Back in 2012 I began a habit that continues to this day.
This habit has led to more insights into why people succeed than anything else I have ever done.
It all started when I decided to send a message to my past coaching members. My question was simple:
I wanted to know who had gone on to make at least a full-time income from their online business?
What happened next was one of the happiest experiences of my life…
All these emails popped into my inbox from people who had studied my programs and gone on to make very good money.
- Quite a few people told me they had quit their job and were living entirely off the income coming in from their blog business
- There were also a group who had grown multiple six-figure businesses thanks to selling their own courses, membership sites or coaching programs in all kinds of niches
- And amazingly, there were a handful of people who had made over a million dollars, telling me how their business had completely changed their life
Needless to say, as a teacher and coach, this was a very gratifying for me to hear. My system worked, and I was changing lives for the better.
Every year since 2012 I have continued to interview anyone who has surfaced as a success story from the Laptop Lifestyle Academy (my membership community) and Blog Mastermind 2.0 (my flagship course).
As I type this in 2020, Tien Chiu, the most recent success story interview I completed, has just reported inside my membership community that she hit $150,000 in income from her online business teaching people how to color weave.
You can find all of these full-length case study interviews available for free on my Success Stories page. If you listen to them all, you might notice the same patterns I did.
The Most Important Pattern
After completing all the interviews with my successful graduates, I started to see a pattern.
Everyone who succeeded told me a story that chronicled several years.
It wasn’t like they started a business, and one month later they were financially free.
They all had to build up their audience and income over time. No get rich quick stories here, just consistent work towards a life changing goal.
Then I started to think about all the other people in my coaching programs who had NOT made money. Most of them started out eager and motivated, but within a few months they were gone.
They didn’t follow through. They gave up.
As soon as things got tough they let their negative emotions win.
This led me to a big realization…
You Need A Support System
In order to help more people succeed, there has to be a long-term support system in place.
People need a place to turn to where they can find other people like them, mentors and a coach, for when times get tough — and things will get tough many times over many years as you grow a business.
If you’re thinking of giving up, or changing your business direction, or just feeling down and unmotivated, you need other people to guide you, provide feedback and pull you ‘out of the mud’.
Think about it — if you are your only support system, but you’re feeling a bunch of negative emotions and thinking negative thoughts — how are you expected to help yourself?
That’s like asking for a glass of water from an empty jug — there’s nothing to give.
The Power Of Long Term Relationships
What I am talking about here is more than just hiring a random coach when you feel lost.
A coach doesn’t know you, your history, what you have been through so far. They’re taking you at face value and trying to figure out how to guide you based on whatever you tell them in one conversation.
True coaching only becomes effective when the relationship is long term.
I think you will agree with me when it comes to true friendship too — you need time to develop a deeper connection and understanding of each other.
I believe this is also what is necessary to become successful with your online business.
You need a support system that is based on long-term relationships.
You need people around you who know your situation, your history, your personality, your hopes and dreams and challenges, so when you seek their input they come from a place of empathy and familiarity.
This can only happen over time.
Your business is going to take years to truly become a stable income source. That might read like a contrary statement to what you have been led to believe, but it’s the truth.
A stable income comes from a business with many pillars in place. You need a solid customer base, good products, persuasive marketing, technology, staff and many other things.
In order for you to move through all the phases to create this foundation for your business, you’re going to need help. That help should come from people you develop long-term relationships with.
A Place To Get Support And Share Your Journey
This is why I created the Laptop Lifestyle Academy.
It’s a place where you have me as a long term coach, a group of people just like you who become long term friends, other experienced online entrepreneurs who become long term mentors, and a library of training materials to get the skills you need as you move through each phase of business building.
The Academy has grown to become the center of all the coaching and training I deliver, and it’s been amazing to see all the unique people and businesses they are starting:
- Kathy supports and coaches people with dissociative disorders (https://discussingdissociation.com)
- Kerry is the ‘Blog Mechanic’ and helps new bloggers setup all the technical aspects of WordPress blogs and email lists (http://www.theblogmechanic.com)
- Dan is a track bike rider helping other riders learn how to ride quicker around the track (https://www.lifeatlean.com)
- Tien is an expert craft artist, looking to help other people who want to create ‘show-worthy’ craftwork learn the skills to do so (http://www.creatingcraft.com)
- Eleftheria specializes in teaching Pinterest marketing (https://www.eleftheriabusinesspr.com)
- Yoko teaches parents how to make a positive impact on their children (https://www.yourparentology.com/)
…And many others.
Each of these people are at different phases of their business growth — some are just starting, others are already making money.
I feel like I’ve come to know them and their stories because I see them every day in the Academy, the members-only Slack Chat and on my live coaching webinars.
Your Chance To Join Us
The doors to the Academy are still open.
This is a great opportunity to join a new community and coaching group, full of people who all share the goal of living the Laptop Lifestyle.
If you don’t have long-term relationships in place with your peers, mentors and a coach, this is your chance to get started.
You can learn more about the Academy and sign up here –
I’ll see you on the inside.