Get Rich Quick! Make Money Blogging!

Imagine you have discovered a legitimate get rich quick method – how could you sell it?

“You can make more than Obama in your pajamas!”

Most people are not going to believe you. Some of us don’t even wear pajamas.

Yes, some desperate people still fall for get rich quick schemes, but the entire concept has been spoiled rotten in the public eye.

Dollar Dice

The game is "million dollar roll." You roll the die and if it lands on a $ sign, I'll let you buy my get rich quick program for just $397! If you buy in the next 12 seconds, it's just 29 easy payments of $14.99.

After years of so many “snake oil” scams, certain phrases and concepts are damned eternally as fallacious and hoaxacious (new word pending approval from Merriam Webster). This isn’t logical because it assumes the past will replicate itself when the world’s numerous variables are constantly changing with new ones being added. This is not to mention that these stereotypes are based on those who abuse and deceive.

Are we sure that it is impossible to legitimately get rich (defined as say: $1M) quickly aside from a lucky lottery ticket? No. There are people out there who have made a great deal of money very fast without “getting lucky” or taking on a gargantuan amount of risk.

But where is the incentive for them to share how they did it? Who is to say that it can be replicated by others?  And if you can make $1 million a week, why sell your secret? So you can make another $50,000 in sales? Obviously not.

This leaves us with the filth – the people who get rich quick by capitalizing on the desire of others to get rich quick. It’s no wonder the concept has such a bad reputation! But there is something to be said about getting rick more quickly.

Something To Consider – Getting Rich More Quickly

I’ll say right now that I believe hard work and perseverance are the best ways to achieve financial success. But let’s face the facts – some people make the same amount of money in 5 months as others take 10 years to make. There is a strong element of strategy to making money that can easily supersede hard work.

Hard work by itself is simply not enough. A well known statistic is that 80% of small businesses fail in the first 5 years – do you know how much hard work that is? Probably about 20 years worth of working a typical 9-5 Corporate job. Running a business requires passion because of how much work it is.

Make Money Blogging – Just Like Me!

Note: I’m not complaining at all in the following text (tone on the internet is tough to convey). I am making critical observations of the environment I’m working in. This is my perspective.

The money-centric part of the blogosphere seems to be a bit fishy to me. There are people making thousands of dollars a month via their blogs telling others how to make thousands of dollars a month. Get ready to think in this next sentence. They make money by selling the products that help them sell products to make money. It’s very circular – especially because they sell to others wanting to do the same thing.

There are those who make money by providing awesome content – like Steve Pavlina. But some others seem to have much in common with the get rich quick schemers. The internet is overgrown with “marketing experts” and “making money online gurus.”

It bothers me that most of the people I see making a lot of money online are the ones talking about making money online. It bothers me so much that I’ve considered joining the crowd. Thinking for positive life change is my passion, but I have yet to see if I can make money blogging about it (I haven’t released any products).

I and many other bloggers are working our socks off to provide amazing, original content – but how many are getting the appropriate financial return? I’m not sure, honestly. I assume less than the ones who blog about making money.

My Money-Making Story So Far

I tried using adsense on this blog for passive income and the results were horrible – $30 total. I’m fine with that because I didn’t enjoy the look (and perception) of having ads on my site anyways. At some point, I’ll probably have affiliate advertising in some places – but those are products that I choose and believe in.

I intend to make an honest living doing what I love (this). I happily removed adsense with the plan to make money by creating extraordinary content and selling it. I’m just about finished with my first digital book now (free) and have another massive project planned – a product that does not currently exist in the marketplace (secrets are fun?). 😉

Strangely enough, how I market these products will affect sales 10x more than their actual quality, except if word-of-mouth gets going.

I’ve considered blogging about blogging and making money blogging just because I’ve read and learned so much about it. It is an interesting field and there are some great blogs in this niche. It is a saturated niche – but the demand appears to be strong enough to justify it.

What are your thoughts? Have there been any legitimate get rich quick methods? Have you ever been burned by one? Is the making money blogging niche the biggest pyramid scheme ever? Are you making a ton of money blogging in your pajamas?

Unlimited Possibilities Limit You

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How To Avoid Arguments In Relationships

Arguments are the second-worst human invention (behind pogs, obviously). Unproductive at best, damaging at worst – they remain a popular activity for the whole family to enjoy suffer through.

I was talking to my cousin one night about arguments, pride, vulnerability, and similar topics.  During our conversation I realized something about human interactions – we rarely have the information we need and this creates many feuds!

I’m going to give an example of a petty argument because when an argument lacks substance, we know it exists for purely psychological and emotional reasons that can be identified. “Heavy” arguments on politics and religion are too convoluted with the “who is right?” question to examine psychologically.

Fluff - A Frisky Cat

This is Fluff the cat. He argues, "I do NOT have fleas. You don't understand me. You NEVER will!" Fluff gets frisky too easily but we still love him.

Josh and Alexandra Have An Argument

Josh: “The Detroit Lions are going to the Super Bowl.”

Alexandra: “I don’t care about football.”

Josh: “You don’t have to be so snappy about it.”

Alexandra: “I wasn’t. What’s wrong with you?”

Josh: “What’s wrong with me?? I was just wanting to talk to you and you were being rude.”

As you can see from that ridiculous example, there was a clear disconnect between the two friends.  The conversation seems simple on the exterior, but much complexity hides in the shadows. This is a great example of how oversimplifying conversations can result in absurd, trivial arguments.

Earlier this year, I had a heated argument with my housemate about whether or not shepherd’s pie typically contains peas or not! I’m not kidding! Just like all arguments, it was a string of misunderstandings. For where there is mutual understanding, there is no argument.

What Went Wrong?

Now I’ll explain what went wrong with Josh and Alexandra.  You’ll see that the conversation starts off with key information that the other person is unaware of. As a result of not knowing this information, the words are twisted and assumptions are made – hence the argument.

The critical missing information is green

The results of not knowing the information are red

Josh: “The Detroit Lions are going to the Super Bowl.”

Missing Info: Josh wanted to connect with Alexandra. He has an indirect style of communication so he started off with small talk. Football was just the first thing that popped into his head because he knows she is from Detroit.

Alexandra: “I don’t care about football.”

Missing Info: Alexandra was fine with talking, but she does not like football. She thought she was making it clear she’d rather talk about something else. She has a direct style of communication.

Josh: “You don’t have to be so snappy about it.”

Result: Josh took what she said as a sign that she was not interested in talking to him. Being offended and hurt by this perceived disinterest, Josh unjustly accused Alexandra of not considering his feelings (in his indirect style).

Alexandra: “I wasn’t. What’s wrong with you?”

Result: She was offended by the accusation.

Josh: “What’s wrong with me?? I was just wanting to talk to you and you were rude.”

Result: Josh, already feeling like the victim, couldn’t believe Alexandra had the nerve to talk to him like she did. I hope they can work this out, but you can see they will have to do a lot of backtracking to find the root of this argument.

Learn From Their Fictional Mistakes

Be very scared aware of your emotions. When a negative emotion flares up in conversation, do not brush it aside. Some people might find this weird, but saying the emotion you’re experiencing out loud can be very effective in conversation. But start stuffing emotions in the closet and they’ll jump out unexpectedly and destroy the world.

Once you’re aware of your emotions, you can learn to trace them back to a source. Josh felt rejected, angry, and hurt by Alexandra’s comment. If he had paused before reacting without thinking (easier said than done!), he could have directed the conversation towards finding the missing information.

He could have asked, “Oh, do you want to talk about something else?” Alexandra would have said “Sure, did you hear about Kelly Clarkson?” to which Josh would respond, “I don’t care about Kelly Clarkson.”  Eventually, they’d find common ground. 😛

The key to all of this? Assume you’re missing information – because you are!

We are always missing information when talking to others. In many cases, it results in argument. Seek to find the missing information before you find yourself deep in argument and searching for some semblance of how it started.

5 steps to avoid argument:

  1. Negative emotion flares up in conversation.
  2. Recognize it and trace it to a comment or gesture.
  3. Assume you’re missing information and ask a relevant question.
  4. The situation is clarified and no argument occurs (unless the clarification was that the person thinks you’re an idiot, in which case, let ’em have it!)
  5. Proceed with discussion of football and/or Kelly Clarkson.

Why The Most Successful People Work Hard Even After They’ve “Made It”

Isn’t the goal of financial success to be able to live the Caribbean life?

Then why do we see so many millionaires working like sled dogs?

The answer: Success has a unique taste (it’s similar to ice cream). It tastes so good that it makes you want to stuff yourself and try all the flavors.

Girls and Ice Cream

Women and ice cream - what more could you ask for? Sprinkles.

If logic had its way, you would work harder as you needed more money, right?  From what I see, the opposite is true. People rely on unemployment checks and medicaid to support them as they watch TV. Meanwhile, the rich are still working 12 hour days.  This is insanity!  Why are the people who already have money working harder than those who need it most?

The cop-out answer is “that’s why they’re successful.”  I’m not content to stop there. I want to know why some people work harder than others.

Note: I’m not talking about the success mindset here, but the traditional way that success is defined – accomplishments.

A Compelling Reason To Work

For every action or inaction, there is a motive.  When we think about the motive of a millionaire or billionaire to keep working hard, what are the broad possibilities?

  1. Make more money – Hmm…maybe millionaires might still want more, but billionaires? There must be something else.
  2. Gain more power/influence – this is a possibility.  I’m still not convinced though.  What could be the common factor?
  3. They enjoy it? Bingo.

“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God” ~ Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:24

If you’re not familiar with Ecclesiastes, throughout it, the author speaks of the vanity and pointlessness of “everything under the sun.” Our time on this sphere is so short that it is hard to argue with him.  We will all be forgotten.

If you have enough money to retire, move to paradise, and relax but you’re still working, you MUST love the work you do.  When you’re seeing a great deal of validation (i.e. success) coming from your work , work can be a true joy.  But is success itself enough to satisfy us?  I think not!

Passion Is Traction

Success is much easier to achieve if you enjoy the journey to reach it. Passion is a slow-burning fuel that can last a lifetime.  Greed and the desire to be rich is a quick-burning lust that fades as the burden of work saps your life force.

Productive business woman

Is she playing tic tac toe over the phone?

Do you know of anyone who “suffers” through jobs they hate on the path to wealth? I can’t say this for sure, but I believe many of them find themselves empty inside when they “reach the top.” They realize that they just made $100 million, but they wasted 30 miserable years of their life to get it.

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”  ~ David Frost

Back To Success

In the beginning I talked about the taste of success.  I mentioned that success has such a wonderful taste that you want to try all of the flavors.  I say that because I’ve tasted it – just a tiny sample of it – and it is potently delicious!

I started this blog in mid-March. One night in my apartment in Charlottesville, I received an email from Problogger saying that my submitted guest post was accepted. I started running around the apartment (in circles) saying words that don’t exist yet (I am weird, but it makes life fun). Problogger is one of the biggest blogs in the world!

The more you taste success, the more you want it.  It’s like blood in the water for a shark, but not as dangerous for swimmers.

This was my first taste of success. It was my first taste of success doing something that I loved to do (career-wise). It gave me a bit of validation that I could write well – and when the post was very well received – I had validation that I could write content that people wanted to read. I can see how people become workaholics. The realization of tangible progress towards achieving your dreams is exhilarating.

This positive energy improves your creativity (I will write about this sometime), boosts your confidence, and gives you the drive to taste more success. Don’t believe me? You should, because I’ve been featured on Problogger four times now. If the first one didn’t happen, neither would the rest.

This “taste of success” has been very important to me in the times when I’m disappointed in my subscriber numbers or traffic (which are both decent for my young blog, but could be better).

You Can Taste Success In Four Difficult, Worthwhile Steps

  1. Set aside time for a deep thinking session.  In this session, you will determine what you are passionate about – look at how you spend free time, what excites you about life, and what abilities give you the greatest satisfaction in using.
  2. Figure out a way to get paid for your passion – consulting, blogging, working for a company, creating products, etc.
  3. Focus on ONE milestone that would mean a lot to you.  Is it guest posting on a huge blog? Is it getting a job for a certain type of company? Is it to finish creating a product? Is it getting your first client?  Don’t make the milestone big – make it small.  You’re just getting a sample of the success ice cream – not the large.
  4. Pour your soul into this mission.  Fail several times. Get up again and work 80 hours a week. Chase it. Tackle it.

I’ve tasted success a few times. Right now I’m looking forward to the satisfaction of completing an ebook I’m working on. It’s going to be free, by the way, to prove to you that I can write a book worth buying before trying to sell you anything.

I’ll be taking my own advice with the ebook. I’m going to work on it until I get carpel tunnel syndrome.  Then I’ll have to wear one of those fashionable wrist braces.

Once you taste it – you should dwell on your success.  Reward yourself. Failure is to be learned from. We all know that. But success is to be celebrated and recycled. Success has a way of replicating itself if you know how to leverage your first taste of it.

The challenge is in the beginning. Deep down, we all know we’re capable of doing great things – but we still have to prove it to ourselves. I knew I could write fairly well and that I had some good ideas – but I couldn’t really believe it until I saw myself doing it.

Get started today.  Chip away at that intimidating project by focusing on the first success milestone. Once you get it – and you WILL – you’ll see that nothing can stop you if you’re focused, persistent, and passionate about what you’re doing.

Do you have an example of tasting success that created more success for you? I’d love to hear about it.