About Belden22
Joined January 2018
I am a civil engineer and love the great outdoors. I grew up in Oregon and Washington but now live in Oklahoma and look for any opportunity to get out to the mountains in New Mexico and Colorado. 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.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Hi Richard - Thank you for the follow. Wishing you great success with your WA venture :)
Valerie
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JackTaylor Premium
Thanks a lot Rick. Make sure you get the FREE Airplane Flying Handbook. Good luck on getting your instrument rating. Here's a website you can download the books you need for free including the Instrument Flying Handbook.

https://www.longislandflying.com/aa/01_07_student_pilot_books.htm

Jack
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HC516 Premium
Hi Rick, Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate! I hope you are enjoying everything so far. I'll look forward to hearing about your success here.

Rae
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you for the welcome. Everyone has been really helpful. It's funny that I was warning my son about this possibly being a scam so I started looking into it and realized what a great opportunity it is to learn, share and make some money.

Rick
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Freisia Premium
All the best in your journey through WA.
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Dwayne1864 Premium
Thank you for following me. I'm now following you. I'm really excited for us to watch each other grow and prosper.
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Tabsmark Premium
Hi there

It was interesting reading your bio. Looks like you just love diversity. This platform is going to be perfect as you already know!!!

Appreciate the follow - am doing the same.
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WildflowerG Premium
Thanks for the follow, Rick. Keep up the good work.
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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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GailLowe Premium
Thanks for following me Richard. Following you right back. Have a wonderful day. Gail
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Labman Premium
Hi and welcome to WA, Thanks for following me back.
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Alan Hocking Premium
Thanks for the follow Rick I appreciate it

If you need my help with anything just shout! :)
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Henniest Premium
A warm welcome to WA Premium Rick. May your stay with us be a blessed one.
Hennie
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you Hennie.

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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dailydoseofk Premium
Congrats, you are going to have a great time here. =)

Kylie
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you. You all have been very helpful and friendly.

Rick
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GayleneNepia Premium
Hi Richard,

Congratulations on going Premium. Wishing you all the best for the new year :-)
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you and Happy New Year to you also.
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NCH Premium
Welcome to WA Premium.

WA is a wonderful opportunity to learn and earn.

The beginning of every journey starts with the first step, so welcome aboard.

NCH
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you for the welcome.

Rick
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Meekandlowly Premium
Hey! Welcome to Premium!
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you for the welcome. It didn’t take long for me to see there was some real value in the premium membership if I am serious about being successful. It looks like there will be a lot of effort for a long time to really be successful, but that’s just a 3 day old WA newbie talking.

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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HarveyBrown Premium
Hello Rick, nice to meet you and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate (WA). Thank you for the follow and all the best in achieving your goals at WA.
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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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jeremyharris Premium
Nice to have a smart guy like you on board!
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you for the compliment. I just need to work on learning more about all of the possibilities on the net and here at WA.
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jeremyharris Premium
Hey Richard ,

To help you get started I wanted to share two videos from a live case study done on Wealthy Affiliate webinars. You can see the presenter research, build, and rank a site, LIVE before your eyes. It's a two-part series. This is not meant to replace your Online Entrepreneur Certification training, and it just a good way to supplement your training.


One last thing!

The regular price is $47 per month. However, if you go yearly, you pay just $29 per month!

That's less than $1 per day for

12 months of training
52 live webinars

You can upgrade here https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/upgrade

There's absolutely no pressure to upgrade at this point and this is not a limited time offer. I just wanted to make sure you knew it was available in case you wanted to save some money.

Don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns!

Here are two recent success stories from 2017 that I want to share with you for motivation!
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Belden22 Premium
Thank you for the greeting and the information.
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