Possibly the most “relatable” story across the Internet is the one of the online entrepreneur who has tried many different ways to make money but he or she hasn’t made a dime yet.
The luckiest ones have made some money here and there, but nothing to brag about.
Why is it so difficult to make money online for some people when it seems so easy for others?
If you are struggling to make money, first of all start analyzing your acts and be honest to yourself.
For example: What systems/techniques /business models have you put into practice?
Go case by case and find out the reason why each of them didn’t work:
- Did you try long enough? You’d be surprised of how many people try something for a few weeks, then give up and get frustrated because they didn’t make any money. All businesses need time. There are not get-rich-quick schemes that really work. If you don’t stick long enough you’re not giving your business a chance to start producing money.
- Did you really know how to do the job? Maybe the problem was that your keyword research wasn’t good enough. Or you underrated your competition. In cases like this what you need is to keep trying and learning to improve your skills. Nobody’s born with all the knowledge imprinted in their mind.
Your failures are not vain. Without them you wouldn’t really know your weaknesses or what areas you need to improve. Nobody creates the perfect business at first try.
When successful people say you have to learn from your failures, they mean it
If you just turn page and go to the next best thing (business) without analyzing what went wrong, most probably you will make the same mistakes again.
Now, don’t take this the wrong way. The purpose is not to blame yourself and increase the feeling of guilt for failing or to call yourself a loser. That’s even worse than turning page.
The key is honesty.
Don’t lie to yourself thinking that the reason why your business failed was bad luck , the evil Google, the bad economy, your business partner, etc.
Be aware of your mistakes, don’t blame external forces.
If Google slapped your sites after the last update, don’t blame Google. You are the one who didn’t follow the rules. You’re the one who invested a ton of money in blog networks to build backlinks, for example.
Did you have a good reason to do it? Probably yes. You didn’t want to wait 8 months to see relevant rankings. You wanted to do it quickly, everybody was doing it.
But you knew -or should’ve known- that Google don’t accept backlinks that are not natural and any minute they might penalize you.
With this example, what I want you to see is that when you blame external forces (Google or whoever), when you simply justify your mistakes or when all you do is complain about others, you are not learning the lesson.
You are passing the responsibility on to the external force. Your mind moves on. Therefore, you will most probably make the same mistakes again.
Instead of blog networks, this time you’ll look for the best next tactic to keep building backlinks fast. And when Google takes it down in a few months you’ll complain again about how evil they are.
That’s a wrong mindset. It’s counterproductive.
What you should do is to focus on the root of the problem and adopt a more positive mindset.
Only when you assume your mistakes you can work towards a solution
You might not like Google rules (I don’t like them). You might think they are unfair (I believe they are). But these are the rules of the game right now and it’s not in your hands to change them.
Play according to the rules or accept the risk involved in breaking them without drama.
In this Google example, you would have 2 options:
A. You decide to take the risk of building backlinks in a way that Google don’t look at with good eyes. In this case just focus on making all the money you can while you can. BUT… don’t be surprised when Google closes the tap. Provide for when that happens.
B. You decide that the risk is not worth it. Then, adopt a long-term strategy and play by the rules. Change your business model to something more authoritative or maybe “Google-proofed”.
In both cases you’ll be ready for the next Google algorithm update.
Successful people don’t blame external forces. They accept responsibility for their own mistakes and learn from them.
Complaining and blaming others is only a way to hide your responsibility.
Now, the next question would be,
Why are you trying to avoid your responsibility?
I don’t have statistics to back this up, but in my own experience in most of the cases the problem is you don’t believe in your own success.
You want to succeed but deep inside you don’t believe you can do it. “It’s too difficult”, “It’s more difficult than I expected”, “I thought I had the skills but I was wrong”, “I’m not like other people, I don’t have their determination”, etc.
In some other cases, the problem may be that you are afraid that others will find out you are a failure because you couldn’t make your business work.
Once again let me say this: be honest to yourself. What are the true reasons why you are blaming others?
In all the situations I’ve described above, before trying to fix your business, find a fix for your own weaknesses. Sometimes your mindset is all.
1. First of all, think of what went wrong in your last business (or what is going wrong in your current business).
Now think what actions you would have done to change the situation if you could go back in time.
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I'm Cristina. I am a 33 year-old entrepreneur. In the last few years I've learned that in order to build a successful business and make money first you have to conquer your own mind. Follow me on Twitter