There’s no short story here, I’ve lived a long, complicated, eventful life.
Sometime back I started a podcast series called Spitballing with Ecomm Elite and I spent quite a few hours, many episodes, going through some of my backstory. People really liked it and asked me to continue making more backstory podcasts, because there were lessons to be learned in those experiences.
I like to show people how to REALLY make money online.
Matter of fact I’ve taught over 6,000 people how to make money selling on Amazon, but, as I’ve told them, that’s not the only way I make money online.
I’ve created many, expensive, training programs.
I’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars with Adsense.
I am an SEO expert (when I want to be).
I’ve sold physical products through Amazon, ebay, my own webstores on Shopify, Bigcommerce, 3dcart, Woocommerce, you name it.
I’ve done dropshipping, private label, wholesale distribution, arbitrage. I’ve pretty much done it all.
I’ve presented in front of thousands of people, and have successfully created numerous businesses, and one spectacular failure.
I’ve done a lot of one-on-one consulting, group consulting, training programs, webinars, weekend workshops and more.
I’ve spent HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS on training, books, workshops, software, businesses, masterminds, seminars, advanced trainings, etc. I do that for one very simple reason.
Every time I’ve spent money to with the goal of making money, I’ve made money, but not always the way you think. Sometimes the theory, the overall thinking, is really, really good, but the training is lacking, the tools are inadequate and there’s just no way to accomplish making money online with what you are given. Sometimes you just have to make it your own and fill in the blanks. That’s one thing I am really, really good at.
Not too long ago I started paying attention to the myriad of make money online programs out there, and in case you hadn’t notice, there’s a metric crap ton of them! As you would expect, many are just lousy money grabs from unscrupulous marketers just trying to separate you from your money, and some are really, really good opportunities.
I’ve been buying, analyzing and implementing online money making programs longer than most, but virtue of the simple fact that I am a little long in the tooth. I am not that 23 year old kid doing a webinar next to his Lambo in the garage. That’s just douche baggery of the highest order.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve owned just about every luxury item you can think of, including my own twin turbo prop Cheyenne (I’ve been a licensed pilot since 1978). I could tell you stories of waking up in the morning in Michigan and deciding to fly to the Bahamas non-stop in four hours for the weekend.
But so what about all that stuff? Those facts alone only mean that I can make money, it doesn’t mean squat to you.
What should matter to you is whether or not you want to try to learn from my decades of experience, both good and bad.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes and because of the mistakes, there’s some people that won’t want to work with me, and that’s fine. But, let me tell you a little secret, everyone makes mistakes. Some are more public than others. Some are grossly misreported, and some never see the light of day, but they were still made.
I know of marketers out there right now that just don’t have a soul. They will tell you anything you want to hear in order to get you to open your wallet and they won’t lose a single minute of sleep when they don’t deliver to you what was promised.
Lots of folks like that out there.
I am not one of them.
If I am going to upset you, it’ll most likely be from being too honest with you. Some folks just get too emotionally connected with bad ideas. So much so, that when you try to tell them they are hanging onto a bad idea they react like you just kicked their dog.
There’s lots of interesting personalities on line with all kinds of different levels of experience. One of them that I am still trying to decide how I feel about is Jordan Belfort, or who many know as “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Jordan gained a lot of notoriety when Leonardo DiCapri portrayed him in the movie of the same name. I don’t think you’ll see Todd Snively being portrayed by anyone in any movies soon, but nonetheless, my story is compelling.
Jordan made mistakes in his stock brokerage business. A lot of significant mistakes. Remember, some people’s mistakes are more public than others. I stopped judging people a long time ago. The question I find myself asking myself is can I look past Jordan’s mistakes and still learn from him. I haven’t answered that question for myself yet, because I am not really looking at working with him at the present time, but I am a big believer in second and maybe even third chances. I know that people can change, because I’ve seen all the changes I’ve been through in my own life.
So, why should you listen to anything Todd Snively has to say? Easy, I’ve been an entrepreneur since 1983, with one short stint as a commercial pilot thrown in for good measure, and have been involved in a lot of online businesses.
If you decide to follow this online money making experiment of mine, you’ll see that I like to go down rabbit holes. I’ll start talking about one thing, and it’ll bring up a tangent that has a shred of relevance to the original topic, but contains some wisdom all on its own with respect to another aspect. If that kind of non-linear thinking drives you nuts, then I for sure will not be your cup of tea.
I also am not very good at speaking/communicating in a loving manner. I’ve been told I can be very blunt. I think it’s respectful to not waste your time with sugar coating truth. I can’t stand entitlement thinking, and that’ll be the quickest way for me to share some unpleasant thoughts with you.
My business partner, Mr. Chris Keef, is really good at helping people unpack old baggage that’s preventing them from achieving success. I am more the kind of person that tells you to suck it up and just do it. Guess which one of us has the psychology degree? It’s not Todd Snively!
Okay, enough of this for now. I might come back later and add some more stuff here, but I am wanting to just get onto the good stuff. Stay tuned.