WA's Black Friday Deal bought me a TESLA
Last Update: Nov 27, 2022
You're probably tired of all the Black Friday hype. Everywhere you look... Black Friday this and Black Friday that.
I get it.
The good news (or the bad news, depending on how you look at it), is that it'll be over soon.
But before it ends, I thought I'd share my unique Black Friday story (and how it bought me a Tesla).
Most BF stories are all about the "DEAL". The percentage off. The money you saved.
But as much as I love saving money, Black Friday for me is something more. It's a bit sentimental and perhaps profound.
I joined WA in October 2016 and upgraded to premium within a few days. A month later, I jumped on the Black Friday deal.
Within the first few months of 2017 my site at the time started making a little money. Just a few bucks at first. But in the months that followed I made more than enough to cover the cost of my annual membership.
Then I hit a wall.
I wanted more money and I wanted it faster, so I wasted thousands on shiny objects.
I bought more courses, more programs, and more tools. They were all distractions that took me further away from what I was doing here at WA.
If you've been at this for a while, you probably know what I mean.
I ended that year having wasted ALL of my time and ALL of my money. I was no further ahead with my business, and what's worse is that I was in a financial mess.
On top of that, I lost my job.
I know how that sounds, but that's exactly what happened. In November 2017, a big construction project I was working on in Fort McMurray (Canada) wrapped up. I was done.
That's where my Black Friday story begins...
2018 was one of our toughest years financially. Without work and having wasted thousands on shiny objects, we downsized and sold whatever we could to pay our bills. A monthly WA membership would have been out of the question.
And yet, 2018 became my "breakthrough" year.
In fact, a good bit of my income today comes from posts I wrote and published in 2018. I didn't earn money in 2018, but the foundation I built that year started to bring in hundreds of visitors per day, then thousands.
In 2019 I monetized that traffic and soon after was earning a full-time income online.
But it only happened because, before I lost my job, I had renewed my annual Black Friday membership. And here's the thing...
It didn't matter how much I saved. It wasn't about the money or the "deal".
What was profound is that I had a full-year at WA without the stress or pressure of monthly payments.
That may have never happened if not for that first Black Friday deal that convinced me to go yearly.
If I had to pay a monthly fee in 2018 there's a chance I would have quit. Not by choice, but because I couldn't afford it back then. I just couldn't. And I can't imagine where I'd be today if I had quit.
I've been working at home full-time for years now. I can't even describe how amazing that's been for my mental and physical health, and of course... my relationships with my wife and daughters.
You can't put a price on any of it.
Now, I know how stupid it sounds, but I'm reminded of that every Black Friday. It sounds stupid to me too, and I hesitate to even share it.
Black Friday is supposed to be about deals and tacky percentage banners... not warm and fuzzy sentiment.
But that's how it turned out for me.
I couldn't afford to spend a dime on my business throughout 2018. And yet, that was my make-it-or-break-it year.
Every time this online/work-at-home work life affords me to do or buy something I probably couldn't otherwise, I'm reminded of that year that made all the difference.
And I was reminded of it again this year because a few weeks ago, my wife and I bought a Tesla. Every penny of it, paid for with money I earn online.
It's nothing special. It's a "cheaper" model, and literally half of my neighbours have white Teslas (which is why this is the only picture I've taken of it). But I can trace it directly back to WA's Black Friday Deal...
So, to finish this story... if you upgrade and buy the Black Friday special, you will save a significant amount of money. But that's NOT the real benefit.
The real benefit is having a full-year to build your business without the stress and pressure of monthly payments. At least, that's what it was for me.
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