There’s Room for You at the Top: Achieving the Life You Want in 2020

Dream Big

According to Forbes magazine, the number of billionaires in the world decreased last year. There were 55 fewer billionaires in 2019 than there were in 2018, but you know what that means? There’s room at the top for you!

Think about this: John D. Rockefeller worked 46 years to become the world’s first billionaire.  Michael Dell did it in 14 years.  Bill Gates achieved that status in 12 years.  Jeff Bezos joined the club after just 5 years, but here’s the showstopper: Jay Walker of Priceline did it in one year.

What can you accomplish in one year?

How do you turn dreams into reality?  That process starts with the execution of goals that move your business forward.  Bryan Harris of VideoFruit presents this simple graphic:

Close the gap

That’s the key to success – taking action that leads to success.  Business momentum comes from simple actions that work together to achieve dreams.  Viral growth comes from the right goals done at the right time, and that takes a strategy that gets you from where you are now to where you want to be.

High achievers figure out how to get to where they want to be.  Low achievers wallow in self pity and refuse to take the actions necessary to get them out of their pity party and into the fast lane moving toward the accomplishment of the goals necessary to achieve their dreams.  If you’re stuck in the pity party, it’s time to redirect your energies.

So, how are we going to make that happen? How can you close the gap for your business?  Let’s start with SMART Goals.


What do you want to achieve?  Write it down.  Why is this important to you?  Write it down.  What steps will you take to achieve your goal?  This is where to get really specific.  Write down the action steps that you will follow that will lead you to the accomplishment of your dream.

The R in SMART stands for realistic, but what we’re really after is measurable goals.  How will you know that you’ve completed the action steps that move you toward achieving your dream?  Using measures, whether they’re metrics or other measures, quantify your progress. What do you intend to accomplish?

Put a date to your dream.  When do you want to achieve your goal?  Do you think that Bill Gates or Michael Dell or Jeff Bezos or Jay Walker sleepwalked to becoming billionaires?  Of course not.  They were incredibly focused goal-setters and goal-achievers.  Take a look at this:

Bezos starts Amazon

There’s Bezos behind his desk, armed with a computer and a dream.  Now he’s the richest man in the world.  What do billionaires have within them that enables them to achieve their dreams?  Boldness and confidence.  They believe in their dream and they believe that they can accomplish what they dream.  Is that you right now?

If it isn’t, we can change that.  It takes courage to move forward when you’re the only one who believes in yourself and your dream, but you can do it.  Before I knew where it came from, I saw a saying on a wall in a backroom at a car dealer. Here’s the saying:

Zig Ziglar: Be Bold

The choice is yours – are you going to be timid or bold as you set out to achieve your dreams?  My business is helping online entrepreneurs achieve their dreams by training them to create irresistible marketing.  My niche is marketing.  I have a line of products that will help you do better marketing. I do copywriting for those who for whatever reason don’t want to do it themselves. I also do marketing consulting.

Whether you’re an affiliate  or you’re creating your own products, you can achieve your monetary goals on the internet, but you’re going to have to be committed to it. The hard truth is that if you’re not making money on the internet, you have a hobby, not a business.

Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to break into online business, and if you believe that affiliate marketing can’t be the vehicle to take you to millionaire status, look at this:

Affiliate Marketing Earnings

In this survey, 18.8% of affiliate marketers make less than $20,000 a year, but that figure is probably higher.  The truth is that many fail at affiliate marketing, but look at the other end of the spectrum.  6% report making more than $2 million a year.  That figure is probably too high based on the small sample size, but becoming a millionaire through affiliate marketing is possible. I’ve highlighted a number of affiliate marketing millionaires in blog posts and emails.

Finch Sells gives the following income brackets for affiliate marketers:

  • Affiliate Apprentice – Losing money.
  • Low Level Affiliate – Anywhere from $0/day up to $300/day.
  • Intermediate Affiliate – Anywhere from $300/day up to $3,000/day.
  • High Level Affiliate – Anything above $3,000/day.
  • The ‘Bag of Dicks’ Affiliate – He who considers anything less than $10,000/day to be ‘doing it wrong’.

By the way, those numbers are profits, not gross income.  Whether you’re an affiliate marketer, or creating your own products, here’s a baseline for you:

Business coach Todd Herman has put together the following simple graphic to show the stages to taking your business to the heights you dream about.

5 Stages of Business

So, where are you and where do you want to be with your income? What’s your plan for getting to where you want to be?

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