If you believed all of those internet ‘Get Rick Quick’ gurus, you can make a huge amount of money online by cutting corners and only working 10 hours a week. The truth is: these people make the majority of their income from pushing these awful e-books and courses to people who are new to working on the internet.
It can happen, I won’t dispute that. There are countless stories of people who started a website on the subject and at the right time and made a killing, though they are the exception and not the rule. The vast majority of people who make a good living through the internet work hard for their money (I believe most enjoy what they do too).
It is hard to categorize those who are successful. Everyone has their own personality, their own skills and their own working habits. The one thing that all successful people have, whether it be online or elsewhere, is FOCUS. They know where they want to be and they are willing to work hard to get there. It’s what separates people like Onibalusi from those who give up after a few months.
Focus is not something you can learn. You can read all the e-books in the world however if you don’t have the dedication to put all your energy into your website, it is doubtful it will ever become successful.
Focus is also something that can come and go. I first started working online in 2000. I had just finished a degree in Mathematics and Finance and was working in the financial sector. I had made a little money through selling domain names and eventually developed my own website for a domain I couldn’t sell. Looking back, I was incredibly focused. I was like a sponge and was constantly reading how to code better and develop websites. Most days I got home from work around 6.30pm and worked until 1 or 2 am in the morning before having to get up at 7am again for work.
I started making money through the web relatively soon after I started and continued to increase my income to a level where I could quit my job and go self employed (which I did in 2004). During 2004 and 2005 I made a lot of money online. It was both a blessing and a curse. I had got into the gambling niche quite early and managed to make 6 figures in one year. As competition grew it become more difficult to make great money though I continued to make a few thousand a month until this year through old referrals etc.
Getting lost along the way
As I said, my success in the gambling niche was a mixed bag. I was getting a constant stream of money every month so I had less incentive to work hard to develop other projects. I traveled on and off for a few years and enjoyed myself and during that time I realized that I didn’t enjoy my job. I knew lots of methods for making money through this niche but they were painfully boring – directory submissions, constantly emailing for link exchanges etc. As I had passed all my financial qualifications, I had the option of working in London and making 6 figures a year in an office job. It didn’t interest me. Whilst I wanted to be a success, the most important thing was that I enjoyed what I did. Life is short and I didn’t want to spend it doing something I didn’t enjoy.
Thankfully, I found my love for working online again a few years ago through blogging. Many things can drive a person to be focused in what they do and for me it was a combination of enjoying what I did and wanting to be a success. I sold my main blog last year and launched my new blog WordPress Mods a month or so later. Whilst I have worked hard on the site, I never went that extra mile to make it a success.
Again, one reason for this was due to the source of my income. Up until a few months ago a large part of my income still came from gambling referrals from 5 years previous. It was around this time that poker was banned in the USA and the main companies that paid me every month have not sent a payment since. It’s strange but I wasn’t stressed about this, I was actually quite pleased in a way because it gave me the kick up the ass I needed. Since that moment I have been focused 100% on making my site a success.
Sink or Swim?
It’s perhaps a little sad that I only got this motivation to work harder and make my site successful when I was forced into a corner. It was definitely a ‘Sink or Swim’ scenario and I could either let myself get beat up or come out swinging! It wasn’t a hard choice: I knew exactly what I had to do, I just had to go out and do it. Believe me: you can all do it too.
Everyone gets motivated in different ways. For me it was a combination of seeing my income drop and the realization that I hadn’t reached my full potential. Regardless of whether you are motivated by financial necessity, financial security or the aspiration of being the best you can be; if you focus all your energy on achieving your goals you will be a success. I guarantee it. It really is an issue of ‘if’ and not ‘when’ if you let nothing stop you from reaching your goal.
I’d love to hear what motivates you every day. Are you motivated by money, by lifestyle, by success?
Thanks for reading 🙂
Kevin Muldoon is a webmaster and blogger who lives in Central Scotland. His current project is WordPress Mods; a blog which focuses on WordPress Themes, Plugins, Tutorials, News and Modifications.