Meet Christine: A Newbie Gem at Wealthy Affiliate

Last Update: September 21, 2019

"Oz Never Did Give Nothing to the Tinman"

It's a line in a song from the group America, back in the 70's. I was listening to the radio the other day when it came on. I really enjoyed both the group and the song when it came out.

As I listened to the song today, however, I heard it in a different light. The Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, even Dorothy, each had everything they needed already. It wasn't the Great and Powerful Oz that bestowed their respective gifts to each of them. They already possessed what they needed. The Cowardly Lion already had his courage. The Scare Crow already had a brain. Dorothy already had the means to get home in the ruby slippers. And the Tin Man already had a heart.

What they didn't have was belief. Some days I'm right there with them. Some days it's hard to believe. I believe in WA. These guys have created something truly amazing. Extraordinarily powerful, robust, life-changing for so many of us. The crew Oz didn't believe in themselves. They were in their own way. And by the end of the song, I came to realize that I've been in my way as well.

As much as I believe in WA, I'm not always sure I believe in myself. I have to keep talking to myself. I have to keep working on believing in myself. I can do this. I can figure it out. One step at a time. One skill at a time. One lesson at a time. I CAN do this. I WILL do this. Others have. I'm sure I can figure it out as well.

The trick is to believe in my heart that I deserve the kind of success that WA can provide. This is something I simply must overcome. I have made mistakes in my past - big ones, costly ones. Things I can't correct. I can only learn from them, use the lessons and start afresh. Look forward. It's why the rear view mirror in your car is so much smaller than your windshield. Don't look back. It's not where you're going. It's not where I'm going!

So here's to forgiving myself for past mistakes. Here's to believing in the future. A future I have always wanted but never either knew how to achieve or believed that I deserved. Now I know it is possible. I think working on believing that I deserve it will be a process. But I am, and have always been, a work in progress.

Here's to finding the gifts we each have and to believing in ourselves enough to achieve them.


Christine
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Now is that post not a gold standard?

As an Ambassador here at Wealthy Affiliate, I feel it is part of my job to welcome every single one of our Premium members. I spend at least an hour every day doing just that. And I read their profiles to see if they are within my niche. Us health/fitness folks stick together in our battle with Big Brother (Google). And we will win.

As I was welcoming Christine into our Wealthy Affiliate family I came across this post of hers. It had a catchy title, an image we all recognize from our youth, and content that is well needed here at WA. It addresses believing in ourselves. After all if we don't believe in ourselves, how can we ask others to believe in us and what we are promoting?

I read this post and every one of her other posts and was moved to make sure all of us here at WA are treated to her writing. Being a new, fellow entrepreneur here, Christine has only had time to amass about 200 followers. There are 1.9 million of us here that were being deprived of these moving posts of hers. That did not sit well with me so I asked her if I could repost this.

She graciouly said yes, so I reposted OZ.

I hope everyone welcomes Christine to our Wealthy Affiliate family, and please treat yourself to ALL of her posts.

And I ask that everyone take 15-20 minutes out of your day to welcome our new Premium members. It will make them feel more welcome and comfortable with us. And you never know who you might come across. You may just come across a real gem. A real diamond in the rough.

I know I did. Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Christine!

Everyone have a great weekend and relax. Take Sunday off. Come back Monday and lets all go out into this big world and.....................................................................

Make a living, make a difference.

Mark

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    Rob001 Premium
    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your post and welcome to Christine, and I very much agree with your comments.

    I remember the group America, first hand! A Horse With No Name etc. brilliant stuff and very progressive at the time when music was going through a massive transformation. I am pleased to say I was a small part of it.

    I shall check after sending this but I think Christine and I are following each other. I really like her writing style.

    Best wishes, Rob.

    PS I have just read your message re- her handle to PMindtra and yes, we are following each other!
    Rob
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    CMKetay Premium
    Hi, Rob. I love it when friends are friends. Kind of a 'Kevin Bacon' thing... Thanks for checking this post out. Glad you liked it. You know where to find the rest of them!

    Christine
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    NicolaR Premium
    Hello Christine.

    Fantastic writing. I particularly like "
    So here's to forgiving myself for past mistakes. Here's to believing in the future"
    Also I like the fact that you highlighted that the characters from OZ already had what they needed.
    Believing in yourself is your birth right. Without belief you can be a broken person.

    Looking forward to your other blogs.

    Welcome

    Nicola
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    CMKetay Premium
    Thank you Nicola. I believe we are following each other already. I look forward to following your posts as well.

    Christine
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    TimMoto Premium
    I'll check out Christine's posts at your recommendation, Mark. I like your message and your sense of honor in asking Christine to repost Oz, your sense of humor I've seen in some of your posts and your humble admission of being a work in progress (many of us are). Thanks for this and all the best to you.
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    CMKetay Premium
    Oh what to say, beyond thank you. I am so humbled that somebody with Mark's knowledge and experience and reach would not only take the time to read something that I wrote but to then share it is amazing to me. Nobody hears they do something well often enough. To get this kind of positive feedback is a wonderful feeling. Here's to paying it forward. Thank you again.

    Christine
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    aliyumuhd Premium
    Cheers to the future. And welcome to WA Christine!!!
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    Mick18 Premium
    Thanks for sharing Christine's post. She has a special knack for writing. I enjoy her posts. I also enjoy welcoming new premium members.

    Have a great weekend,
    Mickey
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    NeilBrown Premium
    I will definitely look forward to welcoming Christine to WA, you keep up with the great work Mark and enjoy your Sunday off.
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    Claudiojuan Premium
    Welcome Christine to WA! All the best for you!

    Claudio
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    MLorenz1 Premium
    Great article of Christine's. Some days are harder than others. I give myself pep talks frequently.

    Thanks, Mark

    Marion
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    OSegun Premium
    Thank you Mark for this selfless effort. Ambassador indeed.

    I am it will be quite encouraging for Christine and equally help whomever reads it.

    Just as Christine pointed out, believe in oneself is important for success. I do believe that I am not a failure until I agree with the suggestion that I have failed.

    Success begins with what you have inside of you. And I want to encourage us to feed our being with positive mindset.

    Happy weekend everyone.

    Segun
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    Carson2 Premium
    You gotta have heart...lots and lots of heart! Remember that song?
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    ExpatMark Premium
    Yes I do and you will love tomorrow's post.
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    Tmgreen Premium
    That was great Mark! And yes, I think we all need to take time to welcome newcomers. I will add that to my daily to-do list.

    Cheers,

    Michael
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    Joes946 Premium
    Thanks Mark. What a great thing to do. I have not met Christine but I’m looking forward to her posts and following her. Thanks for doing a super job as Ambassador. That’s what it’s all about. Not always easy as you could be spending the time on your own website I know, but thanks for being there.
    Joe
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    HeidiAnders3 Premium
    This was so nice of you! I met Christine a few days ago and love her posts, too! Have a great weekend! 🙂
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