RYB 950: The One Experience (that helped me make my first 100k online)

By Scott Voelker •  Updated: 02/22/21 •  9 min read

Welcome! I’m so glad to have you here. Today we’re going to cover a topic that I’ve wanted to talk about for a while and that I believe is essential for you to create your own brand

I’m actually going to share an experience early in my life that led me to start an online business that ended up generating over $100,000 a year. I’ll share why it had such a big impact on my life and how it’s gotten me to where I am today. I shared this experience in a past coffee talk and got a lot of positive feedback, so I wanted to share it with you today and hope it’ll help you find the motivation you need to move forward in reaching your own dreams.  

Keep reading because I’ll share how I was able to build my first online business that made $100,000 per year, by working on it every day for one to two hours. It most certainly didn’t happen overnight, but I stayed consistent, and that’s what mattered most.  

You have to have the drive if you want to achieve success, and I hope my story helps to inspire and motivate you to stay committed. It’ll never be easy, but I hope you’ll be able to see that it’s worth it. If you’re in a palace where you’re not getting the results you want or find yourself losing interest, this episode will open your eyes in a few different ways.

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The Road to Writing My Book

We all know that when we start working on creating a brand, it’s not going to automatically turn into $100,000. Everything you’re working on and the building towards is teaching you the skills and routines you need to see success in your endeavors. However, it’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment if you want to reach your goals. 

I did an interview this past week with Carlos Alverez, and we talked about my book “The Take Action Effect.” We had a great conversation about how I got to where I am today. In the past, I was known as the Amazon guy and helping people build their own Amazon-related businesses.

However, Carlos wanted to talk about the shift that I made and how I ended up where I am now. During our conversation, he asked me one question that really got me thinking about this. He asked me how I find the time to have a successful business on top of everything else going on, especially when I was working as a contractor and starting to build my own brand.

Within my book, I tell a specific story about how in my twenties, when I was working for my father’s company sixty-plus hours a week as a contractor, I was also building a house for my family. In fact, I took on the sole responsibility of building my own house and did all the work myself. I was the builder and was doing it all while I was working full time. 

How did I make that happen? To be honest, I was sacrificing my own sleep, the only thing that I could cut out in my life at the time. I had a tight schedule and a strict routine that I stuck with every day. I would work during the day and from there drive over the house that I was building. Therefore, I would work on it for a few hours every night before going home to bed and waking up the next morning to do it all over again. 

Then, I did all that because I knew what I wanted to achieve. That experience ended up teaching me a lot about commitment. In fact, I think that building a house is similar to building a website in the fact that it takes commitment and using building blocks to build a solid foundation for your brand. 

This experience has taught me that time is not an excuse. In all my endeavors, I have to create deadlines for myself in order to get things done. To see the results I’m working toward. I do so much better when I have a date, when I need to finish something and when I am being held accountable.

When I’m going after something, I’m going to get it and not create excuses. It’s essential to get excited, so you can stay motivated. You’re building a brand for a reason, and you should be excited for the opportunity that you have to finally make your dream come true. 

Start By Building The Foundation of Your Brand 

I ended up leaving my job as a contractor and started a photography business for a few years. That led me to teach and sell digital online programs, and that is what yielded $100,000 in online sales each year. It wasn’t a straight path, but I did get there with a lot of hard work and dedication. This experience taught me that staying committed and showing up is essential to see success. 

When someone tells me they don’t have time to work on their business, I typically have to rant a little bit. I was still working full-time as a contractor when I owned my brick-and-mortar photography business. In addition, I was working early in the morning and late at night. I never made excuses as to why I didn’t have time. 

If you really want something you have to make the time. You have to hunker down and give yourself a hard deadline. When are you going to have the next element of your brand complete? You might want to sit down and draw out your own blueprint.

What is already in place and what is missing in order for you to take the next step. You can always add an addition to your brand once you have the essentials set up. The foundation of your brand has to be built before that can happen.

I am not one to leave things half done. I’m always going to finish a job when I commit to something. Even though I may have to chip away at a project every day, I still get it done with time. Why? Because I always set deadlines and commit to my projects. Like I said before, it’s all about consistency. 

You’ll feel much better when you’re taking things one step at a time and prepare to stay committed. You can’t get ahead of yourself. You have to start with your foundation so you can do the stuff that will get you results in the long run. Think about what you’ve done that has given you a skill that you can use in your future endeavors and can help you as you build your own brand. The key is to building skills over time and taking action every day. 

Find Your Reason Why 

Think about your end goal and what your reason is for building your brand. When you really want something but are losing motivation thinking about your goal, you need to remember your reason. Don’t allow yourself to pause when you’re working on achieving your goal. If you do, it’ll be difficult to get back going again. Just keep taking action, even if it’s small steps every day. 

If I didn’t choose to create my own business and if I had stayed working as a contractor, I would have missed out on the precious moments with my family that matter most. That is the reason why I sacrificed late nights so I could spend time with my family and be there for the special moments that matter most. My family is the reason why I do what I do. It’s not about the money. It’s providing me with the freedom to create my own schedule. That, my friends, is what it comes down to.

Thanks For Tuning in!

“Remember, I'm here for you, I believe in you, and I'm rooting for you! Now it's time for you to take action and go rock your brand”! 

Take-Aways From Today’s Episode 

  1. The Road to Writing My Book (5:33)
  2. Start By Building The Foundation of Your Brand (13:20)
  3. Find Your Reason Why (20:53)


“Time is not an excuse”. 

Scott Voelker

Over the years I’ve helped thousands of people TAKE ACTION to UNLOCK their true potential on building their ultimate freedom business, by developing the skills to make them resilient, confident and FUTURE PROOF. I’ve clocked my 10,000 hours over the years working in the trenches myself and helping others build and grow their brands. I know the power in TAKING ACTION better than anyone and I’ve seen people lives changed as a result of it...including my OWN!