|7 Article Marketing Lessons I Learned from Being a Martial
by Eric Gruber,
How does my martial arts training directly relate to my success as an article
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
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....
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
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
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
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
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