One Small Step, One Giant Leap

Last Update: May 16, 2016

I Did It!!.....I finally completed the first course of the Bootcamp!....it felt like i'd landed on the moon!

I know, I know it's not quite as thrilling an achievement as setting foot on the moon, neither is it one that ranks very highly on peoples lists of accomplishments. However I would like to look upon it as a small step, as apposed to a giant Leap. Then again it all depends on the perspective of the achievement.


First Day of School

When I first arrived here at Wealthy Affiliate I was a young lad of 46 and had all the fears you'd expect of a lad that age. Where was my Mum when I needed her, i'll never make any friends here, what if I do something wrong, will I get told off.....all the usual fears we all have experienced in the early years of our schooling.

Ok, so I'm exaggerating a little with the Moon and School thing here. But the point is that I knew absolutely nothing on arrival and when I mean nothing I mean it. My ability on a computer was literally sending and receiving emails, which I knew on the first day that I logged in wasn't going to get me too far.


Fast Forward Nine Months...

What felt like an extremely difficult labour, filled with sleepless nights and a yearning for it all to be over, I finally did it...I completed the first course!!

Although only up until recently have I managed to spend any real time on the course, (due to a busy work schedule) I stuck with it and persevered up till this moment and this is my point. I had no prior knowledge and minimal time to actually learn anything here, but I stuck with it.

My accomplishment can only really be measured by myself and how far I have progressed and increased my understanding with affiliate marketing and my new found skill of using a computer, in comparison to my previous knowledge of the two.

I arrived with no knowledge, finished course one and now I know something, will complete course two and know a little more, then three, then four.....

Small steps and persistence can lead to big change, it's how man reached the moon.

All the best

Tommy


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JudyKaiser Premium
Tommy....you stopped by my site and followed me and I thank you. I came over here to see how you were doing. You've really embraced the WA lifestyle...."Learn or Learn", which I must say your doing well. It's such a good feeling when you finish 1 lesson, then the next, and next.....and next. They seem to have given your pride a boost, which is great!

Here we are, all adults (well most of us, jury is out on me) and taking a lesson, and learning new skills for most about a computer and how to produce a website, yet we worry. Can I? Will they? What if? Should I? Maybe we all need to just say, I can! They will! If What? and I SHOULD!

You're a great example of what we CAN DO!; Keep up the great work. I'm watching you!
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TommyK Premium
Thank you for the kind, encouraging words Judy. I am constantly impressed and delighted by the way everyone helps each other out here at WA.

I've always felt that encouragement draws the best out of people and helps to build a strong, supportive team.

I'm really enjoying myself here now and although I still find many aspects difficult, the community carry me through the worst of it.

I'm looking forward to climbing up into the clear blue sky and have now reached a point of knowing that I will get there. So onwards we go, I look forward to seeing you with a very successful business.

All the very best
Tommy
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JudyKaiser Premium
Tommy, glad I could encourage You! Happy prosperous journey. Stop by sometime...coffees hot and fresh!
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TommyK Premium
Looking forward to it, see you tomorrow!!:))
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JudyKaiser Premium
Great cant wait!
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NWTDennis Premium
Congratulations ... oh and another thing. You write very well even if your Mum may not be around to help :-). Over here (across the pond as they say) we call our Mothers' "Moms", but it means the same.

I'm just starting Bootcamp (I did the Certification Training first) and am still tweaking my niche site).
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Way to go! One foot in front of the other and you will get there!
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MKearns Premium
Great going to a virtual school isn't it?
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TommyK Premium
It certainly is Michael.
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TommyK Premium
Thank you Alexander.
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AlexEvans Premium
Way to go, Tommy, they may be small steps in your eyes but they are big steps in the right direction.
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TommyK Premium
Quite right Michael, I may just stay here!!
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Ultimateless Premium
At least you're on the moon! Now you can take a stroll! lol !
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storm57 Premium
It is a great achievement, it has taken me months to get where I am also. And I still have a long way to go and much to learn
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TommyK Premium
Thanks Gail, if we both keep plodding on i'm certain that we'll get there:)
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dianegailit Premium
I think that is a great accomplishment! I am still working on Bootcamp, course 2, lesson 10 :-) I have been there for awhile......but there is no rush. Enjoy the courses. They are fantastic!
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TommyK Premium
Thank you Diane. The good thing for me is that I set no timeframe on this course, there were too many unknowns for me and that took the stress out of it straight away.
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JudeP Premium
You are doing great Tommy, that's the beauty of these courses that we can all work on them at our own pace. And I know what you mean about scary prospects - I knew absolutely nothing about setting up a website when I got here :)
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TommyK Premium
Thank you for the vote of confidence Jude, there were a few times when I found myself glazing over trying to understand parts of the first course. However i'm through it and pushing on!!...
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