Internet Lifestyle Archives - Jeff Walker

The Deadly “Internet Lifestyle” Trap

by on May 12 2013
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Have you heard about the “Internet Lifestyle”… how you can live where you want and work when you want? The only problem is that, for most people, the Internet Lifestyle turns into a trap more than anything else – and that’s what this video is all about…

This question came in on my Facebook page… go over there and like that page, it’s one of the best ways to interact with me (and ask me questions.)

And please leave a comment down below. This is a big question, and it ends up holding a lot of people back. I want to hear your opinion and wisdom on this…

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How To Get Rich

by on May 09 2012
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So this is the blog post where I tell you exactly how to get rich. Now I know with a title like “How to Get Rich”, I’m gonna lose a lot of people right away… but don’t make that mistake of clicking away. Keep reading, this is legit.

Actually, I suppose there are lots of ways to get rich… but I’m going to share with you what I think is the most surefire way to get rich – it’s the path that worked for me. The amazing thing is that, as you’ll see, it’s so darn simple.

Now the reality is that most people won’t get rich… I suppose that’s just the way the world works. I’m not sure why (though I have some theories.) But if you’re going to have a fighting chance, then this is the formula to put to work.

And I will also tell you that this formula is not 100% guaranteed… because I’m sure there are people that have worked this formula and NOT gotten rich. Nevertheless, in my years of careful observation, this is the formula that has worked over and over for the most people.

OK, enough preamble… let’s get to it. There are only four steps in this formula:

STEP 1. Decide what it means for you to be rich. For some people it’s an income of $100,000. For some it’s a million dollars in the bank. For some it’s $30 million in net worth… and for some it’s a whole lot more than that.

IMPORTANT: for some people (including me) it’s not really a financial measurement – it’s something else. Maybe it’s a state of mind, or it’s a set of relationships (with family, friends, community, etc.). Or it’s being able to ski a double-black-diamond run successfully. Or it could be something else.

But the bottom line is that you are going to shoot at a big target (and being “rich” is a big target), then you need to know what target you’re shooting at. You have to be able to see that target.

NOTE: here’s a little splash of reality – you will never be finished with Step 1. You will always be refining what it means to be rich. Please don’t shoot the messenger… that’s just reality, and it’s as it should be.

STEP 2: Study people who are rich, and do what they do. And of course, you want to be studying people who are rich by your definition of “rich”.

I know that sounds really simple… and, conceptually, it IS really simple. But the actual doing of it is a lot harder. And the reality is that most people are NOT rich or successful… so you don’t want to be doing what those people are doing. Most people are doing stuff that does NOT bring success. Don’t do that stuff.

You want to find the people who ARE having success (as you define success), and then do what they do. The best is if you can find several people to study, and try to identify the commonalities in what they’re doing. Study what they think and do, and study what they study, and study who they learn from.

Inevitably, you will find that some of the habits of rich and successful people are outside of the normal patterns that most people follow. That’s because most people are NOT successful.

NOTE: there are lots of resources that make the “discovery” part of this step easier than you would think. There’s lots of books about this type of stuff – including autobiographies and biographies.

STEP 3: Observe and record your progress… and then adjust.

You need to be self-aware… you will be installing new behaviours and habits. As you do so, it’s best if you keep some type of journal or record of your thoughts/actions. Look at what’s working for you, and what’s not working. Track your progress towards your definition of “rich”. Don’t expect overnight success (it won’t happen), but do celebrate your victories as they come.

Pay especially close attention to how your mindset evolves… because that’s the true secret to success. You will never be rich until you have a mindset that is rich and abundant.

STEP 4: Stop and have gratitude for your progress. Then go back and start over with Step 1… this is not a one-time formula. Almost everyone I know who is rich and successful (and I have the good fortune to spend a lot of time around those types of folks) is continually going through this process.

So there you have it… that’s a super-compressed version of the “secret formula” on how to get rich.

Now I know it sounds impossibly simple. And I know some people will think I’m being tongue-in-cheek with this post. But I’m not – this is absolutely the most surefire path to success that I know. Success leaves clues… so study what successful people do, find the common underlying strategies, and then DO THOSE THINGS.

Now to help you along the way, I’ve got a couple of resources for you… first is one of my Facebook pages with a free video series of my “Master Planning Process”… this is the yearly planning process I use to create my vision for my life each year. This is the process that I use in creating my vision for a rich life. Here’s the link:

Jeff’s Yearly Master Planning Process

So that’s how I plan out my year. Next up is the process I use to plan my DAYS… it’s a process I learned from Brendon Burchard. He taught it to me in a small mastermind meeting we were in, and I’ve found it to be super-powerful. Brendon calls it his “One Page Productivity Planner”… and he just published a free video training where he teaches how to use this process:

Brendon’s Daily Planning Process

Both of those resources are pretty cool, and they’re free… and they’re based on what very successful people are doing – so check them out.

So now onto your STEP 1…. what does it mean for YOU to be rich? And where are you in your journey?

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A Bittersweet Milestone

by on May 11 2011
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This morning I made breakfast for my daughter before she went off to school. It wasn’t anything fancy… but it was a nice chance to interact with her for 15 minutes before she left for school.

It was also my last chance.

Today is her last day of high school. Her graduation is on Sunday. And in August she’ll be leaving home for college.

Mountain biking in Moab, UT with my daughter

My daughter started kindergarten thirteen years ago… and I did much the same thing with her back then – made her breakfast and got her out the door. Of course, getting her ready for school was a lot more hands-on back then, and she didn’t drive herself to school. :-)

But what a long strange trip it’s been.

Back in 1998 my business was starting to get rolling – I think I made $70k or so that year – and I was working my butt off to grow my business. And I was starting to see serious potential for big growth… I was actually thinking I might hit the $100k mark in a year or two, and we were starting to think about Mary quitting her job to be home with the kids.

Things have gone pretty well since then. :-)

All I can say is I’m incredibly thankful for the Internet and a business where I had the flexibility to be there as my kids grew up (and make breakfast for them before school.)

And I can’t believe my good fortune to have a business that makes a positive impact on so many people.

And I’m blessed to have such an amazingly awesome daughter.

(You’ve got better things to do than read a father’s brag sheet about his daughter… so I will spare you. But she really is amazing.)

For you parents with little ones… the next time you turn around, your kids are going to be graduating from high school… and then leaving home.

It’s a bittersweet thing. Make sure you savor the time you have with them – because the years are fleeting. They’ll be gone before you know it.

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The Durango Double

by on Mar 24 2011
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Last Sunday I pulled off what I call the “Durango Double”… I went skiing in the morning, and then in the afternoon I drove down from the mountain, traded my skis for my mountain bike… and I got in my first mountain bike ride of the year.

It was a big day with lots of calories spent… it left me exhausted but elated. And it left me totally energized for a big week for my business. It also got me thinking…

There’s this phrase that gets thrown around a lot – “the Internet Lifestyle”…

I think the typical way it’s portrayed is you spend an hour or maybe two working on your business while you’re in a lounge chair at the beach. Then the cabana boy brings you your second umbrella drink… so you close up your computer and call it a day.

Well, I hate to disappoint, but that’s not how it works. (And really…beaches and computers are a bad combination.)

The reality is that most of the Internet marketers and online entrepreneurs I know are actually working their butts off for long hours at a time. And most of them haven’t gotten enough sun in a long time.

At the beginning of a business, that’s understandable. Most of us end up “bootstrapping” our businesses, which means we end up wearing many different hats when we start our business. And with the connected nature of our businesses, we feel like we always need to be connected.

So what the Internet Lifestyle usually ends up meaning is that the last thing you do before bed is check your email… and the first thing you do when you wake up is check your email. Not good.

And that’s not the way I do it.

My business is lifestyle-driven. I mean, I’m in business to help people, to change the world… and yes, to create an abundant lifestyle for my family.

But I refuse to do that at the expense of my life.

My business allows me to live anywhere I want. So I choose a beautiful place to live… Durango, Colorado. It’s got great small-town living, incredible weather, it’s a wonderful place to raise my kids… and it just happens to one of the best places in the world to pursue many of my passions such as mountain biking, skiing, and whitewater kayaking (in fact, people literally come here from around the world to do those things in and around Durango.)

I also take vacations. And I know this is shocking, but lots of times I am 100% offline when I’m on vacation (when you’re on a two-week river trip in Grand Canyon… there is no electricity, much less a connection.)

That’s why it was important for me to get in the Durango Double this year – it’s now the second year in a row that I’ve done it, and it makes me happy and proud to hit that goal.

And if you could see my list of goals, you would see a lot more goals about how I spend my time (things I want to do, people I want to be with, experiences I want to have) than you would about money and possessions.

My point in telling you this is this… YOU can do the same thing. You can live where you want and do what you want. You can take vacations, you can have adventures. Just because you have an online business doesn’t mean you have to work 24/7/365.

The “Internet Lifestyle” that you see in the get-rich-quick BS stuff is complete fiction.

But the Internet lifestyle that allows you to design exactly how and where you want to live your life… and then gives you the opportunity to put in the work to get to that life… well, that Internet lifestyle is alive and well.

You just have to do the work and make the choices on how you want to live. Choose wisely.

P.S. Another big benefit of the Internet lifestyle is being able to pick who you want to work with and who you’re not willing to work with. But that’s another post for another time.

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