Learn Important Lessons From Alaska Success Stories

6 Jan


(PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO.  Below is a transcript of the narration.)

Hello, and welcome. This is Fran Kelso with build2winaffiliates.com. My business operates under the Wealthy Affiliate umbrella, and is an affiliate marketing company. Though I live in the tiny town of Gustavus, Alaska, my marketplace is the world.

I have lived in Alaska since 1969. That makes 50 years this year (2019). I would not live anyplace else. I believe we can learn valuable lessons from Alaska success stories.

At first, I lived in Kodiak, and then in 1977, built a cabin with help from friends on nearby Spruce Island, close to the Native village of Ouzinkie. In the summer of 1979, I moved there to stay and lived in the cabin for 20 years.

This drawing of my cabin was done by Carole Baker, a Gustavus artist.  She also did the image on the front of my book.  When you stand in front of my house at Banjo Beach and look directly across the waters of Narrow Strait, you see Kodiak Island.

I believe that, for anyone living a bush lifestyle in rural Alaska, one must have certain attitudes that will help them survive. I call these Alaskan attitudes. I put my story of Spruce Island in a book by the title, Alaskan Attitudes, which is available through Amazon. 

(Quote: “Your attitude defines your life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Alaskan attitudes include many of the same qualities one must cultivate for online business success, such as persistence, a positive outlook, self-belief, willingness to work, courage to try new things, resourcefulness, commitment, focus and, of course, ingenuity. It’s what we call success, Alaskan style.

(Quote: What’s the secret to success? It’s no secret. You need a winning attitude, honesty, and integrity, and a burning desire to succeed.)

Mundane chores could become major challenges, until you developed a system for dealing with them. One such challenge for me involved collecting water for drinking, washing dishes, and general cleaning.

For the last five years I lived there, I had a primitive running water system. A pump brought water up from the creek through a hose, and I could fill all my storage containers. A drainage ditch allowed me to pour water down the sink and it would disappear down the drainpipe and outside.

However, for the first 15 years, my water hauling system involved up to six five-gallon plastic buckets, filled two at a time and propelled from the creek by my two legs and two arms. I had a generous bowl-sized plastic container with a spout that I used for collecting water and filling buckets.

(Quote: “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Napoleon Hill)

An ample stream wound its way through my property, quietly moving toward the ocean. The stream, which apparently had been around for a while, curved lazily through my meadow. A wide bend before the water hurried to the ocean lay far enough away from shore so the salt water never came up that far.

Here, from a deep hole behind that last long loop toward the ocean, I scooped clear, salt-free water with that big plastic bowl. I could fill a bucket in short order.

Now, hauling those two five-gallon buckets full of water might have been no problem at all for a strong man, but for me they presented a challenge.

My cabin stood on a little rise, falling away to lower ground on either side. I could make it up that little rise from the creek with the full buckets, but then I had to stop and rest. Then I muscled those babies past the kitchen and to my front porch.

Success! As the front door opened into the kitchen, I considered the rest of the job a piece of cake. I often joked, though, that I thought my arms must be getting longer from carrying those buckets. Now I could be considered a “two-bucket woman,” a status symbol in Alaska.

(Quote: “There is a powerful, driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.” Anthony Robbins)

People would ask, “Do you have running water out there, Fran? I’d answer, “Yes, I do. It runs by in the creek and I run down and get it.”

Why do I consider this an Alaska success story? It certainly has all the signs of success. I set a goal and I accomplished it. I had to persist until I got the job done. Being willing to work at the task, I approached it with a positive attitude.

I had to focus on the task so I wouldn’t fall down or spill the water. Because I did not procrastinate, I got the work done in a timely way. I received a reward for my efforts in the form of fresh water — a life necessity.

I do believe that the Alaskan wilderness can train you in the ways of success, make you stronger, and enrich your life.

(Quote: “I do not think the measure of civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.” Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe)

Though I no longer live in Ouzinkie, I still live in a tiny Alaskan community at the mouth of Glacier Bay, called Gustavus. If you are looking for a business opportunity and live in a remote location, you would do well to check out the company I have joined — Wealthy Affiliate. All you need to start an online business through this company is a computer and a good internet connection.

Go to my website, https://build2winaffiliates.com, and click on any of the Wealthy Affiliate banners or images that you see. You will get a full description of what the company has to offer. You can join for free and try it out to see if it is a fit. Then fire up your computer and travel the world with your business.

I hope you have enjoyed this video. If you have, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. There will be more Alaska stories coming up.

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17 Replies to “Learn Important Lessons From Alaska Success Stories

  1. hi, I really have always liked Alaska. I have never been there, and I am assuming that is Cold. I do like nature a lot, and I’ve always enjoyed camping and that kind of thing. I also think nature is very beautiful. I’m guessing since you’ve been living there for fifty years, that You must have a unique perspective of what it’s like to live there.

    • Well, today it is cold.  We finally got snow, just a few days ago, and now we are in the midst of a cold snap.  However, it is cold like this for short periods of time.  This last summer here was quite beautiful, and just the right temperature…not too hot and not cool, either.  Then the rains started.  We get lots of rain in Southeast.  Now we are finally in the midst of winter.  I always feel better after February is behind us.  Then things start improving.  You really need to come and visit, as it is a gorgeous place, and great if you are a nature lover.

      Lots of wildlife here.  Moose in my yard yesterday…a mama and two half-grown babies.  The moose generally stay with mama for the first couple of years.  This particular mama is one who is rather aggressive.  You don’t want to approach her or those babies, ’cause she will attack!  She lost a couple of her “children” to some dogs in the village one year, and now she trusts no one.  Can’t say as I blame her.

      Be watching for more Alaska stories — I plan to do a series of them.

  2. Wow. I really enjoyed reading your article and thanks a lot for sharing it with us.

    I love your Alaska stories. It is my dream to go there once in a lifetime. I live in Romania and this means that Alaska is far away from me. Reading your article i realized that nothing is impossible. If i will take this Alaska attitude with full of ambition, determination and strength i know i will do it. If you don’t mind i will share this post on my social media account where i have a lot of friends who will enjoy this stories.

    Wish you all the best and a happy new year.

    • I’m so glad you liked the story.  Do stay tuned — the two Alaska videos I’ve done so far are the start of a series.  I will be putting up more of them soon.  And I love it that you want to share my story.  Please do — I appreciate it.

      Do come and visit if you can.  This place is beautiful and awe-inspiring.  I am sure you would enjoy seeing it for yourself.  For that matter, I’ve never been to Romania and would love to visit.  Maybe if I make my online fortune, I will be able to do so.

      You are absolutely right — nothing is impossible — we just have to figure out which roads lead to where we want to go.  Adopt some Alaska attitudes and you will be able to find a way.

  3. Hello Fran, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am glad I stumbled upon your article because Alaska is one of my favorite destinations, I have been there numerous times and learned great things. I must share your article with my fellow followers on Twitter, I am sure many will find it helpful and inspiring.

    • Glad you liked the story, and am happy you will share it with others…that’s why I wrote it.  Alaska is truly a great land.  They weren’t kidding when they called it that. I so love living here, and would not move anyplace else.  (Of course, there are moments — it’s been below zero today and I’d just as glad see warmer temperatures.)  

      This is such a large land that there are many places here to explore and enjoy.  I believe Alaska is a land of opportunity as well, as I’ve had great success with making a living here.  It has certainly inspired and taught me.

  4. I consider it nothing but perfect timing to have found this post at a time when I need the kind of support it clearly offers. I have to say that the Alaskan attitude is definitely the attributes that ensures success online as well as other fields of endeavor.

    Lets face it, no one throughout history has been known to achieve noteworthy success in any calling without these Alaskan attitude. Take persistence for instance, I think of it as the quality that serves as insurance against failure.

    This has been really helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    • I am so glad you found the story helpful.  If we can adapt these attitudes to our work and to our world in general, I believe we do ourselves a service.  It is certainly true that online success requires that we include such attitudes in our work ethic if we wish to reach our goals.  

  5. If you believe you are a loser, you train or work like a loser i.e. sloppily and half-heartedly. If you think you are a winner you train like one i.e. with maximum focus, great expectations, excitement, and consistent effort. i liked this article because it takes a look at why people think like winners or losers and what they can do about it. Thank very much

    • You have made a good point.  It helps to think positive and to press on to new achievements.  It doesn’t matter where we live, really. What really matters is our attitude.  The attitude of a winner is a plus.

  6. Hi, I was so overwhelmed by your story that I forgot my dog outside.
    This is a very crucial and motivational story you have shared with us here.
    Alaska is a very famous and native city and so much notable for its agricultural prowess.
    This is another testimony of how one can get developed through wealthy affiliate, thanks for the encouragement.

  7. Hi, I was so overwhelmed by your story that I forgot my dog outside.
    This is a very crucial and motivational story you have shared with us here.
    Alaska is a very famous and native state and so much notable for its agricultural prowess.
    This is another testimony of how one can get developed through wealthy affiliate, thanks for the encouragement.

    • Poor dog!  Hope it wasn’t as cold as it is here.

      I’m glad you liked the story.  Yes, living in Alaska and developing a business is definitely possible.  I am so thankful for Wealthy Affiliate.  Do be encouraged and keep moving forward.  This business is big enough for all of us.

  8. Hello Fran. I usually learn a lot of lessons from successes and failure. This is essential to achieve greater success in life. Thank you for sharing this post because it is truly inspiring and helpful. Success knocks at the door of any man that is willing learn new stuffs, open to new ideas, take action, be persistent with action etc. You have really done a great job putting this together. I had a great time watching your video.


    • What you say is true, and it is very good that you have already learned these lessons.  Yes, if you are open and willing to learn and can stay focused and persistent until you get where you want to be, you will certainly succeed.  I hope many people can realize this and go on to reach their goals.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the video.  I’m doing a whole series of Alaska success stories, so stay tuned for more.

  9. Great video and a positive, inspirational message. Of course, I cheated a bit cuz I have read a couple of your books and knew a treat was in store for me with this video.

    Alaskan Attitudes is one of the best reads I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying among the 55 or so books I read in 2019. It left me in awe of the life you have led and provided lots of laughs along the way. I’ve never been to Alaska but after reading your book, I’m sure it’s a place I want to visit. Thank you so much for the pleasant read and memorable entertainment.

    • Well, you will get a bit of deja vu with these videos, for sure. However, you will get more detail and an added adventure or two with each video. I hope you continue to enjoy them. The fourth one will be on the evolution of my laundry system.

      Thanks for your comments — I really appreciate them.

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