A Healthy Ride to Wealth


Don’t Let Your Dreams Just Be a Dream

Finally, it is the weekend!

Like most weekends, I have more time to spend on my blogging activities.

Outside, the weather is nice. The sky is blue with some scattered clouds.  Another day of summer I have to sacrifice for my business in front of my computer.

Here in Canada, summers are shorts in terms of warm sunny days. Clearly, I totally believe in what I do otherwise I would be in the pool swimming with my children or enjoying these beautiful moments with a cool drink.

The dark side of starting affiliate marketing

Meet Pollux, my new colleague and helper

Things don’t always look good under the sunlight; it’s hard to admit, but I just found a dark side to affiliate marketing.

Well, it’s not that bad.

Like any other job, there are tougher days than others.

It’s in these gloomy moments, when I feel a little down, that it would be nice to have a colleague to which I could talk, throw some paper bullets, or on which I could empty my bag of accumulated frustrations and disappointments.

With affiliate marketing, I’m more than often alone in front of my laptop.

Fortunately for me, I have a dog.

I think he understands what I feel when he sits near my desk, pointing his big nose and staring at me with his brown eyes.

These long moments where I’m carrying my stone alone without a glimpse of a positive encouragement are felt difficult, not only because I have to sacrifice time that I could have spent otherwise, but I find it morally difficult because I don’t have the support from the people in my immediate surroundings.

They don’t take seriously what I do.

My ego is always taking a rough beating when I hear them saying I’m wasting my time, while my business is struggling at generating any benefits.

I don’t blame them, they don’t understand what it takes to get an income from a profitable business.

In these moments I look forward for the day I will get my first high ticket commission… I use this kind of thought as a source of motivation.

So I gave my dog a tie and officially promoted him as my new colleague and helper. I call this zoo therapy, and it works just fine.

Time to Make Money Online

I have less time to give to people I love and I’m terribly sorry about this. I even feel guilty in times.

I keep encouraging myself by saying this is only for a short period, the time I need to start, learn, and become proficient at what I’m doing. Eventually I will free up time for other things.

I do believe that the time I spend in front of my computer will someday pay. Why are people so reluctant with the idea of making money online?

As far as I’m concerned, I avoid talking about the subject in front of my colleagues at work, or to relatives, because I’m afraid they laugh at me. I can imagine saying:

“hey! I wrote a new blog post about how to make money online, would you like to read it?!”

They would stare at me like if I was telling them I saw an UFO.

I have to accept the fact that working in affiliate marketing is also a quest to fight distrust, educate, construct new relationships, and find the support from like-minded people.

There, I realize the chance I have to be inside a really active affiliate program, thanks to Dean Holland!

Loneliness is less of a problem with our partnership community, mentorship, monthly events where we can get together online for a whole day workshop, and those weekly nuggets that worth the detour!

Work for the right reason

Digital technologies including social medias brought with them plenty of new ways to make money. My generation, the “x”, and especially the generation of my parents, turned their back to this reality some decades ago because they feared the risk of the unknown.

They’ve made long studies to achieve a conventional lifestyle pattern, with a stable work, a salary, a car, and a mortgage they would have paid by the time they retire.

They built a cozy nest, counting on the same income week after week, for the time they could keep their job.

For them, everything look nice within their comfort zone.

They had a stable situation, and didn’t feel the need for more. They stayed with the same employer for years, until they became part of the furniture…

People the age of my mother, over eighty, are now obviously not the right persons to sell affiliate marketing to, however, their lifestyle have for sure influenced the way I looked at my ideal life and, consequently, how I was dealing with money.

This was before I started having financial uncertainties with high mortgage costs and sudden expenses from different sources that my mind changed.

This kind of hazardous situation, repeated over many months, made me realized that despite all the advanced studies I made, all those years of efforts as a student at University have never been compensated by my salary, my only source of income.

Not at all!

I was told to go to school for a long time, find a profession, and earn the big bucks. What a brainwash!

If this was true in the economic environment of the past, I can no longer support this belief in today’s reality. A single salary isn’t sufficient to maintain the same kind of life formerly embraced by my parents.

Fortunately, in my mind, it has never been the intention, neither the goal to study for money. I’ve made long studies because I was passionate for my program and by technologies.

When I look back, it has always been the working conditions, the experience, the accomplishment, and the chance I got to work in a field that makes me feel good, getting up almost every morning with a smile, that have paid the most.

The conventional way of making money, that is, being a doctor, an engineer, a lawyer, etc. are prestigious and highly valuable professions, but necessitate years of efforts and investments to end-up paying, without counting the nice loan the student has likely accumulated.

Those who did all that only for money may find themselves frustrated and sad as they compare to people making money and succeeding with almost no studies at all!

Money is one thing, long studies no longer have to necessarily cross this path.

I’m not telling you to avoid studies.

Rather I want to emphasize the fact that too much of us embraced a professional career because they were supposedly the only worth ways to make money and meeting with success.

Times have changed as more people realize that this now belongs to misconception.

Today, more people are open to take risks to start being their own boss. The digital technologies could be the new modern way of assuming a financial security.

Embrace studies for the right cause, not for the money alone, and embrace money with the right attitude.

Consider digital marketing and its related businesses with all the serious and respect they deserve. There are now more ways to make money than many could imagine, but unfortunately, none of them come without efforts.

If your goal is to make money then study your tools and work hard on the actions you have to do to make money. If your goal is to save lives, than study and work hard on the tools and the actions you have to take to become someone who saves lives.

Think like an entrepreneur

In order to make money you have to think out of the box, like an entrepreneur. That’s the lesson I learned so far.

Find a problem to solve and build a business that will address it.

Don’t limit yourself with thoughts that prevent you from moving forward, make your dreams a destination that could be achieved. Don’t be shy to go out of your comfort zone. Be creative, always seek to learn new things.

Wealthy people became rich because they find how to overcome their fear of failure in order to pursue their dreams of a better life.

Why should I limit myself and let people around discourage me from taking the actions that will make me grow and reach my goals?

I know what I do, I have a clear plan to follow, and I’m taking it seriously.

Some people became famous and respected online because they were inspired by a dream and while they took actions to pursue their dream, they sparked an opportunity and they ride it as far as they could.

You have a wave then surf on it!

Don’t let it pass pretending you can’t do it without even trying a little.

Don’t let your dreams just be a dream.

The reputation of affiliate marketing

I discovered that affiliate marketing could have a bad reputation for the non-initiated.

For a vast majority of people, it often falls in the same category as SCAM, phishing, and other bad marketing methods they experience on the internet. Internet has such a bad name when it refers to making money online so it’s not surprising that people close to you might try to keep you away from all the online misinformation that claims you’ll be rich fast.

I made my researches, and I know it’s possible to make money as an affiliate marketer on the internet.

My time is not wasted, it’s invested.

But, I said it before, there are some risks.

After all, everyone who starts a new business knows there are risks associated with it!

Hopefully, these risks can be mitigated.

I know deep inside me that, if I don’t take this path now, if I don’t try even a little, I will regret it.

I am not afraid to fail.

Failure is just another way to learn.

I chose a path that has been proven by people that I trust, why should I fail?

When you own a business, you don’t expect to make money straight from the start. You make investments that could take the form of time or actual dollars.

In my case, because I don’t have the money required to finance my marketing campaigns, all I have to invest is my time. But you expect that, eventually, your business will become profitable and you will have back what you invested in it.

It’s been 3 weeks only since I started this blog. It was expected that I would have no result yet to share.

The moment I will start to make money online, people will start to change.

I tell you.

People will ask me how I did!

Tell me about you and your experience. Are you also starting affiliate marketing?

Do you have the support from people around you?

Please let me know by writing your comments below.

Have a nice day!

Martin & Pollux

Thanks to Pintera Studio for the cover picture.

Comments

20 Responses to “Don’t Let Your Dreams Just Be a Dream”

  1. Nakina Lawson Avatar

    Hi, Martin! Just found your blog. I am an affiliate marketer- also just starting out. I, too, have a dog that keeps me company while I work! My husband is a great support in my business, but I haven’t had the guts to share what I am doing in my spare time with anyone else. Bravo to you for daring to be open with your family and friends! Keep plugging on, and I’m sure you will succeed.

    1. Martin Lefebvre Avatar

      Thank you Nakina! Your dog is your best friend, and your husband your best supporter and fan! 🙂 Good to hear you have support from people close to you, this will really help you along the way. Have great holidays!

  2. tony simms Avatar

    Hi Martin , this story is a powerful reminder that while the path to success may be solitary and challenging at times, it’s the perseverance and belief in oneself that ultimately leads to achievement, well that and a dog!.

    1. Martin Lefebvre Avatar

      Well said Tony! Perseverance is a must have quality if you want to succeed as an affiliate marketer.
      Thank you for commenting.
      Martin

  3. Sandy Avatar

    Hello Martin,

    So glad your dog can be by your side. so cute. I enjoyed reading your post. So much is true, I am also working on getting out of my 9 to 5 job.

    I also feel my time isn’t wasted, and having the right mind set is key.. I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to reading more. Keep sending dog updates. It’s always nice to see.

    Thanks Sandy

    1. Martin Lefebvre Avatar

      OK. I will send dog updates on time to time. On this post he got a fresh hair cut. He wanted to be good looking for the occasion! 😁
      Thank you!
      Martin

  4. kae ward Avatar

    When I read someone’s blog, I often see myself and the same struggles, questions and such, this was no different and very nicely stated. Truly an inspiration for me moving forward. I too would like to have a colleague, just to bounce things off of. Your post is beautiful, btw.

    1. Martin Lefebvre Avatar

      Thank you Kae for your kind words. Same industry same struggles. However, how you overcome the problems is what define your character. Keep on moving.
      Martin

  5. Alison Blaire Avatar

    Your dog Pollux, is so cute! Glad you have a business partner to cuddle with while you are learning affiliate marketing! I have two cats, and they are the best; they are always curled up on me, which helps me so much as I am staring at the computer screen. I am with you, I look forward to putting in the work, setting up for success, and then having the gift of time and money to spend with friends and family. You are not alone, even though it feels like it at times, the community at Internet Profits Accelerator is pretty great, don’t hesitate to reach out, say hello and brainstorm with us, so many people in the community have reached out to me when I post questions, and it feels nice to know we are in this together!

  6. Nathan Avatar

    So much I relate to here. One thing I love about affiliate marketing is even with all the people who think it’s a scam – unlike say multi-level marketing, nobody is asking me to go and sell their products to all my friends and family. My wife may have her doubts about this, but at least I don’t have 10 crates of product in the garage.

    Anyhow just like with my day job I’ve got to be disciplined to schedule my time when I work, and block out time when I won’t work so I don’t miss time with my family doing the things I’ll never get a chance to do again if I miss them now.

  7. Karen Elissabeth Avatar

    Hi Martin – From one Affiliate Marketer to another – such a great read! I resonated with so much of your post. To answer your question about do I have the support of the people around me? In a word no but that is not because they don’t support me it is because they have no idea what I am doing. I prefer to keep it that way for now and I don’t have a partner I had to consider. It is peaceful for me as no one is offering up any uneducated opinions. Once I am ready to tell them I have quit my 9 to 5 Job and why though they will be my biggest supporters ever and want to know all about it from a positive aspect. Look forward to reading more great posts from your blog and following your progress…have a great week!!
    https://karenelissabeth.com/hello-2024/

  8. Alan Lim Avatar

    It’s sad that many people think affiliate marketing is a scam but you can’t really blame them.

    If the first grape you ever tasted is sour, you can’t help but think that all grapes are sour.

    Even if intellectually, you know it is not true, you may still be reluctant to try grapes again.

    And the advancement of AI may make things worse.

    Been seeing a lot of deep fake ads of celebrities. If people kept seeing these types of ads, it’s hard for them not to think affiliate marketing is a scam.

  9. CJ Avatar

    Martin,

    Excellent post! I know there are a lot of people out there that are stuck in the 9 to 5 grind looking to get out. I am fortunate that my wife SJ is in it with me. However, some family doesn’t understand the need to move away from the grind to build a more meaningful life.

    I am also with you in the zoo therapy. SJ and I have miss shadow and she looks a lot like pollux. They provide so much affection when there is no where else to turn.

    The good thing is you do have a family that understand and that you can turn to when things get tuff. Your IP family is here and if you need a pep talk or just an ear. Let me know I am glad to listen.

    CJ

  10. Martin Reynolds Avatar

    Great article and loved the sentence “Wealthy people became rich because they find how to overcome their fear of failure in order to pursue their dreams of a better life.” That really resonated with me Martin. Great article and a great read. – Martin

  11. Atif Perwiz Avatar

    Martin, a great post. I love your section around, thinking like an entrepreneur and the things you say there are so true. learning to think different, fixing problems is actually the key to everything. if you can find people you’ll find a problem if you can fix their problem then they will thank you and pay you for it. The time you’re spending on your online business which is time away from your family at the moment it’s hard, but when you actually look at it you are doing it for them and one day when this all works you will not only have time to spend with them you’ll have an amazing lifestyle for them as well, it’s all an investment. You’re doing great. Carry on and talk to you soon. . Atif

    1. Martin Lefebvre Avatar

      Thank you Atif for your sound and comforting words. It is greatly appreciated.
      Take care my friend.
      Martin

  12. Kelli Ann Hansel Avatar

    Hello Martin,
    So many people have dreams, but do not take action to make them reality. I am so happy that we have the opportunity with this business to make our dreams into reality!
    I love your doggy too!
    Best of luck in your journey!
    Kelli

    1. Martin Lefebvre Avatar

      Everyone has this opportunity. This is just a matter of believing we can do it and then making the first steps. Many people are afraid by the word “Business”, but actually, it is just the word we use for the machine that will bring a sustainable income once it will be properly tuned. Becoming an entrepreneur is both challenging and rewarding. In this journey, the rewards worth all the challenges and I’m not talking just about money.
      Thanks you!
      Martin

  13. Milissa Neirotti Avatar

    Hi Martin,
    Your flow of ideas and details resonated with my own upbringing. Go to school. Get good grades. Go to college and get that degree. Get a job in your profession. All of which are well and good. This journey has financially helped me through the course of my life and raising a family. Now, though, is the what ifs. What does my future look like? Is there enough savings? This led me, also, to explore affiliate marketing. You really nailed it when you wrote…
    “Don’t limit yourself with thoughts that prevent you from moving forward, make your dreams a destination that could be achieved. Don’t be shy to go out of your comfort zone. Be creative, always seek to learn new things.”
    All the best!
    Milissa Neirotti

    1. Martin Lefebvre Avatar

      Thank you Milissa. We all want a better future and cozy retirement and this starts now by properly tuning our mindset, changing our bad habits, and taking action.
      Best regards,
      Martin

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