“Actually, I’m an overnight success. But it took twenty years.” — Monty Hall
If you’ve ever read James’s site TheInfoPrenuer you would see that he puts a ton of effort into it. In fact, in yesterday’s post he detailed how he spends an average of 4-5 hours a day on top of his 60 hour work weeks. This averages out to be almost 100 hours of work. Yikes!
Now he has a lot of great points in this post, but what really stood out was his statement about how he doesn’t believe in the idea of The 4-Hour Workweek.
This comment really got me thinking because the “4-hour ideal” is a concept I discuss at length on this site.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling with how to communicate certain beliefs that I hold.
I honestly believe that you can make money without a “real job.” But at the same time, I don’t want to lie and say you never have to put in hard work.
I know I’ve mentioned that I do pretty well with affiliate marketing. However I want to point out that this was the result of years of effort on my part. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights to find the perfect system for affiliate marketing.
So yeah, I know I write too much about working only a few hours a week. And perhaps I give the false notion that what I’ve accomplished was the result of being an ‘overnight success.’
The truth is it took a lot of effort to earn a full-time income.
To illustrate this point, here are some of the epic disasters I’ve experienced on my journey towards a full-time online income:
- 2002- Read somewhere that you can make tons of money on the Internet. Got really excited and produced the world’s ugliest site. Thankfully nobody saw it.
- 2003- Created a jewelry site that sold handmade evil-eye jewelry imported from Turkey. Was a nice little side income until I got sued for selling a product with a copyright protected image.
(In my defense, I bought this from a wholesaler and didn’t know he was breaking the law. But technically I was still guilty.)
- 2004- Decided that my “expertise” in running an online jewelry business made an authority on the subject. I spent an entire year writing an information product which only 10 people purchased.
- 2005- Found a loophole in the Google search engine. Used this knowledge to crank out thousands of Google Adsense pages. Made lots of money. Google figured it out and banned all my sites. Income went bye-bye.
- 2006-2008- Got into affiliate marketing. Spent many 50+ hour weeks creating content and driving traffic to my website. Achieved some level of success. But it was a very long process filled with many sleepless nights.
- 2009- Released my first real information product. Took everything I learned in the past 3 years and learned to “work smarter” with this income stream. So for the first time in my life, I was earning a decent amount of money without having to work too hard.
- 2010- Started my blog, Steve Scott Site. After writing content for a month, came to the conclusion that I have to roll up my sleeves and put a lot of effort into this site. Realized that the four-hour ideal might once again be a distant dream.
Okay, to be honest this was just a few highlights of what I’ve gone through during the last eight years. For now, I won’t get into the really gory details. Let’s just say it’s hasn’t been an easy time.
Now back to the original point of this post… I agree with the comment that James made. There’s no such thing as a business where you don’t have to do any work. Most of the time, you have to put in lots of time and effort to get to a point where you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
We all hear stories of the overnight success. But if you look closely you’ll see that any “instantly successful” person has spent many years, even decades working really hard.
The good news is there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I promise that if you plan for your success and take action, there will come a time when you can sit back and enjoy life. The only reason I’m able to do the fun stuff I’m doing is because I spent many years working hard.
So yeah, there have been some crappy moments in the last few years…but all the bad times have made me really appreciate the good times.Take Action. Get Results.