Today, I want to share with you a real life success story from director of Stomper Commerce, Todd Chism, is a living, breathing example of the power of Internet Marketing.
He grew his multi-million dollar company from the ground up with just enough ingenuity and a lot of common sense, so that now, five years later, he’s the architect of wildly successful movement!
As you’ll see in this guest article, Todd’s success can be YOUR success. You just need to stop and ask yourself the right questions!
Are You Building a Machine or Just Another Job?
By Todd Chism
Welcome to the beginning of your new life! The one you determine! The life that, as of this moment, can either transform you into a well-rounded life-living entrepreneur, or a stressed out basket case job owner that works over 80 hours a week merely to keep paying his newly found business debt.
Starting a business from the ground up can be a terrifying, joyful, frustrating, maddening, sleepless process. But, when it’s done with the right foresight, planning, and drive, all of the headaches, stress, and countless other emotions will pay off in more ways that you can imagine.
It’s about becoming different than the 99.9% of the human population who can’t stray from the stranglehold of the corporate world and the “so called” security of a job!
A successful entrepreneur once told me that when you start a company, there are two ways to look at it: you’re either starting a lifelong job for yourself to slave away, OR you’re creating a money-making business machine that changes your life forever.
If you have to go in to the office everyday because the system will fall apart without YOU being in the middle of it, then it’s nothing but a job that you are solely responsible for.
However, if you can walk away for months at a time and come back with everything running like clockwork “and growing,” then it’s a real, viable money-making business machine that can take you to new heights and set you apart from the rest of the world.
It’s about the freedom to live the life you always wanted to, the freedom to work when you want, how you want, and with whom you want. It’s about securing your livelihood and future without being a slave to the money-machine (or pit) that you are trying to build!
It’s about attaining the entrepreneurial dream that most will never attain.
If what I just said hit home even a little, then you, my friend, need to get out of the middle of your self-imposed job you’ve created, and start building a machine that can inevitably change not only your life, but also those around you.
I’ve never forgotten this basic concept, because it’s actually a flawless analogy that has changed my life, as well as my family’s. When you think about your business, you should see a bright future where you’re free of financial burdens and the daily rituals and tasks that tie you to your office.
You should see an exciting place where you drive the ideas, and focus on the big picture items, while the machine transforms your thoughts into action, thereby creating a wealth-building, moneymaking machine that won’t stop!
Now, right at this moment, you might be thinking,
“Come on now Todd… This is real freaking life! I’m just trying to add some products to my site, and find a few more splog links to help me rank! After that, I need to create some more content for my site, and start redesigning my home page. Then figure out how to start testing, and then work on my PPC campaign. Oh, yeah, I also have to go through invoices, and do payables and receivables, and of course my quarterly tax bill is still pending.”
Or how about,
“I just don’t have the money to hire anyone, so I have to do it myself right now, and beside’s, I certainly wouldn’t want to share my business niche with anyone, or they might steal the idea and do it themselves!”
And last but not least,
“I also must find time to open and watch the five different videos I received today on email from various info-pedaling Gurus that say, ‘DON’T WAIT, YOU MUST OPEN TODAY,’ or you’ll miss the FREE bonus material that will change your life!”
Yeah, folks…I get it!
In fact, that was me four years ago. Eighty hour plus workweeks, stressed to the core, working at 2AM wondering how the hell I was going to get all tasks done that week. Because after all, I had just built a business, and my family’s wellbeing was dependant on me getting everything done. I was ingrained in every aspect of my ahem… “newly created job” and I had to be involved in every part of it.
Let’s face it: I was the one who started it, and no one could do what I was doing, because I spent countless hours watching videos and learning SEO & internet marketing… And of course, there is no way in hell that anyone would care about this business and do it as well as me! I was afraid to share my business model with anyone.
Well folks… If this message is hitting home, and you can identify with even a few of these things, and you think YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN RUN YOUR BUSINESS, or can complete certain tasks in your business, then here is a dose of reality… YOU ARE WRONG! I’ll say it again… YOU ARE WRONG! And you need to change your mindset and develop a new strategy to build your moneymaking machine!
Because if you don’t, then you will never get to that next level!
You’ll never enjoy total entrepreneurial freedom and wealth. It is absolutely impossible!
Until YOU change YOUR mindset and find a way to “start replacing every aspect of what you do in your business,” then you are destined to work in the middle of your newly created job until the day you die… Or give up and go back to work for someone else!
Sorry, folks… You might not like what I just said, or even agree (right now) with what me, but the fact is 99.9 percent of business owners are in the middle of their newly created jobs and have no strategy, plan, or idea how to get themselves out of the situation they just created.
If these words are ringing in your head, and you are saying to yourself,
“Holy crap, how does Todd know what I was thinking? How does he know about the pressure on my life because of this business, and the financial burdens? How does he know what I am doing to build this thing? How does…”
I know because every business owner and job creator I have ever spoken to throughout my 25 years have all said the same exact thing. They are all stuck in the same rut working in the middle of their businesses with no end in site! All except, that is, for the really successful ones who are actually living the dream!
So, change your Mindset at this moment and say…
- I will replace every aspect of myself in my business!
- I will start today!
- I will start by finding one little area of my duties and tasks and figure out how to get it done without getting in the middle of it!
Are you actively building a machine, or just another job?
Todd Chism is a faculty member and director of StomperCommerce, our easy to use, SEO friendly ecommerce platform for members. Entrepreneur Magazine chose him as one of the top five “Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year” in 2008. He now owns over 40 niche domains, has four operational ecommerce websites, and has created a business consulting and coaching company. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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