If I Work at This 8 Hours Per Day.

Last Update: September 14, 2021

...will I be successful online and when?


If I work at this, how long will it take me to achieve success?

These are some very common questions I get, so I thought I would spend a few minutes explaining what the “process” of success looks like and some expectations you can have.

There are some really obvious things I have learned over the years in terms of those who will achieve success and those that don’t.

I think that if you are sitting in the boat wondering when success is going to strike or if you are just getting rolling and these are questions that have been possibly preventing you from moving forward, what I am going to tell you will be insightful and perhaps quite revealing.

Success is more patient than you…

The only time I see someone fail within the online world is when they quit...prematurely of their success. As we are building a business, sometimes we hit a crossroad or a difficult time when something doesn’t make sense, something “breaks”, or something simply is confusing the heck out of us.

The easiest way out is to quit. The more difficult way is to push on.

Guess which option MOST people choose? Quitting.

Guess who ends up reaping all of the rewards of a successful business? The Pushers.

So be patient, give success time and realize that it is not going to happen overnight.

Working for a MONTH really hard won’t lead to success, Working for a YEAR Will.

Keeping on this topic, most people have run into their fair share of GURU scams/offers claiming instant riches. Perhaps that is why some folks think that success within a month is a viability, when in fact it is not.

Success takes time.

Before you create a thriving business, you must first work on building a foundation for that success to build off of. I always say, you cannot build a skyscraper on a mud foundation. The same as you cannot build a very successful online business without a website, without quality content, without rankings, and without an understanding of how to do all of this properly.

It is at that point that you have a foundation, that you can start building out your website for success.

Success is not on a "clock", the determining factor is YOUR actions and YOUR hard work.

It happens at different rates for different people. Every niche is different, every website is different, and each and every one of us is different in our very own unique way. This is the cool part of business. We can all take a seemingly parallel path to creating a business, but very different at the same time and create a ridiculous amount of success.

I personally took 3+ months before I experienced any income online, by month 6 I was creating income with consistency, and by the year mark I was earning what would be deemed as a decent full time income.

Here I sit, 13 years later of being full time online...I am sure glad I didn’t put a clock or a time limit on my success. I simply said, I am going to achieve success...whatever it takes and I drew out my path to get there. Anyone can do what I am doing, that is what I find so crazy...but very few are willing to give themselves enough time to do it.

Treat business like a CAREER and it will become one.

I want to try a new venture! This is a new opportunity! Let’s give this Internet thingy a whirl. Those are the statements that scare the crap out of me.

The reason. People saying those are coming into this with the wrong idea.

This is the real world, this is business, and the online business world is no different than the offline business world in that (a) there is very little overhead to getting a business up and running (b) there is far more opportunity online than offline, 2.8 billion people in fact (c) there is no limit to your potential. You set your own goals.

The problem is that if you walk into the online world like it is some “opportunity” or some “venture” you are creating, it instantly tells me that you are going to take the “try until it dies” approach. Nobody has created a successful business without treating it like a long term BUSINESS.You are in business. For yourself. Treat it that way.

So when will the “S” word happen for you?

Only YOU can determine that. What I can tell is you is that it CAN and it will happen if you dedicate yourself, work hard, and remain persistent until/after you achieve your goals.

What I can tell you is that you have absolutely everything you need here at Wealthy Affiliate other than the YOU part.

Make today your day that you commit you your future, one that is not a month out or a few months out...but a year out and that will lead to several years within the online space.

Rooting for you and your inevitable success. ;)

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Jeffball54 Premium
I say if building a website and making money from it was easy then everyone would be doing it. Be glad it's a challenge for most and they don't want to do it. Just leaves more adventures for those of us that have drive and determination to make it happen!! Anyone with me!!
jaytech Premium
I'm with you, the more effort you put in the better the long term rewards :)
DocDoug Premium
Totally, but I think people jump in thinking its easy because the other "Gurus" tell them that. Im in the tshirt biz and literally every tshirt site tells people that they can open a shop with no design experience. Its this type of message that leads people astray. They may not need experience to write "I love my dog" on a shirt, but the minute they release that shirt into the market they are competing with every person who does have design experience. So its a bit of a set up for them.
Kyle Premium Plus
When something is easy, a necessity, or thoughtless, everyone does it. Like breathing.

When something makes people uncomfortable, usually as the result of having to learn something new or do something new, then you are going to have an order of restraint from folks and thus, many people don't.

We can all achieve success online. Not all of us will, and that is just how it works because many people will simply give up WAY too early.
mjam457 Premium
Very nicely done. I feel that I've finely come upon a site that is not a scam promising instant riches with little effort. I like the fact that people in the chat room, yourself, Nathaniel all say that this takes work, a lot of work; however if 'we' are willing to put forth the effort then we will reap the rewards! Time to go premium and get this ball rolling. Thanks for the patience extended to me while I looked deeper into WA to make my decision and I look forward to many years of interaction with all of you, both in guidance and inspiration!
Kyle Premium Plus
You have come across a site that is not only going to give you the most comprehensive set of tools, training and support to build a business online, you are going to get the "reality" in a world that tries to sell you on instant riches.

The fact of the matter is, if you are realistic about the process of building a business online, that is exactly what you will build. ;)

I look forward to working with you Mike!
Chirag7 Premium
The attitude and mindset you talk of in this article is why I feel so much confidence and strength joining this community. I've noticed its a common one around here. Looking forward to building towards my dream day in and day out. First $10k month in May 2019 here I come!
ContentBySue Premium
Thank you, Kyle, not only for this post but for the countless posts of encouragement and training.

I came to WA wanting, no, needing, some quick results. Instead I learned "slow and stead wins the race." I also quickly discovered the high level of camaraderie from other members eager to help in any way they can. Last, but definitely not least, I learned...that's it. I learned. The training here at WA is unparalleled.
Thank you!
Kyle Premium Plus
It is truly the case, slow and steady wins the race. If you ask ANYONE that is successful online or offline, they will tell you the same thing. It takes time and effort. This is a constant.

The problem is that some people that are simply trying to earn money off of others, have made up the fool's gold lie that instant success can happen and that it is easy...they tell you this to "sell" their product, nothing more.

There is a concise path to success online and that is exactly what we teach here at WA. ;)
LadybugLove Premium
Great encouragement Kyle, thank you for this reinforcement. In view of all the work I've put into my Facebook following for the last two years in preparation for this time, this seems fortuitous. But I know that it's oh soo much more than that! It is my new business coming of age.

In the pursuit of success, I've often said, "Inch by inch it's a cinch...yard by yard is very hard". Meaning that if you are looking at the thing as a whole, you can get so overwhelmed that you are frozen in inaction and disbelief. When you break it down in bite sized pieces, you can handle things and begin moving forward. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. But you have within your hands all the training and support you would every want.

The struggle is worth the effort. i may only inch along day by day, but one day I will look back and say, "WOW...Did I create that?"

My time has come and I'm not about to 'give up' now. I'm on the verge of something beautiful. Helping people within my niche is also a success.

Thank you again Kyle for this reinforcement and validation. I will be joining you in the success circle.

And may all the naysayers watch my puff of smoke as I take off.

Blessings to all the other entrepreneurs...who, like me...don't give up on their dreams to build here.

See you up there Kyle...I plan to be one of those who never give up.Gathering my courage for the journey.

~Evon :)