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Internet Marketing is Not a Form of Lottery!

Aug 31, 2008
There are literally millions of people online who say they want their own "Internet business". But the truth is most of these individuals are lazy daydreamers who want to win the lottery.

Business and the lottery are two very different things. The Web seems full of people who don't realize this.

Many people seem hung up on the idea that if they just keep going through the motions, they'll eventually get the break they're waiting for. In fact sentiments of "it's going to happen if I keep trying" are common among wannabe Internet entrepreneurs.

Here's the thing: Nothing happens for us unless we actively create it.

Another really bizarre phenomenon in the pretend Internet business sector is the huge number of people who have been "working online" for years without ever making their first sale. It's incredible that such circumstances are accepted as normal.

Consider this:

Have you ever come across a plumber, accountant, dog trainer, landscaper, florist, or restaurant owner who says things like...

"Yeah I've been at this for five years and still haven't made my first sale."

or...

"I really need this to work out soon before I run out of money."

Or have you ever heard someone who is about to start a new venture as a commercial cleaner, dentist, real estate investor, or hair stylist say things like...

"There isn't a lot of work involved is there?"
or...

"Can I do this for two hours a week and still make six figures each year?"

or...

"Will I get my investment back in less than two weeks?"

Statements and questions like these would be considered absurd by any traditional businessperson. And yet such ridiculous sentiments are totally common when talking to people who want their own "Internet business".

I submit that this kind of mentality (term used loosely) is ludicrous, and closer to the attitude of a lotto card gambling junkie than a real entrepreneur. Anyone who says such things and means them should seriously reconsider this whole "online business" thing.

Too many people seem to be looking for a cookie-cutter system that instantly puts them on track to be wildly successful. Even when offered legitimate coaching services, it's quite common for people who claim to be Internet marketers to ask things like:

"How fast will I start making money after the coaching is complete?"

and...

"Will I get a refund if I don't make any money?"

It's an embarrassment to the whole industry of online commerce that people who claim to be Internet entrepreneurs have this kind of childish attitude about their so-called business. No other business niche breeds so many clueless, lazy, something-for-nothing crackpots.

It may be true that infomercials and manipulative copywriters help perpetuate this kind of get-rich-quick mentality. But the truth is the individual must take responsibility for his or her own expectations and actions.

Any form of business requires creativity, effort, risk, commitment, and time to become profitable. Online ventures are no exception.

Choosing to ignore these words and pursue an Internet marketing business with the something-for-nothing mentality is the fast track to frustration and failure. If you don't love this business, it will crush you. The world of Internet marketing is no place for the wishy-washy, weak-kneed, or undecided entrepreneur.

Success as an entrepreneur is about being passionate, giving wholly of yourself, busting your ass, falling flat on your face and getting right back up, having a good crying jag from time to time, and reveling in the thrill of complete and total victory at the end of it all. Making real money online doesn't come with the "I'll scratch off the blocks and maybe match the icons for the prize" approach.
About the Author
Tim Whiston is a professional entrepreneur who enjoys helping people learn ways to make money from home . He has created hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit for his clients and owns many great Websites and products. Check out his Internet entrepreneur blog for more great content.
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