Progress on the Make A Million In A Year Challenge

Well, I have avoided posting on this for so long I thought I should give an update. At the beginning of the year I made the decision I would stop what I was doing and focus on Internet marketing and challenge myself to making a million in a year. The progress…

Well it’s all gone backward…

Why?

Because I found I was investing time and money in trying to find the answers to how it should be done. Of course this is the biggest problem for anyone in this area without maybe a mentor or personal teacher who has already done it.

What happens?

You find yourself on the hamster wheel of the learning cycle, finding another bit of the puzzle after long searches and then piling them up, sorting them out, so you have information covering everything.

But you haven’t done the puzzle.

You haven’t worked on it?

So then as time runs out you need more short term solutions and so yo go looking for them. Another set of puzzle pieces collected. Of course you have no real idea which actually works or not, but you try some out, of course Murphy’s Law seems to play out here and you either select the ones that don’t work, do it wrong or even wonder whether any do work at all. More piles of puzzle pieces take up room on the hard disk.

Then as time goes by, things start to look really grim and you go then trying to find more immediate solutions, things that can be started within a a week to make money. More puzzle pieces. Strangley though these seems to be more common. How many people that have never gone into IM before made zillions in their first weeks? Plenty of pruducts out there claiming that.

Of course I get the wonderful idea of actually asking a few of the most well know IMs out there what can be done. Absolutely no replies. Hmmmm…. A good human interest study in there I think?

Well where has all the time gone?

For me I have wasted a load of time following bad teachers, of course they seemed OK on the sales pages. There are loads out there and I feel like I want to get my revenge on them – really, well not on them personally but this whole con that seems to be taking place! There are a few walls out there that need tearing down. In fact I am really angry at some of the products I am seeing out there really focusing their attention on the ones who need good advice most. I see it as a kind of social cannibalism, people feeding off the ones who are worse off than themselves and at the current state of the Internet and recession it is all too easy. Beware of these underdogs… they don’t always stay there!

For me too, I have wasted time on my own projects, not focusing on what I really should do now to keep the wolf from the door. I am a bit of an idealist and would much rather work on my own pet projects than think about money in any form. So time gone there…

Of the work that has been done so far too – I see unfinished projects. Attempts at ideas although exciting to start didn’t show any sign of being of value later, so they get left. A wasted effort…

The result – well my balance is more in the red than it has ever been in my life and cannot go any further. Seriously.

Is there anything positive to report?

Well I have learned a lot…

I have had a lot of character building experiences…

Not much value in that really is there? I do still have three months to go.

What can I do now to achieve it?

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  • Hello Shawn,

    I think it happen with a lot of successful internet marketers as well as with another offline type of people.

    I think you don’t need to give up. Just keep doing The Challenge stuff. I know by myself that sometimes I do NOT want to do this stuff like reading a Google Reader and so on.

    But I found that’s kind of difficult for people which ones on Day jobs to change their mind to Entrepreneur thinking.

    And when somebody Ed Dale and some of another Internet Marketers saying “Hard Work” a lot of us (include and me sometimes, but I improving it) think about hard work with yours hands. But it’s really a hard MIND work.

    Just look at my English it’s improving very quickly now, and this is a results of day by day training.

    In one word it’s all up to you.

    Best Regards,
    Vitaly Makarkin

    • Shawn Du’Mmett

      Thank you Vitaly, yes I am seeing your stuff improve all the time 🙂

      Typically of me I am absorbing every moment like this, it isn’t an easy situation to be in and many people prefer not to talk about it, but it has made me appreciate the difficulties people have here and for that I am grateful. Strange isn’t it, I am glad I had this experience – in the future I want to know exactly what I have to do should anyone come to me for help, I will be able to give the right advice and actually help them.

      I have even thought of creating a kind of “Wolf Avoidance Club” for those in a similar situation or worse, for those who have been through it and have either picked themselves up already or doing their best to move on. The understanding would be that they must always be in the act of helping someone else at any time and sharing with the group what works and what they need help on. One at a time, these people will be pulled back up onto their feet and have the obligation to spend a portion of their future time to give back – or to pay it forward. I think you have to experience yourself it to ever want to help others, without the experience myself I must admit I was totally complacent and didn’t ever have the stamina to ever really help anyone else properly in this situation.

      But first of course, I must move forward myself, it is a dangerous and horrific place to be in. The word ‘Hell’ comes to mind when thinking of the ways people get treated when others see them as falling. It is either total avoidance or empty advice, neither helps and both are harmful.

      I won’t be here long, I am in fact working as hard as I can and making my mistales as quickly as possible to get through this. I am keeping up with The Challenge and have sites that are at various stages of it. This is a long term safe solution though, Ed and the team have done well with that this year. I keep looking out for immediate solutions, interesting options are there but I haven’t as yet found the answer.

      It will come…

      All the best with your efforts Vitaly, keep moving forward…

      • Great! Thank you for the answer Shawn.

        Just do something, I realized for myself we are not doing mistakes in our life, we are learning.

        If we done something wrong, actually we think this way, coz somebody tell us about our fault, but it’s an experience really. And this is a hard conception to get. I’m improving on this way too.

        And you definitely need add the subscribe to comments button. Check out the Disqus commenting system, I’m using it onto my blog.

        • As you can see – giving Disqus a go…
          Not without problems though, had to go back a version, the current one had a file missing…

          The method of overcoming faults, and in particular all the noise of people’s opinions of what you should and shouldn’t do is to do one thing … test.

          Think of this as a big experiment, take notes of what people are saying, work out a way of testing it as best you can and then do it, checking the results.

          So far I have had quite a few failures, often we have to keep altering our tests to try different things.

  • Hello Shawn,

    I think it happen with a lot of successful internet marketers as well as with another offline type of people.

    I think you don’t need to give up. Just keep doing The Challenge stuff. I know by myself that sometimes I do NOT want to do this stuff like reading a Google Reader and so on.

    But I found that’s kind of difficult for people which ones on Day jobs to change their mind to Entrepreneur thinking.

    And when somebody Ed Dale and some of another Internet Marketers saying “Hard Work” a lot of us (include and me sometimes, but I improving it) think about hard work with yours hands. But it’s really a hard MIND work.

    Just look at my English it’s improving very quickly now, and this is a results of day by day training.

    In one word it’s all up to you.

    Best Regards,
    Vitaly Makarkin

    • Shawn Du’Mmett

      Thank you Vitaly, yes I am seeing your stuff improve all the time 🙂

      Typically of me I am absorbing every moment like this, it isn’t an easy situation to be in and many people prefer not to talk about it, but it has made me appreciate the difficulties people have here and for that I am grateful. Strange isn’t it, I am glad I had this experience – in the future I want to know exactly what I have to do should anyone come to me for help, I will be able to give the right advice and actually help them.

      I have even thought of creating a kind of “Wolf Avoidance Club” for those in a similar situation or worse, for those who have been through it and have either picked themselves up already or doing their best to move on. The understanding would be that they must always be in the act of helping someone else at any time and sharing with the group what works and what they need help on. One at a time, these people will be pulled back up onto their feet and have the obligation to spend a portion of their future time to give back – or to pay it forward. I think you have to experience yourself it to ever want to help others, without the experience myself I must admit I was totally complacent and didn’t ever have the stamina to ever really help anyone else properly in this situation.

      But first of course, I must move forward myself, it is a dangerous and horrific place to be in. The word ‘Hell’ comes to mind when thinking of the ways people get treated when others see them as falling. It is either total avoidance or empty advice, neither helps and both are harmful.

      I won’t be here long, I am in fact working as hard as I can and making my mistales as quickly as possible to get through this. I am keeping up with The Challenge and have sites that are at various stages of it. This is a long term safe solution though, Ed and the team have done well with that this year. I keep looking out for immediate solutions, interesting options are there but I haven’t as yet found the answer.

      It will come…

      All the best with your efforts Vitaly, keep moving forward…

      • Great! Thank you for the answer Shawn.

        Just do something, I realized for myself we are not doing mistakes in our life, we are learning.

        If we done something wrong, actually we think this way, coz somebody tell us about our fault, but it’s an experience really. And this is a hard conception to get. I’m improving on this way too.

        And you definitely need add the subscribe to comments button. Check out the Disqus commenting system, I’m using it onto my blog.

  • Look like the Disqus system is works there! Good !