Some people just start out with the right attitude.
When it comes to making money online, they don’t complain about how difficult the journey is. They just go for it.
They are resourceful people who take the information you give them and run with it.
They have this adventurous, go-getter mentality and aren’t afraid of failure.
They also understand the importance of enjoying the ride from the very beginning.
These people understand this is a process and find joy in more than getting that first AdSense check.
Know of anyone like this? I do. I got an e-mail from her a couple of weeks ago. Her name is Rachel and her site is GreenLeafeSimon.com.
I have her permission to post her e-mail on my blog, so I want to share it with you. Pay attention to the bold text. I did that for emphasis.
No need to answer this email; this is just to say thank you.
Awhile ago, my sister lost her job and I got the bright idea to help her learn how to make money online. She wasn’t interested and eventually got another job, but I got hooked!
I tried a few things and quickly learned most things on the net are scams. In the course of things however, I came across your website, 2Create A Website and I fell in love with the idea of having my own website. But about what? I love to write and all my life have wanted to be an author, so I got the idea to write serial stories and started a blog.
Then the idea grew and mushroomed as I found that although blogging was a lot of fun, the scope is limited. I took your sage advice and learned html and then css – and am I ever glad I did! I’ve never had so much fun in my life.
Designing, writing and marketing a website is better than any video game I’ve ever played (and I’ve played a lot of ’em) and Lisa, I want to thank you for all the help, tips and advice you’ve provided for people like me.
From Colour Hex-code Generators to Server Side Includes (I actually cried when I finally made this work) and all the Tutorials and Videos in between, Thank you! I don’t think I could have done it without you. Many, many thanks!
As a person who receives hundreds of e-mails per week with complaints and problems about either building a website or making money online, I really treasure e-mails like this.
Notice the bold phrases in the e-mail above. See a pattern? They all involve some kind of enjoyment or excitement.
Rachel reminds me of myself when I started 12 years ago. I wasn’t making much money then, but there was something about the feeling of accomplishment and learning new things that was very exciting! I always had that within me no matter how much I was earning.
I get asked about my “secret to success” all the time. Some people think it’s my writing style. Others believe it’s my videos. I’ve also heard things like, She just chose the right niche, She had great timing, and my favorite…
She’s just lucky. 😉
I actually think it’s a combination of several reasons, but one thing people neglect to mention is my sheer desire and passion for what I do. In fact, I believe that is the #1 reason I have done so well.
This “Internet Marketing stuff” isn’t for everyone and you can’t make yourself love it just because you want to make money. If you can’t find the joy, you may not be able to find the money.
So thank you, Rachel. Your enthusiasm is refreshing and I have a feeling you will go far out here.
Remember folks, success starts with passion and the right attitude — not just the desire to make money.
Niketa Black says
Instead of a comment I will give a Attitude and Motivation Essay.
The longer you live,the more you will realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude is more important than fact.
It is more important than experience,than education,than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success than what other people think, say or do.
It is more important than apperance, giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a company… a church…a home.
My name is Niketa Black from Antigua, and I’m 11 years of age.
This is good advice, you should blog because you love to write, and when my friends ask me about my online business I’m quick to tell them that if they dont like writing then they shouldnt bother getting started. I just love to write and sometimes I dont even bother with trying to get the right keywords into the post, I find that when I do that I either struggle to write or the post dosent read well.
And the motive of starting a blog shouldnt really be about money, it should be about adding value as steve pavlina said in one of his blogs. The monetery reward will come if your site adds true value to people. maybe thats why so blogs dont make any money because they are not really adding value and the reader doesnt really get engaged with the content.
John Media says
Quite an interesting blog I learned a lot and keeping up with your attitudes when in terms of money making just go for it as they say. I really enjoyed reading Thanks
Thank you for posting Rachel’s email; it is so important to keep things in perspective. The love of writing and learning new tricks of the trade are what keep me motivated in building my online business. Lisa, you provide an invaluable resource to us all.
Thanks to the both of you!
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Thank Lisa for sharing Rachels email, and thank you for all you do. You are helping people like me change their lives.
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Business Logos says
Awesome post! So many people approach thing without the proper mindset.
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Terry Moorer MLM blog says
I really appreciate this post! Thanks for the information. Attitude has so much to do with how far a person can go. You have to wake up every day willing to finish the race.
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Yes, many people just don’t understand that -the way is the goal. (from Buddhism)
Make money and so what? After all we all die!
Carla | Green and Chic says
THAT has what helped me get thought the past couple of years in business, despite all the challenges and disappointments I faced. For me, accomplishing small tasks is enough to keep me going.
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Glad you’re still hanging in there, Carla. I remember reading about your challenges so it’s good to see you still chugging along.
The right attitude is the “Lets do it no matter what” attitude. With the right attitude a person will get frustrated, fail and then blame someone else.
I check my attitude everyday before working on my internet marketing business.
Absolutely right Lisa,
I think it’s vitally important to have the right attitude going into any form of business, especially a website business as it’s one of the hardest forms of business to be successful at. People need to realise the statistics, that 9 out of every 10 business websites will fail (cease) in the first year!
The best advice is to make sure of having a consistent income stream from somewhere else, such as a part-time or full-time job, and build up the website over time, even years.
I just keep going back over your old articles and videos, Lisa, and can honestly say that if someone were to consistently follow all of your advice they would have a much greater chance of success than 1 in 10.
My full-time occupation is SEO Analyst – any income made from the websites I run is like the strawberry on the chocolate on the ice cream, on the cake…
Robyn from Sam's Web Guide says
Very inspiring Lisa,
Many persons fail to find their passion because their minds are clouded by negative thinking and disbelief. Seeing more success stories like you will help many persons to realize that passion + success is available to us all and also bring home the fact that it takes time and patience. Not the get rich quick stuff.
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I will tell you what, if you do have a passion for writing, you have a tremendous advantage. I do not like to write but I am trying to learn to love to write. It seems the more I write the easier it gets and the more I don’t mind doing it.
Maybe, Hopefully one day I will find myself loving to write and express myself. Sometimes I think I am just trying to hard instead of letting it naturlaly flow.
I personally like giving live presentations and that seems to be a lot easier to do for me. So I am trying to approach writing like I approach speaking.
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seminar projects says
Great stuff! i got a lot of inspiration from this post
i went through this page four times
it is very interesting ….
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Yes Lisa, attitude is everything. Loving to write is a passion. When people are passionate about something, it can be fun and interesting as well. Because people and situations change, the attitude of a person can either make them or break them. I am learning so much from you Lisa. Thanks for sharing.
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I enjoyed your post, the positiveness of what you had to say. Instead of complaining you showed how one can bring good stuff to themselves and others.
A friend showed me your site and I’ve been reading it for awhile. Because I just write my blog for the fun of it and to let friends and family know where I am and what I’m up to, if anything, I haven’t really made attempts to do this for the money.
I’ve also met a great person from your posts, and started reading some others that I find interesting. So, thanks for sharing what you do.
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I also think that creating and maintaining a website (or websites) is fun. I found Rachel’s reference to video games interesting as well. Before I created my first site I used to spend hours playing video games. Instead, I now spend hours working on my sites and writing new articles for them. To me, maintaining a website is like playing a video game that you can potentially get paid for, but even if you don’t make a lot of money it’s still fun.
What a great story Lisa. And I love the site. What a great idea and spin on a traditional book review site.
I too have tried a traditional blog but I find that marketing my site is alot of work but also the tools I have from SBI make my life so much easier than just using a free blog.
I feel like I haven’t been this passionate about anything in my so called career and even though I am barely covering my costs at this point I have the want and passion to see this through.
PowerPoint Templates says
I think one of the most important things as an entrepeneur is to be adaptable. That means trying different things occassionally and adjusting things as your market changes.
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Tyler Plack says
Sorry to be rude, but you should know that telling people to check their attitude is only going to invoke more rude comments. Delete the rude ones and keep the good ones.
Dwayne Huggins says
That is a very inspirational email.
As a blogger and someone who is in the process of making a living online I know it is very nice and soothing to get an email like this. Its like a reward for all your efforts. Money is nice and feeds the bank account, but appreciation like this feeds the soul, its reward for your passion.
You are a great example of what can be achieved outside of just money. I also have grown a love, a passion for writing. It has become a habit which I really enjoy. I know the money will come.
Congratulation also to Rachel.
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hello Lisa, this is the quality of your blog that it not only help us technically but also take care of our mental, emotional, social and attituadinal aspects. I am a starter and i know that such kind of articles of encouragement are how much important for us.
Since doing the “make money online” thing, I have had moments of excitement and of the most frustration I think I have ever felt!! Once you start getting traction with your online business, now that is when the real fun starts.
To be honest I think success online has a lot to do with perseverance. And if you are passionate and excited about something – it is much easier to persevere.
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I must agree with Rachel when you do something you are passionate about it truly becomes a labor of love! Thanks for all your help Lisa in getting us on the right track!
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Latoya Perry says
Great Post, Ive have been following your for awhile and I can honestly say you tell it how it is, anyone that reads your posts or watch your videos on youtube could see that you are very passionate about what you do. Some people just cant gasp that entrepreneurship is not a job, it should be something you enjoy doing, the money will come eventually but without passion or the right attitude, its will be hard to stay motivated and consistent.
Tyler J.Logan says
I agree in everything that you say! A person’s attitude determines if they want to quit or not to quit! In my opinion, blogging is not for every person! If a person is blogging for nothing, and not producing unique and powerful content, then there will be an option to quit! People can tell when a person is passionate and engaged in their subject! Some bloggers might make errors, but every person is always improving their writing! Thanks on the post!
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Great article, Lisa, I love it.
I also agree with all that. I just made my first dollar using AdSense a few days ago after several months working on my site. But I know it will take much much more effort to make some real money. And I know I need more time.
But I am enjoying it so much. Just working on the site, promoting it, getting links, etc.
I stopped playing so many video games and doing anything else for that matter. But not because all I want is more money – it is because this site stuff is soooooo addictive 🙂
Great post Lisa. This is so true. Your attitude has everything to do with you making money online. 🙂
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That was really a nice email and I think she said what many people fail to do on a daily basis. “Thank you.”
Rachel’s enthusiasm comes through in the email, even before you added the bold text. I certainly want to visit her site to see why she is so passionate.
I’m impressed when I see certain bloggers that are using English as a second language. I can think of one who has stated on his blog that he is trying to improve his English and that is why he keeps writing. I’ve noticed improvements and I’ve even given him a few pointers which he gladly accepted. Normally I would find typos too annoying to suffer through but this blogger has great content and you can tell that he is really passionate and has a great attitude.
Once again. Thank you.
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