The Secret to Making Money Online in 2017


Making money online is fucking hard. That’s a really good word for it. I’m going to tell you how it really is. I know I was supposed to give you some simple, quick, easy motivational message about what it takes to make money online. There’s been a lot of confusion. There’s been a lot of people who are somewhat really troubled. I do apologize. I don’t have any of that stuff.

If you don’t want to read it, you can watch this video.

If you are really, really interested in making money online, I want you to listen to me. I want you to pay attention because I am going to tell you exactly what you need to do. Work. Work some more. Work tonight. Work tomorrow. Work this weekend. Work next weekend. Work this summer. Work Christmas.

You need to work. One of the things that is really frustrating for me is that I have stuff I can give you, but it’s got to go through this bullshit filter that is so thick. I’ll tell you that you have to work and perhaps you will work for a while and not make any money. When this happens, you’ll think I’m deceiving you. People think they’ll make a lot of money fast and when it doesn’t happen like that – there’s something wrong.

What’s really wrong is your perspective. You can make money online. You can make a lot of money online. But more than likely, before you start making money, you will fail. You will lose money. You will make mistakes. You will drive yourself crazy.

I’ve been making money online since 2000 through various sources like EBay and Amazon. At one point, I was doing a little Etsy.

Making money is not some magical super fraternity where you know a secret handshake and a code where you press a button on the wall. No. It’s not like that.

What you have to do is find something that you like enough to deal with the bullshit that’s going to come with making money online.

I like writing. I fucking hate editing.

I now like making YouTube videos. I used to fucking hate making YouTube videos. There’s so many things that you have to go through to be successful long-term.

Writing a book is fucking hard. You can put a lot of time and effort in it and also spend a lot of money for a great cover, and the shit will not sell.

Then you can wake up one morning and write some shit just for fun, some wild ass shit and throw it on Kindle and it sells like hotcakes. You’ll wonder, how the fuck did that happen. Because it happened to me.

A book that I worked on one day took off under a pen name. It was in the right genre. I’ll give you a secret here. Write your book in a genre where there are a lot of readers already. You can build a genre. It’s hard. That goes back to the work.

You can build a business. You can build a website. I had a guy on here in the Bad Ass Hustlers component and he built a business in a weekend that got to a point where he quit his job in six weeks after building that business.

However, the backstory is very important. He had built businesses before. How many times do I need to tell you this. You need to get started with something.

Now, let’s just cut to the chase of making money online.

#1 – You have to stick with it at least for a year or two. Before we get to that, you have to validate and test to see if your concept will make some money. I’m not saying stick with something for a year or two when nobody’s buying it after a month or two. No. That marketplace is telling you there’s something really wrong with your product or with what you’re doing.

But, you have to stick with it.

Now, let’s talk about how much money you can realistically make online as an inexperienced person. You’ve never been online before. You don’t know what you’re doing. You’ve never built a website. You aren’t interested in building a website. I’m going to say probably $10,000 or $20,000 your first year minus costs. You might be at $5K profit.

Now, let’s crank it up. Say you have web experience. If you’ve been doing EBay or Amazon, you are only marginally better than somebody who has been doing nothing online. In fact, the person who is stupid is maybe 90% ahead of where you are. Granted, you know how to work a system.

When you can sell your products and services from your website or some web asset you control enough to make a living consistently year after year, then you actually know what you are doing.

One of the reasons I believe I was able to be successful fairly quickly is I have fucked up quite bit. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. When you make a mistake, you have to ask yourself this question. Is this fuckup detrimental.

The way the world works today is you can build a company that loses money and still make money. I will tell you I did this the first year. I wasn’t really making any money with the YouTube Channel. I wasn’t making any money with the blog. That first year I made $62K and most of it came in the last three or four months.

I went to Lowe’s. I went to Walmart and to Home Depot and applied for a job. They didn’t even call me back. I was looking for a $10 per hour part-time job just to put a little extra change in my pocket.

So, I started working 24 hours a day, literally to make money online.

When you want to make money online, the first thing you need is a concept. The second thing you have to have is some tenacity. The third thing you have to have is a will to win. Tenacity is just sticking with it.

When you can look up when things are going sideways and say, “I’m still doing this,” that’s when you know you are an entrepreneur. If you keep on going, sooner or later you will make money online.

Can I tell you how much? Nope. I can’t. I can tell you, you will win.

To build a business that supports you in a year or two is not a long time.

If you try to live the dream and chase the dream at the same time, it seems like a really, rough, rough timeframe.

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Laid Off? Fired from Your Job? This Is What You Do.

Laid Off? Fired from Your Job? This Is What You Do.

This is a summary of this video.

There’s this thing. I call it the Layoff Monster. To give you a better idea of what I’m talking about, I’ll share my experience with you. There was a period of time that happened in 18 months where I got laid off three times. Every six months, it was like clockwork. It was like…” Hey, we don’t need your ass.” It’s not a good feeling. The third time, that was at Powertel. Two weeks before I was laid off, I was “Salesman of the Month.” My numbers were great.

Before I went off into a business on my own, I was a company man. I’d go to work and work hard. I’d do what was required and climb the ladder. I was doing that corporate thing. For a long time, I was happy to do that.

Every job I had except for the last three, I was the guy who got extra favors. I was looked out for. I actually quit a job once and when I wanted to come back, they created a position for me to come back part-time. I was that kind of employee.Yep. I was “Salesman of the Month” and I got called in. I believe something in me snapped. We’re taught that if you do the right thing and you do good things, that you will get good things in return. You know, you will reap what you sow.In that 18-month period, that was not necessarily the case. I’m not a very religious person. I’m a spiritual person. I do believe in God. But I don’t believe in religion.

I never subscribed to the philosophy that God’s got something better in store for me. That never resonated with me at all.That third time I got laid off, I decided I had to do something different. I figured if I continued to do the same things and expected to yield different results, that I’d end up in the looney bin. When he told me I was laid off that third time, a shift happened at that moment. I became that guy that decided to get over it and explore opportunities for me. I’ve never gone back.

When I was sitting there thinking, and all of these things went through my mind, I became Jewish.I used to have a Jewish roommate, Derek. We’d sit around and talk about a lot of things. We decided that not chasing knowledge and new experiences really fucks up a lot of people. Supposedly, there’s this rift between Jewish people and black people. I’m not part of it. If I really look at it, black people can learn a lot from Jews.Jews were slaves for thousands of years. They figured out the only way to not be hunted down and shot or put into camps was to become an integral part of society. Derek told me, the thinking was…” We’re going to become the lawyers, the doctors and the bankers. You may not like us, but you’re going to need us.”

So, they became a powerful group. That’s a lesson anybody can learn from.

At that moment, in that chair being laid off, I became Jewish. I swore to myself that this shit’s never going to happen to me again. It was a conscious decision, and it was an active decision.It’s taken me a long time to piece it together because I didn’t study the right stuff to learn how to articulate what happened. I was just sitting there thinking…never fucking again is this going to happen to me. Never again would I give my all and be put in the position where they can say, thanks, but no thanks, you go away.Let’s talk about the indoctrination of the American worker. This is one of the reasons you feel so bad when the layoff monster hits you. From birth, you are indoctrinated to be a worker. When I told my mother I was an entrepreneur, she said…”What you’re trying to tell me is you still don’t have a job.” My mother grew up in that era when you were no one if you didn’t have a job.

This mindset starts with our school system. The school system was designed to create workers for the assembly line.

That’s why you feel so bad when you don’t have a job. You are an outlier. You feel like you’re a worthless member of society. Who wouldn’t feel bad with that kind of weight hanging on their shoulders?Then, when you add in the fact that you don’t have any money coming in, then you have a financial calamity. People have lost their marriages, their homes, their cars due to layoffs. Getting laid off is a monster that touches every part of your life. We’re not taught how to create an existence outside of a job. People say starting a business is risky. But you get a job created by some person who started a business. It puzzles me. People don’t think. They just react.

When I was sitting there in that chair off Peachtree Road in downtown Atlanta, I made a real strong, active and positive decision with a ton of emotion behind it. When you make a decision with a lot of energy behind it and it’s a good decision, good things happen.I always had a side hustle, but I never made the full commitment to become an entrepreneur until I couldn’t take it anymore. In that chair after being laid off, I decided I would be in full control of my destiny, for the good and the bad. I made that decision in nanoseconds. In two and a half to three years, I had my own business. That was my first business that I had that was my sole source of income. It was either sink or swim.

I think you should meditate. It’s a tool for the mind. Google transcendental meditation. Meditation is like cleaning your mind. It helps you organize your thoughts.

When you are laid off, you have to reclaim your self-esteem. Take action. One of the reasons I did not crack up after my third layoff is because I took copious amounts of action. It worked out very well.Definitely, don’t give up on yourself. What happens is people begin to believe they don’t have the ability to do more. They begin to think it’s not in the cards for them.Start a business. I don’t care what it is. It will keep the negative emotions at bay. Set goals for yourself.

Once you become unplugged and start a business, it will be very difficult to work for someone else again. If this post turned you on be sure to get on my email list for updates, announcements, special offers and more.

Following Your Passion Is Very Bad Advice

Following Your Passion Is Very Bad Advice

This is a summary of this video in I give you why I think following your passion is very, very bad advice!

What I want to discuss today is one of the biggest lies. I call it the passion trap. Follow your passions and the money will come. There is no bigger lie on the planet.Think about what you’re passionate about. Did you become passionate about these things when you learned of them or did you become passionate about them when you became good at them?For example, I’m really passionate about YouTube videos for the last 2 ½ years. I’ve been on YouTube for past 4 years. But I’ve been passionate about videos the last 2 ½ years because I became good at it.

When I first started YouTube, I was a scared little bitch making videos; it was just me and the camera in my basement. I was terrified about what would happen when the video was released. There are things you can get good at that you suck at now. Do not swallow the passion Kool-Aid. One of the best quotes I ever heard was something Mark Cuban said. “Don’t follow your passion, follow your determination.” Anyone who made it through a concentration camp made it by determination, not passion. It was a horror of horrors. This was life or death.When you’re sick. When someone gets cancer – the whole family gets cancer. With these people, it’s determination. It’s something so big; they become super human. If you’ve known someone with cancer, you know it’s a damning thing.

Certain events don’t make you stronger; it reveals what’s already there. Personal courage is already there. Start working on shit you want to do. People screw themselves by waiting for the perfect time. Today, you can pick something. Start working it. Once you start to own shit and feel good about it, passion develops.I’ll give you an example of determination. If you take a person who’s never made more than 30 or 40K and they get a drug addiction, all of a sudden, they’re making 200 or 300K per year. They never could do it before. They didn’t have the proper motivation. You can’t tell me someone selling their body online or on the street is passionate about it. They’re not. They are determined. How do you get determined? You have, to be honest with yourself. You can start assessing yourself. Like, right now I’m fat. That’s why I’m in the gym. I started doing yoga. I was falling and looking crazy. About six months into it, I started to like it. Why? I became good at it.  Now I can hold a plank position 3 or 4 minutes. It embarrassed the fuck out of me when I started. That came from determination.

The first step is to be honest.

The second step is to take action. A lot of action. Actions is the key to everything. Gain experience. Try to be bigger and better than before. Some situations will be humiliating. Put yourself in positions where you look stupid. That is determination.

Step 3 is to take consistent action. You can’t stop when things get dicey. It’s going to get dicey pretty quickly. There will be dark moments when you question your sanity because it is not happening fast enough.

Consistent action is key.

4th step is reevaluation. You must constantly readjust. Why? Because you don’t know what you’re doing.

You must get the courage to deal with these things. I am so criticized.  I am a polarizing figure. Either you really like me or you just can’t stand me. Everybody is not for everybody.

It’s about growing up and being a full, articulate adult. One of the reasons the whining is so loud is because they have fallen into the passion trap. Execution brings in dollars, not passion. Determination brings in dollars.Passion is not as enduring as determination. Number five after reevaluation is don’t be afraid to dream your dreams. Remember, sometimes the dream you have is not appropriate for the person you are. It could be your mother’s dream or your father’s dream or your Boo’s dream. Sometimes, you’re doing it for the vanity of other people. If you are following your passion, there needs to be some results. That means your passion has legs.

You’ve got to stand up. You’ve got to produce results. When you do, your confidence level goes up.Set small goals and consistently accomplish them. Make starting and completing a task a habit. Make it a priority.This means I can’t watch Housewives of Atlanta. This means I can’t go jet skiing this weekend. I need to sit home and get busy. I need to produce some results. Goals must be written down. For any person faced with the accomplishment versus “you have potential,” reassurance, that’s Bullshit.

As an entrepreneur, you’ll have to start playing with the big boys and big girls to get ahead. You can only go so far by yourself. You still need other people. You have to treat your dreams seriously. One of the biggest complaints I get is…” people don’t take me seriously.” It’s because you aren’t producing any results. You may have to go to a bigger court. You may have to pay for a coach. The level of thinking you have has created your current situation. Until you “Up” your thinking, your situation won’t change.

My income quadrupled when I started paying for education.

If you buy tapes, books and audio courses, they serve you forever. They pay for themselves a million times over.

Life is a journey of continuing education. You have to create new experiences, or you will get stale and ineffective.

The people who really get it, listen to my videotapes several times. You get something new every time.

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