Are You Going to be Sitting in the Shade?
There are lessons we can learn from those that are successful, and most often this is in the form of ideas that stem from experience. I have always looked for influence in those that I found to be inspirational leaders across many industries, one of those people is Warren Buffet.
He of course is one of the richest men on the planet, but he is also one of the wisest. To this day one of my favourite business quotes by Warren Buffet is the following:
"Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
This is incredibly relevant to the journey within the online world, and for those of you that have reached success in business (online or offline), you can appreciate this statement.
The time and effort you put forth now in business, always pays off later. In other words, plant some trees now, and enjoy the shade later on.
In respect to your online business...
The website you build now, is not successful tomorrow. Rather it will gain traction and authority through time. A year from now you can be sitting on something substantial. Your website will become and asset over time, and you are going to be sitting on something that is "sellable" and that is providing you with passive income. Not because of what you do right now, but from what you did a year ago.
The content you create NOW, doesn't rank right now. It will rank as Google finds it, as they index it, and as you gain authority within Google (as you create more content). The content you create now could start ranking several months from now but could provide you with 10 years of stable income.
Basically, every comparison between this statement works directly in parallel to your activities building a business. You do the work now, you reap the rewards down the road...and often times forever.
Don't compare building a business to hourly income, that is one of the biggest reasons for failure that I see. You will be disappointed at the outset, because your efforts in the early stages of your business do not translate into an hourly income.
Think of it as planting a seed, and needing that TIME in order for that seed to grow and flourish. If you do approach your online business with this very mindset, you are going to have a much bright future ahead of you.
Are you currently planting trees, or simply standing over the ground waiting for a tree to miraculously pop up?