We tell kids (quite irresponsibly in my opinion) that they can be anything that they want to be when they grow up.
That deceptively poisoned message is the same overly simplistic message that so many online entrepreneurs are falling for when they believe that their idea is sure to be a big hit because they read the right book or bought the right course.
Many bad paths are taken, and many dreams are unnecessarily dashed because no one steps in with the wisdom of a reality check.
It’s time for a dose of reality from your buddy Jim…
Some sample random reality checks:
- Did you know that fewer and fewer websites actually matter online? Sure, there are more and more sites popping up every day, but GONE are the days of building little sites that you really don’t care about and trying to drive random traffic to them to make a few sales or affiliate sales.
- True experts are floating to the top. What are you doing to become one?
- The people that are doing well in my circles of influence are the people who understand that the Internet is becoming a tool of genuine RELATIONSHIPS & INFLUENCE and is becoming less and less of a place for anonymous “quick”, lazy opportunity. With a bit of work, the doors to success are WIDE OPEN, but it’s not a game open to just anyone.
- Selling “physical” products sounds like hard work (which scares off the weak), so there is HUGE opportunity here.
If you are wondering what I tell my kids about the whole “you can do anything” myth, it goes something like this:
“You are meant to serve and do amazing things with the talents, creativity and drive that God has put inside you. Don’t waste it. Keep learning, and always seek solid advice from trusted, accomplished and wise people before leaping. If you think you ‘know enough’ you are still just getting started and lack the humility required for true success.”
It’s the same advice I have for the online entrepreneur that has yet to leave their mark.
What other “reality checks” do you see on the horizon? Leave a comment on any of this – I’d love to read your thoughts.