Beware! There Be Hijackers Out There

…whether you even notice them any more is another thing.

Now, these aren’t the ones that take control of your ship on the high seas, or the ones that drive off with your car leaving you stranded on the side of the road. No, these are a lot sneaker than that.

This hijackers are only interested in your goals.

These can come in any form, like…

– a piece of advice from a family member
– something said in a forum
– a blog post from a well known Guru
– to even something you’ve been told on TV.

You start off with a goal in mind, get told ‘You should do this instead,’ and then before you know it, you go off in that direction.

Then a little while later, you go on someone else’s advice, and your goal changes again.

Each time your goal gets hijacked, you end up ping-ponging off in different directions that are far from where you want to be.

The best example of this is one I heard Bob Proctor mention in a speech.

Leaving school with no direction in life, he followed the crowd and joined the Canadian navy on a whim. – He didn’t even like boats, or had ever seen the ocean before that time. – And yet here he was, in a place he never seen himself ever going.

But had he put some thought into his decision, that he had no love for boats, that sign post would have guided him in a better direction.

Easy to say that now, many years later, says you.

But the same is true for all of us right now.

If your goal is to be a blogger that doesn’t do social media, then don’t do social media. – No matter what anyone tells you, what software is being sold, or what the media says. You don’t do social media.

The gentleman that I learned this topic from, John Mulry, was once big into health and fitness. His goal was to work solely with clients on a one to one basis. Yet, when he went to seminars or talked to others, they all said that bootcamps were the way to go…train groups they said.

Almost on the verge of doing it, he stopped himself in time.

This was what others were doing, not what he wanted to do. Had he allowed his goal to be hijacked he knew he wouldn’t be happy doing it. And who knew, maybe he’d find that goal hijacked, and go spinning off in another direction, all the while taking him away from his original goal?

So whatever decision you’re about to make today, ask yourself the question…’Is this in line with my goal, or am I being hijacked with this?

If you’re being hijacked, you know what you need to do.

No matter how rosy is looks.

PS – That’s another reason why I don’t do affiliate stuff anymore. There’s enough hijacking going on without me taking part in it.

Plus, my goal is to keep all you lovely people to myself. 🙂

Earning Money, Keeping Money, Growing Money

…when you go from having fifty million in the bank down to having over a hundred bucks, you know you’ve done something wrong.

That’s where James Altucher found himself a few years back.

Cashing in a website building business, when no one knew how to build one, he got out before everyone else found out how easy it was to build one.

Wise, right?

When the money was gone, he knew that he only had part of the equation down. – He knew how to make money. Keeping it, and growing it, were a different story.

Thankfully for him, he sorted out his problems. (Do a Google or Amazon Kindle search for the full story. His books are well worth reading)

Anyhoo, putting James’ story aside for a moment, I’d add that writers, bloggers, and self-publishers have the same learning curve they need to go through.

“You’ve got to to earn readers, you’ve got to keep them, and you’ve got to learn how to grow them.”

Most people only do the first part and never consider the second two. They race off buying Facebook ads, Bookbub promotions, or doing the churn and burn – looking for reader after reader without giving any thought to keeping them.

Whereas, if they tossed those folks emails into an autoresponder, sent the odd email, and ‘Bob’s your uncle’ you’ve got a business that’s got some growth to it.

Here’s how to keep your money, and grow your money.

PS – That’s a valuable lesson all those in the Internet marketing haven’t copped onto.