3 Years at Wealthy Affiliate (My Online Journey)
This feels strange.
Three years at Wealthy Affiliate online business community... Say what?
On one hand it feels like I've been here for ages, on the other hand, it feels like I am a newbie and there's always new things for me to learn (which there is).
My Online Journey Started in 2015
How and why did I decide to pursue online opportunities?
It all started during my university years.
I was a Law & Society student but had enough scholarship and decided to travel as a language student during summer time (France, Mexico, Quebec, British Columbia).
Not only did these experiences abroad expand my horizons but it made me realize that I don't want to be some lawyer, a profession I wasn't even interested in, and being stuck in one geographical place...
...thinking about it horrified me.
I made my decision that I will finish university with good grades to show my grandmother (who was a very respectable teacher) that Diploma paper. Just wanted her to feel proud.
But I knew I will NOT continue down that career path.
So, I started doing some research online.
Realized that people can make money being freelancers using whatever skills they have.
I graduated in 2015, did some freelance work and, frankly, I hated it.
I mean I felt like I was running after people to give me a job and just wasn't my thing.
Without too much success as a freelancer, I remembered some guy's website that was stuck somewhere there in the back of my mind.
It was Steve aka @IveTriedThat.
Joined his newsletter, joined Wealthy Affiliate, went through the free Online Entrepreneur Training course and I LOVED IT.
I went premium 2 days after I joined...
...And never left.
Crazy Ups and Downs in All Areas of Life
For me 2015 and 2017 were life-changing.
- I graduated from York University
- I met a person who I thought was my soulmate
- Experienced traumatic event: my grandmother died
- Was accepted in the French language program in Montreal (5 weeks)
- Freelance + Wealthy Affiliate (my parents were NOT happy)
Nothing special, just kept trying to find myself and if I recall correctly that was when I nearly got caught in the Digital Altitude (was announced as scam by the FTC in 2018).
(Talk about Shiny Object Syndrome.)
Glad I continued being a WA member.
Even though I was slacking off a lot and didn't see much success, I knew that I was the reason it didn't work.
I mean I really didn't do much work, and I always realized that. I was just lazy. Period.
The bottom line:
REAL BUSINESS REQUIRES REAL WORK.
I had MASSIVE emotional and physical pain that year.
- Very unexpected break-up with that person I met in 2015
- Accident/orthopedic surgery/foot and ankle fractures ... couldn't walk for MONTHS
Now... don't let that smile fool you.
I was crying EVERY. SINGLE.DAY for 3 months straight after the surgery...
...so much pain I wouldn't wish to my worst enemy. I mean even nearly narcotic painkillers didn't help.
(So glad, it's behind me now.)
I was very close to falling into deepest depression when I came across Dylan's posts @dylanrieger.
I got inspired, excited and thought it's a good way to keep my mind occupied since I was stuck in 1 room for months (still couldn't walk).
So I decided to start an Amazon site on October 29, 2017.
2018: Things Improving...
Needless to say, I was VERY slow with publishing on my Amazon site because, well, I needed the energy to recover.
And still with so little amount of posts, I started seeing progress with my site.
I started slowly walking again (literally baby steps!)
My main focus is health, massages, physiotherapy etc but at the same time I am working on my Amazon site and even have hired writers to help me.
Things started to improve.
I am more stable emotionally, physically and financially.
Now, with the Amazon site using "best of" strategy I have a CLEAR understanding how to grow my income (hint: website business + investing).
It's a long journey but I know I will build passive income but it's very well worth it.
I am now 27 and hopefully by July 31, 2021 (when I am 30) I can say:
"I really am financially free. I have the freedom to do anything I want, anytime I want, anywhere I want".
If you're new or not seeing success:
- go through the training,
- network and ask questions,
- set realistic goals,
- work your butt off,
- be persistent.
Also, check out Dylan's posts. They will inspire you.
And if you're a free member now, I encourage you to go Premium. Wealthy Affiliate platform is second to none.