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IlyaP

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Hey guys and gals,

I've read the MFL over a year ago and registered on here, but at that point it didn't leave an impact on me.

I reread it 2 weeks ago, and it's as if I read an entirely different book. The part where MJ talks about affiliates making good money and CENTS made perfect sense, and the fact that providing value and actually giving instead of constantly looking for "what's mine" was so obvious I have no idea why I couldn't connect with it earlier.

My Focus
Most of my life my focus has been on simply making money, and while I helped some people along the way, it was a half-hearted effort simply motivated by the monetary exchange and not the fact that I was solving someone's problems.

I've had some success with Amazon affiliate (1-2k per month for about 2 years) but the value I provided was miniscule and it violated so many parts of CENTS that it's not even funny.
The issue of control shook me when Amazon changed the commission for my category from 8% to 4.5% effectively cutting my income in half. I'm currently in the process of selling my site in order to have a money-buffer for next year.

The mindset shift
I'm currently working on shifting my mindset from "shit, what can i do to make a buck" to "provide value and money will come."

I've been so focused on money that I recorded usability testing videos for 40 people on reddit so I could provide value and do something without having the end goal be money. (Although if the end goal in this case is to selfishly make myself feel better by doing this, is it actually good?)

The grind
I'm on summer vacation right now which means working every day for 8-12 hours a day, but my focus has been all over the place.
I'm doing Amazon affiliate while continuing learning copywriting, and before I reread MFL I even thought about going into the circlejerk MMO field (Yeah the one with no value whatsoever.)

I even hired a VA last August to help me out with Amazon affiliate, and while she's amazing and does a job way above her pay my Amazon business hasn't been growing at all. I'm basically throwing 600 bucks away every month, but I feel guilty firing her cuz that'd be the first time I'd fire someone who worked for me full time. (As I wrote this I realized that this is once again the "its all about me" bs mentality. It's better for me to fire her instead of dragging it on and wasting my and her time.)

Anyway, my goal now is to see if any of the local business around me need anything done and going from there.

Cheers!
 

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Welcome back!


If the 40 videos help people then that's great. By the time you've done 40 you'll have a pretty slick process too, also good.


RE mindset shift... it sounds like you've done the hardest part already, of becoming aware that there even is a mindset shift needed.

A couple of the bolded links in my signature may help you. One is the 700+ PMs thread, and the other is the first radio interview.


I like that you're looking close to home too.

My favourite business quote is by Mother Theresa of all people:

"Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest to you."
 

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I've had some success with Amazon affiliate (1-2k per month for about 2 years)

I even hired a VA last August to help me out with Amazon affiliate,
I'm basically throwing 600 bucks away every month
what
 
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IlyaP

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Welcome back!


If the 40 videos help people then that's great. By the time you've done 40 you'll have a pretty slick process too, also good.


RE mindset shift... it sounds like you've done the hardest part already, of becoming aware that there even is a mindset shift needed.

A couple of the bolded links in my signature may help you. One is the 700+ PMs thread, and the other is the first radio interview.


I like that you're looking close to home too.

My favourite business quote is by Mother Theresa of all people:

"Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest to you."
Thanks for the kind words Andy! Currently reading through all the gold and notable threads and noticing my limiting beliefs and the mindset difference between the successful and the wantrapreneurs.

Just watched your first video and checked out your last one and I think it's very cool how you started with an iPhone and just did it, and now you're all fancy with a lapel mike ;)

Reading through your 700 pms and the linked threads now. I got a bit of a rabbithole to go down, but what I've read so far has been eye-opening. Gotta make sure to actually apply it too though instead of writing all this out. Whoops.

lol I think I phrased that weird. Basically I haven't been getting a return on my investment because I underestimate a niche's competition and it requires much more work than I thought.

Although I did learn to manage people and give instructions/be a boss, but this is just me rambling.
 

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