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Article Marketing Success: 5 Reasons To Feel Great About Being A Beginner
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Being a beginner is something to feel good about!

I can totally see how a newcomer to internet marketing could easily become discouraged.

You look around you and you see people with well established websites.

You hear people talking and using terminology like “blog”,”search engines”, “backlinks” and “free reprint article” and the like, and you are struggling to make out what they’re referring to.

They speak about these things so naturally, and you feel like you’ve just landed in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language.

If this is you, then I’d like to pull you aside and give you some reassurance:

1 – Everyone is a beginner at some time.

These people who you see who appear so “in their element” when working and marketing online, were once beginners like you. They didn’t just wake up one day and all of a sudden have intimate knowledge of all this marketing and online business stuff. They were at one time as clueless as you feel right now.

2 – Being a Beginner = Innocence

At one time, I decided that I wanted to learn how to do martial arts. It was humbling as an adult to walk into a studio not knowing what was going on and to see little children with red, blue, brown and maybe even some black belts punching and kicking up a storm.

At first, I was a bit embarrassed that my white belt identified me as a novice, but then one of the workers at the studio explained to me what all the belt colours mean.

White stands for purity (not ignorance, as I was feeling at the time!). No, being a beginner is something positive–it’s purity and innocence.

When a beginner starts learning a new skill his mind is pure–he is starting with a blank slate. He has no previous knowledge of his topic. Beginners are also innocent–they don’t know what is right and wrong.

3 – The white belt symbolizes the beginning of a journey.

Hearing the explanation of the white belt totally changed my attitude about being a beginner. All at once I went from feeling inadequate to feeling good about being at the start of a “new journey”.

I love this post by Steve Pavlina, What Are The Odds Of Becoming A Black Belt?.

The post isn’t really about becoming a black belt, but rather about starting new to any field and working your way up. Here are some nuggets of wisdom for all beginners from that post:

4 – It’s okay to mess up.

The only way you hit the bulls eye is to first have some misses.

When you’re first starting in any new field or new activity, you will make mistakes and do things poorly. This is natural and should not alarm you.

When an archer shoots at a target and misses, she sees where she went wrong, and tries to make a correction by either aiming more to the right, to the left, or up or down. It may take her several tries to get the arrow to go where she wants it to go, but the only way that she hits the target is to first make mistakes.

From Steve Pavlina’s post:

…screwing up is perfectly OK. That’s supposed to happen. Screwing up is how you learn. Every mistake helps you make new distinctions and increase your skill.

That’s a new way to think about things–every time you mess up and you make the correction, you are increasing your skill.

5 – When you’re first starting, your goal is to learn, rather than to win.

It can be discouraging when you see so many others around you who are more advanced, and you think, “How can I ever compete with these big wigs?”

They’ve been perfecting their skills for years, whereas you have been doing this for a matter of days or weeks.

Don’t think of yourself as competing with those who are more advanced. Think of yourself as being “in training” and learn from those who are further along.

Another quote from Steve Pavlina:

When you’re committed, you know that early success isn’t to be expected. This is the training phase. Your goal is to survive and to learn, not to win. That’s where you have the advantage because as a white belt, you can develop your skills much faster than a black belt.

This is true–beginners have the most opportunity for improvement, because they’re starting at ground zero.

Beginners, does this make you feel any better?

Does it give you more motivation and confidence?

You are in a good place–it’s great to be a beginner! Don’t beat yourself up for making mistakes, and don’t feel bad about the level of your progress or that you’re not up to expert status yet.

You will get there, if you stick with it. Try to enjoy where you are right now.


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14 Responses to “Article Marketing Success: 5 Reasons To Feel Great About Being A Beginner”

  1. Nick says:

    Hi Steve,
    One of my absolute pet hates is when you are struggling to learn something & some smart Alec says that his 98 year old granny, who doesn`t even know what a computer is, made a sqillion dollars the VERY FIRST TIME! How demoralising is that!
    Conversely, there is the 2 year old super on-line geek who just keeps on making money!
    Yes, I fully understand that we are/were beginners at some point but please let there be more of an understanding towards their lack of knowledge. As strange as this may sound sometimes you don`t even know what you don`t know!
    Thanks Steve for another great post!

    Nick

  2. Steve Shaw says:

    @Nick: Hi Nick,

    Yes, you’re exactly right. Lots of times someone’s incredibly quick and overwhelming success really is not the full story or not an accurate portrayal. Really, the way people get to have “black belt” status in whatever field they’re in is just plain consistent hard work. They may have some natural skill in that area, but for most people it’s more about putting consistent effort into learning. They mess up a lot, right themselves as best they can, and then try again.

  3. Thank Steve ..Good article … “When you’re first starting, your goal is to learn, rather than to win”..I thinking about it..that sound more encouraging..

  4. Hi Steve,

    Your right. We all started out inexperienced. We have to consistently work toward our goals. As they say, “the journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step.”

    I find it’s often easier to help or teach beginners, because their slates are clean. They haven’t learned any bad habits that need to be unlearned in order to succeed.

    The key is to keep trying and to find a mentor or mentors to learn from.

    People shouldn’t worry about making mistakes. I like to tell people to think about professional baseball players. The best players in the world only get it right about 1/3 of the time for a .333 batting average. They fail over 60% of the time, however, they keep stepping into that batters box.

    In marketing as in baseball, if you stick with it, keep working, learn from top teachers and keep swinging you have a much better chance of success.

  5. It may not be the right time to be a beginner in this field.

    Tell me something, what would you suggest article marketing for? Direct traffic or backlinks?

    - Ron

  6. Steve Shaw says:

    @Ron’s Web SEO Copywriting Blog: Hi Ron,

    It’s a great time to be a beginner. The main purpose of article marketing is to help your website get a higher search engine ranking for specific phrases that your potential customers are typing into Google and the other search engines. You can also get some direct traffic from articles, but the real payday comes from getting a higher ranking in Google.

    I hope that helps!

  7. SerryJW says:

    Hey Steve…It is just overwhelming. As a 25 year offline marketing veteran, I am overwhelmed by information overload. I have not launched yet and I am #5 on 3 Google keywords. It takes hours to learn all this stuff. Social Media is my problem. I just don’t ‘get it’ and every time I think I do, FB changes something. Internet Marketing is moving so fast for the newbie. They just don’t know where to start and fall in to the snake oil marketing guru den.

  8. Hi Steve,

    Thank you for this great article; I can identify with this article because when I started several years ago I didn’t know what I was doing, had not help from my up-line, and I just felt lost. I messed up a lot made a lot of mistakes it was frustrating and very discouraging, but every time I felt like giving up I just recommitted myself and kept going.

    Today I am still going and I have learned so very much about my business. I still have a long ways to go, but I am thankful for having stuck with it and having made it to where I am today.

  9. I love your articles and advice. This one came at a crucial time for me because I was feeling overwhelmed and like I’m never going to succeed at this! Your words of encouragement keep me going.
    Thanks,
    Sheila

  10. Alsido says:

    It’s sound good and give me confirdence to get started. When i’m ready to start marketing… i will contact you…?

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