SOS – Has It Gotten Hold Of You Yet?

SOS - Has It Gotten Hold Of You YetSOS 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.

Guess what?

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.


Quote Credit:  Zig Ziglar

I am a writer/author of various published works. I became a widow in August of 2008 and after what seems like a lifetime going through my grief and recovery process, I realized I have the ability and the need to give back to others for the support and encouragement I received in my time of need. All you have to do is to reach out through modern technology and you will never be alone again. Search within yourself to to discover the hidden creativity that makes you special; create it, share it and give it back to the world.

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28 comments on “SOS – Has It Gotten Hold Of You Yet?
  1. soni says:

    So glad for ladies like you and others in the PAX Monna 🙂
    I have been to many places online following those I thought had my best interest at heart only to find I’d wasted time and money chasing those ‘shiny objects’.
    I have learned to ask questions and build relationships before committing to anything now. I am hoping to be here for those that are lost too.

    • Hi Sonia, I am happy to hear you are basically past the SOS and IO stage. Have a great day and wishing you great success.

    • Hi Sonia,
      Experience teaches up the best, right? I am sure you have lots to share and I hope you continue to com tribute her at PAC!

    • NT Izuchi says:

      Ahh the good ole SOS! Strangely enough I feel that SOS stage is inevitable. However those who find real success smarten up and realize that there are a bagillion things out there and of course you don’t need them all. It’s all stages in the career of an internet marketer/business owner!

  2. DrErica says:

    Great article. So inviting for people who are tired of being hyped and misled online.


  3. Dawn Golden says:

    I suffer from Chronic SOS. There are so many distractions out there! And it can easily get overwhelming, I agree. There is, at the same time, so much kindness out there between fellow markets who help and support each other… almost makes me like people again! LOL!!

  4. Mary Austin says:

    I’m not sure that I am past SOS, but I am doing better. Thanks for this great post.

  5. NT Izuchi says:

    Ahh the good ole SOS! Strangely enough I feel that SOS stage is inevitable. However those who find real success smarten up and realize that there are a bagillion things out there and of course you don’t need them all. It’s all stages in the career of an internet marketer/business owner!

  6. Merle says:

    Great post Monna and yes it did get hold of me a few years ago but soon learnt my lesson !! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am a bit confused on this site. I keep coming to articles I have already read – but each time I get more out of it. I love your quote from Zig Ziglar. We do have to remember to just out there and help others – and it will return to us in due time.

    Dr. Erica

    • Hi Erica,

      Sorry about the confusion but if you are getting more value each time you read, I would say that’s a good thing. Zig Ziglar was one of a kind and great with quotes.

      Have a great evening, Monna

  8. William O'Toole says:

    This can be so hard! Not so long ago everything I saw I wanted, I would sell stuff to get it too.. I wanted it so I got it… Now I have learned actually just run with what you have unless you need something to help you get somewhere… I try not to buy things unless I MUST even then I give myself 7 days to mull it over with friends before I do.

    Great article!


    • Hi William,

      Oh my, I would say “SOS” really got a good hold on you. I don’t recall selling anything to get something but who knows? You are correct, sometimes you do need something new to keep you moving forward but still be selective in what you buy.

      Have a great evening. Monna

  9. jacshenderson says:

    It is easy to fall into the SOS trap!! But when starting out it is good to do our duty and spend time finding what path the person wants to follow, and looking at ways to move forward in that direction with the necessary tools. It’s worth talking about the plan and which marketing strategies to use… whether to follow a ‘system’ or not and have regular sessions, sometimes new objects can be creative and are useful, but it is best to look at their real worth in the big plan before spending.
    I’t good to know we have a supermarket of products here in PAC – but it’s good to have a coach who can help choose the right ones for you.
    A very wise post Monna 🙂

  10. Got love it Shiny Object Syndrome. This is a great article and to help be focused on developing a real business that will give them income for the long term is so important.

    There are so many make money now for doing nothing. Which don’t really work, beacuse like any business in the world from time in memorial today has to ad value to be sustainable for the long term.

    Being able to mentor people to be successful is so important and not all things will work for all people.

    Thanks for Sharing this.

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  11. Liz Delaney says:

    Every now and then I find I am looking at another shiny object. But I find I have disciplined myself to put the blinkers on and concentrate on the task at hand. I have been let down by so many. I want to be a leader who is honest, reliable and there for my team.
    Thanks for this great post, Monna.
    Take care
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  12. ikechi says:

    Hi Monna

    I came to find this post through PAC and I had come across the word SOS but did not understand till your post sparked my interest.

    Thanks for giving me a better understanding of the concept and I can relate to this issue. Thanks for sharing. Take Care

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