Have you ever looked down at that expensive box that seems to drain away all of your free time, and wondered at how it so thoroughly controls your life? Well, don’t think like that – you know you choose to use it. And you also know you can get a lot of enjoyment and profit out of it. And just for the one person out there who isn’t sure what we are talking about here, we’re discussing computers. They do demand an awful lot of work, don’t they? FIrst, you work to make enough money to buy it. Then, you work to get it to the point where it is just right for your purposes. And after all of that, you work to do things using your computer. Sometimes you’re working for fun, such as when you play an especially challenging video game. Sometimes you put in some serious effort, while you struggle to make a fair living using only your mind and the muscles of your hands – in the sense of typing things, of course.
When you start to get to the point where you can make some money online, you may find that you’re mostly just doing manual labor. You work, and then you get paid precisely once. If this has motivated you enough to start your own web site, where you can get affiliate action going and maybe sell some products, that is great! You are making a move, and going for what you really want in life; not everybody does that, and it shows in how sad they seem to be. But how do you really make your computer work for you, instead of just pretending it is while you do 9/10 of the work?
For this, you need systems. When someone buys your e-book on your site, what do you have to do? If you answered with anything but “get paid, and remember to withhold some for taxes,” you are not yet automated enough. When your only concern is, “how can I make this do more for me,” you are really getting there.