Driving with John Chow – Episode 3 Finding Your Why

On this episode of Driving with John Chow, I head out to Laguna Beach for some fun in the sun. I also used the drive to talk about something that is extremely important to your online success, and that is finding out why you are doing this business.

You see, the Dot Com Lifestyle is something that anyone can achieve, but you have to want it bad enough. The problem is, most don’t want it bad enough. And the main reason this is the case is because they don’t have a really powerful why.

Why are you doing this business? I can tell you right now if you’re doing it just to improve your own situation, then the why is not strong enough. People will deny themselves because they don’t think they can do it, or more likely, they don’t think they deserve it. You need a really strong why, and the most powerful why is generally not you, but what you care deeply most about.


13 thoughts on “Driving with John Chow – Episode 3 Finding Your Why”

  1. Well said John. I know loads of people who have jumped on the ‘make money online’ bandwagon because they just “wanna make money” and these are the guys that usually fail.

    I’m not fussed about making big bucks. Don’t get me wrong, if that’s what comes my way, I’ll gladly accept it but I’m in it for the FREEDOM. I simply want the opportunity to dictate WHEN I work and WHERE I work. The additional cash would be a welcome bonus.

  2. Adrian says:

    My why is simple John. I want to be a great provider to my daughter. I want to be able to give her the world. Which is why I am dedicated to making my online business work.

  3. Gugulethu says:

    I believe a lot of people get into the online biz just because it looks simple and they fail because they take no action or they give up. When I started, it wasn’t for money I was doing what I love. I was blogging about the latest gear I use to produce my music & shared some useful tips as well.

    Then some advertisers started contacting me, I didn’t even know I was out-ranking big sites & online schools for the music production niche. Then I started learning internet marketing and that’s when the whole IM thing started.

    So my main reason for doing this is to change people’s lives & provide value, Period! The money, I already have it, I know it’s never enough but that’s not why I’m doing this 😉

    Peace!!

  4. Benjamin Cip says:

    You’re right John. We need a strong WHY in order to succeed online. Starting a blog in the hope to make easy money is an error. Of course, we can make money blogging, just like you did, but many of us forget the most important : we should be passionate about what we do. Since the first time I created a blog, you have been a HERO for me. You showed me the path to success. GIVE and RECEIVE.

  5. Thomas Arillotta says:

    John,
    Great post! My “why?”? Well, it’s because I’m getting up in age (59 yrs. old) and I want to insure the future well-being of me an my family. That means that we still have the house and it can’t be taken away from us, that there’s enough security to insure our good health AND, of course, the freedom to do and work at what I want and where I want. It’s hard to explain but, your right, the want of money has little to do with it. But the money doesn’t hurt, either!
    Tom A.

  6. Naphtali says:

    Nice inspiration. A lot of people just start blogging because they think they’ll suddenly make a lot of money from it, but they soon get to realize that success doesn’t come just over night.

  7. cunjo says:

    That’s right. The big reason or the big “WHY” can not just be to make money.I think it has to be something emotionally strong enough to make you not sleep at night.When a achieving a goal become more important than your own live the reason to make that happens becomes a powerful driving force which leads to success.

  8. I. C. Daniel says:

    The car is awesome.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  9. Ezequiel says:

    Man you drive too much.

  10. Why? It is an immense question that has not been given the proper respect. You are absolutely right that focusing on money is the gateway to a failed online venture, but without money achieving your “true why” may be hindered. Without creating wealth in your online endeavors, or with multiple failed efforts, your “why” will always revert back to a monetary sense. Money is a stepping stool to your real motivation towards achieving online success. After all, you are not going to become an online entrepreneur without making money.

    Motivation can be defined as the will to do what is necessary to accomplish an objective. A person must have two key elements in order to maintain motivation and achieve online success:

    1. First, a person must have purpose. Purpose can be translated into the “why” you mentioned, but this is only half the battle. Only you can define your purpose that ignites the fire in your soul to achieve online success.
    2. Second, a person must have direction. Direction is the path in which a person must journey in order to achieve individual objectives. You and JohnChow.com are grand examples of direction.

    As far as the “why” for Made Man Society, we focus on two monumental aspects of success:

    1. Foundation – A foundation is needed in order to build a business that will stand strong. This is part of respecting your “why” enough to ensure you remain diligent in your efforts.
    2. Legacy – The success you have dies with you. The success you give creates a legacy. In simple words; we want to share our knowledge, and our knowledge to be shared.

    John, we have our purpose. We thank you for being part of our direction.

  11. faisal says:

    It keeps getting better with each episode.

  12. james says:

    Car looks amazing. I wish I could have one.

  13. That is so true John! People are way better motivated if they do it for someone special in their lives other than themselves. I am single and don’t really have someone special in my life that I would care enough to really try to help.
    I do what I do for myself hoping to gain the freedom and independence that would help me regain my confidence and self-worth but like you said I’m in the shallow territory here.
    My question for you is what advice would you give to those who don’t have someone special in their lives to fight for?

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