Four Pillars of Success, Alice Style
As I write this it is international literacy day in my country. If you've read my profile, you know this is an issue I care deeply about. I worked in the field at one time; it is ridiculously under-funded. I would like to make money and give a portion to various causes, including literacy. But my progress at WA is slower than planned or expected. I am at the four-week mark, and I am not where I thought I would be.
Reading my title, you are probably expecting me to talk about a website, traffic, keywords, and monetizing. Those are obvious parts of the structure of making money online. But those are not the pillars I am thinking of. My pillars might be a little less obvious, but are no less necessary.
The first one is persistence. We need to keep going, even when it seems difficult, even when we are frustrated, and especially when we are disappointed. That old cliche about "getting back on the horse" really applies here. Do it anyway. Sometimes life gets in the way and blocks our path and slows us down. Keep going. Some progress is still progress.
The second one is patience. I complained about the week I was having and how it was taking me away from WA. I am talking about family commitments, local politics I am in the middle of, a bee sting, a car accident that blocked people from crossing a bridge I needed to cross, an injury that acted up, etc. I complained about some of it here. And a dear soul reminded me that "this is not a race." It really hit me. I set goals and I wasn't meeting them, but when I set them I didn't have all the facts. How could I? I was trying to predict the future. So I changed my plan, and decided to be kind to myself as i would be to a child, and practice patience.
The third, Alice style, is review. In my case, I have gone right back to the beginning to square one. Lesson one. Am I stalling? Yes! But I am also restoring and increasing the confidence I had before all the setbacks. I AM seeing things I missed, and I AM seeing things in a new way! When i get back to where I was, it won't be the same place! it won't look or feel the same, anyway.
The fourth pillar to this structure is support. I am not referring only to the abundance of answers to questions, and the encouraging words and so on that we are all familiar with here at WA. I am also referring to the member who reminded me that this is not a race. His saying that has made all the difference. And I will succeed. Alice Style.