A fun ramble today that may take my older
readers back to their childhood chores?
I had many, but one of my routine daily tasks
was Lighting the fire!
This was before the days of central heating
and gas boilers, when we had a coal fire that heated
a back boiler to warm the house & hot water cylinder!
EVERYTHING Relied 0n that fire burning all day.
I’d wake early, and go down to rake the grate clean
of the ash from yesterday, after disposing of the
ashes (usually kept to use once the snows had fallen
and settled – recycling…lol), I’d chop some sticks
from scrap wood my father brought home work.
Then fill the coal bucket from the bunker out back.
Next would be to roll up the newspaper into paper
sticks, and prepare the hearth.
Some coal on the bottom, The paper sticks, followed
by kindling then bigger sticks, and finally more coal
on top of it all.
Then with a singe match and a bit of luck, I’d light
the paper, hoping there was enough to get the kindling
lit, then with a large piece of newspaper held in front
of the fire to block the main hole in the wall and feed
the air from below, (you had to be quick to pull it away
once the fire caught, or that was another fun scramble
for the poker to hold it down so as not to start a chimney
fire!!) – With luck the fire took and we had hot water
and radiators for the day.
Provided of course that we maintained the coal and logs
as the day progressed 🙂
But NOT ONCE did I ever think…
“Give Me Heat First…
then I’ll buy you some wood and coal!”
Have you heard that one before?
(I honestly can’t remember if I made it up or read it
years ago!) lol
But it did used to be a favourite saying of mine when
talking to my sales staff.
And I believe it applies just as much today online,
as it did back in the day.
So many people are in such a rush to ‘Make Money Now’
– they never want to put the effort in first!
We see it daily on social media and in private emails,
even in support tickets for private coaching that is
based over a year of learning and working on their
I talk to people, explain how much work they have to
put in, tell them they can start seeing a return on
investment within 4 or 5 months, rising to a full time
income by the end of the year.
Then 2 to 3 weeks later they’re asking…
“What can I do right now to bring in some serious cash?”
The answer is always the same!
NONE of us that make ‘serious cash’ did it from week 1
or 2 or 3!
We put in a lot of work, effort and time, then we saw
some small results.
We then continued to work on our plan and gradually those
small results turned into nice results.
We kept on keeping on and eventually we noticed we were
making a full time income.
Rinse and repeat again and we start getting Big Days…
Not one of us stared at an empty fireplace and shouted…
“Give Me Heat First
– then I’ll buy you some wood and coal!”
That would just be ridiculous!
And yet on a daily basis people seem to think they can
pop onto facebook and find someone who will tell them how
to make big money by doing nothing in order for them to
fund their dreams of becoming an internet marketing gnuru!
I’m not sure whether we should feel sorry for them?
(Some are on hard times and desperate – and sorry…
but you’d still have to work FIRST!)
Others just seem to have an entitlement mentality, where
they believe they have a RIGHT to XYZ as opposed to
understanding that XYZ is a privilege EARNED!
Anyways… lecture over, my point is I sincerely hope
that my emails, posts and products are of use, and that
ALL my readers do understand that we genuinely have to
chop the wood and buy the coals in order to have a good
warm fire to heat us.
And likewise – we need to use the tools we keep promoting
and put the effort in, in order to eventually see the
Now some tools can save SO MUCH time that it might FEEL
like we don’t deserve the success we get when we use them.
But that is usually down to someone else putting in a heck
of a lot of work to make those tools seem so easy.
So next time you’re building a fire, Give a thought to
those poor folks staring at an empty grate waiting for
some heat BEFORE they’re prepared to put in any effort!
(And remember NEVER to be one of those!)
P.S. Don’t forget if you want to create an internet
income of your own, product creation may be something
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There is a coaching offer at the end, But don’t join if you
expect to Get the Money BEFORE you put the work in!