I’m Broke ?!?!?!?

I’m Broke ?!?!?!?


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Hey everybody, Lance Tamashiro here, and I’ve been telling you for a couple of days that there’s a lot of things on my mind, and this is a video that I’ve been thinking about making for a while here, and I think I’m just going to come clean, share with you guys my thoughts, and basically just see what your reaction is to this. So, a lot of things have been changing in the internet marketing as you’re probably aware in the last couple of weeks.

Things like the FTC cracking down, things like MasterCard and Visa completely changing their rules, shutting off major marketers’ accounts, and I think that this is actually a very very good thing. And what’s sad to me is that I’ve been getting emails from people, telling me that they’re broke, telling me that they don’t know how they’re going to purchase any products, telling me that they need training but that they don’t have any money, whatsoever. And frankly, this confuses me because you’re all building businesses on the internet.

And so, I wanted to talk to you guys a little bit today about why you’re probably feeling that you’re broke, why you’re feeling that you’re not there, and what I really blame for all of this is the general mistrust in the marketplace. I don’t blame you, guys. I mean I don’t think the problem is that you’re broke. You all are sending messages from your Blackberry’s, you’re all on the internet, you have internet connections, you have computers, you’re actually trying to build something, but I think that you’re going about it in the wrong way, and I don’t think that it’s your fault.

It's Not Your Fault

What’s the point in me telling you all this? Well, what I really want to get across to you guys is that this feeling that you have, this doubt that you guys are having. This skepticism towards internet marketing and making money on the internet in general is not your fault.

How did you even get started with an online business? I mean I don’t think that typically most people are sitting around at home, they think one day, “Oh, you know what would be really great is to make a few extra bucks online.” And so, what do you do? Well, if you’re probably like me, you did some sort of like quick search on the internet and found your way eventually to some sort of squeeze page, and we’re all familiar with this by this point – those cool little pages where you go and they offer you some free gift in exchange for your email address and name.

So typically, what happens is you got home, do a quick little search on the internet, end up on one of these squeeze pages with this great sounding offer, you put in your name and email address, and the next thing you know is that you’ve got a bunch of people telling you every single day in your inbox that they’re making all of this money online and that it’s so completely easy, and they basically bombard you, but what happens is you get so many of these messages over and over and over again where you really started out with a very realistic thought process. You started out thinking, “if I could make a few extra bucks, I could actually build something up, wouldn’t it be cool if I had an extra $100, $200?”

This Could Work!

But you got caught in this whole sales funnel and the next thing you know, you went from thinking you could make an extra 100 or 200 bucks to you could make all of this cash, retire rich, sit on the beach in your underwear, and mix drinks all day. Unfortunately, you start to think that this could work. You actually at some point start to believe that you could literally wake up the next morning and have millions of dollars in your bank account, and I hate to be the one to break this to you, but it’s not going to happen that way.

In fact, if you think that way right now, I’m going to give you the best tip you’ve ever got. Stop, change your email address, don’t read any more marketing, and go save your money and spend it on something good. Spend time with your family, spend time doing things that actually matter to you because it’s never going to happen. I mean if that happened, if it was that easy, then everybody would be rich on the internet and nobody would be saying that they’re broke or having all these doubts.

So, if you’re buying that dream, I’m here to tell you right now, it may not be what you want to hear, but it’s the truth.

And then what starts happening is the next thing you know, daily, you start getting the same emails from all of these major people, or who appear to be major, telling you about this great product. That their friend just released something really really cool, and because you don’t know any better, you believe them. You go and buy the product, and it leads you to some professionally written sales page where you spend all day reading these sales letters, believing this hype.

I mean these are professionally written 20, 30-page letters that are designed to draw you in, that are designed to sell you on that sort of dream. And what ends up happening is you end up jumping from product to product to product because every week, there’s a new launch and every week, you get all of these emails telling you that this is the next thing, this is the next thing, this is the next thing.

Have You Noticed A Pattern?

This never stops. It’s an endless cycle. And it’s all of the people getting together, sending you out these launch emails and when you see those emails, the first time you made your scheme over it. But then when you open up the next email and it’s got a different subject line but it’s the same message or for the same product, you start to think about it. And then by the third, fourth, fifth, sixth time that you see the exact same offer from a different person, you automatically think in your head, “Well all of these people are saying that this is so great, it must be.” And then you go and buy it, and typically you’re disappointed, you do nothing with it, and then you move on to the next big product, and they catch you in the cycle. And unfortunately, that’s the truth about what is happening to you.

So, I don’t believe that you’re broke. I believe that you’re not believing in people, that you don’t believe any of the hype anymore, and as you well shouldn’t. So, the other problem is you’re spending all of this time, you’re spending all of this money, and you’re only actually using a small fraction, if any, of the stuff that you bought. I know when I got started, I spent thousands of dollars with all of these major gurus, with all of these promises, and luckily, I ran into some pretty good guys early on who stirred me in a better direction and showed me that there were actually some good people online, some honest people online, and sort of let me know what was happening and why I was seeing all of these offers that I was seeing.

You Want A Magic Button?

The other thing is that they’ve sold you on looking for a “magic button.” Again, like I said, I mean if you honestly believe that you’re going to wake up tomorrow with millions of dollars in your bank account, stop doing internet marketing right now. You’re not building a business. There’s no business offline that generates that kind of cash. Why would you think it would be any different online?

The truth is – is that it’s not. We are in a unique situation, we do have global reach, and we can build businesses from our house. But you need to be realistic. Remember, where you started from, it was probably with just making a couple extra bucks. And now suddenly, you’ve got this fascination that you’ve got to make millions of dollars and be rich. Well, it’s just simply not going to happen. So, the worst part about all of these cheap emails that you’re getting, these products that you’re buying is that you don’t even know these people. You don’t know anything about them. Most of them never even show their face. They don’t have any products. Some of them don’t even have blogs. So, I mean why would you feel compelled to spend money with this type of people? Maybe you should think about that real carefully.

Think About This

I want to give you something to think about here. What would it take to educate yourself to start a business offline? I mean do you honestly believe that if you are going to go offline and start a business, you could just sign a paper, turn it on, and it would start happening? It’s not that case. I mean I think that we’ll agree.

Think about how much higher education costs. I know at least in America, it can run up to $30,000 a year or more. It’s not a cheap proposition, and people do that just to go work for the 9 to 5 grind.

Think about how much time, effort, and money it would take to actually start a successful offline business. It’s not something that you could do with no cash flow. It’s not something that you could just start up on a credit card. It’s something that you would have to seriously sit down, think about, plan for, and start it.

And the thing is – is that it’s no different online.

I hate to be the one to break that to you but there’s no difference online except that there’s fewer overhead and fewer tools that you need, and you can actually, with a single person or two people, start a very very successful business, but there still are expenses that you’re going to have to take. And unfortunately, a lot of it is going to be in education. I personally pay thousands of dollars a year to meet with my mentor three times a year to talk to him for 45 minutes – 45 minutes three times a year. I travel all over the country just to get those 45 minutes and some people think I’m crazy for doing that but I say that the investment is paid for itself over and over and over again.

3 Type Of Marketers

So, what I want to tell you guys, the point of all this is that from my experience, the short time that I’ve been online, I’ve noticed that there’s basically three types of marketers, and just knowing this is going to put you ahead of the game.

The Dream Seller

So, the first type of marketer and unfortunately probably the type that you most early ran into when you were getting started online with your business is the ones that “sell the dream,” and these are the people that basically do what I was telling you about earlier, where they coordinate the giant launches, they coordinate together where they’re all sending massive amounts of emails for the same product on the same day over and over and over again. And quite frankly, they just do this in a rotation. And if you actually start watching and seeing it, I think that you’ll pick up on it. So, they are basically selling the dream and the truth is – is a lot of the claims they make, they could probably achieve those results, but the problem is you don’t have the connections, you don’t have the sized list, and you really need to think about keeping it realistic.

Fake It Till You Make It

The second type of marketer that I’ve ran into online and unfortunately, I almost think that this marketer is more dangerous than the “selling the dream” marketer, and this is the “fake it till you make a crowd.” These are the people that always are talking about numbering, always talking about statistics, but never ever showing any sort of proof for it. I’m sure that you have run across these types before.

They’re very good at talking a big game, but when it really comes down to it, have they ever shown you any real proof? The other problem with the “fake it till you make a crowd” and one way that I always can spot these people is that they never talk about their failures. They never talk about their failures. I mean it would be impossible to think that somebody never has a failure online, that they never have a product that launches that didn’t go well.

Unfortunately, a lot of these people are at sort of the mid-level, I’ll say, in marketing where you don’t know what they make. They make these outrageous income claims, it goes up and up and up, and unfortunately, like I actually know some of these people, and I know that their list aren’t as big as they claim they are, I know that for a fact that their income isn't as big as they say it is. And so, I would really encourage you to take a close look at the people that are telling you about what great product creators they are, how much they know about memberships sites. If you look around and they have no membership sites, if they have no products – I mean this red flag should be going off everywhere.

I mean the other day I saw an email come across from somebody who was claiming to be a master product creator, and then I went and looked and they didn’t have a single product. So, how do they have such a great product creation system and how are they such a good product creator if they have no products? It’s totally baffling. So, you don’t even really have to dig deep to find these people, but just do a little bit of due diligence and figure out if these people are telling you the truth or not.

The Honest Entrepreneur

Luckily, there is a third type of marketer that I’ve run across, and these are the honest entrepreneurs. These are the people that are actually “walking the walk.” These are the people that are actually doing what they say and providing real value to their customers. Because let’s face it, the truth is is that there are people out there that are making good incomes online from doing the right thing. And the real trick is just to find those people and hunt them out. Unfortunately, for most people, they never actually get to find those people because the hype sells much better.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

So what now? Well luckily for you, at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The first thing is that just realizing how this game works and not there’s three types of marketers out there. It’s going to put you in an infinitely better position to plan out your business, to understand the types of people that you want to be taking advice from, and to actually figure out which type of person you want to be, and I hope that every one of you is choosing to go on the path of the honest entrepreneur.

I think that what you should do is look at the marketing that you’re receiving, look at the emails that you’re getting, look at the way that they’re marketing to you, and figure out if you’re getting any value from it. I mean I know a lot of people that are just on all of these lists, like they get thousands of emails every single day and it’s just from people going, “here’s my free thing, here’s my free thing, here’s my free thing,” and then typically, they’ll buy something eventually.

I mean honestly, if these people don’t even have their own products, if they aren’t teaching you anything, they’re just sending you links to go sign up to somebody else’s list, I mean what value is there in that? I mean you can study all day, but the fact is until you take action online, you’re not going to make any money and you’re not going to improve your situation. So, figure out if you trust these people. I mean I’m not saying like go do a massive research on them, but see if they have a blog, see if you can see anything about them, see the crowd that they run with, see if you can figure out if these people are actually worth you even reading their emails. And if they’re not, just get rid of them.

So, the best part is there is actually a lot of honest good people making real money on the internet. It’s your job to seek those people out. And luckily for you, I’ve given you some of the information that I have learned in my short time online and how to identify these people, understanding that they’re out there, and I’m hoping that since you’re on my list, reading my blog, you’re not going to get caught in the sort of traps that I see people getting caught in out there.

So, that’s all for today. I thank you for taking the time out for reading, for watching this video, and I wish you all the best of luck.

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    February 12, 2010 at 1:59 am
  • Allen Reply

    Lance,

    It took 59 seconds for the snapshot placeholder of the video to load. There was no way I could possibly watch the video. Take pity on those of us who have bandwidth limitations and make your vids lower resolution. It’s really unnecessary to have such a huge image for the backdrop of your powerpoint. I wish I knew what it was all about so I could actually comment on the content. 🙁

    February 12, 2010 at 2:21 am
    • Tim Reply

      allan. stop whining and upgrade your Internet connection. be a businessman and invest.

      whining and complaining gets you no success, and only makes ppl shy away from you.

      grow up, get a side job, write some articles, and stop being a penny pinching tight wad

      February 12, 2010 at 3:24 am
      • David Scott Lynn Reply

        Dear Tim,

        Respectfully speaking, First of all, her name is Allen, not allan.

        Second, comments and STYLE such as yours — while quite possibly technically accurate — are what gives marketers a VERY bad image, and your style is a GREAT example of what NOT to say or do as a marketer. You exemplify what I strive to NOT become as a marketer, or even a person.

        Oh Yes, I have Verizon’s maximum hi-speed broadband connection, and I have what was a few years ago a start-of-the-art, top-priced Macintosh laptop, which my friends all envy because it is no longer available. Which of course is why I hesitate to upgrade. I admit it is somewhat out-dated, but most everything else I need to do is perfectly fine, EXCEPT watching the videos of certain marketers who seem to think it is MY responsibility to accommodate THEIR technological requirements.

        In fact, the one of the FEW reasons I feel compelled to upgrade my Mac, which is maxed out on RAM etc., is so I can watch videos from marketers. As a newbie marketer myself, that in itself tells me I am treading on dangerous waters by possibly sending out videos that my potential customers might be frustrated in watching. I am not yet technically savvy enough to know what kinds of videos are going to create that kind of problem for my potential viewers. And since I am often VERY frustrated trying to watch a video from Lance or Robert, they probably do not worry about such things, as far as I can tell. So they’re probably not the best people for me to be learning from, even though I bought their Video Sales tactics course, and their ListCopy course, and some other stuff.

        So like Allen, I also have to wait nearly FOREVER (in relative terms, of course) for many marketing videos to download (Anthony Robins and Frank Kern are the WORST), especially from Lance and Robert (although MANY videos I watch from OTHER sources take NO TIME AT ALL to download).

        SO … I put their videos on hold and come back much later when they have hopefully downloaded more completely, which sometimes helps. But I often just close the window and forget about watching their videos, EVEN THOUGH, I often like their material.

        So why do SOME people have very quickly downloading videos, and others, like Robert and Lance, do NOT (although SOME videos from OTHER marketers are even slower)? I think as marketers, we should be sensitive to such questions, rather than demanding, or even belittling, people to upgrade their technology JUST to please ME — or YOU, Tim!

        I would like to know that before I start putting videos on line for other, less tech-sophisticated people to watch, I would know if they are going to have trouble watching, and think that would be a VERY good topic for ANY marketer who is actually curious about taking care of their potential customers who are not required — nor may have no other need — to upgrade to the latest technology.

        Please have a Great Day, Tim.

        Take Care,
        David

        February 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm
        • Dale Kydd Reply

          Hi Dave,
          You have put it very politely and I commend you for it, I am afraid I could not be so generous.

          You see being on dial up and not being able to get any of the other my speed is very slow indeed and because of that I am unable to download any Videos or even a recording. A voice recording for 10 mins takes anything from 8 hour up; to down load and although I have a very good downloader (GetRight) which will continue when the server disconnects you it redials and continues it does not help in the time.

          I now delete any emails that come in with video as it is to heart breaking to know there is help or info there but you cannot get it.

          I have asked many of the people I deal with if they could do both PDF and video but to no avail at the present so I will keep plodding along and get what I can when I can and am not going to let things like a very old PC or dial up bother me and neither should you.

          You are there for your own income and you can do it without all this high fluting gear the same as a lot of us do.
          I look forward to seeing your name come up in my travels on the net.
          Dale Kydd

          April 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm
      • Dale Kydd Reply

        Tim,
        You are both rude and ignorant and if I run into you on the net then I will immediately click you off.

        You neither have a human bone in your body or a brain in your head.

        Your tolerance is none existent.

        There are people to whom do not have money to burn or the knowledge to do things they would dearly love to do and there for are a couple of steps behind everyone else because of their situation.

        You need to think outside your box mate and learn to give instead of blasting your opinions on those who are trying and will get there even if it is 10 yrs down the track as they are people I will welcome to my site because they have persevered and learnt the hard way but have stuck to it and been thoughtful of others and their needs.

        You have just crippled your self here and I am afraid that you will have done yourself irrefutable damage on the internet by your post.

        To bad for you but not for us as we know what sort of a person you are now.

        Thank you for showing your true colours before we got to involved with you.

        Dale Kydd

        April 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Hi Allen,
      You are lucky it takes 8hrs to download a 10 minute recording letalone a video for me and this one will not even come up on my screen.
      I am on dial up as I cannot get anything else where I am.
      Dale

      April 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm
      • Lance Tamashiro Reply

        The text is right below the video??????

        April 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm
        • Dale Kydd Reply

          Thanks Lance much appreciated.
          Dale Kydd

          April 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm
  • Rahul Reply

    Lance,
    Great video and good use of green screen 🙂
    I fell for this trap myself and I know a lot of us do when we first start looking for ways to make money online, and may be this is because we are looking for the wrong material.

    As you said, hype sells! I remember the first product that I bought had a fancy Ferrari and a guy sitting at the beach typing something in his mac, with money coming out of it.

    I was sold on that 🙂

    Then gradually when I realized that these type of products sell nothing but the dream, I moved on.

    Then there was this buying frenzy of this new fancy technique or new method that made cash overnight, this new SEO or 1 cent PPC methods.

    Its a vicious cycle that sucks you in, something like you want to learn how to make money online>yes> buy this course> inside the course> now sell this to others who want to learn to make money online..
    Know what I mean?

    It took me 2 years and 3 stuffed emails with over 50000 marketing messages to finally get it right.

    I am finally on my way on creating my first product, which has nothing to do with internet marketing but something to do with my real passions and stuff I actually know a lot about.

    But if it counts, I did find a few genuine people along the way, who really wanted to help me(You are one of them BTW), and I hope someday I’ll be one the third breed of true entrepreneur and help people who need it.

    February 12, 2010 at 2:21 am
    • Stan Smith Reply

      I had to laugh while reading your comment since I was so much like that myself at one time…spending $400 a month to make $40. You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to realize that won’t work.

      I tell my team all the time that they are not fish that need to bite at everything trolled past their face, but people love shiny new objects!

      My business partner has a different approach…she tells them to lock up their credit card until they know the difference between being a marketer and a consumer.

      February 12, 2010 at 4:31 am
      • Dale Kydd Reply

        Hi Stan,
        I love that post “she tells them to lock up their credit card until they know the difference between being a marketer and a consumer.”

        Would you mind asking her if she would mind my using her quote please.

        It is so true.

        Dale Kydd

        April 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm
  • Jack L Reply

    Hi Lance,

    Awesome video!.. you just told the excact story! about how things are going on online.

    I can see myself in all of it and I believe thousand`s of people are going trough the same process right now..

    You have also become better & better to do your video stuff and how to inform people about the Internet Ballgame.

    Keep up the super good work and keep making these GREAT! videos as they is!..

    Thank you.
    Jack L.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:03 am
  • HAL Reply

    Dear Lance:
    Yokohama, Japan Friday, February 12th

    Great New Blog Theme and Set Up + Video Integration I Love It

    All of what you are saying is true but it doesn’t really help us very much to find a solution.

    Yes, we must pick and choose carefully to find out who to trust and follow.

    I do this through http://www.imreportcard.com but what we really need is a ladder or staircase that will move us to modest online success.

    Once we make the first say, USD 500 then we should have the online infrastructure in place to move forward.

    I am not talking about more videos on how to set up a hosting account, use c-panel and so on but a more visionary approach with benchmarks.

    Best wishes,

    HAL/cashstack

    February 12, 2010 at 3:18 am
    • Lisa Gergets Reply

      Better yet – build that ladder yourself.

      February 12, 2010 at 7:37 am
      • Dale Kydd Reply

        Hi Lisa,

        I know you did not mean your post to be rude but it was; if you had offered some way for Hal to start that ladder it would have come across so much better.

        A lot of people find it hard to put their thoughts on paper and some like yourself are probably very good at it.

        It does not have to be a long post but a thoughtful one goes a long way and gives encouragement not knock them down.

        Take care
        Dale Kydd

        April 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Hi Hal,

      I know what you mean and that is where your mentor comes in.

      You do what you feel is right for what you are doing and then get your mentor to take a look see and take on board what they tell you.

      Remember all that you must have complete faith and trust in your mentor and they must also know what they are doing to. It is no good having a mentor that is in the same position as yourself; this is only the blind leading the blind.

      There are those out there that will mentor you but at a price but do they know what you want?

      Take your time and do some research on the people you know on line and there are those that will help you if not mentoring that will tell you a few names you can ask.

      Make sure you have your ladder steps set out first so you do not wast anyone’s time.
      Good luck
      Dale Kydd

      April 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm
  • Jo Reply

    Lance, I thought this video excellent and true. I am on everyones list and get hundreds of e-mails. I am now deleting a lot ofthem as they are rubbish and only helping to create lists for other people. It is a great pity that you did not name the marketers that you say are genuine and honest. it would have done no harm to do this as its a compliment.
    Jo

    February 12, 2010 at 3:40 am
  • Mitch Powell Reply

    Remarkable message, Lance! It’s actually the third one today that has been about being broke, buying in to the “dream,” using the tools you already have, and taking action. Ed Dale wrote a very good piece, just moments ago, that also struck a similar chord with me.

    The other message was from Mike Filsaime, talking about moving on to new things and selling off some of his stuff and giving us a look into his early broke days.

    It seems “broke” has been the Word Of The Day.

    I shouldn’t even tell my story for fear that I will be seen as the stupidest entrepreneur ever. Let’s just say I’ve been at it for probably eight more years than anyone else, and the reasons for my failure are many. One of the reasons is not wanting to be one of the “fake it ’til you make it” kind of marketer; another is not knowing what to sell to whom.

    When you haven’t made any money online, iyou can’t really teach other people how to make money online. When all you ever do is chase shiny objects and when you have interests in scripts and copywriting and product creation and membership sites and affiliate marketing and niche marketing and video marketing and social media marketing and direct networking, and you don’t actually USE any of the stuff you buy or download for free because you just don’t think you’re good enough yet or it’s not going to turn out perfect and you’re going to probably make a fool of yourself, then this is the kind of mess you get yourself into.

    Especially when you lost your job and you started using up all your available credit and never put away any savings.

    But I think I’m FINALLY getting it. I think I finally know where my dreams are taking me. I just hope I can wriggle my way out of this terrible financial mess I’ve gotten myself in. I AM accepting donations if anyone wants to help out.

    Thanks for a great wake-up call Lance!

    Mitch

    February 12, 2010 at 3:42 am
  • Miker Reply

    Lance,

    Timely message to point out that opportunities exist in any climate. I posted an entry on my blog about a similar set of circumstances that faced Norman Vincent Peale and how he answered with a question:

    “Can You Make Candy?”

    Blessings,

    MikeR

    February 12, 2010 at 4:54 am
  • Ron Barrett Reply

    Hey Lance!!

    Great video, Great message!

    Did you ‘borrow’ the ‘sending messages from the blackberry, but yet not able to ‘afford’ a $14 product’? from our email conversation earlier this week??

    If so, I’d like credit for that 🙂

    Your points are well thought out and articulated and I think you are going to see more people (read ‘marketers’) using this approach in their emails as a sort of scare tactic to their readers.

    It wasn’t until I found good mentor(s), teacher(s) and coach(s) that I started having ‘success’ online. (by the way, you and Robert are included in that group)

    It’s all a matter of being real, being transparent and providing value for the people who are following you. Once you have their trust and they see that the value that you are providing for them is better than ‘the other guy’, you have success. When you have that success, prosperity is boundless.

    Keep up the fantastic work and THANKS for being approachable.

    February 12, 2010 at 5:50 am
  • Lary Ryall Reply

    Spot on Lance.. i’ve probably been studying marketing for more years than anyone and still haven’t found the golden path to online riches. As frustrating as it may be from time to time i have learned a great deal. i feel confident that soon i will get enough of the pieces put together in a reasonably effective way. When i do what i need to do (providing great service and great products and communicating it effectively) good people with real needs will provide me with decent subsistence – because THEN i will have earned it. Going it alone is tough, but i choose to be the honest entrepreneur a long time ago and found few of like mind.. It’s taken me a long time to learn how to compete with those many who didn’t feel so compelled – but i’m close now, and can recognize a man of like mind. Your a good man Lance Tamashiro. Keep up the good work…

    February 12, 2010 at 5:53 am
  • Darrel Chris Farmer Reply

    I personally know many american men who don’t know how to make candy yet seem to find a way to earn the money to buy some. The big difference is a “job” and the understanding that if you don’t work/you don’t eat. So, if you can’t work then go help someone more fortunate. Anyone who can write and send an email in english has the ability to find a need and deliver a solution. Yet, a man still has to work. It’s just who he is as a man. Go figure?

    More Blessings,
    atowncrier

    February 12, 2010 at 6:03 am
  • Sean Breslin Reply

    Lance you nailed it with that video! I’ve been through that email promotion and product cycle.

    Quality and honesty is like gold dust online… Hard to find but worth the search!

    February 12, 2010 at 6:05 am
  • Steve Reply

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    guys I can trast.
    I hope you anderstand my English, I m
    from Sweden and my English are not so good
    Regards
    Steve,,,,

    February 12, 2010 at 6:05 am
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Hi Steve,
      Do you have a langage dictioary on your comuter?

      If you do then write what you want to say in your own toung and then change it to English, this will not only help you with your speaking English it will help you on your web pages too.

      If you do not have it go to Microsfot web site and down load it.

      Dale Kydd

      April 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm
  • John Reply

    Lance another great video!

    I can remember the early days when I first started to consider wanting to dabble in the ‘make money on the net’ business. I can also remember buying several really crap products which sold the earth and turned out to be a waste of time and money. Unfortunately theres tons of this still out there available to the uneducated masses. These days I only stick to one or two mentors who I really can trust who deliver results on their promisses – this can become expensive but if you have the right mentor it’s worth it. I can’t really see any other way to become a successful internet merketer.

    (PS – i like the way your videos have backing music, it keeps the ADHD at bay)

    John

    February 12, 2010 at 6:29 am
  • David N. Hake Reply

    ‘POP’…….that was my bubble being burst! After nearly 3 years of trying to get someone, ANYONE to help me get into this game, I QUIT!!!! I have not made a dime, my bank account is now at $13.28, and I am beaten. I am 68 years old, and that is the FIRST time I have ever uttered those words. So, great video, I hope you all have a great 2010, and FAREWELL!! Luck to everyone, David H.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:37 am
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Hi David H,
      I trust you are still there if you are then please do not be defeated.

      You have put 3 yrs into this are you going to say you have waisted your time?

      I don’t think so because you have not; you have seen how different sites appeal to your eyes and how emails are written and a whole lot more stuff that you have learnt.

      OK you have not mad any money and you have paid out so much, the same as we all have so you are not on your own in that but you can now see what has happened to you and why you have not made the money you where trying to get.

      Your eyes are open now and you know what to look for and what to avoid so put your shoes on and get moving in the right direction.

      Use your passion to come up with your answer to what you are going to do, or write about. Come in here with your questions. I am sure that Lance or someone else will help you if you ask the question.

      As you can see we all need a mentor to help us over the hump and there are plenty the same as off line.

      How would you do this if you where opening a shop in your town?

      Use this same plane for your own on line business it will help also.

      Being elderly does not mean that we cannot do things anymore although there are those out there that make us feel that way at times but tell them to get lost; remember that while we have breath we can do.

      Take care and try again with a different attitude. They are not going to beat me and cause me to waist all that money and time I will succeed and do it you can you know.

      Dale Kydd

      April 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm
  • TheNetateer Reply

    Very Interesting Video Lance, telling like it is for a lot of people out there.

    People of ordinary ability can achieve Great Success simply because they don’t know when to Quit.

    Mark Twain once said.. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.

    If you haven’t seen the “million dollar video” yet , you can watch it here http://netateer.com/free/million.html

    You are always capable of things you think you can’t possibly do.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:42 am
  • mary Reply

    Lance,

    This is a great video, please continue giving good honest information to all of the marketers that are struggling to make ends meet.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:18 am
  • T-Mac Reply

    I agree on all points Lance. Now for those of you struggling to make it online, a bit of advice from a newbie and protege of Lance and Robert…

    It’s a tough economy. More and more people are moving toward online marketing and home based businesses because they are either unemployed, underemployed, or just looking to make an extra buck. Listen to Lance, he knows what he is talking about, and I can attest that he and Robert value their customers and aren’t full of BS.

    My first product launch, in two weeks, I made well over $300 in revenue, but you know how much of that I took home? $0. I am new, I am not in this to get rich quick, but my business needed new tools, so I carefully selected a few products that would have a good return on my investment, copied what Lance and Robert are doing as much as possible, and am now working on my second product.

    If you are new, and making a few bucks here and there, invest it back into the business. Get some coaching from someone you trust.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:51 am
  • Gugus Reply

    like other guys here, i start learn how to make money online from crap product too, but i feel so lucky when i start to learn about affiliate program and start making some money.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:55 am
  • Neville Reply

    Hi,

    While I agree with most of what you talk about in the video, there is a section that I have an issue with, that section is where you say that if a person does not have a blog or their own product and the like and they don’t have any real presence on the net that people should just dump them and not to even bother about reading their emails, what about the newbies, the people just starting out who don’t have an internet footprint yet or any of the other things listed above, hove are they going to get their foot in the door.

    Example:- ‘ you get an email and decide to do a quick search for this person and you don’t find anything, so you hit delete, (admittedly some emails only deserve a delete button response,) but what if that person was a newbie and you just slammed the door on their effort to acquire a better life for their self and their family or were simply trying to dig themselves out of a hole.

    Just so you know I don’t have any of the above and I am in a hole.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:32 am
    • Jeanette Cates Reply

      I don’t think Lance was telling you to slam the door on anyone. Certainly if someone is trying to sell you a product on how to do business online – and they don’t have a blog – that’s a clue you should not be listening to them.

      Each of us had to start from scratch. No one was born with the chip in their head (although Lance & Robert may have been…). That means that every one of us has had to go through exactly the same learning process.

      The problem with so much of what people are teaching online is that it’s out of sequence. Yes, you can send emails – but you have to send them to people are have legitimately signed up for your list. And you need a way for them to sign up (a blog or an optin page) before that. So technically you can’t send emails to people unless you already have a blog, a website, or optin page. By the time they sign up to receive your email, they should have already established your credibility.

      One tip for sorting through your emails. I maintain my personal email account and a separate email where my marketing messages go. I only check that email account when I want to go see the latest “offer” or want to see how another marketer is marketing. I have to make an active choice to read those emails – they do not automatically arrive in my inbox. That one tip will keep a lot of the bright shiny objects out of your view.

      A second tip – check your email once in the AM and once in the PM. Otherwise, turn off the alerts, etc. When you’re at your desk, you need to be working, not reading and responding to email. And if you need to be responding to that much email that you can’t restrict it to twice a day – it’s time to hire an assistant!

      Finally, Lance, thank you again for a great and thoughtful video. You do so well at zeroing in on the real issues. Definitely a great leader.

      February 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm
      • Gabrielle Fontaine Reply

        Excellent tips, Jeanette! I love the idea of segregating all the marketing emails. I’m going to use that principle right now and set up a rule to file them all into a seaparate folder (not my inbox) to keep the inbox volume down! I’ve greatly reduced the marketers I follow, but anything to keep me productive is a bonus.

        Lance,

        Thanks for this post. Great info and the filter to identify the wheat from the chaff is great. I think we often know this already at a gut level, but making us conscious of it is helpful too.

        I’ve found that we are all suseptible to the falicy of thinking that just by forking over money we will instantly get results. (We feel like we’ve done something!) But it is the APPLICATION of even the best IM trainers are teaching that gets the results – not the spending of money on more products. That’s one of the reasons I really like you and Robert – the accountability kick in the butt / expectation you have for your students. Do something that you can charge for – THAT’S what will bring in some money! Not the buying or the learning even – the doing.

        Thanks again!

        April 28, 2010 at 7:53 am
      • Syamsul Alam Reply

        Dear Jeanette. Excellent tips you have to separate your emails for offers and personal.

        I do bored watching email everyday, flying across my inbox and tell me to download free stuff. I have downloading the same report seven times and I’m getting mad on it, so rather than keep that email account distract me over and over, I choose to build personal email address, and take a vow on myself to not listing in my new email address on list of ‘stranger gurus’.

        That’s what makes me still sane until know and gradually built my own project and list rather than building ‘their’ list.

        Until recently I got some serious distraction from social media like Facebook, etc…

        They really know how to make you feel bad and guilty if you are not responding your relatives or friends recent comments. And it really knows how to ‘kick’ you and make you being unrecognized after take hiatus from it several weeks or months.

        I do really need any advices. Anything will greatly appreciated.

        Sincerely,

        Alam

        May 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm
  • Elena Reply

    Great Video Lance! I’ve learnt a lot from your info and yes I’ve been sucked up with a lot of scams, rehashed, etc…The reason why I don’t trust anybody anymore no matter what they published.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:53 am
  • Scott Reply

    Good Job Lance,

    One point that you made that kind of gets overlooked is what most of us went through….buy the shiney “new” money rocket AND NEVER DO ANYTHING WITH IT…

    The rest was great, but we need to take personal responsibility for having the money funnel pointing out rather than into our pocket.

    Again great job.

    February 12, 2010 at 9:16 am
  • Justin Reply

    I am not and you won’t be either if you buy my new product! 🙂 You too can have the ferrari of your dreams!

    No seriously, you make some great points.

    Ultimately the difference between success and failure in this game is finite.

    I have seen some real idiots do incredibly well on the internet and some super smart guys doing just as badly.

    It all comes down to persistence, but I would urge everyone to keep their integrity!

    Enjoy.

    February 12, 2010 at 9:17 am
  • CCGAL Reply

    Internet marketing is direct response marketing, same as mail order, only often without any real product. You can learn about direct response marketing in your library, for free.

    That said – if you don’t have the skills to operate a brick & mortar business, you aren’t going to have the skills to operate an internet marketing business.

    However, that said, Squidoo is free, easy for most people, and does the heavy lifting if you can create content that is original & interesting. It’s not get-rich-quick, but it’s honest, fun, and can be done with zero money out of pocket.

    February 12, 2010 at 9:58 am
  • Paul Klein Reply

    Hey Lance,

    As always, you hit the points that many need to hear.

    Too many get busy with thinking they need all kinds of new information or technology to keep up with the “so-called big dogs”…

    The simplest things to accomplish are rarely the first things that people looking to make money online look at.

    Get back to basics!

    Thanks again for the tips and pointed message.

    Best always,
    Paul Klein

    P.S. OK, so I am not sitting on the beach in my underwear, but why would I want to? LOL

    We’ve got it much better, eh?
    Life is great!

    February 12, 2010 at 10:17 am
  • Zed Reply

    Some valuable lessons there, i only got into IM around 5 months ago and like everyone else got sucked into the hype and whirlwind of buying loads ..and i mean loads of products.

    I had serious information overload. Now though my situation is much better, thats due to unsubscribing from 90% of the mailing lists I was on, have one main mentor i follow, work according to a proven system, have a detailed list of specific tasks I work on and lastly I dont move onto another task until i’ve completed the first one.

    Keep focused guys and best of luck

    February 12, 2010 at 10:20 am
  • Peter J. Reply

    Have been doing some IM research since mid December have bought 2 programs I haven’t even started to look at yet. Getting 100+ emails daily from each Free product supplier, mostly referring me back to their affiliates again. Alos over 3000 emails saved

    February 12, 2010 at 11:35 am
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Hi Peter,
      Like you I do save email’s but only until I can get the email address from them and then add them to my list.

      If they email you then they are giving you permission to email them back. OK.

      Another way of getting a list of opt-in addresses and it makes the time spent on these email’s worth it.

      Remember though to make sure you let that person know from which program they emailed you for so they cannot accuse you of spam, like

      “Hi Peter,
      I was glade to get your email inviting me to come to I’m Broke. At this time I am unable to take on board this program but will keep it in mind for the future as my web site is taking all my time.
      I would be pleased if you would reciprocate by taking a look at my (URL placed here) and let me know what you think.
      Thanks
      Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
      Sign”
      Your URL again

      If you set up your Autoresponder pacifically for these then you will have a good proportion of them return either with their opinion or they could be on of your better clients because you have taken the time to let them know you DID get their email and that you DID answer them.

      This means so much to those starting out as you would know.

      For those reading this do not get waylaid on this, save your emails to a special folder and only go into them when you know you have finished what was on your list for the day. They will keep for a couple of days but I would not let them weight for more than a week as you know yourselves how easy it is to forget where you where 1 week ago in your emails.

      Take care and good list making with this
      Dale Kydd

      April 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm
  • John Woolf Reply

    First off I will admit my failures, but also admit that I learned from most. Been on the Internet 5 years now, 4 in the ecommerce niche with a couple well established stores, and the last year or so also focusing more on the IM side.
    By the way those stores took over 2 years to see real results. There is no magic bullet.. just consistent work
    and learning. This from a guy who 6 years ago thought html was the code for Hotmail 🙁

    Marketing is required in both but the IM side (the dark side) can swallow you and your wallet leaving you with that deer in the headlights look.

    I finally started networking with the right, or should I say honest, group of IM’s. It does take work and lots of discipline, but you can do it when working with the right people. Like any venture you need a few bucks and the right advise.

    I consider myself lucky to have found the right couple of marketing mentors that have made it through their struggles and have become very successful. But most important of all, they give back without all the smoke and mirrors, always asking for more of the green stuff!
    And like Lance said ‘they walk the walk’ and are genuinely happy when they see you get results from what they have taught.

    I once said to one of them “I wish I had found your program sooner”. His reply was.. what you have done and the mistakes that you made along the way are what got you here now”.

    There are many that could and are benefiting. But like the old saying “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink..” So much Hype to sift through and they get lost in the IM jungle of predators.

    But I ramble on here..
    Better go.. Thanks Lance
    John

    February 12, 2010 at 11:43 am
  • Mark Krusch Reply

    Hey Lance,

    Thanks for the totally honest video post. Too many people fall for the magic button dream and sign on to lists due to the hyped up promises offered.

    Hopefully they’ll see your post and have a change of heart!

    Keep it real and thanks again for sharing!

    -Mark

    February 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm
  • Mattgeib Reply

    Great Video Lance!

    A couple of problems come to mind when listening to your ‘well thought out’ words.

    1) Folks are rarely shown the ‘roadmap’ only the pot of gold so they get involved in different opportunities & after various struggles fail & give up

    2) How many ‘Gurus’ ever talk about how to set up a ‘Business Plan’? that gets you to the ‘Pot of Gold”?

    To Fail to Plan is to Plant to Fail and so many folks also fail cause they treat IM as a hobby not a business

    Matt geib

    February 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm
  • richard Reply

    Hi,

    Thanks for the advise.

    I loss lot of money online buying these info products.

    February 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm
  • Jerry - ItsAboutCash Reply

    The marketers that sell the dream and the fake it until you make it marketers are dream stealers for many newcomers. If trust is placed in people that cannot or will not lead and teach, that trust is going to be destroyed along with the dream.

    It has been my experience that you CANNOT effectively learn to succeed by trying to follow more than one Mentor at a time.

    Every successful Mentor has their own system, style and techniques. If you try to combine the teaching of two or more, you’ll get conflicting information and the system usually will not work as well, if at all.

    Your video gave a dose of honest information that many need to hear but, unfortunately, many will ignore the message because they’re still struggling with the lottery mentality.

    Jerry

    February 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm
  • Jeff Reply

    I agree Jason…lots of good info…but there is no reason anybody should let a simple thing like the proper internet connection hold them back.. Especially if you’re a…INTERNET marketer!!

    A solid internet connection is your bread and butter and is definitely not a unwarranted expense.

    Love your work…you too Lance!

    Jeff “DRFitness” Lane

    February 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm
  • Daniel Brock Reply

    Lance, very accurate post.

    I think you fall into marketer number 3 which is why I always buy your products when they come out.

    I always learn at least one or two tid bits of info in your products that make the purchase price worth it.

    Perhaps the best type of marketer would be a combination between marketer #1 and marketer #3.

    Someone who is looking out for the interest of his customers, while still can sell the dream at the same time.

    Do you think that is possible?

    February 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm
  • Christine Reply

    That was great, Lance!

    I came to the same conclusion a while ago, that I needed to learn from the people who were doing what they were teaching.

    I also appreciate your comparison of an online business to an offline business. It puts things in perspective.

    You’ve also made me feel okay about going from $0 to $1600 in my first year with an online business, and not having to be ashamed that I didn’t make that cool $125K out of the starting gate.

    Thanks. I’ll stay focused and follow through and keep watching what you’re doing.

    February 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm
  • Kathy Reply

    Sure, I’ve fallen in to the buying trap…and $17,000 later I have very little to show for it after 3 years. I guess it’s part of the learning curve.

    I was in a coaching program represented by one of the most well known, expensive Guru’s in the industry…and my 12 month experience reads like a Soap Opera.

    I am not a slacker by any means and have followed 2 mentors religiously and have done everything I was ask to do…. a blog, product, articles, sales pages, squeeze pages. At present, I’m scatter all over the place and don’t know how to bring it all together effectively or whether I should start over from scratch.

    What I find is, there are a lot of mentors that tell you what to do but not how to do it. Big difference. There is no follow through in helping you put it all together so it works effectively.

    You mention, you need a track record in order to be one who is worth listening to. Where does this leave the newbie?

    I hear that only 2% of all people who try and make it on the internet succeed… something is wrong and I don’t think
    it’s because all people are lazy and are buying into a quick fix.

    So… Lance… what do you have to offer that makes you different? I’m a little gun shy here. I would love to follow a program that actually worked.

    So much for my rant!

    P.S. I live 10 miles South of you!

    February 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm
  • Rob Reply

    Great video, wisdom. Appreciate your transparency, Lance.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm
  • bryan bliss Reply

    Thanks Lance,
    I see the lottery mentality being used daily, more often than not and unfortunately it’s not going away as a prime predictable element of human behavior that will forever be exploited by marketers, politicians, religious leaders and just about anyone else szeeking undue leverage over another.
    its sad that so many people seem to “need” to have their eyes opened, even sadder that this video of yours probably ownt change much for the victims of this mentality.

    Its a pretty hard task to challenge someones belief system and get them to Really accept reality.

    Somehow i feel this video is an exercise similar to talking about the weather, as in, it may be nice to talk about, but what good does the talk really accomplish in the end anyways.
    Snow is still snow, and people will always be seduced by the magic bullet, pot of gold or instant payday.
    thanks and take care,
    Bry

    February 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Hi Bry,

      I think you are a bit out here. I beleive that if a post can help one person then it has been worth it.

      If you read down the page you will see that this page and the video has shown that shinny object as it is and that this video and the following posts have influenced many that have heard it; so not just one person helped but many, so it has been worth while

      Dale Kydd

      April 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm
  • Elisabeth Kuhn Reply

    Great video, Lance. And, btw, how did you do that???

    Wish I had seen that 3 years ago… But then, you didn’t know those things back then either 😉

    It sometimes really amazes me what some hot shot marketers are peddling.

    And especially the misleading promises.

    Oh, and those fake Clickbank “proofs of income”!

    I couldn’t believe it when I first learned how they did that!

    (they’re great for creating motivational tools though — helps with visualizing what you want YOUR Clickbank account to look like…)

    It’ll be interesting to see if the new FTC rules will improve the playing field. Good riddance to those free trial offers you can’t get out of.

    Thanks again for the great info, Lance. Here’s to type 3 marketers!

    February 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm
  • Connie Ragen Green Reply

    Lance,
    Great thoughts here. I feel fortunate to have found the same mentor as you, Robert, and Jeanette. I spent some money before coming to him in 2008, but I do not regret that. It was a one year process for me to get to the point where I could offer people products and services that would be of value to them.
    I find that many people decide to come online after exhausting every other avenue. If they are not doing well offline, there is no reason they should believe it will be different on the Internet.
    I also find it interesting that each of us who is successful online also has a blog where people can learn more about what we stand for and decide for themselves if we are credible or not in their eyes. I teach that your blog is your ‘home on the Internet’, so it makes sense that we would put our best foot forward when we invite others into our home.
    Thanks for the video, Lance.
    Connie Ragen Green

    February 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Thanks Connie,

      I have never thought of a blog in that light and it has changed my mind about having them om my web sites.

      Thank you
      Dale Kydd

      April 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm
  • Ken Krell Reply

    Lance–
    Attaboy–The observation is right-on. I agree 100%–in fact, I’d love to rip-off (ok, Model) your message and adapt it for the real estate community. For years, it’s been hype, hype, hype. And so many folks are just reselling–not adding value at all.

    I think our intention needs to be one of providing SERVICE and VALUE. And when people see that, they’ll bond with you. And THEN they’ll be customers for life.

    BTW–I’d lose the porn music on your next video, btw…unless you want to add some naked stuff at the end. (I’m just sayin’)

    February 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  • Barnaby Rustin Reply

    Nice video Lance. I like the mini-Lance in the corner, and the cap gives you Vulcan ears 🙂 I think I see a shadow on your green screen some of the time, but heck, it just keeps me watching, not a drawback.

    Great content. Your message is loud and clear, and timely too. I should stop watching, listening and buying your stuff and start trying to outproduce you! Hey, not such a bad idea…

    February 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm
  • Dr. Debra Reply

    Like the new blog Lance. Does this mean you are going to be posting more regularly and ranting more regularly?

    Robert must be rubbing off on you:P

    Everything you had to say was the truth and sometimes the truth hurts, but it is still truth and needs to be said. Servicing a market is always good business no matter what type of market you are in.

    Good job Lance!

    Dr. Debra

    February 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm
  • Sarah Reply

    I started on IM in 2007 after reading how a self-made millionaire in my country made some of his wealth from IM. I then started on my own, and I encountered a lot of problems and hype. I then went to attend an offline course worth $2k with his business partner, learnt all the basic theories of IM, but there was no end product. The ROI were super low, and out of a class of 30, I think only 2-3 made real money. The attrition rate of 90% was far too high!

    I then ambled on my own, subscribing to many lists, just like what you said, and bought products (the next shiny object) that I didn’t make use of. I made a little money, but it was never enough to cover the business expenses.

    Hiatus until this year. I have made real resolutions and taking a break from my job to really go into this. I’m ready and have real mentors that prod me into action, which was a result of going for courses by Anthony Robbins. The courses help reframe my mind on how I should actually take concrete massive action to see results, and get a coach that will actually help you to get there.

    And to quote a line from The Monk who drives a ferrari, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. I’ve found the ones that really prod me into action without any resistance on my part, and I’m glad one of them is you, Lance!

    February 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm
  • Segar Reply

    Thanks for the honest video understood what is going on out there,you know what I am going to do,I am going to open a new email and concentrate just on http://WWW.Lance Tamashiro.com.

    Thank you

    Segar Gouthman

    February 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm
  • Ju Reply

    Hello, Lance!

    Thanks for this video. It’s funny, and here I was feeling kinda bad that I’m really too broke to be buying any of those products everyone seems to be buying. Unlike a lot of what I hear here, the difference is that I’m starting out — I want to say broke, but I wont– with a highly limited cash flow.

    I’m one of those people who’ve been on everyone’s email list for about a month now– I still manage to read them all, (I read and click very fast. Same goes for my ability to click delete and unsubscribe.) I know it’s a slow and tedious way to go about things, but when you have really limited resources you make up for it with time and effort.
    I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, internet marketing is a viable business, all of them work, yet none of them do. It’s really up to me.

    I understand the leaps that can be made with the right mentors, but right now, I’m still at the stage of the action plan where I’m trying to make a little money that I can invest in my education in this field, so I can make even more money so I can make have a little more to put in, until it reaches the level that I have enough left over to actually spend on other things.

    I’ve always patterned my plan as if this was a business I’m starting. I have enough money to buy say, a loaf of bread and some slices of ham, so I do, make sandwiches, sell them to offices, buy two loaves of bread and add chicken to the list, sell two kinds of sandwiches– all the while knowing that I won’t be making as much money as someone who was able to afford going to a good school and get an MBA now– but if I keep on doing it, I may make enough money to finally get a degree and an MBA and maybe afford a real store. It might be a silly analogy, but that’s how I think of it.

    But I figure my initial resources are time, and energy, and my brain, so given that those are the only resources I have at my disposal right now, I can’t afford to waste them. I give myself only a limited amount fo time to go through the email, check out what people have to say and people are willing to teach, and a limited amount of time to do my writing for the day. I can’t afford to stay up all night reading and reading or writing and writing because then I sleep too late and my brain doesn’t work, and I’m less productive the next day. But I do work doubly hard now– because how can I expect this to even give me as much effort as my day job when I don’t make the same amount of effort? And I owe it to myself to do so, because with this, I’m working for myself and not someone else.

    Still, I keep my goals small and doable because I hate not accomplishing things I set out to do. I figure if I keep checking off the tasks I see need to be done, I will eventually have all the things I need in place and I’ll see something good come out of it, little by little.

    Wish me luck? 🙂

    February 12, 2010 at 8:29 pm
  • Dave Wilkinson Reply

    Lance, A very well put together piece, very watchable, with some sound advice. However, you seemed to emphasize that if an online marketer has a blog that this validates them. I am not too sure about that notion as even crooks have blogs! A good enjoyable piece nonetheless. Thanks, I will keep an eye on your blog.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro Reply

      Hey Dave,

      I am not implying that everyone that has a blog is a “good guy”. You are correct lots of crooks have blogs.

      What I am implying is that you should be able to “get know” people and checking someone’s blog is a great way to get a feel for the marketer as well as to see “social proof” as to what others think of the person. 🙂

      February 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm
      • Dave Reply

        OK, I accept what you are saying.

        February 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm
  • Paulo Reply

    Hi Lance,
    Elites use to have only small amounts of people, isn’t it?
    In addition to what you said, I believe all this started “historically” and became “hysterically”, meaning that – in the first Internet times – even “crap” could easily be sold. In nowadays buyers went cautious and a few sellers turned hysterical. Their useless products were not providing the same figures and lifestyle.
    Some newbies are not aware about what they are doing, sometimes, but I think I am. When I get an email promoting a third party product, well… You guessed right!
    I hope others do the same, for the good of all.
    Best wishes,
    PT

    February 25, 2010 at 1:19 am
  • Robert Plank Reply

    Wow great advice!

    March 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm
  • Robert Plank Reply

    Thanks again

    March 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm
  • Jace Reply

    Spot on man. “Not knowing what to sell to whom” has been one of my big obstacles, apart from all the usual piranha-like activity in the IM world – too much info and no starting point or clear step by step plan of action.

    But it’s tantalising and fun! Hopefully it will be profitable one day as well!

    April 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm
  • Dale Kydd Reply

    Hi Lance,

    I have a link that will help all the Newbies here to get themselves started and how to build a web page to help them on their way and a good mentor as well but wish you to check it out first as I do not know if you would permite me to put the link in here.

    Please send me an email so I know yes or no and where to send the link.

    Thanks for all your help not only to me but to all the other people to whome you have contact to.

    Take care
    Dale Kydd

    April 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm
    • Dale Kydd Reply

      Hi Lance,
      I have not received a reply yet have you sent one?

      Dale

      April 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm
  • Dale Kydd Reply

    Hi Again Lance,
    Just popped in to put this on the monitor site but the post area is not there so I presume that it is past 5pm your time.

    My comment was to be that you need to keep the monitor and I will have to get another then we both need to put a big calendar on it with the blinking lights on it so we do not get our days mixed up.

    I am constantly doing it even though I have it on the bottom of this monitor. I get so carried away with what I am doing and forget to check.

    Thanks for the great opportunity you have offered us with this and the chance to help others with our comments here.

    Take care all
    Dale

    April 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm
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  • Matt Reply

    Lance,
    Awesome post! I wish someone would’ve said all this to me when I first started out. For me I have a short list of people I buy from. I learn plenty from those people. I may sign up for freebies from other people but I’ll test the “trust-factor” waters right out of the gate. If they don’t make the cut I get off their list as soon as possible.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:08 am
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