If you are one of those people who are here looking for ways to work a 4-hour work week…
THEN YOU’RE IN THE WRONG PLACE!
(Whew… I wanted to say that for a LONG time!)
I have not found someone to take me where I am and need to be (a mom first, and world domination second) and help me design the system that works for me. Last year (2009) I did break 6 figures while reconfiguring my business and keeping my son a priority – but I do not feel like I did it very effectively. That frustrates me to no end. I have very high expectations.
I know how to make good money – even pretty good money (for me right now “good money” is $150K+ and “pretty good money” is $250K+) by working hard.
But when it comes to putting family first – then it’s no longer about how hard I work and how much time I put in, but how SMART I am working. I don’t feel like I am working as smart as I would like to work.
Most of the programs I have seen, I simply don’t trust. They don’t pass my “sniff” (sounds too good to be true) test – or they don’t pass my “basic math” (sounds good but doesn’t add up) test.
I’m going to quote someone I respect – and someone whose products I have purchased and like what I see: Sean D’Souza of 5000BC.com -
“Nobody works 4 hours a day.
If that’s what they tell you they’re lying.
The best in the world always put in the hours.”
This was Sean’s email reply to me back when wrote him in March, when I became frustrated because I have read all these different “get rich” programs and trust almost none of them. Sean’s reply was one that I found the most believable of all the vast amount of sounds-great-but-are-lies around the internet.
(I was just on the heels of having spent $8500 with a private business coach, by the way. I did break even on that expense within 1 year of that investment with 1 product I created, and guess what – IT STILL TOOK A LOT OF HARD WORK!)
I’ve looked at the 30 day challenge (probably good stuff but didn’t have the time to sit through all lessons – I had a one-year old to take care of at the time!), I’ve bought the Market Samurai (still can’t figure out how to use it even though it is supposed to be easy – p.s. I still haven’t quite figured it out and it’s 1 year later), I’ve signed up for a series of webinar based coaching on the system to create a 7 figure income (update: some good advice but – again – 7 figures require A LOT OF HARD WORK SELLING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE!).
What I find missing among all these “wealth building programs” is the lifestyle design piece that I am in the middle of. All these people now can work 4 hours a day because they have “made it”. Well, I can only work (or only want to work) 4 hours a day right now because I have a 2 year old and I find myself being “grumpy mom trying to make 6 figures while trying to be mom.” I feel like people talk about lifestyle design because it’s fancy and everyone’s talking about it, but I’ve yet to see a thinker-entrepreneur-turned-mom like me talk up how she did it WHILE being mom. That is very frustrating to me!
I bet the truth is about finding your passion, learning to serve, creating a good product / service, and then work hard. You know, boring, common sense stuff.
And I have a feeling that most of you out there are in a similar situation as I am, maybe spent even more than I have, and recuperated less than I was able to recover.
I want to hear your stories!