Read the Manual!
I’m going to tell you a true story.
A few years back I was a member of a particular forum. I can’t recall what forum it was or what it was even about, but I clearly remember one of its members posting a thread that asked a question about how to do a particular thing using a particular product.
The answer was very straight-forward and could be found quickly and easily in the manual of the particular product the person was asking about. So I posted the answer to the person’s query and just pointed out that perhaps he’d missed it in the manual, but the answer was actually explained very clearly on page such-and-such.
“Oh I don’t bother reading manuals. Who does that anyway?” was his response.
“Erm… people who want to know how to do things so that they don’t need to ask…?”
Sure, if you’re part of a helpful community then it’s great to be able to ask questions and get the answer in there.
But surely it’s better to not have to ask in the first place?
The thing is, in many areas of society it’s reached the point where you are actually ridiculed and scorned for reading the manual.
Sure, that makes sense….
You’re the one who reads the manual and doesn’t need to ask pointless, silly, time-wasting questions, yet when someone who doesn’t read the manual needs help, who is it who comes to their aid and knows the answer? You. And why is that? Because you have read the manual.
Go figure. 🙄
But what does all this have to do with making money online?
Well, just think for a moment:
Now the next question:
How many of them have you actually gone through and, more importantly, implemented?
Come on now, be honest!
I know that there will be some of you who are action-takers and that’s awesome.
But I’m betting that there will be a lot of you who are still yet to make your first real money online.
In fact, I’m betting that there will be many of you who are yet to make your first EVER money online!
Now, I do appreciate that there are many false promises out there and many products that are simply trash.
But all too often, our failing to get anywhere is not the fault of the product.
It’s because we haven’t actually gone through it and applied it.
I’ve certainly been guilty of this myself.
Why do people do this?
Oftentimes it’s down to something that can be summarised in one word:
People want everything now. They don’t want to invest their time in preparing for something when they feel that they can just jump in and make do. And I chose that word – “invest” – purposefully.
We make many investments in our businesses and spending time to learn how to do things correctly should be one of them.
Now, you will possibly have heard me quote Alex Jeffreys‘ words many times: “Don’t get it perfect, just get it going.” I believe that this is spot-on, that you shouldn’t spend an inordinate amount of time analysing and trying to perfect everything without taking action.
But here’s the thing:
If you have spent money on learning how to do something then jolly-well go through it!
Likewise, if you have invested money in training and you are taught to do something in a particular way, blooming-well follow it! Worse still, don’t skip bits of the training, try to do things you own way and then complain that the training or product doesn’t work!
Imagine this: a car manufacturer sets out to build a car and has a blueprint that outlines the exact components and precise steps that need to be taken. Would it make sense for him to say, “Oh I can’t be bothered with all that. I don’t really need it, I’ll just jump into the building side of it”?
No, of course it wouldn’t. The likelihood would be that he would cock things up very quickly and in a very big way.
It would be much wiser for that car manufacturer to familiarise himself fully with the blueprint, stick to it and apply what it outlines for him.
It’s the same with making money online.
There are specific ways to do things and proven, tested strategies that work. But what’s the point in investing in learning these if you’re not going to follow them or investing in a particular program or course if you’re not going to go through and apply the training?
You get stuck, you get frustrated and you start complaining: “It doesn’t work!”
Well actually, yes it does work. It’s YOU that doesn’t!
Put the work in. Put the time in. Go through any training you may have and apply it.
The time it takes you to guess how to do something, use trial and error and sit there getting frustrated and impatient could have been spent in going through the relevant training and learning how to do things properly, thus reducing the chances of problems or failure later.
If you’re still stuck then yes, you may need further help and yes, a particular product may not be all its cracked up to be.
But if you can’t be bothered to work through some particular product or training from A-Z, can you really, honestly claim that it doesn’t work?
In short, whatever it is that you are doing – read the blinking manual!
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