My “David Copperfield” page (the back story)

My “David Copperfield” page (the back story)

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

How I got started


  1. Wanted to create alternative streams of income (love that word “streams”! All that lolly just streeeeeeeaming in, with a cool rushing roar like a mountain river in springtime)
  2. A medical emergency reminded me how fragile my life and health really are, and not things I can take for granted
    1. What if could no longer work?
    2. What if my company went bust?
    3. What if I got fired (for blogging irreverent comments about my employers, for instance!)?
    4. I also realized…. I no wanna work here any more! Am fed up with the work I do
      1. not challenging
      2. not meaningful
      3. little or no communication with either my clients or my co-workers
      4. felt increasingly out-of-step with everyone
        1. I want to  get the #$%&! (GT#$%&!OOH) out of here, but everyone else seems perfectly happy working here until retirement (and even beyond, for some)
        2. Sent a colleague a link to a scene in “Up in the Air”  (see below),  with the comment, “This may sting a little.” The next day, he said, “I don’t feel I gave up on my dreams. I actually enjoy it here.”
        3. Shock! I could not believe my ears. Am I the only one who wants to GT#$%&!OOH?
    5. Whenever I didn’t see a colleague for a long time, I found myself hoping he’d “escaped”. I only knew one who had (although another lived half the year in Thailand managing his plantation, which sounded very cool! But he still needed to teach English in Japan for the other half of the year – not my idea of an “escape”).

Previous relevant experience

  1. Had created my own website, taught myself HTML.  Became an Amazon Japan affiliate and made a few bucks.
  2. Had sold other people’ s products in the past but not done any heavy promoting, just posted a link on my homepage and wrote a couple of posts. That particular stream had dried up long ago, but it was fun while it lasted. I clearly remember the thrill of getting my first “check in the mail”.

The immediate motivators

  1. I discovered that someone I had long admired – an academic, a writer, a brilliant speaker, a podcaster – had got off the academic circuit and was earning his living entirely from online businesses!
  2. One of his websites states simply: “I make my living online. So can you.” That got me excited. Not just make a little extra pocket money: MAKE YOUR LIVING ONLINE!
  3. I bought his book “5 Paths to an Online Income” in April. Digital. The link arrived within a couple of minutes, and a couple of minutes later I had the book in my hot little hands… well, figuratively speaking. I read the whole thing. Then I went back and started reading again. I thought, “I can do this!”
  4. 3 days later, he sent me an email (ok, not just to me, to about a trillion other folks, too) that mentioned Michael Cheney and an upcoming webinar. This is what he said. The underlined bits in particular persuaded me. I signed up.
    1. I’m following Michael Cheney’s method. That’s really it. 
      I own every single product Michael has ever created. And I guess it’s paying off, because one of the best-known guys in the industry just told me I’m fast becoming one of the top dogs.
      Michael earns seven figures per year online, much of that in affiliate marketing. So — duh — he’s a pretty good guy to learn from.
      He recently created a video series in which he explains his strategies for making lots of sales as an affiliate.
      If you’ve ever been even slightly curious about how someone pulls in that much cash just by sending emails or posting on Facebook, your questions will be answered.
      Plus, you’ll love the guy.
      Maybe you’ll be put off by his “Earn up to $X per day!” pitch. Or the “use my secret method” message in his sales letter. If it were anyone other than Michael, I’d be skeptical.
      And yes, he does have his own unique method.
      I’m using it right now. 🙂
  5. He kept writing about it, podcasting about it, even inviting online marketers onto his podcast. I listened to one. I got bitten by the bug.
  6. I watched the promo videos and bought my first product. Watched my first webinar. Didn’t buy the upsell ($2,000! R u #$%& kidding??)
  7. Now I had a product, not entirely sure what it was, and had no idea what to do with it.
  8. What was my next step? Go here to find out.

“Mr. Fawlty! I no want to work here anymore!”

“How much did they pay you to give up on your dreams?”