Everyone has different reasons for starting an online business, but the main reason shared by most people is the same: to become wealthy doing something you enjoy. If you’re one of the few with a profitable idea, a strong work ethic and the persistence to stick with it, you could achieve more than your wildest dreams.
It’s challenging to stay motivated to work on your business day after day, month after month, especially if you’re not reaping any financial rewards yet. If one of your goals is to become wealthy, this page is intended to help keep you motivated to chase your dream and achieve the financial freedom that often accompanies a successful web startup.
Before you dive into the guide, let me take a minute to discuss a very sensitive topic: your beliefs about money. A lot of people (I’m not saying this is you) have very negative beliefs about money. They were raised thinking “money is the root of all evil” and “money doesn’t grow on trees” and “money can’t buy happiness.”
If you suffer from these negative and inaccurate programmed beliefs about money, you need to correct those before you can be successful. If you believe money is the root of all evil and you launch a successful web startup that makes you rich, that would mean you’re an evil person (which obviously isn’t true!). But if you have this belief and you don’t want to be an evil person, you’ll subconsciously self-sabotage your business and it will never be successful and you’ll never be rich. Whew! Close one! You almost became an evil person!
Hopefully this doesn’t describe you, but if it does, do yourself a HUGE favor and read “The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker and attend one of his free weekend seminars. You need to reprogram yourself before you’re ready for the good life.
Your Vacation Awaits
What’s your idea of a dream vacation? Maybe it’s laying in a hammock on a secluded beach, listening to the waves gently lap on the shore. Or maybe your idea of a dream vacation is experiencing the nightlife in Prague, the rolling hills of Tuscany or the museums in Paris.
Whatever your dream vacation is, here’s what I want you to do…. Find a picture on the Internet of your dream destination, print it off, and tape it to your desk or to a wall where you can see it while you work. Use that as motivation to sit down and do at least one task, even if you’re tired and just want to watch TV.
Toys Your Neighbors Will Die For
Gadgets and toys are cool! I really like them, especially if they save me time and/or frustration. That’s one of the benefits of living the good life: you can purchase things to make your life easier (and your neighbors envious).
Obviously, having an R2D2 trashcan on the curb for trash day won’t impress EVERY neighbor, but it certainly will impress the cool ones!
After I sold QuoteCatcher, one of my first presents to myself was getting scuba certified. It had always been on my list of things to do when I had the time and money, so that’s what I did when I had some of each.
I’ve been on several dive trips and I’ve seen all sorts of interesting things under water. But last fall (2012) I went cave diving for the first time and I have to say it was my most memorable diving experience. Still on the list: ice diving in Antarctica. Stay tuned….
What’s an unforgettable experience that you want to have? Write it down for motivation and inspiration.
The Home of Your Dreams
What’s your dream home look like? Is it completely over the top or something more down to Earth? Where’s it located? On the beach? In the city? Another country?
Or maybe you have much loftier goals. A close personal friend of mine wants to own a home in Kansas (where she’s from) and in New York City (where she loves to visit).
Drive through your dream neighborhood and checkout an open house. Start the design of your dream home by drawing out the floor plan and printing pictures of houses with design elements you like. You don’t want to be caught off guard when the good life happens to you!
The Car of Your Dreams
If you’re a car lover like I am, you no doubt have a dream car in mind. For me, it’s an Audi R8 in bright red. It’s the little two door sport coupe that you see here. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made it to my driveway yet, but it will soon enough.
What’s your dream car, if you have one? Find a picture and post it on the garage wall in front of your old jalopy so you see it every time you pull into the garage. Better yet, go test drive or at least sit in your dream car to make it more real for you. More real means more tangible and more attainable.
You Philanthropist, You!
In June of 2012, Warren Buffett donated $1.52 Billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s a charity that aims to improve education and healthcare around the world. Doing good things on a large scale doesn’t come cheap, and one of the major benefits of living the good life is helping others who are less fortunate than you are.
Since 2009, I’ve been volunteering my time as a SCORE mentor helping people who dream of starting their own online business but aren’t sure how to go about doing it. I have much loftier charitable goals down the road, but that’s my way of giving back, at least for now.
What’s your charity of choice? Contact them and ask if you can volunteer now. You don’t need to be rich to help out your fellow human, four-legged critter or mother earth.
The more you do to make your goals seem real and tangible, the easier it will be for you to achieve them. Swap out the images you’re using as motivation if you become desensitized by them so they stay fresh and effective. If that method doesn’t work for you, find one that does. Use whatever means are necessary to keep you motivated to reach your goals.
If you’ve made it this far and you’re enjoying some of the fruits of your labor, congratulations! You deserve it! Great job! Now, you can really take a break and appreciate your progress and all your hard work by taking some time to enjoy the good life!