When you get stuck!

When you get stuck one of the most frustrating things that you can find in a business is how to get answers. Do you get stuck along with everybody else.   Where do you go to find the answers quickly.

When you get stuck it can be incredibly. frustrating in any business particularly Affiliate Marketing.
Ask anybody, they all know the answers.
So why are many of the answers different?

You can try a Google search,
You can try a virtual assistant,
You can try the help desk
You can even look for the answers in the Comments section.

When you get stuck you want the correct answers, not somebody’s idea of what they think the answer should be.
Whatever your business, you need accurate answers. Getting the wrong information can literally lead you up the garden path.
That’s called time and money.

At one time I was involved in specialized investment real estate; the only place to get answers was from the boss.  If he was not available I was stuck.
You could ask a work mate and maybe you will get the correct answer, as long as he doesn’t have some other agenda, like trying to get a promotion.

Just today I was trying to figure out speech recognition for MS Word, I tried several links on Google, they sounded plausible, I just couldn’t get them to work.  So I asked an associate in my current business, and his answer was so simple. Hit the Windows key and the H key at the same time.

Having somebody there to answer your questions when you get stuck can save you hours of time and frustration.
In developing an online business, wouldn’t it be great to get answers to any challenge, anytime you got stuck.  And to have those answers provided quickly and accurately.
After a two year search, I have found only one such group.
It’s called Wealthy Affiliates.

Let me explain why at Wealthy Affiliates, you will never again be put in a situation where you get stuck.
The training right from the start takes you step by step, through the complete process of Affiliate/Online Marketing. The training is broken down into individual Lessons (makes them index-able, means you can find them any time you want) and they are provided in three formats, written text, complete with a video presentation and a set of exercises.

I had a job teaching adults how to teach skills.
There are only three basic steps in learning a skill;

  1. Explanation (Text)
  2. Demonstration (Video)
  3. Practice (Exercises)

I was teaching Air Traffic Controllers, Firemen and Flight Service Personnel. The skills they were going to teach their new recruits had the lives of hundreds of passengers at stake. They had to master the skills by the end of a 3 week training course. No room for error.

These 3 basic steps apply to anybody teaching a skill.
Wealthy Affiliates is the perfect training system. From the very first Lesson you will get answers to questions you have not even thought of.
The training is complete, nothing has been left out. Nothing you have to pay extra for. You can work through the lessons at your own pace, so this will fit whatever your personal situation may be.

Each lesson has all the details explained fully. Like the steps outlined above in learning a skill, all the lessons at Wealthy Affiliates are in text format, complete with a video presentation and then some practical exercises. You take the skills you are learning and apply them to building your website to make money.  This is the ultimate in a practical exercise, showing yourself that you have learned the new skill.

Even with my kids, when I was trying to teach them a new skill I would explain the skill, show them how to do it, and then have them do it for themselves. It works with any skill.
You’ll quickly learn that new skill with ease and be the master of it forever.

Wealthy affiliates immediately captured my attention with their magnificent training program.

It doesn’t matter how much you pay to learn affiliate/online marketing you will not find anything comparable to Wealthy Affiliates.
You can even spend thousands of dollars and you will never learn the skills you need to be successful at affiliate marketing.

Really, so how good is this training?
Wealthy Affiliates allows you to join for FREE,
work all the way through the initial training for FREE,
build yourself a website for FREE,
in a niche you like and have it hosted on the web for FREE.
They impose no time limits and allow you to work at your own pace.
And it really is FREE,
no credit card, no address, just a name and email address.

There are only two levels of Membership available.  The STARTER Level and the PREMIUM Level.
The differences can be seen in the chart below:

You have the opportunity to join Wealthy Affiliates either as a

Why would you consider becoming a Premium Member.
Check out the drop down menu items in this link and see what you get
You can save even more with an annual membership.

YOU have nothing to lose, JOIN NOW and see what you get as a Premium Member..

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below


How Things Change

How Things Change

Most of us would like to see the future and see how things change for us. If there was a way of changing your life when you knew how things change, wouldn’t it be great. If only we  could change our lives as we went. Obviously this just doesn’t happen. Maybe as an alternative we could learn from the experience of others. Here’s an experience you may relate to.

It’s a “long” summary of me and How Things Change in  my life.
Sorry it’s so long, but I am OLD in years but young at heart.

When I was a young teenager, about half a century ago, I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life?

When I spoke to my parents, and their friends and others I respected, I believed I would get some direction and good advice. Mostly they advised me to get a government job, keep my nose clean and retire at age 65. Then I could live happily ever after.

You will probably have had a similar conversation if you were brought up in the 60’s and early 70’s. Back then I was 17 and just out of school, I could actually imagine getting that wonderful job I would enjoy all of my working life.

So this was the way my thinking was colored as I moved through my teenage years into early adulthood.

When I started looking for that perfect JOB, they were relatively easy to find. My dream job was to become an Air Traffic Controller. I even got a Private Pilots License to give me a better chance of success. Went through a rigorous selection process, several interviews, psychological tests, and a medical. Passed everything until I got to the color blindness test.

Never knew I was red-green color blind until that day. This was the end of my dreams of becoming an Air Traffic Controller. As a consellation prize the recruiters offered me a job in the Department Of Civil Aviation.

There really should be an “Oh, how things change!” in here.

Not having any back-up plan, I ended up by default in the Australian Commonwealth Government in a pretty cushy position of Contracts Officer. It paid well, so I thought, as I had nothing to compare it with apart from a couple of part-time jobs working in my dad’s garages.

how things change

I got married. We had two incomes, so we now had more money.

However, there were also more demands on that money, I had 2 mouths to feed, rent to pay on an apartment, we needed a second car and we had to save to buy a house. Very quickly we found we needed more money,
I started another part-time job. That was three incomes.

With the thinking I had instilled into me, I was supposed to accept our situation and just keep working hard and eventually everything would turn out okay.

Well it didn’t work out okay. The house we could afford was not in the area we wanted, but in an area our incomes could afford. The schools weren’t what we wanted, the only positive here was we wouldn’t have high school fees. It wasn’t close to our parents or our friends. This exercise of getting the wrong house took 3 years.

how things change

Soon we had three mouths to feed, then 4, then 5 and finally 6.

Australian type food.

We decided to put a stop to the family expansion.

Well the “job” in fact any job, just wasn’t going to be the forever income for our growing family. I still had a second job but we needed to do something different.

Our real search for an income and the lifestyle we dreamed of, had now begun.

Firstly it was MLM, and that lasted for many years. It gave us a respectable income, but we needed more. So I went out and got another JOB, selling on commission only. I went from one sales job to another looking for the “right” job, thinking it would be like the ideal government job. It became clear, I needed to work for myself to create a future for my family. It had to be a business of our own, where the income would eventually come from residual sales.

There were lots of positions offering the possibility of a residual income. I sold insurance, personal development programs, investment programs, real estate investment programs; you name it, I probably sold it. Not bad for a Contracts Officer.

This did give us a better lifestyle. We travelled overseas many times, had nice cars, moved house to an upscale suburb on the opposite side of town, sent the kids to a private college. This was over a period of about 20 years. It was a lot of hard work and we could never seem to relax. Lots of weekend work and many nights not at home. So maybe calling it a good lifestyle was not exactly true.

how things change

Then the internet was born, but it was very new. I liked the concept and bought one of the very first Apple Computers thinking this was the way of the future.

I even tried building a computer, not even understanding it needed special “software” to run the thing. We were still looking for the business that would put us on easy street. I was always trying something new that might work.

We now had two businesses rather than two jobs. All that meant was we worked a lot harder, and a lot longer.

Eventually it put a strain on our marriage which caused more financial problems and that finally led to divorce.

how things change

Our MLM business was still going and that did help with the finances. It also occurred to me that even after a few years with very little effort it still produced an income. With the divorce so went the MLM business.

I wanted to find a way to get an income that would go on forever, because some day I would have to stop working.. That day was getting closer and closer.

The computer seemed to be the answer. Not understanding how to make money online, one day while playing around, I met a lady online. Her name was Michelle and she only lived 10,098 miles away.

We typed conversations (no video back then) for about 6 months and eventually I went to meet her. Did I mention I was an Australian and Michelle lived in Florida?

In just a week Michelle and I decided we would come back and live together in Australia.

how things change

I still had my job as a sales manager for a Real Estate Investment company and had quite a respectable income. It was commission only.

We got married, bought a beautiful Great Dane Puppy who we called Abbey, and life was good for a few years. Then one day we got a call from Michelle’s mum. She had some serious challenges and needed us to come home to Pennsylvania to look after her. We sold up most of what we had accumulated including a Mercedes that I really loved, packed up everything else and shipped it to America. When we got to California, Abbey had such a bad trip on the plane; instead of flying to Pennsylvania, we hired a car in Los Angeles and drove the rest of the way to Meadville, Pennsylvania.

how are things going to change for you?

Can you see any pattern in my story?
Can you see how I needed to change my life.

Lots of plans, lots of dreams, that don’t go the way you expect.

How much control do we actually have over our lives.

If you look at your life, have you had similar things happen to you?

Things that take you away from your dreams and aspirations.

As a Contracts Officer, did I ever for one moment think I would eventually be living in America, with a wife that came from Florida? Talk about changing my life!

how things change

Where we live in Pennsylvania, there is no Investment Real Estate opportunities to make money.

Michelle and her Mum had always wanted a thrift store.

So Everybody’s Store was born.

Michelle & I built this store from scratch. We ran the business for 9 years and never bought any stock. We gave back to the community and in turn they supported us with their purchases and donations.

how things change

Four years after we arrived in America, we lost Michelle’s mum. This resulted in a 2 year Court Case. A very traumatic time in our lives.

There were a couple of other jobs with relatively good income, and it was at this point I started to look at the computer again.

I found affiliate marketing, but didn’t have a clue on how to even get started. The idea of running a computer business died.

how things change

I was born with a bicuspid heart valve and In 2013, I needed a heart valve replacement, a new aortic valve, a new ascending aorta and three bypasses to put it all together. After that I had 2 strokes which thankfully had no lasting effects and then 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Cancer. I’ll post about this cancer at a later time as it has been life changing for us. I have not had Chemo, Surgery or Radiation, all the treatment has been done with diet. This is a message I do want to pass on as it can help save countless lives.

how things change

Between 2013 and 2015 we got involved with a number of affiliate marketing groups that cost us several thousand dollars for the experience. The only one that didn’t cost anything was Wealthy Affiliates. But we knew anything that is free wouldn’t be any good. So we disregarded it.

Back to searching for a job. Tried several but couldn’t find anything with a residual income,

only jobs that paid just enough to keep the wolf from the door.
Now it is August 2018, and back to the computer, we came across Wealthy Affiliates. We thought we’d better sign up and give it a try since it was free.
To our surprise we were ALREADY members, and had been since June 2015.

We’re here today to tell you how great this business is.
WA waited for us to catch up.

To see why we are so passionate about Wealthy Affiliates follow this link, become a free member and take a look at what you get for free. Changing my life, made all the difference.

Your personal journey will be incredible. How things change for you will determine your grit and will probably change your life.

Rob & Michelle

Big Ideas

*Big ideas
“You’re the shadow stealing light against the wall.
You’re the dream I had just before I woke up”
Big ideas…

“You’re the shadow stealing light against the wall.
You’re the dream I had just before I woke”






I am writing about ideas…large and small. 

Yes, even the ideas that are minuscule that float around in your subconscious can become enormous.
Our ideas will differ, but are equally important.

This morning at the moment of the dawning of the day, I walked out on the deck…to embrace the chill of the late Autumn air.

As I looked, the mist was rising from the swamp to embrace this chill.  It moved as if alive, a magic moment in time.  The light of the morning was perfect.  Capturing this dance of this new morning.  Truly magical.  A memory.

There are many reasons we see things visually and think the way we do.  But the way in which we do this is truly a unique experience to each of us.

Our minds will meet on a big idea, we dance in unison and the music in our mind is played…the same unheard song.  This is the moment of connection.  How many times a day does this happen?  Depends.

If you are employed you do your job, hopefully connected and doing it well.
If you are self employed, the same holds true.  You are connected and doing the best you can, which like an employee will vary.

As an employee you can go to your supervisor, or boss with a question, so that you may do your job better, work more efficiently.

Now, Mr. Boss man, let me ask you, how do you find the answers that you need to keep your business moving forward towards your somewhat elusive goal?

Probably, you are continuing educating yourself in the many aspects of your business.  Yet at times you will have to reach out for ideas.

When a roadblock is apparently ahead.. you freeze.    

Just at this moment, time in your mind races backward…then forward, again and again, then STOP.
The moment of the regrouping of thoughts, plan of action has arrived.  I have been in these shoes many times.  I have even questioned my abilities, as you have yours.  This is what makes us successful.

At this point in my life, needing to be abreast of the fast paced world, moving faster than I could have imagined, keeping a step ahead is becoming a race.
Creating a stressor on my thoughts and actions.

As I think, and regroup my thoughts, it seems apparent, clear as the dawning of a new day.  Something different is on the horizon in my mind.

A new Big Ideas.
Why Ideas, not just Idea, you may ask.  I will tell you straight off there is NEVER a single idea, that stands alone.


Ideas like grapes come in bunches.  One bunch of grapes contains many grapes…ideas.  Get the picture.  One idea leads to another.  Ideas.



To become part of Wealthy Affiliates was and is “The Big Ideas”.
Rearranging  myself even re-educating the thoughts in my mind to embrace this Big Ideas, was at first frightening.  But this was my bridge to cross


Making the decision to walk a different path, expand my journey, embrace what the future holds,  becomes part of this wonderful roller coaster world.


Wealthy Affiliates has the training, and all the help you could possibly ask for….Free.  No credit card!  Zippo zap, no commitment, just try it!

I’m sure like Mikey says, “try it, you’ll like it”.  I did, and I liked it!

There is nothing to stop you….except yourself.



*Beginning lyrics to Big Ideas
Writers: Nathan Nicholson, Adam Harrison, Andrew David Smith, Piers John Hewitt