About Joshua0853
Joined August 2013
Hello, my name is Joshua. I have dabbled with online marketing for a number of years but without much success. I am interested in improving my success rate and am optimistic about Wealthy Affiliate as the vehicle to get me there. I look forward to interacting with the members of this community as we go forward.

I have had some interesting occupations over my lifetime. One of the most interesting was during my time with the US Air Force where I served as an EOD Technician (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician). For the military-lingo-challenged, EOD is the military equivalent of the bomb squad. One of the most interesting aspects of EOD and something that is not well known is that all of the major service branches (Army, Navy, Marine Corp, and Air Force) attend the same training facilities to learn our craft. Some of the training is conducted at Army facilities, some at Air Force bases, and some at Navy installations (Navy and Marines share facilities). Because we all undergo similar training, we are able to assist one another on various missions. I really enjoyed that part of it.

Once my kids grew up and began their own lives, I decided to “hit the road” and become a long-haul trucker. I decided to specialize in the flatbed/heavy haul area so I could take advantage of the physical aspects of trucking (those chains and tarps can be quite weighty). If you have ever seen a flatbed truck carrying a bulldozer, a lengthy load of construction material, or an over-sized marine dock, who knows, it might have been me. However, although I loved trucking, I had to give it up for medical reasons and soon found myself out of a job.

Fortunately, I qualified for school assistance and am back in school pursuing a degree in the computer networking field.

To help make ends meet, I work as a writing tutor at my college, do some private tutoring as well, and perform mystery shops for a number of companies. Despite some claims to the contrary, if done right, you can make fairly good money as a mystery shopper. In fact, I intend to do a review on this at some point.

In the meantime, I have made a commitment to learn everything I can about how to earn an income online. That's where Wealthy Affiliate enters the picture. Further, I commit to applying that knowledge to the best of my ability. I have a motto that I try to live by when it comes to such things:

"No matter how well it is currently being done,
it can almost always be done better, faster, or more efficiently."

Joshua
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lakbar12 Premium
Hi, I am just stopping by to say hi and nice to meet you. Thank you, for allowing me in your network. I have followed you back. I look forward to networking with you here in WA, in the near future.

I wish you all the best and most of all success…

Have an awesome weekend!

Kisha
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Focused1 Premium
Hello Joshua. Thanks for sharing your interesting career - Wow! and the insightful motto. Wishing your a successful journey to your online business. Cheers.
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pedro Premium
Hi Joshua. Thank You for the follow :) All the Best of Luck to You and Yours.
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serendipity2 Premium
Hello Joshua! Thanks for the follow! Best wishes for 2014! Lizzie
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DoubleTap Premium
Hey there Joshua, great having ya' here. Thanks for the follow... back at ya'!
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Jackiex4 Premium
Thank you Joshua for the follow. I'm following back. You have led an interesting life. How is the degree coming on?
Jackie
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Jackie. Thanks for the follow-back.

Following the upcoming semester (beginning next week), I will have completed requirements for the AS degree (Computer Networking). Unless something changes, I plan to continue studies toward a BS. Of course, I also intend to continue my "studies" at Wealthy Affiliate University (WAU), as well. However, although my studies at WAU will never truly end, I consider them to be of much greater value than any other studies that I could undertake.

Joshua
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Jackiex4 Premium
Good for you. I have an education degree and would love to take another one in English language but cost and time are against me at the moment:)
Jackie
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JackieWesley Premium
Hello Joshua, than you for the follow! With your wealth of experience in different areas, I'm sure that you are going to be a success at whatever you set your mind on. You are definitely not afraid of change or trying new things. I really admire that. I wish you much success with all of your future endeavors. Be blessed!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you for the follow, Jackie. I am confident that you're going to love WA because of the tremendous value you will receive as you develop your online business. There simply is no better training and other resources available anywhere. Plus, the amazing support from the WA community cannot be beat.

I lived for about two years in Las Vegas when I was stationed at Nellis AFB back in the late 70s. Lived off-base just minutes from the strip. One of my most memorable and enjoyable assignments ever!
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Internetgranny Premium
Thank you for following me, Joshua. I am following you right back and look forward to reading some of your blog posts and your website. And thank you for the 'likes'. I appreciate them.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi, Isabella. Sounds like you are quite the busy one. Great decision to return. WA is such a great community and training resource for marketing on the internet. Thanks for following.
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Gordi Premium
Thank you for the follow. Welcome to WA
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Gordi. Love your website and hope it is working well for you.
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Damien Lane Premium
Hey Joshua, you have a great story to tell.

Hope this isn't too personal, though from your words & profile pic, it seems you have a calm & wise disposition. Your outward appearance (in the pic) is exactly what I'm trying for when my kids - two teenagers, have got me nearly to the point of screaming (last time was about an hour ago). I say to myself 'low voice, slow voice, calm voice', though sometimes it just doesn't work.

I like your motto too Joshua, and thank you for the return follow.

Regards,
Damien.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hey Damien...sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I feel your pain when it comes to your two teens. I had the "pleasure" of raising two sets of them. Incidentally, your approach seems to be exactly what's needed--a calm, deliberate demeanor. If I could offer only three bits of information about the task that lies before you, it would be this:

1. Ensure consistency:
a. Set rules/boundaries jointly with spouse, and make sure they are enforceable.
b. Establish procedures to ensure the kids don't play one parent against the other.
c. Apply consequences consistently, and stick to your guns.

2. Always have a plan:
a. Never "talk" to your kids about an infraction without formulating a plan beforehand. Kids (especially teens) are absolute masters at "confusing the issue", "changing the subject", and "redirecting the blame."
b. Learn to use the following phrase (or something similar) to keep yourself on track during "discussions" with your teens: "I acknowledge that you may have a good point there, and I promise that we'll discuss it later, but right now, we are talking about X." Then, get back to the original issue.
c. Anticipate your kids' responses and have a "game plan" already established based on the infraction. However, never be afraid to deviate from that game plan when appropriate.
d. Make sure that both parents are on the same page when it comes to "punishments."

3. Understand that "even this shall pass":
a. Believe it or not, virtually all teens go through a similar phase, when they more closely resemble vicious demon-hyenas than the cherubic little darlings of yesteryear. What you must remember is that the "demon possession" is time-limited. Your little darlings will eventually return to you...and will even appear to be civilized once again. However, it is vitally important that you exercise patience and love during the interim. It's not easy, but pays dividends later in your relationship with them.
b. Things can often get so bad that you want nothing to do with them (nor they with you). It is at those moments that you need to display maximum patience and love. Do not allow their behavior to dictate the quality of your relationship with them. They will try to upset you (purposefully), and if they succeed--they "win." Your challenge is to remain consistent in loving them. Besides, when you can do that, it totally exasperates them--in that case--you win (which actually means that everyone wins).
c. I promise...it WILL pass!

"Ain't parenting fun?"
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you for the follow and many blessings to you here at WA. If you need any help, don't hesitate to ask.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you, Boomer. I wish you success on your WA business.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Boomergp08. Very interesting websites. Hope all is well.
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kokiboki Premium
Thank you for the follow!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Boryana. Wishing you all the best here at WA. Thanks for the follow.
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Free2BMe Premium
Hi Joshua, sounds like you've been around too. Go Air Force! Glad to see you're making this work. See you around the community and thanks for the follow back.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello, Denise. "Go Air Force" is right! I thank you for your service as well. We will see you around the community. Success!
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pderr1234 Premium
Joshua....since you were so helpful in your comments concerning my teenage daughter, I thought you should also share my proud moment. :)
http://petesportstuff.com/color-guard
Take care....Pete
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Joshua0853 Premium
Awesome! Also, she'll realize some of the same benefits that the players enjoy: teamwork, camaraderie, physical workout, and leadership, among others. Plus, apparently, she enjoys it. Win-Win!
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zongodaman Premium
ty joshua for following me!
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Joshua0853 Premium
You are so welcome. I wish you the best going forward to ultimate success!
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wealthmaker45 Premium
Hello Joshua, Thanks for the follow. I am glad you have figured out how to earn some money even if you don't have a job. I think it is usually more rewarding to work on your own.
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Joshua0853 Premium
I've always enjoyed it. Thanks.
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MargaretY Premium
Hello Joshua - many thanks for including me in your network. I wish you success.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Margaret...and sorry for the delayed response. I had to be away for a while but on the way back. To our future SUCCESS!
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rickhampton Premium
Hi Joshua, You've had a very interesting life. Must have been tough on the family with your military career and then the long haul trucking. I've never done either of those, but my son-in-law is about to deploy as a Harrier Pilot with the Marines and my father-in-law was a long haul trucker, so I can relate somewhat. We may have traveled different roads but we ended up on the same website! I think that's pretty cool in itself. I wish you the best.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Actually, it wasn't so bad. Except for one year in Thailand, my family was able to stay together for most of my military career. As for truck driving, I waited until all my kids were grown before I started that. It was important to me to be there during my kids' formative years.

I wish your son-in-law well with his Marine service and much SUCCESS to you at Wealthy Affiliate.
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hart48 Premium
Hi, Joshua. Thanks for sharing. Hang in there. You deserve good things.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you Betty. I think we all do. To SUCCESS!
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betcha Premium
Hi, Joshua. We have been interacting around here already and I just realized I haven't followed you back yet. Here we go! Looking forward to a more productive networking in the days ahead now that I am back to circulation.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks for the follow, Elizabeth. To continued interaction and SUCCESS!
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mrbill74 Premium
Quite the interesting life story, Joshua! I've always wondered about that 'mystery shopper' opportunity, so I'm definitely looking forward to your review. For me,writing has always been a pleasurable endeavor, so it looks like we have something in common. With your outlook and attitude, I have no doubt you'll experience success here at WA. I thought about closing with 'you da bomb', but that would be a little over the top, right? :-)
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Bill.

Thanks for the follow. Love your web sites (fyi: billlewisjr.com not found). Hey, since I used to "play" with bombs, that may not be over the top.
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Johnson Premium
Hello Joshua. thanks for the follow and good to have you here at WA. You have landed at the right place to learn about IM. These guys are good at this and the community is so helpful. We have something here you won't find any where and that is tons of help. Wish you luck and success in your journey.
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goodie63 Premium
HI, JOSHUA 0853'S UR HAVE BEEN A VERY BUSZ MEN AND I GLAD YOU HAVE DONE SO MANY THING WITH YOUR LIFE SO THANK YOU FOR THE FOLLOW AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON AND ALL SUCCESS AHEAD FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SO STAY HEALTHY AND WELL SELEH THE FURRIER GOODIE63
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christine2 Premium
Hi,and thanks for following me. I am looking forward to your contributions here!
Beate
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sueinoz Premium
Welcome - and good luck
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Prolife Premium
Thanks for your follow, Joshua0853. I used to enjoy truck driving, too. If you'r looking for good instruction for a business online, then WA is the place to get it.
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Thanks for the follow i like your motto i am a newbie just learning.
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Johnny Boy Premium
Thanks for the follow sir. Have a great one!
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85dmarie Premium
Hi, and thanks for the follow.
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Hi Joshua!! First of all thanks for the follow!! I must say I love the way you share your experiences in your profile. Keep up with everthing that makes you happy. I hope you can get what you are looking for in life!!
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graycarrot Premium
Greetings Joshua. Love your motto. It fits well with internet affiliate marketing as there have been so many changes in the last few years. WA is the best place to learn the trade and grow an online business. I wish you the best.

Bill
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heart2hearts Premium
thanks to follow me what is a mystery shop ? welcome in WA ! wish you a mot of success !
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ramccracken Premium
Thanks for the follow and welcome to WA

Ryan
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Shawn Martin Premium
Hi and welcome to WA. Thanks for the follow!
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DERRICK13 Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow.Wishing you all the success!
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DebHumphries Premium
Hi Joshua, it is nice to meet you and I appreciate the follow. I think you will do great here at WA, your background is very impressive!
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Salem Premium
Hi Joshua, my ancestors are from Kleinheubach am Main which is a couple hundred miles southeast of Frankfurt. My wife and I traveled there a couple of years ago and sure loved the area. I wrote two books on my ancestors from there and who were executed as witches. I still have distant cousins today living in Michelstadt which is a couple hundred miles further southeast on the Main River.
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Funmine Premium
Hello Joshua, nice to meet you. Quite an interesting life you have going on there and impressive too.

I might as well adopt your motto. Always looking for ways to improve and that's one of the reasons I'm here.

Thanks for connecting with me. I wish you the best.
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KostasS Premium
Hi Joshua,
Welcome to WA, and thank you for following.
Wish you all the best in your new adventure!

Kostas
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Liberty20 Premium
Hello. Thanks for follow. Wish you Success :)
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goingforgold Premium
Welcome Joshua and thanks for the follow. You have a very rich background that you're bringing to WA. Wishing you all the success!
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jazzfairy Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow. I turned 21 at Thule Airforce Base. I was singing with a band there for a week. Very coooolllllddddd and interesting experience. Much success with WA!
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crazytrain Premium
Thanks for the follow.
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zeke_chan Premium
Hey Joshua, thanks for the add =) Thanks for sharing your story. Its truly inspiring to know that after living for so many years, you're still passionate towards life long learning. Do let me know if you need any tech help
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Visions Premium
Hi Joshua, You have had quite an interesting life so far. Looks like a whole new chapter is opening up here at WA for you. Amazing place to be with lots of helpful people. Great to connect with you!
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ChrisDB Premium
Hello Joshua, it's a pleasure to meet you and thanks for the follow! Yours is a good motto to live by. Best and blessings to you. :-)
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vegaskev Premium
Thank you for following, good luck to you!
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uakoko Premium
Thank you for the follow and welcome to WA. It sounds you have really paid your dues, physically-speaking. You really deserve a nice, comfy sit-down way to earn what you need, which---in case you need to be a millionaire---you can find the training for that right here, and nowhere else on the internet.. This is really true! Good luck and God bless!
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skiergal Premium
Joshua welcome to WA and thank you for the follow. Much success to you.
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sniggij Premium
Sounds like you've had a very interesting career(s) thus far. I wish you all the success as your journey continues in IM Joshua. Cheers, Kim
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LizzieBrew Premium
Hi Joshua. Thank you for your years of service. It is hard to imagine what being a bomb tech would be like.
Thanks for the follow. Best of luck to you!
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rickster59 Premium
Thank you for the follow,Josh.Good luck!
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hart48 Premium
Thanks for the follow, Joshua. I really enjoy your writing.
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SamTea Premium
HI Joshua,
How are you keeping up so far?
I think with this load of experience you have to nail the IM.
Best regards to you in this.
Thanks for the follow.
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oilean Premium
Thanks for the follow - you really have a lot of experience and drive (no pun intended)! :)
Good luck with WA - hope it works out really well for you!
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Traveller75 Premium
Hi
Thanks for the follow, sounds like a very interesting life. With all your experience I'm sure you will do very well here.
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Shaquinho Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow. You have an interesting bio and an inspiring motto!
I wish you all the best for your business success, your health, your relationships and, well, life in general:-)
Marc
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andrenetz Premium
hi, thamks for the follow.
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HelenSarah Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for following me, you have had a very interesting life, I wish you lots of look at WA, I am sure you will be very successful. Looking forward to seeing you around. Best Wishes to you Helen.
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WealthyHappy Premium
Thank you very kindly for following me:-)
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mwatkins Premium
Hi Joshua, I am an ex- Air Force guy myself, 1978-1983, and once worked with EOD assisting local law enforcement removing explosives found in a man's house. Another time later in my law enforcement career some kids took some dynamite from a cemetery and hid it in their parent's attic. IN those moments you appreciate having someone there that knows what they are doing. Thank you for the follow. I love your adventurous attitude . I look forward to reading more of your post.
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kytely Premium
Thanks for the follow joshua sounds like you've has your share of adventure
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Tom S. Premium
Joshua, Thanks for the follow. I'll follow you as well. I see you're already making progress with your website. I always appreciate seeing someone in my general age group taking on the task of building an online business. Congratulations on surviving the bomb squad not to mention heavy equipment hauling - not dull occupations. Have you seen the movie "The Hurt Locker" about bomb squads in Iraq?. As you've seen, passing along the knowledge you gain as you go here in WA is certainly appreciated. I'll be interested in reading your post on mystery shopping also. I understood it involved buying goods/services you didn't really need in order to write reviews and being paid in merchandise or discounted services rather than cash. Best wishes for achieving your goals here in WA.
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IGOTFISH Premium
Thanks for the follow Joshua. I'm looking forward to your posts
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steinway Premium
Hello Joshua.

Thanks for the follow.

All the best to you.

Deborah
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Pepper Guy Premium
Joshua, Thank You for joining me here at WA. After reading your profile..... EOD, Long Distance Equipment Hauler, College Student, Tutor, Mystery Shopper...all I can say...You Da Man!...LOL.. You have the practical knowledge people want to hear about and are willing to pay for.Stay well and good fortune as you journey through WA....Bill aka Pepper Guy ...PS I like the Motto
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tazimmer Premium
Thanks for the follow Joshua. Always remember that you can do or be anything you want. Just believe that you can and take action to accomplish your dreams.
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abletodoit Premium
Hi, Joshua -- Love your name. It's been one of my favorite names since I learned about him in the bible when I was a kid. You've had a very interesting life. Good luck to you here at WA. You'll find some awesome people here.
Emma
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Caden Premium
Thanks for the follow Joshua. I look forward to reading your review on Mystery Shopping!
Wow, you must have nerves of steel to have worked in the bomb squad; and also learned so much (attention to detail, patience, discipline . . .) that can transfer to I.M.
All the best, cheers, Caden
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Animate Premium
Hi Joshua, thank you for following me, and I'm follwowing you in return. I'm impressed with your profile as you come across as someone who is hardworking, self-reliant, and having high integrity. I wish you every success with this new venture.
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zoeezworld Premium
Hi Joshua, thanx for the follow. I just took a quick look at your website and it really is great to say the least! It made me want to joint WA all over again, until it dawned on me that I'm already here:) I also read your profile and you have led a really interesting, and exciting life. No doubt that online business that you dreamed about being successful is already here! I liked the quote at the end of your profile too. It sums up who you are:)
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Phil52 Premium
Hi Joshua and welcome to WA. Thank very much for the follow and if I can help you in any way I'd be happy to oblige. Cheers!
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egonsarv Premium
Hey Joshua. Thank you for the follow. You had very interesting profile and these jobs (in Air Force and as a truck driver) are usually what boys in their childhood dream, right? So how do you feel now, looking back, are those jobs really dream jobs as they look when little kids dream about them?

I also liked the motto in the end of your profile. Very useful. By the way, may I ask, when looking for the proper product in the Internet then what type of criteria you were looking in it? And why did you finally chose to settle with WA?
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tomwillhelpy Premium
Hi Joshua, my name is Tom, and thanks for the "FOLLOW me", you have come to the right place, and like you wish to learn more and become that person who can help and share valuable knowledge. Everyone of us have a unique talent and want to help as many others enjoy working from home in a profitable "Home Based" business. Riches, won't make you happy, but having enough is all I need, if I get more! the more I can help in the future. Hey! thanks for the "Follow" I look forward to corresponding with you. WA is the right place to be, and you will get all the support from Kyle and Carson. Just joined as a premuim member on 11th October 2013 and you are welcomed to see my page and I also look forward to engage with you also.

I feel that you have much more to bring to WA and I will be excited to hear all of your work that you put your thoughts in writing. Great introduction.
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skyhigh4 Premium
Hi Joshua. What an awesome profile. WOW! Thanks for the follow. Will follow you back. I'm confident that you will do well here in WA! Have a great journey.
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vin8 Premium
Thanks for the follow Joshua,best of luck on WA
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Josh Perks Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow :)
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you Josh. Looking forward to seeing you around the community. Sorry...I hit the "Like" button again.
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RobertNYC Premium
Hi Joshua,
Thanks for following my progress here on Wealthy Affiliate. I look forward to knowing more about you, your goals and how I may be of service to you now or in the future. I'm still very new here but if I can lend a hand just let me know. Here's to your success.

Rob L
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Robert. I think everyone here at WA has something to offer and we all learn from each other. I am so impressed with the phenomenal community that Kyle and Carson put together. Wishing you much success with your journey.
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chrissmuts Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow and Welcome to WA. I am sure that you will find everything you are looking for here in this amazing community. I wish you all the very best and please shout if you need any help. Take Care, Chris
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Chris. Thanks for the follow and the offer of help. That is exactly what I like so much about this community. I know that your offer is sincere. Wishing you the best.

Joshua
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judym Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow and look forward to seeing what you come up with on the mystery shopping. Always seemed like a bit of a mystery and I think it would be a good read from an insiders point of view. All the best, Judy
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Judy. Thanks for the add. I hope to be able to write about the mystery shopping fairly soon. I think it may have wide appeal with WA members because--just like the WA membership--it is also worldwide in scope. Thanks for your interest.

Joshua
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psmtk Premium
Hi Joshua, Thanks for the follow I wish you every success here at WA.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Gaye. Thanks for the add. As long as we don't give up, we will succeed. All the best to you.
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Salem Premium
Wow, you really have learned a lot of disciplines, Joshua. That makes for an interesting life. I think you will find WA the perfect place to refurbish you online marketing skills. Very best of luck and regards.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Dave. Interesting Bio. I lived in Germany for 6+ years. Where is Kleinheubach, Germany located? I was there from 1978 to 1984.
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dridley Premium
Hi Joshua! Thanks for the follow! I wish you well!!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Daniella. I appreciate the follow back. Much success on your WA journey.
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Alan Hocking Premium
Hi Joshua thanks for the follow and welcome to WA :)
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you for following back, Alan. I'm looking forward to the journey.
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ebizmh Premium
Thanks for the follow,
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Joshua0853 Premium
You're quite welcome, Maxa. Thanks for accepting. Looking forward to seeing you around the community.
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judebanks Premium
Joshua, thank you for the follow back and your feedback on my website. I'm glad you found the video gripping. I am passionate about self-reliance. It is my WHY for being online. I'm enjoying my return and making new friends here at WA and sharing with you and this fantastic community.
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judebanks Premium
Hi Joshua, I enjoyed reading your profile. I shall come back later and read more of your blog posts. You have made good progress at WA in the short time you've been here. I have just re-joined after being away for a long while and look forward to working my way through everything. It is nice to know there are so many sharing and helpful people like you in this awesome community.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Jude. That is exactly what attracted me to WA--the incredible people who make up its community. Learning in such an environment is an absolute joy. The amount of support, information, and "shoulders-to-lean-on" seem almost limitless.

It's great to have you back in the WA community. You have a wonderful website, by the way. That video was absolutely gripping! I look forward to sharing with you in the time ahead.

SUCCESS!

Joshua
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tommydillard Premium
Yes another follower I hope you can learn a little from me
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Joshua0853 Premium
Lol! I hope I can learn a LOT from you!

Seriously...I know we can all learn from each other. That's the nature of the WA community.
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pderr1234 Premium
Well.....we meet again Joshua. A most hearty welcome indeed!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hey Pete. Looking forward to an exciting future with WA. I am so pumped!
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nancykaye Premium
Hi Joshua,
Thank you for following. I think you are doing very well. I really liked your website and blog. The images on the blog were perfect. I hope we can both help each other to reach our goals.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you, Nancy. This is a great community and I have already learned so much in a short time. I know we will both meet our goals. SUCCESS!
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ginovlntn Premium
Hey joshua i have check out your site i can say you are doing very good you are one step ahead of me but you know it realy take time , check out mine and send me your comment
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Crystal2010 Premium
Welcome
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you Crystal. I appreciate that. Much success to you at Wealthy Affiliate. Hope to see you around the community. If I can ever help, please ask.

Joshua
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cld111 Premium
Joshua, first of all, thank you for your service. I have family in the military and I appreciate that sacrifice so much! My Dad was a truck driver too. (He retired a few years ago.) He said he could never sit in some office and when he called on the phone he always said he was "Sitting in my easy chair, looking out my big picture window." LOL. I'm sure you can relate.

Also, I have done Mystery Shopping too. I think it can be such a fun thing to do! I haven't done too many yet, but I already know I love restaurant shops. Basically because I love to eat. :) So why not get paid for it? What kinds of shops do you like to do?
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Joshua0853 Premium
Relate...indeed! (trucker)

I've been at this mystery shop thing for three years and really enjoy it. It's always a thrill to receive an email notification about a PayPal payment for completed shops.

I've done both "true" mystery shops (undercover) and "reveal" shops (management knows I'm there) and like them both. I've also done audits, merchandising, assembly (shelving and displays), and more.

Types of businesses include: restaurants (fast food, casual dining, fine dining); large department stores; grocery stores; convenience stores; large electronics stores; cell phone retailers; auto dealerships; vehicle maintenance shops; nightclubs; airport shuttle services; drug stores; movie theaters, and some others. I can't tell you how many other types I turn down. One thing is certain: There is no shortage of work out there if you sign up with enough companies.

One thing I've done to ensure I pass muster with the IRS is to apply for an EIN number (Employer Identification Number) to use at tax time. So far, I have not received any extra scrutiny for my business deductions, which include mileage; meals on the road; consumables like toner, ink, and paper; portion of internet; portion of cell phone; portion of house payment and utilities, etc.

I also paid $20.00 to join an industry association, Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA); then qualified for their Silver level certification. That also helps (I believe) sell the IRS on my validity as a business.

Anyway, I won’t write you a book about it. I’ll end with this. While it is true that some of the posted jobs don’t pay very well, there are ways to effectively raise your “hourly” rate considerably. I’ll share that later if you are interested in learning the details. On the other hand, some jobs pay extremely well. The trick is to pick your battles, so to speak.

Joshua
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pcook410 Premium
Thanks for following me, Joshua. I wish you the very best here at WA. Let's make it to the top!

Pat
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Pcook410. I'm doing everything in my power to get there. I fully expect to see you there as well. By the way, where, exactly, IS the top?! ;-)
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pcook410 Premium
Ha ha ha....Well....if we don't know where the top is, we might not know when we get there. To me, the top is when I'm making enough income from my affiliates to pay off my bills and live in a cash only world!!! I want to live debt free my last years here!

Pat
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affiliatesun Premium
Hello Joshua, and is great to know you. Thank you much for the follow. You have a wealth of knowledge and experience that is an asset to WA community. The motto that you mentioned at the end of your profile is the same motto as Apple Computer's which has led them to become one of the best companies, if not the best in the world.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Well, all I have to say is that perhaps I need to sue Apple for plagiarism. How dare they!

On another note, it's been my experience that everyone has something of value to offer, especially in an environment like WA. Even a brand-spanking-newbie brings unique experiences to the table that can benefit others. The trick is that we have to be willing to share those experiences (my two cents). Anyway, hope to see you around the community.

Joshua
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okydoky Premium
Hello Joshua. Thanks for following me.
Cheers, Ian
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Ian. Thanks for the comment. Glad to have you back at WA. I hope to see you around the community in the weeks and months ahead. Success!
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Colm Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow. I'm pretty new to WA myself but if I can help in any way, let me know.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Colm. I've found that, no matter how new or green people are, they always have something of value to offer. Sometimes they may have difficulty determining exactly what that something is, but it's there. See you around the community.
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DaveAckerman Premium
Hello Joshua. Thanks for the follow. Wishing you much success - Dave.:)
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Dave. I appreciate your comment. By the way, I love the look of your website. I'd like to make one observation. You mention "needing a change" from the travel industry after 25 years. I wouldn't "throw all of that away", if I were you. The kind of knowledge and insight that you obviously have from that niche-rich industry can be transformed into big profits on the internet. Keep that in the back of your mind and let it "percolate" for a while. You'll see that I'm right. Success!
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DaveAckerman Premium
Thanks for your message Joshua and I will 'take on board' what you said. I appreciate your opinion very much. Have a great week. - Dave :)
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georama Premium
Thanks I am delighted and following you instantly.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Vimal. I appreciate your comment. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the products you developed. Much success!
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Karina B Premium
Thanks for the follow, I really appreciate it :)
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Karina.

Thanks for the comment. Wishing you and your family the best of success with WA. I know what it's like to be living far from family. Hope to see you around the community.
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OldCodger Premium
Thanks very much for the follow, Joshua! Over the years, I've driven cars, 4WDs, trucks, buses, limmos, taxis - but not your big flat-beds. Your wealth of experience means I'll be following you as well. :) george
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1Growing Premium
Hello Joshua, Nice to meet you and thanks for the follow!

I see you have heavy chauffeurs experience. ;) I only drive light vehicles as a taxidriver.

You know already a lot of IM knowledge compared to me and I bet I can learn a lot from you as a newbie!

Wish you a lot of success with achieving your goals! :)
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Joshua0853 Premium
Great to meet you as well.

In truth, when I consider how much more there is to learn through Wealthy Affiliate (tons of training resources), we are really not that far apart. We all have areas of expertise that are unique to each of us because we all have different experiences and backgrounds from which to draw. I have a feeling we'll be learning from each other. That's the beauty of the Wealthy Affiliate program.
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1Growing Premium
That's true about the different experiences. Wisely said! :)
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TravelHacker Premium
Wow, that's quite some action you've had in your time Joshua! Sounds interesting and exciting :-) I hope that WA is treating you well and from the looks of it, it seems that you took advantage of the great content and awesome, friendly, helpful community that WA has to offer.
On a side note, I actually just signed up for my first mystery shopping experience yesterday (just registered, no actual gig yet), but I'd love it if you would share any ideas, based on your experience, of where to sign up for a good program...
Wishing you all the best!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Sure thing, TravelHacker. Just so you know, job offers can come fairly quickly. I had a buddy sign up on a Tuesday and was doing his first shop on Thursday of that same week.

I do have a bunch of information to share on this topic ( too much to list here), so if you’ll provide me with an email address, I’ll send you some info in a Word document (or format of your choosing).

You can make fairly good money at this but there are some definite DOs and DON'Ts that you'll want to be aware of.

Joshua
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OldCodger Premium
G'day, Joshua - you must have been a very good EODT, otherwise you wouldn't be here at WA! You have an interesting background - and foreground - and a positive attitude, which is a huge plus. Something tells me you will do very well at whatever you turn your hand to! :) george
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you George.

I've been with WA long enough to have been exposed to many of your posts. They are always enlightening, relevant, and quite often, entertaining. Don't stop!
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msdj8163 Premium
Thank you for the follow. I wish you much success. Let me know if you need any assistance.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello MSDJ8163.

Thank you for your comment. Do not be surprised when I take you up on that offer to render assistance. Much success to you, as well.
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wtbee2013 Premium
Thank you for following me. Welcome to a great community, I am sure you see all the great people here and now I am follow you I can see you out there.
God bless
Kymee
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Kymee. I am learning every day just how great this community is. Everyone is so willing to help newbies like me and exhibits patience and kindness when doing so. Hope to see you around the community.
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DavidArturo Premium
Hey, many thanks for the follow!
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Joshua0853 Premium
No problem, David. This is one of the most exciting undertakings of my life and I am just thrilled about the quality of people I have met here at WA. Looking forward to seeing you out there.
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RodnayHitch Premium
Hi Joshua ,thanks for the follow and good luck !
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you Rodney. Looking forward to seeing you around the community. The best to you.
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Dan R. Crouch Premium
Hi, Joshua, Thanks for the follow. It looks like you are off to a good start. I will look forward to following you. If I can help let me know.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Dan. I'll be sure to ask WHEN--not IF--I need help. Appreciate the offer.
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jespinola Premium
Hey Joshua. My name is Jorge and welcome to WA. Do you have some questions? OK just let meus know
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hey Jorge. Thanks for that. I will probably have a question or two (probably much more) as I go along. I'll keep that in mind. Wish you the best.
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jespinola Premium
No problem Joshua. Just ask :)
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Joshua0853 Premium
I just posted my Wealthy Affiliate review and would appreciate some feedback. Thanks in advance for your help.

Joshua

http://successonlineawaitsyou.com/avoid-scams/my-wealthy-affiliate-review
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odecuas Premium
Hello Joshua, we've communicated before, i just wanted to take this time specifically to say thanks for the follow and also thank you for the help you have given me so far. You have been very helpful in helping me see a few things clearer so thanks again and Best of luck to you!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Ilina. So glad to have been of help. That's what makes this community so special to me. Everyone seems so willing to help others. It's unheard of.
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mikesdesk Premium
thanks Joshua for your advice, never realised I'd missed the about page, will get on to it.
Thanks again
Mike
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Joshua0853 Premium
No problem Mike. Love what you wrote.
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ericrk7 Premium
Hello Joshua, Welcome to our WA community, and thanks for the follow!

Eric
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Joshua0853 Premium
Eric, I am very happy to be here. I consider this to be an opportunity of a lifetime for me...going to give it my all! Hoping the best for you as well.
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Kjell Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow! I can see you are doing well here. Keep up the good work :) Wish you all te best.
Kjell
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hello Kjell. Thanks for following back. Wish you much success with your WA journey. Step by step!
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Jewelz Premium
One month and so smart already....I am feeling really, lost...should change by next video or post thou....love your comments!
~j
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hey Jewelz. Feeling a bit lost from time to time is part of the Wealthy Affiliate experience for most of us. I know it is for me. However, I look at that as a good thing. It means I'm not going to run out of stuff to learn--probably ever! Still trying to take things one step at a time.
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iamrobert Premium
Hi Joshua, Best wishes and thank-you for the follow back.
Robert
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Robert. Glad to make your acquaintance. I am just amazed by the breadth of people who make up this community. It's an awesome thing to behold! Wish you the best going forward.
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ViFinlay59 Premium
Hello Joshua. Thank you for the follow. I have enjoyed reading what you have written so far. Did you major in English in school? Anyhow, thanks for the follow once again, and look forward to seeing you around here at WA.Wish you much success.
Sincerely, Virginia.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Not exactly, although I must have learned something in my English Composition classes. I now work as an academic writing tutor for a local college here in Jacksonville Florida.

I am really excited about what I am learning at Wealthy Affiliate. Because of it, my future no longer seems bleak, and I can foresee a time when I might actually be able to enjoy life on a scale I could only imagine. That's the goal I'm striving for.

To your success!

Joshua
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ginovlntn Premium
Surely you will get there with a lot of patience do not rush yourself just go steps by steps.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Gino. Since I have joined the best online community on the web, it's bound to happen, as long as I continue to try.
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mc7791 Premium
thanks for follow
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Joshua0853 Premium
No problem, mc7791. Glad to meet you. Wishing you success on your endeavors.
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wendyk Premium
Hi Joshua! Thanks for following me.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Wendy. You are quite welcome. This is going to be an exciting time for all of us. We just have to stay focused and don't ever quit.

Thanks.

Joshua
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AnnieB Premium
Thank you for taking the time to follow me Joshua. I enjoyed "Your MIndset Matters". Kindest regards.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks, AnnieB. I look forward to seeing you around on the WA community. We are definitely in the right place to learn our new craft: earning an income online. It will just take some time, but success is virtually assured.
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acoolmil Premium
Thanks Joshua, wishing you all the best in your endeavours here at WA.
Con
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks, Acoolmil. I am looking forward to this adventure. I especially like the community at WA. It is one of a kind.

Joshua
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lauradews Premium
Hi Joshua, thanks for the follow, may we all succeed here at WA.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Laura. I think we all will succeed, if we just don't quit. The information, the tools, and the support are all here for us. See you around the community.

Joshua
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cm8719 Premium
Hi Joshua, Thanks for the follow and good luck!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks cm. Wish you the best.
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garthjen Premium
Hi Joshua. Thanks for following me. After the valuable advice you gave for my content on my website, I thought you must have been here at WA for some time. The dabbling you have done with internet marketing over a number of years, is obviously coming in handy right now.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hey Garth. No, I still consider myself a beginner. A lot of what I had learned before was pretty much useless, although some of the basic principles must have stuck. What I am learning here at WA is the real deal and I can absorb it at my own leisure.
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sethonline Premium
Hey Joshua, I appreciate you looking at my page. I actually redid this page for that same reason. I got a little side track with host gator and namecheap. I took the focus off WA. Here is my revise below... it is simpler I believe and does a better job of incorporating WA:

http://passiveincomefornewbies.com/build-a-website
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hey Seth. I agree...it looks a lot simpler. Lots of luck.
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Shields Premium
Thanks for the follow, Joshua. Have you considered working Mindset Works into a kindle book? It's workable in so many different areas that you could write more than one book with the basic outline. And Kindle, I understand, let's you link out to affiliates.
Just a thought.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Hi Shields,

Thanks. I suppose that is something to consider, although it will have to percolate on the back burner for now (I wonder how many even know what I just said?).
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Labman Premium
Hi and Welcome to WA. Thanks for following me back. If I can help with anything please ask
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks Labman. I sure will do that!
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Jenna7 Premium
Hi Joshua, and thanks for following me. :)
And welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!
Have an awesome day.
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Joshua0853 Premium
You are welcome Jenna7. I consider myself fortunate to have found WA. What an environment for learning! I've seen nothing else like it.
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Jenna7 Premium
Hi again.
I have seen nothing else like it either. At first I was wary of joining, I found out that WA is genuine, and I think that is so great.

I like the look for your website too-:)
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Michael Gay Premium
Joshua, I don't know if "Complete Guide to Money" is on the open market, it came with a video course that a friend of mine sent to me. I'll go back and check, if it is available in book stores I'll let you know. It is one of the most sensible approaches to money management I have ever seen. :)
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Michael Gay Premium
Hello my friend. So glad you gave me a follow allow me to respond in kind. It seems that you and I share some influences. I am currently reading Dave Ramsey's book Complete Guide to Money and I am finding it fascinating. Baby steps is indeed the approach I am taking here. Gotta crawl before you walk so I started crawling. lol Hope to stand up and walk before long. Welcome to WA, hope you find what you are looking for. I think I have. :)
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Joshua0853 Premium
That must be a new one. I've read two of his books ("Total Money Makeover" and "Financial Peace Revisited") and view him as the master when it comes to money matters. Following his money management principles will help with building my online business with WA.
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Kate007 Premium
Hi Joshua, You're way ahead of me since you've already dabbled online for a bit. Wishing you more success as you learn here at WA.
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Joshua0853 Premium
I wouldn't say "way" ahead. Turns out that much of what I learned in the past was useless. I've already learned more valuable information here at WA in just a few short weeks than I had ever learned before.
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jatdebeaune Premium
Welcome Joshua. You'll put the pieces together here. Thank you for the follow.
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whlwealthy Premium
Ok my friend stay focused do a little each day and you will be successful...
keep in touch we are here to help...
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rebeccas Premium
Hello Joshua! Thanks for following me; I am honored to be connected with you. I hope you don't mind if I follow you back.

I think you are right...Wealthy Affiliate is the vehicle that has gotten many people to the place where they are experiencing success with online marketing. Stick with the program and you will too.

Let me know how I can help.

Rebecca
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thank you.
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jwgman Premium
Hi Joshua, and thanks a lot for the follow! Best wishes for success here with WA!
Jim
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sidekick Premium
Thank you for following me Joshua. I wish you success in WA! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Marvin63 Premium
Thanks for the follow!
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whlwealthy Premium
Thank you for following ... follow the training do a little each day and you will see success. Keep in touch we are here to help.
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Joshua0853 Premium
Thanks. whlwealthy. It is the helpful attitude of people like you that makes this such a great, supportive community. I am fortunate to have found it.
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2yorkiemom Premium
Thanks for the follow. I like Dave Ramsey also. Are you a Christ-follower? Are you living debt-free?
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Joshua0853 Premium
Christ-follower? Yes!

Living debt-free? Still working on that one but making steady progress.
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2yorkiemom Premium
One step at a time. Our only debt is our mortgage!
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Joshua0853 Premium
Since becoming familiar with Dave Ramsey and his financial principles, I've often wondered how much better off this nation would be if he were in charge of all things fiscal!
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Welcome Joshua! Great Place to Learn and Do and Get Feedback and start the loop again. Looking forward to getting to know you. Sherry
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MikeyB Premium
Hello Joshua, welcome to WA and thanks for the follow, here to help ok
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CoachEd Premium
thanks for following--learn and earn-- one lesson at a time Just PM us for help!!!
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Good morning.
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Grippy Premium
Hi Joshua Welcome and thanks for the follow Frank
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grandsx4rr Premium
My name is Ruth, your story is almost like mine. Stay open minded, follow the step by step method and you will get there.
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bloveds Premium
thanks for the following. Just getting ready to read your PM> Welcome.
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Hudson Premium
Hi Joshua. Thanks for the follow and welcome to WA. If I can help you at any time, please just ask,
Regards
Hudson.
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kamali Premium
Thanks for the follow!
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Kyle Premium
Just thought I would check in and see how things are going with you! I hope all is well and you are enjoying yourself here within the community.

I hope you are enjoying the training and making some wonderful progress! Please do touch base with me if you ever need a hand with anything or are feeling stuck, I am here to help Joshua. :)
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