I’ve been threatening to do it for a while.
I’ve even started creating something a few times before now.
Then of course I get offered a chance to collaborate with an indeterminate amount of bloggers (over 100 were contacted, 12 replied) on a book of indeterminate size, writing about the ideas I could have chosen but didn’t because I built this blog instead.
Enter the Internet Business Ideas Book
There’s a new page in the navigation bar now called Ideas Book – over there you’ll get to see the ‘sales page’ and information about the product, along with what I’m offering in conjunction. Honestly I’m not great at the whole sales pitch thing, so do me a favour and go read that page (preferably after this post). Instead I’m going to sit and tell you a story.
A Bear named Tom
Tom was a young, inexperienced but enthusiastic polar bear ready to set off into the world. He was good at fishing, swimming, and had starred in high profile documentaries from a very young age (at least, until he was no longer a cub). His parents had looked after him, teaching him all they knew until it was finally time to branch out alone and make his own name.
The problem Tom had was that, thus far, he was the exact same as every other young polar bear. In fact, due to the way they were all brought up, they even started their journey into the big wide world at the same time. Which was all well and good for normal polar bears, but Tom had dreams of becoming one of the wealthiest, most respected, famous polar bears in the Arctic.
How could he possibly distinguish himself?
At first, he tried to become the best fisherman. He’d spend hours every day catching as many fish as possible, and giving them away to the other polar bears (he couldn’t sell them, because all polar bears can fish). Early on he realised this wasn’t working; he was becoming more famous, but for entirely the wrong reasons. Worse still, even his childhood sweetheart spent more time laughing at his efforts than paying attention to his advances.
Next he tried becoming the fastest swimmer…
Similar results. He became very fast, winning almost every race he took part in. He gained more fame, more people would stop and talk to him as they passed in the snow, but it still wasn’t getting him where he wanted to go. People were laughing less now though. Now they jeered, or cheered, there was no rhyme or reason for either.
He tried a brief stint as a Documentary Model that he refuses to acknowledge.
By this time he was getting a bit older. He’d gained the skills needed to be a truly excellent fisherman. He was incredibly fast when he went swimming. He was still good looking, though he wasn’t about to try using that again. Tom felt he was beginning to run out of time and would soon have to settle for a traditional, boring life.
Then his Dad paid him a visit
Together they went for a walk to the nearest human encampment. It took them weeks just to get there, all the while his father refused to tell Tom where they were going. When the village finally came into view they settled down by a snow drift to watch for a while.
This is what they discovered:
- Humans eat fish
- They’re not very good at catching them without huge objects and things floating in the water
- They don’t swim very well, and when they try they shiver
A lightbulb went off in Tom’s head. If he could find a way to communicate with the humans, he could trade them fish in exchange for beautiful jewels, fame, and fortune (the jewels were for his sweetheart). That night he gathered lots and lots of fish, of all kinds, and sneaked into the village. Quietly he deposited them in the centre, and took two trinkets from a nearby window as payment.
Cutting a longer story short
He went back night after night. The villagers started leaving prizes and gifts for him in the centre of town. He became legendary among the people, a bit of an oddity among his own kind, and became the first polar bear to present his special girl with real jewels. They lived happily together until he grew old and their own cubs were ready to start their journey.
Think we all know what happens next!
So what do polar bears have to do with making money online?
First, I like polar bears. I could have used any animal; that’s not the important part.
Second, don’t we all go through that sensation between leaving home and giving up on our dreams? In the story Tom had his father to help guide him. In your story, how would you like 12 very different bloggers to give you a jump-start?
You’ll still have to work. You’ll still have to learn. Wouldn’t it be nice to start in the ‘right’ direction?
Here’s the link again to that page with the Internet Business Idea Book I mentioned earlier. It has your helping hand, a calendar to help keep you on track, and one gift so amazing I haven’t even revealed it yet!
Have a look, order it if you like what you see… And if you feel like being the father bear in this story, you can even order it for the Tom in your life.