You commented on my wall about the chat project and what a great feat that was to compile the chat posts whilst paying attention to the presentations in Ross’ Seminar. I relied very heavily on the replays. I also had to work which severely interrupted my attendance in the Seminar. I had “scribes” help me. Our combined efforts literally brought together in print about 98.9% of the entire chat! I am happy to have met you because you do see what I also see.
Just a few words here…
The chat ebooks were a failure! Now before you wonder what I meant by that… When Ross gave me the idea to SELL the ebooks, I set out with this and I failed. I did not know what I was getting myself into. Originally they were meant to be given away and timing was not so important. The project bombed right from the get-go because there was no planning. It was an idea I got very soon after the chat started. I learned my first marketing lesson from this project … better get it whilst it is hot! I didn’t know that in the internet marketing, or in any marketing, you must move very quickly! Selling the the ebooks went out the window faster than I could turn my head – or complete the first one! However they are not a failure if looked at in the original sense. I had intended to give them away. It is still not too late to do that. I don’t need Ross’ list, I have my own – Twitter.
I never realized how long it would take to assimilate all the fragments into a continuous manuscript from beginning to end. That was phase one – a great big puzzle! Color-coding the names and bolding them became the other enormous task I had no idea would be so voluminous. I’m STILL doing this. Ross letting it be a free-for-all for members to log in any way they pleased from day-to-day, even moment-to-moment resulted in the creation of many hundreds of macros to achieve the desired effects in the ebooks. I’m not kidding when I say this…one name in the list is verbatim, “guess who!” It would literally take months to do this by hand! Wonderful thing this Visual Basic…that I had to learn on the spot!
Ross got heavily involved in his product launch and told me he couldn’t do anything with regard to letting his list know about the project until after the holidays. I had a hunch this would affect sales and stopped. I now had other things pressing and could no longer account for the “irresponsible use of my time” to people around me in the physical world who insisted I needed to be out pounding the pavement looking for work rather than being at this computer all this time playing around with foolish things.” After the holidays I told Ross that I stopped the project and he said that was the most foolish thing he’d ever heard! I went back to the project and plugged away at it again, telling Ross my progress from time to time. Little did I know stopping the project had caused him such despair and that my short messages were annoying the tar out of him. I did not know the gravity of a “$1,000 product launch” until he bluntly told me off to stop bothering him. My last message to him was, “OK. I’m gone!” I brooded in the fact that I “brought out the worst in such a kind person which is something I am great at doing!”
But I looked at it completely wrong!
Why all this? We are taught in school that mistakes are terrible, ugly things to do! We got punished, sometimes pretty severely for making mistakes! That’s why you will never get anywhere if you think it a terrible thing to make mistakes. As you can see, I’ve made a lot of mistakes with this project already and it isn’t even finished yet! I’m going to plough forward with it still because I promised people, I will deliver on it if it is the last thing I do! A mistake is one thing, failure is another. I learned recently that a failure results when you quit something. I don’t believe in the saying, “fail forward.” When you fail, you fail. That’s not nice if it is unavoidable. If you continue in something you have not failed. Yes, in regard to the project, it was a failure — in sales — but not in its original intent, though I’ve made loads of mistakes.
It would have been a failure if I deleted my work and unsubscribed from Ross’ list, like I thought about doing after Ross dumped on me. But even the reason he dumped on me is a learning experience. I had no idea what was involved in a product launch because I’ve never done one and had no idea what he was going through at the time. I would have hurt myself by doing the above. Mark Strickland helped me here. It was another lesson — negativity. And I’ve even written articles on negativity myself!
Let me share with you what I found when I ran upon a video Ross did. One of the points in it concerns subscribing to as many newsletters as possible. Someone responded with a video telling the world what a dumb idea that was. It was even a bit sarcastic about the name Immortal” and the lightening in the header image. As one would expect, Ross had a response to that video with yet another of his own.
I wanted to see Ross tear this person apart but you know what? He didn’t! He admitted his error instead which shocked me and said nothing about the deriding of the content in the header! He then turned out a report which clarifies both points of views and who would and would not benefit from subscribing to as many newsletters as possible. Ross teaches a great lesson to the world with his example of dealing with negative criticism.I must say I re-learned a great lesson. When I was very young I saw our next-door neighbor, Steven Yahn, put a rock (or a baseball) through a window of the one-car garage. I thought to myself, “Wow! Wait till his father gets home and sees this! I thought from my own viewpoint of what my own father would do to me for breaking a window. I’d gotten a beating for it and would have hidden myself. I watched when his father came home and the young Steve walked right up to his dad – the owner of an asphalt paving company – a man great in stature and quite powerful in physical strength. He boldly said,
“Dad, I broke the garage window.”
Thinking his father would lay him out right there, I was shocked that all he got was that he would have to pay for the damage. That same voice still resonates within the annals of my memory forty years later…
Now, do I take the cake for having the longest facebook post on your wall?
Go at it Debbie! We all have 24 hours per day. No, I don’t like how some of my time is spent. I’m employed and is exactly what I am now writing a book on! We can change but that means MISTAKES. Please don’t let this stop you in anything you do that is new and unfamiliar. If you died trying at something that would not be a failure. But if you quit…that’s another story. And if you never get started because you are afraid of making mistakes…it’s the same another story.
Thanks to you I have an article for my blogs!
With love, Daniel
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