I’m an evangelist. You didn’t know that already? Oh, no, I’m not talking about religion! I don’t have a TV show or anything. I’m talking about being an evangelist when it comes to the internet! I take advantage of every opportunity I can to spread the word about earning money online, promoting yourself online, virtually anything that you can do using the internet to promote yourself and your business.
Sometimes, being an Internet Evangelist is a tough thing to do. For somebody who lives the Internet lifestyle every day, sometimes I see and offer ideas and solutions that people don’t want, don’t understand or are even afraid of.
Recently, I was contacted by an older person, and he explained to me some things that he was doing, not really a job, but a passion of his. Currently, he was doing it because it was something that he loved doing, but he was hoping that somehow he could make some money out of his passion. When I looked at what he was doing, I instantly became very interested, because I could see a lot of potentials for actually making some nice money on the net with what he was already doing in another venue. He could keep up with what he was doing now, and expand his horizon on to the Internet, where making money in his niche would actually be rather simple in my opinion.
As I sat down with my new friend and started explaining to him where I thought he should be headed with his niche, I could tell that he was getting very excited. Later, though, after we went our separate ways, he started calling me with questions. From the questions he asked, I knew instantly that he didn’t understand a thing that I told him. Now, I was faced with some choices.
- I could continue helping him, but instead of him doing it, I would have to do it myself or offer some pretty extreme hand holding. Either of these options would require a lot of my time. If I give him my time, that means that I am not working on my own projects.
- I could just let him go on trying to implement my suggestions in his own way, although I know that what he does will be wrong, and won’t make much (if any) money for him.
Honestly, I am of mixed feelings on this right now. I feel that this fellow cannot be taught to do it himself, yet I don’t have enough of my own time to donate to him and take him where I know he wants to go. So, what do I do?
A number of years ago, I had another American friend who lived here in Davao. He and I were very close. We thought in the same way, and we had similar interests. It was to the point that we didn’t even have to finish our sentences, we both knew what words were coming next. We both considered ourselves to be Internet Evangelists. Often times, actually almost everytime that we found a person that we thought would be receptive to hearing our guidance or wanting our help, ultimately it never worked out. Either we were talking right over the top of their heads, or they didn’t trust us. You see, when you get very excited about helping people, it is my experience that the person you are trying to help ends up getting suspicious. They think that you must be trying to rip them off, because “why would somebody be so excited to help?”
Well, when you are an evangelist of any type, it is in your blood that you want to help people, and you want to spread the word of whatever it is that you are evangelizing about. That’s what evangelism is all about.
So, I am still unsure. What do you think I should do to help this new friend? Or should I help him at all?