3 Controversial Actions Guaranteed To Shock You Out Of Your “Fail” Routine

Have you ever asked yourself,

“Why haven’t I made it yet?”

If not, now is a good time to really look inside.

It was the year 2006, and I was a new immigrant in the U.S.A. I enrolled in a community college in my pursuit to earn a Bachelors degree. It was then that I stumbled upon a video on YouTube that talked about the power of the human mind and how it can manifest anything in the world through a divine law/power called “The Law of Attraction”. This video was about the newly released film “The Secret”.

Hold on! This post is not about the law of attraction or anything of that sort.

This video aroused my curiosity so much that I started doing intense research online and even spoke to my philosophy professor regarding this concept. Well, in the process I did come across a ton of scams where people tried to sell their courses on how to make a ‘bajillion’ dollars online in 57.9 seconds. I started to notice a pattern, the same check photos and testimonials showed up on multiple websites, the fake promises sounded the same.

I am sure you know what I am talking about. We have a whole industry full of people trying to sell us the magic-pill and push-button solutions of living the dream life.

Back in 2006 I discovered this blog, Entrepreneurs-Journey.com, through which Yaro awoke the entrepreneur in me. The content he provided was informative, honest, and attractive, unlike the tons of hype I came across then. EJ is one of the few blogs I am a loyal reader of ever since.

Fast Forward 5 Years

Fast forward five years, I am back to EJ, where my entrepreneurial journey started, but this time I am here to give back. I will share with you how I started multiple online businesses and ran lead generation campaigns for a bunch of multi-billion dollar companies.

I still vividly remember five years ago when I was working three jobs working at minimum wages while walking 14+ miles a day to and from work. Oh! Last but not least, I was a full-time student at the same time.

You may be wondering, how did I do all that?

My answer – I believe there is no ONE recipe, but a series of principles I follow in order to run my life and business parallel to each other, which has helped me get here.

Success Snowball Effect

“The harder you work, the luckier you get” – Gary Player

It would not be incorrect to say that focus has been at the core of everything I do.

I am an analyst. If I see a marketing message, I start noticing the message as it is perceived by the end-user. I would analyze the length of the message, the message itself, the presentation, the psychological triggers and also the things that the author probably never consciously thought of, which are effecting the end result. Whether it be a video, website, sales copy, email, or a tweet, I am a freak at optimizing everything so my clients conversion rates are sky high. In other words I am a conversion geek freak.

My ability to optimize marketing communications was noticed by Perry Marshall (author of “The Definitive Guide to Google AdWords“), who asked me to consult him on improving his website conversions. Later, I also created a few videos for his educational courses.

My success in earning large sums of affiliate checks and consulting with popular celebrities later gave me the confidence in competing in, and then winning a national marketing competition sponsored by the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Now, I am on a mission to show you all my strategies that I have developed over the course of five years that has helped me earn large sums of money, win national marketing competitions, run multiple companies, and attract hard-to-get celebrity clients.

1. Start Blaming

I once heard Marlin Sandars say something along these lines that changed the way I live:

“There is only ONE thing that will define your success, that is your ability to persevere”.

How true!

We all are born with equal skills – meaning no skills. You and I were not born with the skills to manage AdWords campaigns, write copy, make products, or do marketing. We had to learn it. It’s just that some people have what it takes to learn, and others give up way too early. The people who make it to the finish line are the people who say “Let’s suck it up, and make it happen”.

Therefore, the only person to blame for our failure is our own self. The fact is that we live in an age of easy access to information.

You wanna know how to dance? You can find it online.

You wanna know how to set up a blog? You can find it online.

You wanna learn French? You can find instructions online. . .

The resources at our disposal are endless, so that is not the question. The question is our ability to persevere through the challenges we face in implementing our plans. Our actions define where we end up.

Tony Robbins once told a story of a guy who came up to him and said: “Tony, I have tried everything and I am still not successful”. Tony replied, “Ok, tell me about the last ten things you have tried to become successful”. On hearing this the guy was speechless.

Does that sound like someone you know?

Most people try everything in their head, and make false conclusions before they ever test them literally.

2. Start Hating

Nope! I am not preaching hatred, but what I am inviting you to do is to start hating “conventional wisdom”. According to Wikipedia:

“Conventional wisdom is a term used to describe ideas or explanations that are generally accepted as true by the public or by experts in a field.”

In the dotcom boom, everyone was buying dotcom stocks, while Warren Buffet stayed away from them. The public and the field experts both were convinced that these stocks were valuable, but Buffet did not see the premise behind them. Buffet analyzed this conventional wisdom and used his brain to conclude that this was not a wise investment. And as we all know, he was right.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

Let’s think about some of the conventional wisdom accepted in our market place:

  • Social Media can make people rich.
  • It’s super dooper, push-button easy to make money online, no skills required.
  • In the next 20 minutes, start making a full-time income.

Re-read the bullets above. Do they really make sense?

I highly doubt that Yaro started his business saying, “You know what, I am just going to work 20 minutes a day and that’s it.”

I don’t think any successful person, whether it be Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordon, Bill Gates, you name it, put a time limit on how hard he/she is going to work on his/her way to achieving their goals.

This attitude of “work 20 minutes – do nothing – make money online”, which is widely advertised online, has lead to the massive failure rate we see around us.

Unfortunately, hundreds of scammers are selling millions of dollars of garbage information products online every single day using the phrases mentioned above.

What can I say? We humans are wired to be attracted to magic pills. We want to take a pill at night and wake up with six-packs the next morning. This is the reason why we repeatedly get scammed into these empty promises floating around the Internet.

It’s time to start hating the conventional wisdom that is not serving us.

3. Start Failing

It’s a numbers game, PERIOD.

In some industries, sales conversions are less than 0.1%. That means that one has to speak with 1000 people to make one sale. The harsh reality is that most people give up way to early – they give up at the 10th attempt.

I am very very thankful to Thomas Edison, who did not give up at all. He attempted to make the first practical light bulb thousands of times before he was successful. Edison gave us more than just a light bulb, he gave us a lesson on perseverance and patience.

And by the way, do you think Edison said to himself, “I am just going to work 20 minutes a day on making a light bulb”?

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordon

Not Revolutionary

The three actions I explained to you above, Start Blaming, Start Hating and Start Failing, are truly no revolution that I have exposed you to. But the more people I work with, I repeatedly see a gap that can be filled by at least one of these three actions. I am all about shaking people to face reality through asking harsh questions that we humans tend to run from. (They call it the defense mechanism.)

Am I working in the trenches everyday? Am I doing what my mentors/advisers would do? Am I spending time with people I want to be like? Am I spending too much time watching guru videos and not taking action?

We don’t ask ourselves these harsh questions and later wonder: “Why haven’t I made it yet?

We all know the definition of insanity:

“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein

Let me leave you with yet another thought, which again is not revolutionary:

Are you doing the same thing over and over again or even worse doing nothing at all?

Aziz Ali

About Aziz Ali

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  • I love the quotes in this post… they really emphasize each of the points (and they’re fun too!)

    This is one of my favorites…

    “The harder you work, the luckier you get” – Gary Player

    And not so much that you need to “work hard” to succeed… but more importantly that you need to actually be focused on activities and actions that generate results. The only way your goals can move toward you is if you move toward them 🙂

    Thanks for the inspirational post Aziz,

    • Yes, i’m agree with you..
      the idea and the quotes above are great!
      love them so much…
      it’s so inspirational..thanks..

  • Wow that post was amazing such great lessons for business and life. I have been watching a lot of Tony Robbins recently his talks are so simple but so powerful.

    Your post also reminds me of KFC, ‘the first 1008 sales calls Colonel Sanders made ended in rejection. Still, he continued to call on owners as he traveled across the USA, sleeping in his car to save money. Prospect number 1009 gave him his first “yes.”‘

    Now look at KFC’s success how many people do you think would of given up after less than 50 rejections?

  • I guess everything can be interpreted the way you see it. The quote: The harder you work, the luckier you get” is outdated. If that was true, then all these laborers would be rich. The smarter you work, the luckier you get, is the new quote.

    I have been self employed for 34 years, and involved in several businesses during that time. For me this is the easiest time to make money. You don’t have to put much effort into making a living online, compared to before. How many people in their 20’s are making millions? Back then we didn’t have the resources we have now. The older generation has a different perspective because we have contrast.

    Gary Player came from an old generation of thinkers. All those guys you mentioned all came from different times compared to now.

    There are kids making lots of money blogging online. I started working when I was 14 in a butcher shop. Now, you can work from anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer. I write this article as I am lying in bed, how good is that?

    The law of attraction is at work here. Each generation is attracting and creating a better mousetrap.


    • I love this statement, Aziz, because it’s SO true…

      “Therefore, the only person to blame for our failure is our own self. The fact is that we live in an age of easy access to information”.

      Most people who try to become “successful” whether it be financially, spiritually, emotionally don’t realize that they have a LOT of control what direction their life takes. The only difference between people with a lot of money, huge thriving businesses, or celebrity status and the general population is that the people in those “high achieving” positions never gave on what they wanted. Failure was not an option for them.

  • @Aziz, this blog post definitely “hates” the conventional approach to motivation. The majority of of us seem to struggle against these things daily. I know that I do.

    Thanks for the motivation.

  • hi Aziz-
    At first your bullet points -“3 ways” -seemed so negative,,”hating”! but really true information. And especially agree with the “blaming”. As an artist- many people assume you are born with it > “talented”..what a laugh*. The learning curve in any media can be painful (lots of bad drawings+paintings, lame websites, poor video,etc.)
    Thanks for putting recognition on these shared obstacles.

  • Great article Aziz. There’s a super powerful concept you unconvered in #1 that’s one of the foundational keys to achieving success in business and in life. I highlighted this concept in a free video series I recently completed. But I know how difficult it can be to break old habits.

    Call it law of attraction, the power of the mind or plain old quantum physics, we ARE influencing our reality so the sooner we take responsibility for steering the ship, the faster we’ll achieve our goals!

    Let the manifesting begin! 🙂

  • Very different! sounds like reverse psychology!

  • Thank you for sharing these three points. Not that I have solved the other points but I have been thinking about the point 3 about being revolutionary.

    However, concerning the quotes of Albert Einstein, at what point does a newbie realize that what is taught in a course is not going to work? I know that one reproach that is made is that people don’t follow through.

  • Aziz,
    We can’t do everything ourselves these days. As much as I love learning and having control, sometimes it’s best to outsource when we can.

    I remember hearing that Tony Robbins quote. I always tell my students the same thing.

  • That’s a really motivating article, especially the phrase “There is only ONE thing that will define your success, that is your ability to persevere” talks by itself. This is the reason why the majority of people who try to succeed in online business fail, it’s just because they give up too early and they believe that without hard work money will just start coming to them.

  • Great article! Warren Buffet says he doesn’t invest in “tech” stocks because you can’t tell what they are going to look like ten years from now.

  • This is a truly inspiring article Aziz. The three actions you have shared– start blaming, start hating, and start failing, are great driving forces to a successful life. I’m very much inspired by Thomas Edison’s patience and perseverance in his attempts. Reminds us not to be afraid of failing and falling down. I have always believed that success is not a matter of how great your achievements are but it’s a matter of how many times you fall down but still stood up and fought in life’s battles.

  • very interesting and “new” perspective… nice post

  • Jim

    Thanks for the motivation helped me heaps

  • It is very true the harder you work the more you reap in success. I am constantly working on my business between a fulltime job and looking after my son. Now it is starting to slowly payoff and has totally been worth it

  • The quotations made me feel more empowered as an entrepreneur! Thanks!

  • well said Aziz… very well said.

  • Wow, very well written. I am also a very ardent proponent of the Law of Attraction. I believe strongly that the more we focus on and think (and also feel) about succeeding in a particular field of endeavor, the higher the chances we will succeed.

    But one thing that many don’t do is to CONTINUALLY have this mindset. Some feel it today and don’t feel it tomorrow, hence the lack of continuous success in their lives.

    Thanks again, for a well written piece!

    • Thank you so much for sharing such inspirational thoughts, Aziz.

      The definition of luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Life is a journey, not a destination…Everything you’ve mentioned above is what I’ve been learning in the past 2 years and it has entirely changed my view on life…there really are no limits to what anyone can do, except the ones you hold to be true in your mind.

      I was supposed to go to Medical School but now, at age 24, I’m a singer, songwriter and co-founder of my own business….and doing what I love.

      Thanks again for reminding me of these powerful influences that have had such a great effect in my life.

  • The world has already changed, we have to accept that. At this time, we all now have all the resources we need in order to make a living, just like the internet.

    • Indeed, the internet made a great contribution to many of us when it comes to making a living… And it is just so amazing how it turn our lives so easy and comfortable.

  • Thanks for the inspiration! It’s time to take action 🙂

  • Another one that helped me get through is – “make your goal a must”. Set a goal and make a must, not a should, but a “MUST”. Define for yourself what you need to accomplish in order to feel that you have made it and work towards it but not like a man with a tunnel vision, be flexible and consistent in your approach.

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