Internet Business Part 8: Stick With It

There is one salient difference between successful entrepreneurs and failures. Successful entrepreneurs stick with a proven plan until they succeed. Failures quit.

It really is as simple as that. If you set off on a trip from Los Angeles to New York, you will succeed if you:

1. Follow the map.

2. Don’t get distracted.

3. Stick with it until you get there.

It has been done millions of times. It works.

Achieving Internet business success takes precisely the same three things. You must “beg, borrow, or steal” a proven plan or create the equivalent. This is your map. If you follow it, you will get to your desired goal.

You must then avoid distractions. All entrepreneurs have ADD to some extent; it is a common trait shared by those who seek to start their own business. It’s something of a “road hazard.” As you start your drive, you will see signs for “The world’s largest ball of twine – take highway 20 south 5 miles” or “The best steak in Mississippi – take next exit.” Going to either of these distractions can pull you off your route and add time to reach your destination. You must learn to avoid them.

For success, you must “stick with it until you get there.” It takes several days to cross the country by car. It takes several months or even several years to build a successful Internet business. If you drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and then decide that “this won’t work” and you quit, you will have set a “self-fulfilling” trap for yourself. Yes, that won’t work.

What works is following the proven path until you achieve your goal. You must stick with it until you get there. As basketball superstar Michael Jordan phrased it, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. …. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.”