What to do

Hello Pud,

I’m in college, but can’t seem to get interested in what I’m being taught. So I just don’t care really anymore.

That said, I smell success with what I’m really interested in — Internet marketing, videos, blogs, and so on. It it foolish to feel I can be successful in the Internet business? What does it take to become an Internet success?

Let me know if I’m where you were when you started AdBrite. I dream of it happening to me!

Collin
26 years old
Dallas, Texas

Collin,

You’ve done the hard part — found your passion.

There are a lot more people interested in the Internet business these days, than when I got started my first business in 1999 — but people who founded Internet companies in 1995 were saying the same thing about me. So, while there are more people competing for Internet success, there’s more opportunity than there ever was. We’ve barely scratched the surface of this technology. We’re still in the stone ages.

So ask yourself two questions:

  1. What can you do, that people would pay for? People who are successful in anything, are experts in something. If you’re not yet an expert in anything relating to your passion, you’re studying the wrong thing in school. Stop immediately and DIVE IN to something you love.
  2. Are you willing to do what it takes, to get what you want? There’s not an entrepreneur alive who hasn’t fantasized about having a 9-to-5 job. You’ll have to make sacrifices in every part of your life, with the knowledge that 9 out of 10 businesses fail within the first couple of years. Could you pick up and try again?

To answer your question about me, each of my businesses was built off a previous business. My first step was choosing to be a freelance programmer. That was two years (and two jobs) after college. Five businesses later, AdBrite was founded.

I’m 31 and doing what I love, which is what I consider to be success. But living in Silicon Valley (moved here 2 years ago from NYC), it’s pretty easy to feel small-time unless you’ve got 10,000 employees, a business that changed the world, and a billion in the bank.

So I’m working on it, and if you’re up for the challenge, so should you!!

Pud

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