A Day in the Life of JonnyQ888

A Day in the Life of JonnyQ888

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Power of Tithing

Hey, here is a quick update on how things are going.

Lead Gen
The site is currently doing the Google Dance but is #30 on Yahoo. I need to check in and see how things are going with the press releases. I also may have one of my employees focus on building backlinks for the site and the main Clickbank product page.

I set up an MSN campaign with an OTO a few days a go and I had my first OTO purchase last night! I'm pretty excited about that!

Site Flipping
A few months ago, I made a series of sites that were built for the purpose of being sold. The first one sold this weekend for $80! The auction failed to reach my reserve but after negotiations with the top bidder, we were able to come to an agreement.

After fees, the profit was about $56. I have a few more that I can list. I think I will list them one by one. A lesson I learned from this one is that I should probably keep the auctions length to between 3 and 4 days. I set it up for 8 and I think that was way too long.

The Power of Tithing
I don't know what your beliefs are and I'm certainly not going to try to push mine on you. However, I would like to tell a story about them because it relates directly to my business.

I was raised a Christian and was taught about the importance of tithing. In the past, I had been relatively good about it but I stopped going to church for several years and stopped tithing as much as I felt I should. I still believed in God but had issues with the mentality of people in the church. I still set up a bank account and put 10% of my job earnings into it each month to give to the church but...

I rarely went to church to give the amount I had saved...

...And I rarely put business earnings in the account.

After quitting my job and going full time, I will be the first to admit that things are tight. My girlfriend and I are living off of student loans and my business income. As such, I pretty much stopped tithing altogether.

Essentially, my perspective was that I didn't have enough money to pay bills, let alone give money away. It is a selfish perspective, it's not how I was raised, and, more importantly, it shows a lack of faith in my beliefs.

Since we have been here in FL, Natasha and I have found a church that we both really like. Absent is the self-righteousness that had turned me away from going to church. In one sermon, the pastor talked about having faith in God to provide what you need. He gave the example of Jesus being tempted by the Devil to turn stones into bread.

Prior to this sermon, I never understood why it would have been a bad for Jesus to turn the stones into bread. However, the pastor explained that by giving into His hunger and trying to make food for Himself, Jesus would have been showing that He didn't have faith that God would provide for all of His needs. He further explained that we do the same thing. We worry about how to pay our bills when we should have faith that God will provide us with what we need, when we need it. It may not be exactly when we want it but it will be when we need it.

That hit home.

I wasn't tithing specifically because I was trying to make bread for myself rather than trusting that God would provide. So, that day I started tithing. Immediately things started happening!

I heard from my property manager that the last unit of my duplex had a renter...
A guy from the UK wanted me to work on his YouTube videos...
I received a random check from my old employer...
And several other things that immediately put more in my pocket than I had given by a factor of 3 or 4!

I was good about tithing for a little while after that but fell off of the wagon...

Then last week, I started again and things have been incredible since!

I have wandered in the wilderness of this business for 7 years (next month), never really making much progress. Could it be that my lack of faith is why I have not achieved many of my goals?

I don't know. What I do know is that I'm going to let go. I'm not going to try to control the situation any more. I'm going to do the work that I know needs to be done and I'm going to give my tithes as I always should. If I do that, I'm confident that I will see incredible results=)

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