What is Your Sustainability Factor?

by Success Starts Here! on May 8, 2014

One of my biggest goals in life is to earn enough money to live comfortably.  But an even greater goal for me is help others by teaching them how to earn money in such a way that they too can live comfortably as well.

I know we all have differences of opinion about what comfortably means, but I can assure you that I live well within my means and I don't have overly extravagant tastes.  At the same time, I don't believe it's wrong for me to desire the capability to live a bit above the impoverished level and I certainly don't believe it's wrong to help others to do the same. 

I call this the sustainability factor.  Obviously, I need to be able to sustain my own existence (and of course my family).  But that's not enough for me.  I truly believe I can help others learn how to make money to sustain themselves as well.

My philosophy goes against conventional wisdom which suggests that you should give to others in such a way that perhaps someday, you will get something in return if you should ever find yourself in a situation where you need it.  It's the whole Karma concept.  I believe in Karma completely.  But that doesn't mean we cannot teach others to be self sustaining in their own right.  In fact, this does more for the "Karma continuum" in my opinion than to simply give away your money in exchange for that elated, but elusive feeling that comes from the temporary handout that you have been pressured into believing will help.  This type of help is a temporary band aid, but does nothing to help those in need become self sufficient.

If what I say is true that I can help others sustain their lifestyles than I think it only fair that those same people to return the favor and help yet other people as well. I can not only teach people how to earn an income, I can also help people teach others how to do the same.  In this way none of us will necessarily become monetarily wealthy in the truest sense of the word, but we will have less to worry about in the long run, at least from a financial perspective.  It reminds me of the old adage, "teach a man to fish..."  What's even more important is that we can continue to sustain ourselves in such a way as to pass this knowledge on to future generations.



Life Trend Observation: It’s Getting More Expensive

by Success Starts Here! on May 1, 2014

Is it just me?  Or has anyone else noticed that life keeps getting more and more expensive.  Between higher fuel prices and food, which the government conveniently leaves out of its inflation numbers, and higher taxes, it's no wonder we all seem to be struggling more.

But why is this?  Some blame it on excess printing of dollars (or whatever currency you happen to be dealing in).  Others blame it on greedy manufacturers.​  Then there are those who cite globalization being the problem  Who knows the reasons.  These are all factors that we as average citizens, have little control over.

What is Within Our Control

While we can't control whether corporations will give us jobs or allow us to keep the ones we have, we can control our own destinies with respect to generating self sustaining incomes.  We have the ability via the internet to connect with others ​to offer them our products and services.

And there are plenty of buyers with respect to internet customers.  Our job is to reach them.  That can be the challenging part.​  But it becomes less challenging when we discover how to properly do it.  It's all about finding solutions to problems.  That is after all, how many people use the internet.  They seek solutions to their problem.  Our job is to simply offer that solution to them in such a way that others have never done before.

It's Not Necessary To Become Wealthy

If you learn how to create passive methods of generating income, you never need to worry about becoming wealthy.  These income streams will help you combat any wealth destruction caused by others, i.e., governments, corporations, etc.  And if you can help others to do the same, and get paid for it as well, then it gives everyone a lift during tough economic times that we are currently experiencing.

What About Competition?

There's always going to be competition no matter what you decide to do.  The fact is, competition in online business can actually be used to your advantage.  When you see someone else doing something that is working, you can piggy back off that success.  Their activity is public knowledge.  You only have to emulate (not copy) what they are doing.

Carve Out Your Space in the Cybersphere

According to Wikipedia, it's estimated that there are 7.16 billion people living on our planet.  Many of these billions have yet to get on the internet.  But many of them eventually will.  The population is trending up, not down.  That can only mean that there is room for many of us to introduce our services to those newcomers. 

Even if you are currently employed, it can't hurt to start generating extra income.  While you may not have the time to commit to a full time business, you certainly can take steps to have others do much of the grunt work, while you are at the office.  Outsourcing has made it very easy to manage both creating an online business while continuing to be employed.  This can help you sleep better at night, knowing that once you start producing that extra income, you are not at the mercy of some rogue corporation that  treats its workers like cattle.

Learning Can Lead to Earning​

If you are just starting out with creating your online business or you've tried it before but didn't know how to make it work, follow this simple advice.  Learn how to do this right by mastering the proper techniques.  And the great news is it doesn't have to cost you anything to do this.

But if you try to do it all on your own it's going to take you much more time, cost you way more money and possibly get you in trouble with the law (I'm not kidding!)  It's not just a matter of creating a website and throwing in a sales page here and there.  That kind of thing may have worked 10 years ago but it definitely WILL NOT WORK today!  ​Take a look at an article I wrote about "How to Stay in Google's Good Graces".  You'll see by reading this that there are plenty of time bombs for online businesses to be aware of.

What Are Your Concerns?

Perhaps you've seen many of these mentor programs that charge thousands ($$$) of dollars and promise you mega riches within short periods of time.  That's all nonsense.  I have been doing this for a long time and I know what works and what is pure crap.   Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is a program that has been around since 2005 and is based on solid techniques that actually work.  You may have heard of the program or perhaps you haven't.  But people often ask the following questions:

  • Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam?
  • Do I have to give out my credit card to get started?
  • Will I be left on my own after signing up?
  • Is the training difficult?
  • Does it cost money to get started?
  • Will I be called a Woosie if I try to leave? (Empower Network does this)

The answer to all of these questions is no!  I have been a member since 2009 so I can honestly state it's not a scam.  You can get started for free. You don't have to give out your credit card. There is plenty of support for you when you sign up. The training is not difficult at all (but it is thorough).  We will never call you a woosie if you decided it wasn't right for you (contrary to Empower Network who calls its members woosies if they try to leave).

Not being required to give out a credit card is one benefit that many people have stated they truly appreciate. I've heard enough people complain about these programs that make you give out your credit card number when you sign up.  Those programs make their money by relying on the fact that many people forget to cancel before the trial period is up.  Wealthy Affiliate is not like that.  You can sign up without any credit card information and stay a free member for as long as forever, if you wanted to.

What To Do Next

Hopefully, you get the feel that Wealthy Affiliate is a great program.  If not, then take a look at an article I wrote that gives more detail about what the starter program is all about.  The article is, "Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership - Is It Worth It?"


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