About Me

So this is me sailing through New York harbor, headed to  Maryland on my way back from Rhode Island. That was the trip I got seasick on for six hours.

So I’m Rick, Welcome to The Cogent Affiliate. I haven’t always worked online, it’s just something I’ve always been drawn to.  That’s not to say it came easy, I just liked the idea of setting my own schedule and work from home.

Hi I'm Rick

To get to know me better, we’ll need to go back a little farther into my past.

I grew up in Maryland, my family were watermen working on the Chesapeake Bay going back a few hundred years. My granddad and my father were the first two generations that were not watermen.

I was the youngest of six kids and had a knack for getting into trouble with my brothers and sister. (Think BB gun shootouts and decapitated Barbie dolls to get some idea). Anyway, one day, probably to keep me out of trouble my mom (who was an art teacher) gave me wood chisels, a mallet, and a log. She showed me how to hold the chisels so I didn’t gore myself and left me to do my thing.

I started carving away, making a Native American Totem Pole. In truth, it probably looked more like a Mr. Potato Head with horns growing out on one side. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen! I was, only seven, what did I know? But, I made it myself and that was the cool bit.

After high school, I started traveling around the country doing medical research studies (yes I was a guinea pig) the studies paid very well and I really like the freedom of traveling.

I headed to Alaska one summer to work on fishing boats but only made it as far as Seattle and bartended all summer (It was there I discovered the horrors of eating dehydrated meat! Can you say intestinal distress!)

I even had the chance to live and work on a Pungy Schooner sailboat teaching kids sailing and navigation. There were a few balmy rum-filled nights too.

Roald Amundsen, the first explorer to the Southpole in 1911, once said,

Adventure is just bad planning.”

At the time I could relate to this because I rarely had a plan. But, that was getting old; I was getting older and needed a steady income.

My first attempt at doing anything online didn’t go well; my experience was other people made money, by taking mine. ( perhaps you can relate). I was like the proverbial dumb kid saying, “Hey Mister, show me that trick again where you take all my money?” “Sure thing, kid, it’ll cost you $497.”

I made tons of mistakes and felt disgusted; I even quit trying a few times.

My dad used to say to me, “There’s no free lunch.” (My dad had a subscription to Dumb Old Sayings Monthly). What does that even mean? But, my dad was trying to say there’s always a cost to everything, and internet marketing is no different and the cost is the time you put into learning.

When I think about the times I was scammed; it’s because I tried to shortcut the work of learning and fell for the hype. I had shiny object syndrome, jumping from one thing to another in a desperate attempt to make something work. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience?

There were many reasons why things didn’t work out for me at first; however, two of the recurring reasons were, the opportunity wasn’t genuine, and I wasn’t treating working online like a real 9 to 5 job. I would work very hard in the beginning then lose interest because nothing was happening fast.

Why I believe my website is different and why I care?

When my mom gave me the chisels and just a bit of instruction, she gave me the gift of self-worth through accomplishment.

I mentioned working on a sailboat, but what I didn’t say was how much I loved it or why. Teaching those kids navigation and sailing gave me that same feeling of self-worth through their accomplishments. 

” I like helping other people because it makes me feel, awesome! “It’s a classic case of doing the rights thing for the wrong reason.” Quote from the 2016’s Zootopia.

Many people feel like they’re in competition with everyone else, but I have another idea about that; the only real competition in life is with ourselves. The challenge in life (as I see things) is to be a little better today than we were yesterday.  Admittedly, I do fall short of this goal, but my default setting is ” Keep moving forward.” It’s a great motto,  from “Meet The Robinsons “I only wish I’d thought of it first!

The goal of this website

None of us likes getting ripped off by a**hole internet marketers. This website is my attempt to partner with you and offer a realistic alternative.

Do you need yet another website to tell you for the millionth time how to make money online, probably not? It’s simply my attempt to share my experience from my successes so you can avoid my mistakes.

Also, for full disclosure, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t need to make money from my efforts. If I review a product and give a recommendation it will be because it really helped me and I feel it will help you too. If you purchase something through my affiliate link I will receive a payment from the seller it has no bearing on the price you’ll pay and will in most cases give you a cheaper price.

Warmest Regards

Rick Lednum