Time Waits For No One…

Who hasn’t heard that saying “Time Waits For No One”? Now, to be honest, and I’ll be aging myself here, hopefully many aren’t thinking about Rolling Stones or Freddy Mercury singing the title song written by Dave Clark but I’m talking about the quote everyone understands as “better get moving…time isn’t standing still”….

I had put myself a goal of being financially independent by the time I was 50…. I’ll be hitting 57 in May 2024. The big question I’m sure you’re asking is “are you there yet?” The quick answer is no – and if I’m really honest, not even close. But there’s more to it than that.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll figure out that I’ve been running towards that elusive internet success for quite a while now.

I’ve spent quite a few dollars in trying to get there and, although I’ve not been financially secure through those endeavours, I can tell you one thing: I know more about Affiliate Marketing, online sales and everything in between because of all the courses I’ve taken but more importantly, having listened to and grasped the information provided.

The only thing that has been consistent was always being able to find a mentor who would bring me closer to my goals. Dean Holland is one of those mentors.

Changing the Game – For The Better

Reading his book The Iceberg Effect was not only a game-changer, but it totally changed my thought process of what I needed to do to get financially secure. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

I didn’t want to start this weeks entry on a negative point but there’s a reality that struck my wife and I this week: a very good friend of mine – same age – received notice from his physician that the cancer he thought he had beat, has now metastasized to a different part of his body. He’s now at home and, like he pointed to me, is “waiting for death to knock on his door”.

Worst part is that once he had talked to his family about his upcoming unfortunate demise, his father had a heart attack, killing him on the spot.

Now, I’m not here to tell you about this sad part of my life – I’m here to tell you about living your life to the fullest. As I mentioned in a previous post, we all have 24 hours in a day; it’s how you use your 24 hours that will make a difference in your life.

When everybody is telling you that you should plan for the future and your retirement or even put a lot of money away for that “rainy day”, I’m here to tell you that that is important but that you never know when that rainy day becomes a torrent with a close “end date” at hand!

When you have those around you saying that what you’re trying to work at with Affiliate Marketing and Internet Profits won’t work and you’re putting time and money into something that won’t give you a dime; don’t believe them. Focus on what the team at IP and Dean Holland through his book, The Iceberg Effect provide and work the program. If you’re not a student yet, follow the link, pay for the shipping, get the book and just do it!

I won’t try to sugarcoat it; it’s been a very hard week. I’m a retired Army Officer and truthfully, it’s now as if I’m living with survivors guilt as if I was still in the Army.

Sitting down with my friend, he told me one thing: don’t wait! Don’t wait for that perfect timing. Don’t wait for when you’ll have more money in the bank. Don’t wait for that great opportunity that you think or know will present itself. Time waits for no one.

It’s not the first time that I’m going to lose someone close to me to cancer and I’m sure that many of you reading me or listening to me here have also gone through that horrible part of life, but it’s the first time that it’s someone my age, with pretty much the same dreams of traveling the world and taking advantage of what life has to offer. To his point, he’d trade all the money he has for that extra time.

 Success Takes Time… and Focus

Our mentor, Dean Holland, mentions it several times in his book The Iceberg Effect, you need to take the time to focus and work at it to get there. When you have too many distractions, you lose focus and you can easily be caught doing the “squirrel!” look when you least expect it.

Dean also makes it very clear that when you break it down and keep what you have to do to the most simple of tasks, it’s easier to see the success that it generates. It will give you the extra edge or push to continue on your journey without becoming discouraged. We all know that the success we are looking for won’t come overnight, it does take time.

If you have the patience and focus to go through the process of learning what you have to learn to get your Affiliate Marketing business up and running, you will achieve that success. It’s not rocket science and it’s been proven several times to work – just look at Dean and read his book; you’ll see it’s very feasible – feasible because a great mentor like Dean is behind your success.

My family and friends have always doubted my success when it came to anything on the internet. I don’t blame them, but how can I listen to someone who has no idea what it takes to make it online? Same thing as what I’ve said above, why should you listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t be successful online? Prove them wrong, order Deans book The Iceberg Effect and let’s work together to make it all happen.

Like what you’re reading or have questions? Don’t be shy, write it up in the comments section for me to reply and more importantly, don’t forget to subscribe!

To your success…to our success!

24 thoughts on “Time Waits For No One…”

  1. Our time is finite. I’ve been trying to use my time wisely when it comes to my business and also in my personal life. I’ll find myself wasting time watching TV or playing a game on my phone and wonder why. Why am I not reading the book I’m looking forward to? Why am I not using this time to cross-stitch? Etc. Time is passing me by and I need to enjoy it today.

    I’m also learning how much value a small amount of focused time is. I’m learning to use that ten minutes here and there. Whether it’s working on my business or making a cup of tea to enjoy, I’m starting to be aware of how I use my in-between times.

    It feels like there’s a shift happening in my mind. It’s a bit uncomfortable. It’s happening because I’ve experienced loss in the past year and there are more looming. That there is an end is becoming more real to me personally, perhaps because I’m approaching 50. I’d like to think I have time, but it’s so much less than before.

    Well, that was a sad note! On the bright side, I’m sure I will be bringing more value to the time I have than I have before. I’ve put that book by my bedside 🙂

    Maybe the key is to focus on what good things we can gladly do today. Fill it up with good things!

    1. Hi Nakina,
      Taking time to do other things like watching tv or playing a game on your phone can also help us being able to focus on what needs to be done at other times.
      Let me explain myself: If you spend 30 minutes playing a game on your phone, you’ve given yourself the chance to relax and do something you love. Spending 2-3 hours on that same game on the phone is time not used efficiently; that’s the portion that so many of us unfortunately lose track of.
      Bringing value to the time used is a definitely plus! Wishing you all the best.

  2. That is perfect advice – Don’t wait.

    So sorry to hear about your friend. I too have a friend my age whose doctor proclaimed that he had a rare form of stomach cancer and it was in stage four. For anyone else, I believe they would wait it out at death’s door. But not my friend. For a full year on a daily basis he proclaimed he was feeling happy, excited and posted his charcuterie feedings on social media. Then he would ask for thoughts and prayers each time he would have a chemo treatment.

    I’m sure we are at treatment #40 something and on a recent visit he proclaimed to me that he was hopeful that his stage 4 cancer will turn into a treatable disease. The cancer of course has taken its toll on him and life for him will never be “normal” again but time will tell and it just goes to show how a positive attiude can have on any situation – even if it feels like being in dire straights.

    You do drive home the point that Dean’s book stresses the focus we need to be successful. I would add that a positive attitude helps as well.

    To your success…to our success!

    1. Thanks Robert,
      A positive attitude is definitely part of the equation and even though we may have misgivings about being positive, it surely can’t hurt by having it. Sending some thoughts and prayers to you friend.

  3. Yes there is a fine balance to be had between enjoying life non and planning for the future. I am shocked at how quickly time flies, and particularly as I get older and see my grandkids grow I am thankful for the time I have had with my family, but also the need to secure an income to make the best of the time left.

    1. Thanks for your comment Tony,
      Definitely, time flies! So important to keep in mind our goals and making sure that we put ourselves in a position to attain them.

  4. Wow, Marc…. wonderful (WONDERFUL!) message! I was quite captivated, and to be honest, I almost felt like I was reading something that I myself had written. Not only can I relate.. what you were writing felt eerily familiar. I, too, have financial goals that I have yet to achieve (when I thought by this age, I would). I also have family members around me who don’t think I will do much with this affiliate marketing thing. Although supportive, they tend to act like it’s just a hobby. I believe your words were just the message I needed to read this morning. Thank you for sharing… and truly I look forward to your next one!

    1. Hi Lauren,
      Thank you for your comment and definitely happy that it resonates. Sometimes we feel as if we’re floating alone in a sea of unknown and yet, without thinking about it, we have so many that are in the same boat.
      To our success!

  5. Hi Marc,

    First and foremost, sorry to hear the bad news.
    We do need to live our life to the fullest while we are alive and well and sometimes part of that statement means to take some “risks” in order to do something out of the norm. In our case and in the case of all of us here is to do affiliate marketing. Sometimes we have to invest a lot of money to learn from the best teachers and have a higher chance of succeeding.
    Although not ideal, sometimes I rather take a risk and be disappointed that it didn’t work than not take a risk and live wondering if it might have worked.

    1. Hi Albert,
      And that is definitely the point I like to bring across: “better to have tried and failed than to not have tried at all!”
      Thanks for dropping by & for your comment.

      1. Hi Marc,
        Great post!
        It can be challenging to run biz when life has its challenges. You’re doing it though, awesome! I find it easy to waste time, there’s always something available to that we can choose to put our time into that may distract us. the hard part is staying focused on our goal. Keep it up!

        1. Hi Denny,
          Thank you for your comment. Distractions are the worse thing that you can let into your life – personal or professional.
          Making the best out of our 24 hours is definitely the best option.
          All the best to you!

  6. Hi Marc,

    First, I wanted to say so sorry to hear about your friend, I can only imagine how painful that must be.

    I have personally kept my endeavor in affiliate marketing private for now. I know there are a lot of naysayers and I just don’t need that negativity around me right now. I find that the people who are most positive about what I am doing are people who tend to be non-judgmental in general. They have the “it’s your life to live” sort of attitude. Which it is!

    It is my life to live and I am just committed to the “process” of doing what needs to be done. The process is all I can focus on or I get discouraged. So, the process is, that I write blog posts, and I follow up with anyone on my email list, with emails. I do some blog-hopping, blog-sharing, blog posting on social media. I visit forums and try to provide value. I continue to listen to the training, ask questions from our coaches, and move forward as much as possible.

    I do the work (the process) and trust that the results will follow in time. I do not expect miracles, I expect that hard work, focus, and doing the “stuff” that needs to get done will lead to the results. For example, right now my goal is not a monetary goal at this point, my goal is to have a certain number of people join my email list. I feel if I focus on that goal, I will eventually meet a monetary goal in the future. I wish you the best in your journey, sounds like you are definitely on the right track!


    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you for your comments and good wishes. As I mentioned, it’s been quite the start of 2024!
      Following that process, with the help of Dean and his team, will get you there, I’m positive.
      Wishing you all the best as well; to our future!

  7. Marc, well that’s a shocking story. Life is very short and we don’t know what’s gonna happen the very next second. This is exactly why what you’re doing is the right thing to do. Building a business getting financially free and then being able to help others and live the lifestyle that you want is the aim. You may be 57 and I am 52 but I don’t think it’s too late. We’re here we’re trying we’re building. Let’s just keep going. And God willing it will happen for us. Thanks so much for the reminders. Thanks, Atif

    1. Hi Atif,
      Thank you for your comment and definitely not too late! Commitment, support from our peers and guidance from our mentors will help us achieve our goals.
      All the best!

  8. I resonate with your thought time waits for no one, Like you I set up my retirement at 45, but I didn’t follow the plan. I congratulate you for the mentorship of Dean Holland, he and his proven plan, Hi will guide you true the process, All the best in your journey.

    1. Hi Ezequiel,
      Dean and his team are definite game changers! Wishing you all the best in your journey and thanks for dropping by and providing me with your comment.

  9. People always like to give opinions on something they know nothing about.

    But it is important to understand that opinions are just opinions, they are not facts.

    So I hope you don’t get discouraged when people tell you what you are doing is not going to work.

    They don’t know any better.

    The best thing you can do is to succeed and prove them wrong.

    Of course, don’t do it just to prove others wrong. Do it for yourself.

    1. Hi Alan,
      Great comment – and to the point! Definitely making sure to succeed for oneself instead of others is the road to go on.
      Thanks for taking the time to write your comment & wishing you all the best!

  10. Hi Marc!
    This post moved me to tears. Your words are truly spoken with personal experience. Thank you for sharing. My thoughts are with you and your friend. I, too, have gone through many losses of family and friends – most, before their time. It is scary to be in that place where your friends are now passing away.
    The time is now! Choose what you wish to accomplish and set those goals! Although a bit older, I have started an affiliate marketing business under the mentorship of Dean Holland.
    Thank you for your insight, and I look forward to your future posts!
    All the best!
    Milissa Neirotti

    1. thank you for your comment Milissa,
      Knowing that you’re not alone is definitely half the battle one! Wanting to better your life and those around you may take some time but if you don’t do it now, when?
      Situations like those will – most of the times – help you take the decisions you’ve put up to “later”.

  11. Thank you Marc.
    Sorry to hear about you friend.
    Very powerful message: Don’t wait, time is not waiting.
    We all have the same 24 hours.
    Some waste it on unnecessary arguments, worries, jobs they hate or tv. Others spend their time on unnecessary tasks that can be delegated to save time.
    From my perspective, you invested yours in building your business but also developing new skills. Very wise move.
    I also had a goal to be financially free at age 40. I had some delays due to shiny object syndrome, hence I achieved it at the age of 45. But it slipped away slightly. But I am catching up. I have written it all on my blog.
    Good advice not to wait for a better time or circumstances. The perfect time is now.

    1. Hi Tom,
      Thank you for your comment and yes, we all have the same 24 hours. Making sure that we use them wisely is definitely something to reflect.
      All the best!

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