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Hey, glad to see you around here again!

I’m really happy about all the positive feedback I received from the previous post on Digital Nomads and Minimalism

I enjoyed each and every one of the comments you guys wrote for me, thank you, you guys really rock!

About my DNA participation, I’d like to write a short bit from Sandy Halliday on the past comment thread…

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

I absolutely agree on this thought and I learned a lot from that past experience, I think I even put myself on at least Cody McKibben’s eyes so that is indeed a big gain alright!

But as we all know, the world keeps on turning and we must turn the page and get on with our journey (fail now, fail fast springs to mind)

There will always be more opportunities out there.

While Doing Business, Get Rejected… a LOT

So I was checking out these videos from Brendon Burchard and the Experts Academy today and in the end, there was this bonus video from Brian Tracy and he mentioned something about the 10% factor.

The 10% factor basically means that you can fail 9 out of 10 times and succeed at the tenth time.

Then he asked the audience, would you be willing to fail 9 times if you knew you were going to succeed at the 10th time?

The audience of course responded with a resonating YES!

So then he told this story about a company which used to reward the employees that failed the most when doing prospecting (or direct sales, I’m not sure about this).

The person who gets rejected the most, gets the prize!

So everyone was happy getting out there and knocking on doors, calling people on the phone and getting rejected like crazy.

They had to write down what they did and then present how many times they got rejected and why.

So the outcome of this was that the fear factor was NOT involved in the equation… can you see the power of this?

A lot of people fail to succeed online everyday because they are scared.

Whether is rejection, panic, change, self esteem, the reasons can be anything you can think of.

These people were not afraid to knock on doors, talk to strangers, calling people, and they weren’t scared of failure at all… in fact, they would laugh about it at the end of the day and they would almost compete with each other in order to see who got the reward!

Eventually, their confidence would start getting extremely good and in the end, they would get any result BUT rejection.

I think this is super BRILLIANT if you ask me.

So if you want to succeed at anything you want (more subscribers, more sales, higher EPCs, etc) go and do something about it and fail miserably but do it NOW.

“An idiot with a plan, is better than a genius without one.”

I’ll let you choose which one you want to be but pick wisely!

Alex Jeffreys

I just ended up reading several reports from Alex Jeffreys (that’s where I found the idiot/genius adage) and wow, the guy is crazy filled with stuff that actually tells it like it is.

In the insanely remote case that you don’t know who A.J. is, he’s a big Internet Marketer from the UK who a few years ago started from zero and now has acquired a very high authority in the Internet Marketing world.

I went to every single site I could find on him, checked out his replies in comments, his post threads on the Warrior Forum, his pictures and most important (to me) the REAL no BS story on how he got started.

I’m actually in shock by his achievements so far but he’s also in the top 5 best action taker students from Mike Filsaime himself.

In Mike’s own words…

“Alex was one of the most aggressive learners in the program, as well as one of the most active. Alex has shown to be one of the top 5 successful students I ever had the chance to mentor”.

I don’t want to spoil this for me so all I can leak you right now is that Alex came to this site and told me he liked what I wrote about and my goals.

alex jeffreys facebook

Is this freaking AMAZING or what?

If you want to know more about Alex Jeffreys, you can check him out at Marketing With You (not to you!)

How To Connect with the Right People

In order to make it BIG you need to be friends with the right people.

Sure you can start by not knowing anybody (that’s how we all started anyway right?) but it’s a huge difference to have a big known affiliate marketer promoting your stuff than having just a few unknown people promoting for you.

Same goes for bloggers and guest posts, get to post something on Copyblogger, Problogger, SmartPassiveIncome (and many others) and you’re practically set for stardom.

At least that’s what I learned from Jon Morrow (Associate Editor of Copyblogger) a couple of days ago.

If you are a hardcore blogger, you should know at least a few of the top dogs in that industry and the same goes for the hardcore affiliate, mlmer, joint venture broker, etc.

Now I tend to see the big Internet Marketers like rockstars.

It is the same feeling I had when I was into the music business and meeting ANY rock guitarist was like “holy shit man, I can’t believe this!”

Actually I have a very cool story about high-fiving Dimebag Darrell (RIP) from Pantera but I’ll tell you about that some other time.

Anyway, the adrenaline rush of being able to interact with these kind of guys is huge for me.

One of the best ways I have found to connect with the right people is by buying something from them.

If your favorite IMer doesn’t have a product yet, you can always buy something you need through his/her affiliate link but let them KNOW about it before doing it.

There’s a lot of people that I have befriended doing that and whenever I’m going to buy something, I first try to use an affiliate link from one of my friends or a new person I would like to meet.

This is a game of contribution, rewards, showing that you give a damn about others and honesty, this is what has worked WONDERS for me.

I have bought products and trainings in the past from marketers like Marc Milburn, Kris Mainieri, Alex Jeffreys, John Thornhill, Dave Nicholson, Lee McIntyre, Steve Scott, Anthony Aires and many others.

Why am I mentioning all these guys? Just for one reason, I speak to most of them and I’m planning to meet the ones I still haven’t, so this is a meeting and possibly partnering process, you never know.

I do the same for affiliate products or services, I try to find someone who is starting out like me and help him/her out by buying through their affiliate links.

It’s all about genuinely helping others and networking with the right peeps.

Give Amazing Value for FREE… but How Much, Everything?

Like I told you above, I recently finished reading everything I could find on Alex Jeffreys and he states he would have been making a lot more money today if he didn’t started chasing after the money in the beginning.

He realized that it was much more easier to give everything for free and then having people knowing about you, talking about you, trusting you and then finally, trying to find a way to pay you for your knowledge.

If you ask me, I think that is pretty RAD!

My only question for this is…

…how much free sharing is enough?

I am thinking in putting up a very detailed “Start Here” section on this site and writing a few reports, I just don’t know how much is enough.

What am I going to sell if I tell you EVERYTHING that I know? LOL

If you know, please help me in the comments.

Conclusion

1. If you venture yourself into something new and scary for you, whatever the outcome is (good or bad) check out whatever you did good and bad, learn from that and turn the page afterwards, keep yourself busy, constant motion is key my friend.

2. Embrace rejection like it was your lover, learn to live with it. If you hit rock bottom, there’s nowhere else to go but up!

3. Find your role models and learn from what they do, not only what per se, the how do they actually do it.

4. Plan your networking time. Do it smart. Seek the people that can help you out and the people that you can help out. There will always going to be someone above us and someone below us. Make sure you network with both entities.

Final Thought

I used to have a marketing blog in a domain called “iSeeSalesPeople.com” where I wrote about my journey with Internet Marketing.

If you can figure out that I absolutely HATED that everyone wanted to sell me stuff just from the domain name, then I succeeded, if not, well then it’s my bad.

The reason I’m mentioning it here is because I can’t stop thinking about what I read from A.J.’s reports about giving a lot for free and worrying about money later because I actually think that’s the only way to go.

I’m not interested in making 200 sales out of a launch product in one day and then get easily forgotten a week later and nobody opening my e-mails afterwards.

I’m still not sure about this but I may reopen the site and fill it with how to’s and that way I can practice a few business models before actually creating the products.

I’ll do some more brain storming about this and then I’ll let you know.

Take care and thanks for reading, speak soon.

Sergio

PS. I think I need to use more images to keep people interested in reading the whole thing… can you please tell me your opinion on this matter? Thanks in advance!

About The Author

Sergio Felix

Hi, I'm Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I'm highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.

26 Comments

  • Daniel Sumner

    Reply Reply January 13, 2012

    Hey Sergio, another whopping post BTW.

    I don’t know of anyone who can walk into a new business venture and be in instant success. If it does happen it’s freakish! We all start of somewhere, but it’s the drive and passion in us that keep us going learning by our failures and successes and also from our peers, coaches and mentors.

    ‘It’s better the try and fail than not to have tried at all’ I will take this one Sergio

    When is comes to connecting, I am fortunate to have two of the guys you mentioned in my corner. Dave Nicholson and John Thornhill. Both of them business partners of mine in joint and alternative ventures. I have also met with Alex a few times (shared some beers) and with Lee McIntyre when I get a chance to get out with him.

    I feel fortunate I have all these guys to help me out when I need advice, so I don’t have to stand alone.

    I have also recently enrolled in Danny Iny’s ‘Write like Freddy’ course over at Firepoll Marketing, so I have this allows me to connect better on my blog and improve my writing and engagement skills. That starts on Wednesday, I will be writing about my experiences on my own blog.

    Give Amazing Value for FREE… but How Much, Everything?

    This is one of the reason I blog and why my business model is changing this year. Giving to generate engagement from others to build yourself. It’s easy to create products and blast out email broadcasts, but who are you broadcasting to? Who are they buying from? I do give some stuff away for free, and intend to give a lot more. I was actually contemplating giving the eBook Cycle video series away on my blog rather than the front end book. What do you think Sergio?

    200 sales out of a launch product in one day! This would be nice though wouldn’t it lol

    Thanks man

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 13, 2012

      Hey Dan,

      Absolutely loved your rocking comment my friend!

      I think we get used in the beginning to these out of nowhere success stories that in just a very short amount of time, people got to quit their jobs, buy a house and live the jet set life right?

      You know (and have partnerships) with some amazing dudes in the UK Dan.

      I wished I had more time in the UK to grab a few beers with you and your peeps while I was there, but as long as I can keep on working, it will be something I will always be looking forward to do one of these days.

      I met Danny Iny through Paul Wolfe and I became an immediate fan of his work. I’m pretty sure I will notice the change as soon as you start your training there.

      I think I’ve heard in the past from you that you lack a lot of videos on your YouTube channel and that you were going to focus a lot more on that on this 2012.

      If you have never released a paid course before (but have several other video training materials) I believe that giving away this one (eBook Cycle Video Series) would actually allow people to see what your quality standards are and this could actually bring more sales for your other programs.

      I think the only important bit to address here is to CLARIFY to people they’re getting a paid course for free so they value it! (I have seen marketers that say something like “if you want to pay for it, then be my guest and please do so here: -and they include the original site link here-).

      Of course this is just my own thought on this matter so follow your gut and I’m pretty sure you’ll take the smartest choice.

      200 sales on launch date, yeah haha but I rather make a few dozen sales and build up knowing that these guys are going to stay with me because they love my stuff, rather than the hype of the launch.

      Take care Dan, thank you for taking the time to write such a long comment, I certainly appreciate your time and that you enjoy what I write here. ;-)

      PS. Thank you for sharing the quote about better to try and fail than not knowing. I always remember that saying whenever it comes in handy.

  • Linda

    Reply Reply January 13, 2012

    As you may or may not know, I took a course – Marketing with Alex – I learned a TON!! I am fortunate enough to have this knowledge and I started telling people how to do this and that, but then realized WHY?? If different people come to me and keep asking me the same questions, there must be a need for it, so that is why I have decided to start writing eBooks. I wrote one last Sunday on a whim because I had 2 different people ask me the same question a day apart – so I figured there must be a need. It is on Amazon and another site and it has gained a lot of interest – very cool! I did give it away to the 2 people that asked me about it and a few others, then I realized – hey….why don’t I give you think link and you write a review – he was thrilled. So, that is what I am going to do – if we can find someone to work with, let’s DO IT!!

    If we take what we know and turn it into a series of eBooks, then that could be our first product – I got lots of things rolling around in my head – would love to have someone to talk to about them. I did find a buddy who checks in on me once in a while – that is pretty neat :)

    Anyway, I am rambling…lol.

    It’s great that you are making the connections you so desire.

    Keep up the good work, Sergio!
    Linda

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 13, 2012

      Hey Linda,

      You were a student of Alex Jeffreys? O.M.G. that is so freaking cool!

      It seems like you’re on a roll here, I’m so glad you are making these huge success leaps and already writing ebooks left and right.

      Already published on Amazon? Oh man, you have to teach me that! haha

      Kudos to you for taking massive action Linda, you really sound like laser focused right now and that’s always a good thing.

      Good luck with your ebook and your accountability partner, if there’s anything I can help you out with, please give me a shout, take care and keep working at it! ;-)

  • Henri

    Reply Reply January 13, 2012

    Somehow I landed on this post, and I have a few insights on giving “everything” away.

    The truth is that it’s almost impossible to give everything away, because you can drill into a topic almost into infinity.

    For example, I could write a general book on email marketing, but I could also write one on just the email marketing signup incentive or how to create an autoresponder that sells.

    It’s almost impossible to run out of ideas!

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 13, 2012

      Hey Henri,

      I know, this place sucks people in out of nowhere! haha j/k mate.

      I think you’re actually right.

      After 20+ years of computing experience I certainly realized there is no possible way I can just spill out “everything I know” although my knowledge on Internet Marketing is not as vast as my engineering knowledge.

      Loved your thought and it really made me think about it, thanks for sharing that and look forward to work with you very soon too. ;-)

      Take care and have a great weekend Henri!

  • Jens P. Berget

    Reply Reply January 13, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    Images are gold to a blog post, but as long as you keep using headlines and fairly short paragraphs, you don’t need more than you already have.

    The story about adding value to rejections is awesome (and new to me). I understand why this was a huge success. It’s the same as I do when I’m writing my first novel. I keep writing, and I’ll keep sending it to publishers even though I’ll get tons of rejection letters, because in the end, I know that it will get published :-)

    It’s all about staying focused and keep hustling.

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 13, 2012

      Thank you for your recommendations Jens,

      I was a bit worried because when I finally previewed the whole article it looked like a sea of text and immediately thought “nobody is going to read this!”

      Glad you liked the insight about rewards on rejection, it is new to me and it opened quite a few windows in my mind.

      I’m pretty sure your novel is going to ROCK Jens.

      I remember reading the small passage you transcribed to English and I could actually think of it as an amazing plot for a movie so don’t worry about it, the publisher that decides to take it, will be more than grateful for that choice.

      Thank you for stopping by and writing two comments in a row.

      Did I tell you, you rock already? Haha take care, speak soon mate! ;-)

  • Patrick Griffin

    Reply Reply January 13, 2012

    Hey Sergio,
    Normally you use a text, images, videos and layout to break up your long posts and this certainly helps to keep the reader’s attention.
    I try to do the same on my blog but not nearly as effectively as you do.
    However today I read this very long post on my iPhone so it was just line after line after line of text without any nice visual breaks at all.
    And I can tell you that the content was so captivating that I just read every word and didn’t even think that there had been fewer images than normal until I read your sentence at the very end asking for people’s opinions about the lack of images.
    So the answer to your question is yes by all means you can use images to make your posts look more visually pleasing but just remember that you don’t have to rely on these visual tricks if you don’t want to.
    If you can keep writing like this then you need never use another image on this blog again if you didn’t want to.
    Patrick.

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 13, 2012

      Hey Patrick,

      Thank you so much for your compliment on some of the layouts here, I guess I was just trying to balance how things looked but never followed a formula.

      You read all this on your iPhone? Oh wow, I think you could actually read a book from me then! haha THANK YOU man!!

      I remember that I was wasting a LOT of time on my old blog just searching for images and trying to avoid the copyrighted material, it certainly became a royal pain in the butt.

      I don’t want that to happen here and even though I’m very comfortable creating my own graphics I don’t want to be wasting time on that.

      I think that was pretty much the number one reason for me to ask if you guys were ok with just using one image even on the longer posts.

      I’ll see what the heck can I do about this in the near future but I really appreciate your recommendations, thoughts and last but not least important, your compliments.

      They really mean a lot to me ;-)

      Take care and speak soon Pat, looking forward to your paid services. Actually… I have a few ideas you might be interested in hearing, will let you know very soon if interested.

  • Joe Lampo

    Reply Reply January 14, 2012

    Hi, Sergio! Another great post here. You have written too much for me to comment right now. I have been busy with so many things, I haven’t been able to work as much as I would like on getting my blog site Don’t worry too much about the graphics; even though pictures are allegedluy worth thousands of words, I believe there is no substitute for good written copy.
    By the way, are you an Amazon affiliate? Let me know. I am going to buy a flipcam and a digital voice recorder, and if you are I’ll buy through your link. Give a shout here and let me know. Keep up the good work!

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 15, 2012

      Hey Joe,

      Glad to see you around here again man.

      I think you could do great progress with your blog if you could set some time exclusively to work on it every day.

      Even if it’s just 30 minutes although I understand that many people don’t even have that kind of time these days. Hope it’s not your case and that you let us check out your blog real soon.

      Thank you for your kind words about the balance with pictures and text here, I’m really humbled by your “good written copy” bit.

      I’m glad you decided to get some digital equipment too, there are still many people on the fence about making video and they still can’t understand that times change and that without video they are not going to get very far.

      I wrote a review for the Flipcam here http://marketingwithsergio.com/reviews/day-one-flipcam-ultrahd-review/ and that post is associated with my Amazon affiliate links as well.

      Amazon stores a cookie for a 24 hr period, so if you check out the Flipcam review and click from there, I can get the commision for both products (including the digital voice recorder) assuming you buy them on that 24 hr period I just mentioned.

      Thank you for your comment, time, and thinking about buying through my affiliate links here.

      I’d certainly appreciate that and hope you have an amazing start of week, all the best! ;-)

  • Cat Alexandra

    Reply Reply January 15, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    It’s my first time visiting your blog. I found out about you by way of the illustrious Ms. Adrienne Smith. (I’m sure this isn’t a surprise to ya!)

    I love the article, first off. I still consider myself “new” to this whole online world of blogging, as I just really started keeping my blog as of late Aug 2011. You connected some dots here for me with valuable information on people to learn from and how to get my ideas better integrated to the online marketplace. Thanks for that!

    I will also say that I didn’t really “notice” that you had neglected to insert an image into this post til I read you ask for feedback on that. lol I think that it’s easy enough to read through, even with no image, when the content is well formatted and well written (which yours is). So honestly, I didn’t even notice it and personally wouldn’t change a thing about how you delivered this.

    Thanks for the great read and the ideas you’ve shared. Looking forward to perusing more of your site!

    Best regards,
    Cat Alexandra

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 17, 2012

      Hey Alexandra,

      Oh yes, I’m a very good friend of Adrienne, amazing person and business woman to be friends with! ;-)

      I’m glad you found the content helpful and to have started on late August 2011, you have a very active site, congratulations!

      Thank you for your very kind words on my formatting and writing, I really can’t understand how I get so many great comments about it when I feel I don’t do that great but I welcome these kind of comments anyway LOL gracias!

      Hope to see you around here again and hope to speak again soon, take care and have a great day Alexandra. ;-)

  • Angel Collins

    Reply Reply January 15, 2012

    I am looking for something about fashion blogs and then I came across your site which I think is a good mistake. :) I really think that the idea of being rejected a lot of times is pretty fair since it will actually get you immune from the hurt of being rejected which then will make you stronger in dealing with rejections. Though that is a little bit cheesy, I really think that is the point of it. Thanks for sharing this and hope to read more from you. :)

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 17, 2012

      Hey Angel,

      Your comment almost sounds like SPAM to me, I did look around and couldn’t decide if it was or not (maybe I’m a spam detector newbie?)

      Anyway, in case you are a real person, is not about getting immune to rejection, is more about knowing all the possible ways to fail in order to succeed.

      Thanks for stopping by and jumping in on the conversation. ;-)

  • Sandy Halliday

    Reply Reply January 16, 2012

    Hey Sergio, thanks for mentioning me in your post.

    Alex Jeffrey’s is something else. I got so taken by his video promotion for his 3rd and “final” coaching program that, although I was promoting it an affiliate, I signed up for it myself! His stuff was certainly an eye opener and I learned a lot about branding.

    But, to answer your question about the images. It never ocurred to me as I was reading your post that I would like to see some images. I like the way you already break up the text into lines rather than paragraphs and your font size is easy to read.

    A good reason to put some images in though. as you no doubt know, is to use your keyword for the alternative text for your image for SEO purposes.

    Can’t wait to hear about your contact with Alex. He’s is just full of ideas. He probably wants to offer you a JOB on his team!

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 17, 2012

      Hey Sandy, my pleasure! ;-)

      It looks like I’m the only one who did NOT train with Alex before haha

      Thank you a bunch for letting me know about the content formatting, means a lot to get this great feedback.

      Images for SEO, yeah, gotta use it whenever possible right? ;-)

      Thank you for stopping by and your great comment Sandy, will hope on to your blog and see what was the outcome of that solo ad experience.

      PS. I haven’t heard of Alex again, maybe he was just prospecting me? I know he was in the middle of a launch, don’t know if he already caught up on his busy schedule, only time will tell!

  • Sandy Halliday

    Reply Reply January 17, 2012

    Alex is very approachable Sergio. You may have to make contact with him again. You never know where it might lead!

    Sandy

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 17, 2012

      Hey Sandy.

      Thank you for that recommendation, I will ask what the heck happened LOL no I’m just kidding but I will get in touch with him for real and see what gives.

      Thanks!

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply January 17, 2012

      Oh wow, looks like I should be checking Skype before replying to comments here…

      I just received feedback from Alex!!! :D

  • Adrienne

    Reply Reply February 9, 2012

    Oh Sergio… Are you in my head again! :-)

    First off, I have a future post coming about the same topic you discussed in the very beginning of this post my friend. I had heard this same story about the failing forward method which is a future post topic. Ah, great minds think alike. I love that!

    I know you’ve read some of my posts where I’ve shared that I joined the Forward to Marketing training series back in November of 2010 which is where I learned how to take massive action and get my blog to where it is now. Well, Alex Jeffrey’s is the creator of that course and Sally Neill is the one who was his traffic manager so to speak. She shot all the videos showing us what to do next and Alex had monthly webinars sharing with us the next steps to take. So I was a student of his and I have to admit, it’s where I learned the majority of what I’m doing now. Giving away tons of valuable free information.

    I’m so happy to hear that you’ve already had a conversation with the man himself and I have no doubt that you will be reaping the rewards Sergio. I’m so very proud of you and happy for you.

    Great message and I remember you “iseesalespeople” site. I was so sad when you quit and you told us you were going to create a blog in your own language, remember? So glad you changed your mind and are now doing this one. I bet you are too!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful message Sergio and rock on my friend.

    • Sergio Felix

      Reply Reply February 9, 2012

      Hey Adrienne,

      Yeah I have been studying Alex for a while now and a few marketers told me that Sally used to work for him and then went solo afterwards but I didn’t know she took care of the videos, that’s very cool!

      About speaking to Alex, we chatted a few times on Skype and a couple of times using video. I have to say the first time I was almost paralyzed because I couldn’t believe it but the second time I felt better and we actually had a nice chat as well.

      I’m glad he took the time to have those interviews since I know the man is busy as hell, so it was very rewarding for me and encouraging at the same time.

      I did create the new domains for focusing on marketing in Spanish but I didn’t get started with that.

      I still have many problems having to accept that I’ll have to deal with people who are undecided and skeptical about everything although these kind of mentality doesn’t represents the entire Spanish community, it is sadly, the vast majority.

      I really don’t feel I want to go through the hassle of convincing people of the opposite.

      I came back to blogging because this site (marketingwithsergio) actually started as part of a training that I’m still taking right now, otherwise I don’t know what the heck would I be doing LOL

      Thanks for your great comment and I’ll be on the lookout to read that new post you mention about the failing forward method.

      Have a great day Adrienne and thank you for the review on Tynt. ;-)

      PS. I’m already rocking it on this site, speed of implementation baby!

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