Why I Almost Never Learned to Ride a Bike

Note: This is not the blog post I set out to write today. It was, however, the post I was guided to write. I hope it helps.

People want to have the big paycheck but they don’t want to do the big paycheck work.

How else do you explain the consistent success of programs that promise to give you a six figure income for pennies a day?

You see lots of advice to work your talent and outsource all the rest.

You might say, “List building isn’t my strength, so I will outsource the job.”

Trouble is the big catch 22. In order to outsource the work you need to be earning a good income but you can’t earn the good income if you don’t first build your list.

Sound a bit like the chicken and the egg story…which came first?

The fact is whether you are learning to ride a bike or, build a list, you are likely to end up with bruises both physical and psychological.

Some people never learn to ride a bike. I almost didn’t.

At a very young age of 4 I was riding on the back of a bike pedaled by my mother.

We were on a small English country lane. A big truck came around a corner and started toward us.

There wasn’t much room for the truck and our bike. My mother moved as close to the ditch as she dared but I was afraid the truck would hit my foot sticking out from the back wheel.

So, I pulled my foot in.

Searing pain.

My mum went over the handle bars, fortunately not hurt, because my foot got caught in the spokes of the back wheel causing my ankle to twist and stopping the bike very suddenly.

I ended up with a fractured ankle and had to wear a cast for months it seemed. and a pathological fear of bikes.

Mum and dad patiently tried to help me ride a bike, but my fear caused me to fail again and again.

Finally they gave up. It seemed I was a hopeless case.

My aim to ride a bike like all the other kids was forgotten.

Then one day I walked by our shed and saw my red bike hanging on the wall.

I remember clearly till this day, how forlorn and forgotten it looked hanging up there all alone.

It pained me to see a symbol of my failure hanging before me like that.

I knew then and there I had to overcome my fear and learn to ride that bike.

I wish I could say I went on to win 7 Tour de France like Lance Armstrong (oops maybe not the best example) but I didn’t.

Instead I learned to bike through my fear and eventual found the exhilarating freedom of biking all about the countryside on any number of amazing adventures.

Since then whenever I feel myself pulling back from something, I see that bike hanging forlornly on the shed wall. I know when that happens I need to push through the fear in spite of the discomfort, bodily and ego bruises, aches and pains, because on the other side of that fear  exhilaration and freedom waits.

Perhaps for you, learning to ride a bike was no big deal.

I bet though, something else was. We all face fear.

Which brings me back to the start of all of this.

You can fear list building but in the end you just have to learn to do it in order to grow for yourself and for your business.

“Action cures fear.”

Source: David J. Schwartz, Magic of Thinking Big

What is your biggest fear around building your list? What can you do to overcome that fear?


If you skipped my last blog post Ten Easy Tips for Writing Your won Lead Magnet in Two Hours or Less then I urge you to go read it. More importantly I urge to go back and give writing your own lead magnet a try.

The next post will be the one I started out to write today: How to Build an Attractive Lead Magnet  Landing Page.





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