While it’s a good idea to subscribe to a few lists to get the 411 on what’s going on in the Internet marketing and business world, if you’re on too many lists you can easily get bombarded with emails that it all becomes noise and you end up reading nothing. If that’s you, maybe it’s time to scale back a little?
Some of my favorite entrepreneurs include Lewis Howes, Tony Robbins, Ramit Sethi and Jack Canfield but I do my best not to overdo it because I value what they say and also value my time. When I subscribed to a litany of lists and got showered in daily emails, I started to get time-sucked into Youtube and blog wormholes (says a blogger) and in the end, I stopped reading and watching a lot of them.
So I scaled back and probably subscribe to 8-10 lists now. One of them, consulting guru Sam Ovens, sent an email today that bears repeating. In its essence, it talks about having patience in business and that’s good advice. If you’re just starting out or you’re in a venture that’s not panning out as well as you first thought, before you bail and move on to the next thing take a step back and look at things from 30,000 feet, so to speak.
When I bought my first property about 8 years ago, it took over a year before it started to begin to pay for itself. I was thinking of selling it and if I did it would have certainly been at a loss. I started to question if it was a good investment because it quickly became a money pit; in the first six months rotting wood in the kitchen that no one spotted before closing meant I had to re-do it before tenants moved in, there were plumbing issues, the list goes on. Now it’s a cash cow.
When I jumped into Go Ringless Extreme, I didn’t see any real profit until 10 months into buying the software but my profitability soared soon after.
The moral of the story is to not give up! You can certainly get subscribers and clients and make a profit in your first year but your bigger life, the bigger rewards take a little longer.
So have the right mindset, stay patient and play the long game.