I’m going to tell you a story about someone (who I won’t name) who I’ve been chatting with off and on for a month. I’m really frustrated because she’s an awesome person and I want to help her succeed.
We originally met when she emailed me to ask a simple question. I sent her links to some resources and we started messaging each other on Skype. She was new to online marketing and struggling monetarily. She wanted to learn the ropes and I told her to go ahead and ask me questions and I’ll help her out where I can.
Here’s the thing… the first question she asked was how to get traffic to her blog. I gave her a list of my usual ways… getting involved on forums, commenting on blogs, and social media.
Fast forward to a week later and I get a message that says something along these lines:
“I emailed x, y, and z to ask how to get traffic to my site. They suggested solo ads. Do you think this is a good idea?”
On one hand, there is nothing wrong with getting more opinions and more information. On the other hand, when I asked if they had tried any of the things I suggested and they said they weren’t going to start until they figured out which method was best.
Well, we’ve been chatting for a month now and just yesterday they asked me again… “My blog doesn’t get any traffic. What can I do?” I asked what they’ve been doing and they said they didn’t know what to do so they haven’t done anything.”
It’s so frustrating! It makes me wonder if they want advice at all.
So, what does this have to do with you?
Well, I see this all the time on forums. People ask questions that are answered all over the place like they’re still looking for the “best” or “perfect” method. Well, there isn’t one. The only way to make progress is to sit down and actually do these things. It’s work. It takes time. In fact, you’re likely going to waste a lot of time figuring out what will work best for you but you won’t get anywhere if you sit back and ask questions instead of getting started.
Today I had a talk with this awesome person and told them that it’s time to quit learning and start doing if they really want to succeed. It’s normal to be afraid, but if you let that stop you, how will you ever reach your goals?
Do you ever find yourself sending more time researching than actually taking action?