A Top Priority Today
If we have learned nothing else from COVID-19, we have learned that our ability to earn independently is critical. This is a time in our history when being free from external controls has become one of our top 3 priorities. Actually, it is up there, right after life and health. The good news is, you can find the best independent living while you learn new skills online FREE.
When I started my work life in the early 80s, the expectation was that you would get a good education, preferably from a top-ranked school or college. This would be your ticket into a large, profitable organisation in one of the top professions such as law, finance, engineering or medicine. After working your butt off for 30 or 40 years, you would retire and live off of the pension that they calculated for you.
Then you passed the time away until you died.
We have been seeing changes to this model during the past few years, but our experiences this past year with the current global pandemic has really slapped us with the realisation that the old model is no longer relevant.
Without Vision, People Perish
Achieving independence begins with having a vision for yourself, your life and what you want to achieve. Even with the uncertainty that exists with employment today, too many people still rely solely on their employers for their future. Taking that approach is almost a death sentence.
Who would have thought that famous, old and established companies like Ford Motor Company, Bloomingdale’s, General Motors, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks and Tiffany’s would have ever closed their doors.
According to the World Economic Forum, hundreds of millions of people could be left without work around the world due to the impact of COVID-19, over 30 million in the United States of America alone. The United Nation’s International Labour Organisation is predicting that approximately 1.6 billion informal economy workers could suffer “massive damage” to their lifestyles and livelihoods.
That is over 20% (one fifth) of the world’s population!
COVID-19 aside, the recessions in the early 80s, 90s and early 2000s should have brought home the fact that we needed to have an independent vision for ourselves. The traditional brick-and-mortar work life was now unpredictable and intolerable.
How can you plan with so much uncertainty outside of your control?
The truth is, you cannot. All the more reason why it is imperative to make better choices for your life and hold tightly to your own reins.
The Digital Economy Is Growing
So, what is your safest bet?
My career began in the world of computers in the early 80s. I have travelled across career disciplines, countries and industries and returned to the world of technology. Of course, a lot has changed since I was first here but I must say that it feels great to be back.
In 2019, after my last attempt to invest in a brick-and-mortar business in my home country, I began my Digital Entrepreneur journey with Wealthy Affiliate (WA).
I have not looked back!
In 1 year, I have moved from being ignorant of how the economics of the internet works to earning 5-figure income across diverse revenue streams. Perhaps, for the first time in my life, I have a regret – that I did not start this sooner.
After my first year, my vision is clear and my path is cut. I know where I am going and how I am getting there. What has really helped me is the WA Community. Saying it is incredible would be putting it mildly.
For years, prior to joining WA last year, I was playing around on the internet. A course here. Starting a free website there. Joining a program to learn how to write. I explore many avenues but nothing ever brought it together the way WA has.
Be Open To Learning New Skills
Like any other industry, the World Wide Web has a life of its own. It is good and it is not-so-good. I have heard many horror stories but I am thankful that I do not call any of them my own. I was fortunate to find a safe place.
The potential for learning on the internet is huge!
In my first year at WA, I have completed 70 lessons and become a Certified Online Entrepreneur. It was not easy to do while working offline and parenting an active 10-year old but I made the sacrifice and stuck to it.
By the time I completed my Online Entrepreneur Certification in July 2020, I had 2 profitable websites, both indexed by Google. All my blog posts were indexed and ranked by the major Search Engines almost as soon as they were published.
One of the major new skills I learned was how to write – or blog – for my websites. I always thought that I was a good writer but when I started blogging, I realized that my stiff-upper-lip corporate style was not going to attract many visitors to my online business.
One year later, I have written almost 600,000 words in my over 200 blog posts, according to Grammarly! Did I mention that I am also a member of Grammarly’s Affiliate Program and earn income from Referrals? ????
My Life Belongs To Me
This is what it means to be truly independent. We usually tend to think about this in terms of finance, dollars and cents. Perhaps because we rely on our ability to earn to fund our lifestyle and most aspects of it.
If we do not have sufficient funds, we are unable to adequately care for ourselves if we are unhealthy or unwell. We cannot invest in our growth and education to learn new skills. We will struggle to provide for our families and loved ones. We will be at the liberty of our employers if we are one of the fortunate ones to still have a job.
The best independent living begins with finding your joy and your passion. That is exactly what you can be fortunate to experience as a Content and Affiliate Marketer. With 4.5 billion people having internet access today, your market could be anything that you dream of.
As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, you will have 100,000s of people supporting you and helping you reach your goals, every day, 24/7. The best thing is that you can begin this journey for FREE, today.
No credit cards. No PayPal. No payment. Simply click the button below and begin learning at the best online university available.
By the time you graduate, you may well be able to pay off all of your debts!
This is home to two (2) world-travelling, youthful, life-loving and committed Caribbean women – Cassi, a Baby Boomer Dragon Gemini preparing to transition into being a full-time Digital Entrepreneur/Writer/Photographer and, Zafi, a Generation Alpha Tiger Aquarian who has already found her life passion in the realm of dance and music.
Together, we discovered Affiliate Marketing and now enjoy building and growing our lives full of genuine community, learning, support, networking and earning – on our terms and at our leisure.