Three Keys to Succeeding This Year
(c) Charlie Page
When it comes to succeeding online – whether that means
starting your own online business, earning money as an
affiliate, or something more, there is a world of
Create a niche site, some say. But that’s easier said
Publish an ezine, say others. But what would you have
Become a super affiliate we often hear. Again .. HOW?
In the years I’ve been online I have been blessed
indeed to be able to learn what I needed to know to
Sometimes I learned from others examples. Sometimes I
learned from watching others mistakes. And sometimes I
learned from painful (and costly) trial and error.
Based on all of that, I’d like to share with you three
keys that I believe can help every one of you succeed
this year, and beyond.
—> 1. KNOW YOURSELF
The good thing about the Internet is that there are so
many different ways to make money.
And the bad thing about the Internet is that there are
so many different ways to make money. 😉
So what’s a boy (or girl) to do?
Know yourself. Respond to what feels right, what sounds
right to you.
Remember what you learned as a youth — if it sounds
too good to be true it probably is.
Nowhere is that more true that on the Internet where
scams and snake-oil salesmen abound.
So, how *specifically* does ‘knowing yourself’ help you
If you are losing sleep over the ability to pay your
bills and need some very fast money you may be much
better off getting a second job for a while than
‘starting an online business’.
I know — that’s not the advice you are used to
hearing. But it’s the advice I would give my daughter.
There ARE situations where trading time for money makes
*very* good sense – times where the efforts you make
MUST bring a return or you will lose everything.
A bird in the hand still beats two in the bush, and
making any real money online when you are just starting
out is hard. Very hard.
The truth you are not being told is that the “overnight
success” “here’s a picture of my PayPal account” “look
at my shiny new race car” stories are by FAR the
exception … IF they are even telling the truth.
You know that in your gut, so trust yourself when the
voice in your head says “better think twice”.
Here’s another example.
If you are staying up until the wee hours of the
morning viewing site after site that sound too good to
be true then you are headed for trouble.
Someone is about to pick your pocket.
It might be with the promise of huge commissions or of
doing all the work for you (why would they do that?)
but one way or the other they are going to take your
money. So be careful. Very careful.
—> 2. GET OFF THE OPPORTUNITY TREADMILL
What does that mean? It means stop looking for the next
big thing and start looking for the next real thing.
Specifically, if a business you are considering does
not make sense to you but is asking you to ‘trust them’
Business online is just like business offline. Those
who stick with things succeed. Those who jump around
Nowhere is this more evident that in network marketing.
I’ve read, but not confirmed, that the average person
starting out in network marketing stays with the
program they choose for less than 90 days.
My friend, no one succeeds at anything new in less than
90 days … especially if they are doing that business
So, forget the word ‘opportunity’ for a moment and
focus on the word business.
Here are a few clarifying questions that might help.
Is the business you are considering delivering a real
Does that product help people achieve meaningful goals?
Do you understand how the business works?
Could you explain the business to your best friend and
WOULD you share the business with your best friend and
still be comfortable in the friendship?
If you answered yes to all of these questions you have
the beginning of a basis to go into a business.
If not, run.
—> 3. FOCUS
We touched on this above but it is *so* important that
I want to hover here for a moment more.
To succeed online (or offline for that matter) you will
have to focus on *one* thing at a time.
* Focus your attention
* Focus your resources
* Focus your passion
* Focus your time
If you learn to focus your resources in this way on
*one* thing and prove that it is for you (or that it is
not for you) you will succeed faster. Period.
How can you focus?
Think of something you want to accomplish. It might be
a business you are considering or a new site you want
to build or a way to advertise a product.
Now examine that from the outside in and then the
inside out and then examine it again.
Ask questions. Be a skeptic. Check out testimonials to
be sure they are real. Ask people who have succeeded
with the idea you are pursuing.
Now go further and Google something about the idea to
see what people are saying and to check the validity of
any sites you might be considering.
Once you *know* that you want to move ahead take action
and give it your all.
Only then can you know what will work for you!
One last word – the fact that something doesn’t work
the first time does not mean that it will not work.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of
advertising where beginning advertisers wrongly think
they can run one ad and have it succeed.
Professional advertisers know that it takes testing –
and patience – to make an ad campaign work.
If your first attempt at something fails consider
analyzing why and trying again before moving on to
Use your focus to discover how to do better on the next
The list of people who failed on their first try and
then went on to greatness is legion.
I hope that this year is your best year ever.
May it be so for us all.
Charlie Page helps people succeed online. How can he
help you? Find out now at his main site or call his
toll free number. http://www.RealWorldTactics.com