As I was doing my internet work and listening to CNN as I often do, I heard something that caught my ear and stuck in my mind.

The person being interviewed on African Voices was African photographer Nana Kofi. He said the words of the title of this blog,

Sitting on Gold and Begging for Brass.

He was talking about the African continent, but those words also made me think about the Internet Marketing industry.

Jon Olson had a rant the other night on TELive which was basically about us getting our heads out of our backsides in this industry and taking not only action, but responsibility for what we do. What also struck me as interesting about the rant is that he included himself in the criticism. Very humble indeed.

The Internet Marketing industry is such a gold mine of potential if done properly, but what do we see? We see a bunch of people pushing a bunch of bull crap.

The few (Like many of the people who attend TELive) that really try to put their best into the industry and get something in return for the value that they offer, the hard work they do and the investment that make, are often drowned out by all the crap pushers.

New people coming into the industry think that what they see and hear from the crap pushers is gospel. They think all you have to do is “copy, paste and get rich.” Nothing cane be further from the truth. If you are interested in the real inside truth of things, read this blog post by Scott Wright of team Lucky 13. The post is called “So You Want to be a Traffic Exchange Owner?

Something else that Nana Kofi mentioned in his interview is that we need to stop blaming others for our lack of success and work hard – not relying on “luck.” Does that not sound like the kind of thing that Jon Olson and others has been talking about forever on TELive?

Do we really get all the value out of the Internet Marketing training like we get at Click Track Profit, or from programs such as “+1 Success,” or do we miss the point?

The whole CTP teams thing is supposed to be about friendly competition and networking. But what do we see? Childish stuff.

For those who get it and that have been getting the full value that CTP Teams has to offer are really experiencing some wonderful business as well as personal growth. I am fortunate to be a member of team Lucky 13 Too, which is the “B team” of Lucky 13. The benefit has been tremendous.

The Internet Marketing industry has created a network of ‘servants’ instead of ‘leaders’ (something else that Nana Kofi mentioned about the system of education in Africa where he grew up). It’s time for that to change. But it wont change if we don’t.

Are we going to take advantage of the potential goldmine that the Internet Marketing industry has to offer? Or are we gonna keep “holding our cups out asking for brass?

You should watch the interview, it was very interesting.

Begging for Brass

Direct link for the interview

Till next time!

Written by John Brewer

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