Hey, Josh here.
Since you came to this page, I’m gonna assume that you want to know who I am, what my life is like, what I do, what I’m about. So here goes:
I live in a big apartment building in the city, and I think the other people who live here must think I’m unemployed. They see me coming and going in the middle of the day wearing jeans and a T-shirt, looking like I’m not up to much.
But really, what I’m up to is leading my best life.
I mean, I do work. But I’m self-employed, and I split my time between freelance software consulting, which I love, and Internet marketing, which I also love. I set my own hours, so if I want to head over to the coffee shop across the street, or take the afternoon off, I can do it. There’s nobody to ask for permission.
When my wife gets home from her own job (which is in an office, but she loves it, and that’s cool), I’m not exhausted and burnt out from some crazy work day. I’m feeling accomplished and fulfilled, and ready to spend the evening with her. Every night can be Date Night.
To me, that’s living my best life.
Things weren’t always like this. Flash back a couple of decades, and I was a cubicle-dwelling, 45-minute-commuting 9-5 (or more like 9-7, most days) office worker. I often took work home with me, and even when I didn’t, I was usually so tired by the time I got home that I wasn’t good for much more than watching TV.
The crazy part is, at the same time, I was really ambitious. I thought that being successful meant having the best job title, the fattest paycheck, the coolest car. And after years of trying to climb the corporate ladder, it did pay off. I landed a job in senior management at my company, and a raise to go with it. I should have been ecstatic, right?
Well, I was. For a few months. And then I started to notice that I was working way more hours than I had before. I was spending less time with my wife. I was stressed out all the time. My health was getting poor. Basically, I had gotten what I’d been striving for the whole time, and…
It was at that point that I had a realization that has shaped my life ever since: status and power in the 9-5 world are not what’s important. They just make you a big fish in a small pond. What’s truly important is the quality of your life.
Should have been obvious the whole time, right?
From that day forward, I set out to change things. And it took a while. First I got out of management. Then I looked for a job where I could work from home and have flexible hours. That took a while, but I was determined, and I finally found one. And after a few years of doing that, and saving my pennies, I finally had the money to drop out of the corporate world altogether, and start not one, but two companies. One for software consulting, and one for something I’d just heard about recently: Internet marketing.
I don’t know if I realized it until late into that journey, but I was building my best life. And I can do it, I think anybody can do it. The key is realizing what’s really important, and that’s quality of life, whatever that means to you.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying money is irrelevant. Money is part of the quality-of-life equation. But it’s not all of it. Quality of life is about having enough money to be free to do the things you love, free to spend time with the people who are important to you, free to choose how you’re going to live your life.
Here’s the part where I’m supposed to say that, as an Internet marketing guru, I have millions of dollars in passive income coming in, and what I really love is driving my Lambo to the beach every day.
But here’s the thing. I’m not a guru. I don’t have millions. My Honda Accord gets me where I want to go. For me, at least, the goal isn’t riches, it’s quality of life. Internet marketing is just one of the strategies I use to help me achieve that goal on an ongoing basis.
In my mind, as an Internet marketer, that’s pretty freeing. I can run my business in a way that makes me feel good about what I’m doing. I can promote the products I think have real value, and skip the fly-by-night shiny objects. I can take the time to put real value into my products, and not get caught up in the never-ending launch cycle. I can take the time to help out my customers and my followers.
So what’s the point of all this, you ask?
Well, first off, if you read this far, thank you! I appreciate it, and I promise, there is a point. All of this rambling was leading up to me telling you what I do and what I believe in, as an Internet marketer.
Here’s the thing: It took me a long time to figure it out, but I managed to achieve the quality of life that I wanted. And I believe that everybody should have the chance to do the same thing. I also believe that Internet marketing is a great way to get there. And that’s my guiding principle in my business: I want to succeed, but I also want to help my customers to succeed.
That means that, as an affiliate marketer, I promote products that I think are truly going to help people achieve the level of financial success that they need to achieve their own quality of life, whatever that is for them. I don’t promote crap, and I don’t make ridiculous claims in order to score a few extra bucks.
As a product creator, I try to share whatever knowledge I have and teach people skills and earning methods that really work. I don’t publish products just for the sake of publishing. If I realize that something I’m working on is only working for me because of my reputation, or the size of my email list, then I put it aside until I can figure out how to make it work for everyone.
As a person, I treat the people who subscribe to my emails or use my products or read my social media the way I would want to be treated. I talk to them. I do my best to answer their questions and to help them along their own Internet marketing journey. I don’t forward all my email to a VA. I use my real email address in my products, and when you email me, it goes right into my own inbox and I answer it.
Again, don’t get me wrong. I’m here to make money, just like everyone else in the Internet marketing business. I just happen to believe that I can be more successful, and feel better about myself, if I provide value to my customers and help them achieve their goals. There’s enough here for everyone, after all.
Remember how I thanked you about halfway through this, for reading as far as you did? Well, if you made it here, thank you again. It means a lot to me that you read all this.
If you want to hear more from me, and if there’s a chance I can help you on your own journey to your ideal quality of life, then just send a blank email to this address, and I’ll put you on my mailing list:
Once you’re there, feel free to reply to any of my emails, if you want. It’ll go to my inbox, and I’ll reply.