Confessions of an un-guru
Letter from Phil is supposed to get to you
every weekend, but I've just realized why it hardly ever gets written
It's not me being lazy. I'm just being an un-guru.
The thing is I'm living the often dreamt of "internet
lifestyle", where my websites bring in so much money that I
now work when and where I want.
If you can even call it work.
And because I work from an isolated home, on the
top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere, I often lose track of
what day it is. Even what week. Though I haven't gone as far as
thinking it's November, when really it's only May.
Just kidding, I know it's only April :)
I'm not sure that admitting that I lose track
of the days is a good thing to be talking about, or not.
But you see, I live such a relaxed, laid back
life these days, that I just don't NEED to know whether it's a Monday,
Thursday, or Saturday. Or a Tuesday, Sunday, or Friday come to that.
I can't get newspapers delivered to the mountain
top, and I rarely watch TV. Even my watch, which displays the day
and date, is always wrong because it's one of those fancy self-winding
jobs that rely's on my body movement to power it. And I don't move
much except for my long daily walks when I don't wear my watch because
I'm often scrambling over rocks or sliding down scree slopes into
the valleys or onto a beach.
Anyway, this kind of lifestyle puts me at odds with many of the
internet marketing "guru's" out there, especially the
ones on the seminar and bootcamp circuit.
Many of them seem to pump out new products and
sales letters every few weeks, and they rely on staying in the public
eye at seminars to help sell their products. I've even heard some
marketers describe these seminars as "sellathons" which
really bothers me.
Now when you're in my situation, and you have
somewhere between 50
and a 100 websites bringing in an income, there's just not the
same kind of pressure to continually "perform" and promote
And I just I hate "selling" stuff to
you. Which is why, most of the time and with the majority of my
sites, I concentrate on niches
well away from the marketing/affiliate program area. That way I
don't personally know the people buying stuff and I don't feel guilty
selling to them.
Look, I know that this is a crazy kind of way
to feel. Both you and I know that we're all in this internet marketing
stuff for the money. That's what it's all about. Learning how to
make a living working from home, being able to take the day off
whenever we feel like it, without a boss breathing down our necks,
without the threat of redundancy hanging over us, without that long
commute into work every morning. Without even having to get out
of bed until we feel like it.
Trouble is I'm living that life now, and if I
feel like taking a month off I just do it. Which means no Letter
Look, I'll try and be better at writing it. I've
been sick, but I'm over it and I've got no excuse for not writing
Only one blot on the landscape. I'm off to China
and Thailand in a couple of weeks time, so I don't know what's going
to happen then. It's possible I'll find a way of writing to you.
And after that I'm heading on a trip to England, but writing from
there is never a problem. I do it every year.)
Perhaps, if you're in one of those countries,
we can meet up for a chat and a drink.
Just don't expect me to be one of those
internet marketing guru's.
I'm an un-guru and proud of it :)
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