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What are your weaknesses?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by mattcash, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. mattcash

    mattcash Newbie

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    Without understanding what your weaknesses are, you will have a really hard time trying to fix them. So, I wanted to put this thread up for people to talk about the things that give them difficulties in this business. I'll start. These are the things that seem to be causing me trouble.

    -Addiction to microworkers. - Often when I could be doing IM things, I instead keep doing work on microworkers. It feels like having a night doing IM stuff where I end up with a big fat 0 on whatever affiliate/ad network is a waste of time, especially when I can usually get 2-5$ a day through microworkers. I know the time I spend on IM is an investment, and will ultimately pay off larger in the end. I just have to switch my thinking around. In the past month I've made close to 160$ on microworkers, where IM has provided me with about 0.15$.
    -Girlfriend. - She knows that I work a LOT. If I'm not at work, commuting back and forth from work, I'm usually working on microworkers, my personal blog, or trying to learn more about IM. However she's confronted me a few times about wanting to spend time with me when I am not working on a laptop. So there is a strain between working to make money, and spending time with her.
    -Time constraints - I work as an engineer at a fortune 500 company, which pays quite well (before taxes and bill/loan payments). The downside is it is a 2.5 hour commute each way, on top of 9 hour work days. So, I'm looking at 14 hour days, every day of the week. Part of that time is spent on a train, so I can get some work done there, however I am limited in things I can work with (can't really do adult uploads or video editing on a rush hour train!)
    -Lack of knowledge - I'll face it, while I know a fair bit about html, css, and making websites, I have no practical knowledge. Only book knowledge. I seem to have a huge issue with taking book learning and turning it into practical application. Give me a test on html and I will do awesome. Tell me to design a website and I will end up looking at you with a blank stare.
    -Lack of initiative. This is my biggest problem I think, and it kind of sucks seeing it written here in front of me. I come up with tons of ideas, I just suck at putting them into practice. I get excited, i start working on it, and after a few days it kind of falls flat.

    So, what about everyone else? Does anyone have any advice on how to fix these issues?
     
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  2. winordietrying

    winordietrying Junior Member

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    Worrying too much..
    Trying to be perfect..
     
  3. Codythebest

    Codythebest Senior Member

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    Wasting time on forum instead of getting a life...
     
  4. PinkyX

    PinkyX Power Member

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    Laziness, good heart :<
     
  5. rowebil

    rowebil Regular Member

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    My weakness is lack of initiative.
    I think of something good and then never do it.
    I have a GREAT idea in Affiliates and CPA networks and such. I bought the domains and it sounds wonderful! However, I just haven't gone done to doing it. It honestly could make me so much money. I'd be speaking at affiliate summit and other affiliate conferences.

    I've got the domain - business name - and tax info - I want to repair computers and do that work, but never advertised in any way.
     
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  6. jangozo

    jangozo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    -lack of focus
    -getting tired fast
    -too much knowledge/ideas => too less action
    -still fighting the resistance of surrounding distraction
    -cant say no :(
     
  7. PinkyX

    PinkyX Power Member

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    I just cannot belive this. !=
     
  8. mattcash

    mattcash Newbie

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    Why? I graduated with a rather useless degree from a private college, which put me well over $100000 in debt (luckily I got job experience while I was there, and a couple of technical certifications which landed me my current job). My student loan payments alone are over $1000 a month. Include rent (700$), travel expenses for getting back and forth to work (~600$), there's not a whole lot of cash left. Microworkers is a quick fix - you do a job, and you get paid almost immediately. I usually have a queue of 70-80 completed jobs at any given time, so its a constant trickle of cash. The 100$ a month it gives me is enough for two weeks worth of groceries for my girlfriend and I.
     
  9. Addicted

    Addicted Regular Member

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    aaah.

    i think lack of knowledge is my problem.

    but i dont worry.because mates here on BHW are very supportive and they can help everywhere you want..

    so,
    just searching and learning from the forum..

    god bless BHW..
     
  10. LBrown

    LBrown Senior Member

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    Why don't you do the microworkers stuff on the train and then leave your evenings free for real IM?

    I can understand an addiction to microworkers. It's fairly mindless work and it can add up. Compare it to your $0.15 IM career and it makes sense to spend more time on it. If you compartmentalize and allow for both I think you will see more success with your IM efforts.
     
  11. capripio

    capripio Regular Member

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    Lack of initiative is very Big Problem!
     
  12. uggoza

    uggoza Junior Member

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    limited time - 9-5 job, wife and kid
    lack of money - I can not afford to buy SB, AMR etc
    location - I'm from Turkey whereas most offers are easily reachable for US, CA ppl etc
    lack of knowledge - I am one of the oldest guys here (38 yrs) do not know much still reading and testing as much as possible
     
  13. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    I'm somewhat addicted to TV shows..too many to name. I watch them online for hours a day, whereas I could be working instead.
     
  14. Stalli0n

    Stalli0n Junior Member

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    Same here ^^
     
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  15. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    Waking up early in the morning. This has been the hardest thing ever haha. I try and fall asleep earlier but I can't and then it makes me sleep in. I really need to work on this, fuck
     
  16. loswarrior

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    The "distractions" of the country I am living in :D

    Also, trying to do too many things at one time.