“Rome was not built in a day” is a popular wise saying, referring to the fact that any great achievement doesn’t come easy.

According to Wikipedia, it “is an adage attesting to the need for time to create great things”.

This saying can be applied to those who have made good money online or become successful from the Internet as well.

The idea of building your own online “Rome” (becoming successful online) will not happen overnight and you must understand and have this mindset.

If you take the time to study most of the successful Internet entrepreneurs today or even those who have made considerable money online, you will discover that they did not get to their “destination” overnight.

It took them time and effort before they got there.

While keeping their dreams and aspirations in perspective they also made the necessary “sacrifices” that took months or years to achieve or build their “Rome”.

That being said, if you aspire to be a successful Internet entrepreneur or inspire to make considerable money online, you must keep this in mind.

Also, you must keep in mind the other part of the saying which refers to the input that is needed to become a successful entrepreneur online.

For clarity sake, the saying would be “Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks by the hour”.

Yes,“…they were laying bricks by the hour” is the hidden secret used to build Rome.

For aspiring Internet entrepreneurs, this part of the saying should be very important for you. Laying your bricks (doing what should be done online) by the hour, will get your “Rome” built, eventually!

The following are 6 very compelling reasons why your Internet success story, like Rome, won’t be built in a day:

1. You Need to Start Small and Make Incremental Progress


Most successful Internet entrepreneurs of today did not become rich overnight.

They started with an idea, worked on it to provide value, and steadily grew they wealth by selling the value. It took some a few years to get “there” while it took others many more years to arrive.

Even those you see who make many thousands of dollars or even millions within few days, spent years to get to the point of being able to do all that within few days.

Some started with just one employee, one business idea, one system, etc, but with time, effort, and experience, they grew and got better in all ramifications until they became successful online entrepreneurs.

You will need to also start small and make incremental or marginal increase in the effort you put each day. Laying your bricks like the Romans did, will help you achieve online success, eventually.

And what’s even more important is that by laying your bricks “by the day” as the Romans did, you end up building a much stronger online empire. One that can stand the test of time and one that will add value to the lives of all those who do business with it.

Isn’t that worth laying your bricks diligently for? I think it is!


2. You Need To Follow a Proven System

Most successful Internet entrepreneurs of today followed or created a proven system that helped them succeed. The system can be referred to as the organization of efforts, skills and knowledge to achieve a certain objectives.

You shouldn’t just follow any system blindly. Instead, follow a system that has already been proven to lead to success. This will save you time you would have wasted doing what won’t work.

Thankfully there are many others who have already succeeded in many fields of endeavor. Learn about what they did and follow their proven system.

If you concentrate on the right proven system and apply the right actions with determination and dedication, all these will eventually lead to your online success.

A proven and right system is the right brick that will help you actualize your Rome.

Daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly habits in laying your bricks will eventually help you build your empire!

Like what James Clear said in his short Huffingtonpost article:

“Actually Rome is just the result, the bricks are the system. The system is greater than the goal. Focusing on your habits is more important than worrying about your outcomes.

Of course, there’s nothing necessarily impressive about laying a brick. It’s not a fantastic amount of work. It’s not a grand feat of strength or stamina or intelligence. Nobody is going to applaud you for it.

But laying a brick every day, year after year? That’s how you build an empire”

If you are still looking for the right system which really works, check out this system that I am currently using to make money online. It’s run by this very site and has already made lots of money for lots of members.


3. You Need To Learn By Practice and Repetition


True successful online entrepreneurs will still be successful again if they suddenly lose all they have now.

Why is that?

Because they already learned what it took to get to where they are now. They have learned from the years of practice and repetition.

They did not just wish to be rich without doing anything to make their wishes come true.

Instead they put in the needed efforts in creating and promoting the products that brought them where they are today.

You should do the same to get the same results.

You should not be afraid to fail with any idea and never give up until you have mastered the skill that will take you to the necessary success level.


4. You Need To Exhibit Strong Attitude of Patience and Courage

On the journey of success, patience is required to accomplish what has been planned out.

Internet entrepreneurs obviously also experience lots of hiccups and challenges along the way but the virtues of patience and courage supersede the thought of giving up on their dreams.

This should apply to you as well, if you are serious about eventually succeeding online and joining the league of successful online entrepreneurs.

You need a strong attitude of patience to keep going until you succeed.

You also need strong courage to face the possible challenges that may want to discourage you, along the way. And trust me, you will face challenges, no matter how good you are.

Many have quit when faced with such challenges.

Don’t be one of them.

Don’t quit!


5. You Need To Make The Right Investment in Time and Resources

Successful Internet entrepreneurs invest time and resources in what they do.

They believe that there is the time to sow and there is the time to reap. So, they make all efforts to invest time, energy, and resources needed for success.

Every effort and action has its time-frame and the necessary resources for accomplishment.

This should also apply to you as you work towards your success online.

Since Rome was not build in a day, you need to invest the time needed to succeed in your venture.

The fact remains that some projects would be accomplished faster than others but it helps when you have the mentality that investing time and resources in a particular project would eventually be rewarded with success.

Good things in life do not go to those who don’t work for it. That’s just the plain truth. Even if some lazy people achieve success without putting in the right amount of work, such success usually won’t endure.

If you want yours to endure, you have to be ready to put in the right investment of time, resources and effort.


6. You Need To Understand the Reality of Becoming a Successful Online Entrepreneur


Becoming a successful entrepreneur has its peculiar challenges even for Internet marketers. Don’t ever forget that.

There is the reality of setting goals, making plans, connecting with the right people, serving the target audience, taking the right action which leads to wealth, and of course – maintaining the wealth.

It’s not just getting the wealth, but maintaining or sustaining it.

All these takes time and effort.

Becoming a successful Internet entrepreneur should not be a fantasy you only wish for. It must be followed with a sense of responsibility, hard-work, determination and perseverance!



Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. If you must become a successful Internet entrepreneur, you should be ready to lay the daily bricks of time, resources, effort, etc.

Do that consistently and eventually you WILL build your own Rome and become an online success story!


Once again, if you are still looking for the right system which really works, check out this system that I am currently using to make money online. It’s run by this very site and has already made lots of money for lots of members. What’s fantastic about this system is you are guaranteed of making money within 30 days if you take the step-by-step recommended actions.

Whether you agree with what I shared in this article or not, please share your thoughts in the comments below. I look forward to reading them.


  1. Hello David,

    thanks for your post, I found it very helpful, especially working in marketing.

    You are absolutely right saying that the Internet success can’t be archived quickly. It is work that requires a lot of efforts, knowledge, experiments, etc.

    I got very curious about your proven system that you use yourself, so I think I should check it out and apply to my projects to see how it goes.
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  2. Hey David,

    Thanks for sharing these excellent tips. You are right that the Internet Success is like the Rome. You cannot build your career in a single day.

    I just started my Internet Career and will try my best to follow the Consistency, Patience, and Timing while working. These Three things helped me to pass my High School and College [I was Dyslexic guy].

    Thanks again for sharing these tips. Bookmarking this page.

    Have a Nice Day Ahead!
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  3. Hi David,
    Well said!
    Yes the age old saying goes very well with online marketing or money making online.
    Yes, for that matter as many thinks it’s not an easy job, instead it requires lot of energy, hard work and of course money too is required to win this battle. Out consistency is the key here.
    Thanks Dave for sharing the wonderful link.
    The boring initial stage may force one to quit in the middle or some even in the beginning.
    Let us make note that nothing will come or achieve in an easy shot.
    It requires lot of time and energy and hard work behind.
    This for tell this truth, with a nice comparison.
    Keep sharing
    Have a great day.
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  4. Hi David,

    Thanks for a great post. I felt challenged as well as encouraged by it by measuring myself against those criteria you outlined.

    Yes, I certainly will be tackling this endeavor of mine ‘brick by brick’ as you have so clearly outlined here.



  5. Hi David,

    Great post and I totally agree with you.

    I also think “making consistent progress and getting rewarded” is important to stay motivated while building your online business

    One way to do this is to set mini-goals based on your ultimate goals and celebrate when you hit it. e.g f your goal is to build 1000 subscribers, reward yourself with a break or go on a date when you hit the first 10.

    Staying motivated while building your online business is extremely, extremely important
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  6. Hi David,

    What others have said about this post already said it all. It does deserve all the accolades it has received.

    I really like the lesson you brought out from such a wise saying.

    I also agree it will take time to succeed on the Internet. And like your Rome example, we just have to keep adding bricks, particularly the right bricks in the right way and we will succeed too.

    This post definitely made my day!

  7. Hi David,

    Awesome article. In Copy writing “Free” is a buzz word.

    Unfortunately so is “Quick” and “Easy.” Quick and Easy sell but never work.

    I like how you mention that even the marketers that made thousands overnight put in a lot of hard work in studying, learning to market, networking and so on.

    I also like how you mention how important “habits” are. Our daily habits will decide our destiny.

    Awesome work my friend and I look forward to reading more of your articles.

    Take care,


  8. You are correct. I wanted instant success when I started blogging. I am learning everyday. Your advice just added to my learning.

    I am practicing being patient and learning from experts like you. Please keep sharing your knowledge because me and others on here want to learn more from you.

    Thanking for this post. Take care.

  9. Hi David,

    This wonderful article of yours has given me much needed hope to keep going with my activities.

    I am confident my Rome will be built eventually if I keep doing what I need to be doing.

    Sometimes it gets frustrating and I get lazy or weak to do my tasks but I know it’s the doing which makes things change for the better.

    Thanks for the encouraging post. I will try to read this often, to keep me motivated 🙂
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  10. What I observe is that people don’t benchmark and measure whatever they do. How can you be able to iterate when you don’t record everything that you do (whether offline or online)?

    I love your analogy of building Rome brick by brick. Same goes as how Egyptians built their pyramids. It doesn’t come easy and may I say cheap.

    What matters is, along the way, they learned the best techniques and the most efficient ways in building their empire. You can do that too online, for as long as you accept your mistakes and your willing to learn from it.

  11. This is a great post for any beginning entrepreneur who starting on their journey to success.

    However, I wouldn’t promote this article outside of Kingged though. More on that later…

    I can’t tell you the amount of people I see online who want a business (or so they say), but don’t want to invest any money or time into building it – yet they want to be rich overnight.

    It just doesn’t work that way!

    What I don’t like about this article is that it’s OVERLY promotional. One promo link in the body and one at the end is sufficient.

    Overall, good points made David!
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  12. Slow and steady, Dave.

    I love your points. It’s easy to get too frustrated when you don’t start seeing the results. Even more so, get frustrated when you see others that are benefiting greater results than yourself.

    Everyone has to start on the bottom, and then slow work their way up.

    I love point two, not re-inventing the wheel either. Don’t try to think you’re smarter than proven methods that work.

    It’s better to learn, and follow those blueprints.

    Well done, sir!

  13. Hello,

    I love these kinds of articles for one reason; they state the facts without jerking the readers around. Becoming successful, especially online is a long process that can seem so far out of reach that some people quit. And just because someone “quits” doesn’t mean they’re weak.

    Starting a business in itself is a terrifying experience for some. Getting past the first step can “break the bank” and cause a lot of stress. Now, I’m not trying to discourage people from starting a business, but there is a lot of “risk” and people will need to make “sacrifices” to keep the momentum.

    Just like in this article, “sacrifices” are a necessary evil to get the desired result(s). Number 5 is my favorite tad bit of advice from this article. To become an entrepreneur, time management will be a necessity.

    Thank you for this amazing article. I learn something new every day.

    Heather Schroeder
    President, OTHOSIS* Tutoring Services

  14. Hi David,

    This is such a well thought out article. Thanks for sharing this.

    I think it’s safe to say it’s an epic article!

    Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day and anyone’s Internet success won’t be either.

    I really agree with the 6 reasons you included. If most people read and take heed, they can build their Rome too, eventually 🙂

  15. This article hits the nail on the head David!

    Its so frusterating looking at other Forums for people who want to get into Internet Marketing and listen to them moaning that they have not made any money after investing $50 and waiting 3 days!!

    Or wondering why they have not made their first million in 3 weeks!

    99% if people out there give up after days if they make no money- thats the reason the majority fail, no effort,no commitment..

    Good post, please spread it around !!


  16. I think every brand new aspiring Internet marketer should read this post. #3 particularly nails it. Internet marketing is a little like learning a musical instrument – you can’t learn by reading about it, you have to do it. Just get it out there, then tweak it and improve it as you go. As one successful marketer put it, “Perfectionism will leave you broke.”

  17. Hi David,

    What a great post. It’s a must read for anyone wondering whether to give up on making money online or not.

    You said many truths in this and still encouraged people to keep on going with their efforts to make money online.

    This is worth reading anytime one feels discouraged.

    Epic post, I’d say.

  18. David,

    I love how this article relates something we all know to a subject matter. In my opinion relationship teaching is one of the most powerful teaching techniques.

    In our world today we see people who want things now, instant gratification and delivery. And this is what’s so hard for people in the IM world to grasp, it’s just the opposite.

  19. This such a powerful article which should help anyone who reads.

    I think those looking for get-rich-quick offers won’t like it though, they want instant results. They don’t know that to become a successful Internet entrepreneur they should be ready to lay the daily bricks of time, resources, effort, etc, like you said in this article.

    Thanks for writing this.

  20. Hi David,

    Thank you for your encouraging post. It came at just the right time for me. I am one of the ones who thought I could build Rome in a day (or at least a couple of days). I didn’t realize that there is a big learning curve in affiliate marketing, at least for me.

    I’m usually a quick study, but I’ve never tried to do anything so difficult. I’ve quit several times, but I always come back. It’s sort of like being in a relationship that’s not perfect, but you want it to work any way.

    It’s been a challenge, but I’ve grown from when I first started this journey. Being on this site with other marketers who have the same goals of success has really spurred me on.

    I now realize that all that I’ve learned was not just a waste of time and energy. I was putting my bricks into place. It’s all starting to come together, and I’m beginning to be able to make some sense of all of this.

    Thank you for reminding that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
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