What exactly is a fatal flaw you may be asking!
The best way to explain is by relating it to works of fiction. Novels. Every novel has a hero/heroine and almost without exception, that hero or heroine has a character flaw. The flaw (whatever it is) prevents the character from getting what he wants (succeeding). But by the end of the novel, the hero has recognised his flaw, overcome it and ultimately succeeded.
Whether you realise it or not, this is the backbone of most novels. Whether that be mystery, crime, romance or whatever. Because people like happy endings. They like a good result.
Occasionally though, the flaw is what’s known as a ‘fatal flaw’. A fatal flaw doesn’t have to mean the hero dies – although he may do. It just means the hero never managed to overcome his flaw by the end of the novel and as a result, he failed in his quest… solve the crime, get the girl, kill the monster, whatever! In fiction writing this called a ‘tragedy’ and in fiction, they don’t happen too often.
In real life though, they happen all the time…
What are the potentially fatal flaws that prevent us from succeeding online;
- Fear of Failure
- Lack of Belief in Yourself
- Cutting Corners
- Easily Distracted
- Shiny Object Syndrome
Fear of failure prevents us from taking action and without action, nothing can happen. This can be cured by…guess what…taking action!
Lack of belief in yourself can be cured by gaining the right knowledge and then acting on that knowledge. Even if you don’t get it right the first time, you will gain confidence.
Procrastination is a tough one and we all suffer from it from time to time. Yes even me 🙂 It’s all down to discipline and setting yourself a regime that you can stick to.
Cutting corners. This is a big one and I see it frequently with some of the students of my courses. It’s natural to be in a hurry to see results, but cutting corners is one sure way NOT to get the results you want.
Easily distracted. So easy these days with social media, YouTube, mobile phones. Switch everything off (if possible) while you are working and definitely close down all social media sites!
Shiny object syndrome is a real success killer. I suffered from it myself for a short while several years back. Decide on the method you want to use as your vehicle to start making money online and stick with it. Forget everything else and focus on ONE thing. If you’ve ended up on a ton of email lists, unsubscribe from them. Clear your inbox, clear your mind and focus!
Okay I know this is a not a complete list, but if you’ve been attempting to make money online for more than a few months and you’ve still not seen any success, grab a pen and be totally truthful with yourself. How many potentially fatal flaws do you have ? 🙂