Thursday, August 13, 2009

Day 44: My Musings....

"If you ask me what is the most important factor in online success, I’ll tell you it’s your commitment. Are you TRYING to make some money online or you MUST make money online?" - Kenneth Koh @


I subscribe to a mailing list of a very interesting Singaporean counterpart of mine named Kenneth Koh and he is one of the many Singaporeans who is making a comfortable income from the internet.

One of his recent blog post is about a TOTALLY free domain hosting company:

He found out about it after one of his friends asked him to help solve a technical problem.

Interestingly, he says that even though you can get a free webhosting account on the internet, he suggests that you shouldn't because of the fact that it is free and that internet marketers would loose their edge if they were to go about their on-line business whilst on the “free-path” as opposed to the “pay-as-you-go” path.

Sometimes, I like to use the analogy of the "Journey" as in "Life is a Journey. Where are you going?” concept.

As he puts it:

“Most beginners are not committed. If you are a newbie and you say you are 100% committed, you are lying. I’m quite sure about that!

Want to know how most beginners become committed? They become committed when their pockets hurt!”

What Kenneth means to say is that you will succeed if you are committed to your success if there is pain!

Pain of the fact that you might be losing all that money that you have invested in; so you keep telling yourself that you better deliver or else….

Also, a mentor of mine Adam Khoo did warn us that a partner to your success is a REAL partner if he/she is willing to put a stake in your business ie willing to invest in an equal amount of time & money in the business. Otherwise, that partner is not committed.

There is this very famous radio channel called: WII.FM that many successful people love to listen to and that most of the time, they play this song titled:

What’s In It For Me?

So, when Kenneth was discussing this aspect of commitment, I suddenly became stunned!

Like there was a “Rema”(self realization/awareness) happening to me!

Am I committed to my success?

Am I on the right road or way towards my journey to success?

Am I trying to earn an income from the internet or that I must earn an income from Internet Marketing?

Of course the right answer is that: I MUST earn an income from INTERNET MARKETING.

Why? Do I have a choice?

This brings me to the point of pain and pleasure; and that people would do something because it offers them the pleasure of fulfillment or the pain of non-fulfillment.

Like if I don’t earn an income at the end of this month of August 2009, I will not have any money to buy the daily necessities for myself AND my family.

Or, if I earn an income at the end of this month of August 2009, I will have money to buy the daily necessities for myself AND my family and perhaps if I earn more, I can treat myself to something that shows my subconscious mind that it earned a reward for a job well done.

I prefer the later because of the “pleasure” aspect of it.

However, looking at my previous blog posts, it appears that I have commitment issues.

It appears that I am fervent with my commitment in the beginning stage, but as the ‘thing’ drags on, I start to ‘taper off’ and ‘plunge’.

There was once I advised a good friend of mine who also had a commitment problem that his problem is that his ‘project’ was taking too long and he perceives it to be such a drag.

So how do one overcome boredom at something that can sometimes be monotonous?

I’m not sure but I think that one has to be creative isn’t it?

When I think about BODYCOMBAT when I was teaching it couple of years ago, I felt pressured because of the environment that I was in.

However, I always tell myself that, beyond the Plantar Fasciitis and the complaints from the members and the non-encouragement from my peers and loved ones and leaders and the little income I get, (I always get a kick from some participants who gave me positive feedback during class) it is all a setup for me for success.

I loved the feeling of being on stage and leading people in a group exercise regime. Especially when I see members who are inspired when I teach.

Those were the days…..

But, if I were to reflect on what I am doing now, I feel that the pleasure is not necessarily in the now but delayed. So, I clearly have to look forward to lots of delayed gratification .

Isn’t it?

So, I am on a journey towards success and my road is Internet Marketing and my vehicle is GDI(Global Domains International) – Twitter System.

Of course that there are others like: 30DC(Thirty Days Challenge) and John Blaze’s – 7 Days to Cash(7D2C) but so far, the one that I know that earns me income and is relatively passive is the GDI one.

7D2C is an active form of income because I have to do research, and then write articles, and then sell it to “the highest bidder”.

Whereas for GDI-Twitter System, it is totally passive. Of course I could go in and go active if I want.

Unfortunately, GDI-Twitter doesn’t seem to churn out a lot of ‘customers’ for me. There are a lot of potentials because of Twitter but honestly, most of my GDI-Twitter success is because of my other lead generation tactics.

So, I am really looking for something that is totally PASSIVE if there is one.

And I did find one. More on that later.

30DC, is more of a training system for newbies rather than for the experienced. But, I would like to put myself as a newbie because:

1. My income is not USD5,000.00 or more and
2. I am still scouring about like an Opportunity Seeker.

30DC helps those who are 100% business minded and will stay at their ‘game’ no matter what.

This is excellent for people who can afford both the time and money because they have a good enough ‘buffer’ in their savings account or they are working full-time and still have some extra time to kill and want to take that opportunity to earn extra.

The best thing about 30DC is that it is totally FREE training that other programs may charge you 4 figures or even 5!

What if the potential has:

1. No time? and
2. No money?

Meaning that he/she has no extra time to put aside to build a solid Internet Marketing business and no money aside to buffer his/her monthly expenditure as he/she is building that Internet Marketing business?

Wow! That is a tough one!

I remember this saying that goes:

“If the why is strong enough, the how will take care of itself.”

That means that if the potential has no time and money but he/she has a strong enough why, the how to solve the time & money issue will take care of itself.

Like if the question is like:

“Why do IM when I don’t have the time and money to do it?”

And the Why is:

“Why do IM? It is because if I don’t do it, my baby daughter will not have any milk to drink or if she falls sick, I do not have any money to pay the medical bills and thus so she might DIE!”

So the “strong enough” why here is:

No $$$ -> cannot buy milk and/or cannot pay medical bills for baby -> DIE!

Thus the how here would be that I’ll have to find the time to learn and do IM and I’ll have to beg, borrow or steal money in order to help finance my desire to succeed!

Now the question is what now? Where do I go from here?

Simple. Just by applying the USF(Ultimate Success Formula) my first step is to set a GOAL which I have and then formulate a STRATEGY which I have and then take massive ACTION.

What is my (SMART) GOAL?

S - Specific
M - Motivating
A - Achievable
R - Realistic
T – Time

I want to earn RM2,000.00 by the end of August 2009 from my Internet Marketing(IM) business that help teach other people learn how to earn an income from IM.

What is my plan of ACTION?

I plan to only focus on 1 IM activity that appears to be legitimate and has a proven track record in helping the ‘principal’ or Guru earn an income.

And that would be to follow John Blaze’s – 7 Days to Cash


That would be on the next blog of 31st August 2009.

In the meantime, here so far is an Intro blog for John Blaze’s - 7 Days to Cash.


Alief Hamdani
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