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What’s The Most Valuable Lesson You Have Learned?


I want to start a mini discussion on an interesting topic/

No matter how long you’ve been doing online marketing and business, whether you just started a week ago or ten years ago, I’d like to invite you to share your thoughts with us all.

What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned about running an online business or as an entrepreneur?

I know you probably learned dozens of great things, but if you had just one choice, what would that be?

For me it would definitely be:

Putting all your energy into one thing at a time. For example, if you learned ten different ways of generating traffic to your site, start with just one method first and then you can gauge its performance. Get good at that one thing and then diversify.

If you were to write a new eBook, focus your attention on just that eBook before you move onto your next big idea. It’s easy to get caught up in the vicious cycle of idea overload. If you can follow this rule, I bet you’ll get a ton more done and see results faster.

Your turn…

What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned about running an online business or as an entrepreneur?

What’s that one thing that has made a difference? What’s that one thing that has gotten you this far, today?


Post your most valuable lesson just down below in the comments box. Would love to see what yours is…

This Post Has 16 Comments
  1. Same here Tony, I too have come to realize that many internet marketers or those striving to be one all have gone through the jumping from one thing to another syndrome and now I see from Aurelius’ post that coming up with too many ideas can also be an epidemic, adn I thought it was only me ;)! I would say one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is the importance of posting comments because doing so makes me feel like part of something and that I am moving forward. I am also forcing myself to participate in the forum of the Affiliate Marketing Course forum I am on and adn to stop feeling like I do not have anything to offer. Participating is slowing making me like I am actualy making progress. Thanks for the post Aurelius, as always I feel better for having read it.

    1. It seems like a lot of have has gone through and still going through it. It does take a lot of focus and dicipline to stick to one path at a time, but you simply need to remind yourself what your end goal is.

      Yes, posting comments on other blogs and forums is a great way to be known to the community and build your credibility. Every expert online marketer will tell you that it’s a great way to gain credibility and authority in your field.

      Glad it has all helped so far.

  2. My biggest lesson is to “chunk” tasks, and to do things “backwards”.
    In other words lay out your project and work from the goal backwards to the start, then chunk out the tasks. For instance, I always build the thank you page first, and make sure the downloads work properly to insure customer satisfaction, then i proceed to the “confirm” page, and the “sales” page, and before you know it, you are done. Then test everything, to make sure the client path is clean, and no bugs in the cart, etc…In my experience this eliminates “overwhelm” and keeps you on track. I also use Freemind, and I number the tasks, and I use the ‘green check’ and date the task done. That way I have a timeline of when the “chunks” were done. This also gives you a sense of accomplishment, and you have a visual representation of your progress.
    Thanks for all your coaching Big A!

    1. That’s a great one! Chunking definitely helps with segmenting tasks which are too big to chew at one time. Tony Robbins believes in chunking tasks too to create easy, manageable sub-tasks so that you can build momentum.

      The reverse technique can work too. A little bit of a personal preferences I guess. For me, I always writ headlines first. That normally sets the foundation for the rest of the content.

      Always a pleasure to help, Jeff!

  3. Why is it that you need to get kicked hard up where no sunshine gets in before you realize the wisdom of something people have been telling you for ages (I am talking about myself)? I have learnt, at great cost, that working on ONE THING AT A TIME does WORK. It is terribly difficult to get rid of the habit of working a little bit on this, that and the other.

  4. Hi Aurelius. I guess the biggest thing I’m learning is to focus on my primary business. As a new internet marketer, I got involved in too many things, and I’m letting some of them simmer on the back burner for awhile. I like your ideas, Jeff. Thanks for sharing.

    All the best,

    1. Hi Leslie. Glad you’re putting your other projects aside while you concentrate on your primary business. You’ll begin to see results faster.

  5. Aurelius, the most valuable lesson I learned was to have “focus” so that I could see a project through to completion. Here’s a bonus – it helps to have a Coach as well 🙂

    ~Coach Mark Edward Brown

  6. Aurelius, your lesson of putting your energy into one thing at a time resonates well with me. I am trying to start an internet business but find I am spending my time learning so many things I just can’t seem to get started. I will resolve to start to focus on identifying one thing and just jump off! Thanks Aurelius.

    1. I totally get where you’re coming from.

      Learning a lot of things is part of the process. Just remember to stick to one system and do your best with that until you get results.

      You will learn to filter out all the unnecessary stuff once you’ve put your put down and stick to your one system.

  7. Hi Aurelius

    The most valuable lesson I have learnt is ‘don’t believe the hype’ – Internet marketing requires a heap of work and a steep learning curve and an awful lot of fellow marketers try to convince newbies especially that it can all be done in a couple of months and there is a bucket-load of money to be made with very little effort.

    I also agree with you that focus is essential if you want to achieve anything.

    1. Yes, a lot of hype out there. The most important thing is not to get caught up in it all. It’s easy to go impulse shopping but it’s gonna do more harm than good.

      You’re totally right. It does take a lot of work, and anyone who says it’s EASY is lying. There’s a lot of learn and a lot of work to do. My best advice in this case for anyone who still hasn’t done anything – get off your duff and do something 🙂

  8. The most valuable lesson i learned was that ‘persistence pays off’…I learned it the hard way though..Sometimes we need to push a little harder to reach our goal rather than waiting for luck to do its magic.

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