4/20/2016 Update: Re-reading this article after five years of writing it, some parts of it sound ridiculous and downright unbelievable. However, everything I wrote below was exactly how I felt at the time the events happened, and everything below is still true. I find it difficult to believe that some of the events described happened, but they did. I edited the article to make it more practical to the average person, but I didn’t modify events that were certainly true – even if they sound ridiculous.
Life – they say – is not a bed of roses. Some are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Others don’t have immediate access to the spoon, but can afford what they need. For others still, life is so very difficult, we wonder if it won’t overcome us.
A lot of things are easy to say. You can talk about your future and what you want to achieve in life – if you’re comfortable and can eat what and when you want. But what can you say when you’re a fatherless boy under the care of a mother of six who’s struggling to keep her children surviving? What can you say (or do) about the future when you’re not even certain of the present?
From people around me, I often hear a saying that frustrates me. It goes like this: “If it wasn’t for the poor state of Nigeria, and our corrupt political leaders, it would’ve been easier for me to succeed.” How many of us truly believe this saying? How many of us believe our failure and stagnancy is a result of poor government and the economic state of our country? If you’re one of those people, I can assure you that you’re on a sure-fire road to failure.
You may never succeed until you realize that your life is in your hands. Your success can never be determined by your present situation. I have realized that it is easier to achieve success when you’re uncomfortable than when you’re comfortable. This is because comfort makes it difficult for you to progress. It makes you think of pleasure alone, and it makes you forget about work.
How it All Started
I lost my father at the tender age of seven. Because my father was wealthy, it wasn’t until his death that I started seeing the other side of life. All of my father’s friends and family members who constantly visited and socialized with us when he was alive departed my family when he was gone. Some relatives even went as far as to take his properties after his death.
Life then became difficult, and feeding her six children from the meager salary she earned became difficult for my mother. We began selling off the things we had left just so we could eat. Eventually, we became people everyone looked down on.
I’m happy I can tell you about this only because my story has turned around and changed for the better. That poor ‘me’, who barely had enough to eat, would never have thought of moving near a computer let alone telling a story of how he rose from poverty to success.
The Mind Started Its Work
The mind is very powerful. I’ve had some spiritual gifts from a very young age. Although I don’t know how these gifts came to be, or how they work, they have helped me tremendously through the years. For example, I have a strong intuition. I often can sense the future, and I also occasionally prophesy.
Highly popular author, Napoleon Hill wrote in his book, The Secret that scientists have discovered that every single thought of man affects the universe in a microscopic way. I believe telling you what I can do with my mind will give you some insight into how powerful your mind can be too.
My journey to success started when I first heard about the concept of making money online. Even though I barely knew what blogging was then, that message I heard changed my life forever. Someone came to our church to tell us about a seminar. The seminar was going to be about making money online from Forex marketing, and the person went on to say that it was possible to make thousands of dollars in minutes – just from Forex marketing.
Immediately after I heard this, the “giant mind” in me arose, and even though I never attended that Forex seminar or any other ‘Make Money Online’ seminars (I have never attended a seminar in my life – and I’ve repeatedly turned down invitations to lecture in one), I was able to achieve my dream of making money online.
Tenacity Played Its Role
Tenacity, also known as persistent determination, played a very important role, as far as my journey to blogging success is concerned. I heard that it was possible to make money just by sitting in front of a computer. I knew this was possible, even though I didn’t know how, and I was ready to give it all it takes to make sure I got results.
Since my first obstacle — which was believing that making money online is possible — had been overcome, I had to face another obstacle – getting my first computer. Since it was very difficult for my mother to even feed us, I knew I had to do something else. I had to do something unusual.
The next thing I did goes further to prove how powerful your mind and faith can be. I prophesied, based on an inspiration I received. I told my mother that she would be receiving a particular amount of money very soon (I didn’t know how it would’ve happened, but I just said what I was moved to). I told her that when she received that money, getting me a computer should be a priority. Lo and behold! She received the “exact” amount – and I got my first computer.
After getting my first computer, I started spending hours every day trying to learn how to make money online. After hours of research, I learnt about the concept of making money online by selling informational products. I spent 20 hours creating my first website, selling an information product created by another person. I was in front of my computer for a little over 20 hours without leaving my seat (I remember clearly – it was from 8 AM one day to 6 AM the next). I was really determined to build a successful online business, and nobody could stop me — not even my mother. Even though I couldn’t get that website to work and I didn’t make a sale after getting thousands of visitors to it, every single step I took from that first day had a huge impact on my success. I now have a rule of either start or don’t, because I never quit when I start, no matter what it takes.
I Learned to Change My Path
Being wise, sensitive and calculative is a very important part of life, yet many people miss it. Like many of you, I had fallen for many online scams (okay, not many, because I followed this principle). I had been cheated by online surveys, paid-to-click, paid-to-read, and other huge online sites many newbies are attracted to nowadays. However, one trait that ensured my online success was that of being receptive to change. After failing with my first website, I went the route of online surveys, PTR and PTC site. After failing at those, I focused my efforts on blogging.
It doesn’t matter what you know or what you heard from so-called experts. Always observe when something is not right. If you’ve worked on something for months, spending hundreds of hours on it without getting any significant result, and without the prospect of a better future, you should know it’s time to quit and focus on something new. The fact that blogging is working for me doesn’t mean you should be a blogger. Try a strategy and focus all your efforts on it. If it doesn’t work, you should be ready to change it, no matter what others say.
I Channeled All My Efforts on One Thing ONLY
I always know when something works and when it doesn’t because I always give it my all. I spent 20 hours online my first day building my first website, and I spent an average of 12 hours online every single day after that. After months of working hard with no results, I knew something wasn’t right, and I knew I had to change my approach. I moved to online surveys. The same thing happened, which led me to believe that something was wrong, not only with my approach but with what I was doing.
Then I started doing a lot of reading. I researched as much as I could and discovered blogging and how powerful it could be. What differentiated me from many newbies trying to make money online was that the moment I discovered strategies that weren’t working, I dropped them. I spent several hours online every day on the ones that worked (I still spend more than 10 hours per day online to date).
My point here is that succeeding online isn’t about being a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. It’s about being the best at whatever you do. There are far more people than you can compete with specializing on a particular strategy without getting results. How much harder will it be for you, trying to work on several strategies at the same time.
I Was Ready to Learn
You’ve heard about the dead. And you’ve heard about the living dead. But the truth is, it’s hard to recognize the latter when you see them. The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.
A lot of people know and respect me because they see my name everywhere. Some people even call me the “King of guest blogging” (even though I’m not, and I don’t like being called this – you can read my guide on the subject).
The truth is, I didn’t invent guest blogging. I learnt about it by reading other people’s blogs. I was a forum spammer before I knew what guest blogging was. When I discovered that forum spamming was bad, and guest blogging resulted in traffic and results for many other people, I started working hard on getting my guest posts published on major blogs I came across.
My point is this: I didn’t learn about guest blogging by believing I already knew it all, but by reading other people’s blogs. You have already failed when you stop learning, and learning always means you’re ready to change. In most cases, this mean you have a plan – even though your plan is subject to change as you learn something new.
Guest blogging might be the reigning traffic generation strategy today but it won’t be tomorrow. And you will never learn about the latest tactic without reading.
I Focused on Genuinely Helping People
I sometimes find it difficult to believe that I wrote over 300 free guest posts for other blogs, and over 100 posts on my own blog within 8 months; all this without making any significant income. I didn’t quit, though!
A lot of people still argue about the concept of writing guest posts for other blogs, or helping their readers for free. They believe there’s no point in giving away something for free when you can as well be paid for it.
Zig Ziglar said, “You can get anything you want in life by helping others get what they want.” This is so true, and you probably won’t achieve success if you don’t start following this principle. I’ve been told several times to launch one of my free e-Books as a paid e-Book because people would pay for it. I’ve never done so because I have a superior motivation for blogging. This is to help people, and I’ve never once thought about the consequences of not making money from my blog, or about how much effort I invested in my blog for the first 8 months – without any results (or so it seemed).
People need to see that you’re the right person to help them, that you’re the only one who has what they need. The only way they can see this is by you being transparent with them. I never realized the importance of transparency until after it made a major impact on my blogging career. My most popular and successful posts on this blog are those that are more personal, revealing and transparent.
The post that brought me my major client (with whom I now make an average of $4,000 online monthly – or more, depending on how hard I work) was the post on how I wrote over 280 guest posts in 8 months. The most popular posts for this year, are my income and traffic reports. The reason for this is that auto mechanics can’t take instructions of how to do their jobs from a medical doctor. You have to prove to people that you know what you’re talking about before they will listen to you.
In a nutshell, helping people isn’t enough. You have to prove that you’re indeed the right person to do the job.
I am Different
Yes, I am special. However, the good news is that I wasn’t born that way. I developed it, which means we all have an equal opportunity for success. In fact, I bet you have even more opportunity to succeed than I do, because your parents aren’t struggling to feed you. The only person stopping you from success is YOU!
Your background doesn’t matter. Your country doesn’t matter (even though Nigeria makes it very difficult for citizens to succeed online). I strongly believe you will never succeed until you say and live by the saying, “My country will never be an excuse for my failure. My background will never be an excuse for my failure.”
You should also know that everything starts from the mind. The best way to nurture your great dreams is to keep yourself updated, and surround yourself with positive people.
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