Thanks to +10k WA Followers - 1 Thought That Can Change EVERYTHING!

Last Update: March 04, 2019

I just noticed that I had reached +10k followers in Wealthy Affiliate. Thank you everyone for following!

Maybe this is not super-meaningful milestone but let's still celebrate it!

Let me share 1 interesting thought about reaching success online that'll really help you especially if you're starting out.

If you've been following for a while, you know that Wealthy Affiliate has been a huge influence in my life.

I started in WA without knowing anything about affiliate marketing. I didn't have any idea what that word means. Nowadays I make my living with affiliate marketing online. So obviously a lot of things have changed since then.

My Observations During 3-4 Years

Time runs fast and I've been an active member here already for a while. It's a bit hard to realize how fast time goes.

Anyways, I've seen A LOT of people coming and going.

I've myself referred 1,000's of people to Wealthy Affiliate.

I've had discussions with 100's of people here personally.

And I've met 10's of WA members in person (well, mainly in Vegas Conference).

There's one POSITIVE and one SAD thing that I've come to notice...

Let's start with the "sad one" so we can end with a positive one :)

1 Thing That Makes Me Very Sad

Sometimes I scroll my Private Messages section within Wealthy Affiliate.

There are 100's (if not 1,000's of messages). Many people have asked for help over the years because I've referred them here and promised to help.

I've replied ALL of the private messages from my referrals over the years. Many of them took action based my advice and made a nice progress.

BUT.

Many of them quit.

It really saddens me to see the "Not Live" sign in the messages.

You see that all those 4 people have quit even though they were satisfied with the support.

  • "Thank u roope"
  • "I'm good, thanks Roop"
  • "Hi, my good and committed friend and mentor!"
  • "Thanks Roope , much appreciation."

But still, ALL of those 4 persons have quit.

They created their websites and took the steps towards their goal/dream.

Then suddenly they stopped and flushed their dreams down the toilet.

I almost feel that 10's of messages that I've sent to help them to succeed were in vain. Well, probably they were not in vain because they learned some things along the way that can help them in their lives anyway.

But it's still kinda saddens me that those people quit. They had dreams but they ended pursuing them...

Most common reason I hear is "I don't have money. I'll come back when I have more."

I feel it's often like an excuse because $49/month is a REALLY TINY amount of money compared to the value and potential that WA provides.

How much would you be willing to pay for the Financial Independence for the rest of your life?

If you're not willing to invest even $49/month into your own financial future, I feel that you're never gonna achieve something big. I know, it sounds brutal but that's the truth.

And if you're reading this right now, Please, please, never give up. You'll regret the opportnities that you missed.

And now let's move to a positive thing:

Thing That Makes Me Happy - Everyone Who Doesn't Quit Makes It Eventually

I've read from Kyle's blog posts the following sometimes and it really drilled into my mind (it's not maybe from word to word like this but you'll get the idea):

"Over the years, I've seen lots of people quitting. Guess how many of those succeeded who quit? 0. But on the other hand, I haven't seen anyone failing who didn't quit."

I agree with Kyle 100%. Just by staying in the game, going forward and learning new things, you'll eventually "succeed" with affiliate marketing. Whatever the success means to you but I'm sure that everyone will at least make a living and those who do it longer or more seriously will make a fortune.

People often say excuses like,

"But affiliate marketing is so competitive."

"There are already 1,000,000's of blogs. The market is too saturated."

"Email marketing is dead."

Etc. Etc.

But the truth is that affiliate marketing, email marketing and blogging still work.

This is what I've come to notice:

You'll beat 99% of your competition just by sticking in the game. Most people get excited at the beginning but quit as soon as they face their first challenge. The more challenges you overcome and the longer you stick in the game, the greater chances you'll have for making it big.

There's 1 more thought that I must share with you:

Stop Thinking "Will This Work for Me?"

Because you're most likely just wasting your time...

When I was getting started here, I started messaging with a more experienced member. I was asking those questions like, "Will this really work for me?"

His messages really discouraged me. He explained about his friend who had been working 2 years and was just making $200/month.

There are 2 ways to think about it:

1. He was making ONLY $200/month OR

2. He was making ALREADY $200/month

Based on my and many other people's experiences the road from $0 to $200/month is MUCH harder than the road from $200/month to $2,000/month. Then more experienced people probably say that getting from $2,000/month to $20,000 is again easier than getting from $0 to $2k/month.

Once you get the ball rolling, things really get easier and you'll notice that your income will increase incrementally every single month if you just put in the effort.

Anyways, I just recently received some emails from this same guy because he was subscribed to my email list.

I answer 100% of the questions of my email subscribers to provide them the best support and build a relationship with them.

This person was asking me tips on how to move forward because he had some some of my recent successes.

He hadn't made as much progress during those 3 years since the last time we talked. Just imagine if he would have spent all that energy instead of thinking and spreading to others "my friend is only $200/month after 2 years" into building his affiliate marketing business.

How far he could have gone already? We never know exaclty but we know . for 100% sure he would have gone much further by NOT worrying and Start taking action.

Wealthy Affiliate training is PROVEN to work 1,000's of time. It simply works if you take action. And it doesn't work if you don't take action.

Simple as that.

Conclusion - You Never Know How Close You're to the Next Breakthrough

I've sometimes seen sudden "leaps" within my online business journey.

I didn't expect them but I made a great progress within a short period of time.

Then sometimes I feel that nothing's working even though I'm putting in the effort.

The key is always to keep on going and trying new things because you never know when the next breakthrough comes.

Mark Cuban says, "It doesn't matter how many times you fail, you only have to be right once.” If you hit that 'jackpot' within your online business, that can change your life forever.

Just think about it. Your life will never be the same...

I want to leave you with the picture that Zarina often shared in her posts.

Interesting thing is that she started around the same time here as I did. I'm very happy that she continued while we've seen 1,000's of people quitting.

We reach our dreams while those who quit are like the guy with the white shirt in the picture below:

All the best to you my friend!

Cheers

Roope "Never give up" Kiuttu

PS. Smash that green "Like this" button and share this with your friends to give them some encouragement right now.

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Moneyman66 Premium
It is so hard to convince yourself that things will work especially if you are struggling to make your first pound euro or dollar.
From my own personal experience I truly believe you can achieve your goals online even though I haven't yet.
You have too keep asking for help and studying both of which I am not so good at but for as long as I have air to breathe I will keep trying.

Thank you for your post and many others because they do always make me listen up and want to take action .
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alan47 Premium
I love this post, I have to say that I have just been here about 1 year now, and was about to consider quitting after this month as I am still not earning any income but believe this is because I need to do more work on improving my website and get my few affiliate links working correctly. However having had some very positive feedback comments on my most recent post, I have had a change of heart or perhaps I should say mindset(as this is my subject). I am ready to continue, to persevere, to persist, and seek for that breakthrough however long it takes. I am now retired this past 3 years and have no excuse for not having the time to spend here now. My motivation ebbs and flows unevenly at times but I am learning to push myself further and not be afraid of hard work. Your words about keeping going until to get that breakthrough really resonated an encouraging note in my head. Thanks for sharing. I pray and hope that my second year here will see some real success and positive results as I move forward. Thanks for sharing and wish you every success also.
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DaliborT Premium
I'm still new here, been less than a month. Hype is still on higher level, but I do understand any success won't come over night/day/week or even month. It will probably take a year till I start earning anything. I am aware of that!

But, point that Google DID index my page, that people ARE visiting my site (still less than 10 per day, but more than I had before), proves that I AM going to right direction, no matter the speed.

Thank you for your share of thoughts, I will go 1 year premium this days, and once I do it, I won't quit as I know it will be waste of my money, and I sure am not happy with thought that I am wasting my hard earned money.

Best wishes,
Dalibor.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, month is a short time but in year many things can happen!
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derekmarshal Premium
Great article Roope. In all essence and by the laws of physics it takes more energy to get started than it does to keep going. Take the energy required to start a nuclear reaction - it is a tremedous effort and amount of energy yet once that reaction is going..it requires little energy to keep it going.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
True! :)
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marmar463 Premium
Thank you for writing such an inspiring and encouraging post. I really enjoyed it. I was impressed by this.

We can't give up no matter how tough things get. because we can do this business and we don't know what is around the corner. Success is always around the corner and we will get there one day.

Mary
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RodneyJr Premium
Very inspiring. I have to say that you're spot on with everything you said and more. Above all, you're the epitome of success that I want to one day get to know or be acknowledged for. My niche is video games and video game tech but I can't help but believe that it is a great niche and I'll never give up on it.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you very much Rodney for your kind words!
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RodneyJr Premium
My pleasure, you're a shining example of WA success. Rock on!
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Robert,

That's a very comprehensive and informative blog post and very encouraging too, I believe it will help and encourage many people.

Unfortunately, I have seen many people make excuses over the years about starting a business, there is only one way forward and that is to take positive action! If we follow the Wealthy Affiliate training, take action and ask questions along the way, we will be successful.

Wishing you all the best.

Roy
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah. I find also myself sometimes making excuses to procrastinate some things... Need to get rid of them and start taking action :)
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Robert,

I think it's something we all have from time to time.

Enjoy your day.

Roy
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SDiTullio Premium
Robert, my friend, another highly informative, thought provoking post! I couldn't agree with you more, with every comment of your post. It's a shame that so many come on board as though they are on fire with ambition, only to have the flame subside then finally die out. Not only did they "extinguish" their flame of ambition, they also extinguished their possibility for a comfortable financial future!

Those that quit suffer from a "WHY" that is much smaller than their ability to quit! I believe before anyone attempts to begin a business, they must fist examine their WHY.

Why do you want to have your own business? What are the reasons? Examine your reasons closely. Are they important enough to fight off any feeling of quitting? Or could you posdiblly end up like the man in the picture that Robert showed you? That picture occurs hundreds or thousands of times A DAY... WORLDWIDE!

WILL YOU OR COULD YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF THAT GROUP?

If you haven't done so yet, make up two copies of your WHY list. Place one on your bathroom mirror and look at it every morning ... every morning! Place the other where you'll see it all day, where you sit at your computer, etc.

Most of all... make sure that every item on that list is important and something that must BE DONE. Now promise yourself that each item WILL BE accomplished... NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT IT BECOMES.

Don't tell yourself "I'll try". That's a cop-out! There is NO SUCH THING AS "TRY", EITHER YOU DO OR YOUO DON'T... THERE IS NO "TRY"

Think about that... if you[re gong to DO something... either you get it accomplished or you DON'T. There is no in between!

Heed Robert's advice and go for it. Success is so sweet... especially when it makes you financially independent. Money gives you "time freedom"... to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want and where you want.

Money is not important.... what it allows you IS important.

SIMPLY PUT... DON'T EVER QUIT!

Steve "I'll never quit" Di Tullio
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Wow, that's powerful! Thank you Steve!

I'm very happy to hear that you'll never quit and I'm really much looking forward to your progress :)

Let's keep in touch my friend!
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Flyboy2014 Premium
Steve your are so right on. I like your suggestion to put the why on the mirror and by your computer. I don't need to do that. I sit on my why every day. Not that, MY WALLET!

I'm doing this for financial freedom, which as you so eloquently said "time freedom!"

Quit... never.
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bryonbrewer Premium
Quitting doesn’t always mean they’ve given up. Some people go through WA and then decide to move on to some other training. Doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve given up on their dreams.

I had a referral once who left WA because he had “completed” the training. Made me realize some people come for the training but don’t stay for the community
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, that's also true and a good point!

However, I'd guess that in the majority of cases that people quit WA once they've given up.
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Flyboy2014 Premium
Good point about coming here for the training. DomW you have provided a good perspective. Never quit on your dreams. Never let someone steal them.
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JonLake Premium
Thanks Roope, this was very timely for us. We had yet another Premium referral cancel after the discounted month and were asking ourselves what percentage of people ever go past Month 1 of Premium.

Having read your post, it has given us the boot up the backside we needed to not worry about that and just carry on doing what we are doing.

Thanks
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TDomena Premium
I'm not exactly sure how the dropout rates in our industry compare to others, but either way, that's an unavoidable part of being in the professional development or education space. I can tell there's lots of growth in this industry even with dropouts, for sure.
Not everyone will keep going, and many people will quit.
Some people won't have the work ethic, some people will realize this isn't a passion or a good fit for them, and some people will have life challenges (even mindset issues) that stop them from being able to reach their potential. It's sad when you're in the moment because you believe in their potential, you think this is possible for everyone, and you are optimistic about the training's impact, but in reality, it will probably work for the minority that work it.
Healthcare, engineering, and other professions are no different. They're good and lucrative professions, but they can't work for everyone because everyone won't work them. Don't let that change your commitment to being the best premium coach and spreading the passion for bringing new people into this great industry and fairly new career field.
This takes a personal commitment from within for you to stick and for your referrals to stick to it. Just think about what our world would be like if those trailblazers in a career field like nursing had pondered the thoughts you are like, "Why aren't people signing up or staying in my nursing school?". Imagine if they'd quit.
This career field (online marketing) is still in its early growth phases where there is still skepticism and a few people who are showing us the possibilities, but it's just as legit as any other more established career field, and time will show us that more and more.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah. Some people quit, some people don't.

But 1 very positive thing within Wealthy Affiliate is that Kyle, Carson and their 10's of employees are every single year upgrading the platform and making it better.

As a result, people will stick here longer and most likely achieve more success.

Big respect for Kyle & Carson for always working so hard for this community.
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TommyVTE Premium
Thanks for this great motivational post
I am feeling that I am very close to start earning money with my blog. Getting more and more organic visits it is moving from now and then goes on a daily basis.
I am positive and keep on putting the work in
Have a great day
Tommy
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Nice Tommy! Little progress in traffic every month is a great thing. Because eventually making sales online comes down to 2 things: Traffic & conversions. And once you have lots of traffic, there are often several different ways to monetize the site.
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cookins25 Premium
Great post as usual!

And I fully agree that going from 0 - 2k a month is much harder due to the fact that you don’t really know if what your doing is working.

However once you start generating money each and every month, you get excited and know your on the right track.

So you just got to keep doing what you’ve already been doing to further increase your business :)
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Exactly! The first "tastes of success" are the best because they prove that what you're doing is working and when you put more fire into it, you'll get even greater results.
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Zarina Premium
Agree 💯💯💯

Haha as I read your words, I was thinking "yeah, since 2015 you and I are one of the fewest who decided to stick with it and eventually saw progress with our site(s)"... And then I see you mentioning me in your post! Thanks for the shoutout and your support, Roope :)

And congrats on your new milestone!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah! :) I'm very happy that you've continued also since then. I'm proud of you and it inspires also me very much. Patrick Bet David from Valuetainment YouTube channel often teaches that it's very important to have "running mates" who are also going to the same direction as you are = to the top! ;) ;).
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Zarina Premium
I feel the same about you, your success inspires ME. And that's actually very well said, Roope "Zarina's Running Mate" Kiuttu 😁
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BobMargroff Premium
Hey Roope, I enjoyed reading this. I often get negative thoughts coming from people not involved here...co-workers in my hourly J-O-B. They keep asking if I made any money yet? I keep telling them the truth, but also that I am enjoying what I am doing, and that it will eventually pay off.

The response is always the same..."I wouldn't put in all that work if it isn't paying anything." Oh, if they only knew...is all I keep thinking.

Thanks for this...I needed the nudge...

I wish you the best!

Bob
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, ignore the naysayers and use them as your motivation.

When I was working in a full-time job and working weekends and evenings in my online business, my colleagues were asking me why I'm so "anti-social" because I don't go out in the weekends.

I just replied with a little bit of humor, "I'm working on my dreams. Let's see then who's anti-social when I'm enjoying the beaches in Thailand and having passive income flowing to my bank account while you are still in this same dark office." hehe
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BobMargroff Premium
You got it!! That is exactly how I think about it. I figure if I keep at it, it will all pay off in the end. The bumps in the road I deal with financially now will all be in the past when my site starts to do something.

Thanks for your inspiration.
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AmyHD Premium
Those negative thoughts were often in my mind. But I am getting better day after day.

No excuses, just keep doing what you have to do.

Nobody will tell you when and how you will see the real money but one thing for sure, if you quit, you will never see it.

Thanks a lot for the encouragement, Roope.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah. Biggest regrets in life are the missed opportunities. That's why I don't want to miss the opportunities that I've missed before.
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cld111 Premium
I have been on both sides. I was a quitter. A couple of times.

Now, I will not quit.

So I understand the mindset of both.

It stinks though because if I didn't quit the first time (or 2), I would be SO MUCH farther ahead. UGH. (Note to you newer people - seriously, don't quit unless you really hate doing this!)

But it's interesting because my husband and I were talking about this recently. He's supportive, but still skeptical.

One thing he said to me is something you mentioned above that naysayes say. "The market is too saturated."

He doesn't know the ins and outs and he doesn't understand SEO and long-tailed keywords. I try to explain, but he doesn't get it, so he remains skeptical for now.

I don't blame him because i did this before. And I quit. So, I never was able to reap the benefits that I know are there.

I've learned my lesson and followed the path that I had to follow. But dang I shouldn't have quit! lol

Great post, as usual Roope!

- Christina
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah the drawback of quitting is that we need to start all over again after that
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Flyboy2014 Premium
Great advice, don't quit unless you really hate this. If the market was saturated then everyone would be doing this. I don't think we are close.
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cld111 Premium
We're not close at all. Billions of people are looking for things online every day. You just gotta carve out your little piece of that.

- Christina
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, the market is getting bigger much faster than people looking for sell the products in my opinion.
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agychin Premium
Thanks for the advice and all your great posts inspired me.
One great point in WA is that we are always surrounded by positive thinking from the community and this makes us move on in whatever circumstances we need to face.
Most important is "NEVER GIVE UP" and believe in yourself.

Cheers,
Agnes
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
I completely agree. Just by being part of this community gives a lot of motivation to move forward and reach higher because others are doing that as well.
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KenShaddock Premium
Thank you Roope. This is one of your best encouragements to us all. A necessary mind set to success.
Most humans see what is rather than what can be. What is is right there staring us in the face. But clear visioning and goals thought about daily have already formed in the supernatural space. We just have then to action our inspired thoughts and "allow" the rewards to materialise. As surely they will.
Thank you again.
Ken
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
You're right Ken. Having a clear vision really helps .
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SondraM Premium
Congrats on you 10K followers. I hope that they will each take the time to learn as much from you as possible.

I liked your story about the "old mentor" and the $200 statements. I am glad that you did not let him keep you discouraged.

Thanks for sharing another great post
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you Sondra! Yeah, that experience and discussions with him really taught me that I should be careful with who do I listen to. I almost quit becasue of him.
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SondraM Premium
I am glad you didn't. I am also glad that I am one of your 10K followers.
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DaveAsprey Premium
Hey Roope.
Your a rockstar
I love your posts and one day I hope to sit down with you and share a nice cold beverage together.
Cheers mate
Dave
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Sounds like a plan! :)

Are you also building an Affiliate Bootcamp site? I'm planning to be there in the coming years also so if you build a successful Bootcamp site, we're gonna meet in Vegas!
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DaveAsprey Premium
Yes I am Roope. Half way through boot camp.
Hopefully see you there mate
👍🏼 Dave
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Eliz65 Premium
This is awesome, Roope. Great words to live by in all aspects of life. The people who signed up under you are very lucky!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you Liz! :)
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CandP Premium
Hey Roope. Love the Marc Cuban quote, he is one of our heroes. Great post, thank you.
Colette and Philip
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah Cuban is really inspiring. He's so passionate and hard-working.
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Swangirl Premium
You are always motivating and once again you make some great points here Roope. I hope you don't feel like your time was wasted on those who quit. I see many people quit and come back and that is the time they take it seriously and make it work! I am sure they will remember your help and support either way!

Jessica
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you Jessica! You're right. That support can still help them in some way and they may come back later anyway like you said. :)
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LLettau1 Premium
Roope,

Thank you for the sound facts both the good and bad. I shall prevail.

Larry
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Great to hear you'll stick to this :)
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rwaite3613 Premium
Very inspirational post, Roope. I always appreciate your insightful thoughts on building a successful online business.

Randy
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you Randy! I'm gonna attend 1 conference again in 3 weeks so gonna post a "review" post here with some key ideas.
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rwaite3613 Premium
I'm looking forward to it!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Nice! :)
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EandS2018 Premium
Hello Roope,
Your message is powerful and we thank you for taking the time to write this.I intend to print, wait frame this post and read it daily.Great motivation.

Elaine and Scarlett
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Wow, that's inspiring also Elaine, thank you!
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Benjamin89 Premium
Very encouraging article to keep at it. I like that image too!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you Benjamin! Yeah the image is great. It's drilled into my mind 😂
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phil1944 Premium
A very inspiring post, Roope. Definitely worth a second and third read.

A quote I read many years ago from a successful internet marketer has stayed with me:

"Most people quit just before the magic was about to happen."
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you Phil. That's an inspriing quote! I'm gonna use it! :)
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EandS2018 Premium
Love, love, and love that quote, thanks much !
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