About J-KWest
Joined October 2016
Update: June 4, 2019
It’s been a couple years since I updated my profile, so here goes :-)

There are a couple critical moments that brought me to Wealthy Affiliate… the first was in 2015 when I was packing for another 10-day shift (in what we Canadians fondly refer to as the “oil patch”).

My youngest daughter asked me, “Daddy, are you going home to tomorrow?”


I was home, or at least I thought I was.

It hit me like a ton of bricks. To a 5-year-old who rarely saw me, I was a just visitor who stopped in to visit for few days every couple of weeks.

Talk about a transformational moment…

To her, my home was somewhere else and in a way, she was right. I knew then and there something had to change. I mean… I always knew it, but that’s when I “really” knew it.

Me being away was all she knew though. My other daughter was old enough to remember when I did not work out of town. For her it was lot more difficult and I regret not being more aware of that.

And of course, my incredible wife was for the most part, raising our girls on her own. Besides the every day stuff, there were birthdays, holidays, swimming, dance and taekwondo lessons...

You may have had a similar experience. When you knew the path your were going down had to change.

I knew I wanted to do something online, but I had no idea where to begin. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about when I say everything seemed so “shady” online. I checked out a few things, but in the end, decided to just figure it out on my own (aka... without risking my money).

I built my first website that summer with no idea what I was doing or how this “online thing” would eventually change my life. But it did…

That first website went nowhere and I eventually shut it down, but my feet were finally wet and I was learning.

To make a long story short, I found Wealthy Affiliate a year-and-a-half later on Google while trying to find a way make money with this new skill I had acquired.

Of course, I also found a ton more of the shady “make-money-online” schemes and I must admit… I was certain Wealthy Affiliate was just another one. In some ways I remember it like it was yesterday… the hope and excitement but also thinking it was a scam.

What I can’t remember though, are the reasons I decided to upgrade. I’m sure having access to Kyle was a big part of it. It might have been the first month deal but the more I think about it, maybe not... (if you’ve heard the “Alberta oil-patch” rumours of us throwing money (or patch-cash) at stupid things… they are mostly true).

Not that twenty bucks was a lot of money or that Wealthy Affiliate was a stupid thing to throw money at, but I didn’t really know what Wealthy Affiliate was at the time. I half-expected to see my 20 bucks disappear and a clown face pop up on the screen saying “Got You Sucker” :-D

It’s funny when I think about it now and I feel a little stupid that I thought that way, but it’s “making money on the internet”… how can you not be skeptical, right?

What’s even crazier though (and I don't think I’ve ever written about this before), is that I was mentally prepared to spend (or risk) 10K on a way to make money online.

That's where I was the day I sat down to seriously figure this out.

I had hit a serious wall. I hated what I was doing (and what it was doing to my family). I was burned out, depressed and I felt trapped. The program that caught my attention was called the Six-Figure Mentors (I’ve reviewed the Six-Figure Mentors since then and even with my 10K, I would have been another 10K to 20K short).

By comparison it seemed pretty stupid not to give Wealthy Affiliate a shot.

Anyway… here I am, 2 ½ years later.

There were times I wasn’t even sure this was something I wanted to do, which also seems pretty stupid when I look back on it, because I’m WAY happier doing what I do now. It’s not even in the same universe.

Of course, like just about everyone here I can’t count how many times I wondered in the beginning if this thing would even work.

And it’s been been an absolutely crazy journey. Ups and downs, a few wins and countless losses. There were tears along the way and people wondering when I was going to smarten up and quit!

At one point I got WAY off track for the better part of a year and spent a mountain of money on shiny objects, but I’m still here and as crazy as it is, this is now my full-time gig. There's still a long way to go before I reach my goals… but I’m no longer living up north in camps being a Dad by phone.

My next goal is to move my family back home (Vanvouver BC area) and for the first time in many years, it’s a real discussion.

[Update: On June 1st, 2020 we finally realized this goal. My family and I are now happily living in the Greater Vancouver area. I'm not a fan of talking about money specifics (as I've mentioned in some other posts)... but for perspective and insight into what an online business can do for you, the cost of our move was in the low five-figures and I was able to pay for it with cash (well, e-transfer... lol). I didn't put it on a credit card and other than the higher cost of living here... it's not something I'll have to spend the next few years paying back.]

If you’re new to Wealthy Affiliate and reading this, I also want to be clear that earning enough to no longer have a boss did NOT happen overnight.

And, although I can afford to not have a “job” and we can easily get away for a few weeks if we choose… I haven’t made enough to put us in a position that guarantees I’ll never have to work a regular job again.

In fact, to make sure we have a little cushion (and to save $$$ for our move back to BC) I’m currently doing about 10 Uber rides from the airport each week (yes… I said Uber).

The airport rides are great for me because I have to sit around for a couple hours to get a ride anyway. Instead of sitting at home or in a coffee shop, I use that time to work online.

Plus… my main site is all about doing side-gigs and having multiple sources of income, so this way I can practice what I preach :-)

[Update: Shortly after updating my bio here my online income grew enough that it no longer made sense to drive for Uber. A few hours online became far more valuable than a few hours driving... although I sometimes miss the driving 😀.]

My point is this though…

… for those just joining, please don’t think this a way to get-rich-quick. I know most of you don’t expect it to be, but I also think there’s a tiny part of us that secretly hopes it’s possible.

When I joined, I thought there was an outside chance I’d be able to quit my job within a few months if I just worked at it harder than anyone has ever worked at it. Nope.

I made a few bucks in my 3rd month but not enough to retire. It was more like a coffee and a muffin at Starbucks.

I’m not saying you won’t retire within a few months, but I also haven’t met anyone who’s done it that fast.

Another question you might have (and you’ll see it asked here by others over and over) is this…

“Does Wealthy Affiliate work?”

My new answer to that question is to ask another question…

“Does the gym work?”

Of course Wealthy Affiliate works. But like a gym, you get out what you put in. If you buy a gym membership and stop in for a few random workouts 3 or 4 times a month… you’re probably not going to see results.

If you hit it hard for a month or two and quit you're probably not going have a body like the guy or girl on Instagram you admire.

Wealthy Affiliate works like that.

This is a full-time income from home we’re talking about here and that’s a huge deal. The words “it’s worth it” don’t even come close to how crazy it feels to take a day off whenever you want. Take two or three… a week if you want.

It’s Monday tomorrow? Who cares…

Of course, you need to keep your foot on the gas but it’s funny in retrospect. There was a time when I’d wake up hours before I had to be at my "job" and think…

“Ugh, I have to write another blog post”.

Now I wake up and think, “I GET TO write a blog post”.

I could be working up north on someone else’s schedule, away from my family in minus 30 (or colder) weather, twisted like a pretzel 80 feet in the air, but instead…

I GET TO write a blog post.

People spend tens (even hundreds) of thousands of dollars to start a business or go to school. And it takes them years to reach the level of success they aim for. If you’re a business owner or post-secondary graduate you know what I mean.

When I became an electrician, it was nearly 6000 hours of on the job training and 36 weeks of full-time school broken up over 4 years.

I don’t regret it for a second but just to compare… I’ve been at Wealthy Affiliate for just 2 ½ years.

Anyway… I didn’t expect my bio/profile to turn into an entire blog post (sorry)… but I’ll finish by saying this…

If you approach Wealthy Affiliate in the same way a business owner would approach their business or University student would approach their studies… it’s absolutely crazy what you can accomplish here.

Thanks for reading :-)
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Shellback Premium
Just stopped by to introduce myself. Wow! I am truly inspired by your Bio. Yours is the most interesting I've read...by far. The way you illustrated the mental process you underwent to journey from where you were, to where you are now....is indescribable! I feel an immediate kinship with you.
I guess most of us here in the WA community can identify with each other precisely because we are here now.
I am 64 yrs old and approaching a retirement I am not ready for mentally or financially! I KNOW what I've got in my hands...I regret not finding this a decade ago.
At any rate, following you now, perhaps you will include me...
J-KWest Premium
Thanks for the kind words :-) I think 80% or maybe more of what we do here is really a mental battle. In a lot cases of we have to rewrite the "scripts" or programs in our heads that have kept us from achieving what we've wanted before.

And I think it's true for all of us...

It's like you said... we identify with each other because we are here. If we were already where we wanted to be before finding Wealthy Affiliate, we probably wouldn't have been looking for it (or a similar opportunity) in the first place. So I think the vast majority of us begin with these mental barriers that have held us back before and dealing with those takes time.

That's the hurdle most of us struggle with to overcome. The actual actions we need to take here are pretty simple. Once you learn them it's just a matter of rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, and so on...

But we get in our own way. Self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of repeating past failures, procrastination, uncertainty, feeling undeserving...

I've experienced all of those and they still nag at me today even though I'm doing this full-time now. The trick is to just keep going forward whether you feel like it or not :-)

Thanks again for reading my entire profile/blog post. Following you back and glad to join your network.

MDehaan1 Premium
Hello J-K, I am just joining Wealthy Affiliate and am excited to on this journey!! I know it will be some long hours and hard work at first but worth it in the future!! I loved reading your post about how your journey started out with Wealthy Affiliate--it shows that with the right mind set determination anyone can Fire The Boss!!
I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Mary Ellen
J-KWest Premium
Hi Mary Ellen, thanks for reading my long post :-)

Glad to meet you and look forward to speaking with you as well. The journey can be long yes, but I do believe it's not only possible for anyone who wants it, but a lot of fun too if it's approached in the right way.

My hypothesis on this is that we're conditioned for quick results. When we go to a "job" they show us what to do, maybe it takes a couple days training, and then we do it. At the end of the week or two weeks... we get paid.

A lot of us (myself included when I started out) approach this the same way. Just show me how to do it and I'll do it. So we do it, and while we know on a logical level that there's no paycheck coming at the end of the week... there's a hint of emptiness when that time comes.

It's like getting in the habit of having dessert with every dinner, lol. And then one night you finish dinner and go to the fridge or cupboard and there's nothing sweet in the house. You know it's not the end of the world, but it can sure feel like it.

Anyway, before I write another blog post...

It sound's like you have the right mindset already though :-)

Talk again soon,
Hey J-K
I really enjoyed reading your candid blog post above. I've known for years there's no such thing and getting rich overnight.....I do know that it takes not just hard work, but working smartly. I'm just at the beginning of my journey, but hopefully, once I learn the ropes, I'll get to where I'd like to be. I'd better hurry....I'm 58 and sooo ready to launch into things in the online world. Just thought I'd mention that your honest post hit me right in the heart.....I too have fallen for soooo many get rich quick schemes....I've lost count. Time to do things smartly!!
J-KWest Premium
You're absolutely right about working smart, not necessarily hard... but I still haven't perfected that either, lol. A lot of times we think we're working smart but we're really just spinning our wheels, and we don't know that we're spinning our wheels until we spend enough time doing it to realize for ourselves that it's not the right thing to be doing.

I think this is the beauty of the things we accomplish in life though. It's what gives us wisdom, experience and a deeper knowledge of things that only come with actually doing it.

So glad you're here and like you say, ready to launch into the online world. Please reach out when you need help (that was definitely one of those mistakes I made along the way, not asking for help at key moments).

Also, thanks for reading my "blog post" as well and for your kind words :-)

PaulREvans57 Premium
Hi, Jay,

Thanks for following me and joining my network. I've returned the compliment and followed you back.

You live in a beautiful country. I have visited Canada twice, and I nearly migrated there once.

I've been a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate for two years, and I don't regret one day! I'm now a member of the 2020 Super Affiliate Challenge. I'll see it through to the end, and I'll be at the Las Vegas Super Affiliate Conference next year.

I've been reading your WA blogs; I seem to have followed a similar path to yours. I realise (not too late) that Kyle's training is spot on and if followed without trying the latest tweak or trick, then success will follow.

I've spent the past week tidying up my site and getting it back on track. I'm almost there. Tomorrow, I get back to the task of writing content. No more distractions for me!

Best wishes,
Be Happy!
J-KWest Premium
Hey Paul, glad to hear I'm not the only one :-D

Sometimes we have to stray from the path to realize what we had all along, lol. I still struggle as I add new skills to my "arsenal". It's not always easy managing ourselves and making sure we grow while also maintaining our focus.

Wishing you the best on your journey to Vegas and looking forward to reading your posts :-)

Robert-A Premium
Hello Jay And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.

Since you joined way back in 2016 you will know by now that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve and there will always be something new to learn.

You must keep referring to the training (it does get updated from time to time).

If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 490+ blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me a message anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.

Have a great day.
J-KWest Premium
Thanks Robert, I'll definitely be checking out your blogs here at WA,

Have a great weekend :-)
Robert-A Premium
No probs Jay and if/when you read my blogs make sure you choose the ones that will help you in conjunction with whatever training you are currently taking.
Have a great Saturday.