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Old January 6, 2020, 02:15 PM
Dien Rice Dien Rice is offline
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Default "KNOWING what you know today, starting over, what would you do?"

Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post
KNOWING what you know today, starting over, what would you do?

That is my magic million dollar question, or a variation of it.

I asked Melvin Powers that question twice, 20 years apart, and he said the same thing both times. He'd start with one self help book and build his business from there. Of course, he would do it much faster.

Jim Straw said he probably wouldn't have written so much, but he was referring to the Internet and doing affiliate marketing.

What would your answer be to that question? I'll tell you mine a bit later.
Hi Gordon,

Great question!

I think one question I would ask back is, am I allowed to have my past experiences? Or would I have to imagine I was (say) 18 years old (but with my current skills), and what would I do if I was starting then...

The reason I ask that question is, I now believe, it is easier to "parlay" one success into another success. So if you've had past success, it is easier to have more success...

People believe a "winner" will remain a "winner"... So you can use that to help build your success, if you've had any success in your past (in any area) that would lend itself to that...

(I think this is also the basis of "fake it till you make it"... But it's always better if you don't have to fake it...)

I'll assume I'm starting with no past experiences... But maybe with my present skills...

Wow, this is a tough one for me, because I've lived my life trying to build what I call my "urban survival skills." I wrote about this on Sowpub a long time ago... I still take the same approach...

So, I (intentionally) have a lot of different skills. The idea is to always be able to "survive" if required. In an urban environment... I'm not talking about Bear Grylls type stuff. (Or Les Stroud, for those who know of him...)

I would definitely, first, establish a toll position, in ideally a high-demand product.

I would be open to both creating and acquiring one. I would start creating one, while keeping my eyes open towards acquiring one.

In my case, I'd probably stick to the info-product area, as it's one I love.

One thing I would do is focus on an area of knowledge/experience that I know well. (I've made the mistake before in acquiring an info-product toll position in an area I didn't know well - it makes it a lot harder to succeed when you do that...)

Best wishes!

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