From the desk of Victor Pride
Subj: My favorite subject, TCB (takin’ care of business)
The Website for Winners ™ receives a lot of questions about how to make money online. What’s the best method, how can you do it, where do you start, how much money can you make etc.
These are all valid questions for a “just-starter-outer”, but I also get questions from desperate “give-uppers” who impatiently ask me questions along the lines of “How do I make money yesterday?!?!”.
I’ll tell you but you may not like the answer. Let me explain a little…
Bold and Determined has been in existence for just under three years. I have made my living solely from Bold and Determined for one and one-half years. Before that was one and one-half years where I made nothing or next to nothing for my work.
Bold and Determined is actually the third blog I started. I registered my first blog domain one year before I registered Bold and Determined. That means I have been at this for four years.
Do the math….
It took me over 2.5 years to crack the code and make a dollar and a cent online. And not just make a dollar but make a very nice living.
I get asked questions all the time and I see these types of questions all the time “I want to quit my job and work from home NOW! What can I do?”
The answer is you could have started two and a half years ago.
There’s nothing wrong with taking the easy way because it’s really not terribly hard to go out and make an income on your own. It’s far easier to wake up on your own schedule without the sound of the alarm reminding you of the impending doom waiting for you at the office. But if you want to be your own boss and make your own rules there is one thing that is absolutely required of you, that one thing is sweat equity. Your time. Your effort. There is no such thing as a day off for an entrepreneur.
But then you’ve got the impatient, “I want it now!” types. Day after day, year after year they’ll give their time to their boss and they’ll give it away for pennies. When they wake up and realize that ain’t no way to live life and they’re ready to start their own little business and find freedom they’ll say “But I want it NOW! What can I do NOW to make money???”
Hey, I understand. When I want something I want it now too. When I want a haircut I can’t do anything at all until I get my hair cut. A little haircut sounds minor but it makes all the difference in the world because if I really want something I won’t stop until I get it. Whether it’s a haircut or a check for 10 grand. I want it now, sure, but I’ll be damned if I stop before I get it.
It took me 2.5 years to become a pro blogger. It took me 7 years to build the body I wanted. I took me a dozen years to finally quit my job and go into business on my own. You can believe I wanted everything right then and there, but I did the time and stuck around and I finally got what I wanted.
I used to be the world’s worst insurance agent. I barely ever worked. I was so bad I made $15,000 one year. No joke. A grown man made $15,000 dollars for the whole year. The next year I made over $100,000 dollars.
What was the difference?
The difference was that I quit the job that I hated, and thus spent zero time trying to build and improve, and I started my own gig and spent 150% of my time working for myself in a very lucrative field. I took massive action. It was do or die, and I did every single day.
I went from lolly-gagging my way through life to kicking ass through life.
So you want to know the secret code to making money for yourself?
Start kicking some ass.
Kick some ass every single day that you’re alive.
Oh, and start yesterday.
The longer you wait, the longer it takes.
A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. -George S. Patton
When Friday rolls around most people will be excited to go out partying for the weekend or to sit at home and catch up on all the missed television shows. Then when Sunday rolls around they’re going to bitch and moan, “Oh man, the weekend goes by sooooooooo fast! I have to work tomorrow!“.
I spent my fair amount of time partying too. It got me a lucrative job making 15k a year. When I was making real money you know what I was doing on Friday nights? I was out at 12am-3am putting up bandit signs all around the city.
If you’ve ever driven around a major US city you’ve seen those signs that say “We Buy Houses” or “We Buy Cars”. Those are called bandit signs. They’re called bandit signs because they’re illegal to place on street corners without city permission so only bandits go out in the dark of night to place their advertisements.
The reason people place those signs on street corners is because the signs work as intended. People who are desperate to sell their house or automobile call the number listed. The guy who answers that phone number is working his tail off to do a deal and make some money.
I’d have to go out on Friday nights to place the bandit signs because city workers would collect them on Monday morning and throw them away, so I had a narrow window of opportunity to get the signs seen.
My Friday nights were bandit nights and I did that type of thing for a long time. One of those signs on a street corner somewhere was how I made my first ten thousand dollars. I needed that money too, that check got me out of debt in one afternoon.
I worked on that one single deal every single day and night for one month to get that pretty little check and if I’d needed to I would have worked double that.
4 hours, 40 hours, 80 hours, the amount of time spent working is irrelevant. Do what you need to do to get what you need and then you can enjoy the spoils of war. When I need something I’ll work day and night and I’ll work through the whole weekend as well. I’ll work right up to the finish line.
How about you, friend, what are your weekend plans?
Until next time.
PS – There were two real breakthroughs I had while working my way to pro status and achieving total mental clarity.
#1) I started following all the habits laid out in 30 Days of Discipline and it made a huge difference for me in terms of mental clarity and focus. In fact I am re-following and re-doing the program this very month.