Why Most People Never Make it Big Online

There is a general belief that it is ridiculously hard to make it big online. I am living proof that this is absolutely not true!

I’m a JUNIOR COLLEGE DROP OUT! LOL – Yup – that’s right! I went to Riverside Community college for 3 years without any real direction in my life and ended up delivering pizza for a while for $7.00 an hour plus tips.

Now I live in Orange County California with my wife and 2 kids & make a good 5 – 6 figures per month.  While I’m certainly not stupid, I’m really NOT that smart.  How am I different then?  I had the focus, the drive and the NEED to succeed and I did NOT see failure as an option.

The fact remains that of all the people who try to generate an online income, only less than one percent ever succeed. But that statistic applies to everything in life – not just online success. Of all the artists that we have had in the history of mankind, there has been only one Picasso.There was only one Leonardo Da Vinci.

There are tens of millions of businessmen in the world – the majority of them are only average. Almost all of the wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few like Bill Gates, Carlos Helu, and company!

Today, virtually every young kid is an aspiring rapper. Still, there was only one Tupac Shakur.

Many people can dance on land; only one thought of doing the moonwalk.

There are 7 billion people on earth – each one of them is consumed by the desire to get rich. However, only about 1800 out of the 7 billion are truly rich! If you ask me, 1 in a 100 (odds of making it online) are pretty fantastic odds!

Humans are social animals and society needs leaders. A society where everybody is a leader would be dysfunctional and hence 99% of people are sheep and only 1% are shepherds. It is up to you to decide who you want to be!

You can tell the size of a man by the size of his problems.

Ordinary people are bogged down with trivial problems. They lose focus easily and lack the elusive quality of perseverance.

They become discouraged at the faintest hint of failure. If something is not working for them, they make lame excuses and quit instead of getting down to the root of the problem.

  • They do not have a spine – they take the easy route.
  • They just GO WITH THE FLOW!
  • They flutter through life like a plastic bag through an open field.
  • Their existence has little meaning.
  • They are expendable and easily replaceable.
  • They have no control over their own emotions and actions.

So… they can never control others and never become leaders.


You may be wondering, why am I blabbering about leadership – this was supposed to be a post about making money online right?

Well, being a leader means having an influence on a group of people and you can never succeed online unless you learn to influence others.

You don’t have to be inspirational, but at least be informative. If you cannot be informative, at least be entertaining. If you cannot be entertaining, learn to be honest and sincere.  If you can’t be honest and sincere, well – you’re probably in the wrong industry!

You cannot make a dime as an online entrepreneur if you do not learn the trade of dealing in emotions. It sounds very manipulative, I know.

However, I have noticed that everything sounds kind of weird when you take away all the distractions and focus on just the truth.

For example: You can advertise a muscle car as a means of injecting a shot of adventure/adrenalin/excitement to your life. Or you can simply say “buy a muscle car and pollute the environment!”. Both of them are facts and both of them can be used to influence people emotionally. Influencing people does not mean manipulating them – it can simply be interpreted as helping them. Your success as an individual (both online and offline) is directly related to the number of people you can help.

People fail online because of 3 primary reasons:

  1. They lack clarity of thought. They have no real vision or passion. I am online because I genuinely love to teach people to become more independent – emotionally and financially. My website is a process of de-hypnosis where people learn how to quit the rat race and live life on their own terms.
  2. They lack perseverance. I do not watch idiotic programs. Rather, I focus on creating content that others might benefit from.
  3. They do not practice what they preach – they are not sincere. Sincerity is a rare commodity. It helps you to establish trust. If you are trustworthy, people will patronize your business.

Your definition of success if probably not even that fancy. Most people want to just make a few thousand dollars per month online before their stressful jobs cause them to die prematurely. That’s how I started off, and it’s very much achievable as long as you can cultivate the leader mindset. It is not an overnight move, it is a lifetime hobby – a slow evolution.

You can start by asking yourself these three questions:

  1. What would I do for free? This is your niche! Look no further.
  2. How can I help more people?
  3. How can I be different from the competition?

Focus on the process, the results will come.  If you want success, then you need to work on your mindset.  If you want to work on your mindset, then check out the Millionaire Brain – and be motivated!

Hope this helps! 🙂


Jeff Lenney

My Name is Jeff Lenney. I'm an Affiliate Marketer, and Search Engine Optimization Expert. Read my Other Posts Here: Jeff Lenney's Articles

  • Steve Nordberg says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Great post! Glad I found you. I saw your video on keyword research on Google keyword planner. Very helpful. You should know that your link to your site, that goes with this video, is not working correctly. I got a lead pages alert.

    What path did you follow to become successful online? What path would you recommend a relative newbie like me take to begin earning online?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Jeff Lenney says:

      Thanks Steve – the link SHOULD be fixed now!

      As for what path? Honestly, I took a long time (2 years) at first and learned on my own. I did OKAY, but once I got a mentor and a step by step program to FOLLOW things became much more clear as I knew what to do and how to do it 🙂

      You’re more than welcome to check out the reviews portion of my site here (top menu) – I usually review just SOLID products, and explain WHY i’m recommending them and give proof as well.

      Hope this helps!


  • Another great post Jeff. Always an eye opener for me as to why I am on the path to achieve financial freedom. I am working on an internet/email/passion marketing blog right now myself and you are always a good resource to look to with your vast wealth of knowledge on the topic. I hope one day I get the chance to work with you. Keep doing the good you do my man!

    • Jeff Lenney says:

      Thank you so much Markandeya for your kind words – always a pleasure to hear from you! 🙂


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