I've been on this forum for about ~10 months now, and have yet to make a single dollar. I've purchased different programs and software, tried many different methods, but I'm only in the negatives now because nothing I have done has profited yet. I thought this forum would help me a lot, because before I came on here, I had been trying to make money online for 2 years before, but did not make a single dollar profit. I was very optimistic about this forum, but now I am questioning the whole "internet marketing" game. What percent of people are actually legitimately making money on their own, and are not being paid something to say they are with a particular product or something? For the past 6 months or so I purposely got fired from work so I could live on unemployment for a while and work on this stuff. I spent over 12 hours a day studying different information, learning how to program and write code, and none of it has been going too well. Does this mean that I'm not smart enough to make money online? I've met lots of friends through this site and this whole game in general, but most of them tell me that I might not be cut out for it if I haven't made any profit in almost 3 years. Not that they are discouraging me, but they make a point by saying at least with a minimum wage job, I have secured some income as long as I do my job, because I have been looking to replace my burger-flipping jobs with internet marketing. So my friends are encouraging me to stick with my dayjob unless I want to be homeless again. The thing is, it's not that easy to find a job where I am in NYC, especially with my credentials. I never finished college, and I'm not very good at any field in particular. NYC is also expensive, but the reason I cannot move is because if I become homeless here, I know all the spots I can sleep without the police bothering me, I know all the joints that give free food, and I know all the places with the best wifi signals. I've been living here almost my entire life so I'm familiar with the city. If I go to a different state and become homeless, I won't know any places to go. The reason I'm really posting this thread is, actually a followup to one of my introductory threads on here when I first joined: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/258185-do-you-have-smarter-than-average-biz.html Maybe you really do have to be above-average in intelligence, and only a select few are actually making decent money. And then the rest are just sheep the intelligent can profit off their failures somehow.