February was crazy! What with going to Wealthy Affiliate's Super Affiliate Conference in Vegas, family visiting Thailand and marrying the love of my life, this is the first chance I've had to share my highlights. Enjoy! 🙂
“Just watch and apply the training”, you've heard them say a million times.
“Keep putting in the effort and you WILL reap the rewards!”
After becoming a Super Affiliate I can tell you, far from being clichés we hear so often, this is the best actionable advice anyone can give you.
After going through Bootcamp and putting in the effort consistently over time, things started to pay off in 2019 and the Vegas invite from Kyle was the icing on the cake.
With Wealthy Affiliate's Las Vegas incentive you achieve 300 Premium Referrals to qualify for an all-expenses-paid trip to Vegas. Kyle and Carson will fly you out from wherever you are in the world and put you up in an executive King Suite for 3 or 4 days of Super Affiliate Conference.
It's a pretty sweet deal, which is why I made it my aim to get there.
So whether you're promoting Wealthy Affiliate or not, whether your goal is to get to Vegas or not, I share this post in the hope it inspires you to set big, audacious goals for your affiliate business and achieve more.
Why My First Night Was An Outright Nightmare
Let's start at the beginning so you might be more forgiving about what I tell you next…
The two weeks leading up to the conference were pretty hectic. My bride-to-be and I were running around trying to get everything sorted for the wedding and organising the family trip as we knew friends and family would start arriving within hours of me landing back in Bangkok.
As I was flying into Vegas from outside North America, Kyle generously offered to fly me in a day early to give me chance to get over jetlag.
I flew out from Bangkok to Tokyo, Tokyo to San Francisco, then San Francisco to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas with a total travel time of about 24 hours.
That's when I made my first fatal error.
Before I left I looked at Vegas on the map and figured (please don't ask me why) it'd be kinda fun to walk from the airport to the MGM Grand hotel.
In fairness though, it looked pretty straightforward on the map:
But there was nothing easy or straightforward about it at all. The issue is getting out of the airport. In the end, that 1-hour walk took me 4 hours.
Worse yet, picking up my suitcase at baggage claim I found my main handle had broke so I couldn't pull along on its wheels and basically had to bearhug it down Tropicana Avenue.
Next time I'll just take an Uber.
All that to say, after flying for 24 hours and walking an extra 4, I finally checked in and trudged zombie-like the crowded casinos and down the long hallways until, feeling relieved, I opened the door and fell into my room.
The room was beautiful:
No more than 5 minutes later I realised the suitcase was missing. Thinking I must've left it outside I went out into the corridor to find it…
The door locked shut behind me. Here I am locked out of my room without a key, wearing nothing but a T-shirt and boxers.
As I ran frantically up and down the hallways looking for a phone, one of the guests spotted me and flagged down a member of staff to help. They weren't all that helpful unfortunately and said the only course of action was for me to go back down to the hotel lobby to arrange for security to let me back in the room.
“Like this?!” I said, pointing out my lack of attire.
“You want me to go downstairs and walk past all those people looking like this?!”
If you've ever stayed or visited MGM Grand then you'll know it's ridiculously huge. Getting from my room to the hotel lobby was a good 15 minutes walk past row after row of slot machines, roulette wheels and poker tables.
Four to five thousand people (including 3 hen parties and Elvis Presley) saw me wandering around in my boxer shorts that night. Thank God it was kooky Vegas because hardly anyone seemed to notice! 😂
In the end, I finally got back into my room, slept like a baby and got my suitcase back the next morning. As it turns out, a member of housekeeping “stumbled” across it in the 3 minutes it was outside my door and thought it'd be a good idea to take it. 🙄
First Day: Meeting Everyone Was Nerveracking
Grateful to be wearing fresh clothes, it was time to start enjoying the trip! The official Super Affiliates Conference kicked off with a meet and greet in the Skyloft.
And I'm not gonna lie… I was a little nervous.
These are people I'd interacted with inside Wealthy Affiliate for sure, but never actually met in person.
(I got a few concerned looks from the family when I told them I was going to Vegas to meet “online friends” but I reassured them everything was legit LOL!)
It didn't take much time to settle in though. Everyone was super cool and friendly and we had a lot of fun.
It was awesome to finally meet Grace, Dale, Jay and Jay, Jerry, Dylan, Kyle and Kyle, Chris (aka Benji's Dad), Nathaniell and Roope; all people I've followed and respected for years.
Second Day: A Day Of Many Firsts
We started off with a meeting in the morning, got our Wealthy Affiliate swag and listened as Kyle and Carson told us all about the upcoming updates coming to the platform.
All very exciting stuff so watch this space! 😉
Then we headed off to my first ever ice hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals. The atmosphere was electric!
I did my first ever YouTube interview in the afternoon where I talked about how I got started and how anyone can become a Super Affiliate if they put their mind to it.
Here's the interview:
What I Appreciate Most About Kyle And Carson
I don't want to overstate this but:
Wealthy Affiliate changes lives.
Joining Wealthy Affiliate was honestly one of the best decisions I ever made.
You can read my full Wealthy Affiliate success story but before becoming a member I was stuck in a dead-end job, living in a bedroom at my mum's house and living month by month.
Twelve months later I kissed my call centre boss goodbye and booked a one-way ticket to Thailand. Now I'm a successful entrepreneur with the freedom to travel the world and live life how I want. It doesn't get any better than that!
And I owe this to Kyle and Carson; two of the most switched-on guys I've ever had the privilege of meeting.
I'm grateful they continue to lead the way in affiliate marketing training. I'm thankful they built the WA community into what it is today, I respect their integrity in the affiliate space and I'm proud to associate myself with them.
But more than anything, I appreciate their relentless commitment to pushing the boundaries of online business education.
My Main Takeaway: The Best Is Yet To Come
Whether you've just joined Wealthy Affiliate or are already earning 5 figures a month, we ain't seen nothing yet!
There are so many updates and changes in the pipeline and the sole purpose of every single one of them is to help YOU succeed.
The Secret To Success: It Starts With A Decision
You and I stand at the start of a new decade RIPE with opportunity, so let's grab it with both hands and shape our future.
If I and the other Super Affiliates can make 300 sales a year, why not you?
So aim high, dream crazy big dreams and set ridiculous goals for 2021 like:
- Becoming a Super Affiliate and making Vegas
- Experiencing your first $1,000 day
- Achieving your first 100,000 pageviews in a month
- Reaching $30,000/month in income
Then, once you've reached your goal (like I did with getting to Vegas), it's time to step back and set even bigger goals for yourself.
And just to be clear:
I'm not talking about writing down your “one-day wishlist”, no. That's not what winners do. I'm talking about having a crystal clear vision in your mind that you ARE going to achieve what you set out to achieve and you WILL smash your goals – failure is NOT an option!
Conference Over: Time For A Road Trip!
Before heading home I decided to get off the Las Vegas strip and my heartfelt thanks go to the legendary Vitaliy for driving us across Arizona and Utah state lines.
It was a long trek but it was worth it:
All in all, Vegas was an amazing trip and I'll never forget it.
Maybe I'll see you there next year?
I certainly hope so!
Let's End With Some Cheeky Wedding Pics 🙂
Got questions about achieving super affiliate status in 2021 and beyond?
Want to share your biggest, boldest goals for the year?
Hit me up in the comments! 🙂
Simon Crowe is the founder and editor of The Make Money Online Blog on a mission to help as many people as possible kiss their bosses goodbye.
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