Do You Want Success? (Advice From A Veteran)

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I'm by no means any special veteran - I only spent a little more than 2 and a half years in the military and never was able to actually go overseas to defend the country I readily signed up to protect, even if it meant sacrificing my life for the sake of those here.

However, it was actually during my military years that I started to see a lot of my business success, and so I thought I would share this on this Veteran's day.

Please note, I actually wrote this for someone who worked for me for a while, and while I've edited it to make it more generic, some of the things that we were talking about may still be in it).

Life Is Always Going To Be Difficult

"You would need to really show me that you want this - 4 articles a day is really the minimum that you would put into this (you should be doing more), since that should only take about 8 hours each day."

How passionate are you to making money online and see your website succeed?

I know money, life, or whatever is going to be tight or difficult. I get that.

I've been there - Over a little more than a year and a half ago, I was in a job that I hated (the military, lol), and my ( at the time pregnant) wife were living in a van that didn't have any A/C in the dead of summer.

We would go to the local library to borrow their internet and wouldn't leave until they closed for the night. Not only would we go the weekdays but also the weekends for most weeks.

Fast forward to 8 months or so (right before I hired you earlier this year), and I was working so hard, I probably was only getting 4-6 hours of sleep a day for a while, because of all the work I wanted to get done everyday.

I took a pay cut over the summer (I shared some during that time), where some months the business barely made anything (and if you add on my personal family expenses, my actual bank account went down several thousands of dollars during those months).

Even right now I'm not physically where I want to be - I'm living in a place where I'm reminded everyday why I don't want to be here (It's not bad place or anything, it's just not mine, which is what both my wife and I are currently working on to achieve next).

You've Been Given Everything You Need To Succeed

I've handed everything to you, and you didn't take it. I'm not trying to put aside everything that you were going through.

But, even with writers block - you could have easily reached out to me and just asked for help during that time. I'm always here and I've always responded to you and answered any questions you had or tried to find solutions for things for you. (Note to all those reading this - if you ever need help don't feel like you can't reach out. I'll see what I can do, even if it's point you to the right next step).

You've worked for me, so I know that when you are on your A-game, that you have a good solid work ethic. You're still young (early 30s), so I know you can still put in 16+ hours a day to make this succeed, including working some on the weekend.

If you are really serious about this, then go crazy on your business.

Post 3-4 articles a day, and start creating pins for Pinterest every day for the articles that you created and answer questions on Quora/Reddit that you know the answers to (You're doing this, so that you're diversifying your traffic from the start - If you're serious, ask me for training on these and I can get them for you).

Read every day something new about business or even Tiny Living so that you can better yourself and your site in the future.

If you (and your wife) are passionate for this to happen, then make it happen.

Fears And Excuses Will Always Try To Hold You Back

Nothing is holding you back from achieving this - with or without me paying you to work on this. The only thing that holds people back from their dreams are fears and excuses.

I have fears - fears that I don't know enough, that AI will destroy my business, the economy might collapse, I might have to live where we're currently living longer that I want to, that I might not be able to spend as much time with my wife and daughter.

I have too many excuses - "I don't need to work as hard as others because I've already put my work in." "I'm not going to be able to achieve the success that others have gotten, because I just don't know what they know or have the experiences they have." "There is no way for me to make my business make XYZ in this short amount of time, so why even try?"

I'm a human, and honestly, there is nothing different between you and me.

Nothing was handed to me on a silver platter.

I've worked hard for where I am, having to work even in the midst of the pain and emotional turmoil.

There was a time where my marriage was in a horrible place (because of things I had/hadn't done - I wasn't a good man or husband during that time, and am way better thanks to the Lord and to the promptings of my wife) with a lot of tension between my wife and I.

It was so bad that I was actually living with a friend, (way early on in our marriage) for a few weeks. I would go to the work that I hated, spent the evening trying to reconcile with my wife and then stayed up till 2 AM working on my business (only to wake up at 5 AM to get ready for work and do it all over).

Most days I didn't eat much because of the stress of everything (lost quite a few pounds).

Have Drive, Determination, And Faith

Point of all this is that there isn't any situation or excuse or fear that I haven't had and haven't overcome.

You honestly don't need me to achieve what you want. You just have to have drive, determination, and faith in God that this will all work out.

If you want to do this, then give yourself tasks every day - Recently I haven't been putting as much work in as I could either, so my wife and I talked, and I now give her my daily tasks that I'm going to do every day - I take on as much work as i can confidently take on, and my wife keeps me accountable (screenshots of the past two recent days below).

We're just using the Canvas section of Slack (A free program my business team members and I used to chat through) to do all this.

Don't Stop "Working", Ever!

Find ways and people to hold you accountable when your slacking.

If there are times when you can't 'work', because your taking care of children or have errands to do or something - I've been there before too.

I personally will try to listen to something (sometimes nothing, but most days something beneficial around business/personal success, even finances) while taking care of my daughter.

If I can't work on my business, then I'll work on myself.

You Will Get What You Seek After. Guaranteed.

Like I've reiterated multiple times, if you want this, if you really, really (and I mean really) want this, then you will have it.

There is no 'wishy-washy woo-woo' in that statement - whatever you want in life, if you want it bad enough, you will get it.

As one person (Earl Nightingale) so aptly put it, "If we know what it is we seek, it will, it must be accomplished barring an act of god or a catastrophe over which we have no control."

One of my very earliest goals was to make $2K in a month from one of my websites (I had gotten close to that number, but never that actual number). I set myself a goal of 30 days, and believe it or not, I achieved the goal.

That site now is bringing over $7K+ a month 18 months later, with my current 30 day goal is netting/profitting over $10K from that one site (once again, I've been close, but will definitely achieve it after this month).

I wanted to have a portfolio of websites that I ran with a team of VAs early on when I first started in digital marketing 5 years ago. While I'm not where I want to be perse, I've been able to create several of my own business, purchased two sites with cash (one for $34K and another for $24K,), currently working on 4 other website ideas and created a team of 5ish VAs to help me run all the sites I currently own.

One of my personal goals is to never go into debt - That's hard when you want to purchase a property. But my wife and I have a plan (i.e. a goal, a vision, a drive) to purchase our first property with cash that we've saved up in the next 3-6 months.

Those are just a few goals - one I've succeeded at, another I'm going to very soon, and one that I will in the near future.

Before my wife married me, she set some phenomenal goals, and was set on track to achieve them all ( Her last goal was to become a world-renown speaker with her own products and books published).

She was so good at her job, that her boss's boss's boss offered her a job (a position that he was going to specifically create just for her), with her being able to set her initial salary (in the high 5/low 6 figures). She turned it down to marry me, but the point is the same.

If you want something. if you know what you are seeking for, then you will get it. You will find it. There isn't anything that you can't get if you put your mind to it.

So go get it.


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Thank you for this post. I have reread it and know exactly where you were. I hear the drive and determination in your tone.

I am there now. My Just Over Broke (JOB) steals 60 hours a week. Knowing this I spend a mandatory 2 hours every day on my site. Without fail or excuse.

My niche has morphed from Extra Retirement Income to Master Niche Blogging for Retirement. In 7 months I have added 75 posts. Setting Points has the #1 spot for numerous posts and keywords. Traffic is slowly picking up.

What caught my eye was the prompts that you are using. AI is paving the road that we travel. AI will not replace you. People who know AI will.

I believe that this opportunity is one that I will be crushing very soon. This post feeds my motivation more than you can imagine.

Thank you for that. Please feel free to take a look at my progress. I would love to know your thoughts.


Hey Don,

Thanks for reaching out and commenting on this post. I found your site from one of your older posts, and I'll have to say, I'm pretty impressed about it - most sites I take a look at right now are usually laden with straight up copy/paste AI written content. But yours looked pretty good.

If you'd like, I'd be willing to shoot a video on what I would recommend what you may want to do with your site (a few things I found I would change if I was running it). Just PM with the link (to make sure I got the "setting points" right), as well as anything specific you'd be interested in me looking at specifically, and I'll look into it for you.

Keep on working on your site! over 70 posts while working 60+ hours is pretty impressive. Keep it up, think to the future, and think about just how much content you could add if you were working 60+ hours on your site!


I appreciate the offer. It is going on midnight and my alarm is set for 5 am. Expect something tomorrow.

But the video aspect is my next task to tackle. As a person who generally looks for answers on YouTube, and me being my audience persona, I can only assume that people in my niche audience use YouTube more than IG/X/Pinterest.

Good morning Andy,

That's a great post, Andy! I always admire anyone who signs up for the Armed Forces!

Interestingly enough, I was reading a few of your blog posts the other day, I still have one open on my monitor! It's great that your wife holds you accountable and that you are building your step-by-step and making money!

I don't know why, but so many people seem to think that the Internet is something where you make money over the weekend with no work involved! All the successful Internet marketers that I have come across, have worked hard and have been consistent!

It's also great that you have a faith, I do too! We know that working hard is a biblical principle and of course, there is a balance! I think it's great that you don't want to borrow money, well done!

I wish you all the best.


Thanks Roy. You're definitely spot on with your comment. This isn't a get rich over the weekend scheme (don't we all wish that were true, lol).

I also think that faith one of the biggest things each of us needs. Obviously love is most important (1st Corinthians 13), but if we don't have faith in our selves, in our business, in our plans, we're bound to fail (side note, both you and I know that each of us needs to ultimately have faith in Christ, since that will determine our end, but that is for another topic). But it's also through that faith that we (at times) muster the courage to push on one more month, and to have the discipline to do what is needed, even when we don't have any motivation.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by and commenting. To your future success!


Good morning Andy,

Thank you for your reply, it's appreciated! Yes, it would be nice if we could carry out a few clicks and make money!

Indeed, faith in God changes everything! We have to remember what we are here for and what our purpose is in life. I believe that we should be givers rather than takers, but at the same time, we need to earn money to become a giver. I could carry on talking for longer!

I have to say it's always nice to meet a fellow Wealthy Affiliate member who is a Christian. And the fact that you are successful that's fantastic and still growing your business.

Having been involved in agriculture and landscaping etc, your smallholder website sounds interesting and a good niche. Well done for stepping out.

Have a great day.



Great post Andy. And, if you mabye can explain me how can I pin something on Pinterest?

Definitely - I can point you in the right direction: I would start with this training. My wife has training for our personal VAs, but I'll have to see if she's okay with me uploading it here for people to view.

While Pinterest has it's own algorithm of it's own, it's pretty much the same methodology as Google:

1. Find the keyword/idea that you are going to target with your pin.
2. search that keyword/idea and see what the TOP ranking pins are, how they're structured, color schemes, etc.
3. From your research, in your own way create a pin graphic with the similar characteristics on it.
4. Create an engaging title/description, and link to the article that you want your target audience to go to.

And there you have it. It's pretty easy, once you start doing it.

Wow, thank you Andy. I am totaly beginner in whole this online world. I am strugeling so hard, and I probably need double or more time to figure it out or learn something than every other person on this platform. That is why I am so anoying with asking and asking things whjch are obvious for most of people on the platform. And I am sorry about that..... but I must win my own war. And that is why I am so gratefull for any information, advice, critique, etc.

Very awesome, Andy! It doesn't matter how long you served--you served! Happy Veterans day, and keep succeeding in your new business endeavors!


You too, Jeff!

Stay strong, brother!

Thanks, Andy! I will, and you do the same!


Great post Andy, it’s left me feeling very motivated to succeed! Thank you 👍

Awesome, James! I was hoping it would do that for some people. My wife read and was impressed with it, haha.

Go get it!

Nice one Andy, you know you must be doing something right if your wife approves lol cheers mate

Haha, definitely. To be fair, a lot of my success comes from her as well. I did find a real gem!

Awesome mate, we’re both lucky in that respect. How does the saying go… behind every successful man… :D

Haha - I actually had to look up to see where it came from. Mark Twain to be exact:

"Behind every successful man, there is a woman - And behind every unsuccessful man, there are two."

Couldn't be any more true, especially this day and age.

Stay strong, brother!

That’s the one my friend!

Keep smashing out the motivational content and best of luck with your businesses! 👍👍👍

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