I recently read an article about Jimmy Donaldson a.k.a Mr. Beast.
In case you don’t know, this guy is now one of the biggest stars on YouTube.
(Bigger even than PewDiePie.)
According to reports, he earned an incredible $54 million in 2021 alone. What’s more, he’s now the fourth most subscribed channel on the platform, with 125 million subscribers, and a whopping 18.2 billion views. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also developing apps, and even has a virtual restaurant he calls “Mr. Beast Burger.”
Not bad for a guy who just turned 24.
Now, what’s the point of all this?
Well, as I read through the article something jumped out at me.
It turns out this guy is far from an overnight success.
In fact, he’s actually posted videos since all the way back in 2012, when he was just 13.
This factoid contains an important lesson.
You see, what a lot of people don’t realize about making money online, copywriting, running a business, or anything in life, is that success takes time. It can often take years, or in the above case decades. This is really the point I’m trying to make. The overwhelming majority of internet entrepreneurs give up way too quickly. They want fast, easy success, and when it doesn’t happen they quit.
Now, I’m not saying persistence is the magic key to success.
Some people persist their entire lives and get nowhere.
So persistence is not the only factor.
Obviously there are other things like luck, or simply being in the right place at the right time.
But what I am saying is that most people give up far too easily…
…and unless you’re willing to persist you’ll never get anywhere.
Here endeth the lesson.
P.S. Another reason why this guy is so successful is because of his content. Mr. Beast is famous for something known as “expensive stunts.” For example, some of his videos have titles like:
“Last to Leave the Circle Wins $50,000”
”Would You Rather Have $100,000 or This Mystery Key”
“Would You Rather Have a Lamborghini or This House?”
“Last to Leave $800,000 Island Keeps It”
“I Ate a $70,000 Golden Pizza”
This type of content is extremely compelling. People will always sit up and pay attention when there’s money (especially big money) involved. The competition and curiosity factor also draw viewers. The point is that unique, killer content will always put you ahead of the crowd.
P.P.S. One more thing before I go. Just because success takes time, doesn’t mean you have to work hard, or put in long hours. Consistency is far more important. For instance, if you spend just an hour a day reading, you can easily get through more than a dozen books per year.