There’s no road map. There’s no formula. It’s a mindset.
We want the shortcut. We want the secrets, the how to’s, and coveted strategies in order to become successful. Success comes from your mindset. An undying and relentless hunger for success.
“Think outside the box”.
I’ve heard that so many times, it almost makes me want to puke. What does think outside the box even mean?! That buzzword is thrown around time and time again. It’s on resumes, it’s used as a conversation “enhancer”, but it’s really just an empty feel good saying that most don’t put into practice. If you’ve done everything conventional your whole entire life, tell me what do you do to “think outside the box”? Here’s the secret: Those that actually think outside the box do no go around telling people they think outside the box”.
So you want to make money online
One way to make some quick money is to start selling things on websites like amazon, ebay, and craigslist. I know countless people including myself who have had varying degrees of success selling things online. One friend of mine in particular has been especially successful. Selling stuff online usually goes something like this. Get a product, see what it’s worth, sell for that price, and get money. Millions of people do this all the time. It can be a great way to sell off some of your stuff or make some money, but is extremely hard to turn into a business. You’re at the mercy of the market and policies of the websites you sell through. Right? Well only sort of.
Selling baby bottle nipples
A friend of mine was able to get an incredible good price on bulk baby bottle nipples. He tried selling them through the normal channels, but since they didn’t have individual packaging, nobody would buy them. They actually were brand new and sterile, but nobody would trust that from an unknown seller online. Most people would accept this roadblock and say they can’t be sold. Not this time. He contacted each seller who was selling the product and asked if they were interested in purchasing the nipples in bulk. Someone made an offer for them all. He took the offer. 1st bulk lot of baby bottle nipples sold. Another lot of nipples came in. The previous buyer said he was having a hard time selling them without packaging and didn’t want anymore. He called around and nobody was willing to buy them. Game over? Hardly. I remember when he put down the phone and realized nobody would buy them. He said to me, “Mark, if nobody will buy them without packaging, then I will make packaging for them.” He then proceeded to research companies that made packaging, and had them professionally done. He sold them for an even larger profit than when he dumped the previous lot in bulk before.
Success as a mindset
People see him making really good money online. They see his flexible hours, and financial success and are always asking, “how do you do it?” “Tell me what your secret is.” “Just tell me how to do it so I can”. How do you teach something like that? His success is due in large part to his uncanny ability to make decisions on the fly as roadblocks come up. There isn’t an endless supply of bulk baby bottle nipples. There’s no specific company that buys them. It just doesn’t work to say, “buy product x, do y, and sell for z.”
The ability to work around whatever life presents is the differentiating factor. “Where there is a will there is way.” And it’s near impossible to teach will or that mindset. I’m not saying it can’t be done, just that it’s not easy. If a mindset has not made you successful, and you’re convinced you’re doing things right, doesn’t it make sense to at least try and approach things differently? Thinking outside the box is one thing, but actually doing it, is another.
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