By Chris Small
On the Internet, a small business has virtually the same opportunity that much larger
well-monied companies and individuals have. Some of the little guys are doing extremely
well on this new medium. Some of them started with nothing more than an idea and turned it
into thousands. Some have even become millionaires.
And then there are the super stars of
the Internet. The people who are now billionaires after only a few short years.
The creators of Yahoo, Hot Mail, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.
What characteristics do they posses that most people dont? Or do we all have these
qualities hidden within us just waiting to be unleashed?
Why do some Internet Marketers achieve phenomenal results while others barely break even?
What differentiates a success from a failure?
We are going to look at five essential qualities to success. Recently I had a conversation
with very successful Webpreneur and asked him what he thought the necessary skills were to
achieve great success on the net. His immediate response was the following five points.
These five are not the only ingredients to high achievement, but they are crucial elements
No major success happens without desire. Successful people all know what they want and are
willing to exert great amounts of energy and effort to achieve it. They find an eagerness
and enthusiasm that overcomes simple wishfulness and translates into intense commitment
The Internet (and the World) is filled with people who WISH for success. The ones who
achieve it are always the ones who truly DESIRE it and are willing to commit to it.
People who are committed to their business objectives have equipped themselves with
an essential tool that will see them through the trials and challenges of building an
Internet business. They will persistently forge on until they see the resolution to their
problems. They may have to change direction to reach the target, but they will never quit.
On the Internet, the only thing that doesnt seem to change is change itself. What
worked yesterday may not work today. New technologies keep popping up and replacing old
ones. A committed webmaster will not be daunted by this but rather embrace it. You know
the old saying, Place your goals in concrete, but the path to them in sand.
Cooperation of Family
Whenever you embark on a new path it is extremely important that you acquire the support
and cooperation of your loved ones. If you doubt this you either live alone, or you have
never tried to do something BIG.
Time Management Skills
Time is something that happens only once. You cant go back, only forward. Make that
time count. The most significant portion of your commitment to your Internet business is
in the time that you devote to it. Editor's note: You can order
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It is advisable to make a list of all the projects that you need to work on for the week
and break them down into Daily Action Plans (DAPs). Look at your DAP each
morning and prioritize each item. Then determine how much time you will need to commit.
Here is a sample DAP:
Check and respond to last night's emails - 30 minutes
Check stats for site - 5 minutes
Check Affiliate program activities - 5 minutes
Write sales letter for the Smith project - 90 minutes
Edit the text on Project 2 web page - 20 minutes
Rework ad for Project 2 to reflect changes - 15
Change Meta Tags on Project 6 page - 5 minutes
Contact Graphic Artist about the new logo - 5 minutes
Recheck and respond to new emails - 10 minutes
Go for Lunch with Spouse - ???
According to this mock DAP, you would need to commit
approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes to get everything completed for the day. Of course,
new things will pop up that you hadnt planned on and some things will take longer
than anticipated. Other items may take you less time. The key here is to get the most
important things done first and then you can decide if you want to pursue lesser tasks.
Simply spending time on the Internet is not necessarily time used effectively. Its
alright to have some recreational time, but make sure that when you are engaged in
building your business you dont get distracted with unfruitful activities.
Identify Areas of Profit
This is critical. Successful webmasters will zero in on the most profitable areas of their
business and spend the bulk of their efforts there. Its very easy to become
distracted with unproductive tasks and neglect the important ones.
Practice the 80-20 rule. Find the 20% of your business that produces 80% of the profi.
Then focus on it. This may sound slightly unrealistic, but it is a very effective success
mechanism. Devote 80% of your efforts to these key areas and leave the remaining 20% for
the other things.
Do you have these necessary areas under your own control? Are you ready to take that big
step onto the cyber stage? All the world loves a winner! Were eagerly awaiting YOUR
Ready, Set, Go...
Chris Small is a cyber entrepreneur and host
of the very successful World Deal Center. You can reach him at webmaster@WorldDealCenter.com. His main
Website is http//www.WorldDealCenter.com/