My social media timelines are filled with articles and videos with titles like:
- How To Make $1,000 A Day & Make Money Online With eCommerce In 2021!
- 5 Steps To Building An Online Business That Earns $10,000+ A Month, From An Entrepreneur Who Did It”
- How to Earn $100/Day for 100 Straight Days on Medium.
The excuse “I want to be ____, but I don’t know how to get information on how to get there” no longer exists. Information on how to do and become just about anything can be found on the internet.
The internet has revolutionized the way we work, play, entertain ourselves, learn and live. On the other hand, access to this wealth of information exasperated existing decision paralysis.
The internet tells me I can be anything I want right?
- So why aren’t my affiliate marketing commission checks big enough to cover my rent? There are hundreds of TikToks on how to make money from affiliate marketing.
- Why am I not having consistent four-figure Youtube Ad-Sense days? There are thousands of videos of how much YouTubers make and how to grow a YouTube channel.
- Why hasn’t my dropshipping store hit 7-figures yet? There are hundreds of courses and videos on how to scale a dropshipping store.
What’s my excuse? Too tired from work? Too much TikTok? Too comfortable in my life right now? Or am I just the type of person who doesn’t have the drive, dedication, or willingness to sacrifice in the short term to build generational wealth?
The real answer is, the chase of quick and dirty online money-making opportunities (to replace the income from my corporate job) doesn’t appeal to me, and I feel very guilty about it. The millionaire entrepreneur/influencer lifestyle looks so attractive, who doesn’t want to make thousands from doing next to nothing?
In a world where anyone can (theoretically) be anything, the paralyzing weight of infinite possibilities glues my fingers to my phone, where I inevitably infinitely doom scroll.
Some insane social media stats:
- Tana Mongeau (22) made 3 million dollars her first month on Only Fans
- Charlie D’Amelio (16) makes $48,000 per TikTok as the most followed person on the platform.
- Grant Stephan made 1,583,755.81 in 10 months on Youtube just from Ad Sense
These statistics would have been entirely unavailable to my dad, growing in the 70s, but they took me less than 30 seconds to research.
While information like this makes me aware of so many possibilities, it naturally makes me look at my own life as meager, uninteresting, and dull.
I think as a society, we got high off of the potential power of the internet but didn’t prepare ourselves (or the next generation) for the gravity of the responsibility. The internet convinces us that some area of our life is lacking, but with a few clicks, we can watch a video, buy a course, or read an article that can help remedy that.
When the internet tells you that you can be anything, the most difficult person to be is yourself. An essential part of growing older for me will be, how do I remain content and grateful with my life, while still seeking out new and interesting opportunities? I believe in the pursuit of “better” but not the pursuit of “perfect.”
There's no easy answer to that question, I think it's one a lot of people struggle with and I’m sure the answer(s) are more clear with more life experience. But I feel it would be doing myself a disservice to constantly, blindly search for more when I already am everything I need.