Life is funny isn’t it. Right now we are faced with what people call the worst crisis of our time. I don’t know that I agree with that… I mean Jacko’s face lifts, bill clinton’s infidelities, Ryan Seacrest’s stardom, me gaining 20+ pounds seemed pretty damn terrible.
Perhaps I am being insensitive- but for people in affiliate marketing, on the frontier of tomorrow’s business, these are truthful words. The economy is not our enemy, or, selfishly, even something we consider a crisis, business is booming. Life is good.
I am like everyone else. I hate the fact that people are losing jobs. I hate the fact that the banks were allowed to loan money against investments that were inflated and not backed- and the scapegoat is American citizen’s credit scores. I hate that terrorism is alive and well. I hate that the pendulum is swinging so hard socialism is creeping onto American soil. I hate that I don’t know if Jimmy Hoffa, TuPak Shakur, and Elvis are still alive.
What I am saying- is be proud. I understand we are losing business to foreign soils; I feel for the job loss in Michigan- but I will never apologize that Affiliates- and Advertisers that support them are contributing to keeping the American dream alive amidst these difficult times for our county.
Folks- we are the Model-T. We are Airplanes. We are computers. We are assembly lines. We are Electricity. We are the telephone. We are the American dream. Progress. Evolution. Freedom to take business to the next level.
Do you honestly think Pony Express employees enjoyed the Telegram? Do you think railroad employees enjoyed the invention of airplanes? Do you think granny panty producers liked the social acceptability of the thong? The answer to all of these is a resounding ‘hell no’.
However, it is progress like this- however important to society- that keeps America beautiful- and the envy of every other nation. Affiliates understand your importance in the history of America.
You are as important as the first blacksmith who had a remote storefront; the first cobbler who opened a second shoe store; and the first store that sold produce, shoes, knifes, and livestock all-in-one. Don’t underestimate your risk of taking global commerce into the 21st century.
Of course you are going to have struggles. Of course some established business aren’t going to understand how to utilize you. Of course technology will not keep up with your existing needs. But this is what you signed up for.
Do not be ashamed of success. Do not apologize for turning a profit. You are the next chapter in American and global commerce. Be proud of your accomplishments. You are truly living the dream that our forefathers hoped you would pursue. Just pay your taxes and donate to charity. With success comes responsibility. Live up to your end of the bargain.