SOS is defined as: an urgent appeal for help. Starting online, I used to be one of these people and today, years later I remember and feel the total confusion of new people coming online.
SOS online means “Shiny Object Syndrome.” New people coming online seeking out a business opportunity or a way to start an online business and yes, even sometimes experienced people online fall prey to “Shiny Object Syndrome” which then leads to the original meaning of SOS (an urgent appeal for help).
It is sad and it also kind of reminds me of a shark feeding frenzy when new people start asking for help and asking questions and trying to learn how to work online. They may get 100s to 1000s of people giving their advice on how to blog, how to sell something, how to, how to, etc.
I don’t think there is any one person who could say that they “Did Not” fall under this spell at first. No wonder the new and impressionable people get so screwed up and mixed up with information overload.
Even after one full day of online researching what you think you might be interested in, you end up doing nothing or going around in circles and/or spending money that you do not have on the next, newest and best thing to make money since “whatever the last newest thing was introduced” because it was recommended by a very popular “guru” online.
I am not saying that everyone online is dishonest but there are some that fail to tell you what they went through to get where they are in terms of making money.
They went through the same thing you are going through now, SOS and IO (Shiny Object Syndrome and Information Overload).
Those of us who have been online for a while, I believe it is our job; second thought, it’s our DUTY to try and look out for others, to try and keep them grounded and help them learn whatever they need to learn in a productive and constructive way and not have the “almighty dollar” be the driving force behind your help.
I think Zig Ziglar said it best when he made this statement: “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. ” ― Zig Ziglar
Be honest with people and most of all, yourself. If you know something they are looking at is not right, tell them but don’t do it just to persuade them to try your method or opportunity.
Be a guiding light, a mentor and provide the best information that you know of and people will see you as someone they can look up to and go to for advice.
The feeling you are rewarded with is awesome when you do the right thing just because it’s right.
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