Do not do this if you do not feel it in your gut, or don’t have a clear intention in your heart… Trust me, you’ll know when it happens.
I am not going to go into too much detail, but I wanted to share 3 things that I learned when I quit my day job to pursue my own thing..
The last two years of my outside job was in sales. As an advertising rep for a reputable Ad agency in New York City. I had built a decent client base for the company and they loved the sales I was generating for them.
It was 1998. The e-commerce industry was just beginning on the Internet. Dial up, Prodigy and Earthlink was KING.
I had been thinking hard on what to do with my life for a while. Working for someone gave me the skills I needed for sales, but it wasn’t satisfying.
I have been nurturing the thought of starting my own business, and having the freedom to do what I want. Moonlighting on the Internet, and attempting to learn web design and programming….etc.
I started looking for people who can help me and I came across people who were in the same position as I was. Ambitious, fearless and creative people that I looked up to.
Not having a plan or a road-map on how to start a business – BUT I had this intense feeling in my gut that I should quit my day job and strive to start a service based business online.
However, I do think taking that terrifying leap of faith was one of the most enlightening career experiences I’ve had so far.
Call me stupid, impulsive, or brave – at the very least, it was educational. Here are 3 of the (many, many, many) things I learned.
Power of Intention…
Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture.
Our intention gives us the courage to act. If you do things with the right Intention, it usually works. Change happens with an Intent to change.
You don’t need the approval of others.
When I tell people about my plan to quit my job and start my own thing, I so desperately want them to reassure me with statements like, “Oh Wow! you are so brave!”, “Good for you!”.
Unfortunately, that’s not what I got. Instead, I was faced with a lot of, “Wait, you’re doing what?” types of comments.
In the end, it really didn’t matter. I was the only one who needed to feel good about my decision. Yes, we all naturally crave approval and reassurance from others every now and then. But, trust me, you don’t need it — at least not as much as you think you do.
Your career really doesn’t define you
We all have the tendency to use our careers to define ourselves. But, it’s important to remember that your job isn’t who you are — it’s what you do.
When I left my job, I felt the need to justify my decision and clarify every last detail until people were literally bored with me. There was this immense need to explain my employment situation in order to give myself a purpose and identity.
Turns out, that’s really not the case — all of that pressure to define myself using my career was totally self-imposed. In fact, most people honestly didn’t care if I was an Electrician or the Entrepreneur.
So, if you’re contemplating taking your own leap of faith anytime soon, I hope these lessons encourage you and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. And, in those moments when all you feel is sheer panic?
Another important thing to remember when you are prepping to take control of your career is..
You need other people to help you with your business.
I believe that everyone has what it takes to be creatively happy in life and work.
To do something great requires a labor of love. This coming weekend we celebrate those who dedicate their lives to such labors. Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Most people are lured by the prospects of making money on the Internet – and often get persuaded by flashy Internet Marketers who themselves have very little practical knowledge in the subject.
Now don’t get me wrong, Internet Marketing is a great skill to have.
But imagine using this skill to sell what you enjoy doing. Maybe you like to make Guitars, teach musical instruments, airbrushing, astronomy, blacksmithing, and a hundred different things. [List of 300+ not so boring things]
Wouldn’t it be just awesome if we could do what we are born to do?
To get inspired take a look at 9 people doing extraordinary things:
1. Matt Madeiro raised $43,870 and bought a school bus for kids in Nepal to celebrate his 25th birthday.
2. James Greig cycled a hundred miles to meet his first customer.
3. Shane Koyczan delivers a powerful, artful message about bullying.
4. Shannon O’Donnell tells you exactly how much it costs to travel around the world for a year, visiting fifteen different countries.
9. John Bardos has been living abroad for more than 16 years and has given up everything to change careers and countries, twice. He’s now on a mission to spread the Unconforence for Social Good around the world.
These wonderful people are doing work done for the interest in the work itself, rather than for payment — which is Labor of Love!
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Connecting to people is tough but crucial in the sales business.
Ask any salesperson and they will tell you that they can pin-point the exact moment when they make a sale.
It’s when they penetrate the defensive walls people have built around themselves in order to become impervious to sales bullshit.
Same applies to writing emails to your list.
This is even more difficult as you have to thaw those icy walls without even being present at the scene!
This is an art form that every affiliate marketer needs to master if they want to see their revenue increasing steadily.
There are two major obstacles you need to overcome when writing emails to sell:
– Sounding like everyone else
– Wasting peoples’ time
How do you do this?
Well, first you want to develop your unique style of writing – that’s going to sort out obstacle number one.
The second one is trickier but in a nutshell: don’t waste peoples’ time by always selling!
I know this sounds totally counter-intuitive but what you’re after is a relationship: sales come later.
Here are a couple of points to keep in mind.
1. Know your writing and stick to it
I challenge you to sit down right now and write a couple of short sentences on a few topics.
Pick whatever you want: briefly review one of your offers, answer a reader’s question in the form of a blog post, or draw up a short list of don’t for something in your niche.
Try to write each one differently.
The point of this little exercise is to find out what you’re good at.
Some people are good at writing long-winded descriptions that are full of flare.
Others can shock with their writing.
The third type doesn’t beat around the bush and instead they keep everything short and sweet.
Once you find out what type of writing you’re good at and what works for your lists – stick to it!
You will send out a subliminal message to your readers and that message will be all about consistency and familiarity.
People tend to respond better to marketers they know – your unique style of writing plays a role in building that trust.
2. Model but don’t imitate
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, they say. And I agree.
If some aspiring affiliate marketer was to copy my emails word for word I’d be over the moon!
But I’d also know that he’ll never see the same results that I did. Use other peoples’ work as an inspiration but adapt it to your own writing style.
Also, affiliate marketers often use swipe emails provided by the manufacturer to shortcut their writing process.
A same piece of fluff goes around the globe thousands of times in a day.
Do you think anyone care or notices it?
Use it to get the key point about the product then work your writing magic to make something truly unique.
3. Respect everyone’s time
Your subscribers are people with things to do – some might even have more on their plate than you do, juggling two jobs or raising a family.
That’s why I recommend keeping your pitches short and sweet in the emails – they’ll mozy on over to the sales page if you did your job right.
Break this rule only when you have something of real value to share – a set of tips to do something better, a guide on how to best use a particular product, or something of that sort.
If you can make peoples’ lives better with your content then the length is rarely of any concern.
4. Reach out on a regular basis
Consistency is important in email marketing. First, you need to get people accustomed to your emails – you don’t want them forgetting about you and unsubscribing when your next email finds them puzzled.
The second reason is more important – you want to keep a continuous stream of helpful information flowing their way.
This will help establish you as a thought leader and someone who is out not just to make a sale but to help them sort out problems in their life.
5. To write or to hire?
Not everyone is a writer.
If you can’t cobble out a good sentence for the life of you and you don’t have time to invest in getting better at it, hire a professional to do it for you.
However, don’t think your work is done there.
Someone else’s writing can be disconnected from what you stand for.
That’s why it’s important to keep the communication lines with your writer open at all times.
Give them the sense of what you’re all about before they start writing and regularly discuss topics you want covered and angles you want them covered from.