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I cannot believe that I'm sat here today writing a post to celebrate being a WA member for a DECADE! I even have a badge to prove it :-)

To avoid any confusion, you might notice that my profile above states that I’ve been a member since May 2012:

But I actually have 2 profiles here at WA. Here’s my original (and still active) one from when I joined back in November 2006:

I set up this extra profile in 2012 to connect better with anyone who visited my Work From Home Watchdog website.

Although I have 2 WA accounts, this one is my most active profile. I figured it would be best to post this here.

Here’s the link to my original profile if you'd like to take a look:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/waff

Okeedokie…I hope that hasn’t confused you too much!


So, 10 years is a LONG time to be a Wealthy Affiliate member. I’m very proud of that fact!

Today I want to take some time to give you an idea of how this amazing community has transformed life for me and my family.

Let me take a step back in time.

Back in 2006, I was in a difficult situation.


I worked on the production line at a local factory making furniture. It wasn’t the worst job in the world, but It definitely wasn't the greatest.

I was stuck in the loop of working every hour possible yet still unable to earn enough to provide for my family.

It was a consequence of my education. I underachieved at school and couldn’t get a well-paid job.

At 36 years old, I was getting close to the point of fully locking in as a 9-5 slave for the rest of my working days. This was a situation that I had to change…for the good of my family.

And so I turned to the Internet…

I made some money, but nowhere near the amounts that the Guru’s were saying was possible.

I was spending ALL my spare time trying to crack the online world. I also had a serious case of ‘S.O.S’ (shiny object syndrome) and was spending more money than I was making. It became a major problem.

Then, somehow, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate.

I can still remember the day I joined. My wife made me promise her that if it didn't work, it would be the last time I spend any money chasing my online dream.

I gave her my word and so my WA journey began.

Looking back over the last decade here at WA, I can think of so many amazing things that have happened.

Here’s a selection of what I consider to be the most memorable events:

Due to my lack of potential in the offline world, I was 100% focused on trying to quit my job when I joined WA.

In a strange way, the fact that I was earning a low wage in my 9-5 job at the time actually made it seem more possible.

But I still had to put in a LOT of effort to make it happen.

I made a conscious decision to forget all about all of the shady ways to make money online. It was time to focus 100% on the WA process.

It took time, considerable effort and determination. But it HAPPENED!

Looking back, this achievement came down to just 2 things:

  1. Putting my faith in the WA training.
  2. Taking action on what I had learned.

I guess the keyword here is…”commitment”.

COMMIT to completing the training and COMMIT to actually doing what you learn. Then things start to happen.

And they surely did!

If you'd like to know how setting small goals one step at a time helped me to achieve this, I recently did a brain dump on the topic right here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/marcus-wfhw/blog/y...

I have to admit...this was not a priority on my list of things that I set out to achieve.


I was more focused on trying to be there for my wife and sharing the parental workload.

Yet when I did quit my job, my relationship with my wife and children was completely transformed.

Suddenly, trying to find “quality time” was not a problem.

I got to be a ‘hands-on-stay-at-home’ Dad. It has since become one of the most rewarding and unexpectedly positive consequences of my 10 years here at WA!

Not only did our children benefit, my wife did too.

Her workload around the home decreased. This gave her time to plan and achieve her own personal career goals.

It was a Win/Win/Win situation!

The 9-5 lifestyle didn’t suit me AT ALL.


Or put a better way…the type of job that I was doing created a VERY unhealthy lifestyle for me.

(Another consequence of flopping in school)

Carrying too much stress. Not getting enough sleep. Over-indulging as a way of coping. These were all negative consequences of MY 9-5 setup.

When I quit my job I soon realized I was in a position to start making better life choices.

So I decided to join a gym and bust my gut!

For the first time in years I started to feel great. The stress reduced, I was sleeping better and eating healthier.

Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is not easy for any of us. When I worked in the factory it was impossible to address my lifestyle because it was a consequence of my situation.

WA helped me to change all that :-)


FLYING!

True story.

Back in August 1999, I stood in Gatwick Airport and announced to my wife that I would never get on a plane again. We’d just returned from our sunny honeymoon in Greece.

The reality was, I’d just spent the entire 3 hour flight clinging to my wife like a petrified toddler. Yes, I did return from our honeymoon with white bits…my knuckles!

Me and flying did not get on AT ALL.

Then some years later…WA forced me to face my biggest fear head on!

It all came about a bit by accident…

During my early WA years I made some good progress and started eating away at my financial goals. It gave me the confidence to try something new, so I decided to try my hand at promoting WA.

After a lot of sweat and effort, It worked! I had qualified for an invite from Kyle & Carson to attend the WA Super Affiliate Conference. In Las Vegas…an 11 hour flight away!

This situation was about to shape my future.

I was back in the departure lounge at Gatwick Airport. I was trembling with fear and faced a ‘go left’ or ‘go right’ situation.

(Go left = return home, go right = head to Vegas)

BUT I GOT ON THAT DAMN PLANE!

It might sound a bit strange, but this became one of the most important decisions I have ever made.

Firstly: It forced me to lock horns with my biggest phobia.

Secondly: Attending the Super Affiliate Conference increased my online earnings. It also gave me a wealth of ideas that have gone on to greatly increase the growth of my online business.

I’ve been to the WA Conference a few times since. I’ve also flown to various other locations around the world. My fear of flying no longer exists!

WA empowered me to step on that plane, enrich my life and create a successful future for me and my family :-)

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the WA Conference in 2015 due to family commitments. But if you’d like to know how amazing it is to meet up with Kyle & Carson in Vegas, you can read my post on the 2014 WA Conference right here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/marcus-wfhw/blog/the-2014-wa-conference-in-las-vegas-an-experience-i-will-never-forget


With 10 years worth of my history floating around the community, there's not much more to reveal about me!

But as it's my 10 year anniversary...I'll share a few more secrets :-)

I left school in 1986 and back then computer studies were not on the curriculum. In my final year of school, they introduced this weird looking machine with a small TV attached. It was a ‘BBC Computer’

It was all too complicated for me. I left it for the geeks to decipher and hoped I would one day be able to make more sense of it!

Then in 2005, while I was working in the factory, I realized that computers had a big part to play in the future. So I attended night school 4 nights a week to get myself educated.

I learned the basics of Microsoft Windows and various software programs. I also earned my European Computer Driving License (ECDL).

Armed with my new skills, I purchased my first Windows-based PC and then some months later I joined WA. The rest is history!

Since I started working full time online, I’ve realized that I’m a ‘hit or miss’ kind of guy lol.

My ideas tend to either be ‘out of the park’ ideas or ‘out first ball’ ideas!

I'm working on a more consistent win ratio :-)

You see, I’ve learned that the fails are actually POSITIVE experiences waiting to happen!

Sure they hurt at the time. But when you pick yourself up, learn from the experience and in some way re-purpose your idea(s)…you always seem to create a more positive outcome.

It really is ok to fail.

I've learned to never take failures within your online business personally. You cannot get it right every time.

Failing is actually an integral part of running an online business. No marketer ever became successful without failing at least once.

Do not be frightened to fail.

I want to be honest with you...

It’s tough to run an online business when you have to deal with everything else that's happening in your life.

This is especially true when you first start out. You feel like you need to spread yourself equally between your offline and online life. It's a tough balancing act.

And there’s the stuff that comes along without any warning.

Over the last 10 years there have been MANY times when “life” has had to come before my online business.

Between 2014 and 2015 I took almost 6 months out to provide full time care for my parents. I’ve since had to move them into a nursing home less than half a mile from my home. I get to see them every day.

My wife and I have also provided care and home tutoring for our daughter since 2009. She has a rare form of autism and was unable to cope with mainstream schooling.

I absolutely know for sure that I am not alone in having to deal with the difficult stuff in life.

And I also know that many people here at WA have much bigger problems to deal with.

I guess what I'm trying to put across is...if you build your online business the right way (the WA way), I've discovered it can be quite forgiving if you need to take some time out.

Yes, initially it can take a little bit of time to get things set up. And you have to make a few sacrifices along the way.

But once you get those solid foundations in place, your online business will take some knocking down!

I often wonder how I would have been able to deal with those unexpected life events if I still worked in the factory?

The truth is...it would have been impossible.

That's another reason why I am so thankful for my online career.


A success post without even mentioning money? Impossible! lol


I want to mention a very significant amount of money...$3600.

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It's important because that's how much my 10 year WA journey and all those life-changing experiences have cost me!

And I haven't paid that amount in one go like those Guru's demand with their high ticket offers...

My $3600 has been paid on a pay-as-you-go basis over 10 years!

I appreciate that I might well be the only person who can see the true value of what I have spent.

But it is a true reflection of what is realistically possible here at WA.

And it kind of puts this whole making money online industry into perspective :)

Note: $3600 = 10 years x $29.99 per month (I'm locked in at my original joining fee). If you're playing $47 or $49 per month, you can get the same deal with the yearly membership ($357) or even cheaper with the Black Friday deal ($299)

First of all, I want to thank you for reading about my 10 years at WA. I've really enjoyed putting this post together!

I appreciate that it might be difficult for you to relate to my story, especially if you are just starting out or you're in the early stages of building your online business at WA.

If that is the case, I want you to remember and/or be inspired by these important facts about my time here:

  • I was never cut out to be a marketer (I was destined to be a minimum wage worker).
  • I had a BIG dream (to quit my job and be there for my family).
  • I focused solely on what WA teaches.
  • I took things one step at a time.
  • My success did not happen overnight. It required consistent effort to get there.
  • Once it started working, there was no looking (or turning) back.
  • I am just a normal guy with no more ability than you. I just TOOK ACTION!

That just about rounds up my 10 years at WA post! I wish you EVERY success on your own WA journey :-)

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LeeMcQuay Premium
What an inspirational post.
You have said so many things that hit close to home for me as well.

Except I had an awesome job and loved it.
I dropped out of school in 1986 at the age of 16 and became a mother. Just to let you know where it started out for me. I won't bore you with all the rest : )

My point is, I have the ambition to do this, I lack the skill and know how.
Don't get me wrong, I have learned a lot in my short time here.

I would like to know, how long did you take you to fully understand what you were being taught here, and to be able to put that training to good use?

Any tips for a slow learner?
Best Of Luck In All You Do
Lee Ann
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Really pleased to hear you enjoyed it, Lee :)

It's so good that you can relate and I think that you also have some "unfinished business" due to things that have happened in your life.

When I first joined WA it took me a few months to really get to grips with everything. But it is a life skill that you never forget, and that's such a valuable thing to have at your disposal.

Don't worry about being slow. In the past I have rushed through things (thinking I already understood them), only to have to go back over them again at a later date.

Slow and steady wins the race because like I said, when you do get it...you have a very powerful skill within your hands :)

Wishing you every success at WA, Lee!

Marcus
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nevrob Premium
Marcus ! I love your story and i am inspired by it.Right now i am struggling a lot ,because like your computers were unheard of in my days,50sand 60s.Now at my age i am not giving up one bit.I am also a believer in the idea that this business will only fail when you give up. Thanks again!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Neville!

Yes, it's definitely a challenge for anyone who didn't learn about computers in school! You have a great attitude and you are absolutely right to say that failure only happens if you give up.

I wish you every success on your journey!
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nevrob Premium
Thanks for your message .I am greatly encouraged by it.
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eosegueraf Premium
Hello there Marcus:
It take guts to talk about one's own failures -congratulations for your honesty. As a new WA affiliate I also appreciate your wise advice.
As for myself, late last night I completed Course 1 and I'm now starting level 2. Also last night I published a blog at: http://organicagriculturecommodities.siterubix.com/
I'm very glad I found someone as brave and honest as you are.
Greetings from México, for sure I'll keep in touch.
Eugenio.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you for the kind words, Eugenio!

I'm really pleased you enjoyed my post and congratulations on taking huge steps forward with your own online business.

Wishing you every success!
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eosegueraf Premium
Hi Marcus:
Now I own my first website ever!
https://suppliesfororganicagriculture.com/
Thank you for your cheering words.
Eugenio.
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Mikepawlik Premium
Hey Marcus,

Fantastic article! And congratu-friggin-lations on making it to your goal and beyond!

This is a truly inspiration story and one which people can and will draw on for years to come.

See, I never rush my goals because one way or another, I am getting them - and this article just demonstrates that all it takes is effort and consistency. You can and will realise your goals!

So thank you for taking the time to write up this fantastic article Marcus.

Regards,
Michael
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BrunoMA Premium
What do you have to say about this?

6 months badge with nothing to show for it!
April 03, 2017
I never knew it would be this difficult. Working day and night to earn even a dollar in WA affiliate has proven to be too difficult. Having invested my first 49 dollars for the first monthly subscription in October, approximately 300 dollars yearly subscription in November @ black Friday sale offers and six months time investment, I can sincerely say, this thing do not work and if it works, then for a very select and luck guys.
Paying for bills is hard if you are working without returns. Let us not lie to each other
If you joined wealthy affiliate in September or October like me and have something to show, I need to hear your testimony
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StevenWood Premium
I have been told by many people here that your website needs to mature to gain google trust and that it can often take a year to see any results and even before joining some of the reviews that I watched or read stated that new people who are learning to do this for the first time should be happy to invest a year in this maybe even without making a single dollar.

My biggest suggestion to you in terms of improving is that when you check the stats for your site, any that are below 100% or particularly low.

Site trust
Publishing frequency
Visitor engagement (comments)
Plugins
Google ranked
Content quality and variety
Your engagement
Website feedback

Do you offer comments through the site feedback platform at WA, this allows you to get feedback on your site, use these comments to improve your site.

Doing the above is a part of the training that helps you decide what you are doing right and wrong and allows you to get better.

If necessary, go back through the training one step at a time and when you see something that you didn't do fully, change it.

If you've paid for a full year then there is no reason to give up yet, keep trying, either way, you are learning skills that are relevant in the current times. so keep going.

Can you leave a link to your website please so I can at least have a look, I am about to go on a night shift so I won't get to look at it for a while.

I have made no money by the way, but I fully believe in the process and the steps that I am completing make sense to me.

Last of all, are you setting aside a little time every day to interact with others, working online can be isolating and feel lonely, interacting with others can be a benefit through these times.

Read the success post here and some blogs to get ideas of exactly what is working for others.

Good luck, do not get disheartened, keep improving what you do.

Steven : )
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hi Muriki,

Steven has offered some excellent advice below and encourage you to have a read of what he said.

In my experience, a lack of progress here at WA is often down to following the process as it is laid out within the training.

My suggestion would be to use the numerous support outlets within the WA community to ask for help with anything that you are stuck with, or to ask for advice on your progress. As Steven mentioned, providing your website address will definitely help.

As I have done here, I suggest putting a post about your progress on your own WA blog as this will give you the best chance of getting specific help with your online business.

The WA community is full of people willing to help you, Muriki. You just have to reach out :-)

All the best,

Marcus
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StevenWood Premium
Can I just say that as a UK guy who works long hours in a factory, who under-achieved in school who lives on a council estate with a beautiful family who has spent more and more money (that I really didn't have) on "Biz Ops" whilst dreaming of a better life that exists out there...

That a new bar has been set!

I am sure that a man who writes with such feeling and so free of ego has no desire to be the "benchmark" but I hope you will indulge and let me print off this post and stick it up near my computer.

I am so very happy for you and yours, your life transformation sounds spectacular even though it sounds like success crept upon you a little at a time,

I do not wish to make you feel like a "guru" wow, how that word has been skewed in the internet age, right?

I just mean to say that your story has inspired me and shown just what I had always known, there is a better life out there for those who really want to grab it and shape it...

...And nice guys needn't always finish last!

Congratulations, I wish all the very best to you and yours, thank you for the snapshot of what happens when you follow through on life :D
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hi Steven,

Thanks SO MUCH for the very kind words, my friend!

You and I have almost identical backgrounds, and I'm really pleased that you were able to connect so well with my story.

You are right...I absolutely have no desire to be some standout individual or guru guy (lol). But at the same time I know there are many people here who are starting from ground zero like I did, and if I can inspire them to believe in themselves and create a better life...nothing makes me happier :-)

I'm honoured that you want to print my story off, Steven, and I truly hope it gives you a new level of confidence and allows you to realign your own destiny.

As I've been saying here for years and years now...all the tools you need a right here at WA. When you get that belief in yourself and take action...you take full control of your ship ;-)

Thanks again for the amazing feedback, Steven. You've totally made my day!

I wish you every success at WA!
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StevenWood Premium
If I have made YOUR day that's amazing, thank you!

The confession I did not mention is that your ten-year post popped up at a time when some frustrating ongoing techie issues *almost* saw me repeating a familiar pattern of downing tools and heading off in search the next shiny thing...

Life is a bit spooky like that, isn't it?

Success is AWESOME, but to inspire, that is a whole new level of satisfaction, and you DID.

So thanks again, enjoy smashing your ever expanding list of bigger and better goals :D
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SimoninAsia Premium
Wow Marcus, I never realised you had such an incredible story - this speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. Kudos to you really!

I'm left feeling inspired and I can relate to some of the things you said. It's not what life throws at you but what you do with that makes all the difference.

All the best to you!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you so much, Simon!

I'm pleased to hear that you feel inspired and hope that it helps to put everything into perspective with your own online journey :-)

All the best
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BigEvent Premium
Hi Marcus, thank you so much for sharing your success story, I sincerely needed to read this! I have so far to go with this training; but I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing community here at WA! Funny thing is, I had stumbled upon this information around 10 years ago and I took note of WA's website and tucked it away for later; I'm so glad I did. Marcus you have given me hope and inspiration - I just want to congratulate you on your success.
Cheers, David.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hey David,

You are very welcome and thank you for the kind words!

So glad to hear that you made your way to WA and you are benefiting from being a part of the community.

It takes time but stick with it and take action on WA teaches you.

I look forward to reading about your own successes in the future, David :-)
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GLCarr Premium
Wow, one of the best WA success stories I've read to date. Thanks so much for sharing. Your story is inspiring, capped by the family pic was almost tear-jerking.

Marcus, thanks again for sharing your story - it truly helps inspire the ones just starting out. I've bookmarked this and will most likely read it often.

Regards
Gary
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you so much, Gary!

I hope it helps to put your own WA journey into perspective and gives you a boost as you build your own online business.

Wishing you every success, Gary!
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GLCarr Premium
Know the potential of what is possible is very encouraging - especially as I'm just starting out. Thank You

Gary
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NRosales Premium
Thank you, Marcus, this is an amazing story. I thought I am on the wrong page and the first time I have read an experience of a decade member, what an inspiration for us especially me who is less than a year here in Wealthy Affiliate. How I wish to be in the middle of Carson and Kyle.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
You are welcome, Nerses!

I hope it helps to inspire you to create great success here at WA :-)

All the best
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Wow. What an incredible post Marcus. I must say you're an inspiration to many. May I add persistence, a burning desire, a never say die attitude and to rehash your post - 'commitment' to your success.

I wish you and your family a successful and abundant future for the next 10 years.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Ryan :-)

You are absolutely correct to mention persistence and desire. They are so important.

All the best to you on your WA journey, Ryan!
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Defiant6 Premium
Amazing! This is the best kind of stuff to read here at WA because you've been here for so long and have gone through many trials and tribulations and have had nothing but determination to succeed. You have succeeded and continue to succeed and show the rest of us what determination and hard work will lead to. Thank you for posting this!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
So pleased to hear you enjoyed my post, Brian!

I hope it inspires you to greatness with your own online business :-)

All the best
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TJ Books Premium
You were my main stay before you stopped working for WA years ago. You helped me more than any other member. I was sad to see you leave to take care of your needs at that time. I have another 1-1/2 years to make ten but I'm on a short string and may not make it. lol John
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Marcus WFHW Premium
John!

It's great to catch up with you and I hope everything is going well your end!

I wish you all the best and look forward to reading your own 10 year post within the next couple of years :-)

All the best
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TaraEJH Premium
Hi Marcus
I have just heard about you through WA member Cristo49. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible story and providing new inspiration. We are the same age and that somehow gives me more hope also! And can I just say that from looking at your original and more recent profile picture, you look 10 years younger now than you did when you started out 10 years ago!
Congratulations to you and your family
Tara
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you so much for your kind words, Tara!

I'm really pleased that my post has inspired you to go and achieve greater things.

I wish you a long, successful and happy online career :-)

All the best
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Snoetjies Premium
Good morning Marcus, first of all CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
To be on the multi-web for 10 years and you survive and make a BIG SUCCESS of it - is fantastic! It is a good inspiration for the rest of us - newbies...:) It give us hope that we also will end up where you are now. Good for you my friend, and for the next ten years - my wishes for you are bigger success and a higher steadier income as what you earn now. Good Luck!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Good morning, Yulandi, and thank you so much for the kind words!

I hope my post helps to inspire you to great things here at WA :-)

All the best
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AlyssaBaron Premium
Thank you Marcus for reminding me that making money online is a long term commitment. Someone once said that we overestimate what we can do in a year, and underestimate what we can do in 5 years. Your experience is the perfect demonstration of that. Its nice to hear about the intrinsic rewards of sticking with it - time with family, improved health, personal growth. Love your post. Thanks for sharing it! Congratulations!

v/r
Alyssa
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Alyssa. That's very nice of you to say so!

I'm really pleased to hear that my post has inspired you, and I wish you every success for the future :-)

All the best
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dominic16 Premium
Wow! It's a lengthy story, but overall I've seen your transformation not just in finances but also in life in general. You overcome fear of flying, family problems, as well as your health problems. For that, I salute you sir and you're such a big inspiration for me.

Still in three and a half months with no commissions, I also have my share of struggles during the entire time I'm here in WA. Often, I feel challenged at times but I never looked at it in the sense that I should give up. Instead, I chose to strive more and witnessed success stories of people here in WA.

Again, thank you Marcus for sharing this wonderful post. I hope you gain more success in life because you deserve it!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Dominic. I really appreciate your comments :-)

Glad to hear that you keep on driving forward, no matter what. Keep it up my friend...you will get there!

All the best
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speedking Premium
Marcus...........you have no idea how much I appreciate this fantastic and well-written posting of yours! I can so relate to what you are saying as well as what you went through during the last ten years. Well done to you and to your lovely family for achieving and making your dreams come true. Here's wishing you all the very best for your future online ventures. Take care, Johan.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Johan, for the very kind words!

I hope my post helps to drive you forward with your own online business.

I wish you every success :-)
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speedking Premium
Marcus, we share a few similar experiences in life, but at the end of the day, we are only human going through the same sort of motions and challenges life brings us. Yes, your story has been one of great inspiration.Take good care, Johan.
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Frenchfries5 Premium
This is a great success story Marcus! This is a job like any other, except you are your own boss. I think many people find it easier to have a boss telling them what to do, regardless how miserable, to keep them going, then to find the motivation to make themselves GO. Then claim themselves the victim. Good for you!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
I absolutely agree, Michelle. Some people feel more content being told what to do. If only they could taste the other side as such...they would think very differently.

Thanks for your positive vibes, Michelle. I wish you every success :-)
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Anh Premium
Marcus,

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I am very wowed by how determined you are. How you didn't know about computer and spending that extra time to learn it. And it's been 10 years! You're almost as old as WA.

I am still on my early stages and I guess I am slower than most in terms of making money. But WA has helped me realise that it's possible to earn passive income. My dream is also to quit my job and hopefully, like you, I can write about my successes soon. :)

Thanks a bunch for sharing!

Cheers,
Anh
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Marcus WFHW Premium
You are very welcome, Anh!

As long as you are taking the right kind of action then you are heading in the right direction.

Keep on edging forward and taking action, Anh. It took me some time to get up and running, so there's absolutely no reason why I won't one day be reading your success story :-)

All the best
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DELJAR Premium
You have come a long way from being a plain 9-5 employee to a successful Internet entrepreneur. You are an nspiration and I will learn a lot from your success. I, too am experiencing a lot of challenges at the moment in my family and work life but these won't stop me from moving forward in my online journey. All the best to your continued success!
Adel :)
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Adel :-)

I love the fact that you are drawing strength from life's challenges and continuing to push forward with your online journey.

I wish you every success, Adel!
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DELJAR Premium
My life challenges serve as my inspiration to create a website specifically to help parents cope with all the struggles in raising and living with an autistic child. You did the right thing for your daughter. All the best to you and your family! :)
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Well here's a little bit of irony, Adel...

The direction that you are heading in is pretty much how I started out ;-)
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NWTDennis Premium
Great story Marcus. Looking back ... if you had it to do over again but knowing what you know now, would you do any thing differently?

Wow ... 10 year anniversary (2006). Does that mean you are the longest tenured "active" WA member? Seems like there should be a special recognition for that.

You are largely responsible for me finally coming to WA. I think I found your first website back in 2012. I was almost ready to give up my goal to find an honest internet marketing training program at a reasonable cost. I had finally crawled out the rat hole training program I got sucked into.

You were kind enough to exchange many emails over the course of several months. I very cautiously came to WA in 2014. Thank you.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you Dennis!

Hehe...I honestly don't know if I'm the longest serving member here. I guess I'm probably up there somewhere!

It's great to hear that I helped you to find WA back in 2012. I love the fact that I have a connection with many WA members that often goes back a few years.

That's why i always relate to the WA community as a "family" because it really does feel like that.

Delighted that you are now a part of our little clan, Dennis :-)

Great question about if I'd do anything differently.

I would definitely focus on just one project at a time rather than trying to spread myself across numerous projects. It can be really counter-productive.

I also wish I'd jumped on email marketing sooner. It's very powerful.

Wishing you all the best, Dennis!
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BarbieJ Premium
Congratulations, 10 years is a long time, and your story is very touching, sticking to your goals is very important, and I am sticking to mine as well.
I am still working the 9 to 5 job, But I am like you, determined and committed with my online life.
And I to am afraid of flying, so if I ever get to go to Vegas I probably will drive there.
Again Thanks for this amazing story.
Barb
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Barb!

WOW...so many connections between my story and yours!

I sense that you too will create your own success. You tick all the important boxes so it will only be a matter of time :-)

Wishing you every success, Barb!
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JoyNelson Premium
Hey Marcus,

Not sure how I missed your profile before now but glad I stumbled upon it today. We have much in common I can tell from reading your lovely and very insightful post!

I appreciate you sharing your journey. I have worked for myself in one way or another my entire life. I have held a total of just under 12 months of employment. Ever. Lol

Although I am a hard worker, I do not make a great employee and I have always known this about myself. I have been blogging and working online as a coach off and on since 2010.

I joined WA to feel less isolated on my entrepreneur's journey, so thank you for sharing a piece of your story and your family's story, it is deeply appreciated.

In community (for at least a year, as I am already a yearly premium member),

Joy
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Joy. It's great to meet you!

I totally get what you are saying about employment. Towards the end of my offline working career I started to feel a great deal of resentment towards my employer.

I "got" the fact that I was just a number to them, no matter how hard I worked.

I've worked for myself for so many years now, I don't think I could conform in that way ever again. Knowing how restricting it can be and how much I can achieve on my own.

I'm unemployable...lol.

I wish you continued success with your online journey, Joy. I can see from your bio that things are going great for you!

I'll have to stop by your blog and take a look :-)

All the best!
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ELaNere1 Premium
Thank you for sharing your story. It has inspired me to keep going with WA.

For years I have been "trying" to be successful with online marketing and giving up every time. I almost gave up again!

I am in a commission based job & it is so frustrating to be on an up and down payday. I had decided to quit WA because money is so tight right now. But after reading your story I feel inspired to get back up and keep going.

Thank you. I look forward to making online marketing my full time business by following WA teaching.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
That's so nice to hear, Eve. Thank you!

I can imagine how frustrating it must be having a commission based job in the offline world.

Your skills are a good fit for your online business here at WA, so it's maybe a case of assessing where things might have gone wrong in the past.

I'm guessing it wouldn't need much tweaking, and the WA training and support network would definitely be able to help with that.

I wish you every success, Eve, and I hope this time around you get over this bump in the road and push forward to much greater things :-)

All the best
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Kyle Premium
Wow, 10 years truly has flown by. I have to say it has been really awesome to get to know you over the years Marcus and you are a true class act and I am honoured to be able to call you a friend!

As with any journey, there are ups and downs and trials and tribulations and that you are more resilient and focused than most.

I do wish you nothing but the utmost success moving forward and this post brought back some really amazing memories, including that pic in Vegas from many moons ago! lol

I am already looking forward to the 20 year post!
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Marcus1978 Premium
Hopefully it won't be another 10 years before there's another Marcus writing a post like this :-)
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Marcus WFHW Premium
LOL...I thought you might like the retro pic!

Buddy, I am absolutely honoured to have become such good friends with both you and Carson over the last 10 years!

We've shared some amazing times, some hilarious experiences and we've also endured those challenging times as well.

My life literally changed forever the day I met you guys back in 2006, and me and everyone this end are forever thankful for everything that you have both done.

THANK YOU!! :-)
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jaytech Premium
Congratulations on your amazing achievements you're such an inspirations. I can totally relate to you having to take time out to look after a parent, that's where I am right now. Finding the time to knuckle down and get the work done is proving to be rather difficult, but like yourself, I'll never give up!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Jason, and my thoughts go to you at a time when life has given you a nudge.

Stay strong my friend, and I wish you every success as and when life allows you to put your foot back on the pedal :-)

All the best
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Crittercraft Premium
I'm actually tearing up over this post, what an amazing story! 10 Years is a long time! I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to be able to quit your job and be with your family. What an amazing moment! Autism sounds horrible, I have read a lot of stories about children with autism and it sounds really hard to get through. How lovely that she could stay at home and be tutored! Thanks for this, it is motivating me to keep going!
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Oh wow, Emma! Thank you so much :-)

Yes, it's been an incredible ride to be honest.

Helping my daughter has been a major achievement. The most difficult part has been getting her condition recognized. Here in the UK it is apparently very rare in girls, and this lead to years of meetings and appointments etc, and of course support for our daughter.

And all that effort was well worth it! Every single bit :-)

Thanks again, Emma, and I wish you every success here at WA!
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Crittercraft Premium
Oh I can just imagine! So many parents go through this to get it recognized and dealt with! You'd think that in this day and age things would've changed. I even read about a mother who was told "I think you want your child to have autism" by a specialist.
Thanks again Marcus!
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Gabby17 Premium
Thank you, I am so afraid of putting in effort just to fail. I needed to hear that it's ok and not to fear failure. If I get knocked down I will just get right back up and continue on my journey.
It sounds silly but I signed up for WA a year ago had a site and all and I gave up on it. I felt like I chose the wrong Niche and was stuck with it. I decided later that WA is the only way I can have the life I want. I will fail sometimes but I need to turn those failures into success. We all do.
I needed the inspiration I have Congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension at 33 years old I found out. So even though I was born with congenital heart disease and have had 2 kids no doctor ever found it. My point is I can't be under tremendous stress. I have been banned from having anymore kids. My doctor told me my 3 year old was a miracle. I didn't get my diagnoses till March of this year 2016 this was after my WA failure. I look at life differently now and realize that I have to take risks now I might not be here long enough to sit on the side lines watching others success.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thank you, Danielle.

I am so sorry to hear about your situation and absolutely agree that you do not need to create any more stress than necessary.

Don't regard your WA experience as something of great pressure. Follow the training, build a little website and just add to it now and then. These things always take time, so there's little point in putting yourself under any additional stress.

I wish you all the very best, Danielle, and hope my post gives you a little bit of extra incentive :-)

Take care.
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shashe Premium
Thank you, Marcus, for sharing your great story. It gives such hope and sight into a great future. I just went yearly at the beginning of Nov. and so happy I did. I see from your experience with WA that this is a company we can trust. All the very best God has for you and your family is in my prayers for you. shary
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Marcus WFHW Premium
You are welcome, Shary!

I absolutely agree that WA is a company that you can trust. I've seen just about every comparable program out there over the last 10 years and nothing competes.

Thanks for your lovely words and I wish you all the best :)
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TanjaRita Premium
What an inspirational post Marcus! I have been with WA for close to 20 months now and it feels like a lifetime. I'm not successful yet, but I am also not giving up (although there have been many days where I have wanted to). I am still only focusing on one website, because I know if I start a second at this point I will get overwhelmed and may throw in the towel.

I'm curious, how many websites have you created in your 10 years and how many of those are you still working on consistently?

Also, are you outsourcing at all?
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Thanks Tanya!

Sure...it can get really tough sometimes but as long as you keep doing what you learn here at WA, you will get there. Keep on going!

Great question about websites!

I don't know exactly but I would guess between 30 - 50. Not all of them worked, but my success rate increased as I became more experienced (failed) if that makes sense.

Nowadays I focus on approx 7. A few of those are local business websites for businesses in my local town and the rest are mine.

I agree about doing too much at once. A few years ago I was trying to maintain too many websites and it dragged me down.

My current list have taken a few years to build up and stabalize. If I had to start over I would build them 1 at a time until they are established.

Regarding outsourcing...I do a little bit but mostly write my own stuff when I can.

Hope this helps and the best of luck with your online biz! :)
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TanjaRita Premium
Thanks Marcus. I don't want to come across as nosey but I love hearing how other people are doing things, because it helps me a lot.

What would you say is criteria for deciding that a website is established? You can PM me if you want to answer and don't want to post here.

Just curious because my site is 19 months old, but I am nowhere near making a full time income (nothing crazy, let's say 26K - I think that is what you mentioned in your other post for 1 person).
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