Rolled MoneyI’ve been examining this topic for quite some time, but I can’t seem to find any concrete evidence on quick success. I think it’s because there is no such thing as quick success.

Success can mean a lot of things: money, fame, skill, getting a girlfriend, passing an exam, or crushing your enemies in battle. I don’t like to get too philosophical on the matter, so I usually simply refer to success as the fulfillment of one’s desire. Today, we’re going to be talking about success in the form of making money.

You’ve probably come across sales copy on the Internet that supposedly guarantees a quick buck if you follow the advice in their guidebook—something along the lines of “I will show you how to make $2000 a day using this simple blueprint. Get it now for just $47!” The thing is, the blueprint itself probably works flawlessly. The only problem is how to really follow it.

Blunders from the past.

I’ve bought two money-making ebooks on the Internet, and I can tell you that I’m never going to dish out money on another one. Let me tell you why.

The first one was a guide on how to earn a lot of gold quickly in an online game called Ultima Online (yes, I used to spend a lot of time in virtual dungeons fighting dragons and cyclopses when I was in high school). The method? Well, after submitting a $20 payment through PayPal, I received an unprofessionally laid out HTML file describing two methods: (1) buying in-game houses and selling them at a higher price, and (2) gambling. The first method was actually pretty good but it also assumed that the gamer already has enough gold to buy a house. Then there was the second method, but I don’t think it requires any further commenting. And yes, I know I got scammed. Crap.

Some years later I got interested in Internet marketing and ended up paying, if I remember correctly, $19.95 for an online money-making blueprint. This guide was actually really good, and it offered step-by-step instructions on how to earn money by building an email list using incentives to get people to subscribe. Very good advice. But I just don’t think it was right to include the word ‘quick’ in the product name. Overall, it’s a functional blueprint that’s being used by hundreds of successful Internet marketers, but you would need to put a lot of time and effort into it if you ever wanted to get any returns on your investment. (Tip: You can get the same advice for free from websites such as the WarriorForum and ClickNewz.)

Time and effort.

That’s the thing. There are many many good guides out there for you to profit from (among all the crap created by scammers), but you’ll have a hard time finding something that doesn’t require effort. And usually effort requires time as well. This is why the phrase “quick success” gets rather meaningless when reality stabs us in the kidneys. As far as I know, gambling is the closest thing to making a quick buck, but that’s only possible if you’re lucky. I don’t know much about professional poker, but at least to my knowledge, you don’t become a professional poker player overnight—you need time and effort.

Time and effort.

Over the years I’ve come to believe that it’s like a universal principle. I first learned about the formula success = hard work + time when I started practicing kung fu (even the word kung fu itself loosely translates to hard work); and since then, resulting from what I’ve learned from other people’s success as well as from my own experience, I’ve held on to the theory that there’s no other way to achieve success than through time and effort. So here at Self-Learner, too, the underlying concepts that we cover stem from the universal formula success = hard work + time. And that’s probably why I talk so much about kung fu. 🙂