Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

What’s My Single Most Important Tip About Working Online?

That’s easy.  4 words.

Love what you do.

The following is sparked by the dozens of emails, IM’s and Pm’s I receive weekly. What is the single most important thing I would tell someone that wanted to get started making money online?

You have probably heard this a time or to. Matter of fact, you may be tired of hearing it. If that’s the case then I really fell sorry for you. I cannot imagine someone trying to make money online and NOT liking it. I am not speaking just about success here either. I am speaking in terms in failure. What?

If you cannot sit back and get a chuckle from your screw ups then your probably the uptight serious kind. (remind me to not hang out with you at events). Seriously though, it is in my experience and damn near every success story that I ever read that someone has faced failures before they met success. Why is that?

It’s because working online is probably new to 99% of the people trying it. When you got hired at your job were you an instant badass on your first day? No, most likely not. You probably struggled a bit on focusing on everything that was being taught to you by a manager or trainer. You were probably excited at first about your new job but once you learned it, you became bored. Even after working years at your job, you probably had those *bad days* where nothing went as planned or you could not complete a task before re-doing it two or three times.

Do you see a pattern emerging here folks?

This same pattern is going to apply online as well. Your going to have bumps and bruises, your going to lose focus, and your going to have failures that cause you to re-do something or quit it altogether and move on to something new.

When you really think about it there are a lot of things that are related to your own business and working as an employee. I always like that little part I have seen so many times online about “work whenever you want to”. I must be missing something here. Of course this is bendable and I could take off months or even a couple of years but let’s face it. When your on natural progression your not going to want to stop. Or at least, I dont.

Love what you do. Enjoy the opportunity that you even got a computer. Enjoy that you even have the opportunity to come online and try your hand at being an Entrepreneur or Marketer. A lot of people dont have this. Change your way of thinking and dont copy someone word for word.

If you dont enjoy what your doing then how can you ever go against someone who does? Unless your just a completely talented marketer or web entrepreneur you’re going to have one hell of a time having a successful go at it.


  • Rome was not built in day
  • Failure is common, persistence is not
  • Few get rich by being lucky

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17 Responses

February 20, 2008

I was thinking about this myself lately. I have to ask my self, “Can I really see myself making an actual, STEADY online income years in the future?”. I think I can honestly answer that question with a Big ‘ol YES. My mom always tells me that when I was younger I was always talking about owning my own business, and I never really saw myself sitting in a cubical all day.

The last couple months have been a real roller coaster of emotion for myself. There are times when I fell like im just never going to get the hang of this stuff and want to give up, and then there are times when I make $5.00 profit on a PPC campaign and it makes me want to jump up and down on my bed like a 6 year old.

My biggest problem is that I have been good at EVERYTHING i have ever done in the past. I don’t say that to sound smug, but its true, I have always been an overachiever, but with this Internet marking stuff I feel like there is so much riding on it (my furture!) and I’m really having a hard time getting the hang of it. Its coming slowely but surely. When I look back at what I have done in the past couple months, I can see that my net profit IS increasing, however slowly, so I’m just going to stick with it. I feel like its only a matter of time until I get my big break.


February 20, 2008

This is so true. If you don’t love what you do it’s awfully tough to keep working through the failures.

I guess I’m fortunate because I’ve failed so many times that it’s starting to pay off. Bring on the failures, I say…they lead to what really works.

Don’t ever give up!

February 20, 2008


I agree with you 110%. The best tip is, “Love what you do!” I love my “job” and look forward to going in to the office everyday. I wouldn’t call it a job. A job is something that you have to do earn an income that you don’t like. If someone dreads getting out of bed everyday and going to work. They should take steps to find what they have a passion for and figure out how to monetize it.


February 20, 2008

no doubt.

most people will work 50 hours to make $5 when starting out. if you don’t love it you should quit now or it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

February 20, 2008

I always get people asking me ‘what should I blog about’ and I just tell them exactly what you have said. You have to love what you do. So many websites are made just to make money, and there isnt anything wrong with that, but the ones that are going to be the most successful are the ones that have passion behind them!

February 20, 2008

Yup. When I had a boss I hated working. Now I’m my own boss I push myself harder than they ever did.

The fact that at any time of the day I can go out for a walk or sit and watch TV is exactly the reason that I don’t. I find myself working 7 days a week because it’s all 100% for my own benefit and no-one else’s.

I wouldn’t trade this ‘job’ for anything.

February 20, 2008

“Unless your just a completely talented marketer or web entrepreneur you’re going to have one hell of a time having a successful go at it.”

Boy that line fits me to a tee!

As Eric stated, I have always been top of the class at everything I have ever done.

I have never put so much into anything in my life as working at being a success online at making money. I guess that is why quitting is not an answer. I know I am as capable as every other successful person and I am going to be a winner.

Is it frustrating? HELL YES!

I’m not sadistic so I must love what I am doing.

February 20, 2008

Right on Ruck. It applies to anything in life. Online or Off. Business or personal.

February 20, 2008

There’s a strong correlation between my career as a blue sky paralegal and my career as an affiliate marketer. It took me 3 years to get in the right area of practice, right law firm and right lawyer to work with — in my 4th year I became “the man”. Persistence played a very important part, but my love for what I was doing & the desire to be excellent at it was what put me on another (higher) level. My affiliate marketing career is following a similar path, but I don’t believe it’s going to take 3-4 years to realize my definition of being successful online. Do I get frustrated when my ideas/efforts don’t pan out? Yeah, but I shake it off and get back in the saddle because I don’t believe in quitting, I’m having fun every day and I have a strong desire to be an excellent marketer. Do I enjoy affiliate marketing? You better believe it buddy :-)

Thanks for writing this Ruck. Had to Digg it. Keep up the good work man.

February 21, 2008

A wise person once told me “If you find a job that you love, then you’ll never work again,” and that really rings true to me. If you enjoy what you’re doing it’s always going to feel more like play than ‘work.’

February 21, 2008

“work whenever you want to”. LOL

Yeah, I only work on days I want to eat.

February 21, 2008

Excellent post Ruck. It is very true.

February 21, 2008

I have been saying, ‘love what you do’, for years. Long before the internet was available for the public. That’s why I became a computer instructor.

I tell people: Blog about something you would talk about forever for free.

Out of all my friends and associates only a couple are doing what they love. The others, well they are in a rut and afraid to change.

An example of doing what you love: I have a dozen blogs but only 5 of the 12 blogs are hobby blogs.

The 5 hobby blogs, things I love to do, make me money and I probably talk about them in my sleep but the others I have to put real blood, sweat and tears into if I want good content.

I have been playing guitar for 7 years now and have thought about blogging about my experiences and even having my friends write blog posts for me. It could be a lot of fun and a way to get them online.

The fun just never stops.

February 21, 2008

Ever since I was young i had no idea what i wanted to do. There wasn’t any subject I particularly like or was good at. Since I was interested in games, I wanted a career in the games industry but then realize programming or designing was like rocket science to me. Then I discovered internet marketing, the rest is history.

November 30, 2008

Yep, remember the magic words “Love what you do” :)

November 30, 2008

Patience and loving what you do are key to success.

If you find something boring and tedious, it’s just going to make you old, even if you make mucho buckola.

That’s the best way to shorten your lifespan IMO.

June 18, 2009

Yeah that “work whenever you want to” is something to be taken with caution. People see it and instantly think they are going to work a whole lot less then they once did, simply not true. Actually, they are more likely to be working even harder then they once did!

Till then,