We Are On Our Own Internet Marketing is a bit of a lonely road, isn't it? There is no one to tell us when to get up. There is no one to tell us what to do. We don't have the pressures of shareholders or a boss breathing down our necks. Not only do we have to direct ourselves, we have to figure out how it works too! We can't go to college or university and study how to be a surgeon, how to be an engineer or how to be an accountant. There is no one to help us. We only have each other, and even though we have each other, we are in direct competition with each other. Plus, we all have had differing experiences, since we are running at least partially blind - so we hear conflicting information and opinions all the time. I can't help but think Internet Marketing is for the insane. But for some of us, it is the road we have decided to travel, and for all sorts of reasons (the flexiblity, the huge potential, for some the solitude, for some they are making good money, etc etc). But how do we stay motivated, when we have these insane pressures on ourselves? I think it will always be a struggle. Here are my ways of pushing myself, feel free to share yours. 1. Remembering That There Are No Failures One of the things that can demotivate me fast is thinking about the fact that what I am about to embark upon is likely to fail. It is true. It is very very very rarely going to live up to my hopes and dreams. I just am not going to make $10,000 a month in 3 months in my offline consulting business, no matter what some threads on here might say. Maybe the OP's are. But that chances are, its not going to work like that. So, what do I do? I remember that as long as I put effort into what I do, it is never a failure. For example, lets say you decided to create an e-commerce store. So you create it, and try to SEO it. Then it gets deindexed by Google. D'oh! You are probably not going to make any money now. So, was it a money sink? Did you waste your time and money? As long as you put effort into the project, I say that you should view it as building up an asset for the future, both internal and external. You can use that e-commerce store as a reference on a CV if you want and talk it up - making it an external asset. Employers will be very impressed, and you don't need to tell them how much money you've made (none). You will also gain new insights, new ideas and you will learn crucial information about what doesn't work, making it an internal asset. You always gain from failures where you have tried your best. Which leads me to my next point... 2. Remembering That Without "Failures", You Won't Succeed Through the failures, I remember another thing to stay motivated; "failures" are necessary to be successful. When you fail, you WILL gain new insights, new information and you will gain new experiences. With these, you can go and try again with more information under your belt. These experiences/information/insights give you a greater chance of succeeding again. And if you fail again, you will continue to build your knowledge and understanding base, until one day you WILL succeed. You see, most people decide they are going to fail from the very start and they choose to not pursue it. Instead of creating a adsense microsite, they will instead choose to play video games. In a month, you might have created an adsense site and it failed; while your friend got lots of good gaming hours in and had fun. He would probably feel chuffed; you spent your hours slogging away at work while he enjoyed himself. But what he doesn't realise, is that at the end of that month you learnt new skills, you likely made new contacts and you gained new understandings/insights. What has he gained? Nothing. He stayed the same. You grew. In two years time he will still be the same, but you will have grown immensly. And he will look to you when you crack it and wonder why you are so lucky to be so intelligent/successful/lucky. The truth is, you probably aren't hugely talented, nor lucky. The reason you succeeded was because you weren't afraid of failure and you saw it as a chance to grow. I always keep this in mind, and it at least keeps me motivated. 3. Have People You Love I find that a great motivator is working towards helping people that I love. Wanting to buy a car, yeah that just doesn't cut it for me. But wanting to buy a car so that I can use it to help someone that I love? Now you are talking. Personally, when I feel demotivated, a great way to get motivated again is to think about being able to financially help the people that I love, and so I keep plugging. So... how do you stay motivated?