying glass will never set anything alight if you keep moving it.
The day to day problem that many people encounter is keeping a tight focus on the tasks. The Internet is the worlds biggest distraction.
If you want to get things done, turn off your email, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In fact, turn the power off on your modem. Focus on the tasks at hand. Only turn it back on when you absolutely require it.
If you use Firefox, then try using an add-on called Leechblock. I love it. It stops me visiting sites that are distracting during certain times of the day. When you try to go there, you can even customize a message that says “Get back to work slacker! Time is money!”
Now… go and find a post it note and a black marker and stick this on your monitor… “THIS IS NOT A HOBBY!”
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[Author's Note ] Do Super Achievers Waste Time Surfing the Web? - Of course not! They realize that every minute of every day is precious. Any minute wasted on trivial activities robs you of the opportunity to work toward your most previous goals. Warren Little understands this. He's the master of his time and he can teach you to be the master of yours. Find out how...