“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
I love this quote. What does this quote mean to you?
How does it make you feel?
Are you happy with the type of people you spend the most time with?
The top 5?
I remember reading this quote many years ago and definitely decided on a review of those I spent a lot of time with. It was a time when I was changing from working for someone else to working for myself. Therefore, my focus had changed.
I also did this about 18 months ago too. Again I was transitioning but this time (10 years later) I had decided to transition from a local based business to an online business. So to support this transition, I shifted from 100% of my income coming from working for myself to a portion working for someone else until I build up an online business (rather than a locally based business).
My Personal Search for an Online Community
Therefore, I needed to develop an online network of people from not where I am located to support my goal of an online business that can attract and support clients from around the globe. This change in focus stimulated a google search… of which uncovered a few options. I signed up for 2 online communities taking advantage of their ‘free’ trial memberships. One I left and one I am still a member of 18 months later… I talk about this journey more on my About page.
In April 2017, I found and joined Wealthy Affiliate (WA).
To be brutally honest, at the same time I had found WA, I also found another online community focusing on online marketing education. I admit I was drawn to the other option because it wasn’t as ‘full on’ a name as ‘Wealthy Affilaite’ but as it turned out WA delivered far greater content and quality at a super low cost. Therefore I tried out WA at their free level and upgraded to Premium within a couple of days and then committed to an annual membership in November 2017.
What this highlighted to me is not to ‘judge a book by its cover’. What I mean by that is, the name ‘Wealthy Affiliate’ didn’t resonate with me but after the community demonstrated its value and consistently overdelivered on value, I simply ‘got over it’ and took advantage of all that this community has to offer.
Incredibly, I have been a member here since April 2017 and I have only just realised that I have not yet blogged specifically about the aspect of the Wealthy Affiliate (WA) membership that was the major reason why I joined. It being an online community!
Why did I join?
The reason why I originally joined Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is because I was seeking a positive, uplifting, knowledgeable online community; where I could learn more about online marketing and how to be a blogger and understanding affiliate marketing. Also an important criteria for me was for it to be based not from where I am locatrd. I live in a city that is regarded to be remote, therefore I wanted to transcend that distance via an online community.
As a result of a late night, google search, I found WA! And I have been grateful ever since.
I remember when I did, it was almost like:
- I can’t believe it
- this is too good to be true
- is it really as good as it sounds?
The answer is, WA is not only is as good as it sounds, it is better and regularly overdelivers.
I am also well aware that some reading this blog some maybe be thinking ‘of course you’re going to say good things you’re an affiliate of this community and you get paid if I click and join’. Yes I do get paid if someone clicks my affiliate link and then joins at the paid, Premium level. (I do not get paid if you join and remain at the Free level). For those of you with this mindset, I challenge you. Is it so wrong to be paid a small commission for recommending a service particularly one that is meeting your needs? An outcome of receiving these commissions is:
- You receive Free, personal mentoring from myself and the founders of the community when you join plus
- It means this blog remains a free resource for all seeking to achieve in an online business.
- Plus by me or any affiliate receiving a commission it does not increase what you pay for membership = win/win
Returning to the original topic: Why Join an Online Community?
As stated by Napoleon Hill in the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’:
The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
I have participated in and facilitated MasterMind sessions for many years and it always amazes me how powerful and useful they are. It is almost like an additional ‘entity’ is created by the joining of 2 or more minds together focusing on one sole purpose. The solutions and results that come out from brainstorming together you simply cannot achieve alone. That is a fact.
To achieve at your highest level it is important and necessary to:
- Not do it alone.
- To surround yourself with quality, like-minded people that lift you up and support your goals and
- To seek out a mentor(s) that has achieved what you seek to help you to fast-track your success
What I needed in an online community last year was:
- Connection with likeminded, quality people
- to learn new knowledge in online marketing, blogging and affiliate maketing and
- be a part of a global community
What are your needs?
What are you seeking from an online community?
Write the answers down to these 2 questions. Then compare with online communities available and assess whether they are a good match for you or not?
I joined Wealthy Affiliate as it met all my needs and has since exceeded all my expectations.
Go here to read my review on this community and assess whether it is worth your while to join the Starter (free) membership level.