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7 Marketing Lessons from the Martial Arts

7 Article Marketing Lessons I Learned from Being a Martial Arts Champion

by Eric Gruber, http://www.articlemarketingexperts.com

 

How does my martial arts training directly relate to my success as an article marketing expert? When I was seven, I was a scared, scrawny cry baby. Kids in the neighborhood stole my hat and I ran home crying! My younger brother, who was only four at the time, knocked on the bully’s’ door to get my hat back.

My parents enrolled me into Chirico’s School of Karate, where I learned steps that took me from NOTHING to a SELF-ASSURED 4th DEGREE BLACK BELT.

Editor's note: I also obtained a fourth degree black belt. It was far, far from easy. Like Eric, I started out in Karate (later transitioned to Kung Fu). The dojo started beginners in specific classes. So, for example, there would be a new students class starting on the 10th of March. Or whatever date. We would train together, as a beginner's class, until it was time to graduate. Then we could join the regular classes, where people of all levels beyond beginner trained in a single group (that group would break into separate sessions after the initial group class).

Our beginner's class had more than 30 people when it started. Only four of us made it to the end, thus getting our first belt. That's a huge dropout rate. Imagine how many people drop out compare to the one person who reached black belt. Getting to the second degree, then the third degree, is extremely tough and many black belts stop at the first level. The fourth degree takes enormous dedication. After I obtained my fourth degree, I saw no point in trying for the fifth degree. So, I'm a dropout also!



Back to you, Eric....

Eric continues

I also learned secrets on how to become a champion in the martial arts. I discovered that these same secrets helped me become a champion in all areas of my life. So do you want to know what these life-changing, business-evolving secrets are?

7 Black Belt Secrets for Article Marketing Success

Secret #1: Watch whom you hang around with. One of our black belts drives all the way from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to practice. That’s a 3-hour round trip. Why?

The furious energy at Chirico’s School of Karate is undeniable as soon as you walk in the door. You're surrounded by a true grandmaster with more than 40 years of martial arts training and black belts who are determined to succeed.

With whom are YOU hanging around? Where are your articles being associated? Are you just blasting articles out there? Or are you carefully selecting Websites and ezines which your targeted audiences and prospects read? Remember, who you associate with will determine the level of success you can reach.

Editor's note: After reaching my first belt, I began training one on one with one of the brown belts at the dojo. The result was I advanced very quickly. Only later did I discover that he was not doing this simply as a favor to me. He was on the verge of burnout when working on his blackbelt, and noticed this young guy who just did not give up. I came to the dojo almost every day, instead of once a week like everyone else. By training with me one on one, he boosted his own "motivation by association."

Secret #2: Consistency is the key for long-term success. When I don’t train consistently because of traveling or personal issues, I lose karate tournaments. If you want to achieve your business goals online, you have to consistently write and submit articles. You have to be in front of your audience on a regular basis. Otherwise you will lose sales to your competitors.

Secret #3: Ups and downs are part of the process. During my martial arts training, I learned that there is NO possible way that you can win every tournament. Yes, I can’t even tell you how many trophies, medals and plaques I have won throughout my more than 20 years of martial arts training. But, I also lost count of how many tournaments I lost in the very first round.

Not every article you write and submit online will be a success. You will have ups and downs with your article marketing efforts, but you have to keep writing consistently. It’s the only way you will win in the long term.

Secret #4: Hard work is part of the game. It took me ten years of blood, sweat and tears to get promoted to the rank of black belt. I learned that there are NO obstacles that I couldn’t beat if I consistently persevere.

How many of us secretly wish our success would be handed to us on a silver platter? Get real. There is work involved. The solution is to make the hard work FUN by doing what you love to do (sharing your expertise) and delegating what you don't (the mind boggling, manual article submission.)

Secret #5: Model others who are already successful. My instructor is a 10th degree black belt grandmaster. Yet, he doesn’t try to reinvent his own martial arts training programs from scratch. He adapts training techniques, forms and strategies that were created from the ancient masters who have proven their immense success.

When writing your articles, model article templates that work for others and then adapt it to your own writing style.

Secret #6: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. When we practice self-defense, we train for a variety of attacks from the front, sides and back. We do grappling and ground techniques. And, we even practice fighting against multiple attackers. So we’re ready for all situations.

Just like we want multiple fighting strategies, you want multiple streams of income that will help you fight the recession. You can easily turn your articles into products like special reports and eBooks.

Secret #7: Find a mentor or coach for faster results. I would not have been a state champion for two years in a row, if my instructor didn’t walk me through every step of the way. I know many entrepreneurs who have wasted thousands of dollars on marketing programs that got them nowhere. Don't make that mistake. Invest in someone to show you the way - the right way - the first time. (Not sure where to start? Join my Write Your Way to Profits Insiders Circle)


Follow these secrets, and you will reach article marketing success. You will be found online. And, you will get more prospects, publicity and profits

About the Author:

Article Marketing Expert Eric Gruber uses the power of articles to create online opportunities for entrepreneurs who want more publicity, prospects and profits. Now, Eric is sharing the exact roadmap, broken into 5 easy-to-follow steps that thousands have used to launch and build their businesses online with articles. And, he's giving this knowledge for FREE, with his new e-Book at: http://www.BroadcastYourArticles.com/freebook

 

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