Introvert/Recluse Finds Success With WA!

Last Update: May 30, 2012
After almost a year and a few months with WA, I shamelessly have to say this is my first blog post! So many times, I find myself being described as an introvert/recluse, but truthfully I'm just so into all the things I do and love doing that I forget that there are people around that might benefit or find a nugget of inspiration in my words. I have to admit that I do visit WA just about everyday and love reading all your blogs and training, so I am around but mostly incognito.

To put it simply, I'm not used to sharing my life or my thoughts so openly. So for all those who are following me in this WA community, I apologize for my lack of interaction. This first blog is my attempt at turning over a new leaf and becoming a little more pro active.

I can't make any promises as to how often I'll write on this blog, because coming out of one's comfort zone isn't that easy, but if I can help feel free to pm me any time.

For all the Newbies on WA



First of all, if you have any doubts about joining WA, erase away that negativity. I was like most of you the first month or two, doubting the legitimacy of it all. I have to say that, after a year of belonging to this community, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision.

I went from knowing completely zip about anything to do with online business or marketing, to now doing SEO work and building websites for companies, both locally and internationally. Did I know what I was doing the first SEO job I got? Are you kidding, after I accepted the job, I thought to myself, What were you thinking?

You see this first job of building a website happened only 4 months after I joined WA. This website was for an International Company, and their future business was depending on this website I was about to build. Did I know what I was doing? hmmmm, Not at all and as a matter of fact, I didn't even know what SEO was, YET.

Did It All Work Out?



Yes, it worked out better than I could have ever dreamed. Did I make MISTAKES? I made loads of them, but I didn't give up. I would screw up royally and then it would take me days to figure out what I did wrong. I still look after their website, plus they want another one built at the end of this year, and I have gained a few more jobs from that one website, alone. Mind you this all happened in the first year of joining WA.

One of the lessons I learned from doing that one site was having to force myself to step out of my comfort zone. Since that one particular job was international and based out of Asia, all of our communication was done through teleconferencing - and in my case, this happened to be Skype. Yea, another piece of technology I had to learn.

Benefits and Cons



Working from home does have it's Benefits, and it's Cons. I just love the fact that you don't have to get really dressed up to work from your home office. One thing that didn't occur to me when scheduling my International Skype call to discuss the website development, was that they might want to video conference.

Yea, you got it, my first website job, and out of the blue they make a last minute, knee-jerk decision, that they would like to video conference. So, here I am in my jammies, in front of the CEO of this International Company, along with his Board of Directors (who happened to be all dressed up in suits, sitting around their highly polished conference table) and here I was discussing a topic I know little to nothing about. First BIG Mistake. :-) Talk about wanting to regress back into my hermit cave.

For all those who are wondering why I was in my jammies, Shanghai business hours happen to be my nighttime. Who would have thought, that skype could be viewed on an 80 inch monitor? :-)

Wake Up!



So, for anyone who still reading this blog post, the moral of my little story is to make as many Mistakes as you have to and be proud of them. Chauk it all up as a learning experience. Realize that it is only through our Mistakes that we really learn.

And as so many have said before me...
  • Take ACTION!
  • Fake It Until You Make It!
  • Never Give Up!
  • Stay Positive!
  • Do Something Everyday Towards Your Goal
  • Take the Word FAIL out of your Vocabulary


What Direction Will You Go In?



It's funny how your life can take a complete different direction then originally planned. I started out looking for some sort of direction to help me build a website to promote my books as I could not afford to pay someone to do it for me.

I have to smile, because "is that website built"? The answer to that is "Not Yet". It's on the near future TO DO list. That's not saying I haven't built any sites for myself, as I have 5 of my own websites up at the moment all at different stages, promoting products or information and all making a little money.

As for my books, I'm just putting the finishing touches on the 3rd book of a 12 book children's story book series. Which I'm going to self-publish on Amazon, in Kindle format and Print. So there you go another new learning experience. Don't you just Love Life!

As some of you might already know, I'm an artist both traditional and graphic and I'm not all that technically savvy. So what I'm trying to say, is if I can pull this off with all the help and everything I've learned from WA, then anyone can do it.

So between my clients sites and my own dabbling with affiliate sites, and my process of learning - making mistakes - and learning more, I'm kept pretty busy. There are so many different ways to make money online, and the synergy of this whole WA community with its New Open Education makes for an unsurpassed learning opportunity.

So if, you are a Newbie and you're still reading, then know that you are in the right place at the right time for Success.

I hope I didn't put everyone to sleep. But one of my goals this year was to open up a little more.

So, can I cross that one off the list? :-)

Judith
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mrpang Premium
Thanks for the inspiration..
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WTucker1 Premium
thanks for that. It's very helpful to hear of your success
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FTurner8032 Premium
Judith, this is a great blog. It is really motivating to me and I hope that you will continue to write - this is just what I needed to hear.

I am going to follow you and I hope we will have the opportunity to interact again in the future.
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margnoel Premium
Thanks for relating your experience...I have similar personality..to the point where I think that my success would be hampered because I not itechnical, but a pure internet dummy. however I did enjoyed doing some offline marketing over the years.....My sincere Bravo to your courage. Margaret A
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BIS Premium
Judith. Inspirational first post and if you never write another one what you've shared is very special and will be useful for lots of people in the days, weeks and months to come.

Looking forward to your 3rd book coming out., to add to the two I already have

Beverley
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Ema Premium
Judith, I am glad this is working for you and your blog reassures me about becoming an Imer. I love the way you write and it doesn´t matter that you don´t do it that often, when you do it is fresh and meaningful. :)
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jpwealth Premium
Really enjoyed this article Judith, Thank you. As a newbie to WA, I'm relating very much to your comments of introvert tenancies and touring around WA incognito. I wish you all of the best success with the strategies you present here. I think you have a way with the written word and I look forward to reading some more of your work.
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AlexWebley Premium
Great article. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
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David (IMR) Premium
Hello there Judith, Awesome post. A lot more peoplethen poeple think. Don't take chances such as opening up or letting the walls. Nice to see you let yours down and Broke out with this post. Your points are so true. Right down to the ooopps getting caught not in Business clothing. Thinking of it now makes me chuckle a bit. Not many would think of a conference call going out over and 80" monitor. At least not for the Newbie.. Cheers to you look forward to Reading any updates when you post them..
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stadium Premium
Nice post
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JohnnyMark1 Premium
What a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable post! I'm really glad you shared your thoughts and experiences. Wow, you are really motivated, and have so much going on. I appreciate your thoughts about stepping out of your comfort zone, and not accepting failure even during setbacks. Thank you, -John
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Billy2040 Premium
Congratulations Judith. Thanks for sharing your thougths with the community, for a newbie like me your story is the motivation I need when things aren't going that well. It takes a lot of practice to build the proper mindset, but it's about never giving up and taking action. Thanks again!
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Kyle Premium
Absolutely, never giving up is something that I have always preached. I have never seen someone fail that didn't quit and this holds true to this day!
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tagwan Premium
Hi Billy2040,
First of all thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog post.
You are totally right. Mindset is the key to Success in any business online or offline, as a matter of fact, it is the most important factor in anything we do in our life. If you think you can do a thing or you think you can't do a thing, you're right. It is your most present dominant thoughts that paint a picture of your future in whatever endeavour you undertake. As Kyle mentioned never quit because in the Big picture you really don't know how close you are to Success.

Thanks again and don't forget Believe in Yourself
Judith
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Ragus Premium
Hi Judith - What amazes me in WA upto now is its wonderful community. This community takes care of each other as though they are brothers and sisters. It is rare to find such a community anywhere else. I am very happy to have been a member of this community. I am never alone. I am always at home. long live WA
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tagwan Premium
Hi Kimco

Yes, I agree with you whole heartedly. WA community is awesome. I have to admit thet you meet the nicest people here. Wouldn't you say?

Judith
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BIS Premium
Hi Judith - You shouldn't have kept quiet so long as your advice is spot on!

Actually I know how you feel - I'm vocal now - but I was a member for about 18 months before I..did anything other than send a pm to .Kyle.

Whether you decide to post again soon or not, there's a lot of new members and others who will find this post inspiring.

Best wishes

Beverley
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tagwan Premium
Hi Beverley,

Thanks for the uplifting message. I've been following you for months now, and I would have never guessed that you hadn't been this vocal from the get go.

As I said in my previous message, I totally enjoy your resources. Don't stop!

Thanks again
Judith
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Well said judith and very inspirational. Am on my 2nd day of the 10 days free trial. And little by little i learn from sharings like what you have here. Even though I feel like information overload some times. I know that Am going to be a good Internet Marketer someday and it could be very soon .. lolz

Nice 1 judith.
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tagwan Premium
Hi Voltaire 1224

We all have to start somewhere and you took the Biggest step already. As for the information overload I still feel that when I am learning something new.
The thing is to just take your time and let it soak in. I found what really helped me was that I didn't allow myself to become paralyzed by just reading. I made sure that I took action each day. After I read something in the 30 Day Training I tried to apply it. I know it's all a little much to take in, but little by little it all comes together.
Good Luck on your Journey
Looking forward to reading your Success Story

Judith
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orangefromarge Premium
I'm sitting here at work at the mo just read your post and think its great very inspiring. I know how you feel I'm a bit of a recluse myself and realy connect with people here although I'm here almost every day. I've been here for about 8 months now and am just getting my head around WP, and am really excited as to what can happen from here. I think your post is great thanks.
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tagwan Premium
Hi orangefromarge

I'm glad you enjoyed my blog post.. The nice thing about WP and IM is that it's all fluid, always moving and always changing. So there is always new things to learn. I love that part of it. It's makes everything so interesting. It provides us with a personal challenge each day.

Thanks again
Judith
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LittleRhody Premium
Great post. after 3 years here it is time to for me to say Fare Thee Well.
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jaymekl Premium
I would definitely say it is crossed off! Great blog - after reading all the comments...just look at what you have connected to! I am new and so very much appreciate hearing form others who have different levels of experience. Part of what I am loving here is the community. My blog last night was about the fact that this journey IS a process and that I need to keep sight of that to keep in action. Thank you so very much for "coming out" ;-) Jayme
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Labman Premium
Thanks for opening up, its nice to hear that someone has taken this stuff to heart and is making a go of it. Congratulations!
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tagwan Premium
Thanks Craig,
I think that we owe it to ourselves to take everything we try doing to heart otherwise it's not worth doing. I think that pertains to life in general. To many people just skim the top.

Anyways, it was nice chatting again
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ToddT182 Premium
Thanks for taking the time to explain your trials and tribulations during your climb, it's comforting every time some one shares their success and sheds a little light on the pathway up!. I'll be up there soon!
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tagwan Premium
I've been putting off writing in the blog for a long time, but I felt like it was the right time. I'm glad it gave you some comfort. I know I love reading everyone's blogs but it was starting to feel a little one-sided. I needed to give back.

TduhT...I know that everything will fall into place for you, sooner than you think. Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog post. :-)
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Sielke Premium
Judith, its great to hear about your successes. It seems that you're dabbling in all sorts of things which is great. That's the great thing about online opportunities, there's a lot of them and you just have to find what works for you.
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tagwan Premium
Hi Sielke

Yes, I do dabble in quite a few different areas, but I've learned from experience never put all your eggs in one basket.....you have to spread them out but not too, thinly.

Do more then one thing, which keeps life interesting, and prevents boredom. It's not as much winning the end prize it's the journey you take and enjoying the process along the way. That way whatever I do never ever feels like work.
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veronica.l Premium
Thanks for sharing this with with us Judith. This is so true you do not have to have everything figured out when you start, all the ducks does not have to be in a row :). But start taking action, problems and questions comes up and you solve them a long the way, that is how we learn and grow.

Did you get the PJ job? :)

Great success to you! Oh, one more thing, I have just started some local marketing chats, would be great to have you at the next one if you would like to join us.
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tagwan Premium
Thanks for reading my blog. :-) I've always been self employed and only your own business, you have to take chances all the time, learn while you work or else someone else will take your place.

As for the PJ job yes I go it and I built the site and still do the SEO for it and that job lead to doing a job for an International hospital in the same city and a few others. So it was all turn out Good... but the only thing I changed is I bought pretty PJ's for those occasions. LOL

I loved to hang out in the local marketing chats.. just need to know when and where
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Labman Premium
Local Chat is at 4:00 Eastern in the main chat. Thursday.
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veronica.l Premium
Awesome you got the PJ job :)
Will let you know when we have the next local marketing chat.
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buddyboy Premium
Hi Judith, fantastic first post. And congrats on your success so far.
I waited more than 2 years to create my first post and it was just a simple post wishing my fellow Canadians a happy Victoria Day long weekend. And I wasn't even sure I wanted to do that.
It's very hard to come out of our comfort zones and I've recently realized that not doing so much earlier has only delayed my progress.
I was one of these guys that knew that even though I could simply post a question and get an answer pretty quick, I felt I might be percieved as somewhat of a fool so I proceeded to try and figure things out on my own, which only ended up costing me a lot of time. And I made plenty of mistakes along the way and still do, but I also learned a lot from those mistakes.
I to have had some minor success with my efforts but I could have achieved it much quicker just by getting involved more.
Thanks so much for the great read as well as some renewed inspiration to do some more posting and helping out others.
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tagwan Premium
Hi buddyboy,

Not sure what happened to my reply to you. I did reply but it just showed up as null. Anyways, here's the shortened version. Nice to connect with another fellow Canadian. Where abouts are you from?

I'm looking forward to reading your next post. :-)

Thanks for commenting, it's really appreciated.
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buddyboy Premium
Hey Judith. No worries. lol. I live in Toronto and it's nice connecting with you to. Hoping to start posting some more soon. Thanks for the reply.
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Deezdz Premium
Hi there Judith,

My definition of an introvert/recluse would not include a newbie who takes on building a website for an international company and corresponds via video conference with the CEO her jammies!!...lol That's amazing!

Very inspirational post which I'm sure will resonate with many as it has with me.
thanks ~dee
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Kyle Premium
Excellent post Judith and it is so wonderful about your successes. Your story is similar to mine and to every other person that has achieved the ultimate dream of being able to work for themselves and to do so on their own terms from the location in which they like (home in both of our cases).

Anyone can accomplish this level of success, however you need to prepare yourself for failure which will happen. With failure also comes success and the two likely come at the same time or very close. Once you learn how to fail and what not to do, success is the only alternative!

Hope to see more of your wonderful posts like this in the future, you have a lot of insight to offer others here! :)
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tagwan Premium
Thanks Kyle, I totally agree with you success is at the fingertips of everyone. As for failure I've had my fair share. But the nice thing is that I know that if you hit bottom the only way left to go is UP.
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Kyle Premium
Couldn't agree more...it can be reassuring sometimes to understand what doesn't work and it is the purest learning experience.
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