Today I sat down to start writing a blog post.
I had my sparkling water, some coffee and my ear buds and was ready to go.
Mad Dogs is a killer new original series from Amazon where some guys fly to Belize to see one of their old buddies from school. The guy in Belize has made 10s or 100s of Millions of dollars selling off his real estate business.
When they arrive at the villa they’re all blown away by it’s massive scale and perfect location. They have some drinks and then… all hell breaks loose.
Amazon put up the ‘Pilot Episode’ many months ago, and just like with regular TV, not all pilots get picked up. So when I saw ‘Mad Dogs Season 1’ show up in my account I was a happy guy.
I’ve been watching 2 or 3 episodes a day for the last two days and at this point I’m pretty sucked in.
The problem is I have way more important things to do.
Like writing this blog post.
So here we are. According to Byword, I’m 198 words in. 800 more to go.
Yesterday I met up with a friend to talk about entrepreneurship and our respective online businesses. I’ve been in the game for a long time, he’s pretty new.
(There’s a store there where the creatures meet… I wonder what they do in there?)
We had coffee out in the sun and as the caffeine kicked in we talked about all kinds of crazy ideas that may or may not help him get started with his website/ebook/forum empire.
The thing that I remember most from the conversation is that he kept comparing himself to the incredibly huge $10-$100 Million guys out there in his niche.
- One guy has a forum with 11,000+ members paying him $67 a month. That’s almost $750,000 a month profit.
- Another guy is destroying everything and has a 9-figure business. That’s $100,000,000+.
- Other guys in his field are making hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars per year.
But he’s nowhere near that.
And I could see his frustration.
He wanted to be there RIGHT NOW.
He wanted their results today.
He wanted to replicate the success of their 10-400 person businesses with just himself and a blog and he wanted it as fast as humanly possible.
And that’s a lot of what we talked about.
We talked about how most of these guys that are making hundreds of thousands or hundreds of millions of dollars probably started off exactly where he is at right now.
They probably didn’t know where to start, tried stuff, then got confused and pissed off and envious of whoever they saw doing really well.
They probably had a terrible looking website that they were embarrassed of and a product that sucked and no one cared about.
They probably thought there was some sort of ‘short cut’ or ‘secret trick’ that the other guys knew about that they needed to know.
They probably struggled for months, or even years before IT happened… out of the blue and seemingly random that changed the game for them.
And then – it all got easier.
What kind of ‘Something’ happened that made things easier?
Maybe someone with a giant following online retweeted their blog post from a year ago.
Maybe one of the big guys liked their product and blasted it out to their 500,000 email subscribers.
Maybe a guy like Joe Rogan heard about what they were doing and mentioned it on his huge podcast for a few weeks in a row.
It could have been anything – but there is one thing that he has to understand.
And that is that most successful people work in dark, broke, lonely corners for years or even decades before they ‘make it’ big.
Most successful people fail for a long, long time before something good happens.
Most millionaires or even billionaires were completely broke at one point in their life.
No one starts off at the top of their game.
I don’t care if you’re a tennis player, a musician or a chess player. In the beginning… you’re going to suck.
And if you can’t deal with sucking in the beginning than you’re probably going to fail. And you’re probably better off just calling it a day now and getting a 9–5 job.
You can sit in a cubicle alongside 100s of other people who didn’t have the stomach to suck at first either.
You can watch each other get fatter, angrier and more depressed by the day.
You can go to TGIFridays for lunch and laugh over hamburgers at all of your pals who are out there failing at trying to do something big.
Maybe that will make you feel better…
Until one day… maybe even years down the line. That pal that you laughed at for sucking in the beginning, skyrockets to the top of his industry and makes millions of dollars.
Then you’ll see success for what it is.
Everyone looks at the people who make millions and billions of dollars and wonders how they did it. Did they know a special trick? Did they read a special book? Do they have a super special morning routine?
- They had a lot of mistakes.
- A lot of disasters.
- A lot of wasted time.
- A lot of confusion.
- A lot of being made fun of.
- A lot of crap.
- A lot of showing up when they didn’t really feel like showing up.
Kind of like me writing this blog post today.
I have no idea if this is going to work. I have no idea if anyone’s going to get anything from this. I have no clue if I’ll make any money from these 1000 words.
But dammit – I showed up and wrote them anyway.