About Belden22
Joined January 2018
My name is Rick and I am a civil engineer and love the great outdoors. I grew up in Oregon and Washington, lived in Oklahoma for 30 years but have just moved to Colorado. I live living in or at least at the foot of the mountains and I never get tired of the smell of pine trees. I am married and have two kids who also developed a love for the mountains, backpacking and hiking.

I originally wanted to be an architect and a pilot. I became a private pilot in 1988 while in the Air Force in Oklahoma City. I went on to the University of Oklahoma, after leaving the Air Force, to become a civil engineer, after changing my degree 13 times. My wife final said "No More! You need to stick with a degree program."
I have been a civil engineer in Oklahoma since 1995, designing mostly U.S. and state highways.

One of my greatest passions is getting away to the mountains where I can hike, camp out and sometimes just drive into new areas that I have never seen before.

My primary goal here at WA is to continue learning and building my website with consistency and on a regular basis. I have a long term vision to be successful in this industry and I know there will be highs and lows but I want to keep on moving forward. UPDATE (August 2019) - Both of my parents died one month apart in the fall of 2018 plus with the move to Colorado I have not been active at WA and my website. I have not lost my drive or passion for creating financial independence and I am now getting back into training here and creating on my website.
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Money I would be happy earning
$200,000 annually
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
1 million annually
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
30 hours per week for the first month and 10 hours per week after that.
 
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Belden22 Premium
How much money would you be happy earning?
$200,000 annually

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
1 million annually

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
30 hours per week for the first month and 10 hours per week after that.
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ErikWhite Premium
Great goals, my friend; very attainable. Let me know if you have any questions!

Erik W.
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you for the greeting. My son started looking at WA and I gave him my parental caution speech but it has peaked my interest over the last few weeks so I thought I would look into it. it would be great if this is something that would work for him.....and for me.
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jeremyharris Premium
Big goals! Thats great, but I would be more realistic with the amount of time you need to spend to hit those types of earnings
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Belden22 Premium
What amount of time do you think is necessary to be successful with WA? I agree my goals were high and not knowing much about WA but I understand any amount of success will take time and effort.
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lakbar12 Premium
Hi Rick, just dropping by to say hi and nice to meet you! Thank you for allowing me in your network and I did follow you back. I look forward to learning with you and all the other WA members. If you ever need any help I'll certainly do my best in helping...I wish the best in all you do...

Much Success to you in 2018 and beyond

Kisha
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westerwriter Premium
So happy to see comments from someone who shares the same geographic background. I am originally from California. Lived in Oregon and Washington (and many other places over my 78 years). I too wanted to be a pilot but did not finish the course before going off to join the Army. One of my brothers was Air Force, while the other was in Army tanks. My brother who was Air Force (now retired from AF) married a woman from Oklahoma City. They now live in upper New York State. My Dad was a road builder on the backroads of northwest California, after having learned his trade in the Army in WWII. Did you know there is a Lake Belden in Texas (near Fort Hood)? Hope to be in touch.
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Belden22 Premium
I did not know that. There is also a city called Belden, CA just northeast of Sacramento.

Thanks for the hello and it was great to see some of your family history.

Rick
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RizKhan25 Premium
Hi Friend!
Welcome to WealthyAffiliate!
You have made a good decision. I don't think you would anything better than WA for starting your online career.
So progress through the course, follow it in letter and spirit and don't look back.
Remember It would be your skills which would earn you money. So try to acquire skills and hone them.
I would be more than willing in helping you with anything
Best Wishes for you.
Riz Khan
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you for the advice. I have many questions but I will hold off on asking most of them until I finish the initiial training. The training has been very clear and helpful to me so far.

Rick
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MarkBa Premium
Hi, Welcome to WA Premium. I have found the weekly webinar very useful to watch and now that you’re a premium member you can too.If you can’t attend it live, there’s always the recordings. (See “Live Video Classes” under Training on the left hand menu. Wishing you every success with your business goals for 2018. Mark
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you Mark.
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Kyle Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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Belden22 Premium
Hey Kyle. I was waiting to get my oil changed today and looking through the niche lesson and was really giving it a lot of thought. I have several interests in starting a niche. Here are a few of my thoughts if you don't mind me bothering you with them.

Day hiking gear
Backpacking gear
Backpacking tents
water filters for backpacking and hiking
Traveling to national parks in the American West
Great mountain day hikes
Log cabin house plans
rustic wood furniture

I am actually leaning towards log cabin house plans as I love creating house plans, looking at log cabin designs and love everything to do with the mountains. I'm just not sure if this would be a good choice. My second choice would be mountain day hikes or day hiking gear.

I really liked the log cabin house plans just because that is something I love and have a great interest in. Just not sure this is a good niche.

I would appreciate any thoughts you have on this.

Thanks,
Rick
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Kyle Premium
Awesome list. Your niche ideas are definitely viable directions for your niche. You need to choose one when starting out, what are you most passionate about?

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you Kyle.

I was considering one more idea. I had a light stroke in 2012 that I was able to fully recover from but there is a stroke history in my family so I am considering dietary and supplements for stroke prevention but my concern there is it better to be the health field with more knowledge to really go for that niche?

Thank you so much for the advice you have already given me. I know you are busy and I don’t want to bother you with too many questions.

Thanks,
Rick
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Kyle Premium
You have some hands on experience within that space and I am sure lots of experiences and stories to share. Nobody starts off as an expert within any niche, nobody. Every expert you see out there started off somewhere and the online world and what you learn here is going to walk you through the process of becoming an expert.

Every expert surgeon started off at one point as a first year student. Every person with expertise within the online business world (myself included) started off with ZERO knowledge.

That should be exciting to you knowing that you can enter absolutely ANY niche you want and become the expert and build a full time income doing so.

Immerse yourself into your niche. People will trust you if you can offer them help and you don't have to reach the "expert" status to have a full time business within a niche.
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