How Long Will It Take Me To Be Successful?

Last Update: December 28, 2014

It always amazes me when people ask me that question or the variations listed below:

  • How long did it take you to be successful?
  • When did you earn your first sale?
  • How many hours do you spend and how much do you make?
  • If I put in x hours per day, how much can I make or when can I expect to be successful?

Depending on where you are in your business, you've either asked these same questions or have heard variations of them.


Time for some tough love.

Here's the thing, none of these questions really matter or apply to your situation! Yeah I said it! But hear me out before you start rolling your eyes and getting offended.

Often times these questions are really just symptoms of one or more of the following:

  • Insecurities
  • Inaction
  • Impatience
  • Doubt
  • Desperation

What does it really matter how long it took myself or any other successful online business owner to succeed? None of us are clones of each other. There are always variations on how we process what we learn and more importantly how we apply it. So even if I told you it took me a week to become successful, it doesn't mean you will. Oh, but I want to have an idea or range to strive for?


Let's Reminisce...

Prior to Wealthy Affiliate most of us were destined and accepted that we would work for "THE MAN" for damn near the rest of our lives or until we can retire. If we were lucky, we would have a nice little nest egg. Then if we were still healthy enough or had the finances, we would spend the remainder of our lives trying to do things we really wanted to do while we were busting our ass for the man.

So that was probably 20-30 years of your life that you would have readily given up for someone else that really doesn't care about your success. But now, you have the opportunity to dictate how much money you deserve to make and what you could do with your time. And yet you have the audacity to be worried about how long it's going to take you succeed?

Does that really make sense? Isn't that disrespectful to yourself, your dreams or family? It shouldn't matter how long it will take you to succeed if you're really about that life of freedom & prosperity!


Exceptions To The Rule.

So I don't sound like a total tool, I want recognize that some people are asking the questions listed in this post because they need income right away because of dire financial situations. This article isn't directed at those folks. My advice for people in that situation is to focus on quicker temporary solutions like getting a work at home job until you can get your business to where it can totally support you. For everyone else that falls into what I described previously, I have the solution for you below.

The Answer!

Your business is exactly like the quote above. It's about getting to the finish line. When you get there doesn't make a difference. You just need to reach whatever that finish line is for you, your family or whatever is motivating you.

So do yourself and your dreams a favor, don't limit them to time frames. Stop comparing yourself to others or imaginary time frames.

Instead, get out there and bust your ass for yourself as you would have done for "The Man" for the next 20-30 years. Scratch that! Work harder and longer because now you're working for the company called "Me, Myself & I!"

What do you guys think? Am I off base here? Chime in below. I would love to hear your feedback. I'll be the first to admit I've been guilty of some of the actions listed above so I'm speaking from experience.

Please free to share this article here on WA or outside of WA to anyone that may find it useful.

Thanks for reading my little rant.

Eddy

www.WorkAtHomeNoScams.com

P.S. My bad if I've offended anyone but sometimes we all need real talk. LOL =)

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BillsWA1234 Premium
Great article ! Yeah , It’s true , sometimes falling into comparison envy immeshed in depression etc can be paralizing
I’m in a tough financial time but am damn tired ( my grey hairs are evidence lol ) of being an employee “ There’s got to be a better way “ is what I keep telling myself

This digital age is unbelievably amazing . I mind as well use the tools in front of me ,,

Cheers , Eddy

Bill
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Bill.
Obviously I agree. I hate when people are fixated with other's success timeline. It's a pointless exercise. And at the end of the day the goal should be to work on yourself until you reach your success. Worrying about when others did it doesn't help you. So I'm glad you see that as well.

Hopefully this business will be the changing point for your financial situation. It's a long and tough road but it's worth it in the end.
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You nailed it!! Right on Bulls eye!! Thats deep!! That Boston Marathon analogy works perfect. Now from experience the secret of the perennial champs is strategy, timing, consistent effort, pacing (save energy for final 100 yards) and solid build ( practice and trainig at high altitude and thin air). The goal is to finish and if possible win the race of 20 miles.
I know this as a result of being born in Rift Valley, Kenya for my early 24 years. I used to train with them for fun. IMO in this online e - commerce, Content, Communication and Simplicity are key to Launching. You remind me of Chinua Achebe the famous Author from Nigeria who Migrated to US. He had an amazing way of imparting age old Wisdom through Alogies and Proverbs that were 100% right. Eddy thanks a million.
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KimberlyWall Premium
I use to be that desperate person in the past trying to make as much money as I can in the shortest amount of time. I once owned a website selling Jewelry. I can only imagine were Id be If i'd nourish my business investing time, dedication, and money. That was almost 10 years ago, and because I didn't see the value in working for myself I ended up spending years making someone else's dream come true. I can't get that time back. I can only control what I do with my time in the future. And this time, it's making my dreams come true. No matter how long it takes

Time is gonna pass no matter what, why not spend it working towards YOUR dream.
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EddySalomon Premium
Well said. I'm glad you had that moment of clarity. To often people never realized what you learned. But at least you did and you're on the right path for you now.
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aweekes Premium
Your message is on point ... quite factual. We have all come to WA with different backgrounds, levels of commitment, and skill sets. Our journeys and stories will all be different ... hopefully with the commonality of reaching the "finish line". As long as we keep moving (running, walking, creeping, stumbling, crawling) we will all get there.
Wishing you continued success.
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly. For some reason too many people think that path is going to be the same and it's going to happen the same way. It won't. Like you said some are going to crawl, walk, run, etc.
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mikeceleski Premium
I'm especially glad to see the Not a Sprint,but a marathon remark. That's just what I was in high school (ooooh so many years ago) --- I couldn't run fast, but I could go for a long time (Cross Country). Sometimes I worry about making quick progress with a new undertaking. But your comments here, Eddy, put things back in perspective. We all have to work at our own pace, but keep on working nonetheless, if we want to see that finish line. I would also add that "instant gratification and success" CAN be had, if you focus on the other rewards of working for Me Myself & I --- self satisfaction of doing what you want, not what the Man wants. Eventually, financial success can be had, but I intend to enjoy the journey more than anticipate the end result.
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EddySalomon Premium
As a runner you definitely understand the analogy of the marathon and how it's a different race and patience that must be used to get to the finish line.

At the end of the day it's going to be a long haul and you have to keep reminding yourself of that when you feel that need to see quick results. You'll definitely see various levels of results and success as you learn to do new things. But the money aspect will be far down the line. As long as you can celebrate the other non-financial wins during the process, you'll be in a good place.
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LRich1 Premium
Yes I will purpose to enjoy the journey too. I learnt this recently and I love every bit of it.
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Euh8Patt8 Premium
There is a Word in the Bible that says “ Meditate on these things then you will have good success” also be not a hearer only but a doer of the Word.
Your message brings these scriptures to mind and reminds me that things happen or don’t happen by the actions or inactions we take. We are the driver of our vehicle called “life” when we put our foot on the pedal instead of leaving it in park
Will certainly follow you and if needed ask for assistance. Success in all your achievements and pursuits
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LRich1 Premium
Amen to that.
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Emac3417 Premium
Thanks for the article, I really enjoyed it. It made me think of the old adage about how you fill a bucket - one drop at a time, but every drop counts! I think for me the first hurdle will be identifying a niche, I'm in no rush, but enjoying learning about this process and feel positive about the experience. I'm fortunate that I have a decent job, but definitely look forward to being my own boss.
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RyanHolloway Premium
Right on track my man.

I feel, at times, some people want a get rich quick thing. Or maybe they are desperate. I get that. However, you are so right when you say that we owe ourselves to do what it takes. The same can be said for those who pay off debt. You have debt, you take the time and effort to pay that thing down week by week until it is gone. There is rarely EVER a huge sum of cash that one can just dump on it and make it go away. The same goes for this business.

You have great insight and I look forward to reading more from you!
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EddySalomon Premium
That's a great analogy Ryan and so true.
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Lsessions89 Premium
I’ve lived my life for my husband, my children, my school children and my parents and now it’s time for ME! I realize now that I’m 57 and alone, that it’s my time to focus on my wants and needs because no one else really cares, and it’s my responsibility! I will never depend on anyone else again!! I know I can do this no matter how much time it takes!!
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EddySalomon Premium
That's the right attitude Lisa.
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Lsessions89 Premium
Thanks! i just about gave up. My laptop got hacked and I couldn't get back to here, but I'm back and do not want to quit! I'm going to try again. Thanks for your support!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome. If you ever feel like giving up again, read the following: And you may want to read my cheat sheet:
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jaymoz89 Premium
Maaaaaan let me tell you something! The part where you talked about we are willing to bust our asses working for the man for a million years without questioning when we are going to be financially free (which, if we are lucky, will be when we are too old to enjoy it)?! And then we have the audacity to ask when will we start making money?? Yea, that one got me.

But this is a real point. When we start to ask these types of questions, it is very telling as to where we are mentally. According to Rich Dad Poor Dad, only those who think like people who are willing to trade their valuable time for money (i.e. employees and small business owners) ask questions like that. But those who are willing to do whatever it takes to gain their time back (entrepreneurs and investors) only need to know that it is possible to be successful. They realize how much a job robs them of life and they are looking for opportunities that will allow for them to live life more abundantly and are willing to do what it takes to make that happen.

Thank you for this post. It is a great reminder for sure.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Joseph,

I read rich dad poor dad a long time ago. So I totally forgot about that point that Robert made. I'm going to have to reread it again. In either case, I'm glad this article resonated with you. Clearly you understand what it takes to succeed.
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louisaparson Premium
Eddy,

I found your article pretty refreshing. We often stay in the problem and avoid the solution.

Why is it so hard to invest in yourself? Often times we know that we would not reap a return.

I was passed up by my dream job, because I had spent so much of my free time on my business. They thought I would be a risk.

I'm glad I wasn't selected. I have more time to concentrate on my business with a new focus.

What I need to do is stick with it, because I have invested time, energy and effort for two years. When I did my tax summary I showed $1000 profit for 4 months.

So what did I think?

I need to invest in a membership that will create more income.

I believe I have found it here at WA.

Louisa
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EddySalomon Premium
Well said Louisa. The fact you had turned some profit means it can be scaled and grow. That's where I would focus because I see the long term end goal. Whereas others may have seen that as a lost and give up. I'm glad you have the right mentality. In the end focusing on building a business where you're I'm control will pay off in many more days then the job you were passed up for.
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louisaparson Premium
I understand what you mean exactly. Since my business centers around underemployed finding value in their life, I have found many women have hobbies they enjoy doing just to have something to do.

Have you read Kyle's post on "organic milk"?

I'm writing my first article about a search term that applies to my field.

I have the desire to succeed. I have so much to say from my experience. I hope you listen to some of my audio recordings on Facebook if you get a chance.
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CAnthony2 Premium
lol that was pretty good and your exactly right about my doubt and insecurity. i made a complete 180 in my the middle of my life and sought to do something I think I will enjoy doing but have zero experience in web building and trying to understand just the linguistics of it all made my head spin, So yeah you are dead on the fact that i have been doubting if I made the right choice or not. Money is a factor but not to the point of desperation.
I wanted to gauge where someone like myself, who is pretty much doing a crash course can set realistic goals. I think thats why I asked. thank you for your response and congratulations on your success.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Chris. The reality is all of us started with no experience at one point when learning this stuff. None of us were born knowing how to do any of this. So the good news is that anyone can learn this if you're patient enough and don't give up. The proof that anyone can do this is all of started where you are.

So keep that in mind. I would encourage you to read the following as well:
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LizK82 Premium
Thanks Eddy. This is so realistic and very helpful. I believe like any other business, the online business needs time , dedication, hard work and realistic goals. The beauty about all this is you are not working for "the man" as you rightfully said but are working for "You". That makes such a difference.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad this resonated with you Elizabeth.
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peterobbins1 Premium
Eddy you are right on point. I have worked for myself for 40 years, put 5 daughter through college, paid for 4 wedding and currently helping financially raise 2 grand kids, now I just need to replenish the kitty so I can spend the next 30 years (GOD willing) doing what my wife and I want to do. I just turned 65 and I feel like I am 30. We all have different goals, dreams, needs and wants.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're a perfect example of the benefits of working for yourself and being patient enough to get there. So thanks for sharing!
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Nice rant, and I hope you feel better... Can you answer the question? If "thousands" have found success here in WA, what's the average time from joining to making $X per month. Everyone starting a business needs a budget and projections. I'm a little tired of hearing the everyone is different BS. Sure it's a true statement, but come on. I know Kyle and Carson can pull stats from member transactions. Subway and Papa Johns-McDonald's and Wendy's all give "typical" time frames based on your capital investment, personnel, etc. (So--I guess this is my rant.)
:-)

What is the average (most often occurring) amount of time for someone to go thru the training and realize $1000 per month? (Or you pick the number...)

I don't think it's out of line to ask...

J
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EddySalomon Premium
I guess you missed the point of the article. I don't have those stats, nor do I care about them since it has no impact on my own effort and potential success. But you can ask Kyle or Carson if you're fixated on them and feel it will help you know where you'll stand in this business.
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Surfdude123 Premium
I'm would say the number of people who make $1000.00 a month is quite low because a healthy percentage of folks quit before they make any money. That would be the people who quit within the first six months to a year. The odds of making $1000.OK a month increase if you put in the effort and time. We aren't talking a few months
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EddySalomon Premium
Honestly, I wouldn't know. I do agree a lot of people drop like flies in the early part of this business because they don't have the delayed gratification to see it through or the luxury to. And that's fine. This isn't for everyone otherwise everyone would be business owners instead of working for others.

At the end of the day, I just know for me if I had compared myself to others or had some time frame as to when I should succeed I would have given up right away. But fortunately I was only fixated on trying to achieve my dream of making money at home and I was willing to work at it until I saw it. And it's worked out well for me. And to prove to myself I could do it again, I recently started a new blog in 2017 and the results weren't too shaby:
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Thanks for your thoughtful response. I appreciate it. It’s not a burning issue for me - I just felt it was a valid question. The story of a penny, doubled every day comes to mind. Takes awhile to build momentum, and MANY stop before they reach their goal-for the journey seems too long and arduous. But the process can be measured, the odds calculated, and the Bible calls a builder foolish for starting to build before counting the cost.
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MsMerry Premium
So much depends on the individual person and their abilities to market. I know this is not what you want to hear but it is the truth. If you compare others to you or vice versa it can make the journey a little more difficult. You need to rely on you and your dreams for success and the $ number you want to achieve. It takes awhile.
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Merry. You get it.
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RizaPelaez Premium
Hi Eddy,

I believe in the saying "you have to be cruel to be kind" and your article was something I would call a "slapper" or naughty but nice :)
I agree with you in all matters. Dreaming big requires hard work and would take a lot of time. But once you've established yourself then all things would be as easy as it can be. I have been an employee for almost 15yrs now and I didn't reach not even close to achieving my dreams in life. So I wouldn't want to waste another 15yrs in employment or working for "THE MAN" but I am willing to give all my time and effort in growing my business here at WA. I will get all the knowledge I can and help from people in the community.

Thanks for making it a lot easier for all the beginners out there. :)
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EddySalomon Premium
I’m glad to hear you appreciate my tough love and you’re ready to put in the work required to make this work.
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lakbar12 Premium
You did this post..Eddy!

I hear and see these questions a lot. I have not been here long but, I have had people ask me these questions and yes I agree with the symptoms you listed..That is what it has too...

I also noticed that people ask how much you make type of income proofs questions but, they never ask the man working for the man what he is making?? ...No, in most cases...

I believe you have to have the right mindset as well. For me myself, I have never asked any of these questions because, I refuse to work for any....PERIOD!

I have not work for anyone for the last 8 years, after they fired me with the reason of" I was a great worker but, We have to let you go because, well, we really don't know why"

First, let me tell you I was really shocked at this response they gave me...Actually floored to hear them give me such a lame excuse...

Then, I put in my head I refused to ever slave for any....but myself..I never ever thought about working for an employer again...

So, I am glad to see this post and thank you for writing this..sorry to vent..lol..I really enjoy reading your articles..You're a great writer...Have an awesome day...
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EddySalomon Premium
I totally feel you Lakisha. And clearly that experience with your former employer led to some great things. That's why it frustrates the crap out of me that people are willing to slave away for an employer, but won't do it for themselves when it may give them the opportunity to have more freedom financially and in other ways.

That reality is that not everyone is built for this business or can afford to put in the time and patience to see it's fruition. It sucks because they're missing out. But we all don't have the same mentality and that's fine. Thanks for venting because I can totally relate and appreciate your sentiments.
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lakbar12 Premium
you're Welcome.

I am so glad you can relate...Thank you for your understanding..And I totally agree with you on everything you stated. I rather take the risk and do what it takes to see my fruition. because financial freedom is what I am looking for...

I know you all ready got this in the bag...but...
.....Much Success to you...
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Lakisha!
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lakbar12 Premium
You're Welcome...
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Jacqip7 Premium
Thanks Eddy, you just say what many of us have rattling around in our heads. I plan to keep going til I get it right. If I fail, then I will keep failing forward until Success, With so many successful people on WA; if I fail it's because I wanted to.

Thanks for your candor.

Jacqi
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good Jacqi. That's definitely how you get to success.
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CorsoM Premium
Wow, Eddy! I can certainly relate. The doubts and insecurities, the fear of laboring fruitlessly for "THE MAN," it's all too true. I only recently got out of an impatient funk that was stopping me from moving forward. It's true what they say, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Michael,
I'm glad it resonated with you.
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This is awesome!!! Thank goodness there is a site where someone is willing to just be straight up!! I fully understand that WA is only going to be able to do so much. It is up to me to reach my goals! Are they ambitious and maybe slightly far-fetched? Heck no!! That is my goal and I will get there, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not even 2018 but with the right mindset and the NEVER QUIT mentality (that I feel all over this website) it will happen.
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EddySalomon Premium
And that's the key. Not giving up and limiting yourself to some time frame.
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mbenson005 Premium
I’ll play devils advocate here, I realize anything takes time and effort and energy. But, I think it’s fair to ask how much money am I going to have to invest to move foraward? Many of these sites require money to gain access to their online tools and blah blah. If I am going to invest and spend time doing this, I deserve to know the general outcome and not just a tough love speech about work ethic.
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Surfdude123 Premium
It takes a lot of effort and the membership is $49.00 a month. It doesn't guarantee you will succeed either . But anything created by man has flaws. The only perfection I have ever seen is perfect surf created by nature.
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EddySalomon Premium
The reality is a business isn’t something easy to predict what type of outcome to expect and when you’ll see it. If it were that straightforward and easy a lot more people would be business owners rather than employees. The mentality you have as an employee doesn’t match up with how a business works.

A lot of times the effort you put at the start doesn’t bear fruits for months down the line and that’s just the start. So I think it really does folks a disservice to think in that perspective. And I have had members realize this months down the line. But to each their own.
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey Eddie,

That's an awesome website man! How long ... hahah just kidding.

This is inspirational! I have taken 10 days off of writing so far because sometimes I Feel like i don't offer any value to people... and it gets me down. But hopefully this will light a fire under my proverbial buttocks!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you liked it Mike.
You'll probably enjoy this one too: Eddy with with a y
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Mikepawlik Premium
Shoot sorry man!!!

Eddy with a y. Got it. My bad!
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EddySalomon Premium
lol
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MirandaR Premium
I really loved this post! I appreciate the real talk you provided. People do need to understand that their own success relies on their own drive and dedication! Being new to affiliate marketing, I remember thinking those same questions. I appreciate your insight and look forward to building my online business!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad to hear it Miranda
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Fermin1 Premium
Great post and WA members that have been doing this for a few months I think can safely say...never a truer word spoken.
Well done, we all need some though love sometimes.

Here's an analogy most people will understand, but probably hate. Look at Donald Trump, how long did it take him to get in the White House. He tried and failed the first time...

How long did it take George Bush Junior to get into the White House?

I'm not being political or trying to make any statements or taking any sides by the way.

Thanks Eddy.

Fermin.
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EddySalomon Premium
I definitely wouldn't use those examples. But I understand what you're trying to say.
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Actually he tweeted last week it was on his first try. lol.
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sabside Premium
Well said Eddy. I think most of us do not realize how different our circumstances are; looking at skills one may have, the time they are able to put in, to how quickly they can grasp and action an idea etc. It simply does not make any sense to compare yourself to the next person.

That being said though, I think some people want to have a vague idea so that they can adjust their expectations. For instance, if I invest in an average property in my area, based on my investment principle, I could tell you that you are likely to break even in say, 5 years (random example). This might indicate to someone that perhaps property is a slow investment vehicle for them and they might want to explore other opportunities.

It's not to say that "being financially free" is not important to them, but rather, for an example, given the current vehicle, the likelihood is that you can start making money in 6 months. I for some people, that might be all they are trying to gauge. Just imagining...on their behalf.
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EddySalomon Premium
That's a good point.
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Mkmarilyn Premium
Thanks, Eddy. Your words are right on, and it really takes working on ourselves, looking inside to see what is really ticking in there, and coming to an awareness that we each have our own unique talents and skills, and that our success is in our own hands! Good job, Eddy! Thank you again.

People will come up to the level of those above them by being in their environment and being open to change. There are other choices, of course, but it appears everyone here has something more they want out of life than what they have now. I think that is human nature. Listen, watch, learn, implement and don't stop until you reach your dreams. Dream big and experience the unfolding in yourself as you follow those by whom you are inspired. The outer will manifest as the inner life changes. Ask yourself many questions. The answers are all inside and are triggered by many external situations or experiences. I have had my questions answered in dreams many times.

Thanks, Eddy.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Marilyn!
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Gregorycallo Premium
Thanks Eddy I needed to hear that keeping my nose to the grind stone for what ever it takes a marathon.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Gregory. I'm glad it inspired you.
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schexjr Premium
Very well stated, most of us wouldn't think of the fact that the time we spend working for the "Man" doesn't count. The time we spend working for our selves is more important. Put in the necessary time early on then when you succeed you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your effort.
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EddySalomon Premium
Exactly Pierre
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dpanic63 Premium
Eddy
This is absolutely correct, and the principles are solid.
"If you can see the invisible you can do the impossible"

Clarity is essential but timelines are not. Outside of the positive pressure to "Follow through" on your Goals (Dreams with time lines)

So well said and thanks for the uplift.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome
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Joyce122 Premium
Eddy, I totally love your rant! It sounds so much like me, and I've found out today that I am going premium, gonna take the direction this has pulled me into, work the course and reap the results... Your story was very inspiring and to the point. No beating the bush there.... I like your tenacity! and I love this statement you made, "you're working for the company called "Me, Myself & I!"

Look forward to hearing more things you write...

Joyce
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Joyce,

I'm glad my content and style of writing resonates with you. It's great you're taking the steps to invest in yourself via premium. Because there is no greater company to work for than Me Myself and I. It deserves all your effort and energy.
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Mkmarilyn Premium
Joyce, thanks for your comments. I am new and ready for the experience! It's like eating the elephant right now, but I know the language, terminology, all of it comes in time. Thanks for being here!
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SridharRay Premium
I like you PS:-)

I used to talk earlier straight from the heart. Then I used to connect more. The moment I decide to do stuff online, it is my bad or fortune I started learning marketing language.
You can be anyone, no title, no experience, no list, no product ( Hopefully NOT no human :-))
Somehow this does not connect to my intellectual honesty.
But still, I wonder they say they are million dollars internet entrepreneurs.

Hard to believe.

Now I understood, marketing language is OK as long as you give 10X and take X from folks.

I like your honesty. Keep it flowing
~Sridhar R
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AngelaB2 Premium
Eddy I enjoyed your article and feel it is very good advice. I think you could carry it one step further as well as not limiting yourself in a time frame of success by also not limiting yourself in set goal of how much money you want or need to make. I know for me I was driven to WA out of desperation for needing to replace income that has been lost. Reading your article has helped to provide realistic perspective on reality and desperation. I look forward to following you and reading more of your articles.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your perspective as well.
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Camber Premium
Thanks Eddy! You are so right. What ever time it takes to be successful, its the time it takes, could be six months, a year, who knows. It all depends on you, how much time you put into your business, how hard you work at it, what your learning level is. It is totally up to me to make my business work.

If I am as devoted to my business as I was working for the man I will be successful because I am now working for ME!

Thanks for sharing, it opens your eyes to the real truth - you are now working for yourself, not the man.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it resonated with you Camber.
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TheCount Premium
Like you said Eddy, "Real Talk." We all subconsciously know these things, bet we need to bbe reminded once in a while in order to bring things back into perspective. Even those that get offwnded only do so because the truth hurts. If they want success badly enough, they'll come around and will be thankful they ran accross this article.
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed Chris.
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colleenM1 Premium
I love your writing style. Its humorous, yet to the point. I am one of those people that falls into the financial need category, but even if I wasn't I don't find your article offensive at all.

Honest communication is hard to do and you did it great. I look forward to reading more of your great stuff!

Thanks for sharing,

Colleen
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EddySalomon Premium
Well thank you Colleen. I'm glad you could appreciate my realness. You can find of my blogs here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog .
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Jayne-H Premium
so true Eddy! I think all those hyped up marketers that try & sell 'overnight riches' & instant millionaire lifestyles with hardly any work have managed to sell their BS very well! They tell us what we want to hear.

The truth is here's a lot of work involved in internet marketing.
That's one thing I like about WA, I've never heard Kyle or Carson promoting 'instant riches'.

Enjoying the journey to success is just as important as reaching the destination.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed Jayne. Those type of marketers are disservice to this industry and newbies. Because people falsely believe that because it's all online, it's going to be fast and easy. So when they run into sites like WA that tell them the real deal, they dismiss it. It's only after people have wasted a lot of money on garbage do they finally realize the value of WA.
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Shepnet Premium
Hi, Eddy.
Thank you for the real talk. On a personal perspective, I needed it. You made me realise how much I am willing to sacrifice my time in working for "The Man" more than dedicating it to building a business for my future. We don't complain spending a third of our days working for "The Man," yet it kills to dedicate few hours per day in building our businesses. Great talk you gave up there.
Shep.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Shep. I'm glad you see the perspective I laid out because many people are guilty of this when they start this business.
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EHoltzhausen Premium
Thank you Eddy, these are very wise and realistic words, that most people should grasp and apply to their minds before thinking of the rewards. I always say "set the bar low, but shoot for gold with all the energy you can spare"...work never killed anyone, but stress about things you cant control, like being subject to "The Man" most certainly will !!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Errol. Well said.
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jasandeman Premium
This was great for me to read as a new member and complete newbie because it means I won't lose hope and be disillusioned by unrealistic expectations!
Thanks for this, it was a great reality check and I am happy to accept that it takes as long as it takes :)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Jade. I just want people to understand the commitment this takes so they aren't misguided.
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Samiel22 Premium
You're not off base at all. You're on point. Couldn't say it better. Im tired of working for "The Man". I need to live my life to the best of my ability. I I refuse to go back to what it was like before. It's hard work starting your own thing but I am ready to take on. Nothing is more rewarding. The time has come... for Me, Myself, and I. I am a little worried, but determined. I know I'm on the right path. Step by step.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad we're on the same page.
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mike2016 Premium
Hi Eddy ... I've been a follower of you on facebook for weeks and something I like from your comments is that sense of humor and trueness you always display.. and this article is not the exeption haha.. totally agree with you man.. now as I am just a newbie I realize that there is a huge amount of work between me and success but now I trully feel I am on the right path to get there.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Miguel. I appreciate the kind words.
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SPepin Premium
Looking into working on the internet, I did, unfortunately sign up with a SCAM home wealth site. After talking to several people and wasting allot of time with them(very informative videos) the last conversation I had with there people,ended with the very first guy I spoke with. Bottom line was they wanted $10,000 to $15,000 to actually get the hands on assistants they advertised. $178 shorter, but, did learn allot from that experience and found WA!!! Don't expect instant results, starting today,plan to work very hard at it and make it happen.
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EddySalomon Premium
Sorry to hear about that experience. I'm glad you were able to find WA.
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FTurner8032 Premium
I really like this post Eddy. Everyone that I tell I am doing this immediately asks the questions you mention. Most think it is some kind of scam.

I truly believe we are members of the best online training and hosting site there is.

I agree with you 100%. I worked for "The Man" for 40 years and really have very little to show for it compared to the time I spent in that life style.

I am convinced that if I work ever half as hard as I did for those 40 years I will be very successful here.

Thanks for the insightful and helpful post
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you could relate to this Frank. And I agree this is the best place to grow and succeed if folks dedicate the same amount of time and energy they did for a job.
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SAKeeper Premium
I think you nailed it...

I have worked the MAN for 30 years, worked hard, and almost got fired a couple of times because my performance may not have been up to company standards in quality or production.

I am learning a lot about this new way of operating a business. I am learning a lot of information and receiving good training. I am excited about getting my business up and running.

I am the kind of person that I practice what I learn. So just like my current employer has me learning and working, I will do the same here. I am not looking to get rich quick...I am looking to work towards financial success.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it resonated with you Gustav
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LeCarre Premium
Eddy - you really laid it out there and I am in complete agreement with your philosophy on take a long term approach. For one this I want this to grow for years! But I also am very goal oriented - I like to take big goals - like a target monthly income after 6 months of working this program and then break those larger goals down into to smaller more manageable steps so progress can be measure bit my bit. Interested in your thoughts on this methodology. Thank you for you terrific blog.
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad you liked it Amyas. You can have goals. But some people just give up too soon. If you miss your initial goals but still push forward until you reach them then that's fine. It all depends on the individual.
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LeCarre Premium
I agree completely Eddy - its great to meet people like you who are of like minds. In my experience nothing worthwhile comes easy and successful people have 'Grit'. They know that they are going to get knocked down on occasion, miss an important goal but they are Realistic Optimists.

Qoutes on grit - please bear with me....

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."

"It's not important that you fall - it is important that your rise."

"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."


Have a great night Eddy - I look forward to getting to know you better.

~LeCarre
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EddySalomon Premium
Great quote Amyas.

Be sure to read my other blogs. I think you'll enjoy them:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog
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LeCarre Premium
Will do Eddy - thank you for passing these along!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Amyas
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hailsmp Premium
Wow that really spoke to me. I have so far worked at 3 minimum wage jobs since I was 16 and I am only 18 now. I worked for 3 different companies, all with promises to promote and yet all they are is empty promises. I quit my last job to focus on school and finding an actual career that can benefit me in the future. Call it fate or God or whatever it is you believe in I do not think it was an accident that I ended up here! I trust that if I truly do put in the effort say over 8 hours a day like I was doing for those bs companies (who never cared about me to begin with), then I am investing in myself, my career, and most importantly my happiness! I don't care if I make millions, I'll be fine if I'm making enough just to support myself. But the fact that I will be able to do that, and I'm not just going to be stuck doing something I hate for hardly enough pay, well to me its worth the world. Thank you for this article! very eye opening I loved every point you made.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad this spoke to you. Trust me, in time this business can support you as it has for many of us. Just don't give up until it does.
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johnnyfaulk1 Premium
Your story is exactly why we need stop being a slave to a jobs. This program is our way out. Go get'um. Johnny
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GaryN238 Premium
Anything worthwhile will not likely happen overnight but over many nights, months and maybe a few years but just some results might happen after not to much time but this kind of thing takes time and will grow like a tree, it depends how much you water and feed it. It will take a fair amount to quite a bit of hard hours invested into a working moving business.
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed.
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Trallan Premium
I appreciate the real talk. I am looking to get out of the "normal" business life. I want to be able to go to the zoo with my kids on a Tuesday if I get the whim. I am going to keep at it. If it happens in a month, great. But I can hang on for a year or two if I have to.
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EddySalomon Premium
I hear ya Tracy.
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efelgarresta Premium
This is a healthy perspective. I would like to emphasize your point "Work harder and longer because now you're working for the company called "Me, Myself & I!" I think a good gut check to see if you have a good fit is you should be WANTING to work harder and longer because you are working for yourself. If not, you're fooling yourself (i.e. you think this is easy money) and/or you don't have the passion for it and it's a bad fit.
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EddySalomon Premium
Amen Edward! Too often people think because it is the internet it should be easier and faster. But that's not the case and they just dabble instead of put in the long term effort this business requires.
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DGriffin4 Premium
Your 'rant' really struck a chord with me. I worked in the corporate sector as a software developer for 25 years, working for 'The Man'. I've now come to my senses to not be enslaved by the corporate culture, its idiosyncrasies, jargon and general b.s. In this new age/era, it makes sense to immerse yourself in your own business or venture. Thanks for the 'reality hit'.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome David. I'm glad I could give you some perspective.
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you are absolutely right Eddy long day at school and work and your work so hard and they don't even care to say that person worked long and hard they need a day off or something then when you get sick or something is wrong with you then is when you see they true identity
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed
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JCcarlos Premium
This is very relatable for me, I started out asking these questions. The more I asked them the worse they got. Three weeks in I just realized it's not about the money but about placing new ideas out there and to reach others who are looking for more solutions.

It's about doing it and wanting to do it that matters regardless of when, how much money or if it is quick and easy to achieve. It's like the Nike slogan. Better yet the less we think about these trivial matters the more we'll achieve or get done. It's about what we give rather than what we get out of it!
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed Jose. I'm glad you realized that.
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AnthonyKing Premium
Good article, Eddy.

I once thought about how to make money quickly, then a wealthy friend of mine said my psychology was all wrong. He said my focus should be about building the business to solve people's problems; the money is a by-product of that process.

From that point on, I looked for a good platform to set a good foundation to build my business and came across WA. I just love the structure of WA and I'm excited to work on my business of solving people's problems through WA.

Once again, thanks for the link to the article; it was a good read and validated what my friend had told me.

Regards
Anthony.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad to hear we're on the same page.
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LDarnell Premium
Thanks for the excellent article Eddy.

I am new to Wealthy Affiliate but not new to the concept of using your goals, youtube morning affirmations, self hypnosis, using a day timer, setting and reviewing your goals in specific terms.

I noticed that some folk are missing the opportunity to put real numbers to their dream goals which would attract the Universe to begin to create the miracles and resources and results that is the purpose of writing out their financial goals.

We have all been programmed to think small when it comes to finances. It is ok to think BIG, as long as we take real steps to make it come true. Specific steps, specific goals, and I find WA simplifies the steps.

Without the daily use of a day timer / planner, I am all in my head again, resulting in fuzzy thinking / planning. It all comes together if I focus on making my day timer my best friend.

This is a great master mind community.

I am thankful to be a part of it.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Leslie! It sounds like you're very focused. So I applaud you.
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apbridges60 Premium
Thank you Eddy for sharing your well written, well put article - I needed to hear it too, because I wanted to make money in my FIRST year with WA, but I did not work the program and do the training CONSISTENTLY FOR 9 MONTHS, even though I was paying $47.00 a month for the program - so I could just KICK MYSELF for WASTING all that time, when the program and the training were sitting RIGHT HERE ALL THE TIME for me to JUST DO IT, and move forward - but NOW I'm moving on to Level 3 and right NOW, I just want to make my first SALE...... or first WA referral or JAAXY referral, or SOMETHING...... and THEN work toward my $10,000 a month.......
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you could admit to yourself you needed to put in the effort consistently. Some people like to blame everything else but themselves. And their results reflect it. But you're on the right track now.
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apbridges60 Premium
And just like tonight - everyone else in my house is ASLEEP, and I'm up DETERMINED to finish LEVEL TWO completely, so I can move ON to Level THREE TOMORROW...... I do have the Broncos / Texans football game on, but it's muted, so I can hear Kyle training or I can hear myself think while I'm typing my "success" blog post that I just wrote to wrap up Level Two, and now I just got a reply in the live chat that I was just a part of, and it's 11:26 pm in South Carolina, and I'm still working....... thanks for responding!!! Hopefully I REALLY AM on the right track now....... here comes the dough!!
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EddySalomon Premium
I remember many late nights and early mornings working on my blog and I still do it. So the work never stops.
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SarahBoone Premium
Enjoyed the article Eddy! You're right, for the most part,it shouldn't matter how long it takes us to succeed, but if we have goals for putting our kids into college, or continuing to save up for them a car, etc., then it does kind of matter! The clock is ticking so to speak! I have a 10 year old and a 20 month old, which means that I only have 7 years left to finish getting him squared away with college funds and a vehicle. He will work to take care of his gas and half of his insurance, but I want to give him a good start, as well as my little girl. The work at home jobs that I read on your website will help to pay the bills that don't stop coming in, and the necessities. For those of us that have kids, and the mediocre income aint cutting it, it is more pressing and urgent! You being a parent yourself, I know you can understand that! Just my thoughts!

Sarah Smiles :-)
P.S. I wasn't offended by your article, just thought I'd give my take for those of us who have kids depending on us, especially for those who may be single parents.
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EddySalomon Premium
I hear ya Sarah.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Gotta love a person who is real with no beating around the bush sugar coating stuff. My dad a Marine Corps vet taught us the old school way (hard knocks). I got my wakeup call in the Marines too. Talk is cheap, actions speak volumes. Best to you.
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EddySalomon Premium
I appreciate that David. Being old school is such a lost art and needed.
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I'm glad this was posted. I read reviews that this was not a get rich quick site and I'm hoping it's not. It seems a lot of people have their goal set too high and will not stick with it when they get discouraged. I want to use this site to learn and see if I have the knack too make it work. I want to take my time and do it right.
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah this is definitely not a get rich fast scheme. It's a real business that will take time and patience.
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I'm glad to see I am far from the only person who feels this way about the high monetary goals some beginners set. I firmly believe in setting realistic goals. An example I like to use is dieting. A lot of people will say "I want to lose 30 pounds" and when they diet for two weeks and lose only 5 they get discouraged and give up. But if you start with "I want to lose 5 pounds" and you lose that 5 pounds in 2 weeks then you're excited and encouraged to set a new and higher goal.
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed. But everyone is different.
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Eddy, that is true, and that must mean different people react to different motivational styles.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed Diane
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MMC1959 Premium
Eddy,

I'm about to turn 57 years old (young) this Saturday. I can honestly appreciate the words you shared here as I have been in the rat race since I was in the military for 4 years then in the pharmaceutical business for almost 25 years in management. No offense taken here. Quite the contrary. Please continue to give us all a dose of reality...

THE RED PILL OR THE BLUE PILL
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skmorrow Premium
I agree. The reason I am working through this program is to hopefully supplement my income and be able to have a sustainable income going forward. I have a regular full time job. I wanted to take the first step toward being self sufficient, and create passive income for my retirement years.
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EddySalomon Premium
Well you'll definitely be able to achieve this in time.
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jsample83 Premium
Eddy,
I too have fallen victim to that kind of "stinkin thinkin," and I ended up very discouraged because of it. I had a friend of mine who just so happens to be a millionaire give me basically the same advice, and although I have not accomplished becoming a millionaire, I have accomplished 100x what I had in the 10 yrs. prior to me starting on my road to financial freedom. So far this appears to be the most promising of all the endeavors I have attempted. I am looking forward to working with everyone, and I would say your advice is right on point. Do not let time frames discourage you. Put your mind to the impossible (or seemingly impossible) and go get it. Period.
Thanks,
Jimmie
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EddySalomon Premium
I think we're all victims of it at one point. The key is not to stay in that mindset. So I'm glad you get that.
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JoeFlow267 Premium
I totally agree with what's being said here!!

Really love your writing style too:) You're talking to me as though we were face to face.

I was a premium member here over 2 years ago. At that time I wasn't ready since I had no self direction, confidence or idea of what I wanted to do. I unsubscribed knowing one day I would return.

2 years later I'm back older and wiser. I have a niche where I can say that I am an authority on.

During my time away I grew in knowledge learning all I can about a hobby that I'm passionate about and now wanting to utilize what I have as an online business.

What better vehicle is there to use than WA?

So EddySalomon, your words ring true for me that this indeed is a marathon.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad to hear that Joseph
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Liz84 Premium
I'm glad I came across this post, you made some great points! I have suffered from those symptoms of doubt and insecurity which have led me to continue working for "the man." Joining WA is my first step away from that life and toward a life of following my dreams :)
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it helped. We all suffered from these symptoms. Some of us still are. But hopefully reading this will help clear that up. Feel free to share it with anyone else that can benefit from this.
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shashe Premium
Eddy, I really like your article and it is right on point. I did not really have those kind of things in mind when I started this, I already knew it would take time and hard work. I have been looking for and trying out ways to work from home for many years and not all of them online. I have worked at selling all kinds of things from home and some I made a little money but not what I wanted. Plus, I love messing around with the computer so have been focusing on that now for a while but until I found this website it was all a bust. This is much different and I am in for the long haul. Another plus is it is so fun and so many nice and helpful people. s

PS---Thanks Eddy for checking in on me and for your helpful articles, much appreciated.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad to hear it Shary. You have the right attitude and you will succeed because of it. You're very welcome. I always check up on my people and I'm easy to find if you need help.
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Me4TheWin Premium
I truly have no concerns in terms of how long it will take me to be successful (it will take what it takes, right?) but popped over to read your article because I saw that another member had posted a link to it. You really hit the nail on the head with this, Eddy! When we have "regular jobs," most of us work really hard because we want security. We should each be working just as hard if not harder for ourselves to get that same security PLUS the sheer joy of doing what we love.. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
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EddySalomon Premium
You have the right mindset Deedee. Glad we're on the same page.
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shahril Premium
I always though about this went i want to start a business.. now i know for sure everyone is not the same.. if today you cannot get what other get.. it doesn't meant that tomorrow you will be the same as today if you work hard from today.. thank you Eddy..
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Shahril. I'm glad it gave you a different perspective.
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TheMulcahys Premium
Definitely no offence taken on my part Eddy. I really love what you've written, and I'm glad you did.

I wrote something similar today myself, because I finally got it.

I have chased the 'shiny' objects and believed in the promises of quick fixes, but they are just mirages, and now I realise to get to the other side of the desert you just have to keep going. Anything else just holds you up.

Thank you.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad to hear that Jules. You know have the proper mindset for success.
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TheMulcahys Premium
You know what Eddy, I think you're right! And it sure feels good. I might check out your link in the meantime to see about bringing in some extra income, while I work my way through the training and implement it. :)
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it resonated with you. Thanks.
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Hey Eddy, I really liked this article! It's a great reminder that after years spent earning money for others - we can now concentrate on earning all we can for "ourselves." If we ask those questions I hope it's just curiosity because as you stated, we all proceed differently. Some of those nosy question deserve a none-of-your-business answer.
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EddySalomon Premium
I totally agree with you Charlotte! Thanks for your comment and getting it!
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becca12 Premium
Personally I am very disappointed with a negative article. I joined WA 3 days ago.. so far only encouraging talk, and then someone sent me this link. This is all for making me leave WA.. Maybe this is real talk - but when you are new to this kind of thing you need encouragement.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Rebecca, That's a first. I'm sorry you viewed this article as negative 99.9% of the people that have read it and the 600 folks that liked it seemed to feel differently. It was written to help people understand what it will take to succeed. Too often people come into this business with the mentality of fast money or a job. They want to compare themselves to others. Either way it's a recipe for failure. So it's important for people to understand that so they can succeed.This article would only be viewed as a negative if one came into this looking to make money fairly quickly and are now disappointed because I've set the realistic expectation of how long it can take. But that was the goal so it keeps the right people around. Hopefully that's who you are. Either way I wish you the best.
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jaytech Premium
I've been at a complete standstill with my sites for months because real life became quite intense. But I've never considered quitting or giving up because I know there is a finish line and it doesn't matter when I get there so long as I do.

Interestingly, my sites are still getting traffic, so it proves WA works, it's all about gaining momentum and growing :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Well said Jason!
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Surfdude123 Premium
True. Im retired relatively young (53). It seems that I always have alot of time so I work on my site every couple days. I too am seeing more traffic (100) visits a day. I figure for the price it seems to be worth it. Im not giving up yet either, too much work put in. Best to you.
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becca12 Premium
That is interesting.. so if daily life becomes ridiculously hectic then it doesn't actually matter if I don't do any work on my websites for a couple of months.. thanks for the encouragement
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jaytech Premium
Well I can't give any guarantees there, it all depends on how good your site is and whether you have regular visitors etc. Plus many other variables, but it's certainly possible.
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Surfdude123 Premium
At six months on Wealthy Affiliate I have seen constant progress. Not in the terms of making a bankroll but my referrals have been climbing although still free, my blogs have been getting more traffic and I have climbed the ranks on major search engines. It's slow go but it is going. I look at it like building a little at a time, learning a little more daily and blogging on a regular basis. I don't expect to be making money at this until I have learned all I can and implemented what I learn.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're totally approaching this the right way David and you are making progress.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Thanks Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome
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