A Seemingly Dismal 2013

When your biggest supporter loses optimism, the journey forward becomes a steep mountain to climb.  Am I in “The Dip,” or is this a project that needs crumpled and thrown in the trash?

For the better part of two years, I have been plunging into the world of Internet marketing and website development. It all started with a podcast that is produced by a man named Pat Flynn.  [If you haven’t heard of him then I can safely say that you are not in the Internet marketing space (Which is fine)] Pat opened my mind to the fast paced and exciting realm of Internet business, and I wanted in.

 
It’s Easy Right?
 

So many people listen to these podcasts and believe that they are going to be the next Chris Guillebeau, Pat Flynn, or Tim Ferris. What we seldom let our mind think about is the fact that these men have put in a lot of time and hard work perfecting their craft and getting to where they are, and most had mentors along the way telling them that it will come with time.

I was so green behind the ears when I started that I could not decipher up from down.  I walked through the mud anyways with blind ambition and big dreams.

   Two years later, I feel as if I am the only entrepreneur that is failing, and thinking maybe business isn’t my strong point.  How can this be true though?  I LOVE business.  I have a finance degree.  My dad owns and runs a very successful and profitable business.  I now work for a business coach.  What the heck is wrong with me?

In the summer of 2012, I bought a domain name that I thought would change my life (ha).  Luckily for me, it has…just not in the way that I had envisioned it in my head.  To be honest though, after looking back I am glad that it wasn’t an instant hit and that people didn’t flock to it as I had been hoping.  This is completely unrealistic, and my mindset would have been warped into thinking that business is easy, that it works if you only try.

I put hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars, and a lot of emotion into that godforsaken domain that I bought.  To date, I have grossed 75 dollars from the site, far from the millions that were caught in my brain.  Where do I go from here?  I started the second site thinking that it would be an easy sell and an instant moneymaker.  I guess I didn’t quite learn my lesson on the first one because I have been losing money on this one for months now and I am having trouble seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

So the question remains-do I drop it all, shed the headaches, and forget the past?  I haven’t found the answer to this yet.  It has been the center of my prayers because ultimately I want to be at the center of God’s will, whatever that might mean for my websites.

For now, I am thankful for the lessons that I have learned along the way, and I am excited to bring my experience into whatever the future holds for me.

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