Jumped in at the deep end and now doing doggy paddle
I joined WA in November 2019 and did very little until the end of February 2020, so wasted quite a bit of time there. I think it's like a lot of things; when you haven't done them before there's always a little voice in the back of your head saying "It's too hard, you won't be able to do it, you don't know what you're doing".
It's true; I didn't know what I was doing, but I was determined to do my best and trust in the training to change all that, and it has. I'm still nowhere near being an expert. I think that's a bit like when you first pass your driving test; that's when the real training starts, when you are actually doing the job.
I'm still a bit iffy in some parts and I intend to keep going back over the training to try to instil the info into my poor old brain. For instance, I initially was successful in placing media into my post, but then when I came to do another post, I just couldn't do it. Couldn't find the right page to insert media and ended up going a convaluted way around by publishing and then editing my post. Only then was I able to see the heading that said "insert media". I'm sure I'll figure it out, but it's really frustrating when you're in the midst of it. I sometimes think I'm looking at my PC screen with blinkers on, not seeing all the icons and information contained on the page. The Coronavirus lockdown, whilst being absolutely awful and devastating for a lot of people, has been a godsend for me. It's given me time to devote to my training, which would probably have taken me till next November otherwise.
I am a mobile Massage Therapist, visiting patients in their homes, offices and at Spa's in the area around my home in Milton Keynes, near London, UK. I normally work a 7 day week; not all day every day, but I'm available every day. I also help my daughter out with my two Grandsons. She's a single parent, which is a difficult situation to be in, and without my help she would struggle even more.
I've been doing this for 28 years now and, because I'm not in the first flush of youth, lugging my couch in and out of my car boot every day is getting more and more difficult. I would dearly like to set up my Affiliate business as soon as possible so I can cut back on my massage work.
Ah well, I take solace from a TED talk I watched by a man called Josh Kauffman. An entertaining man, with a very pertinent message. He mentioned a University Professor from Florida University called K. Anders Ericson who studied expert musicians, sportspeople, chess grand masters - all untra performers in their fields. The outcome of his research was that to become an absolute expert takes an average of 10,000 hours; that's 5 years in a full time job. However, he also tells of another man called Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote a book called "Outlyers - Story of Success". Gladwell says that to reach a reasonable level of ability to learn a new skill with practice will take only 20 hours. The major barier to skill acquisition isn't intellectual - it's emotional. Kauffman then goes on to play the Ukelele, using only 4 chords, and sings a medly of snippets of familiar songs, some pretty hilarious. His point was that you can get good enough to make a start and just get better as you go along, which is what I intend to do.
My niche is physical and mental health, nutrition, fitness and wellbeing. I know there isn't an actual niche with that heading, but I thought I'd give you the long version. My posts to date have covered meditation, exercise for the elderly, a self impovement technique called Psycho Cybernetics and a final one today about giving yourself your best day with a combination of some of the above.
My short term goal is to really master everything that WA has to offer, for me to totally understand everything on the platform and not to struggle and refer to my notes all the time. I think this will take me probably another couple of months. I would like to then share my knowledge with people who are struggling in WA and help them to get through the training easier.
After that, I really want to get going with the Affiliate Marketing; getting as many affiliate partners as possible. I've no idea how long it might take, but hopefully with the support of WA it won't be too long.