How To Make A Million Dollars In One Year?!
How To Make A Million Dollars In One Year?!
They say that time flies when you're having fun. The past year at WA has definitely been 'fun' - just not in the traditional sense. :)
When I first joined WA, I was fed up with bouncing around from various 9 to 5s year after year. As the cliche goes, I was tired of helping fulfill someone else's dreams in exchange for my time and overall well-being.
I decided it was time to figure out a way to avoid repeating the same cycle. After a few hours of searching Google, I stumbled upon a site (from a fellow WA member, thanks Stephen!) and decided to sign up for the free membership.
Why Did I Decide To Roll The Dice?
I'll admit, at first, I was pretty skeptical. There was a certain level of authenticity during the free training course that made it seem like this was the place to be. There weren't any bold claims like "Become A Millionaire In 30 Days!" (or anything else that would make most people leave immediately).
Although there weren't any clearly bogus claims, I still had the idea that it would somehow be much easier than this past year has proven to be. (I was dead wrong.)
Shortly after, I decided to sign up for the Premium Membership with absolutely ZERO knowledge about WordPress, building a website, SEO, Social Media, or running an online business. The opportunity was just too good to pass up on.
Lessons Learned Along The Way
Throughout the past year, the amount of knowledge that I've been able to aquire via Live Trainings, help from fellow members, the Certification Courses, and YouTube videos is still pretty unbelievable.
If you had asked me (a year ago) what I thought I would be doing a year from then, I would've probably said something along the lines of "Trying to find a job that I don't dread going into everyday."
Most people would've laughed in my face if I said "Creating an online business!". (Then again, I would've probably laughed in my own face, so I don't blame them.)
Fast forward one full year and here I am. Still moving forward, trying to carve a path in the extremely competitive online world. After 5 or more theme changes, 122 published posts, and more hours than I can count spent working on this endeavor - I can still say that I made the right choice.
Am I Making A Full-Time Income Yet?
That being said, I still have a long way to go until I can say that I'm able to generate a full-time income. The funny thing is, I didn't join WA because I thought I could become rich overnight, or even within a full year.
Don't get me wrong, we all need money to survive, but the main reason I joined was because I was tired of sitting back and letting life put me back on my heels. In the past, setting clear cut goals was always a weakness of mine (let alone following through on them).
Then, for some reason, I decided to try it out - after all, what did I have to lose if it didn't work out, right? Since I've taken the advice and started setting clear goals with a specific timeline, I've been able to dust off the keyboard and dramatically increase my level of productivity.
I once heard someone who owned their own business say "I'm my own boss and my worst employee". Taking the initiative to sit down, formulate a plan, then execute it can be pretty tough (especially on those days where you don't think it's humanly-possible to write 2,000+ words about a single subject).
The Small Things Add Up!
Little things like using a desk instead of sitting hunched over my laptop for hours on end have also made a huge difference.
It's hard to really put my thoughts into words, but here's the bottom line:
The ability to learn from (and apply) the world-class training here has dramatically shifted multiple aspects of my life. You'll probably find that many of the principles we're taught here not only apply to the online world, but the offline world as well.
Things like goal setting, executing a plan, constantly seeking new information, and not being afraid to roll the dice (then adjusting as needed) have all positively impacted my personal life.
I'm definitely not the wisest or most knowledgable person (especially when it comes to running an online business) but I'm extremely grateful for everything I've been taught in the past year.
Summer Hot Seat 2018
Before you get bored reading this post, I thought I would mention one last thing. Recently, I had the opportunity for my site to be featured in the Summer Hot Seat 2018 webinar. It was both a huge eye opener and an extra surge of motivation.
The Hot Seat webniars are a great place to see what you're doing wrong, and what you're doing right. As Jay mentions in most of them, your site doesn't have to be featured in order to apply the feedback he gives to others.
I ended up taking his advice and gave my site a complete rennovation. Once again, it might sound cliche, but I'm already starting to see positive results. This isn't to say that everything's perfect now - it's just another testament to the level of training we receive here!
Moving Forward Into The Next!
Anyways, I just wanted to share a piece of my experience from the past year at Wealthy Afiiliate. If nothing else, I hope you enjoyed reading some of my ramblings. :)
I want to thank Kyle, Carson, Jay, Stephen, and everyone else who's reached out and offered advice this past year!
Nope, I didn't become a millionaire in a single year, but I'm confident that the wealth of knowledge I've gained will pay dividends in the future! Here's to another even more productive year pursuing our online ventures!
Thanks for taking the time to make it to the end! I hope you enjoyed!