Cut Out What’s Not Necessary and Make it Easier

My childhood dream was to be a guitarist. However,  I couldn’t really play guitar properly the first 15 years of my playing life. Why? Because I didn’t know how to cut out what’s not necessary and make it easier. For the most part of those years, I practiced a lot but I practiced all the wrong things.  I couldn’t even carry myself to play one whole song properly. It wasn’t until much later that I found my reason was that I was too distracted by what’s not necessary to become a player.

I played to be cool rather than be effective. Instead of learning to play whole songs, I would challenge myself to play parts. The most complex chords, scales with weird fingerings, only cool phrases and shred as fast as I could. I would even practice the weird stage looks.

At the end of the day, I could do fancy things, but I couldn’t play one good song. Not even one.

When the internet came about, with more YouTube teachers, information and distractions, things went further south.

Isn’t it the same as an aspiring entrepreneur, starting an online business?

Ever felt like you have clocked in the hours but could never get the results to show? I believe all of us ever felt this way. We have fallen victims to doing all the activities of maintaining a business but not the things to succeed.

We checked our emails.
We networked in all the social media.
We check our visitor stats.
We checked our emails again.
We facebook.
We move pictures around our website.
We grammar check.
We checked emails one last time.
We listen to a business podcast.
We change themes for our website.
We beautify our online store.
We checked emails again last time… honestly!
We journal our day how we check our email too many times.

You get the picture?

It wasn’t until I found a certain program, that I stop going in circles. The program helped me identify what is necessary (and what is not), cut stuff out and make my online business easier.

For me, the greatest issue was the activities of beautifying my website and checking Google analytics, that I forgot to find out how to bring in the sales.

That program is an online learning center that helped me to change my habit. It guided me in a step by step way with exact list of things to do after every lesson (See below for a sample of the list at the end of one of the lessons)

With that, there is no way I can get distracted by doing what doesn’t matter (at least not before doing all that matters on a particular day).  I could focus on just what is needed to set up an effective website and then an effective online business before finally what is the most effective forward to chalk in the sales.

I’m amazed how easy it is if we cut out what is not necessary. It’s not that building a business is simple, it just a much easier way. The way of learning, applying and doing it together with a real community that cares.

Wealthy Affiliate is that certain program over 10,000 members that made it for me. Basically, it contains the blueprint to start an affiliate business by just following the steps that made other successful entrepreneurs. Today with several successful websites, I believe in this easy online business method. I know how to because of this program helped me. I’m grateful and want to help you too.

You check out my honest review of Wealthy Affiliate.

Or if you want to jump right in to try it for free, feel free to do it. You can setup 2 websites as a starter member so you don’t have to pay a single cent.

How about you? I love to know what are your distractions? What are the things you have cut out in order to make building an online business easier?


My 10 years of IT consultancy across multiple discipline (including government, education, health and the non-profit sector) and also my 12 years in the service industry means I can help you champion your online business journey. I can help you develop yourself and your team to navigate your digital transformation.

12 thoughts on “Cut Out What’s Not Necessary and Make it Easier

  1. Great post and so true! It is very easy to get caught in the cycle of ‘paralysis of analysis’ and spend all our time doing everything except the things that will actually lead to success. Have you heard of the 80:20 rule? It simply says that 80% of our success comes from 20% of our efforts. The key of course is to work out what that 20% is? That can be the hard bit!

    1. That’s precisely it. The 80:20 rule in action. As what Steve mentioned in the earlier comments, the hard bit is the reality of building a solidly founded business … which is the ‘easy’ part of really knowing the 20% to get to the 80% success.

  2. Hello. Very interesting post. I do agree, they way that the training is set up is made to steer you clear of distractions. If you follow everything step by step and gain the knowledge and use that as your foundation for affiliate marketing, the potential and possibilities reach to the sky!

  3. Wow, great post and information on an online business. Thought I was going to read about playing guitar at first. This goes with most anything really, skin the fat and concentrate on the stuff that matters, the stuff that makes a difference!

  4. I totally agree. I love WA as it has given me the guidance I need to start out in the world of affiliate marketing. Before WA what used to distract me was other offers! I was always looking for ways to make money online, and as you may know, there are so many offers out there.

    Once I hit a wall with whatever I was working on, it was straight on to the next thing that was going to make me rich. WA has taught me that success isnt made overnight and that I have to focus and be patient to succeed.

    1. Thanks for your comment. That’s precisely what it is. Cutting out the fantasy of a get rich quick mentality, building an online business with solid foundation is the easier way. Thank you for sharing that important aspect of Wealthy Affiliate, which differentiate themselves from others.

  5. You are right when you say that you put in hours with no results to show at the end of the day. That was what I was doing before joining Wealthy Affiliate. Stumbling here and there with nothing gained at the end of the day. But, as you said above, Wealthy Affiliate really helps you get things right, whether you are a beginner or an advanced marketer!
    Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks Hans for dropping by and sharing your take on the program. I’m absolutely thankful to be part of this and hope others can be too 🙂

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