Yes, I Finally Quit My C-level Job!
I know I've not been creating blog post inside Wealthy Affiliate for a long time and today, I've decided to write this blog post and inform you guys that I finally quit my C-level job to focus on building my blog business.
In this post, I'll be sharing with you how I managed to do so even though I didn't manage to sell 300 Wealthy Affiliate premium memberships.
Before I share with you how I achieved my 5 figure income in 2019, let me first share with you a little about myself, my job and also what makes me decide to continue my affiliate marketing journey with Wealthy Affiliate.
My Career History
Since I graduated from my professional study, like others, I started to get 9 to 5 job and work for various companies. Throughout my employment career, I've always been an excellent employee and maybe I should say the favourite of my supervisors.
But there's no job that can hold me back for long as I get bored easily especially when there's lack of learning opportunities. Oh ya, I feed on knowledge.
Therefore I decided to join an existing advertising business as partner and also started a manicure spa business. Both businesses lasted around 10 years before I decided to join the employment world due to the shift of my focus to my then 7 years old son.
Being an entrepreneur, running brick & mortar business took too much of my time and I've neglected my family, especially my young child (btw, I am a single mother). Therefore I make this drastic decision few years ago to end both my businesses which this decision did not make sense to people that I know.
When I first re-joined the employment market, I was only given a low level position that did not commensurate with my experience and previous income.
However, since I opted for the change, therefore I took the pay cut and started my new career from scratch.
Within 2 years I was promoted as a General Manager based on excellent work performance which I worked extremely hard by taking up challenging tasks that other colleagues nor senior managers were not willing to do. It was real hard work and many times I worked till wee hours when others were still sleeping soundly.
The General Manager Position Landed Me With Wealthy Affiliate
The opportunity that landed me with Wealthy Affiliate came after one year I was promoted as General Manager of the company.
You must be wondering what makes me willing to put in extra effort to learn about affiliate marketing after office hours when I was already earning the income that 90% of people are not able to achieve.
Look, when I had a double leap of income growth, rather than spending money on unnecessary things like expensive car, bigger house or branded stuffs, I decided that was the best time to invest into education that can bring me closer to my dream of working at home.
It was my dream of achieving time and financial freedom that landed me with Wealthy Affiliate. Despite earning decent income, I never once forgo my dream.
So I spent my money to improve my internet marketing skill and also got myself a MBA degree. The former can help me achieve my dream lifestyle and the latter can further helped me to move up my employment rank in the company I worked for to earn more money, should internet marketing journey takes longer time.
Well, like others, after being scammed thousands of dollars from unscrupulous marketers, I finally found Wealthy Affiliate.
I Was Further Promoted To Chief Operating Officer
While I was about to quit my GM job after some time to focus on building my blog business, I was again given the opportunity to take up a C-level position in the same company. That was a very tempting offer and therefore I decided to work for another 2 years.
However, this position was also one that's putting a knife on my neck as I was seen as the next person to replace my immediate superior. Office politics were rough, groupthink were strong and back-stabbings were common. These make me even more determined to strengthen my internet marketing skill so I can quit my job soon.
While I was in this C-level position, I continue to provide FREE social media, SEO & copywriting assistance to my work associates as additions to my official task and this build up my reputation as a person with great internet marketing skill in my work industry.
I am grateful that I did not give up my dream and continue to learn from Wealthy Affiliate even though it was at a slower pace due to heavy workload at workplace.
Here's How I Make 5 Figure Income Learning From Wealthy Affiliate
Since last year, I became a victim of workplace bully due to one article that I've written on my personal blog - an article extracted from my DBA assignment (btw, I am currently taking a DBA degree)
My superior refused to listen to my explanation and yelled at me without any solid reason, thereafter took away all my authority, work, responsibility and continuously shamed me at workplace. It was really humiliating.
I've a very strong character and will never admit it's my mistake if that's not the truth. I never succumb to unfairness and this character makes me "unofficially jobless" in my office. Many colleagues were aware of this unfairness but due to work pressure, they dare not go against the one with authority.
After 2 months of extreme agony and stress due to office shaming which landed me with seeking psychiatric treatment, I decided to pull my self together and continue working very hard on my business blog "at my workplace" - since I got no work in the office.
The results were slow but it was amazing.
To tell you the truth, I make the decision to quit my C-level job without any potential stable income from WA last year. Many of my friends advised me against making such drastic decision but I just ignored because deep down inside me, I knew this day must come so I can focus on my journey to achieve financial and time freedom.
It was indeed a tough decision but the sweetest ever. And MIRACLES happen!
Immediately after I released the news of quitting, I was offered a few contracts to provide digital marketing & branding services to small businesses that I've helped before during my time as GM and COO.
That was when I realized apparently I've build a good reputation for myself throughout my career.
Imagine if I didn't learn from Wealthy Affiliate or am I willing to do more to help others while having a great career & stable income, will I be able to achieve 5 figure income immediately after I quit my job?
That's not possible right? If I didn't learn from Wealthy Affiliate, I wouldn't have the knowledge nor skills to help other people on internet marketing.
This is delayed gratification, and yes, it is the sweetest!
Ok, these new contracts that helped me make 5 figure income in 2019 require lots of my time and hard work but it won't make me forgo my dream of achieving 300 premium WA sales this year.
I know it's tough, but I believe with the right attitude, discipline and determination, nothing is impossible. Ok, it's really tough and I'm still trying to figure out how to better manage my time.
Conclusion To My 5 Figure Income
The success that I achieved today is nothing but mere HARD WORK, PERSISTENCE and WILLINGNESS to help others without expecting any return. Ya, also NEVER STOP LEARNING.
That's what blog business is all about. We provide high quality content that can help solve problem and create value for our readers without even knowing when the return will come. But in order to continuously create great content, we need to continuously learn.
With knowledge, only then we have the ability to help others.
I never ask for any return when helping others because I believe an additional person that I can help, I am making this world a better one.
Being a Buddhist, I believe in karma - which means if a person do good, he/she will be repayed with kindness and vice-versa. That's how miracles happened to me, again and again.
When my immediate supervisor treated me unfairly, I didn't think of revenge (even though I've all the proofs to make a case) but rather accept this unfair treament becuase I believe this is part of the journey that's going to lead me toward achieving my dream lifestyle.
Without humiliation and hardship, no success can be sustainable.
I hope this post can somehow or rather give you some insights on why you should start learning from Wealthy Affiliate. Those who've yet to join Premium, hesitate no more and start joining.
I guarantee if you continue learning form WA and never give up, you'll definitely achieve success. It's just a matter of time and in what way it can happen. There are just so many ways to make money from internet world.
To experience miracles, you just need to put in extreme hard work, persistence and willingness to help others coupled with the right attitude of continuous learning.
Stay positive and I wish you all the best.
Wealthy Affiliate Member, Malaysia