The Prize

Last Update: December 15, 2018

We are all trying to capture the prize. I think that maybe some of us think about it differently than others and perhaps the "prize" is defined differently as well.

I am not saying or implying that I have all the answers, truth be told I feel I have way more questions than anything, but I know what I think. I think that we are all in training here in WA, at various stages and going at our own paces. I think that perhaps some of us require more training than others and some seem to grasp it all so easily. That makes no one else any "better" than any one else, it only makes us different.


Furthermore I know what I believe. I believe that sometimes people get a bit confused about the prize, the goal of being here. Some of the people here seem to be so focused on the making of money that they miss that we are actually here for freedom, first and formost. Money is a vehicle and it is nice to have that, but it is only what will take us to our destianation. That destination is freedom. Freedom from alarm clocks. Freedom from bosses. Freedom from bills. Freedom from debt collectors. There is a huge, long list of freedoms that we can attain from building a passive income stream. We are learning how to do just that right here in this wonderful place called Wealthy Affialiate.

Sorry, I hope I didn't step on any toes and I do NOT want to offend, I just get the impression that some of the people here are being a bit near sighted sometimes and I want to try to help sort that out if I can. I think and believe that we are all wanting the very same things, we all want to be free 4 life.

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cadeeto Premium
Freedom is my middle name, and i`m glad i have found somewhere i can learn to unleach it.
Thanks for giving me some direction, i`m here to learn all i can and then some, i can here in your tone that you have been able to find some of your freedom, and i`m sure there will be lots more to come.
i will be asking question off of you very soon, and i hope to be able to return the favors in the near future.

Carl
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JohaneG Premium
Yes Frank, we all want to be free 4 life. But we need to be wise enough in order to have a clear and good attitude towards what we want to do. I really agree with you 100% and I love your notes. I am real in the right place because I love personal development. Thank you many times.
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MrJon1980 Premium
I understand that it takes time and dedication to making this profitable, but I keep getting hung up on the fact I don't the first thing about writing articles or designing a webpage to be aesthetically pleasing. And I am having a great deal of difficulty using the editors to make the page look the way I want. I came to this program thinking (and that thought being reinforced by the first few videos) that I would be getting a program that would design those aspects for me. It's great you want to teach me how to blog, but I didn't come into this wanting to be a blogger. I want to be an affiliate marketer. I need my site to be a business, not a sounding board. But that's what its becoming very fast. Don't get me wrong, I am not giving up and I am trying my best to learn to be the best blogger I can be, but that is not what I want to be doing. I want to be building a business I can grow and develop as it becomes something that can get me out of working for Walmart.
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free4life Premium
So, there are many facets to internet marketing. Blogging is one way to get organic traffic. Traffic = money in internet marketing, regardless of which aspect you decide to pursue. You can generate traffic with Pinterest, youtube, google ads and many other ways. The way to build a solid internet marketing business is to build it with genuine traffic, not artificial or otherwise non-organic traffic. Certainly, you can try to purchase traffic or email lists, but ultimately getting real people to your service, product or idea is best done through blogging and getting that organic traffic I am talking about.
It truly isn't for everyone and it is "real" work. I think that so many people come here thinking that this is the magic pill site and it will make you rich overnight, there is no such thing and those sites and the people who promote them are merely lining their pockets with your money.

You have to decide if you want to put the time and effort into building a lasting and reputable business or if you want to join the ranks who are okay with swindling people out of their hard earned money. To me, you sound like you might have gotten the wrong idea about WA. Here the number one best thing ( in my humble opinion ) is the community of other people just like you and me who have been or are right where you are. They know, we know, I know what it is to be hungry and even desperate for success and to want to have it right now, not in a few months or a year or however long it takes. Kyle and Carson do a marvelous job of bringing everything together here in the WA community and you can get an answer to most any question you have.

I am sorry that you are having issues with getting everything just the way you want it and I know that in time you will see that you can learn just how to accomplish what you are trying to achieve here within the WA community. Sorry to have rambled on a bit, but I hate to see people get disillusioned and give up when if they only see it from a different perspective, then they can continue to chase after their dreams with much more success.
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MrJon1980 Premium
I just don't know how to write. I've written 2 articles already and they suck. And putting images on the website? That's a joke. I can't figure out how to make the image I upload to stay where I put it. And that's if I can get where I want it in the first place. And I figured out pretty fast I was wrong about what WA is. And I get it. I do. I understand. And I am NOT afraid of working hard to make this work. But I need better tools to help me. I need a website that is simpler to edit and design I wish I could afford a site builder or people to write articles for me. But that's kinda why I came here. The training videos about creating blogs with keywords are soooo vague. They explain how to research the keywords. They explain that you need those keywords in your title and first couple of paragraphs, but where is the instruction on learning how to actually write an article? How do I write? What do I write? Not talking about finding a niche or a topic, I have that. Topics come easy. What to write or how to write it does not. It took me 11 hours to write my first article and it's craptastic at best.. My second article wasn't much better.
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IlanaHarel Premium
Thanks

Grate article. You are absolutely right. I have my time.

Tahank you,
Ilana
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AnnieSco Premium
Hey, So you're in 🍀luck🍀 actually. I am a professional freelance writer.📝 I hear this EXACT complaint from people ALL the time! It really isn't as hard as you think. Maybe I can help, Completely FREE of charge of course. If you want to get a few tips from someone who did this professionally for a living for 10 years, PM me📩 & I'd be glad to help as much as I can!
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AnnieSco Premium
I couldn't agree more! I do think it's a bit different for all of us.

For me, it's more than freedom, much more. For me it's about survival I'm medically disabled & unable to get an kind of typical job. It all started when I was only 15. It got worse every year.

By 17 I was fired from my first job bc I kept getting slower & weaker. I tried so hard but no amount of determination could make my muscles & bones do what they weren't capable of.

For a long time I had given up. My parents had to support me mostly. I did freelance writing for over a decade on & off but the jobs expected more & paid less every year. Now all I can find are places where I have to send in 10 long proposals every day begging for work & trying to be the cheapest but there's always someone willing to work for less.

My parents are getting older & I'm almost 30 now. Soon they won't have the ability to help me anymore. I looked so hard for something I could do but everything was either a scam or beyond my abilities. At this point if I don't figure something out it won't be long before I'm out on the streets all by myself.

Then I found this. Something that I could physically do, I have the skills for & that is likely to pay off. My survival depends on me making this work. It's do or die. The point of no return. So here I am. I Will give this everything I have & more. I WILL make this work! I WILL have my freedom! This time, NOTHING can stop me!

It is very comforting to know that if anything even tried to stand in my way, I have a whole community here to help me plow through any road block! For that, I couldn't possibly thank you all enough! We will work, we will fight, we will stand together, & we will make it! High tides rise all boats! So we keep our eyes on the prize, & we row forward. Together!
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free4life Premium
The community is the greatest. You are a fighter and I believe you are going to thrive here at WA
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Kufupanther Premium
Your story is very inspirational. I also have a disease, and I know how being weak is. In my case the weakness come when at home able at least to work. The money I earn is tight since I have a child to support. So, I really hope a lot of success in your online business because girl...you deserve it.

Best wishes,
Michelle
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Aimiloo Premium
I wish you the very best!
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free4life Premium
Thank you.
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AnnieSco Premium
Thank you! I appreciate that! Same to you! We have to stick together! This world just isn't made for people like us, or even, for the most part, with us in mind at all.

That's why we need to get to work creating online worlds for ourselves with others like us in mind. Wouldn't it be just amazing if one day we both owned huge companies with hundreds of websites each, with all positions staffed by the disabled?

How cool would it be if one day I had the chance to pay for their training so they could work for me making good money? For most of us it isn't a matter of being lazy or incapable at all, its usually a matter of not possessing the skills that would allow us to be the most useful.

So for me, it would be a dream come true to have a company that provides training for the disabled & places them in careers in my company like accounting, customer service, copywriting, graphic design, marketing etc. Where they'll make enough money to support themselves & have a fulfilling career while proving to the world that with a tiny nudge we can make a huge impact!

Another advantage for you & me is not only the extra motivation to work hard bc we need this more & have fewer other options, but that, when we make it, once we've built something amazing from nothing, it will be all the more sweet knowing how hard we had to work, how difficult it is for people like us & how much stronger we are for never giving up just bc it was hard, or, at times, even seemed impossible.

On that day, the rewards will be so much more to us. If you ever need anything at all, let me know! Even if it's just to talk.
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IlanaHarel Premium
Hi AnnieSco,

You are really brave and strong and I'm sure you did your best decision.

All the best for my hurt.

Ilana
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BonnieHanna1 Premium
That is one of the most heartfelt pieces that I have had the opportunity and pleasure to read and I'm wondering if I can print it out and make a poster with it so that I can be reminded everyday and the people who visit me get the chance to have such beautiful words in their lives as well .? Thank you and God Bless you .
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free4life Premium
You certainly can. Thank you 🙏
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ItsRyan Premium
Well said. I just started and my mind is already clouded by so many questions on the money part of things since it is the goal or so I thought. I think now I will focus on the freedom of having build resource sites for people and the income it can bring. Thanks for your blog post.
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chelseyk988 Premium
So true! So many people (myself included) feel constrained by the general work force. They never pay enough, or they leave you with absolutely no free time for anything outside of work, or they just don't care about you and your needs like if you're sick, gotta go to work or you lose your job!

We've evolved so much over the years, there's no call for it to be like this still. And that's what makes these online opportunities so amazing, because there's the solution!

Real freedom to live your life on your terms. Don't just do it for money, that's just the means to an end. Do this for you, for a better quality of life. Never give up! Train! Persevere! :)
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free4life Premium
Wonderfully put, thank you
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Raulmalfita Premium
Good job man...but sometimes, I wonder if freedom is more likely to discipline. The way that freedom is, first at all, it is managing your own person from fear, laziness or doubt.
The greatest of all the time won this battle against these debilities..then the freedom comes...isn't?? Thanks...I like to share with you these ideas ...have a wonderful weekend!!!
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free4life Premium
Yes, there is certainly truth in what you say. I believe that there are many things that each person realizes on their own personal journey to freedom, one of them is what you are suggesting.
You must be able to search out and find what things are keeping you from your freedoms, and once identified, you must address them and correct them. So, yes, you are correct and I do not really want to get into all the particulars of how each person finds their freedoms but you seem to be on the right path for you.
Thank you so much for sharing.
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VDickerson Premium
love the read!! 110% truth at least to me anyways

I love that you broke it down and kept it real because I made the fatal mistake in trying to catch up that I lost focus of the very reasoning of why I came to WA.


I am brand spanking new at this and trying to be where others are will come in time and I need to remember that.

By rushing I didn't hear everything I needed to and I screwed up my websites so I am starting over. I appreciate your knowledge and look forward to much more.

Awesome awesome awesome post!!!


thanks again,
V
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free4life Premium
You are most welcome. Thank you
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qrwizard Premium
Thank you, Tina and Frank (ladies first, right?)

I'm grateful to have stumbled upon this post. My inbox is flooded with hundreds of messages from WA, my notifications pile up and I still haven't found a way to organize my day. So I guess I was lucky to get here.

I'm happy to say I've been free most of my life, free from 9-to-5, free from grumpy bosses, free from toxic people.

I live in Alicante, Spain, a dream place for many.

Did I reach this freedom after acquiring wealth? oh, no!

Freedom is more important than money, money doesn't buy us freedom, am I right?

But sometimes we lose perspective, and good friends can point us back in the right direction.

This is how I feel after reading your post. Thanks for sharing.
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free4life Premium
You do us a great honor by your comments. Thank you so much.
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qrwizard Premium
My pleasure!
Merry Christmas, lads!
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free4life Premium
And a very Merry Christmas to you as well, Richard🎄And a happy New Year 🎶
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qrwizard Premium
Hi! First of all, thank you for your kind welcome message. Regarding this post, just to add my two cents, I would like to say that I am and I feel free already. My goals related to money are arbitrary but something I know I can achieve, just need to figure out how! I believe that interacting with like-minded people is the way to do great things.
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JAngele Premium
Edit suggestion: step oin any toes to "on any toes"

I am a retired person, not bored, because I have WA and all of you. Working for a purpose: pay off all my credit cards, about $10,000.00 and move on credit free, and free, free, free. To help others, help myself and reach my goal: a beautiful place in Heaven.

In the meantime, life on earth can be long, but I want it to be meaningful, before God, and my fellow planet neighbors.

Peace and Joy to us all.
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free4life Premium
Got it, thanks
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Vatrina Premium
True, what you feel. I don't want freedom from my 9 to 5 job; just to make something out of that extra time after the work crunch. As entrepreneurs, we need to be S.M.A.R.T., and I am glad to be in a community where we learn from each other. Money does not grow on tree, we have to cultivate the ground where we plant our seeds. Thanks for the inspiration to keep working my cent's worth; or to put it lightly: my sense-worth or my sense of worth. I have diet and exercise content, I'm glad I invested; this place is truly a humble community of success stories, waiting to be learned from.
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TanyaCh Premium
...my fav sci-fi writers the Strugatsky brothers have created the perfect (imho) definition for money: money is needed to not to think about them/it (sorry for my excellent English again and how it should sound correctly indeed?:))
That's what I use to respond if I've been asked how much money I want to make, but if I need to put certain number, I'm just lost because I really don't know what amount can cover my needs and at least small wants. I just want to have enough to not to think of money.
Thank you, Free4life for bringing up this subject. I really enjoyed reading your post.
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free4life Premium
You are very welcome. It requires much thought and deliberation.
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Treadstone02 Premium
Great post and read and which I found myself nodding my head to as you hit the nail on the head regarding financial freedom or as I like to see it, being out of the rat race and from the regular Joe's. In high school you don't get taught anything of interest that pushes you to better yourself and only brainwashing lessons and useless topics. It was a particular board game of mine called 'Cashflow 101' by Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) that I've played numerous times that woke me up to passive income, seeking opportunities, getting out of the rat race and having financial freedom, it's deemed more an educational game than a skill and strategy game but sends a clear and interesting message. The more you play it the more you learn and the more you realise the power you actually wield to make changes. There are a lot of people out there that are in the rat race, the circle of daily and weekly routine and based on their drive will determine if they get out or not.
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free4life Premium
Thanks, Stephen, we are definitely getting out, just a matter of time now. Welcome to WA, BTW.
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joelthunborg Premium
Love that game, and more importantly the lessons it teaches if you're paying attention.
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Long2befree Premium
Agree! I am definitely a Newbie to all of this. The extent of my experience with internet marketing has always been that I was the buyer(I'm really good at that, just ask my husband). Not the seller. I am looking forward to taking the journey no matter how slow or how fast I get there. I look at it as an investment in myself. Once I've obtained the knowledge, it can never be taken away from me. It becomes my own personal asset.
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free4life Premium
You are in the right place then. Welcome
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katri123 Premium
I am grateful to be in a position where I don't have to worry about money, but I am in no way wealthy and I say this only because I am very much focused on the "Freedom" aspect and not the "Making Money" aspect; I know ultimately with "Freedom" comes clarity and self-pride which leads to so much more...
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free4life Premium
Absolutely Katrina, you are so very right about the fact that it leads to so much more. freedom begets freedom.

Blessings ~ Frank & Tina (free4life)
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Liamexander Premium
I completely agree with you, the goal here is much more HUGE and important than simple "money". As you said, money is a great tool, a necessary one for most people, but it's nothing more than that... a tool. The goal here is to change the thing we exchange for money... TIME! Money's true value is trash compared to the value of time. I've understood this and I have hope and am sure that if it's doable, I'll get to where I want to be and one day be able to help many people understand important things such as these.
Thanks for your post my friend

Best regards

- William
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free4life Premium
You got it William, spot on. And yes, it is doable. Stay the course. We are in the right place for success.

Blessings ~ Frank & Tina (free4life)
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Pysmith78gm Premium
I understand completely what you mean. I on the other hand look at it on all angles. Everything mentioned having freedom from will always be apart of ones life. Unless going completely off the grid. So these things still need attention, and that's not quite having freedom from them. Now having freedom from the burdens of all things mentioned may cause, ok maybe. Unless one actually has another taking care of bill paying, without me still having to physically do it myself. My mind is still obligated to send some company bill money. When I look at the photo I see myself as a start to a better me. Also, knowing what I want for the ones I leave behind, (children) when my purpose in life is complete. Knowing that I made it possible for me to still be a helping hand (spirit lol), from what's been done with my own hands. That's what I call freedom..

But yours is good too. ($miles) Hope you feel the light-heartened humour. (No offense thrown) I tend to always go a little deeper maybe carried away with things.
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tslazyk5894 Premium
Freedom is what we all want.
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JerryMcCoy Premium
How very true.
Jerry
p.s. my toes are fine. You didn't step on mine.
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TinaE88 Premium
Hi Frank and Tina
This is a good reminder to come back and be humble and realistic… Hence money is the key to all the freedom you pointed out - and this is why most people are chasing it...
But I am feeling the reason of your post - if would ethically be more welcome to write what we love about and then make money out of it. But a lot of people look what they can make money with and then write about this… That makes them maybe the better business people? I don't know, I still want to believe I can find a way to earn from the niche that has my heart - time will prove!
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MAXINEG Premium
Thank you for sharing this post.
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DCarpenter1 Premium
Thank you great post
Freedom - so important in one's life & as you say we all have a different interpretation of what it means.
We are all different - which makes it more interesting I believe.
I am retired - so the freedom from clocks & bosses are not relevant to me.
Of course other freedom like bills & time are so important. My persistence & dedication will move me forward with the building of my passive income.
I am learning slowly here @ WA - mainly due to other commitments of my time. However I will keep training here @ WA & reach my goal!

Denis
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smokeywins Premium
It seems the definition of freedom can be different for each person. For me, I agree with you, its a freedom from bills, debt collectors (still have a few too many of those), and alarm clocks. Of course, the latter will need a bit more adjustment, because our kitties still wake my poor husband up on mornings he tries to sleep in. Some consistency would probably help retrain their little internal clocks LOL!. But no matter what your definition of Freedom is, even if it is different, this is still the best place to learn how to achieve it.
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Hey Frank and Tina,
I feel we are all searching for that freedom but some don't know what freedom truly is. I'm glad you defined it for us!!

Tried and True

Elaine
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CMbabazi Premium
True, we all need freedom in the long run though it comes at a cost- persistence and patience
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TommyVTE Premium
indeed well said the destination is freedom having enough money by passive income to maintain a lifestyle your happy with is, in my opinion, being rich.

Thanks for sharing
Tommy
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Marley2016 Premium
Frank,
This is a very good post and I feel that you are correct in the
way you are looking at this. I know that I started this training
in hopes to make money online and by that, I do not mean
becoming a millionaire just to make enough to live my life
comfortably and not have to worry about bills or anything else
for that matter.
So to be free is the best way of looking at why I am here
setting me free of the way I have had to live most of my
life always worrying.
Susan :)
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T15 Premium
You makes some good points. To be successful you need to know what success looks like "for you". You must have a "success vision" that you are committed to. That keeps you focused and helps you push through the times when you get stuck.
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