July 8, 2014:
This is the story on how I made my first million dollars in the wonderful world of online business. I will not only let you know exactly how I did it, but I will also tell you how, I believe, you can do it too.
Let me start by saying that I have always wanted to be rich. I know, you are not supposed to say that. At least, you are not supposed to say that where I’m from. Saying, “I want to be rich!” means that you are materialistic, shallow and probably evil, too.
Instead, you are supposed to be all zen and humble, and say you want to have new experiences, gain knowledge, and whatever.
The thing is, you ain’t gonna pay any bills with that zen. And I, for one, find much more satisfaction in having new experiences and gaining knowledge with my wallet full of cash, than without. But maybe that’s just me.
Dreams and hopes get you nowhere
I said I have always wanted to be rich. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dream about money, nor did I hope to get it. Dreaming or hoping means that you wish something would happen, as if it would drop down from the sky right in front of you. I believe that’s rubbish; for most people that won’t ever happen. When you really want something, when you desire it, you are willing to work for it. You make plans, you fail, you try again and repeat, as long as it takes. You will either make it or perish. That’s what it means to really want something.
Set your goals
I’m now 32 years old, but let’s go back in time. When I was a teenager, everyone I knew did what teens usually do: go out and party. My teenage years, however, were quite different. I never went to parties.
Instead, I worked. Every day after school and every single weekend, I worked.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do that because I had to. I come from a very average, middle class, suburban background; my family was not rich but it wasn’t poor, either. I worked every day because that was something I wanted to do, and something that I saw would pay off in the future.
Work to reach the goals
I was working on computer programming. I had nothing more than a desire to learn. When I started, no one paid me anything, not even a cent. By the time I attended high school, I was already a self-taught computer programmer. I wanted to learn how to make computer programs because I have always had a passion to improve things and make things work better; programming was the first practical way for me to do it. After a few years of learning how to make computer programs, I developed a handy software for Windows 95, which you could download from my personal website.
By the time I went to college, the program had already generated a few million downloads. This was back in the 1990′s, before social media or even proper internet search engines likes Google existed. In those days, getting that kind of traffic to your personal website was so unusual that I actually received a phone call from my ISP (who also hosted my website), asking what on earth I was doing with my personal website.
Schools might not be worth it
I have never liked to study in schools. In schools, roughly 80% of your time is spent on things you probably won’t ever need — but you have to slog through useless material to get to the 20% that might actually have some value for you. Still, after high school, I went to the university to get a diploma. During the first year of university, I showed my professors some software I had already done. They said there might not be much they could teach me, and offered me a part-time job as an instructor, teaching the graduate students.
I did that job for three weeks. That was, and still is, the only time in my life that I have ever worked for someone else. School might not be worth it in the regards of education, but it can be worth it in meeting new people and networking.
Step up your game
While working in the computer software business, I had started to turn my focus away from developing the software and more towards developing business.
Since I had already been working with online marketing for a long time alongside with the software business, the natural next step for me was to take the leap and really enter the world of online marketing. Online marketing, to me, means the delicate process of choosing a product, building a website around it, and making everything work so smoothly that the product starts to make money.
Every single step of that process is all about improvement — how to get everything work as well as possible.
Wait, there is so much more!
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