Depression and Working From Home: My Journey So Far with Wealthy Affiliate
Throughout my life I`ve struggled with depression, caused by different factors. One of the symptoms of this for me is that I have a what I call a "wave pattern" so called given its similarity to our planets tidal motions.
My highs or lows can last minutes, hours, days, weeks or months. I have no idea when or where they will strike and quite often, I don`t even realise what "pattern" I am currently in, and its only when someone says to me: Are you OK? You seem a little distant.
My aim for at least the last few years has been to overcome my Depression and working from home seemed like the perfect solution, so I started looking at all sorts of things, from trying to trade on the Forex/stock market to investing in Bitcoin mining machines.
Flip Flopping between Ideas
The problem I faced is that when in an up phase, I am so rediculously motivated and focused (even if thats on the wrong thing) and I throw myself into things head first and think about consequences later. This lasts for anything up to a few months and then what I am focussed on loses its attractiveness and I instead obsess about something else.
You can probably imagine how frustrating this can be, to be utterly obsessed and focussed on something only for that passion to vanish seemingly overnight.
Family Support...Or not
With each "scheme" I decided to try, and fail at, I got further into debt and lost a portion of support from family. My mum rolls her eyes each time I mention something else and whilst she does support me to a degree I hear the frustration and exasperation in her voice.
Its`s now gotten to the point where I don`t talk about my attempts at being self sufficient for the fear of seeing those rolling eyes again, and the fact my brother (six years older than me) is a well paid professional and doing incredibly well from property and investing makes it even harder for me.
Discovering Wealthy Affiliate
Despite the collective sighs from some of my family, I was searching for something else to try, and found this website. I had heard the term before, watched a couple of videos on YouTube that saw some guy put some words on a website, sell any old crap and get loads and loads of cash. Simple eh?
Thing is, selling everything you hold dear just to make a quick sale is a bit morally wrong in my opinion, and I wanted something a little more my style.
The more I read about the Ethos of Wealthy Affiliate, its owners and members, the more I felt like it was the place for me.
A Sense of Community
What I felt was lacking in my other attempts at earning money online for myself was support. I only had me to rely on, I had no one to really ask questions of,and so, with limited knowledge and a few hours of YouTube tuts under my belt I was released upon the world....To a bunch of sharks.
With Wealthy Affiliate, you get a family of people who are in exactly the same position as you, trying to learn the same things and become self sufficient business owners. We all gel together to support each other along the road.
At any given point there will be someone around to help you and answer any questions you may have.
This nicely leads me to:
I don`t just mean the official training from Carson or Kyle, but the other parts, created by the likes of you and me, just to help the community. It often covers some of the smaller things you may need help with along the way.
There is amazing live training each week by Jay that (to be brutally frank here) has helped me more than the other official training.
What Does This All Mean?
Well, to me, this has meant that I have stuck by the Wealthy Affiliate programme longer than anything that I have tried before and that in itself is astounding.
Although I haven`t made any money as yet, my site is getting clicks, and I can feel a change is around the corner.
My Depressive episodes have obviously not gone away, by the very nature of Wealthy Affiliate has meant that I push myself through them and come out of the other side with an article written, researched and published.
So, if you are suffering from Depression and Working from Home appeals to you, don`t be put off by that voice in your head. Give Wealthy Affiliate a chance, and it will help you to overcome your dips, and exploit your highs.
Be the best you can be.
If you aren`t already a member, I would recommend you join today and unleash your potential.