I started thinking about what type of way I could actually start getting my message out to more people.
I thought, "Well, how could take my presentation and put it online. And that's when I realized the answer was a webinar.
So, I put one together and then launched it.
I remember squinting at the computer screen that showed there were only 4 people on my webinar.
Including my parents!!
I went through my script and my slides and my closing pitch. It was so awkward.
I was so bugged when I finished because it felt choppy and disorganized.
I sat back in my chair and then heard a notification on my phone. Someone had sent me $497.
What?! Someone actually bought my product!
It was amazing! One of the greatest feelings in the world.
It felt like when I was selling door-to-door again and would have my first sale of the day. I loved it!
I was so happy because all that hard work had finally paid off. It was Sara and I asked her why she had bought.
She had gone through the beta-test course and she really didn't know what she was getting, but the fact that I had provided so much value in the beta-test group showed her whatever I had coming up next was going to be just as fantastic if not more so.
I kept working but I couldn't seem to get things to work out.
I kept trying new things and working hard and harder.
I didn't have money for ads so I did what everybody else did.
I started creating videos and I went on other people's shows, I posted on social media, ran "viral marketing campaigns" and you know what?
It didn't work...at all.
I was mad. I had been fed a lie.
All those pictures and videos working from the beach, it's all a myth.
Only a very small number of people actually do that.
I had spent $13,000 in total as a college kid with $0 to show for it.
I had maxed out my credit cards, was overdrawn in my bank account for the 3rd time that week, my rent was past due, my check engine light was on in my car and I was running out of food.
I was running out of time before I needed to get a "real job"
I started working harder and harder, trying to figure out what I needed to do.
I sat back in my chair as my roommates were in the other room laughing and talking, but they had no idea about the anguish that was going on inside.
I knew that the bills were due and I didn't have the money.
I couldn't help but feel sick looking at the negative numbers in my checking account.
It felt like a thousand pound weight was on my shoulders and I couldn't get it off, you know what I mean?
I started feeling like everything was falling apart.
I wanted to escape and never have to deal with this again.
It was like my whole body was in shock and nothing else mattered in the world to me at that point.
I needed money and I needed it ASAP. You've probably been there before.
I had been trying to do this on my own for 8 months at that point, nothing was working and I was sick of it.
I needed help, a mentor, a program, something or someone who could show me the way.