When I got started making money online the last thing on my mind was money. That almost doesn’t make sense to many of you; I understand. While I was teaching myself how to create websites I wasn’t thinking about lining my pockets with cash. I was thinking about how “cool” it would be to have content created in my own bedroom read by people all over the world. To me it was simply amazing. Anything I typed (like I am right now) could simply be read by ANYONE that had an active Internet connection. It quickly became an infatuation with me and the money that followed happened to be a bonus. If you’ve read the Grind for anytime now you know my identical twin brother and I would do what we do as a hobby if we didn’t do it as a business. We’d legit do it for free – no BS. We would do what we do everyday for not a single penny. We love what we do.
Before you engage yourself in your next venture online rather it be a long term website or performance marketing campaign that may last a month or two I want you to consider your motive. Are you in it just for the money? Do you enjoy what you do? To me passion is a very important part to success in any business and something that should not be overlooked. If you feel like you’re “working” when you’re online – are you happy? Are you only doing it for that piece of paper? Or are you doing it because you enjoy it?
I personally feel that it is very important that you feel like your time spent online is enjoyable and you’re not rushing to make a ton of money. Those who rush seem to be the ones that quickly give up when things don’t workout. Those that are passionate and enjoy what they do seem to be the most successful. I know many of the Entrepreneurs reading this post would agree with me.
If you’re already making money online I honestly believe that you are really passionate and enjoy what you do. For those of you looking to make money online my single biggest tip would be to follow something that you love. My brother and I first found our success in professional wrestling. This was because we were very passionate about it and enjoyed publishing content around it. The money then came. What are you passionate about? Don’t you think guys like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg were passionate about their websites? They’ve all said publicly that they just created resources that were needed. None of them expected to be billionaires for their creations. It came as they followed their passion.
Money is cool but happiness is even cooler. The old saying goes that money doesn’t buy happiness and it couldn’t be more true. I know plenty of people with a lot of money that are miserable. Follow your passion, do what you love, and let the money be a bonus.
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.