Hey There! I'm Wayne. I wanted to give a bit of my background and what brought me here to Wealthy Affiliate.
Years ago (2003-2005) I worked with a small group of guys at a Web Development company when many businesses were just starting to get online. I loved the job, but when paychecks started bouncing it was time to leave. In-between jobs I had tried various businesses and saw some people having success with affiliate marketing and blogging. I tried to monetize websites while working freelance opportunities, but my [future] wife at some point helped me figure out after a bit that it was time to get another job and moonlight on the passive income business I wanted to create on the side.
I then spent the next 7 years in a soul-sucking 9-5 Corporate IT job.
(No offense to anyone that enjoys cubicles and the Corporate IT world. But, when you're waking up thinking obscenities and saying "this is where my soul goes to die" on the drive into work for years on end, it's not the job for you!!!)
There's a large story here of all the events that happened that kept me at this job. Buying a house, getting married, 2008 Recession, working on my house, workplace responsibilities, burnout, stress, hobbies that turned into a business but wasn't the type of business I really wanted. I could write a book, but instead, I'll just say I had plenty of off-the-wall struggles & despite really wanting to create a passive income business, it never happened.. even after leaving the job in 2013.
But here's the good news. With all of those struggles, comes a ton of experience I can use to help others. Everything in life teaches us something.
I've been on a success mindset / positive thinking / personal development journey for the last few years, out of necessity. I've been reading or listening to a lot o fmaterial from some of the greats like Napoleon Hill, Jim Rohn, Earl Nightgale, Zig Ziglar, Dale Carnegie and Wallace D Wattles. It's now my passion to learn about success and help others get on the right track for success too.
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want." --Zig Ziglar
Life should be fun, not a chore. We should enjoy what we're doing, follow our passions, and as long as we're helping people, we'll be rewarded for our efforts.
And that's why I'm here now. I can finally focus on building the business I want and help others achieve success too!
I think Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to discover what you're passionate about and build a successful business around helping others!