If you can't make it here.

Last Update: April 01, 2014

A hearty hello to anyone reading this post. Best wishes to each and everyone of you in achieving your goals, what ever they may be. I have been a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate just over three months and currently I find myself at the beginning of the affiliate boot camp training for the third time and yet I am happy with the progress I have made so far, with both the technical and educational aspects of the training. I attribute my progress to the excellent training program, the community nurturing and the free coaching so freely given by so many community members. Thanks everyone for all the great information and teaching.

This 61 year old green horn's computer skills are barely primary level, mastering the tools I need to use is a constant challenge for me, yet the self directed learning atmosphere here is designed so that I have the freedom to work at my own pace without any pressure and without being bombarded with up-sells every other day. I want to learn the system for myself, as I believe this will help me create posture so I will be able to help new members I will be signing up.

The educational information alone is invaluable. From my studies so far I have come to realize that It is indeed possible to create the life you want by using the leverage of the internet, I can say that freely because we all know it is backed up by solid facts. We have at our disposal a network of people from every corner of the globe that is connected to the world wide web. All willing, able and eager to not only learn but also to share and help others achieved their goals.

I feel that we are a community "strong" . From our leaders down to the most humble beginner, everyone has some good to share. Haven't you too run across a post by a fellow member one day that totally change your perspective on something and it got you out of that rut you were stuck in for a while? Sure you have. I can't say enough good about how this community has added so much value to my life over the past three months.

I'm not too worried that it (may) take me a few more months to have a functional website that is fit for the market place. I have decided to promote Wealthy Affiliate. December 1, 2014, is the deadline of my one year goal of referring 400 premium members. I may have to spend a few bucks on outsourcing to get me there, I may not accomplish it at all, or it could change drastically from the way I see it now. In any case it has been my experience that a worthy goal once defined and written out takes on a life of its own, more so if it is properly nurtured along, once I commit to the goal I have a responsibility to do everything in my power to achieve it, even though I have to let go of the final outcome.

Internet statistics now indicate it is the perfect time to be getting yourself "established" as a serious affiliate marketer. There will be a demand for experienced savvy marketer's that have healthy and happy marketing lists. Need I say more. After all money is probably the second most sought after commodity on the planet, time freedom may be the top one and with good reason. Look there is nothing wrong with wanting to add value to our life, it is only our inherent human drive at work when we seek to improve our quality of life. Maybe we just look at money the wrong way? All the success masters view money as a tool we use that helps us build the life we want. And why not. Putting the work in up front will save you tons of headaches in the long run. I look at it as putting together a business plan. My motto is If we don't take the time to do it right. Where will we find the time to do it over?

From my experience as an entrepreneur I would would rate Wealthy Affiliate as the best on line business educational platform available to anyone seeking bona fide information and training on the subject of creating an on line business. The first priority here at Wealthy Affiliate seems to be making sure their clients have a positive experience, this is reflected throughout the training and leadership.

Look if you can't find a way to make it here you may not make it somewhere else. My bet is that if you are really really serious about creating a successful online business and you do go somewhere else chances are you will end up back here again, because you won't find the same calibre of training and support anywhere else. You will only repeat the same mistakes too. The proof is in the training, that's where it all begins. I sincerely urge you to take the building of your on line business seriously.

I would like to share a story with you that I am currently working on, I explain what it is about below. I'm hoping you will indulge me.

A young man in my community that I am close to came to me for some advice early this week on money. I listened to him intently as he gave me his tale of woe around lack of money in his life. I recognized instantly that he had a negative mindset with money. I recognized it because I had only broken through that negative mindset around money myself not all that long ago.

I was able to be of moral support for him at the time, but I knew he desperately needed some kind opportunity that would improve his financial situation, even just a little, he was in a lot of emotional turmoil over his situation and being young and inexperienced he had no idea what option's he had available to him, in solving this problem. I was able to convince him to start thinking that things would get better. I told him I would help in what ever way I could and I would think about his situation for a while and if I had any ideas we could get together in a few days and brainstorm. Any way what transpired out of that situation by week end is another story in itself and a very interesting one related to money. So if any of you would like to hear the rest of the story perhaps you would be kind enough to mention it when you reply to this one. It is an interesting story with a positive outcome.

Sincerely Mike

p.s. Thanks again for the help and the encouragement I recieve from this wonderful , helpfull community.

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bodie1 Premium
welcome MLundrigan
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velcarlson Premium
Hi Mike, what a wonderful story. Yes, I would like to hear the "rest of the Story!" Thank you. Vel
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks for your comment Vel. I will post the rest of the story today.
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bodie1 Premium
good post.
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you LaMar.
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jujuman Premium
Totally agree! Being a baby-boomer this was all new to me,but as you say the training is unsurpassed and yes If you can't make it here you can't make it anywhere.
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you George.
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MarianneN Premium
Thank you so much for this post. Although not quite 60 I too have recently shifted my perspective on money. However, there are moments when the old creeps back in.

I look forward to growing my business as I move into the retirement age. It gives me so much pleasure to learn all this information and to grow my sites with love and attention and mostly patience.

I have a ton of ideas and for now I simply jot them down knowing that in the future my business will grow.

Again thanks,
Marianne
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MLundrigan Premium
Marianne, you have the right attitude. We do have to be relentless in staying with our goals. Don't we. I write my ideas down too, this habit is constantly providing me with a continuous supply of content. Keep at it.
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skyhigh4 Premium
Excellent post. I needed this shot in the arm. And how right you are saying...I quote "If you can't find a way to make it here, you won't make it somewhere else." Thanks for this :) Patti
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks for the reply Patti. I have since edited this blog and slightly changed the wording but with the same meaning. I really appreciate you taking a moment to reply. Happy day to you.
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Karyskis Premium
Couldn't agree with you more.
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks Kary. I really appreciate you stopping by. Hope all is well with you.
Sincerely Mike
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Bill67 Premium
All so True If we try we will all succeed
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks for taking a moment to reply Bill. Have a great day.
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oopsssidaisy Premium
Hi Mike,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about WA. I think most of us here would agree with you 100%.

I'm trying to wrap my mind around money being a tool. All I know is that the "tool/money" that I used to get me started here in WA has been "tools/money" well spent.

We need more people in the world like you that are willing to share their knowledge and to listen to others concerns unselfishly. I would love to hear the outcome of your story.

Have a great day : )
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MLundrigan Premium
oopsssidaisy thank you for taking a moment to reply to my post. I find most people are not comfortable around the subject of money, yet what can we really do without an adequate amount of it to live a quality life. I am happy that you can identify with my post. Thanks again.
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Traveller75 Premium
Great blog, like your outlook, I to am working along those lines. Keep up the good work and I hope this time we will both make it.
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks traveller. All the best to you.
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nomda ploom Premium
love your diligence and perspective, thanks for posting, Andy
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks for taking a moment to reply Andy. All the best to you.
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growbak Premium
Hello Mike, This is a really great blog, thank you so much! I would also love to hear the outcome of what happened to the young man.
Michael.
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MLundrigan Premium
Hey Michael. Thanks for taking a moment to reply. have yourself a great day.
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masirois Premium
Hey MIke, It's nice that you have the right attitude about it. Take it seriously, work hard, don't expect overnight gratification, and over time your efforts will pay off.

I especially appreciate that you consider it all a learning experience. Not everything we post is perfect, or will help our rankings, or will get us a sale, but it's all practice. It's another step in the journey.

Best of luck to you and your success!
Marcel
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you Marcel.
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Affiliateer Premium
I'd like to hear more of the story.

I agree with you. If a person can't make a go of it at WA, they can't do it any where else either. There are so many resources here and helpful people.
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you Affiliateer.
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Jen090 Premium
Thanks for the follow, and for your story. So can I say, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere…....New York, New York!!!
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MLundrigan Premium
Yes go ahead. But watch out for the "vagabond shoes that long to stray". Thanks Jen
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Starcreator Premium
Thanks for the interesting post. Yes, WA is the best Internet Marketing training community. I am glad that the lessons are always there, because sometimes we forget or miss something. I am also thankful for the encouraging support from WA members.
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MLundrigan Premium
Ditto
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CathyS Premium
Hi Mike! Great flow with your blog! You built up suspense and yes - I do want to know what happened to the young man. We are of the same mindset ... "goal is to become a serious, established affiliate marketer". I will also run my own sites in order to maintain multiple streams of income. Wonderful post and am looking forward to the rest of the story.
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks Cathy. Happy Sunday to you.
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Berny W Premium
Hi Mike - I'd love to hear the outcome of what happened!
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks Berny. I will be posting it by the end of this week. Have a great day.
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TUSA7U54 Premium
blog is very refreshing Mike, no doubt this will help us all to put things into perspective. thanks for the reminder to "keep on, keeping on". You are a positive person who I will continue to follow. Thanks once again for the uplift in our spirits. All the best in your journey
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you TUSA7U54. All the best to you also. Have a great day.
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Freedomseekr Premium
Great job on this Mike! I couldn't agree more that WA is the only place to be to actually learn anything. Please do share your "story" I'd love to hear it :) -Sherry
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks Sherry. The very best to your success.
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g2G8850 Premium
Great blog Mike. I agree wholeheartedly and by all means, share the "story". If it enlightens just one of us, it's worth it.
Cliff
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks Cliff. Your validation means a lot.
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g2G8850 Premium
You're welcome, my friend.
Cliff
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stn67 Premium
Money is always nice to have but i want to create walue for people not take their money
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my post.
I agree with you 100%. Value is the most important part of the whole equation. Have a great Sunday.
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KatieMac Premium
Whilst we need money to live and support our families, it is not everything in life, gives us more choices, I am grateful for what I have even though its been a big drop down, but I am looking to make an honest living, time to give to my family especially my grandchildren, I have been very blessed in many ways. Enjoyed your post , down to earth practical and gives an honest account of starting out
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks Katie. Gratitude is the first step in achieving abundance. Your comment is valued.
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gregarious1 Premium
A great post Mike and yes I agree with your sentiments ' if you can't make it here you won't elsewhere'. True!
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you Gregory.
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chinky1979 Premium
Money is not everything if you have lots of money! Money is everything when you can`t pay your rent or pay for food! Money is the root of all evil! But also makes lives easier when one can afford such things. We are all blessed!!!

Great post! Thank you for sharing!
-Kevin
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MLundrigan Premium
Thanks Kevin for your reply. I believe there are too many misguided beliefs around money. I also believe we can have as much or as little of it we choose. It really is a choice.
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chinky1979 Premium
I kinda agree. It is a choice to not be greedy but truth be told we are all guilty of not truly being happy and always still wanting more! But at the same time is it really still a choice That I had to go to the food bank to feed my kids last week because I just lost my job and couldn`t afford food? Still a choice??

I don't agree with money being a choice until you have enough to throw around!! I am consumed by money because I have none!!I am worried about money cause I don't have none. I didn't choose for me to lose my job and put myself in these kind of situations!

If you have 10 dollars in your hand and you beer when you need food well that is a choice!If you have the money for Lamborgini and buy that instead of buying a morgage well ya that is a choice.

Sorry maybe I'm lost but I think money can be a choice but for me at this time I don't think it is..Cause if it is I choose to be rich! I choose to be able to say yes baby you can get bike. Yes baby you can go to McDonalds for lunch today.Yes baby you can have more dinner! Yes baby you can by choice!

I choose to be able to give my kids a house that they can't be kicked out of. I choose to be able to feed my kids what they want to eat every now and again! Oh wait......no I don't...I'm broke I can't afford that luxury of choice..

Sorry just my feelings about it
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gusti Premium
I believe money is not everything, but without money some aspects in life would be very difficult to achieved... thanks a bunch for this, Mike.
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you Gusti. I appreciate your input. And by the way, your English is very good. Happy Sunday
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gusti Premium
thank you, Mike and happy Sunday too ..^_^..
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DBSTAR Premium
Will be intrested in the next chapter! Good work
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MLundrigan Premium
Thank you DBSTAR. How are things in Italy? All the best to your success.
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Trialynn Premium
Very well expressed, with a wonderful attitude!
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Scorpio15 Premium
Great words and I totally agree that WA is the best place to receive a sound platform in website training.
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softwind Premium
What a wonderful and thoughtful post Mike! You have come to terms with what a lot of us boomers are facing! Money is a tool and should always be treated as such. I love the fact that you are helping a younger version of perhaps yourself. I would love to know the story and I thank you for making the offer. You can PM it to me if you like.
What a great mindset you have created not only for yourself but for anyone willing to really read and absorb your words. Thank you.
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mrsljc0909 Premium
Great stuff Mike! You seem very open to learning and taking in the whole process. I appreciate your honesty, and the fact that you are willing to help and mentor others. Life is a constant struggle, but we are all in this together. I would love to hear the story of "what transpired" with your friend. I look forward to hearing it. Thanks again for the uplifting story.
Lindsey
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webBIZ44 Premium
Awesome post Mike! I like that you are the kind of guy a younger man would come to for advice! That says a lot about who you are! I totally agree with you on the money concept. Most people have what is termed "cognitive dissonance" when it comes to money! I, like you, have learned that money is literally nothing more than a tool and if we educate ourselves to use that tool we can become very skilled craftsman!
-Joe
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