Judging from that headline, you might think I’m sitting here feeling totally PUMPED!
Well, yes and no. Truthfully, I’m sitting in my hotel room in Scottsdale, AZ right now, at Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula LIVE event. I’m conferenced out and I’m beat. Last week, I was in Vegas for Blogworld Expo. Then I went home to Florida for 3 days, only to fly BACK out here for this event….
I’ve talked to a LOT of people. And I’m beat. I’m actually kind of an introvert, and daddy needs to recharge. And I can’t do that in large crowds. So, I’m sitting in my room and I might just thaw out in here tonight rather than hit the bar.
I’m frickin’ PUMPED anyway. For the future. And I’ll tell you why…
Success Is All Relative
In this blogging space that some of us are in, we’re actually not a big frickin deal. We’re thinking about things like “blog monetization”, but actually that kind of language just leads to tunnel vision.
You know, being in this market and having a lot of people read my blog, you develop a little following. And the truth is… in this blogging space, I’m probably in the upper crust of the success ladder.
Nah, I’m not saying that to brag or anything. When it comes to the whole blogging as a business thing, I just happen to be in a crowd of people who have done it pretty well. And that’s a small crowd. So, I go to a place like Blogworld and people make me feel like a big deal. Its weird, actually.
A week later, I’m sitting here in Scottsdale at an internet marketing conference. A completely different kind of crowd. Barely a peep of this event on Twitter. Many of these people don’t have blogs, and if they do, they under-utilitze them.
But, THESE PEOPLE ARE BANKING.
Just today, I had lunch with three 7-figure guys, one of them bringing in a regular $100K/month. I could start name-dropping people I’ve talked to here, but it doesn’t really matter. The point is… these people have really successful online businesses in all kinds of niches. Everything from make-money to Indian astrology.
And they’re really good people, too. Some of the most dynamic, interesting people you could ever talk to. It honestly pisses me off when I hear some blogger rip into an internet marketer as a “scammer” or whatever. My thoughts on that? Shut up. Just shut up. The vast majority of people I’ve talked to here take customer support and providing value so frickin seriously it isn’t even funny.
The difference is… these people (mostly) are about building real BUSINESSES, not just gaining some shallow fame on Twitter or getting more comments on their blog. So, it is about….
I’m getting a lot of take-aways from this event and I honestly need to sit down and just PROCESS some stuff… mentally. But…
You know what they say… when you want to achieve great things, you surround yourself with people who are better at it than you are.
It is humbling coming to an event like this. Not that I needed to be humbled… I’m not that into myself. 🙂 But, in my little piece of this blogging thing, I’ve done pretty well. I know I can do a lot better, but I’ve done OK. Here in Scottsdale, I’ve had my mind opened up on just how much room for growth there is.
I’m not going to stop blogging, as some have done. I’m not going to go off and quit Twitter and call it a waste of time, as some have done. However, the truth is, this world of blogs, Twitter, follower counts, blog comments…. this is actually a VERY limited tunnel vision of a much bigger picture…. IF you’re actually seeking out true life-changing success.
So, I’m excited. And pumped. And ready to make some shit happen.
I think it is time to take my business to the next level. My BUSINESS, not my blog. 🙂 I want to take a lot of people with me, too. I really want to help my Blog Masters students and my Inner Circle students kick ass and stop thinking about little tiny things like blog themes, etc. The big picture, the REAL picture, is so much bigger than that.
It reminds me, actually, of a report I wrote a couple years ago, called The Blogger Wealth Gap. If you haven’t read that report, I encourage you to do so.
But, I’ve said before…. don’t be a blogger. Be an entrepreneur who happens to have a blog. And this PLF event and the folks here will solidify that statement into your head more than you might know. If I can relay that mindset to my readers and help provide a pathway to doing it, then I’ve done my job and I can sleep at night.
Hope you’ll come with me on the ride.