Are You Too ‘Rich’ To Be A Successful Internet Marketer?

I am constantly amazed at the ‘stories’ of the so called successful people and gurus in the internet marketing niche. Everywhere you turned, these superstar gurus seemed to have one fantastic rags-to-riches’ stories that will bring tears to your eye!

For a while, I was actually was afraid that maybe I was too rich to be successful as an Internet Marketer. After all I am a very successful Attorney with a PH.D and already owned 5 offline businesses before deciding to learn all I can about internet marketing. Yet, I could not find even a SINGLE PERSON who told the story of being financially solvent before embracing internet Marketing. It was almost as if Internet Marketing was for losers who found financial salvation just by getting on the computer and clicking away!

Seriously, have you noticed that virtually all the successful stories of Internet Marketers is a about ‘poor-boy-made-good’? It is either they were homeless before finding financial salvation in Internet Marketing; or they were about to commit suicide before somebody introduced them to Internet Marketing; or they were Bankrupt and living on welfare in a dingy shelter in London before they became successful as internet marketers. The more creative of these successful internet marketing gurus  will tell you, with pictures to prove it!, about how they were totally broke, sick and zoned out on drugs for years before someone finally introduced them to the heavenly world of Internet marketing.

They all made it sound like poverty is a required qualification for successful marketing online! Maybe people like me are simply too rich to succeed or make money as internet marketers!

Well, I can tell you that’s a big fat lie!

To being with, the reality is that you will most likely need to SPEND SOME MONEY to even have any chance of internet success unless of course you are defrauding people with your mouse (even that will cost you money upfront!).

As a newbie, you will need money for website registration and hosting; you will need some money for traffic; you will need buy some resources, and definitely need some money to buy some stuff that will help you including a computer.

In addition, you will need to spend lots of time on your computer! Yes, you may not need a lot of money to get started like traditional offline businesses, but you surely will find it difficult to make any money if you were really on the street or drugged out with no dime in your pocket.

In any case, regardless of what the gurus say, my feeling is that if you are drugged out or a poor homeless guy looking for your next meal, you won’t even have the time or inclination to get on any computer to start learning how to blog, much less learn how to make serious money online!

I say the RAG-TO-RICHES’ story of most of the celebrated internet gurus are mostly exaggerations at best, and in most cases, outright fabrications coined by clever script writers who know how to play on the fragile emotions of the emotionally vulnerable ones among us. Most of these successful internet marketers have been online FOR YEARS, spending lots of money, before they found success. Yes, many of them spent lots of money AND time online before arriving at the financial promised land. They are only making it look easy to suck you in, and collect the last $50 in your pocket!


The rags-to-riches stories of Internet Marketers all sound good, and they do encourage lots of people to believe in themselves that they can succeed too. However, you must recognize most of those claims for what they were: They are no more than cleverly manufactured ‘sob stories’ manufactured by the gurus and their copy writers to make you believe that the internet is a slot machine just waiting to give you millions of dollars if you are bold enough to click a computer mouse!

I say don’t get caught in that hype! Internet marketing is NOT for losers. Reality is most people homeless or drugged out probably were not taking their success serious to begin with. Success or Failure online, like anywhere else, has a lot more to do with YOUR MENTALITY AND PERSONAL DETERMINATION than the size of your bank account. Abject Poverty or Homelessness is NOT a required qualification for success for internet marketing. More than likely, you will need to have a job or some small income at the time you are starting otherwise it will take you a long time to see any sunrise from the dark side of Internet Marketing.

By any standard, I was NOT poor and I was NOT homeless and I certainly was NOT bankrupt at the time I decided to get into Internet Marketing. I not only had a job, I actually OWNED several brick and mortar offline businesses and I certainly resent the impression that Internet Marketing is only for those who are down and out on their luck! That’s how people get suckered into parting with their money under a misguided belief that they don’t have to work so hard.

The truth is that for you to succeed in Internet Marketing you will probably have to work MORE HOURS than if you had a day job. At least at the initial stages, as you learn and grow and learn how to really make money, you will need to spend serious time with your computer. Be ready. Be willing. Be ready to think. If it was really that easy to make money online with no money, and very little time to spare, how come everybody you know are not millionaires?

For those who are new to internet marketing, and really want to know how they can get started in making money online, I recommend my FREE book, Income Angel. It is a little book I have written to help you get started in learning a few things that can help you make money ONLINE today.  However, as you work your way into earning your first few dollars online, you must be ready to work hard and be willing to pay the price of success. Be ready to invest or re-invest the money you make from implementing the tips and tricks in that book.

Above all, what you will need is a renewal of your mind. You cannot think like a poor man and become rich. The mentality that got you into the homeless shelter, the bankruptcy court, or which allowed you to work as a bricklayer for years despite your potential, will NOT help you succeed in the highly competitive work of internet marketing.

Internet Marketing is a SERIOUS BUSINESS for serious people. Lazy people only end up giving the little money they have, or most likely do not have, to the rich guys who keep hyping them up. Remember, the rich only get richer while the poor people will actually get the little they have taken away from them, and given to the rich guy if they are not careful.

You must change your poverty mentality to that of abundance if you were to have any hope, even if you are poor right now.

About The Author

Dr Ope Banwo

Dr. Ope Banwo, [The Wealth Apostle] is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Attorney, Author, Motivational Speaker, Business Start-Up Specialist and Corporate Solutions Provider. He holds several degrees in law including LL.B, B.L, LL.M and a PH.D. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1986; the New York Bar, 1997 and Federal District Court of Nebraska, USA in 1997. Dr. Ope Banwo is an internationally acclaimed marketing guru who has helped thousands all over the world get started with making money with his trademark organizations, “The Internet Millionaires Forum” and “The Kingdompreneur Academy”. He organizes free seminars for youths all over the world on how to harness the power of the internet to achieve financial freedom. He also offers ongoing Mentorship, Training and Motivation for thousands people on how to make money in business. As a prolific author, Dr. Ope Banwo has written more than 20 books on different topics including Internet Marketing; Social Media Marketing; Christianity and Business Management. He is the acclaimed author of several internet Social Media Marketing products ‘Miracle Marketing Systems’ Series and the Marketing Epistle Series to help people and businesses understand how to best to use social media for their businesses. His Christian motivational Books include: The Making Of A Kingdompreneur, Overcoming The Gideon Complex, The Kingdom Citizen, The Return of The Prodigal and Blessings of Adversity. His most recent popular releases include the SOCIA MEDIA MESSIAH, (a step-by-step teaching on how people and businesses can harness the power of social media to explode their businesses online) and the CYBER MUSIC SUPERSTAR (to help young musicians make decent income selling their music online) You can connect with Dr Ope Banwo on Skype (opebanwo1); Facebook (thewealthapostle); LinkedIn (opebanwo) and Twitter (opebanwo) or Follow him on his blog:

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