"Don't Judge Me!"

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I recently came across a post about how to “leave” a WealthyAffiliate Premium membership. In the comments to the post (there were about 16 at the time), almost everyone agreed that there were no good reasons to do so. Although my viewpoint on this may differ from most of the comments there, in the end, I must be true to myself.

There may be others who also hold this view; in all honesty,I did myself, at one time. However, I believe that is not a proper viewpoint to hold and offer my own story as proof:

After I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I quickly learned what a tremendous community it was, and I seriously could not understand or appreciate why anyone would ever quit.

I upgraded to Premium in short order and even went Yearly because I was serious about learning how to become an internet marketer and wanted to make a full-time income from my endeavors.

That was in 2015.

However, after only a few short months, I became hospitalized because of illness and began a long stretch of medical complications. I became disabled, lost my job, and had to leave WA.

My condition improved enough for me to come back in Decemberof 2016. Of course, I had to start all over again. But, I had a relapse just a few months later. This time, however, I decided to keep up my monthly fee tokeep my account intact. I spent the remainder of 2017 in and out of the hospital and unable to do much on my business.

But, by now, I could clearly see the benefit of WA and was finally able to get back into it in December of 2017. However, my decision to quit in 2015 was based on an inability to properly work the business, which everyone would agree, is a legitimate reason to quit.

Bottom line is this: There are legitimate reasons why someone might need to "pause" their WA activities or even quit altogether. I did not fully understand that until I was in a circumstance that caused me to quit...FOR A WHILE!

Our individual circumstance might be such that the thought of quitting may never be something we have to seriously consider. For others, it may not be that simple.

I suppose my REAL bottom line is this: Let’s not be so quick to assume we know another person’s circumstance or motive for a particular action. Quite often, we can only see what amounts to the tip of that person’s iceberg.

That is all!

I’m interested to know your thoughts on this. Agree? Disagree? I want to hear it all.

Continued success,


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Totally agree with you! Everyone has to follow their own path, and far be it for us to judge.
On another note, I often wish that this platform had a PAUSE button -- for people going away on business or vacation, or knowing that there are upcoming obligations where they will be out of touch for several days, without losing rank, etc. There are times when we just can't be on here, and some of those times are very valid. Just thinking out loud...!


You're absolutely right Joshua.

Unless we can walk in another's shoes we cannot ever hope to understand what they are going through.

It's great if WA is working for us and we should be grateful for that and if someone wants to leave because it's not working for them, we should be understanding.

For some people, the social aspect of the WA community is very challenging. Not everybody is comfortable 'talking' to other people, even if it is by messages.

Everyone is different and we can't compel everyone to enjoy the WA experience as much as we might. The best way to support such people is to help and encourage them while they're here but give them the freedom to leave if they need to.

Good points. I hate it when some think that life is just so great with a cafe latte in hand while someone else is taking a dump right out the back door next to the Starbucks dumpster. Reality is sh$#happens. People get sick, get fired, become homeless, f all into drugs, get scammed. We have to take care of ourselves fir st. Everything and everyone else can wait.

I agree with you Joshua. How ever this is where I disagree with you at. Explaining yourself and giving a reason to everyone as to why you stop or quit WA. Or just anything in life. If you want someone's opinion you can ask for it. But if it is some one just trying to be nosey. You do not have to explain yourself to anyone. Judging you has nothing to do with anything. If you felt that it was in your best interests to leave for whatever reason you did right by yourself...I have. A t shirt that says this brother. If I want your opinion, ill ask for it. Not to be rude or mean.. but just to put the thought out there. I am my own woman. I pay my own bills to be my own boss. Take care and be blessed....

Ms. Kida

Hey Josh,

I'm glad you are back at WA. I agree man. Everyone's circumstances are different and one really need to be careful not to judge another's position. I am wondering though if the rational for starting all over again is because there are so many changes on the internet platform due to its explosive nature and developments in the affiliate world. I suppose WA want to make sure the trainings they provide are up to date. However, having said that, you can jump in wherever you want really with it, or not? They should however honour any sales that you have made of WA I think.

Hope you continue to recover mate and thanks for your honest post.


Everyone has their own particular circumstances and no one has the right to judge anyone in any way. We may offer an opinion if asked but to judge should never be an option. None of us know how we will react in any circumstance until it actually happens. We may think we would react in a certain way but we don’t really know.
However I’m pleased you are in better health and back in WA.
I wish you every success.
With Grace and Gratitude

Yes I agree, great opportunities come once and a great while, but as great as the opportunity maybe, it just might not fit into your life schedule, meaning doesnt fit with what you got going on with yourself in your life at the time. We should never judge other people. What goes around comes around.

Wish you the best in whatever you decide to do.

Hi Joshua. My philosophy of life is to try not to judge anything in a negative way. Now I'm not saying I can always do this, especially when my daughter is having a screaming fit, but at least it is something I aspire to.
I totally agree that we cannot know another person's circumstances - most of the time, we have trouble understanding our own so to judge someone else's decision, based on our own perspective is a little self-centred at best.
There are also many situations in which people have seemingly withdrawn from a situation, person or circumstance only to regroup and come back fighting. That's what is so good about WA. You can do that easily and pick up where you left off - how amazing is that?
All the best with your journey this time around and thanks for your insights. Gail


Yes I agree there are legitimate reasons to want to quit WA and it is not up to us to judge. I myself been here since May 2015 and have never quit my business because I know I would never return. We each are here for a reason and only us know if WA is worth it enough. I hope we all succeed here!


Joshua, I so agree with you. Hey, circumstances due to illness happen to the best of us. I certainly would do the same. What good is WA if you are sick, etc. Your health is front and center in your life.

Everything takes a back seat!

Take care and wish you all the best my friend!


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