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When I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis a few months ago, it became necessary to quit the part-time job that I had recently taken for the purpose of meeting new people and making some money for a vacation. The physical labor, although not very heavy, was exacerbating my symptoms. Not only that, but I could see that my "real job" was also contributing to my pain and that I would need to replace it as soon as possible.

As I began researching my condition and looking for career options, it became apparent that I would probably qualify for disability benefits which did not appeal to me. Additional research revealed that there are not many options for someone in my situation.

Here's where I was:

  • Everything I did for more than twenty minutes made my body hurt.
  • I did not have any marketable skills.
  • I did not have any money to invest in education in order to gain new skills.
  • I wanted to stay active.

Specifically, I wanted to find a free training program that would enable me to replace my income without having to apply for disability benefits.

How an Annoying Pop-up Ad Changed My Life

After several days of researching, I was getting discouraged. There was just nothing out there! Not only that, but my neck was hurting and my hand was numb from spending so much time on the computer.

That's when a pop-up ad appeared, offering people with disabilities an opportunity to work from home, at their own pace, utilizing their current resources and abilities. Huh. As much as I detest pop-up ads, I was desperate enough to click.

Not That Again!

The ad led to "free" training that promised to teach me how to create a website that would generate income. I knew where this was headed. Free training is bait designed to hook you into signing up for additional training that is going to cost hundreds, of not thousands, of dollars. Been there. Done that.

Although I had always dreamed of living a laptop lifestyle, I had tried blogging for money before and didn't get very far. Within the first two months of creating my website, right when I was starting to pick up some momentum, I was blocked from accessing my account with no explanation. So ended that fantasy.

Nevertheless, I had benefited from free training in the past, sometimes even opting to purchase additional training. It doesn't hurt to take a look and purchasing additional training is not required.

A Glimmer of Hope

That click led me to Wealthy Affiliate, where there were promises that seemed too good to be true. There were free lessons that promised to prepare participants to earn money online and the free program included two free websites. This was certainly worth a try. I had nothing to lose but a few hours of my time and training is never a waste of time.

The training was impressive!

I hadn't gotten very far into it when I knew without doubt that this was exactly what I needed! Little did I know how little I knew the first time I tried to create a profitable website! As I had suspected, there was also an opportunity to upgrade but I ignored that possibility and continued to progress in my free training.

When You Want Something Bad Enough

We've all heard the cliche, "Where there's a will, there's a way". As I progressed through the training I knew that this was my chance to get out of the rut I was in. Here was an opportunity to better myself as a human, help other people, and make money all rolled into a tidy little package.

Suddenly that money that I had set aside for a future vacation didn't seem quite as important. After all, once money started to flow in life would become one long vacation! I decided to jump in and purchase the Premium membership for one year. It's not necessary to pay a whole year in advance but it's the best deal and I like deals.

Even Better Than I Thought

As soon as I upgraded to Premium, I started getting messages from members of the community that welcomed me and offered support. Absorbed in my training, I ignored them and quietly wished the distractions would go away. I'm not much of a "community" kind of person and I was happy doing my own quiet thing in my own quiet way.

It didn't take long and I got stuck on something in the training so I detoured over to "live chat" and asked for help. Woah! Instant answer! That was cool! I thanked my helper and went on my way.

A few days later, I noticed that little gray strip at the top of my screen. "Need help Theresa?" The next time I got stuck I started to type my question in the box and discovered a whole new world of learning! Not only had someone previously asked the very same question, but members of the community had created tutorials that provided answers. Some were in video format, others were blog posts, and my favorite format which is step-by-step written instructions with screen shots to show the way.

I Must Be Dreaming

The community in Wealthy Affiliate is amazing! How could I resist? Not only are they available to answer questions and to encourage, but I am learning so much more than how to make money online.

If you are new to Wealthy Affiliate or if you are an outsider looking in, you may not know at some point in the training we are given an opportunity to look over other member's websites and read their posts. What an amazing hodgepodge of people there are in this program!

Through other member sites, I have learned even more about making money online. I have also learned, on a member site, how to make money by spending regular time reviewing my spending plan and looking for ways to cut back. I have also acquired an abundance of information about all sorts of unrelated topics because people blog about all sorts of things. Reading other member's blogs has become one of my favorite pastimes.

I have made some great new friends, too! Some of them share my interests, some are mentors, and others are people that I am able to help out in some way.

There's So Much More to Discover!

As of this post, I have been involved with Wealthy Affiliate for less than three months. I have completed the starter training program and have gained incredible, life-changing skills yet I have only just begun to learn! There are classrooms that I haven't even stepped into. New training is uploaded daily. People are constantly sharing their light-bulb moments which give me light-bulb moments, too. Not only that, but there's a whole second training course that I haven't even looked into!

A Brighter Tomorrow

As a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, I have completely changed my outlook on life. I know that success is within my grasp if only I put in the effort to get there. It's not going to be handed to me but I have been given the tools I need to get there.

Once you step through the gate, you will be handed a road map that tells you exactly which routes will lead to success and which ones lead to failure. It'll even point out the dead-ends. There are many, many directions in which to detour and they all lead to money-making opportunities.

Check It Out - It's Free!

The bottom line is that it doesn't cost anything to check out the program. There are plenty of freebies in the starter program and you can stay involved in that as long as you like. If you know, without a doubt, that this is the thing you have been searching for, there is an affordable upgrade available that no doubt will pay for itself with some effort on your part.

Happy exploring!

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DonnieNorton Premium
Hi Theresa, thank you for the great post. Upgrading to premium is the easiest way to learn how to have success with affiliate marketing. I wish you all the best
TheresaHorn Premium
Thank you.
epiphany55mp Premium
We were about in that same situation. Michael and I are both considered disabled and we do get social security. It covers the bills - barely. There's no extra for a night out or buying that one blouse or pair of pants that you'd like to have but isn't in the budget.

Michael was looking around - alot like you were and he came across WA. Before I knew it, here we were! I've had a blog for about a year and I've made a little bit of money from it, but nothing that makes much difference. I thought I had taken some lessons that were going to show me how to make the blog successful. Come to find out, it was just a minimal success and I wouldn't get much further. The men who were teaching it were the ones making the money!

The lessons here are so much better! They show you everything you need to know to be successful. And if you don't understand something, there's always someone there to help. We just finish the training and are going to get started with the WA affiliate training.

There are several things that I need to get in and tweak, And, there are a few lessons I want to go back over - just for clarification. In time, I know that we'll be very successful.

So, Theresa, let's move onward together! Disabled or not, we've got alot to look forward to!

TheresaHorn Premium
So happy to "meet" you! I'm looking forward to positive things ahead for all of us!
AnnDreams2 Premium
This is a wonderful post. It will take a while, I started last Fall and making lots of good progress towards ranking higher in Google. Made a couple of sales too. I believe there's a program that will type out what you say if typing becomes difficult. Keep up the good work! Never quit! One small step forward is still a step in the right direction. :-)
TheresaHorn Premium
Thanks for the encouragement!
Donna2018 Premium
Hi Theresa,
Love your inspiring story! But as you, may career in the medical field came to a hault almost 5 years ago now.

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarhtritis. So, I KNOW what you are going through! Hope you have found some treatment and relief.

TheresaHorn Premium
It's so fun to find others in a similar situation. :)
LawalAremu Premium
I'm quite impressed and encouraged by your story. I wish you all the best in WA community.
TheresaHorn Premium
Thanks! Wishing you the best as well!