Hard Facts You Need to Accept to Be Successful

If making it big were easy, everyone would do it. The journey is not going to be easy, but the reward, if you can get to it, is well worth all the effort. That’s the only way that you’ll be able to fully enjoy the dot com lifestyle with all the benefits and amenities it can provide.

We all have to start somewhere, but even before you take that initial leap of faith to launch your first blog, create your first online video, or start your first affiliate marketing campaign, you need to take some of these life lessons to heart. When you’ve internalized what they can teach you, you’ll be much more poised for the mindset of success.

You Can’t Do Everything

You know why they say that time is money? Because if you don’t have one, you can try to make up for it with the other. When you’re first starting out as a blogger, Internet marketer or online business owner, maybe you don’t have a lot of extra money. What you might have is more time.

So, instead of hiring a designer to code up a custom theme for your blog, you try to do it yourself. You spend time instead of spending money. But you also want to learn about SEO. And video production. And graphic design. And affiliate marketing. And video production. At some point, you’ll come to a very simple and profound realization: there’s not enough time.

Recognize that you can’t do everything, nor should you try to do everything. Especially in the beginning, you should focus your efforts on just one or two things, well before you even consider diversifying. And even when you get there, you’ll need to outsource a lot of what you want to do anyhow.

You Will Fail Often

Many people have this false impression that successful people are always super successful right from the start and they just continue enjoying monumental success after monumental success. Nope. Not at all.

The hard truth of the matter is that you will fail and, more likely than not, you’re going to fail pretty hard. For every 10 times you step up to the plate, there’s a good chance that you’re going to swing, miss and strike out 9 of those times. You might even strike out all ten times, and it’s not until your 11th, 12th or 20th time up to bat that you actually make contact with the ball.

The more ambitious your goals, the more likely you are going to fail. But the less ambitious your goals, the less rewarding it will be when you achieve them. Swing for the fences and don’t get disheartened when you miss. There will always be another opportunity.

Not Everyone Is Going to Like You

In fact, if everyone likes you, there’s a good chance you’re not doing it right. Or you are playing it far too safe. It is impossible to please everyone all the time and trying to do so is only going to limit your chances at success.

Perhaps one of the best examples of this is Apple. There are plenty of people now who claim to be big Apple fans, buying up all the Macbooks and iPhones and iPads in sight. There are an equal number of people, if not even more, who revile the company for any number of reasons. But all that negative attention can just spur on a stronger enthusiasm among the brand’s fan base.

Take risks and don’t let the haters hold you down.

You Will Feel Uncomfortable

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. If you stay within your comfort zone, you can only hope to achieve mediocrity at best. But playing it safe, you are shooting for average, not exceptional. If you only stick to what you know, you will never broaden your horizons and improve your value proposition.

I’m not saying that you should continually place yourself in situations that are far outside of the norm for you, but you should stretch your boundaries. Public speaking is one of the greatest fears that many people have, but if you’re brave enough to stand in front of an audience, you’re already ahead of the curve.

Do more than you think are you capable of doing. Step out into the open water so that the ground is just barely out of reach of your toes. Only then can you truly assess your potential. And only then will you be able to step a little further out.

Excuses Are Meaningless

I’d be more successful if I had more startup capital. I’d be more successful if I lived in a city with a more supportive environment. I’d be more successful if I didn’t have to keep this full-time job to pay the bills while I try to build and grow my online business. Excuses. Nothing but excuses.

And yes, many of these may sound perfectly legitimate. You may start out in a truly disadvantageous position compared to some of your peers, but there’s nothing you can do about that right. You can only play the hand that you are dealt, so stop making excuses. Deal with the situation, use what you have, and keep moving forward. Blaming it on a series of excuses is only going to hold you back.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

There’s a misconception that some of the biggest success stories we read about in the news are overnight success stories. And that’s simply not the case. Rovio was an overnight success when it launched Angry Birds in 2009, right? The truth is the company was founded back in 2003 and it didn’t really achieve much of anything until Angry Birds exploded on the scene. Pokemon Go was an overnight success, right? Not exactly. Niantic Labs was founded in 2010 and it released Ingress, the game on which Pokemon Go was fundamentally based, in 2012 to limited success.

It’s not about a sprint to the finish. It’s about running a marathon. Take a look at that picture above. If you imagine that each one of those runners is someone who is interested in making money on the Internet, the overwhelming majority of them are going to drop out well before the finish line. And if we’re going to be completely honest, there is no finish line.

Success is not a destination. It’s a journey. It’s a mindset. And successful people understand that.

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14 thoughts on “Hard Facts You Need to Accept to Be Successful”

  1. sanjay valsan says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing this great article!

  2. Hi Michael,

    I love all the tips.

    The uncomfortable note came to mind as soon as I read the title of the post.

    If this journey were uncomfortable, everyone you speak to would earn millions like John or travel the world like me as full time bloggers.

    Your neighbor would have vacationed in Fiji like me, for 4 months, or would be in Costa Rica like John, on a retreat or seminar, earning cash passively while enjoying that gorgeous land.

    I have learned after nearly 10 years online; if you want to succeed, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. This journey is not for the lazy, nor for excuse makers, nor for those folks who cower to their fears.

    Online success finds those who follow their passion, who improve their skills through practice and study, who serve people and who make friends left and right.

    This entrepreneurs who do these things become super successful, and those who do not struggle endlessly.

    Seeing the online failure rate, we know most folks simply avoid doing uncomfortable things persistently, cowering to their fears more often than not.

    It is easier now, and in the long haul, to feel scared and highly uncomfortable for a few seconds or minutes, diving into fearful but freeing activities, to grow your business.

    Deal with the fear now, by diving into it, and you will gradually be more successful as you develop the habit of being comfy with being uncomfortable.

    Thanks for sharing Michael.


    1. “If you want to succeed, get confortable with being uncomfortable!”

      That sounds great! I will keep it somewhere in my mind.

      Thanks Ryan as always!

  3. Julio says:

    Love It Mr Chow

  4. That is correct what I was resembling for. Thankfulness for sharing this great article! Keep moving and helping us like this.

  5. Hi Michael,

    Great tips really love it.

    At the starting around all bloggers don’t have the enough money to hire any specialist people to work for them.
    And it is also true that we can’t do all things alone.

    So we have to do all things related blogging like SEO, social media management, article writing, reply on the comments and much more. Whether it consumes a lot of time or not.

    I like that line only focus on one or two things.

    Thanks for sharing such great article!

    Ashutosh singh

  6. Yasar says:

    Really Inspirational Post Michael Sir,
    This is also the fact that when someone gets successful, he always says that Hard Working PAID OFF! and that’s the impression he wants to show to the world that this particular success was not that easy.

  7. Great point made about there never being enough time. Important to focus on one thing and doing it well prior to diversifying. Thank you!

  8. You should focus your efforts can you truly assess your potential.

  9. Such an inspirational and motivational write-up, I must say!

  10. DNN says:

    Failure is good. These are silent and hidden lessons to be learned. You can also fail by trusting family members and loaning them money and then learn that you’ll never be paid back and always hearing a lame excuse from a family member why she or he doesn’t have the money.

  11. Susan Velez says:

    Hi Michael,

    Great tips and I can totally relate to all of them. In the past, I used to think that earning money online was quick and easy.

    I was always looking for the magic bullet.

    Needless to say, I’ve failed in many online and offline ventures. I failed because I was always looking for the easy push button system. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t exist.

    I’m not saying that it’s impossible to create financial freedom and become a successful entrepreneur.

    A lot of people have managed to do it. In fact, here I am again with a new blog doing it again.

    The difference with this blog is that I now understand what it takes to create a successful blog. I’ve now been blogging for a year and I love it.

    I no longer spend time trying to find that push-button system. Growing does require you to be uncomfortable.

    In fact, I feel that if I’m never uncomfortable, then I am not growing. We need to put ourselves out there and network with other bloggers in order to grow our own blogs.

    Unfortunately, most new bloggers won’t have the money to invest in their blogs. We’re going to have to work hard to get to the point where we can start outsourcing.

    Thanks for sharing these tips, I have no doubt that they will help people understand what it takes to create success.

    Have a great day 🙂


  12. sostuto says:

    These are real facts for all beginners.
    At the beginning of any adventure, we do not often have money so we start to do everything and want to win as soon as possible.
    The fact of wanting to do everything is still one of my faults until today in this list.
    But I intend to leave my spots and have a team.

  13. Cornelius says:

    Great tip, keep up the good work.

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