The 4 Attributes of Successful Affiliate Marketers.

Last Update: May 06, 2019

Over the years I have worked with well over a million people in this space here within Wealthy Affiliate. I have seen just about every walk of life imaginable from someone struggling with their current situation, to a business that needs help within the online world, to doctors and lawyers that simply don't love their careers and want an escape.

Regardless of the situation, there are several attributes that I can see in people that indicate to me whether they have a really good chance of success or failure. Instead of my focusing on the negative here, I would rather focus on the positive and what I see within those that I know will have success in their future.

There are FOUR "success" attributes in particular that I would like to discuss and focus on here.

Don't Focus on Revenue in the First Month

Those that create success and do so at a high rate have one thing that is apparent right from the get go. They are not as intrigued or fixated on making money in their first month, they are more intrigued by the business model and how they are going to make it work for them.

The opportunity online is infinite, but if you give yourself a fixed and finite amount of time to succeed, it likely will never happen. The majority of the people I see succeeding are willing to give themselves this adequate amount of time, and those that are failing are disproportionately those looking to succeed in their first month.

I have always found it strange that the same people that are "urgent" to create a business overnight are those that have spent 4-6 years in university and spent $100,000 to get a throwaway degree, and a "normal" job. What if these same people investing that time to creating an online business, which would have saved them $100,000, allowed them to work while they were building an income, and they would now be sitting on a 6-7 figure income.

That is the true reality and one that the main attributes of a successful person.

Realistic About The Fact They Are Creating a Businsess

There is a big difference between a business, and an opportunity. Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that provides you with all the tools and services you need to create and grow a business online (and do so within any niche). Those that succeed realize this and harness all the capabilities that WA offers.

They build websites. They leverage the training. They join in on the live classes. They ask for help when they need it, they help others when they can pitch in. They leverage SiteComments, they understand their SiteHealth and work to improve it. They ask for others to give them a website audit through the SiteFeedback platform. They utilize SiteSpeed to get incredible rankings in terms of speed (which boosts rankings drastically).

They also become research experts in their niche and leverage the Jaaxy research platform here at WA for their keyword, niche, market, and website research.

This is contrary to the approach of those that "fail" at a very high rate. They have the tendency to just look for a quick way to earn a buck. They will see the fact that they can earn $1 credit for referring someone, so they will try to make $1.

This is a business. You can create a business. If you don't treat your approach to this game like you are building a business, you certainly will never have one. Those that succeed at a very high rate take this "I am going to create a business" approach right out of the gate.

Willing to Give Themselves Adequate Time

I touched on this earlier with my reference in my first point, but those that are realistic about the time it takes to build an actual business are those that usually end up creating thriving ones.

So how long can you anticipate it will take? There is a simple answer. As much time as you need.

For some, you might need 8-12 months to create a business that is bringing in a really consistent income, for others this make take a few years. It "clicks" for everyone at a different time, so asking when you will achieve success is a question that nobody can answer other than YOU. Your hard work and dedication to your business is what will result in you creating a successful one.

Give yourself time...any amount of time to achieve a success in business, and that is what will happen. Give yourself a "cutoff date" where you need to earn $XYZ, then you are likely going to cut off the oxygen supply to your business prematurely.

Those that succeed at a high rate, always are prepared to give themselves adequate time to achieve success.

Treat Business, Like Every Other Achievement In Life

What is the last thing that you achieved that you were proud of? Think about this for a few seconds (or minutes if you need it).

Now, think about what you did to accomplish this achievement? Did you work hard at it? Did you face failures on your way to this achievement? Likely.

Creating a successful business is a collection of all sorts of things, failures, successes, ups and downs, a desire not to work, being motivated one minute, then lacking motivation the next...it goes on and on. This is normal, and this is the process to achieve anything you want in life.

Those that are successful realize that they aren't going to be the best, before they work to become the best at what they do. They also are not hard on themselves when they fail, they view this as a learning experience. When I started out playing basketball, I hit very few shots and I certainly could not hit a 3 pointer. With practice, and a lot of failure, and a lot of ups and downs, you get better to the point where you are above average.

The same goes for business. Treat it like everything else you have achieved in your life, and business will be your next achievement.


My goal here is not to predict your level of success or have you try to define your own success by what I have said. Rather, I want to give you a guideline approach based on what I have seen working with people every day over the past 14 years in this space (and from my 17 years of experiences).

There are "tell-tale" signs of success, and these are what I believe to be the FOUR most prominent ones.

I also want to open up the discussion to those that are either already succeeding online and how these fit into your personal attributes and behaviour, or if you are not achieving the success you desire yet, which one of these areas you are perhaps lacking in. I look forward to hearing from you (below). :)

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Stevo55 Premium
Just read this relevant and thought-provoking post for the second time. I think I lack in the "what to do next" quadrant. This thing is in my blood so as frustrating as it is, time has no meaning. It's as much a part of me as the rest of my life. I work at it in my spare time, I work at it when I can steal some time from something else. So eventually, I will succeed, no question about it!

Steve
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terrycarroll Premium
So inspirational as always, Kyle.
To be able to categorise the hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life; to concentrate on strengthening their weaknesses and developing their strengths is indeed a wondrous thing.
No-one should ever question why WA is so successful or doubt the integrity of you and Carson (and of course the support team).

Thanks as always

Terry
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EdwinBernard Premium
Kyle, this was very motivating. So happy that my attitude and actions in building my online business here at Wealthy Affiliate is validated by you. And this was before I joined ha!

Many of my posts echo what you stated here. Creating an asset that will generate regular income is a marathon, not a sprint. I’ve crossed paths with many successful members of Wealthy Affiliate who are shining examples of the philosophy you shared in this post. They are one of the many reasons that keeps me upbeat and active.

In building ones own business there are no excuses. The Mantra, “If it’s to be it’s up to me!” holds true to ones core.

Thank you Kyle for all you do and especially for inspiring us to do what it takes to succeed.

Cheers!

Edwin
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Great post. I might need to bookmark this and come back to it on a regular basis. I tend to get frustrated and want to already be there (wherever there is) and then tend to throw in the towel or drift off. I will need these reminders that it's a journey more than a destination. Thank you.
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Kyle Premium
Sure, bookmark it and read it whenever you need to regain your bearing on this stuff.

There are a few keys to success that are evident in all those that are really successful in affiliate marketing, or business in general.

Treating it like a destination is definitely one of these versus racing to some sort of success even (which I see all too often). If you give yourself and your business adequate time to incubate, it will certainly take shape. ;)
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Myrtlebeach Premium
Hey Kyle, I gotta tell you that every time I read one of your posts or blogs I get more motivated than before.

I started out super motivated and was trying to get as much training done, as well as reading what everyone else has to say. I was reading so many comments and getting off track following links to other lessons and experiences others have had, but I was thinking about how helpful all that extra reading/learning was for me, buy it turned out not being the best thing to do, for me.

I need to keep going with the training, at least to the point where I truly start to understand and Know, really Know what the niche is that I want to do. I started out my first, and only so far, website about something I am truly passionate about but should maybe have done some additional learning and training before doing my website so quickly.

I know you guys say to start on a website right away, as soon as you find your niche. I thought that has to be the right way to go, especially since everyone was saying it. For me it turns out, I should have thought about it more and co to yes with my learning. The reason I'm saying that is, I didn't check and see what type of affiliate programs there were for my niche or even if the product I was wanting to drive my website traffic to even existed.

I now have changed my thinking and am training in the Boot camp. The WA boot camp, since that is the most set up affiliate program around. The best pay out, probably and it's what I'm learning about. So I'm essence I wasted some time, but the time I wasted wasn't a real bad time because I was so out of focus being at the hospital with my wife and only really being able to focus on her and getting her well and home again etc.

Sorry, I tend to get long winded, even when writing. May e that'll come in handy on blogs etc...lol

Thanks again Kyle, your words always tend to get me driven. I want so much to get a business going and not just for the money, but for the Business itself. I want to make something I'm proud of and something I can get and give to my daughter and let her take the reins one day. She wants to get involved but we have so much on our plate with my wife and a baby, that one of us has to be with them round the clock.

Take care and thanks again,
Keith
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Anushia-9 Premium
Yes, it's easy to follow those links and head off on a tangent!

I think there's a lot of knowledge and first-hand experience to be gained from reading the comments etc. - but you have to learn to be selective.

I have a pesonal mental list of members whose posts I make a point of always reading. I then systematically work my way through their list of earlier posts, which I find to be time well spent.

Try to avoid just following links blindly and you will soon work out who is of most value to you.

Best Wishes,

Steve H
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Myrtlebeach Premium
Hi Steve,
Very true my friend. Thank you for that. I definitely have been trying to read only the ones I felt were pertinent to what I was doing or what level of training I was at, but they all sounded like they would be helpful to me. lol

I have decided on a few people that I will be following their comments and extra insight links, more than some others, but being so new I don't wanna Miss anything or anyone that's giving us help or add'l training. There's so much training in this site that I guess I better just stay on track with that first.

Thanks again Steve,
Keith
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Lindat3473 Premium
Enjoyed the article Makes me feel much better. I am OCD and older. I want to understand it all now and am realizing it is one step at a time. That this is a whole new world for me and a new language that I have to learn. Thank goodness for you guys.. My son is helping with some of the more complex computer stuff. I am definitely going to keep plugging along. Like Jay said it will all come together.
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Kyle Premium
I was once "green" to all of this Internet stuff, as with anything new you are going to be green to it when starting out. No different than riding a bike or learning how to talk, you once didn't have this knowledge but you acquired it by doing and by being taught by others that know how to do it.

The same goes with WA. You can learn this and we will teach you everything you need to know and offer you all the support you need.

Have a read of this post, it is going to be relevant. :) You are going to be just fine, it is not going to be long at all before you are very proficient with this Internet business stuff!
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JAngele Premium
I'm just going to keep on plugging a long. I have a sense of humor and I love to make people laugh. The other day the sun made me giddy after so much rain. So I went along, saw a beautiful rose bush and called out to a man walking to his car: "You may not know it, but a rose without thorns is not a rose at all.

Long story short; ...when I walked into a plumbing showroom there was a woman promoting some items.

Turns out she knew there is a place where roses DO grow without thorns. Guess where: Assisi, Italy. Bust be another of the miracles St. Francis performed just for the fun of it. Like he used to talk to the animals - just for the fun of it (?) !

So, why not work at a business until all the thorns are gone?

PS: who ever thought I could paint a 3 story mural in CA? Hard work? More fun in the challenge.
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Kyle Premium
Wow, impressive Jangele. :)
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Myrtlebeach Premium
Wow, nice little story there and Nice work on that Mural....
Keith
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nelinpetes Premium
"Now, think about what you did to accomplish this achievement? Did you work hard at it? Did you face failures on your way to this achievement?" YESS YESS YESSSS! My answer is yes.
Why not do it again for your business if it will definitely turn out an achievement?
Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. That's how you get closer to the answer. Thanks for such a wonderful write up.
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Actionstep1 Premium
Thanks Kyle, just lost this message do it again:) thanks for all this usefull info that is down to earth and realistic about what we need to do to build a business, to really make it happen. As I just started I can at the moment only align with the First: Following through with all the training and taking the time I need to do this. Also concentrating on the form of an online business instead of on what it might bring in terms of money; focusing on revenue. I find it all exciting and am seriously working on this. When I get further down road I might blog one time about the other 3.At the moment I just go step by step and that suits me perfectly.
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Bobby79 Premium
I dig it, man. I come from a family of small-business owners that just barely hung on,(half of them still are), and it always made me seriously question their processes. Like, what are they doing wrong, and how can I not do THAT when I finally start my own business?

My whole adult life, I've paid attention to those who have become successful already. I've watched their habits, demeanors, and listened to the things they've said. These topics you brought up are definitely among the majority consensus of what they all advise, along with learning not to beat yourself up when you "fail".

I've also noticed that among so many of the self-made success stories, another thing looks to be a common trend... they were all BROKE for a while. So many of these successful people gave a majority of their time to building something, while trying to manage to scrape together a space to live in. They took a chance, went the budget route for a while, and maximized their time usage to produce a solid income.

I've always said I wanted to BE successful, I know the insights, but in all the various routes I've explored, nothing has rang true as something I wanted to invest my time 100% into until now. I embraced minimalism with my fiancée, moved into an RV, and ditched the 60 hour/wk kitchen manager job. Our living expenses are cut in half, with a couple of side gigs between her and I, we can hold down the fort for a little while as our websites mature.

Seems success requires a certain amount of personal sacrifice, all the stories seem to agree on that.

Bobby
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AJTrimble1 Premium
What a great story, Bobby. I think giving up a "regular" job and going minimalist like that would scare most people. I found it inspiring. Well done, sir. Keep up the good work :-)
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Bobby79 Premium
Hey thanks man! Lemme tell ya AJ, it's terrifying to get started, to start ditching all your "stuff", it's almost physically painful. But once it's done, it's so RELAXING. Whole next level stress management, just get rid of all the stuff that holds you down.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
My wife and I have discussed doing this very thing once the kids are out of the house and it's just the two of us. I may hit you up for some pointers when the time comes... I'm all about relaxing :-)
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Actionstep1 Premium
@Bobby I admire you Bobby for making such sacrifices for a future business and wealth. You seem serious about this. Wishing you lots of success! Menka
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SRange1 Premium
Thank you, I love this post, Kyle! I have made "no income" online to date, but, my goal is to build a business through the foundation of WA.
I am happy to see that my goals are in line with your attributes...
I tend to get over whelmed online, sometimes, but, my thought is to use the same mindset I used to earn a Master's degree....plot my course using the structure provided...press forward trusting the process; as I strategically follow the process, the building blocks are creating the foundation to the life I want to see...financial and time Independence....
thank you...
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Oshini Premium
Hi Kyle

Thanks for this blog. Food for thought!

1.) I certainly wasn't expecting to make money from the word "GO!", meaning not for the first month or so. I was more interested in completing the training thoroughly, 100%.

2.) I'm ready to give my time to create my business properly.
All good things take time, commitment and patience. Nothing good is achieved overnight.

3.) I looking forward to giving and receiving help by learning more, joining live classes, etc. (the whole works) while giving life to my online business.
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BruceStephen Premium
Thanks Kyle for your insight. It is encouraging to hear that it will take hard work and time to be successful at building a business at WA.

This is normal for all businesses with very few exceptions.
Not knowing what you have just posted could make an impatient person feel like a loser as it takes a while for things to happen.

I am encouraged to know I am hardworking and patient and not a loser.

Regards Bruce
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Elizabeth110 Premium
Thanks, Kyle

I needed this today, I sometimes get myself into a complete state of overwhelm when learning gets difficult or I am not understand something my younger counterparts do more easily. I recognize this and the beauty of it now is that I have a whole community that I can ask for help.
Once again I am very grateful my search led me here!

:) Elizabeth
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MazieD Premium
I have been going through the training process and realized that I am stuck. I have decided to do some soul searching and one thing I discovered is that I have not been reading in totality but rather wanting to get through the training as quickly as possible.

I'm really happy I took the time out to read this blog because it has put a lot into perspective for me and I'm ready to move to the the next level.

Thank you.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Excellent observation. Slow and steady definitely wins the race here. It's too easy to rush through and miss something important only to run into a problem later on.
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Elizabeth110 Premium
Yep happened to me too, just got into a real state of overwhelm.
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MazieD Premium
Really a learning and have patience experience. Thanks for sharing.
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MiltonR1 Premium
I'm in process of selling my biz..while I'm building a retirement biz that I may enjoy. Here with WA.. I've built my previous website which seeing what WA offers I have say it was just writing and a few pictures, nothing like what I'm experiencing with WA. I do have those moments I have give myself a week to get back into it, but like I know all I went through in building my now biz I take the time to regroup. I know I'm capable we can our worst enemy putting much on ourselves. I've learned to time myself to where I Am most effective and destructive to my goals.
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Kyle Premium
That is wonderful to hear Milton, if you commit to your online business and build it knowing that you are going to be build something of substance moving forward, you are going to do exactly that. :)
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LTTurnerJr Premium
Great read, Kyle. All of these points were great, but I think the one that resonates with me the most is "Willing to Give Themselves Adequate Time". With "online opportunities" or "businesses", we have been conditioned we have to make money NOW. And yes, that can most certainly happen. If we are not making money NOW or within our first week, we think we have failed (well that seems to be consensus with most "online businesses" out there).

However, with this type of business - we are aiming for longevity and with that, we have to give it time. We want something that will last and something we can be proud of. I have said this a million times (well maybe not that much, but definitely a lot) that I really love WA. Because we simply can go at our own pace. We are not competing against anyone. The only person we are competing against is our self.

I also believe counting and documenting every "win" is essential to success. Sometimes you truly don't realize how much you have accomplished until you actually write it down. I recently did this at my 6 month mark and was pretty surprises at how much I have accomplished in 6 months. Looking forward to continued great things here. :)
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Agreed. I think tracking wins is extremely important for keeping things in perspective.

One of my favorite quotes is, "People tend to overestimate what they can accomplish in a day and underestimate what they can accomplish in a year."
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LTTurnerJr Premium
Wow, I REALLY LOVE that quote. Thanks so much for sharing.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
:-)
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PeteWeaver Premium
Hi Kyle,

I don't know how I would categorize myself but my mind is made up to make my business work.

I agree with you 100% + on everything that you've written. I would like to add though, that most people who do fail is because they don't have the mental attitude for success.

With that being said, those who've worked at a job all their lives has a harder time adapting to this new way of thinking.

Some don't understand self-motivation and they fail to take action compared to others who do motivate themselves to take action.

I could never get myself thinking positive because I've worked for someone else my entire life. My biggest problem is learning how to believe in myself.

It's more mental than anything.

To solve this problem, I spend a few hours a week listening to positive thinking Tapes and Cd's.

I also read aptitude books (for knowledge of my niche) and I read attitude books (for positive mental attitude)...anything to help me believe in myself that I can make a difference in my life.

It's the only way I can keep myself working on my online business.

I tell myself everyday that I will gain my sight back, and I will come back to Wealthy Affiliate and finish the training.

I don't have to be first to cross the finish line (for it's not a race), I just need to finish. Finishing this course will be my greatest achievement.

Wealthy Affiliate will be my success story!

Thanks for the post

Pete Weaver
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Jukemove Premium
Most of us are building around our lives and current situations. Life fights back and we just have to be consistent to show up and perform and hone our skills.
We live in a fast food culture we want it, and want it now. But we must remember everything takes time. Let's be patient with ourselves and our businesses and continue to build.
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Kyle Premium
Yes, that is a good way to put it. The fast food and drive thru culture, people want everything to happen fast, they put too much on their plates, and to be honest, there is a lot of waste in our day to day lives.

We spend more time on social than ever, we spend more time watching TV than ever, etc.

Dedicate some time and consistency to a business, and it will pay dividends for many years to come.
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christinebso Premium
Since the day I join Wealthy Affiliate, I have learned so much about online business and I really like it.

I know that this is a journey to success and I will keep going until I reach my goal. I know I will, sooner or later :)

Thank you Kyle, for your great advice.

You and Carson Have provided us such a great platform to learn and to build our business. Thank you!
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Kyle Premium
That is so wonderful to hear, and that is exactly why we created Wealthy Affiliate, but also why we are actively working to improve and advance the platform here at WA.

We can all have a bright future ahead of us if we are realistic about the journey to get there. Look at year in advance, realizing that there is a journey much longer than this that can lie ahead (and one that can be full of learning and growth).

I have been full time within the internet space for 17 years now and I wouldn't change it for the world.
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randallpaul Premium
Thanks Kyle for the inspiration! As a local small business owner for the past 20 plus years these are very good principles to live by. It has taken me a LONG time to have a comfortable lifestyle. My small business is just that, small, and after raising 4 kids, it is now that my wife and I are comfortable. What I am trying to say is that it just takes time. some industries longer or shorter then others but it certainly takes time to put things together properly and build a solid foundation to erect something legitimate.

This is why I am here slowly going through all the steps and trusting that time and age for my website will in due time pay off.

People here at WA need to realize as you say in the training that this is a REAL business and we need to be serious enough to work it like a business, day in day out, day after day. I see it happening if you keep at it. And I am glad to be here.

Thanks for the post.
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Jayday500 Premium
Kyle said it best, It's about the "Hard Work" and "Dedication". I remind myself that it's an marathon not a race. You have to put in the time in order to achieve success, as much as you need.

I going to quit my Job when my business makes double the amount i make at work. Don't quit...Take care of Business and it will take good care of you.

The Realistic Fact We Are Creating a Business
Thank you Kyle.

Jerald
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For me, I need to set goals and give it some kind of priority in my life or else it takes second-place to family/freelancing/household demands. I agree that focusing on the money is unhelpful, but setting mini-goals (30 mins writing time/video learning) is a way to measure progression and not give up!

Having said that, I would be asking myself serious questions if I had completed all the WA courses and still had nothing to show for it at the end of the say, 5 years.
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rwaite3613 Premium
I've been self-employed for years and there is definitely no overnight success story here. It takes a good foundation and a sincere desire to succeed to become successful.

This wonderful WA platform that you have developed over the years has the foundation and all the tools needed for anyone to succeed. Thank you, Kyle!

Randy
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HARALD1 Premium
How right you are Kyle. Many years of study wasted in time and money so that today we can only take advantage of 10% when much of what we have learned and spent on money. At my age I am meditating very deeply about your statement. I thank you very much for sharing this experience with all of us. Congratulations!
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Kyle Premium
Well I know that was the case when I graduated from college for Computer Science. I felt ill equipped and I was fortunate that I spent my college years working on my online business so I was able to go "full time" almost immediately out of college.
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joyjoi Premium
I will admit that I made the mistake of giving myself a certain amount of time to make that 5 figure dollar amount and did get frustrated when it didn't happen and gave up. The problem was that I believed the hype about getting that brass ring in no time flat but, I learned it really doesn't work that way in building a business. Now that I settled down, I learned that success comes during the journey. I didn't get my college degree overnight in fact, it took years for me to get it so now I approach the building of my business the same way. My biggest challenge is for me to stay disciplined in doing everyday to keep it growing. :-)
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Kyle Premium
You are not alone, we all set goals for ourselves. It is those that give a "cut off" date that usually cut themselves short, and those that are willing to work at something until they achieve their goals.

Every great invention, every great business, every amazing accomplishment took LONGER than expected to build, but that is the reality. We are naturally very bad at estimating how long it will take to achieve success, because we want it to happen as quick as possible.

Stay disciplined, work hard, and keep your eye on the prize. You will accomplish amazing things!
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phollett Premium
I am a lot longer then I expected, but I also know I have had a lot to learn with having no prior computer knowledge except emailing.

The other thing is I have to work on my focus in order to be more consistent and persistent. Basically I know I have to master me more.

At this point I also do not want to let all that I have learned go down the tubes, when I could also be closer to success then I realize. I know if I stick with it, it will happen.

I think it was Roope that said " it is really hard until it becomes really easy". I know with all the incredible help here it will get easy and I need to go check out my site speed.

Thanks for the reminders Kyle and I know I will be proud when I master SEO and my business is growing more.Heck I am already proud of what I have achieved.
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AlexEvans Premium
Some real food for thought Kyle, thank you, I definitely have both feet in the " it doesn't matter where we are or how long it takes " camp.

The thing that counts is where we are going and the why's and how's we are going to get there.

Oh, and it can pay to have some fun on the way, we can be too serious at times speaking for myself there, crossing each bridge as we get to them can work a treat.
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Oshini Premium
Hi Alex

I really like your attitude towards all this, and my thinking is exactly the same as yours.
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Kyle Premium
Small daily steps really start to add up when you look behind you. The problem is that to many, the small steps on a daily basis don't feel like big accomplishment. But collectively they add up to many "miles" in your business which are huge accomplishments.

Approach a business in small bite size, and attainable pieces. Accomplish amazing things as a result of these.
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TAM3 Premium
Kyle,

I really enjoyed reading (and thinking about for the rest of the day) your post.

You said to think about the last thing I accomplished that I am proud of, what I did to accomplish it and what failures did I face.

Ten years ago, when my marriage ended very badly, I felt a need to show my son and daughter, then teens, how life could turn out good even after something horrible had happened to us. I didn't want them to give up on me or themselves.

For the next 8 years, I worked a 40-hour/week job and took full-time college credits while raising my 2 amazing young people.

I am proud for completing a bachelor's and a master's degree. I have enjoyed more financial freedom because of my education. But I had to work very hard, go without sufficient sleep/rest, miss out on some of the RR I would have preferred, and often wondered (privately) if I would ever finish the journey.

As much as I enjoyed school, I got tired and anxious to be done.
I kept at it even though some days I wanted to throw in the towel. Each semester would end and I'd see the list of "courses to take" dwindle down, until one day I had no more classes to take. I was finished and saw first-hand that hard work, persistence, and patience DO pay off!

I expect to have the same attitude and approach I had for surviving those 8 long years in school for building my online business here on WA.

I appreciate the easy to follow instructions, examples, encouragement, willingness to help, friendly messages, expert support, etc. here on WA. SO glad I found you and clicked on Join!
:D
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herinnelson Premium
Hey, Kyle!

Well, my life is all about writing and web design. I have been self-employed now going on ten years. I write books, design websites and work here at WA with my blogs. For each thing I do, I take one step at a time, progressing slowly, but surely. I feel that to do well in anything, it takes time to set goals and stick to them, to finish each task you start, and then you will experience success "softly" and at the precise time. After all, everything "does" happen in its own time--and when you least expect it to!

Thanks for all you do!

Erin :)!
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Yasmin11 Premium
Hi Kyle,

I really resonate with this blog. It's always the best challenge to work towards something that can change your life overall. I can relate to there always being obstacles and to never give up.

I have no experience business wise. I have however lived and worked in Japan and really wanted to stay there and teach. Yet the company I was working for was closing after a few months and I was going to lose my apartment. I didn't give up on what I wanted and after my job came to an end, I was due to start my new job at the start of the next week.

The new company, experiences and lifestyle I had was so much better than what I previously had. For example, I was working a 5 day week rather than 6. One of the managers I worked with was also from the UK so she really could support me in such a different Country (which I love). I believe everything happens for a reason. It tests our determination and strength and then we get rewarded in the end.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Yasmin
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smartm2018 Premium
Hi! Kyle,

Great post! Yes, these four attributes, if followed, will give desired results.

You have given us the blueprint how to succeed here at WA. We have all the guide lines.

You have explained it well that each one of us will succeed at different times if we put in the effort.

Once again thanks. I will bookmark this also because I need to read it more often.

I wish you all the best

Smart
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Kyle,

Thank you for your great and informative blog post, I hear you big time.

I have been self-employed since 1983 and have had various small businesses over this period of time. Something that I do know is that every business takes time to develop, whether it is an online business or off-line business. The only real way to success is through hard work and being consistent.

My off-line business is extremely busy at the moment which is actually holding me back slightly from moving my online business forward. However, my off-line business is seasonal so it will quieten down in a couple of months which will free up more time for the online business.

I have had moderate success online, I had my first moneymaking website in 2007, long-term, I would like to be working full-time online.

Wishing you a great day Kyle.

Roy
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Intention Premium
Thanks Kyle.
Mastery By George Leonard comes to mind after reading your post. Its so true what you say. I have been guilty of looking for the quick fix but now I realise If you really want to be successful online and develop a really solid business you are going to have to work at it.
George Leonard in his opening chapter says"(quote)"The modern world ,in fact can be viewed as a prodigious conspiracy against mastery. We are continually bombarded with promises of immediate gratification, instant success and fast, temporary relief, all of which lead in exactly the wrong direction"
cheers
Marcus
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WLancaster Premium
Love it!
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APouliot Premium
I totally agree with you. First when I found your platform I was looking to make money online quickly without knowing how it really works. When I saw all the training and the opportunity I had in being here at WA, my vision changed completely.

For sure, everyone would like to make money in their first month. Maybe some do it but this is not the majority. With school and a part time job, it is hard to commit myself 100% on my WA business. When I will graduate, I will dedicate more time to WA so that I can accomplish my goals for success.

Now, with WA I have the feeling I can make it and I WANT to make it. The community here is unique and I can hardly believe all the help we can get to continue.

You made an awesome platform, thank you! Now it is our job to enjoy it and create benefits out of it! :D
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Stevo55 Premium
Wow, Kyle, good way to start the conversation. Have not focused on revenue until lately. I've had ups and downs where I went at it both barrels loaded and then when I let other things get in the way. Maybe not being realistic about creating a business, but also not working at it consistently. As well as not being focused sharply enough on the task at hand. Seriously, being wishy washy about honing in on the niche was my first mistake. WA gets in your blood so I will never quit. And I'm only human so it's filled with ups and downs, sideways sloshes but it's on my mind every waking moment and most of my dreams. And that could also be part of the problem, not getting totally away from it so my mind can see clearly now. Hmmm, they need a song about that. Not enough concentration on the task or project at hand, even though my life is immersed in the business. One good thing I've learned is how NOT to do it, I'm an expert at that! *belly laugh* Do you know what a Daily Method of Operation is? I don't have one.

Steve
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PPeveto Premium
Thank You!

Oh wow Yes I am in this beyond how long it takes. I was so thrilled when i found a Real System and Real Training. When I started to learn and Implement It was surreal!

You guys are so rare in this field it needs to be said everyday to expose those vultures looking for Desperados!

Thank you a million times for Wealthy Affiliate!!

When I am out talking about my business with others the Shining Gold quality name of Wealthy Affiliate flows out of my mouth! Why because it's all Integrity baby, and without sounding weird, I have a strong love for you guys, this group and the man I have become because of this group!

So from the bottom of my heart! THANK YOU!!!

Pete-coming up on almost a year here! :)
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NeilBrown Premium
I quite often feel anxiety because I feel like I am trying to bite off more than I can chew or have so much that I am trying to keep up with, so I know that I am trying to keep up with growing this business with the limited time I have, I don't expect to see money flying in any time soon but one thing I find that helps when I start questioning why I am doing this or if I believe in myself enough to make this work, is I open up my email and look at the noteworthy energy that others are putting into their business and compliment them and it always makes me feel better.
I really have to hand it to Kyle and Carson for starting up this wonderful community, hey, they never said they were going to make us rich and especially not overnight, but they give us the opportunity to do more with our lives financially than what we have at the present, if I get far with this is completely up to me, this gives me a chance to see what I'm made of.

Thanks!
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Debs66 Premium
Hi Kyle,

I knew instantly when I first met this platform it was for keeps. I have shocked myself how well I have done. Needless to say I have so many more challenges. There is so much more I need to do and Achieve.

The knowledge I have now. I have to nip myself to think Wow I actually achieved so much. Something I never thought I could ever do.

I am in this business for a life time achievement. Not just for an overnight success. This is something I want to do for my kids and who knows leave them something they can take over from or build on when I am gone.

This to me is all I ever wanted. I have everything I need right Now right here and for years to come.

If I never even earned a dime which I have. I would always be proud of the knowledge I have accumulated over the years being with Your platform.

This for me is a long term goal. I don't want to be the best but I want to be better. I am gaining that knowledge and expertise every single day I am on your amazing platform.

Thank you to both yourself and Carson and of course Jay that man is the best, :) He really is one super clever guy. I hate missing Live training. Its like I get withdrawal's lol.

Deb's :)
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mcknisu Premium
I am succeeding in my mind...as I have two posts that have been indexed on Google...and I am so happy that I am actually making progress! ....and all thanks to the WA training program and the WA Community. This so reminds me of when I took the plunge to take Microsoft training and I was told if I did the training I would never have to worry about a job ever again.. This is the same....and then some. I had to make a career change and this by far is the best one yet in my career. I am ever thankful and ever grateful for this opportunity!!!
Thank you so much Everyone!
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I realize I learnt something new here with Wealth affiliate team and actually I am know nothing about what to do .When I set my goals ,base on my current business and hope leverage with WA to achieve my goals.
Thanks for ideas to help us to do the right thing . Your success today is not over night , and others build up their business through failure and major problems in the past .
You are right Kyle .Donot focus on Revenue or how much we make in first month or first year .I learn people give up and quit so easy when they get in or try do something ,They arenot serious put time and effort and they expect get big ,huge results ...From 2005 you begin WA with Carlson ,you did not tell us how do you start ...Bill Gates , Warren Buffet had many steps to achieve their goals .Time and effort to help us results and with passion and desire to share something could chance people life .Believe I am believe your WA grow fast because your connect and support it s awesome .My business the same thing when we share with people our product ,we want people could protect their income in safe ways ,smart move,to create better for their finance family.And I wish you and Carlson know about that too .
To begin with WA it take my time to learn I am patience and appreciate everyone to help me ,I need a lot of supports and hopefully I hear a lot of good new form other members
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mcknisu Premium
Patience Grasshopper...we will all get to where we want to be!!
Cheers
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LuisT1 Premium
I lived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for 4 years. There was a great Italian restaurant at the time (La Dolce Vita). Its location was the envy of many business owners there (right on the boardwalk where you could admire spectacular sunsets while having a nice dinner and a glass of wine). I once asked the owner Giuseppe how he had managed to acquire such amazing real estate. Turns out this was Pepe's third time trying to open a restaurant. He had already struck out 2 times before. But he never stopped believing. His know-how certainly had something to do with it. But it was his tenacity and humility to learn from his mistakes that I admired most. Ultimately, it was these traits that got him that coveted spot on the boardwalk. You simply can't give up. If you know in your heart this is what you want to do, then nothing will stop you, no matter how long it takes. A good example of this happened to me last friday: after three failed attempts I finally got on Jay's Hot Seat session and got my site reviewed for the first time. That was awesome!
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mcknisu Premium
wow that is awesome!! Keep it going!
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Stevo55 Premium
I caught the broadcast!
Steve
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Dkirk1 Premium
Every point that you discussed was on track. Take whatever time you need to build your business right.We all have busy lives .Just as we have ups and downs in life we also will have the same learning the business.In time some things that seemed difficult at first get easier as you move forward. How fast you go isn't important.But what you accomplish in time will bring the results that we're looking for.Just take one day at a time and learn what you must do then simply do it. I'm very excited about the future. And this journey is a continuing learning process. I would tell anyone that's starting ask questions when necessary.Don't hesitate because you will run into problems at times. But help is always available if you get stuck or frustrated.
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rodsingleton Premium
I think you're spot on my man. Anything worth having is worth working for if truly desired. No matter how long it takes. It just so happens that those who stick with until they make it work regardless of how long, end up finding ways to work "smarter", rather than just harder. All of these attributes are on point! Especially the - "Willing to Give Themselves Adequate Time" attribute. It's on the money Kyle.
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Lexiegirl Premium
Great article Kyle and thank you for the straight talk.I just joined WA 2 weeks ago and I'm already stumped on how to create content.You see,I don't consider myself an authority or expert in anything.All I know is that I enjoy singing,so how do I build a business around that? Where do I come up with my ideas on what to write? I really want to give this a good go and I know there are a lot of great people here with wonderful support.I guess I just feel stumped right out of the gate.
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NnurseBecca Premium
Kyle, you have it right in many Regards. The kindest ones, and no I am not brown nosing because you bailed me out again. I think, in fact, you only need 1 thing that is a big huge giant heart (while holding your tongue at big huge 8 head forehead jokes).

Then again, you need many more things at the same time.

And the ability to put your self in someone else's shoes. Imagine walking a mile in them proverbially, then explain how the features of your company can benefit them. There is the value they find based upon the values of your business.

I think there are elements which you've mentioned within my success and the same ones to continually strive to improve.
My most recent source of pride is trifold.

One is getting prescriptions remotely delivered for my girl. Pills were left on the bus, and 2 needed refills that caught me unaware. Just transferring your child to a faraway school has some quirks to work.

Secondly, I arranged and got my tickets and accommodations for the next round of missions for immunoglobulins.

Third and last, but not least I was restored to authorship on this site. With your help! I appreciate all you do and thank you so much. I am sorry for any trouble I caused, this is serious business.

I think I am doing well at allowing adequate time and balancing it with an onslaught of other responsibilities. I am not in it for the money, and am realistic to say I worked my whole life for it. And will continue that process.
Trial and error is a good expedition, but even better is moving forth with a good plan.

That requires paying attention to how you are received and what you represent.

Money is not what first propels me, and that is why it took me so long. I take my sweet lovely time but the closer you pay attention, the more quickly you get paid.

I hope my notes find you well.
Thank you & kind regards,
Nurse Becca
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Just to be part of this amazing community I feel so very successful because I have learned and continue to learn things I never imagined I would!
Now you have just bolstered my confidence in the fact that 1 year from now I will have achieved better than now and so on with the years to come
Thanks, Kyle!
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rodsingleton Premium
Way to go Jane! :)
Great mindset.
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Thank you ☺️
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CJC67 Premium
This post really hits home with me. The job that I have now for over 25 years has taken its toll on me and I literally had to work my butt off to succeed in it. I'm a red seal Steamfitter by trade and even after all my years with my license in my field just 8 yrs ago I had to change jobs just to find out I didn't have my grade 12 math. In order for me to get my job I had to take a course in post secondary college math. I joined, went to school throughout the day, studied at night till 1 am every night, did 2 tests per day to finish in 3 weeks, pass my final examine and landed my job within a week thereafter.
This is where I am now, so how hard am I willing to work for my freedom for time in my life for my family?
Priceless.
Let's all help one another and use the platform and ask for help when we need it, and in due time we will succeed as long as we don't lose sight of our goals.
Love your article by the way Kyle! As always,
Thank you,
Christopher.
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BruceFleming Premium
Thank you Kyle! I really appreciate the honesty with which you approach business. Having been in an offline business for thirty years I understand the concept and fully agree with your four points.

Even with my experience I fall into the trap of wanting things to go fast and start earning right away. It caused me to get discouraged with myself.

Thanks again
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DaliborT Premium
Well, I am not a successful one (yet), but I did find myself in under all four of the attributes that you described. So I am hoping I'm on the right track!

Already seeing visitors on my site and that makes me happy, no matter how small progress it is, it is still progress!

I am confident in success. How long will it take? As you said, it doesn't matter, because I know it will come, just like I know the sun will rise after each night :)
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