“Game over” in internet marketing terms (as coined by Clay Collins) is that stage of an internet business where it is making a full-time income. Given the enormous challenges of making any money at all on the internet (let alone a full-time income), when this happens it is a triumph, a brillliant accomplishment, a miracle really.
My primary business WordPress Academy is very likely to reach “game over” with our fall course that begins in October. I am simply speechless, “knock me over with a feather” kind of amazed, grateful. It seems pretty certain that I will be teaching these courses to large groups (100+) three times a year, doing work I like, enjoying all the benefits of the internet entrepreneur lifestyle (location independence, work-hours independence, and equity accumulation), traveling in the summer as I have always wanted to, with time to pursue interests and relationships.
How this happened is a story in itself, just to say here that my entrepreneurial career has been a very mixed bag, often leaving me to wonder whether I was really cut-out to be an entrepreneur, and sometimes even to hold down any kind of job. Money, health, and sex all have one thing in common: you don’t think about it much unless you aren’t getting any, and then you think about it all the time. WordPress Academy was not immediately very profitable, and indeed without a peculiar circumstance in our life that enabled me to live on very little income for a while I never would have made it, but I never doubted that I was on to something.
So Lifestyle Design School has now come full-on into its original purpose, which is entrepreneur and internet business development training. I almost-exactly followed the program laid down by Brendon Burchard in The Millionaire Messenger to create this success, which I wrote about in my earlier article. I didn’t know about Brendon Burchard when I started, but I instinctively did what he says you should do: find an area of passion, develop a product or service that provides compelling value to a group of people, create a (very cheap) web marketing and sales platform, and then promote it via JV partners or social media. It’s actually not rocket science, and I am now exploring the idea that the process is repeatable. I have already been working with my own private coaching group / Mastermind for several month, and initial results for everyone in this group have been very positive.
I really just got the full scope and meaning this week of what I (we) are up to.
The first level of this new awareness is that I am thrilled to be working in the Training and Development business, this is (IMHO) one of the best careers in the world, where people pay you to give advice that changes lives (Brendon Burchard talks about this).
But there is much more than that: this is what I was born to do. It’s an intoxicating feeling to have realised my life purpose as it were, at the ripe old age of 51, but there you have it. Not just teaching this process (currently the fastest way to wealth generation on the planet), but also guiding and empowering people to take control of their destiny in all areas. I don’t even care whether I make any money at this. I just know that I am going to be spending the rest of my life exploring the infinite opportunities for human development, not just in in business / financial terms (you need to get this handled otherwise you won’t be thinking about anything else), but in all areas of life, including our human ability to love and be loved which I have always thought of as the ultimate prize.
But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation.
As my two eyes make one in sight
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done,
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.
–Excerpted from Two Tramps in Mudtime by Robert Frost
Is it possible to add anything to that?