I wanted to write an article kinda different from everything else today… it’s part personal development, part marketing, part business, well, it has a little bit of everything.
I know the “millions” part will scare some people, and at the same time get most to read the article, but making millions is not the different from making thousands, to make a million you just have to make a thousand $1,000 dollar sales.
See, when you look at it like that it’s not that different, it’s all about scaling, the beginning is the tough part, the part when you have to take your business off the ground, everything else is all the same – sell more to make more.
This guide has the power to change everything for you, it might also make you a little angry, and a lot happy.
Let’s do this
Nurture the right mindset
If the only way in your head to make money is a 9 to 5 job, you will make money working 9 to 5.
If you can’t accept you will make millions, you will not make it.
The things that happen in your head are the things that rule your world.
Positive thinking is a real thing, although it has become more of a business now and it’s not really what most say it is, there is more quackery that goes along with it than truth, so read the following very carefully… I’ve seen a lot of positive people with 5 bucks on them, you don’t want that.
I can go all scientific and explain everything as if I was Einstein (cause I’ve read a lot about that stuff), but i don’t want this to be a Wikipedia boring article… so I’ll try to make it as easy as possible to get what I’m saying.
There are about 2 millions bits of information hitting you every moment, you can only focus on about 7 plus or minus 2 bits consciously, the other 2 million get redirected to your subconscious mind, which makes most of your decisions for you on the background.
The brain system called reticular activating system distorts all the world around you to see what you want, but sometimes what it thinks you want is not really what you want.
If your brain gets filled with TV shows and crappy conversations in the coffee house, if you believe rich people are evil, or you can only make money working 9 to 5, then it will try to arrange the world around you to become what you think.
Creating the right mindset starts with filling your brain with useful information instead of getting advice from people who don’t know how to make money, or watching TV.
Like the elephant.
Not a lot of people know this, but grown elephants in captivity are kept there by a short stake in the ground.
When they were babies, they tried and tried to get rid of the stake and couldn’t. After a while they stopped trying. Even though a grown elephant could pull it out any time they want to, they don’t, because they still believe they can’t.
You can change how you perceive the world right now by changing the information you consume.
Make lots of friends
I know one thing for sure, actually I know everything I say for sure, but this one thing I’m more than sure I know:
Connections are everything in this life.
I wrote an article several years ago how vital your social environment is, and I’m telling you now it is not about being the smartest person, or the best marketer… it is about having powerful connections.
That’s it, you must have heard the saying: “surround yourself with people better than you if you want to succeed”, if not, think about it now as this is the key to achieving anything you want in this life.
Make lots of friends and start right now, it’s easier than ever with all that social media.
Network marketing is actually a pretty nice way to make friends, thought most people involved with it are kinda weird, but still, there are a lot of people worth meeting in such companies.
I met my business associate in such a company, I made a lot of friends too, but as I said network marketing is not for everybody, it involves a lot of acting, pretending and faking and most people in it are fake as shit, so you have to pick them wisely…
…I know it sounds like picking produce at the supermarket, and people are not apples, but you have to pick them just like you pick your apples.
Ever since I was in first grade I have always picked my friends really carefully, most people try to be friends with everybody, well, you can’t do that if you want to succeed, you can be nice to everybody, yet you can’t be friends with everybody.
Don’t be a perfectionist
I know a few people who are (one of them is my karate coach) and none of them are happy.
How do I know?
Well, I was one too, I always thought everything I did, I had to do perfectly, and always tried and tried, but never actually got there… because there is no perfect. There just isn’t. You always try to do whatever it is you are doing better and better and never actually appreciate anything.
Because I was a perfectionist, I always wanted more and more… not that it is bad to want progress, it’s not, but you have to live your life while doing it and just make things happen even if they are not always perfect.
When I started this blog it took me days to hit the publish button, because I was always thinking whether I was going to write the perfect article (like I wasn’t going to publish more posts LOL)… but perfect for some is not perfect for others, and it took me quite a while to understand that and just do my best when writing, instead of trying to write the perfect posts.
This article itself is going to be gold for some and a waste of time for others, I know that and I’m ok with it.
I can’t get everybody to like me. You can’t get everybody to like you.
There is no perfect.
There is giving your best… and try to really get what I’m saying here, as you have to be extraordinary to achieve extraordinary results, but not perfect.
It was pretty hard to make the transition, but I have to tell you, life is good on the other side.
If you are a perfectionist, it will be hard for you as well, but try to make the switch and you will see what I mean.
Focus is something very few people understand.
I’m not gonna lecture you to stop playing games, to make to-do lists, to get organized, to manage your time, cause that’s all common talks, even a kid knows that.
I’ll tell you what works for me and I believe it’s not just me – I have fun, lots and lots and lots of fun, that’s what keeps me focused.
How is that?
You need to clear your mind to focus, you can’t be constantly worrying about money and expect to make any.
You need to dump all the crap, find what you love to do and do it, have fun, don’t think about work for a few days, even for a month, then get back to whatever it is you want to get done and you will be amazed at the results.
You also need to do things one at at time, or you will not get much done overall. I have heard tons of multitasking bullshit, screw this, multitasking is just something office people use to think they are special.
And you thought it would all be about personal development LOL.
Personal development is awesome, yet selling is everything.
Instead of ranting about it, I’ll give you an action plan how to make your first (or next) sale.
1 create (or borrow) a sales funnel
The simple stuff – a capture page redirecting to a sales video and a way to get paid.
Simple is always good.
Marketers think it is about the best traffic, or the most converting capture page…
…nothing like that.
It’s about keeping it simple… and you don’t even have to make the video, if you don’t like video (or haven’t done any and wonder if it will be good), just borrow a sales funnel.
When I started online I used a premade sales funnel and it did not matter it wasn’t me on the video, I redirected people from Craigslist to the capture page and then to the video.
The capture page converted at about 40% and every 20th person who watched the video bought directly while watching.
Pretty awesome, ain’t it?
If I had set up everything myself, I wouldn’t have had half the results.
People don’t like using other people’s sales funnels because they want to brand themselves and bla bla bla… but I care about money in my bank, you know how many branded people I know who don’t make anything?
Of course branding is important, but it’s not everything you should think about. Once you have money, you will brand yourself in no time. Just make sales, concentrate on the selling part.
2 Get cheap paid traffic
I’m a huge fan of paid traffic, because I’ve done it all and nothing works as fast as paid traffic.
Blogging is the only way to create a community, but it’s slow, SEO is too complicated and slow, paid marketing is what you need.
You will do the rest when you have money, read this to see what I mean (third advice)… and once you have money you can do anything.
That’s it, that’s all you need to make sales.
Of course you have to sell something worth it, not a 3 dollar Ebook, you can sell the Ebook too, you will just have to sell a million copies.
Have you heard the saying: money is in the upsell?
It is, as it’s a lot easier to sell to people who already bought from you.
Once you start selling (whatever it is you want to sell), you can turn a few sales into a small fortune through upselling.
When I started selling I had a friend who had been making money online for about 10 years.
My second month online I made the same amount of money as they did by selling just one product with a lot of upsells to only one customer.
The product cost 20 bucks and the upsells went all the way to a 5k product and I did not even have to call anybody, the system was made so people would want to buy everything and the owners took care of all the upsells.
Now I create such systems myself as they are the way to make millions online.
You have to make people buy from you again and again, or they will just go buy that same thing from someone else.
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