I want to tell you a true story.
It’s a story that might just make you rich, or might just save you thousands of dollars. And I know we are in the internet marketing space so those kinds of statements get thrown around a lot…
…but this is different. I am deadly serious.
I want you to wipe away that bullshit TL:DR mentality for the next 15 minutes and REALLY read what I am getting ready to share with you. It’s important.
I am going to tell this story in 10 parts.
Have you ever looked at WarriorPlus or a similar network and seen people releasing software, and making tons of cash, seemingly pretty easily? Kind of like this example below?
I know I have.
Now if you noticed this kind of thing and you were trying to make money online, you might think…
“MAN! If I could only make software! That would make things so much easier than these info products that people don’t seem to want to buy as much.”
Software just seems sexier than an info product doesn’t it? Somehow easier to make work in the minds of the customer, right?
Well, you would be right of course.
And then you might think something like…
”Wait, if I can’t create software myself…and I don’t feel like learning how to make it…then I’LL HIRE A PROGRAMMER TO DO IT!!!”
I totally get it. And I think it’s a great idea. You should do it..
I want you to get 2 documents signed before you tell any programmer about your amazing ideas for a piece of software. And neither of them have to do with trust.
Before I tell you about these two documents though, I need to take you back in time for a minute. I want to tell you what happened to me…
See, I had several ideas for software that had been floating around my head for a few years. We are going to focus on one in particular though here.
About 12 months ago I was thinking the market was really leaning towards software heavily and I wanted to do something about it.
Now…I’m not a guy who can create software. Admittedly, I can be somewhat of a big dumb animal sometimes. So…I thought I needed to hire someone to do if for me.
Before I get into that though…let me tell you about my idea?
I wanted to make a meme factory. Let me explain…
This software would generate a whole pack of memes for you at the push of a button. You could basically select if you wanted your pack of memes to be funny or inspirational…
…select how big the package should be (10, 25, 50, etc.)…
…and then hit the BUTTON…and BOOM!
Instant product with a license to go along with it.
Now what good are a pack of memes you might ask?
Well, they are good for driving traffic, and they are good for selling to others if you have the right license.
So now I just needed a programmer to help me make it a reality.
I reached out to a programmer guy that I had known for a while. For the sake of this story, we will just call him Kecepticon (as I don’t want to make this about names, it’s really about education here.)
Kecepticon was more interested in partnering with me for this project than being hired by me because he had ambitions of becoming a “product launcher.”
So this was a programmer who had ambitions of becoming a marketer.
I agreed, under the condition that we sign a contract to make sure that everything was on the level, and everybody had a clear understanding of who owned what and what owned who and all that good stuff.
Here is a copy of that contract (I have blocked out Kecepticon’s real name, of course, to protect his privacy.)
So contract signed and everybody at an understanding…we got to work.
For the next couple of months Kecepticon and I had several video calls, and countless back and forth messaging on Facebook planning this software. We came up with a name (Memes2Go) and I went ahead and had a logo designed for it:
I got to work curating hundreds of quotes to be fed into the software. Inspirational and motivational quotes as well as funny quotes.
I also began the long arduous process of curating images with the right license rights to be used for a project like this. Funny images and motivational images.
Kecepticon began working on the software. He told me this would not be too difficult because he already had a basic software engine that he could modify for such a project as this.
So things were going pretty smooth. He would show me progress, and I would explain how it needed to be changed. Basically, most of my changes were about simplification.
Programmers like options. They love to put in lots of options. Too many options. I told Kecepticon we needed it brain dead simple. It is about ease of use, not options.
This was where my marketing brain kicked in and was an asset to our team.
I had a vision for “the meme factory” and it didn’t include getting bogged down with a bunch of pointless options that nobody cared about and kept them from getting instant gratification with the software.
Another cool thing I did around this time was come up with what the funnel would look like for Memes2Go….
Here are the covers for some of the different editions in the funnel:
I even began work on getting extra training together for our download page. Including this cool interview I got with Aiden Corkery, that I thought would make a pretty sweet addition for our customers:
And so it was, everything was going pretty good…until it wasn’t.
Kecepticon and I hit a problem on Memes2Go.
See we were continuously inputting images and quotes into our software and testing it to make sure it was working properly.
The motivational memes were coming together brilliantly. The funny ones though…not so much.
It turns out that it is incredibly difficult to randomly match up a funny picture with a funny quote and have the two things work together. Extremely difficult.
Essentially, you can’t fake funny.
Now you might think to yourself here, why not just drop the funny ones and roll with the motivational memes? That’s still pretty cool, right?
Not really. Here’s why.
I had done a lot of research on memes, including that interview you saw me do with Aiden above.
It turns out that “funny” memes are what people are really having success with when it comes to driving traffic.
In my opinion, the software could not go to market without this “funny” meme problem being solved.
And this is where, I believe Kecepticon and I had a difference in opinion.
We had reached a point in our project where the “You Can’t Fake Funny” problem was keeping us from moving any further.
It is my opinion that Kecepticon was starting to cool on the project a little bit. He seemed a little less engaged about it. He mentioned having some other things he was working on.
It was my opinion that he wasn’t that interested in trying to solve the problem with the funny memes…so I made a decision.
I decided to pull the plug on the project. I told him that I think we should scrap the project. Maybe we could come back to it at some point in the future, as we both had other things we were working on.
In the back of my mind I was thinking, maybe I should find another programmer to work my idea out with. This time I would HIRE them and not partner with them, and this time I would not stop until the problem was solved.
Taking the software to market with only the motivational memes, would only serve as a money grab.
The memes themselves would not be nearly as effective at driving traffic in my opinion, so in the long run the end user would be screwed. Another shiny software with big hopes that leaves people disappointed.
So we parted ways amicably. It was pretty annoying to throw months of work down the drain like that. But it was the right decision in my mind.
Now all that happened about a year ago and I thought that was the end of the Memes2Go story. I went on to do my own launches and Kecepticon went on to do a couple of really successful launches himself.
But let’s fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, because that is where our story picks up again…
You know it’s fitting that our story picks up on Facebook. Facebook, you dirty, soul sucking bitch. I always knew it would come back to you eventually (lol).
Who do I find on Facebook, asking people’s opinions on color schemes and fonts of his memes?
My good ol’pal Kecepticon!
Oh, he’s not calling them memes…these are social instant pics, or Fast quote photos or some such nonsense…
…and if I didn’t know better I’d have suspected he was doing some work on this project to get it ready for launch.
Now there is a place that ALL the WarriorPlus and JVZOO vendors like to post their upcoming launches.
And I thought I’d just mosey on over to Muncheye and see what some of the upcoming launches were.
What do you know, I find my good ol’ buddy Kecepticon launching an upcoming product that looks very similar to the one him and I were working on just 12 months prior.
Have you ever visited muncheye?
It’s an interesting place and there is always new software being launched that is posted on muncheye. Like this new one here…
I want to point something out here. There is nothing illegal about taking someone else’s idea and acting on it.
You cannot copyright an idea.
Is it ethical to begin working with someone, let them dump all their ideas on you, and then lose interest in a project, walk away and release that project on your own?
You will have to be the judge. I don’t think so personally. Neither do many other people. That’s why they make these 2 documents I am going to tell
you about, in just a bit.
But I digress. Back to the story.
So I responded to his inquiry for feedback on his Social Quote pics or whatever he was calling them.
I said, “wow…looks a lot like Memes2Go lol”
He did not respond.
So I was a little annoyed by what I saw. It appeared to me that Kecepticon was going to take our unfinished work from 12 months ago and go ahead and launch it with just the motivational quotes.
So I posted this on my facebook timeline:
Now notice that I did not name anyone in that post. It was educational in nature.
However, this post appeared to send my good ol’buddy Kecepticon into a little bit of a panic. I suppose because a few people were responding to it by asking me questions like, “What happened?”
Kecepticon saw all this and thought he would weigh in and respond to people FOR me.
“Kam is pissed at me because he thinks I took something from him. Maybe later I’ll do a video and get into some FB drama”
I wish I had the Kecepticon’s original comment to post for you but he deleted it. Anyways, after he posted this I updated my original post to look like this:
Notice how I am essentially telling Kecepticon that he should reach out to me privately and clear this up. As maybe I am mistaken about what is happening.
This was our private conversation:
There was no more response from Kecepticon. He has since blocked me.
Now, this is the part where I need to tell you about how I generally handle things when it comes to my online business.
I generally have two piles of stuff to worry about.
One pile is the stuff that directly makes me money.
(this pile I give the most attention to)
And the second pile is the stuff that doesn’t.
(this pile I try to ignore because it’s a waste of energy for the most part)
This stuff with Kecepticon was really annoying to me, and it could and probably would cost me thousands…
…however, it did not contribute to me making money. It looked like a giant time suck to me with very little gain for myself involved.
Also the worst part was…the whole thing was MY fault because I didn’t have him sign these 2 documents I am going to tell you about in a bit.
So basically I was planning to just let it alone. But then something happened.
Someone else saw that post I published to Facebook. Now I don’t want to name names but this person had a VERY interesting story to tell. It turns out that I was not Kecepticon’s first victim.
It turns out this had happened before. Here is a snippet of the private conversation that I had with this other victim of Kecepticon:
Now I have to say…it is not lost on me that this whole event actually produced a new friendship for me with our unnamed person here. And meeting honest, hard working people and making friends with them…well that is probably worth more to me than anything else.
So it’s a win. Long game win.
But now that I knew I wasn’t the only one Kecepticon had swindled for product ideas…it wasn’t just about me anymore. I felt I needed to do something to protect the community in which I had been a part of for the last several years.
I knew I wouldn’t be the last person to reach out to a known programmer to help them make their software ideas a reality.
So I reached out to 3 people I trusted for some council. I needed a little advice on how to proceed with this situation.
I don’t mind telling you the three people I reached out to because I hold them in high regard, and respect their opinions on such matters. They deserve credit for being trustworthy, intelligent, and wise people, prone to give very good advice.
I reached out to Barb Ling (a programmer and fellow marketer), Andie Brocklehurst (a programmer and fellow marketer), and Michael Lantz (the owner of WarriorPlus). All three deal with product launches and are familiar with the concepts behind launching software, especially on the WarriorPlus network. I consider them friends.
I don’t want to share what they specifically said to me, because those conversations were had in private and in confidence. Also their specific opinions don’t really add to the scope of what I am trying to do with this article.
What I will say is that they were extremely helpful conversations, and I want to take a moment to thank each of them for their input on the matter.
Barb, Andie, Michael…thank you. You are all very wise and gracious. I appreciate you.
After talking with Barb, Andie, and Michael I came to a decision on how I would handle this situation. Not to say that any of them told me to do this…
…it’s just the way I chose to proceed after speaking with all of them on the issue and thinking about it for a little while. You cannot overestimate the value of a good think, as long as it is followed with some action.
So what did I decide?
Well you probably figured that out.
I decided to write a blog article about the event and not name any names when it came to “guilty parties,” or people who acted in shall we say a less than ethical manner.
You are reading that article now. We’ll call it:
“The Kecepticon Report”
And it is here as a warning to all would be marketers who are eager to test their skills in the software launch game because they smell the easy money.
But let me give you my takeaways of this whole thing, and tell you about those 2 documents I keep referring to.
The whole point of this article is to help others not make the same mistake that me and the unnamed person I spoke of earlier made.
We are talking about mistakes that can cost you thousands of dollars.
I have 7 lessons for you.
Lesson 1: Always get the following 2 documents signed by any programmer that you MIGHT work with BEFORE you tell them about your software ideas:
DOCUMENT ONE) A Non-Disclosure Agreement – a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to ensure that all the information that you share is confidential between you and your developers. It essentially protects your idea from being reused or shared by those involved with your project.
DOCUMENT TWO) A Non-compete agreement – A non-compete agreement is basically aimed at keeping people from sharing your trade secrets to another rival company. Essentially, it refrains the contracted developers and other professionals working on your project from working on any other app project that directly competes with yours.
Lesson 2: Have a few trusted advisors you can reach out to on the tough situations like this. People who are prone to give good advice and who you can trust to not have some agenda against you.
Lesson 3: If there is one thing I have learned in this business, it’s that good things happen when we keep moving forward. This whole thing was truly my fault for not having the right documentation signed. Any kind of action I took on it after the fact did not stand to make me any money, only cost me energy. So be calculated in your business efforts and keep moving forward. Me, I’m on to my next money making venture. Short memory on failure and live in the present.
Lesson 4: Trust and presumed honor is not good enough with partnerships concerning money. Trust is only as good as a person’s moral fortitude and honestly there is no way any of us can know that about each other. Also I have found that the promise of a lot of money tends to make good people make stupid decisions. So just get the documents signed before you ever disclose any information.
Lesson 5: Pay it Forward. Throughout my marketing career I have worked hard to be transparent about my wins AND my losses. I feel that it is impossible for people to really be successful online without seeing the WHOLE picture and not just the good stuff. This idealism has cost me friends, JV support, and money to be honest. But I believe it is worthwhile. Principals are worthwhile. If you get value out of this article, I implore you to share with others your wins AND your losses, for the losses can also help tremendously.
Lesson 6: Always seek the message. With this post I am not seeking vengeance on anyone, or trying to call anyone out. I am seeking to educate and to warn future marketers about things I have experienced. I don;t think it’s productive to seek vengeance. I do think it’s productive to seek the lesson. Seek the message in any given situation. These 7 lessons are mine.
Lesson 7: Don’t be afraid to burn a few bridges. Sometimes you just need to “Release the Kraken.” That’s a boss decision, and real bosses don’t flinch in the face of a fight or an uncomfortable situation. In the end you’ll sleep better for it.
Ultimately, was a crime committed here? No.
Was something done that was unethical? It depends on who you are asking. In my view, yes. But that is irrelevant. What really matters is protecting your future assets. So take this story to heart.
Take a page out of the Eddie Vedder playbook.
“You think I got my eyes closed, but I’m lookin’ at you the whole fucking time!” – Eddie Vedder, Once
With that being said, I hope you all have an awesome day. I hope you got some value out of this one, and I will see you next time.
P.S. I don’t update my blog as much as I email my list. That’s where the real party is. You should opt-in and join me.
Do you guys know about Isaac Newton? I know…what a silly question right?
Well…I just thought I would start there because, I for one, used to fall asleep in classes like that when I was in school…
…and depending on who you are and when you might have fallen asleep…there is a chance you might not know who the hell I’m talking about (no judgment.)
That being said, to catch up really quick, Isaac Newton came up with these 3 laws of motion. And they are super important because…
…well they tie into almost EVERY physical thing we deal with in life.
But what I figured out as I started my online journey, was that Newton’s laws don’t just apply to physics…
…they kind of apply to…well…almost…everything.
Let me explain…
The First Law of Marketing – Reject Equilibrium
Newton’s First Law of Motion states that if the forces acting upon an object are balanced, then the acceleration of that object will be 0 m/s/s. Objects at equilibrium will not accelerate. According to Newton, an object will only accelerate if there is a net or unbalanced force acting upon it.
Newton is basically saying that if there are equal forces affecting an object, they are going to counter each other and that object is staying right where it is.
If I hit a hockey puck on the ice, eventually it will come to a stop because of the friction from the ice.
I think that applies to making money online as well.
We can never truly move from our current position by holding onto balance or comfort. It is only when we push boundaries and explore new ground that we transcend our “status quo” situation.
Comfort and balance are essentially the ice causing friction that brings change to a stop.
For example, you might be buying new courses all the time to entertain the idea of starting an online business but if you are comfortable in your current job (not necessarily happy, but comfortable) then…
…is it possible that those two forces are causing a sort of equilibrium, countering each other, and keeping you exactly where you are?
Am I saying that balance and comfort are bad and that you shouldn’t have them in your life?
No. Balance and comfort are great…however…
…I am saying that if you are trying to change your circumstances…they are bad. It’s not just physics…it’s life as well.
The Second Law of Marketing – Keep It Moving and Keep It Simple
Newton’s second law of motion states that the acceleration of an object is dependent upon two variables – the net force acting upon the object and the mass of the object. As the force acting upon an object is increased, the acceleration of the object is increased. As the mass of an object is increased, the acceleration of the object is decreased.
Newton is basically saying that the greater force affecting an object the faster it will go…
…however that is also going to depend on the size of the object. The bigger it is (the more mass it has) the slower it will go.
This applies to making money online as well. The more momentum you have, the more commitment you have, the more “all in” you are when it comes to a project, the faster you are going to move the plan along.
The other part is true too though, If your plan is too big, too complicated, or has too many moving parts, it’s going to slow you down.
It’s easier to push an empty shopping cart than a full one. The empty one has less mass. So…
…You have to ask yourself, if I can make money online in a streamlined simple way AND I can make money online in a way that is harder or more complicated…
I should always be moving in simple and decisive directions. I should always be trying to streamline and simplify my processes because I will move faster.
Money loves speed.
The Third Law of Marketing – Action is King
Newton’s third law famously states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction that acts with the same momentum and the opposite velocity.
It means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. Forces always come in pairs.
That’s a lot to take in when you think about it and it might not be the easiest thing to understand but an example of what Newton is saying would be letting air out of a balloon.
Let’s say you’re holding a balloon and you let the air out of it. While the air is going to rush downwards, the balloon is going to fly upwards.
Another example would be when you jump onto a diving board. You jump downward onto the board, but that board springs back upwards.
So now that I’ve thoroughly bored you to death with Newton’s Third Law, what the heck does it have to do with marketing and making money online?
Well, Newton’s third law is a keen reminder that Action rules the land of online business and marketing. Action is the real king.
It is only through action that anything happens around here. No matter how uncertain I might be to move in a particular direction, I am always closer to success when I take action.
If I am creating no action, there will be no equal and opposite “reaction.” That’s not just the laws of physics, it’s also the laws of life.
So there you have it. The three big laws of marketing, as stated by me, as inspired by Sir Isaac Newton and his laws of motion.
Law 1 – Reject Equilibrium
Law 2 – Keep it Moving, and Keep It Simple
Law 3 – Action is King
I feel it is my duty to add here that all of the above, I have learned from years of experience in the “make money online” space, through trials and tribulations, ups and downs, successes and failures.
But the truth is…I didn’t write this article because I cared what I thought…the truth is I wrote it because I wanted to know what YOU thought.
So be sure to leave me a comment, let me know your alive out there, and tell me…
…does this make sense to you?
I have a real problem.
For the last 3 years, I have been online in some capacity every…single…day.
Through all the birthday parties, hospital admissions, family crises, vacations, date nights…
Whether it was checking emails, doing customer support, making youtube videos or facebook live streams, creating courses, workshops, or 1 on 1 mentoring calls…
…I was online doing it. I guess that makes sense since I run a digital publishing business and all but…
On top of that, I noticed that the majority of my entertainment lately was coming in the form of television or tablet. Basically watching shows, movies, or video games.
Whatever happened to reading books? I used to like to just kick back and actually read a book. Whatever happened to family board game night? Why did it always seem like I never had enough time to do anything substantial anymore outside of “online?”
It was time for a change. It was time to disconnect from all this “noise” for a few days.
So I committed to a 3 day digital detox.
I shut down the tablet, flipped off the smart phone and locked them away in a drawer. I powered off my desktop and packed up my chromebook. I unplugged the television…
…and I committed to no screens.
To take this whole thing to another level, I also committed to drinking only juice for these 3 days. Juice, water and herbal tea to be exact. Six 15 ounce juices a day, every 2 hours with water and tea inbetween, if I got hungry. No sugar in the tea.
So what were the results?
Well the first thing is I started this at a weight of 267.7 pounds. When I wrapped up day 3 I weighed 259 lbs. So that’s an 8 pound weight loss. Pretty crazy for only 3 days.
But what about the digital detox. What did I learn from disconnecting from screens for 3 days?
I had 5 big takeaways. Here they are…
ONE) Rotation Reader – All my life I have been a “read one thing at a time” kind of guy. But without thinking over the course of this 3 day period I noticed that I would read 1 book for about an hour, take a break, and when I came back to read again I would select something different.
I literally had 5 books going over the past 3 days. I was aware that I was doing this and I recognized that it was really weird, but it felt natural for whatever reason and just seemed like the way I wanted to do it.
Of the 5 books I started, I finished one of them.
I don’t know if all the internet usage has kind of rewired my brain and how I like to consume information has changed, but that is what it felt like.
TWO) The Slowing of Time – The second big takeaway for me was that time really seemed to slow down. I felt like I had endless amounts of it. These 3 days felt like 3 weeks. It seemed like there was plenty of time to get everything done. It was a good thing.
I don’t know if it’s because of the 24 hour news cycle that we now find ourselves in today, or because we are always connected in this “daily update” kind of society…but I can tell you that the narrative definitely slowed down for me and it was awesome.
THREE) Stream of Thought Stretched – I noticed that I would think about specific ideas and subjects for longer periods of time, which in turn meant that I thought about them on a deeper level. I took those ideas and thoughts further than I normally would have.
Let me explain…
Generally, (and I wasn’t aware of this until these 3 days) I will think about something, and very quickly I will move on to the next thing. I might jot it down if I think that it’s a good idea or something that I don’t want to forget, but I won’t spend a lot of time on it.
During this digital detox, I would carry out lines of thought to more of an internal resolution. Even simple things like “What do I think of the new Lion King remake?” In fact, let’s use that…
I recently learned about this new “live action” Lion King remake.
So as a guy with kids who might like the movie, I watched a video review and that lead me to another video review (recommended by youtube) and then that leads me to a 3rd and 4th review or reaction video about this movie.
Now, my head is full of other people’s opinions on this movie that I haven’t seen and probably don’t really care about but…
…for some now reason I thought that Disney was ruining all these classic movies, there was a hidden agenda, and why can’t people just leave awesome things alone that don’t need fixed.
It was stupid.
A bunch of other people’s opinions, suggested by youtube, consumed by me, and filtered through my mind to form some kind of Frankenstein viewpoint on something that I didn’t really even care bout.
What I realised pretty easily when I stepped away from all the opinions, and what should have been simple was this:
When I was a kid there was a movie that I really enjoyed called The Lion King. It still holds a special place in my heart. Now there is a new Lion King movie for a new generation of kids.
I wasn’t the target audience. It doesn’t matter what I think of the movie. It’s not for me. I wasn’t meant to get it.
That was my simple and true opinion. My judgment had been clouded on this simple little thing by all the noise.
Now imagine if your judgment is being clouded on tons of issues throughout your life?
It’s like a whole bunch of talking heads taking up space in your mind, making things more than they really need to be and in some cases just creating issues that really weren’t even issues to you otherwise.
I swear for a minute it almost seemed like everyone was transgender and couldn’t find a bathroom to use. Then shortly after, it seemed like the world was being taken over by demonic feminists and SJW warriors.
Nonsense. Just sheer and utter nonsense.
I’m not saying those issues don’t exist…but just to say that they shouldn’t matter to me and really have no place in the narrative that is my life.
Just being able to follow a line of thought a little further and a little less clouded made a big difference when it comes to my outlook on the world.
FOUR) The 2AM Anxiety Paradox – For the last couple of years I have had a problem. I couldn’t sleep.
I would try to go to bed at 11pm or so, only to spring back up in a cold sweat and stay awake until 2 or 3am battling anxiety. What would I do to battle the anxiety? Watch videos on my tablet or work on the computer.
During this 3 day detox this melted away. I was getting to bed at 9:30pm to 10:30 pm every night. A couple of times I started to sit up in bed like I was going to get up…
…but then I just laid back down and went back to sleep. So why is that? Well I trace it back to this blue light problem…do you know about it?
Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by human eyes. Blue light is a short wavelength, which means it produces higher amounts of energy.
It used to be that the only source of blue light was from the sun.
Now we have brought blue light inside by way of digital screens (found on TVs, Smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets and gaming systems), electronic devices, LED and fluorescent lighting.
I could get really deep into this but I’ll let you do your own research on the topic of blue light. However, the fact of the matter is that blue light has been proven to decrease melatonin secretion and disrupt a person’s circadian rhythm.
Short sleep is linked to many problems including depression, anxiety, obesity and even diabetes.
Based off of my 3 day detox and how my own personal anxiety melted away, I tend to believe it was doing something.
FIVE) The Dreamscape – The fifth thing that I noted as a pretty big deal was my dreaming during these 3 days.
Every single night I was having these extremely intense realistic dreams. Not to say that the things I was dreaming about were realistic in any way. I was dreaming about some really off the wall bizarre stuff that couldn’t possibly exist in real life…
…however, they felt so real and unbelievably intense while dreaming.
That was a big change from my normal dreaming.
I don;t know what that means or why it happened. I can only theorize that perhaps the increased focus and clarity that I experienced during the 3 day digital detox was also transferring over to my dream state at night.
Does that make sense to you? Let me know what you think.
So What Now?
Ultimately, I think that these 5 big takeaways culminate to this…
I control the narrative of my life. The speed of it, what I think about, what I care about, how I feel about and how I react to. Some things just shouldn’t matter while others should and get ignored.
Sometimes, I think you can’t see the forest for the trees.
Have you ever witnessed a really beautiful drone shot? You know the ones where the drone lifts off the ground, and then fairly quickly you see the entire lush landscape open up right before your very eyes?
A digital detox can feel a lot like that really beautiful drone shot. Things that seemed too busy and confusing before, now seem clear and easy to navigate.
All in all, the 3 day experiment was a pretty telling one for me.
I have decided to do one of these every single month just to reconnect with reality a little bit. It’s funny how we can disconnect without even realizing it.
My next digital detox will be on august 28th. Feel free to join me and share your experiences. 3 days really isn’t that long, and the benefits can be pretty profound.
Anyways, I hope you have gotten value out of this article and it has benefited you in some way, my name is Kam and I’ll see you in the next one!
Welcome to the Launch Game…
I call it the launch game because it’s competitive, it really is.
It’s a sport.
A blood sport.
It’s the kind of game that will test you to your limits. Make you dig deep for everything you get. Late nights, and early mornings, missing birthday parties and sending your wife to bed alone…
…the launch game. It can put you on top of the world in a day and drag you to hell in a night.
It’s made me arrogant at times and it’s taken me to tears at times (and I am not a man who cries easy or often. In fact…maybe tears was a little strong there.)
I think the launch game is a reflection of life itself.
That’s right, life is like a product launch. Never quite as good or as bad as you think.
I always tell people not to take themselves too seriously, because it’s a marathon. You aren’t going to win them all but…
It’s hard not to take it seriously. Entrepreneurs have to take shots. They have to take chances. They have to let it ride…
…it’s easy to let it ride when you win. It’s hard when you lose.
How many of you out there feel like your product should have done way better but you couldn’t sell 30 copies?
You couldn’t get any support for it but this other guy over here put out trash and pushed 3,000 units? He’s been doing it half as long as you’ve been “trying.”
That’s the funny stuff you think about on day 2 of a failing launch. The kind of stuff that makes you want to pull the plug on the whole thing and give up.
The formula is simple. It should be easy.
Step 1 – Create
Step 2 – Package
Step 3 – Release.
Step 4 – If Low conversions, good traffic, then adjust sales page
Step 5 – If High conversions, low traffic, then double down on jv recruitment.
Simple formula. Easy to master. More difficult to execute…
I want to give you some advice for this game.
I’m a guy who can push between 300 and 700 units fairly consistently. Not the best by any means but I have mastered a degree of consistency that I can teach you.
I’m not perfect.
Consistent 5 figure launches still elude me. I’ve done it a couple of times but not regularly.
Perpetual 1,000 unit launches still elude me. I’ve done it a couple of times but not every time.
If I can be consistent with 300 to 700 unit launches though…then I know that being consistent with 1,000 unit launches is also possible for me…
…strike that…for anyone.
Possible for anyone willing to put in the dedication required. Obsession required.
Possible for anyone willing to work hard and be clever enough.
Here are some simple truths for you heading into 2019.
That’s all I got! Hope it helps. Merry Christmas from the depths of Ohio! ANd I truly hope you have a Happy New Year!
Here is the most popular phrase in the internet marketing space:
“I can not sell my product please any one help me!!!”
It’s like a bad romance that plagues not just the person asking it but also everyone forced to be around the person asking it. **grins**
Let’s answer this one in 2 parts…
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
The truth is, the fact that you threw that broad statement out there says more about you than it does about your problem. It says that you do not yet have the insight to know what you are looking for or what you are looking at.
Instead of saying, “I can not sell my product please any one help me!!!” Try this instead…
Why can I not sell my product?
What am I doing wrong?
Where is my process breaking down?
Those 3 small questions will help you a lot more than the broad statement you are posing.
Never forget that when you point a finger (looking for blame or answers) there are 3 fingers pointing back at you.
It’s true. You are in a world full of people who became successful because they figured out a whole bunch of stuff on their own, took the answers that a few other people gave them, and ran with it…
…and then to the best of my recollection you are surrounded by a group of people, in entrepreneurs, who have overcome large amounts of adversity and made scathing sacrifices to get to where they are.
When you say, “I can not sell my product please any one help me!!!” You come across in one of two ways to them. A lazy fool or a potential client. Probably both, most definitely the latter.
So what should you do? Look within for the larger answer you seek. Ask more specific questions to others…
Why can I not sell my product? What am I doing wrong? Where is my process breaking down?
If you are going to seek help…ask specific questions about specific problems. You’ll be far happier with the answers you get.
What’s that phrase again?
“I can not sell my product please any one help me!!!”
If you want to sell your product take these steps:
Step 1: Don’t be a coward. Fortune truly favors the brave. Be brave my friend. To make it here you need courage, consistency, and cleverness. But above all courage.
Step 2: Understand the fundamental idea that the more people who care about what you have to say…the more you will sell.
Step 3: Build an audience in a place where people visit regularly and repeatedly (i.e. facebook, youtube, reddit, quora, pinterest, imgur, instagram, ect.). YOu can achieve this by publishing regularly on said platform. Be consistent and always stay focused on your niche.
Step 4: Push that audience onto an email list. This list will represent the core of your audience. 80% of your financial transactions will come from this list.
Step 5: Sell your audience things that will help them.
Step 6: Don’t get confused and misuse your influence. (guess this is more of a rule than a step isn’t it)
Step 7: When things break, ask questions. Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Don’t blame others. IN fact find a way to blame yourself so that you can control the situation.
Step 8: If you, at any point, find yourself lost or in doubt…see Step 1.
I don’t need to hope that answers your question, the truth is I know it does. When you are ready for the answer this will all make sense and you will win. Good luck out there.
You know, I’ve seen a lot of things in my day.
From ebay to amazon…
…from youtube to membership programs…
…from product launching to paid advertising…
…it’s safe to say I’ve been around the block.
Feels like long enough to go from the hero to the villain (blatant Dark Knight reference). Successes and failures litter my journey like notches on some old gunslinger’s belt.
“Oh great did this prick just relate himself to Batman? This should be a real humdinger…”
You’re Goddamn right I did.
Can you relate?
I admit, I don’t take back the things I say around here very often either…
…if I said it then I meant it. So I’ve burned a lot of bridges along the way.
People like to judge people. Everyone’s got an opinion. My opinion is fuck what you think, I’m too busy.
Sometimes it holds me back. Sometimes it fuels my success.
Can you relate?
Seems like I’ve been chasing that 7 figure dream online for years but I’ll probably never get it.
It appears I have found myself stuck in the “online middle class.” Just like my parents were stuck in the real life lower middle class, before me. Just like their parents were stuck in the lower class before them…
The socioeconomic road is a rocky scenic route with many detours it seems…
The “online middle class” is an okay place and far better than working for someone else, I’ll give you that…but it’s not the laptop lifestyle that sucked us all in.
I’m 42 years old and I’m still on my grind. Dream a little dream.
People say my content has gotten darker and more negative….
People say I should keep it upbeat and light. Be fun, positive and hopeful.
People are always saying something. The opinions collect like rotten leaves in my rain gutters…
…but keep it fun.
I look around and I see new dudes who aren’t new at all…
…but instead have been struggling to make money online for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years…they haven’t made a dime.
People who WISH they could get to the “online middle class.” Like I have anything to complain about. What a joke.
I don’t see anything upbeat about a dude with health issues who is spending every last fucking dime trying to make a few bucks online because he doesn’t think he’s going to be able to work at his normal job much longer…
…Nothing light or fun about that.
But I hear stories like that everyday from people. Their stories haunt me a little bit. I never know if they are telling me the truth or bullshitting me. I trust less people every year around here it seems. Feels like everyone has another angle sometimes.
You know why my content seems more dark and boring? Less pie in the sky?
I’ll tell you. Because I’m not about that bull shit.
I’m about the real shit.
When I win online it’s because I went hard as fuck in the paint (random basketball reference for you) and because I was really, really smart about it…not because I pushed some magic “easy” button.
When I make mistakes, when I get too careless, I fall short like everyone else…
…And I do. Happens all the time. I’m human.
I’m that bastard people come to on the way back down after they lost most their money to some 7 figure “guru” whispering sweet nothings of millions in their ear, cruising around in a Mclaren they bought on the hopes and dreams of every chump that came before the last sucker…
…and there’s one born everyday but…
…Now, the honeymoon is over.
When I get them, they are bitter, about to give up, and jaded as fuck. They are just trying to find SOMETHING that would prove they haven’t wasted the last 5 years of their life.
They always say the same thing about me when they come knocking too. “You just seem down to earth and honest man.”
Mr. Down to Earth and Honest. Mr. Non Flashy Boring Guy. Mr. Help them finally start earning a few bucks online and re-adjust expectations guy.
Not winning any ribbons for excitement that’s for sure.
It’s funny because most people have to go a long way around before they come back to a place where some disheveled dude with bad fashion sense…
…is teaching them how to start a business that will probably take about a year to really get going well.
That’s not sexy at all. Not one fucking bit.
Nobody wants to hear they are going to have to spend the next 12 months learning a bunch of shit they don’t want to learn, just to get a business going…
…spend the next 12 months building something that takes a commitment to consistency and adjustment. That’s not why they came here. Sounds too much like starting a real business. Too much effort.
…so it’s no surprise not many are interested in that. It takes heart to stomach the truth. It takes courage to embrace the work and not run from the work.
Key point in a long diatribe…Don’t run from the work, embrace the work.
Hell, I wouldn’t have been interested in that either when I first got started. I was on that easy shit back then. I wanted the push button dream.
Interesting thing about that dream…
…It’s easy to believe in because that’s the same dream that everybody tells you doesn’t exist…yet in the next sentence on their sales page, tries to sell you.
It’s that double speak you must be used to by now if you have spent at least 15 minutes of your life in the MMO space. That’s “make money online” for those not fully indoctrinated.
If you listen very closely you can hear them now, like hearing the ocean with a conch shell pressed against your ear…
“Push button doesn’t exist…want me to teach you how to make $320 in the next 20 minutes? YOu can scale it bruhhhhh!!!!”
No bruuhhh…I don’t want to scale it bruhhh…because you’re full of shit bruhhh. Your making your money off of me buying your bullshit bruhhhh…
And the game is rigged too. Just like that Browns v Raiders game yesterday. Fucking rigged. From the universe to the platforms…there is always something trying to keep you in your place. It’s going to take a special effort to break the loop. No doubt on that.
Doesn’t mean you can’t do it. That’s why underdogs are special. That’s why we love a good rags to riches story. Because it’s rare. You were never meant to do it. It’s going to take a special effort.
Around here you are going to get a lot of people putting a positive spin on things. Not telling you the whole story. The whole story comes with failure. I’ll tell you the whole story…
…the guy who risks it all, learns fast, and goes hard in the paint all the time probably wins. I say probably because this is life…we don’t always get what we deserve.
Does a guy win if he gets to 25k a month but loses his wife in the process, because she’s sick of being ignored? You tell me, I don’t know anymore. Sounds subjective.
We don’t always get what we deserve.
Actually scratch that…we don’t deserve anything. We get exactly what our actions dictate. And if we are good at analyzing what happened we get better and better at it.
Yeah that’s it man. What we deserve in life is in direct response to the action we take and how we adjust to our mistakes. ANd I feel like that’s important. I feel like this post is important.
But at the end of the day…what am I trying to say?
Look To The Losses For Your Truth (or Why You’ve only Been Getting Half The Story And How to Find Real Success!)
People are always crying about getting ripped off around here.
It reminds me of when I was in the Navy. All the new recruits used to cry the blues about how the recruiters lied to them.
I’ll admit, I just used to laugh at them back then.
And do I laugh at the newbies now?
Not exactly. Let me explain.
I am a firm believer in the idea that none of us deserve anything. If you work hard enough, you are clever enough and ambitious enough…
…then maybe you get to win. Not because you deserve anything, but instead because you figured something out.
I think the fact that you are not rewarded because you “deserve to be” is important to remember in these dark days of mass entitlement.
None of us really “deserve” anything.
The gods of Internet Marketing don’t give participation prizes…
…not because you hung out in a bunch of IM forums and facebook groups for years and not because you doinked around, brilliantly half assing it on every low ticket product from WarriorPlus Drive to Clickbank Avenue…
What is required is a paradigm shift.
A way to break the cycle.
A loophole in the fabric of the universe…
…a universe that says you are destined to work at a dead end job that you hate for the rest of your life.
I will tell you how.
Look to the losses for your truth.
The truth is you are not being told the whole story.
Would it be hard to put together a 286 piece loft bed with only half the directions? I’ll answer that for you…it would be pretty damn hard, I have some experience in this.
Do you think it would be easy to understand the movie if someone edited it down to JUST the action scenes? I mean, you might get the gist of it but you probably couldn’t write the movie review.
Remember when you were in elementary school and you were supposed to read a book and do a book report? You had that amazing idea to just write the book report from the “back of the book” summary?
That shit didn’t work did it (lol).
Well, many times in the world of internet marketing it is the same thing.
Marketers are a prideful, arrogant lot who like to win.
It’s embarrassing to lose. So like anyone else who is embarrassed by something, many marketers do not speak of the losses.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with speaking on the wins and focusing on the positive. It’s good to be positive and focus on the positive…
….but as marketers we don’t just focus on the positive.
We do full blown courses on the positive. We create giant blog posts on the positive. We construct megalithic case studies and turn them into grand products that focus on the positive…
We sell the dream.
But the dream is not the whole story.
ANd without the whole story…it’s a little hard to achieve the same results that the story is showing.
I mean, think about it. Could Dorothy ever have gotten out of Oz if nobody bothered to tell her about the Yellow Brick Road? What about those shoes? What if she would have never gotten those ruby shoes?
It might have been a different story right? Maybe not such a classic?
Do you know what happens to new people who get sold the dream and only understand half the story?
They walk away with their brand new, shiny step by step actionable instructions and they tend to fail quite a bit.
After that, they curse the stupid “guru” who sold them the dream and they move on to the NEXT dream.
Eventually, their bitterness turns introspective and they begin to wonder if perhaps they themselves, might be cursed…
…afterall, everybody seems to be winning and making money except them.
What is the problem?
I’ll tell you what the problem is.
You only got half the story. You only saw the action scenes. The negative aspects of the story were purposely withheld from you in an effort to make the story…
…more sexy. More convenient. Easier to swallow. Like a nice dose of “tastes great, less filling…”
But not the whole story.
I once spent 5 years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.
Before I left, the Navy told me they had given me an education worth about 100k and I had enough field experience to test out for my Nursing license (lpn)…
…and I did what any blue blooded 24 year old American Male who was sick of the military life would do…
…I moved to Rhode Island and got a job unloading trucks. After I got sick of that, I went on to working maintenance at McDonalds with my 100k education.
While at the Golden Arches, sweeping floors and living up to my Generation X background of squandering my education masterfully and wasting my full potential…
…I noticed that all these old timers were always hanging out there all the time talking about their trips to Foxwoods (nearby casino.) It was a daily thing. A ritual.
These old guys always lounged around at that local McDonald’s like a bunch of salty dogs in good ol’ Rhode Island talking about their wins.
As I swept the floor each morning I would begin to wonder if these old bastards ever lost. I mean…
…what the hell am I doing sweeping this floor…these guys seemed like they were winning every single time they went to that casino. I mean…I want to win too…I like easy money…
I started thinking…”Hell, that must be the winningest Casino known to man because these old timers are striking it rich daily!”
And then I visited that damn casino for the first time.
It looked like the goddamned Emerald City as we rolled up. Literally, glistening in the sun a bright jade green color. Parking lot full of people, shuttle busses to give everyone a ride up to the place.
I thought, wow, this is awesome. It was all systems go for me. All green lights!
The place was beautiful inside with everything you could think of to do in there but no clocks and the main attraction?
Gambling. And off I went…time to get MINE!!!
It took me about 2 hours to figure out that those old dudes at McDonalds were not telling the whole story.
There was a lot of winning going on in there all right…for the casino.
I quickly realized why this place was so amazing looking. It was all built on the dreams of it’s “guests.”
It does not take long to lose lots of money in a Casino. They know all the tricks.
So people leave many times feeling like fools for losing a ton of cash.
They aren’t interested in reliving that and they definitely aren’t interested in telling other people about how they just lost their ass at the casino last night…
No sir, they are going to keep going back until they get a win. And then they to will have something to talk about. Something cool and awesome that makes them feel good…like a winner.
Now, I’m not saying that marketers are like addicted gamblers who don’t know when to say when. But I am saying that embarrassment is real and most people are not too interested in talking about losses.
It’s a paradox though…
…I mean, how does someone win if they don’t have the whole story? How does someone understand what to do if they don’t know about the losses AND the wins?
They are going to have an unrealistic expectation from only being fed half the story.
Maybe, they puzzle it out for themselves by exploring multiple strategies from multiple people, until they stumble upon something that is working for them.
Or maybe they give up feeling like a fool.
Kind of like throwing a bunch of stuff against a wall and seeing what sticks. It leaves a lot of people in frustration.
When I started Epic Conversions in 2016 I adopted a strong “share the losses AND the wins” mentality.
I didn’t want to be like those old salty dogs at McDonald’s all those years ago. Fooling people with the wins and hiding the losses. The losses are just as important as the wins.
If you don’t believe me, go ask anyone who’s ever been married.
Yeah, it would be embarrassing to share the losses.
Yeah, I would be perceived as probably less successful than some.
And yeah, my business would probably grow a little slower because of it.
I mean, do you want to be taught how to succeed by the seemingly “mega successful” lambo driving dude who appears to really have his shit together?
Or do you want to be taught how to succeed by the middle class, sleeveless shirt wearing, redneck who talks about messing up his last sales page on facebook?
If we are being honest…people go for the sexy dream most times.
I usually get them on the way back down when they have sworn vengeance on all things internet marketing, made like 20 guru’s their mortal enemies…
…and are now just trying to figure out how to make a little extra money online (lol at that imagery…been there.)
I am the practical guy who will tell you about my mess ups. It’s important to me for you to understand I am a real guy and this is a real business that you can do…and it’s okay to mess up.
We all mess up. And if you are like me you mess up over and over again, each time adjusting and getting a little better at what you do.
This last product I launched, The Easy 23, was a solid launch. But I did make a pretty big mistake.
I got too cocky with my sales page. Too overconfident, and when it didn’t convert like I wanted it to, I had to make another one.
I literally spend the afternoon of the first day of my launch penning a brand new sales letter/page because the one I had in place was converting at a miserable 6%.
I was wasting a ton of traffic. I was losing a ton of money. This is what was buzzing through my head as I cursed my stupidity on that first day furiously typing a 3rd sales page.
So finally, I got my new sales page in place and by the beginning of the second day I had my conversions up to a blazing 31%. The product launch was getting salvaged and things were looking up.
However, how many affiliates mailed for me once that first morning and when the product did not convert, moved on?
I estimate I probably lost around 2k on that little mistake.
So the lesson there?
Always work from a template on your sales letters and pages. Don’t get TOO creative in that department. Always roll with a back up and make sure that backup is hitting on a different angle.
This is real marketing and I am a real marketer. If you want to know the whole story…
…if you want to know who you should follow and learn from?
…take this small piece of advice to heart.
Look to the losses for your truth.
Find the marketers out there who are putting their losses on display for the world to see.
And I don’t mean some long lost mistake they made in the beginning of their career back when they were still living in “a trailer.”
I mean, Jesus, it’s like every internet marketer now started their journey in a trailer with a bunch of drug addicts…
…but that was a long time ago…before they bought a Bugatti.
Now, shit is different right? Now that you have a super car and live in a mansion…you don’t mess up anymore right?
No mistakes are ever made?
Here is what I am saying. Finally, to the point.
Everyone messes up. Even when they win at a high level, they still mess up. To be fallible is to be human.
If you want to win here you need to see the whole picture. Look to the losses for your truth.
That’s all I got! Good luck out there! If you can make it here you can make it anywhere!
How to go from ZERO to LEVEL 60 DRAGON SLAYER when your wife hates you, your kids ignore you, and your family laughs at you!!! (or 23 steps to running with the big dogs)
First let me just say something…
…I want you to adopt a strong “fuck what you think” mentality throughout this process. You’ll thank me later. Half the people you know don’t give a shit about you and the other half want to see you fail so seriously…fuck what they think.
Alright you got it? Cool…let’s do this.
Step 1. Pick a niche
Step 2. Go to your favorite PLR site and find 3 special reports on said niche. Download them. Make sure you have Master Resell rights on these reports.
Step 3. Break apart all the chapters of all the special reports into individual articles. These articles are very synergetic and flow well into each other.
Step 4. Turn the articles into emails. Be sure to lead into the next email at the end of the previous email. Now you should have a package of at least 30 to 50 emails on one subject. This is an autoresponder sequence that can be packaged as a product and sold. It is utilitarian in nature.
Step 5. Come up with a title and subtitle for your new product. Hit them in the mouth with the title and tell them why you did it with the subtitle.
Step 6. Go over to Canva(dot)com and create a cover for your new product.
Step 7. Create a license for your new product. YOu can model this license after the ones that came with your PLR special reports. But in your case only give [personal use] rights.
Step 8. Zip the emails, and the cover, and the license into a zipfile. Call this file [FE PRODUCT] Congratulations, you now have a finished product.
Step 9. Copy file [FE PRODUCT]. Rename this file [OTO1]. Create another license but this one will give the user PLR rights to the emails. Replace the personal use license that is in OTO1 with the PLR license. Congratulations, you now have an OTO for your product.
Step 10. Go over to wix(dot)come and create a new free website. Call it something that makes sense for your niche.
Step 11. Create 2 new pages on this website. One will be called FE-sales and the other will be called OTO1-sales.
Step 12. On your FE-sales, you need a sales letter to sell your product. Go back to your favorite PLR website and see if there are any PLR sales letters you can use. FInd one that you like and adapt it to fit your product.
Step 13. Go over to WarriorPlus and look at the top 10 selling products today. Find one that resonates with you and model your FE-Sales sales page aesthetically after that. It won’t be perfect. They probably used clickfunnels or leadpages and you are using wix. DOn’t worry about it. The road to success does not go through perfection. It goes through effort and productivity so your good.
Step 14. Put on a clean shirt, point a camera at your face and record a video in which you tell people:
Step 15. Start a youtube channel and upload that video as an unlisted video
Step 16. Embed that video on your OTO1-sales page.
Step 17. Create product listing for FE PRODUCT and OTO1 on WarriorPlus. Upload the zip files directly to warriorplus.
Step 18. Create a new offer on WarriorPlus with FE PRODUCT as the main product and OTO1 as the upsell.
Step 19. Put the buy buttons on FE-sales and OTO1-sales pages (be sure to put a “no thanks” link on OTO1-sales right below the buy button)
Do you know about The Empire Strikes Back Effect?
You see, The Empire Strikes Back is a really funny movie…
…not ha ha funny either.
I mean it’s the kind of funny that leaves you thinking you’re not quite sure how you feel about it.
It drops you off at a really dark point in the story with all these cliffhangers…all these open loops.
Sure, from 2018 we might look back on it as one of the greatest films ever created but in 1980 when it was released…
…people didn’t feel like that.
Think about it…they had waited 3 years from the original Star Wars until The Empire Strikes Back came out.
And it would be 3 MORE years until Return of the Jedi closed all those storylines that Empire left people hanging on.
From Luke losing the duel, his hand, and maybe even his mind a little bit to Darth Vader, to Han Solo being encased in carbonite…
…let’s face it The Empire Strikes back ended our heroes on a dark note.
It was met with mixed reviews too.
People weren’t quite sure how they felt about it but honestly…I think they were mad because they got left on all those major cliffhangers.
They got no closure.
Years later, we love The Empire Strikes Back. We hail it as maybe the best Star Wars movie EVER! But we get the luxury of having a 3rd movie to watch.
They didn’t have that back in 1980.
So what the hell is my point here?
Why am I talking about The Empire Strikes Back for God’s sake and what the hell does that have to do with making money online?
It’s something I discovered when I started mentoring people.
A weird phenomenon.
You know how people always say that once they figured out they could make their first dollar online they were off to the races and they never looked back???
Yeah, that’s not true for everyone.
Some people experience a little success online and when it comes time to rinse and repeat they run into all kinds of trouble.
It’s like an effect that comes over people after they have achieved a little bit of success, but not as much as they had pictured in their minds…
…and now they know what they have to do to truly win.
A whole bunch more of what they just did.
Only now…nothing is new…or at least it doesn’t feel new anymore. The novelty is worn off.
Now comes the rinse and repeat portion that you always hear marketers talking about.
You know…”let me show you this easy way to make money online…then you just rinse and repeat until you’re RICH!”
Nobody tells you what that’s like, “rinsing and repeating.”
It requires more discipline and dedication to stay with it, than when you had never done it before and everything was brand new.
The truth is there is MORE to learn and there is another frontier. The place you were trying to get to…
…only to get there you have to slog through a bunch of stuff that you have already done before and that isn’t exciting.
It’s kind of just a bunch of work.
That must be how Luke Skywalker felt at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
Here, he thought that he was going to go duel Darth Vader and save the galaxy…
…but all that happened was he lost his hand, got his butt kicked and figured out that Darth Vader was actually his dad…
…He must have been hanging from that antenna thinking…
“damn…this is going to be much harder and take way longer than I thought…I have really underestimated my task. And on top of that my dad is a freaking Level 60 Douchebag!!!! Damn it!”
(wait until he figures out Princess Organa is his sister lol)
Anyways, to me…
…the greatness of Empire Strikes Back is that the fans watching the movie were left in a similar emotional state as Luke and the rebels when it comes to the story.
They wanted to know what happened. Instead they got left with a bunch of crap where NONE of their heroes won at all!
It sucked. Zero Closure.
It’s a lot like the first time someone launches a product. They might have won a little bit…
…saw maybe a little profit and put some valuable buyers leads on their list…
…but for the most part they are hanging from an antennae thinking…damn now what the hell am I supposed to do…
…I have to do ALL THAT AGAIN???
It’s the Empire Strikes Back Effect and my friends the struggle is real.
This is a point where many newer marketers give up.
They have experienced a little success but they have worked hard for it.
And now they think they know what’s behind all the hidden doors. How everything works and why everything happens.
Now they are left with the…”rinse and repeat.”
That can feel frustrating and boring.
And many times they go running into the warm and waiting comforting arms of the next shiny object sitting in their email inbox.
And the cycle begins again. It’s ironic and paradoxical.
ANd this is how people get demoted and stay at the bottom of the “marketing pile” for years.
I want you to take comfort in something here.
Luke Skywalker did not give up at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
He went on to become a badass Jedi Knight and defeat Darth Vader.
Many of you set out to accomplish something online.
Learning how to do something and seeing a little success with it is a great benchmark for the future.
It proves that you are on the right track.
But you have not accomplished what you set out to yet.
Do not fall victim to The Empire Strikes Back effect and give up here.
True success online has allies.
The ability to learn from failures.
And The ability to adjust strategy.
These things have gotten me further than anything else.
As a coach and mentor to quite a few people now I can tell you without a doubt that…
…lots of people give up after they have seen a little success. They lose a few of the critical allies of success, namely ambition and consistency.
Don’t be that person.
Knowledge is power and now that you know about The Empire Strikes Back Effect, you can be ready for it.
Go forth, conquer, come on back whenever you need another Star Wars analogy lol!
That’s all I got!
The truth is no one ever succeeded at anything by having the most options. By knowing the most ways to do something or having the most tools…
…You don’t need to be the smartest person in the room to succeed. You do need to be the most certain. The most clear.
Success in business and in life is earned through clarity of vision and purpose.
On social media, everyone has an opinion. I do, you do, your neighbor who judges you because you don’t cut your grass often enough does…