So I was at a bar.
Not too unusual. It happens with frightening regularity actually…in a good way of course.
I stood with two other blokes, clutching my pint and listening in fear to the techy conversation that was going on round me.
I was at a Mastermind group session in a hotel near Wakefield. In fact the same mastermind meeting still happens and it’s great fun but that’s another story.
The two other blokes (and I’m sure they won’t mind me naming names) were John Sikora from GuruDaq and David Allen who now owns SimpleMemberPro and a bunch of other stuff.
This was quite a few years ago now…..
The subject was FTP – something with which I’d only recently come to mess around with, and I was interested in the subject with the fervour felt by a cross dressing rugby player who learns that a new range of Jimmy Choos is now available in size 13.
Except I was CRAP at it (not cross dressing, although I’m not good at that either)
I didn’t know how to create a subdirectory. I knew that if you put an index.html file in the main folder it showed up as a webpage. But how the Hell did you do the same thing for a subdirectory?
I’d Googled, Yahood and even Dogpiled but I couldn’t find an answer. It was so simple (as I now know) but I spent literally a couple of weeks trying to work it out.
Of course I was too proud to ask.
I wasn’t doing too bad – I’d just made around $30,000 from a single ebook if memory serves (One Month Magnate) and was considered to be quite ‘on the ball’ at the mastermind meeting.
Which is why I couldn’t bring myself to ask a simple FTP question. In case you’re wondering I’d been building ALL my sites with a dreadful sitebuilder package that cost me around $100 a year per domain. That was the only way I could create subdirectories, which I needed for opt-in pages, download pages etc.
So at the bar, fortified by beer and the knowledge that I NEEDED to have this info, I asked the lads quietly…
‘So when you’re FTPing, how do you make a subdirectory?’
They turned and the whole room went quiet.
I was sweating like a fat girl in a pie shop.
‘You just make a new folder, call it whatever name you want and stick an index.htm file in it’ they chimed and carried on with the conversation.
I honestly couldn’t believe I hadn’t worked it out for myself. I was incredibly relieved and that one piece of information has been directly responsible for thousands upon thousands of dollars in profit for me.
Why did it take me so long to get help?
I reckon it’s the same reason that men find it impossible to ask for directions when they’re lost.
But it’s changed me. Now I can stick my hand up in a room of experts and newbies alike and say ‘I didn’t understand that can you please tell me again’
Anyone who knows me will tell you that one of my favourite phrases is ‘Tell me that again’
And I’ll tell YOU right now that my business wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful if I hadn’t learned to ask for help years ago. And more importantly to KNOW when I needed it.
I’ve just opened the doors on www.121mentoring.com
I’m offering my team of techies to work with you and mentor you in all things ‘complicated and technical’
In short, I want to help you cut through the crap that’s been holding you back. If your site doesn’t sell because it ‘looks wrong’ and it’s sapping your motivation then you need to do something about it. That’s what 121mentoring can do for you.
Likewise if you’ve got a half installed blog or a membership script that doesn’t work then you’re in danger of never getting to the REAL heart of your business, which is about making MONEY. The silly, complex, stupid little things that hold you back aren;t silly at all – the’re DANGEROUS because they can stop you FOREVER from establishing an online business.
A month or two using the team at 121mentoring and you can move forward more than you’ve done in the past year.
Over half of the slots have sold out in less than 24 hours…..and I’m NOT speaking to most of you here.
But the ones out there who have read this blog post twice and checked out the website. You’re the guys I’m looking at. Use my team correctly and you’ll make far more money than the subscription costs, and what’s more, you’ll finally be able to dig yourself out and get your business FLYING.
I have two great skills. One is the ability to make dogs bark by just looking at them, and the other (the one that means I’ll never work for anyone else again as long as I live) is the ability to realise when I need help and to ask for it.
What about you?
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