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What Drives You?

One thing that everybody who tires to make money online needs is a goal. “But Geoff,” you say, “Isn’t making money online a goal in and of itself?” Sure, I suppose, but what what are you going to do with that money? Big numbers on a screen are good bragging tools, and piles of cash look impressive, but they won’t get you anywhere by themselves. I think that too many people look at big money as the goal, not as the means to achieve your goals. If you really want to succeed, you have to dream big and motivate yourself to keep reaching for you goal.

Every time I create a website, write a blog entry, or promote an affiliate offer, I have one goal in mind: World Travel. It’s funny how much I’ve matured in the last three years. If you would have asked post-high school Geoff what he’d do with $3,000, he would have told you “Big screen TV, faster computer, and video games.” Since then, I’ve learned that experiences are worth a lot more than physical goods, especially of the electronic variety (they’ll all be obsolete in a year anyway). If somebody handed me $3,000 today, I know exactly what I’d do with it: I’d take a two week vacation in Japan. I’d see the country, bathe in public bathhouses, and eat weird food. I’d take a thousand pictures (not in the public bathhouse of course) and have memories for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t blow all that money on souvenirs or trinkets either. I’d ride the bullet train, spend the night in a capsule hotel, and spend a full day in a Japanese arcade.

Of course, that’s only the first item on my to-do list. I also want to:

  • Travel to Ireland to see if it really is that green
  • Visit Norway to see where epic heavy metal comes from
  • Tour Italy and see the ancient Roman architecture
  • Go waaaay up north to see the northern lights
  • Drink a daiquiri in a hammock in the Bahamas

The list goes on and on.

What motivates you?

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3 Responses to “What Drives You?”

  1. Neotrepreneur Says:

    I don’t have a goal per say but I say that i love the networking feel of webmastering/blogging . I mean what is better then meeting new people with new ideas ? Meeting people with the same old ones that i can truly bash about :lol: .

    If i ever got 3 000$ , i would say : You can shove it up your *** . I want MOOOREEE !!

  2. C-Squared Says:

    I totally agree on traveling. If I ever get the money to, I’m going to get the hell out of here and meet some new people.

    If I got 3 grand right now though, I’d probably stuff it in my savings for college.

  3. Tim Spangler Says:

    I’m most motivated by financial security. I want to have enough saved that I could decide to never work another day again and still live like a baller for the rest of my life off of just the interest on my investments.

    If I were actually IN this situation I would spend a year to get a ton of world travel in, then come back completely refreshed and start a new business to double my security.

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