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Don’t give up before you get started!

I just got done watching a video from fellow Internet
Marketer T.C. Bradley, called “The 9 Mile miracle run”
Now I’m not sending this to promote his site or product but
the message he shares this past Easter weekend.
You can see his video here:
The 9 Mile miracle run
Listen closely to his message.

Now please bare with me. I will be writing about my
experience in the Stand-up Comedy niche, but the message
pertains to anything you do, including Internet Marketing.

After a recent wonderful weekend in Berlin and watching
one of our “Comedians Anonymous” team members; Christian
Schiffer, perform for the first time in “Quatsch ComedyClub“,
(Germany’s largest and oldest Comedy club) and taking in the
Audrey Hepburn Expo and enjoying the first real spring
weather, I realized I had a lot to be thankful for.

I used this inner reflection to assess where I was headed
and what I was doing to achieve my goals.
I guess I would call it a reality check.

The speed in which my friend Christian has been conquering
the comedy scene amazed me and asked myself why my career
hadn’t exploded like his.

Naturally it was easy to start listing all the advantages he
had, a good manager, supportive parents and friends, etc.,
and my disadvantages which I won’t even start to list,
because I thought of too many.

It was in this process that I realized that I had as many or
even more advantages than he did, I had just forgotten or
neglected them.

I put on our next show 3 days after returning from Berlin
and decided it was time to get my butt in gear and focus on
those advantages and get back to the basics.

Most of my lack of success came from what T.C. described in
his video about his run. Those pains after the first mile or so
that tell us we should give up or that it is to hard or not worth it.

I recognized that I had too often let those feelings get the upper
hand. I gave in and quit too soon. I believed my own pity parties.
I always found and excuse or scapegoat to blame for my lack
of success or progress.

This had to stop!

Christian inspired me because he went past the initial painful mile.
He learned, stumbled, got up and with a remarkable determination
worked very hard on progressing in his material development and
stage performances. He found that “runners second wind”.

And now he was being recognized and invited to appear on TV.
His own weekly show is consistently full and he is hosting top
notch performers and giving his audience what they love;
“Great Comedy Content”

He motivated me so I took action.

I re-studied my old notes. I wrote new material. I rehearsed.
I believed I could perform and give the audience a great show.

The results: I ended up headlining the next show I was in and
rocked the house (doing Comedy in German which is not my
native language) and harvested the largest applause of my
career.

I have now been invited to appear in one of the nations top
comedy shows and have several other invites from
English-speaking venues in neighboring countries in the
coming months… and this has always been my dream… to be
on stage and make people laugh.

My second dream was to share my knowledge and experience to
assist others who chose this path and help them avoid the
pitfalls of this career. I created the “Comedians Anonymous
comedy course.

Our course has enabled 6 newbies to start performing and appear
in the world famous “Cologne Comedy Festival” their first year on
stage and one of them even has their own TV show now.

So what does mean to you as an Internet Marketer?

Let me just recap here for you with the following 12 Steps:

1. Be thankful for what you have and count those blessings.
Developing a grateful attitude helps you cultivate the mindset for
future rewards and growth.

2. Know what your goal or reason is and stay focused on it…
Even when the pains, fears and doubts of that first mile hit you.
Realize that you might stumble along the way, just get up and keep going.

3. Believe in your miracle. You can achieve your goal if you believe in it.
Many successes are often reached long after the majority of people would have given up

4. Avoid getting stuck in your own “pity parties” when things get tough.
Don’t focus on your past failures, look at them as stepping stones and concentrate on your past successes.

6. Observe your Mentors and do what they do.
(even if they are younger than you)
You will learn from their experience, both their success and failures. This can save you valuable time.

7. Be accountable to someone (your mentor is a good start)
Being accountable keeps you on track, it helps you get real feedback as to your progress.

8. Continue to learn about your niche, new things happen every day.
Too many people stop learning after they leave school. Acquiring knowledge in the areas you want to achieve something worthwhile is an essential part of your success.

9. Organize yourself and then take action.
Nothing feels better than getting something started and finishing it. “Doing something everyday is the secret to success online. Make it a priority”

10. Take responsibility for your success.
Don’t use others or situations as your excuse. You alone are responsible for your success.

11. Share your knowledge with others and help them succeed.
True knowledge begins when you teach others to achieve your
level of success and beyond

12. Look to your past to learn from it, but don’t live in it.
Too many people get stuck in their past, either focusing on their past failures or successes without make any progress in the present. Learn from your past but live in the now and plan for your future.

I hope these insights and suggestions help you on your path, whatever it may be. Take these steps, learn them and apply them and you will see the results for yourself

Cheers, Smiles and Success,
Crazy J
a.k.a. Johnny Hollywood
Comedian turned Internet Marketer.

Getting Started

I believe that the one thing that causes most Internet Newbies to fail is… Getting Started!

We are all so hungry and curious in the beginning that we scavenge every new offer that comes along, looking for the next secret, the next new script, the next new 2.0 of something that will help us achieve our financial freedom, try to find the Internet Paradise.

We do this day-in and day-out, hour upon hour at our computer, eagerly opening up every mail we get and quickly clicking the link that will lead us to the next new download. Once we download it we go to the next mail and repeat the process. Alas we think: “I know the next one will be it!”

Ultimately at the end of the day, we find out that we don’t have a clue as to what we downloaded that day because we are not organized. I know what I am talking about. If you don’t believe me just do a search of all your folders for duplicates… and yes there they are, most of them still in zips, unopened in double or even triplicate.

Now it’s great getting all that stuff, although if you never do anything with it you have just thrown thousands of $$$ out the window. You might be thinking “But I didn’t pay for of it”. No you didn’t, but your time is worth something. Think about it.

Let’s just do a little equation here. You read time and time again about all these people and the “Gurus” (I personally hate that word) who are making $10,000 or $100,000 or even $1,000,000 online every month. And naturally you want to do the same.

So let’s say you were only doing mediocre at the least and were making, let us say $5,000 per month with your online business. Assuming you could achieve this working 2hours per day, six days per week (need to leave some time for the family you know) and that 4 weeks per month, what is your IM time worth?

2 x 6 x 4 = 48hrs per month Invested in your business
$ 5,000 per month earned
$5,000 divided by 48 = $104.16

That means your time is worth roughly $105 per hour.
Now calculate it by $10,000 per month… $20,000, $50,000, $100,000.

Get my drift?
If you are spending all your hours just downloading and saving stuff and then not being able to find it when you do decide to get started, you just made a big fat cash deposit into that little round bank account next to your desk. Think of how much you can be making, if you invested your time into things that will make you money and not just wasting your time. Start taking action and do something!

“Where should I start?”
Here are the two most important steps:

1. Slow down.
Take the time to really look at your downloads so you know what they are about.

2. Get organized
Create a file system so you know what you downloaded where

If you’re not sure where to start then I suggest you pick up a copy of Detlev Reimer’s book called “Revenue Blueprint“. On pages 87-95 explains in great detail how to get organized and manage your time. The Revenue Blueprint is not just some 12 page PLR report with some vague ideas, it is truly a Blueprint that takes you from A-Z on setting up your Internet business and you can get it for under $30. It will make you ten times that in saved time and frustration as well as increasing your online earnings. You can order it here: Revenue Blueprint.

I especially like the fact that he covers subjects like: Attitudes, Goal Setting, Business Models, On-line Business Strategies, Planning, Getting Organized, Systematizing Your Business and using the Promo Buddy software.

PromoBuddy has probably done the most for helping me get out of the download blues by getting everything organized and easy to find. And the best part about it is that it is free. Click here to get your free copy.

So I hope this gives you some food for thought about what you need to do first.
Take some of what you have, get organized and get started and we’ll see you in Internet Paradise.

Cheers, Smiles and Laughs,
Crazy J