I often use inspirational quotes in my webinars and course material. I have a great quote from Mark Cuban about how failure is a part of success and in the end, people will still call you “lucky”. There is another one from Michael Jordan about how he has missed over 9,000 shots and 26 game winning opportunities.
I have a slew of them, but one of my favorite motivational quotes doesn’t come from an athlete or an entrepreneur. It comes from a Jedi Master.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda said that.
It’s so simple, yet I can relate this statement to so many of the emails that I get from people.
Just yesterday, I received an email from somebody that said he has tried everything to make it in the IM world and is about to call it quits. I asked what he has done so far and his response was very typical. He said, “I spend hours a day in the forums learning as much as possible. I have bought numerous courses and I have read through them all, but nothing has changed.” I responded with my exact same reply as my first. I wrote, “What steps have you taken so far.”
Clearly, he didn’t understand the question, because his response was, “Didn’t you get my last email?”
Spending hours a day in a forum is not “doing”.
There’s no question there is a learning curve involved in becoming a successful Internet marketer, but just because you are learning doesn’t mean that you can’t be doing.
My suggestion to everybody inspiring to become a successful entrepreneur is to learn as you do. Break your day up into sections. Dedicate one hour a day to learning more about one aspect of marketing and the rest of your time implementing what you learn. Don’t use your learning as an excuse as to why you have not done anything. Chances are that you won’t get it right the first few times, but you will learn more from your failures than you will ever learn from reading a PDF.
Learn as you go and remember, Do or do not. There is no try.
Oh… and may the Force be with you.