Imagine yourself lying on an operating table in an operating room.
You have a life threatening illness, but a major surgery can save your life.
Then the surgeon enters the room, and as you are about to be knocked out by the sedative the nurse whispers in your ear:
“He isn`t a real surgeon, he`s a fraud…”
That would be like experiencing a true nightmare, right?
Well, something similar happened to me.
I was actually dying.
Not physically, but mentally and spiritually.
Feel bad for me?
That was just a stroll in the park compared to what came next.
When I realized that I was about to die, I knew that there was a solution…
…a surgery that could save my life.
However, when I tried to search for surgeons (read experts), I couldn`t find any – all I discovered was frauds, a bunch of them.
I will come to that part a little bit later.
It`s time for a little disclaimer.
I am now going to talk a little bit about the boring me-part.
Sorry, I have to include it in order to tell the story and to prove my point.
Hang in there (I feel for you).
Then over to…
When I Realized I Was Dying
I used to work for one of the biggest companies in Norway, where I was the system administrator of the SAP-solution (an IT system).
Not so much.
Just thinking about it makes my body twitch and almost start to become impotent.
So, I assume, I have to stop thinking about it then.
* Pinching my arm *
“Tor, think about something else. NOW!”
I`m sorry about that last part, but I had to snap out of it for the sake of my better half, Sara, and the future generations.
My team and I were running payrolls for about 30 000 people each month.
In addition to having a supervisor role where I was planning and approving all major and minor changes to the system, I was doing programming as well.
For those of you who are familiar with the IT-industry, I was having two type of roles / positions.
I was originally a SAP IT-consultant, programmer and system developer, and I was quite good at it too. After 1,5 years of working for a smaller consulting firm, I was headhunted to this big company.
When I was hired, I was told that I was going to become the SAP guru for the whole company. My role was going to consist of about 70-80 % hands-on developing (programming) and 20-30 % administrating.
When I started in the new position, I was on fire. I liked programming and I felt that it was my dream job, and that I would stay with the company for a very long time.
But things have a tendency to change.
And they did.
After 3 years, my workday consisted of about 90 % administrating and barely 10 % programming. The workload was 150 %, which meant that I would NEVER be able to catch up with my original schedule.
Most of my time was spent on being the Mr. Fix it guy and putting out fires.
In the IT-world the word fire can be defined as a high priority issue that have been unsolved for so long that it has reached a critical point, or a medium issue that someone, who doesn`t really have a clue, THINKS is a critical issue.
As you can have guessed, most of the problem solving was of the latter part.
Are you still with me?
If so, a big high five to you.
* SLAP *
I will wrap this part up.
As you can imagine, my to do list was never-ending, people were always throwing new issues at my table, my stress level was through the roof, and to be quite honest…
…I was unhappy.
My passion had disappeared, and I was a zombie, a living dead, trapped in a 9-5 rat race (even though I worked a lot more than 9-5).
Then it dawned on me.
Everything was not lost. I was not dead.
At least not yet.
I realized that…
A Surgery Would Save My Life
I just knew that I had to leave my job.
I had to escape.
But to what?
The grass isn`t always greener on the other side of the fence.
So, I knew that If I actually was going to change career path, I didn’t want to go back working for another company.
That would just be the same crap in different wrappings.
However, when you are changing venue, you are a complete greenhorn in the new field.
It`s like being in fairy tale, where you are wandering into the unknown wilderness.
You have to be careful.
There can be dangerous predators out there, and they prey on your life.
I know, I have encountered some of them.
Be vary of…
The Fake Experts Who Didn`t Know Sh*t And Tried To Kill Me
I had spent my evenings and weekends studying internet marketing for about 2 years.
To be completely honest, I had taken several crappy courses where the outcome was one or several of the following:
– they didn`t know what they were talking about
– they were making it WAY too hard for people to learn the material
– they just didn`t teach you the stuff you really needed
I will of course mention no names here, but to those people, I just have to say:
“Shame on you!”
I hope that karma will bite you guys in the as*.
It`s a bad thing that they steal people`s money by selling wrapped-in, good-looking crap to innocent customers who doesn`t know any better (yup, that includes me too).
What`s even worse, is that they are actually misleading people and ruining people`s time and lives.
People who are new to internet marketing and who have encountered these frauds, may even start believing that there are no real good-hearted and knowledgeable people out there.
Note: I have created an Experts Qualifying checklist that has helped me to avoid many fake experts.
Click the button below to get it for free (normally I just give them to my coaching clients).
So, frankly, I was starting to lose my faith about internet marketing, and I found it really hard to identify who the good guys were.
But, I also started to doubt myself.
I do consider myself as a hard-working and intelligent guy being able to climb any ropes that I choose.
However, when you actually can`t see any sturdy ropes to climb.
I felt like a damsel in distress. I needed to be saved.
And then came…
The Expert In Shining Armor – Yaro Starak
I happened to stumble upon Yaro Starak`s website, and I had seen his face appear on several other websites.
On some websites he was being featured as an expert giving a testimonial about a well-known product.
My logic told me: “Okay, other experts are featuring Yaro as an expert. Hmm…that should be kind of reassuring.”
Then Yaro`s name appeared in Rich Schefren`s Internet Manifesto.
That made me think: “Okay, this Yaro guy, he is the real stuff.”
Then a bit later Yaro was mentioned again.
This time in Jeff Walker`s book “Launch”.
That made it crystal clear for me. Okay, no more signs needed. This Yaro Starak guy is the bomb! (Yeah, in a positive way.)
I contacted him through email with a few questions regarding the blog I was trying to set up on my own (it was another website).
When he replied to me, I was literally flabbergasted. To be quite honest, I didn`t expect him to answer me at all.
Not only did he answer me, but he took the time giving me some really good advice for free.
I was thinking: “Okay, so he is responding to me, a complete stranger and a nobody on the internet, giving me good advice for free…”
The next question appearing in my head was: “If he gives me THAT good value for free, what wouldn`t he be giving me, if I was paying him?”
I was sold.
I joined his EJ Insider community, and later bought his Blog Mastermind course.
Both of them are excellent, by the way.
The thing with Yaro, is that not only is he a very successful internet marketer, he does walk his talk, and he has a great way of explaining complex topics in a simple way.
But most important, I really know that he cares about his students` success. I can feel it deep down in my heart.
Okay, I`m starting to get a bit emotional here.
Praise To The Expert Who Saved My Life
Yaro truly did save my life, and it`s important to give praise where it`s due.
I will show you the email I sent to Yaro, praising him for his work as a great individual and as an expert.
I just have to give you a little bit of information regarding my email to Yaro.
After quitting my six-figure corporate job, I was a co-founder and CEO of a promising marketing and event company. However, I later found out that it wasn`t truly my real passion, so I decided to leave the company.
That was a very hard and painful choice, but a correct one, nevertheless. That might be a story for another time.
Here`s an excerpt of the mail I sent to Yaro:
“Hi Yaro, how`s it going?
First of all, let me start by giving praise where it`s due.
Regarding your blog post “I Killed Almost All My Income Streams, And I Did It On Purpose…”, I have to say that it just hit me straight in the heart.
Trust me, I`m not easily moved, but I got to admit that I was moved to tears.
Because when you shared your struggle and you told us about you having lack of self-esteem, and that you had to consider if you were really going to continue on the “helping bloggers”-path.
I was moved to tears because I know for a fact, that if you didn`t continue on your path, I would probably not have met you.
Furthermore, I would probably NOT have left the start-up in order to follow my passion with my blog. I do believe that things do happen for a reason.
So, I have to honestly say, Yaro, that your decision have changed my life in a positive way, and for that I`m forever grateful.
And hey, I`m just at the beginner stage 😉
I know that when I got you in my corner, I know that failing is not an option.
It`s only the hard work on my part that remains, before I will become on of your success stories.”
Here`s an excerpt of the reply that I got from Yaro:
“Hi Tor, Thanks for the kind words about my blog post.
You are quite right, if I didn’t make that decision to return to this teaching path there would be no EJ Insider and there would be no Tor the productivity expert either!”
Well, this doesn`t happen often… but I am kind of speechless.
* Silence *
I assume that I don`t need to say anything more about Yaro.
You get the point. He is the real deal and he saved my life. End of story.
But let me also take advantage of this opportunity to give praise to other experts which I have been so fortunate to stumble across.
These people are also experts in their fields, and they do truly care about helping other people as well, in addition to actually knowing their stuff.
The Good Guys – 33 Experts You Should Follow
Yaro Starak – Entrepreneurs-Journey
My mission is to help you create a blog and turn it into a platform to sell your products and services, so you too can live the laptop lifestyle.
Evan Carmichael – EvanCarmichael
I #Believe in entrepreneurs.
Jon Morrow – BoostBlogTraffic
CEO of Boost Blog Traffic, Former Editor at Copyblogger.
Derek Helpern – SocialTriggers
Investor & Founder of Social Triggers, which reaches more than 400,000 entrepreneurs each month. I’m 99% useless, but that 1% when I’m not, I’m dangerous.
Pat Flynn – SmartPassiveIncome
Lead by example. Be honest. Hold nothing back.
Ramsay Taplin – BlogTyrant
Sold a blog for 5-figures in college. Now blogging full time from the couch.
Glen Allsopp – ViperChill
I run an SEO company and help people build their own Marketing Inc.’s.
Sue Anne Dunlevie – SuccessfulBlogging
Helping beginning bloggers succeed online. Lover of my cat, ShihPoo pup and (milk) chocolate!
Rich Schefren – StrategicProfits
I Teach Entrepreneurs How To Have More Money, More Business, More Time Off. Love My Girls, My Biz, My Team…MY LIFE!
Jeff Walker – JeffWalker
Internet Marketing, Product Launches, mountain biking, skiing, whitewater, tennis, guitar, my family.
Frank Kern – FrankKern
Frank Kern is an internet marketing consultant. Frank Kern is the creator of Mass Control and List Control.
Brendon Burchard – BrendonBurchard
Brendon is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, and Life’s Golden Ticket.
Marie Forleo – MarieForleo
I’m here to help you make a difference & be your happiest, wisest & most loving self. Want to be sure to reach me? Write info at marieforleo.com XO.
Adam Connell – BloggingWizard
Use my tips to increase your traffic by over 400%. Founder of BloggingWizard. Fan of Firefly and Chinese takeaways.
Melanie Duncan – MelanieDuncan
A serial entrepreneuress, and Pinterest marketing expert, I now teach others how to grow their online businesses.
strong>Carol Amato – CarolAmato
I’m an online entrepreneur living in Tampa, Florida, and love bein’ a wife and mother.
Ryan Biddulph – BloggingFromParadise
Author of the Blogging from Paradise eBook Series. Blogger. Coach. Internet Lifestyle Junkie. Owner of BloggingFromParadise.
Skip Prichard – SkipPrichard
Growth-oriented CEO. Blog: Leadership Insights & interviews with #authors.
Marc Andre – ProfitBlitz
Internet Marketing Blogger.
Ashley Faulkes – MadLemmings
WordPress Dude and Online Marketer, focusing on making you look awesome & getting you customers while drinking too many lattes!
Kevin Duncan – BeABetterBlogger
My goal is to help you be the best #blogger you can be. I serve a great God, love a great wife, and create things that are sometimes great.
Jim Dougherty – LeadersWest
Writer about social media and tech at leaderswest.
Don Purdum – UnveilTheWeb
I consult and coach businesses on how to identify and connect with their audiences through marketing and sales. I also do business coaching for web designers.
Thai Nguyen – TheUtopianLife
Formerly a professional chef, and international kick boxer, Thai is now a writer helping you become the best version of yourself, so that you can live the best version of life.
Craig Jarrow – TimeManagementNinja
Time Management Ninja – Helping You Win the battle against wasted time, disorganization, and all other things evil…
Laura Vanderkam – LauraVanderkam
Author of Their Own Sweet Time (Portfolio: 2015), What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (2013), and 168 Hours (2010).
Mike Vardy – Productivityist
Husband. Father. Writer. Speaker. Founder of Productivityist. Author of The Front Nine, The Productivityist Workbook, and Beyond Trying.
Aaron Lynn – AsianEfficiency
Productivity Master. Global Citizen. Efficient Asian. I do fun stuff at AsianEfficiency.
Adrienne Smith – AdrienneSmith
Serious Blogger | Traffic Builder | Engagement Superstar | Mom to Kayla | Loves People | Serious Brownie Eater | Giving Heart.
Donna Merrill – DonnaMerrillTribe
Blogging and Social Media Coach, Loving the life I live on the beach.
Enstine Muki – EnstineMuki
Blogger and PHP Developer For tips to earn more money online, visit my blog enstinemuki.com.
Dennis Seymour – DenSeymour
Full Stack SEO | Digital Marketer | #Muggle Born | @LeapFroggr Co-Founder. I also blog at http://denseymour.com/
Martina McGowan – MartinaMcGowan
Servant, MD, writer, minister, seeker, life strategist, Momi, Ma’Mere, blogger, occasional haikuist.
Do you have any experience by being led astray by fake experts? (No need to mention names, we are professionals, right?)
Perhaps you have met some good experts that are safe to follow? (Please DO mention names.)
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