A Crazy Success Story That Should Motivate You
It’s amazing how “fluid” motivation can be. One minute, you’re pumped and ready to dominate every challenge on your path, and the next minute, you’re demotivated, discouraged, and feeling like you just want to lay down and watch TV. It comes and goes. As aspiring entrepreneurs, we need to do whatever we can to keep that motivation around as long as possible. It’s easier for some than others.
How do we create motivation? There’s probably no easy answer to that, but one thing that has always motivated me (and I’ve probably mentioned this several times before) is the success story. There’s something compelling about reading a real-life story or interview about how someone has overcome failure or some other obstacle to ultimately find success. It somehow lights the fire in you and gets your motivational juices flowing (at least, it does so for me).
With that in mind, there’s a success story I came across on the internet recently that I want to share with you, in case you haven’t seen it already.
A 10-Year Old Finds Success with Making Money Online
Some of you may know about Jonathan Volk. He’s a blogger who generally writes about making money online through affiliate marketing. Although I read his blog, I put him in the same “bucket” as John Chow. Both are leading bloggers in the “make money online”/internet marketing niche, but now days, most of their blog content and newsletter content is promotional (lots of product reviews and use of affiliate links).
One thing I like about Volk’s blog though is that he does interviews on Friday, generally with people who are into affiliate marketing. This past Friday, he interviewed a 10-year old kid who is absolutely crushing it.
This kid (his name is Bradley) started using the internet at age 5, and by the time he was 9, he was into affiliate marketing. This absolutely blows my mind. I think when I was 9, I was probably big on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and probably spent my free time running around outside with the neighborhood kids. Although I think we may have had a computer in my house at the time, there wasn’t a whole lot to do on it. I realize today’s world is different (and I’m still at the young age of 25).
Bradley makes over $5,000 a month online. $5,000 a month. If you’re like me, you’d kill for such results online. And I’m sure he doesn’t work on his affiliate marketing in between reading class and history class or after his 10:00 bedtime (I actually have no idea when his bedtime is). My point is, he has limited time available like you and me (especially if you work a day job like I do) and he’s still crushing it.
Now, I don’t doubt that this kid’s parents are helping him out a bit. At the very least, I would think his accounts at various affiliate sites would need to be under their names (though I don’t know that for a fact).
Here’s a video that Volk included with his interview – it’s one that Bradley put on YouTube. Warning: This video is really just semi-incoherent ramblings of a 10 year-old boy, but it’s still amazing that he’s able to describe the basics of affiliate marketing. I guarantee this video will make you laugh.
My favorite quote was probably, “…but trust me, you’ll make over $500,000 soon…“ Really funny stuff. While I do think this kid is bright for his age, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I don’t think I’d want to know him 8-10 years from now. I won’t elaborate on that point, but maybe you understand what I mean.
That aside, go read the full interview. It’s not so much that what he says is motivating, but the fact that he was able to dedicate himself to something and find massive success because of that dedication, at age 10. If he can pull it off, why can’t you?
I’m interested to see what you think, in the comments!
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