When I was an aspiring writer growing up, as a way to develop our storytelling skills, my friends and I all had a game we would play. We called the game “Prove It”.
The rules of the game were quite simple: whomever was up would make the most outrageous claim they could come up with, the others would say, “Prove it,” and that person would squirm in their chair trying to justify what they just said.
For example, someone might claim, “The earth is flat.” We would all tell them to prove it. They might reply with something like, “If it were round, we would all fall off.” (Boring)
The next person might claim, “The earth is round.” Again, the group would ask them to prove it, and they might reply with, “Because if it were flat, my freaking cat would have pushed everything off the edge by now.” (Winner!)
It was always a lot of fun and a great exercise in creativity.
What does this have to do with you and Wealthy Affiliate?
I sometimes see skeptical new members — and even a few veteran members who should know better by now — asking, nay demanding, proof when a member posts a success story. Someone claims they made $100, $500, or $1000, and that person wants to see proof. “Show me your PayPal account.” “Post your bank statement.” “Let me see the check.” Whatever.
But here’s the truth. The issue is not how much that person made or didn’t make; the issue is how much YOU will make.
You see, just because Jerry, for instance, made $40,000 in four hours doesn’t mean you will. And just because he went on to bring in $100,000 in a week does not mean the same is possible for you. You don’t know what his situation was. It could be that he is just that good (He is, by the way.) It could be that he just got lucky. Indeed, he could be just straight up making it all up. But you know what? Who cares? It doesn’t matter.
A person’s results are just that: their results. That does not mean you or I can duplicate that. We aren’t in their shoes. We may earn much less. Indeed, depending on our particular circumstances, we may even do better. We have members that made money their first week. And we have members that have been at it for years and are still struggling. It doesn’t mean they won’t succeed; it just means it isn’t their time yet.
Whenever I am asked now to “prove it”, I always respond the same way. “There is only one person I have to prove anything to, and she sleeps next to me, cooks me breakfast, and has put up with my crap for the last 27 years… unless you are willing to do the same, she’s the only one that gets access to my bank account.”
The point is that success stories are awesome. And you should read every one of them. But they should be used as inspiration, not as a measuring stick. As the saying goes, your results may vary.