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Don't be afraid of working until you bleed directly out of your eyeballs. The first impulse when starting a new project or business is the path of least resistance. What's the great, easily implemented idea that will provide a passive $10,000 a month income stream with no work on my part? Eh. No. That doesn't work. Don't even factor in how much effort is needed. The right question is "What person am I in the best position to HELP solve a big problem which that person is willing to PAY money to solve, AND where my solution is of extreme transformational value to that person?"
If you haven't put in at least 1000 hours mastering your main topic, you have nothing.There's no such thing as a "money making system." Your income is directly proportional to the value you bring to people's lives. You have no value if you're not good at something. If you're not good at anything, GET GOOD AT SOMETHING. Put in your 10,000 hours, and start today.
You need to get good at sales and marketing. Period. Study it in parallel with your main topic. Start with Claude Hopkins and David Ogilvy's books to get the fundamentals of good advertising. Gary Halbert's The Boron Letters are also now available on Amazon, which is incredible. Start there. There's more you need to learn and do, but if you don't understand what makes people buy things, you have nothing.
Nothing works if you don't. If your head is filled with bullshit, you'll keep getting in your own way no matter how intelligent you (think you) are. My book is a good start.
Movement beats meditation. Set aside a few hours every day and commit to fully focusing your efforts, concentrating your energy on moving forward. The path you are on, to freedom, is a long one, and it has a life of its own. It's a shark, and if you stop moving, it dies. Consistent daily action, relentless forward motion. That's how you win.
Focus on gratitude. There are only two possible modes of operation for moving through the world as a human being. Fear, or gratitude. Don't make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on what you are grateful for. Do things that make you feel lighter, and stop doing things that make you feel heavy. Keep a gratitude journal.
Self-made millionaires are exceedingly rare. Because you can't go at it alone. Connect with others who are on the same path. Seek out mentors who've walked this path before you.
Be willing to sell what people really want to buy, not what you think they should want. But make sure you can deliver on your promises, or your career will be short-lived.
Take a day off once a week. This isn't to make it easier for you, this is a critical step. Your creativity and ability to produce will fall off a cliff if you never disconnect.
Plan to dominate. No half-assing allowed. Whole asses only. Provide the best possible experience. Treat every prospect as a 5-Star Client. Build your business from the ground up to be an environment that cultivates raving fans.
Have fun. If you're not having fun, what's the point?
Remember you must die. Tick. Tock.