If you want to have a serious Internet business, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes.
Are you sure you’re willing to pull out all the stops to make it happen? A couple of months ago my mentor Connie Ragen Green (who by the way does have a serious internet business) invited me to a live event in Orlando that she was attending and offered me a free ticket to attend. At the time I said that I would give my right arm to go, but just couldn’t afford it and turned it down.
Let me back up a bit and give you a little background. I am going to bare my soul and share this with you for the first time. A couple of years ago my husband fell 24 feet and shattered both of his heels. His recovery has been very slow and painful. Our finances have suffered terribly as a result. Actually, our finances were devastated. I hadn’t been online for very long when he fell and was not making much of an income at the time and we became very deeply in debt.
By the grace of God, he is able to work again and my business just keeps getting better and better. We have managed to chip away at our debt until we are almost debt free, again by God’s grace. We made a promise to ourselves that we will never again go into debt. We now pay cash for everything and credit cards are a thing of the past in our household. If we don’t have the money, we do without.
Now that you have a little background – back to my story. An online colleague of mine was attending the same Armand Morin Live event that I had been invited to and was adamant that if I really wanted a serious internet business I find a way to go. My answer was always the same – “I’d love to, but I just can’t, there’s no money in the budget for that right now.” (Did I forget to mention that our roof leaked and we had to pay for a new roof this month? Hence – totally broke!)
The more my colleague and I talked about it, the more I felt that little inner voice prompting me to find a way to go. I knew I needed to attend a live event, I want a serious internet business, but obvious circumstances had kept me from it. It was time. Way past time.
I have always said I would do whatever it takes to have a serious Internet business. Now it was time to put up or shut up. I had to do whatever it took to get there. Last minute airfare costs were out of the question, so were hotel accommodations. (darn that stupid roof!) I just kept chanting “whatever it takes, whatever it takes”. My only option was to drive the 1,065 miles to Orlando from Illinois and if need be, sleep in my van. “Whatever it takes, whatever it takes.” So, I packed up my van, recruited my mom and sister to along to help with gas expenses ( they really weren’t kicking and screaming too loudly) and off we went on a road trip to Florida. We drove straight through. It took us 20 hours to get to Sarasota where I dropped my mother and sister at my other sister’s condo for a nice visit/vacation and I drove on to Orlando.
My colleague Pattie, who I have been in a small mastermind group with for almost a year, insisted I stay with her and her hubby at their time share condo. I gratefully took her up on it. Honestly, I wasn’t overjoyed with sleeping in the van – even if it does have a DVD player. I wasn’t afraid, but really not looking forward to it. Pattie and I had never met in person, so her offer was very generous in my opinion. Thanks Miss P!
Why am I telling you all of this? Because I want to instill upon you how important it is to do whatever it takes to build a serious internet business. No one else is going to do it for you. If you go at it halfheartedly or a little here and a little there, it’s never gonna happen. You have to do “whatever it takes” on your part to become successful. Ahh…but when you do, the pay off is fantastic!
How was the event? Incredible! I met some of the most fabulous people and made lots of new friends, not to mention a few future JV partners. I now know mentors and people that I’ve done business with and admired for years like Connie Green and Nicole Dean in person, which is a huge plus. The training and knowledge I gained will help me to create immediate income. My “Why” is clearer than ever and I’m more focused! And by the way, Pattie and I are now BFF’s. The whole weekend was an awesome experience.
Thank goodness I decided to do “whatever it takes”. So I’ll ask you again – are you willing to do whatever it takes to have a serious Internet business? Would you drive for 20 hours and sleep in your car? I knew the moment I decided I was willing to do those things for my business, nothing would ever be the same again.
Make sure you leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!