When I first started marketing online I knew no one personally that was doing what I wanted to do. Even after a few years of Internet marketing I had only a few acquaintances or friends online. Keep in mind, this was long before MySpace, Twitter, or the whole social atmosphere which is on the web now. Yes, it was just me and my computer, pretty lonely
One day after sending out an email to a list of mine with my phone number in it one of the readers called me. This was probably the 2nd or 3rd person I ever talked to over the phone who I’d met online. His name was Rob Boirun and we talked and eventually became good friends and we did some projects together. We shared a lot of information and I learned a lot from him.
Some time after that I finally started to reach out beyond my cozy little home-based bubble. I would actually pick up the phone and call people, introduce myself, and get to know them. I even put my phone number right on this website, it’s still there if you look now. The connections I began to make were incredible and have led to many partnerships, opportunities, and has led me to make me hundreds of thousands of dollars.
One day I ran across an Internet marketer who I saw lived in the same town as me! His name was Eric Holmlund and I reached out and called him. Then, I took a big step. I actually left my bubble! We went and had lunch. While at lunch Joel Comm called him on his cell phone! I didn’t realize he even knew Joel Comm.
Later that year the three of us attended an Internet marketing conference. (Very far from my bubble.) If you’ve never attended a marketing conference you definitely must. I got to hang out with Joel and Eric the entire weekend and they introduced me to tons of other people. I felt like I knew everyone in the industry after only a weekend!
Sometime after that, about a year and a half ago through some turn of events I cannot remember Amit Mehta reached out and called me. We became great friends and eventually started a Mastermind group together. This group completely changed my business and has brought me some of the greatest friends I have.
As you can see, just a small act of reaching out can begin to unwind a huge turn of events that can literally change your business and your life!
Today I know TONS of people that do what I do, and it seems the more connections I make the larger my income grows, the larger my business gets, the more opportunities come across my path, and the faster my knowledge increases.
As I look back, one of the mistakes I wouldn’t repeat is waiting so long to start connecting and reaching out to other Internet marketers. Even if you’re a beginner you’d be surprised at just how friendly people really are and how much direction and advice they’ll be willing to give you. So go ahead, reach out and touch someone today. Don’t wait and don’t be afraid.