As many of you get started in this amazing profession of network marketing, it is important you take the time to figure out if you want to be a leader or a follower. There are hundreds and even thousands of people all over the world joining a network marketing company everyday. Now, the problem is that most of the people who join this profession have little or no experience at all. Some of you will have a tough time transitioning from being an employee to being an independent business owner. From experience, I know that most of the people who join a network marketing company do so with the expectations of making thousands of dollars right away; but what they don’t understand, is that it takes time in order to be successful in this profession.
Before we move on, it’s important you have the answer to these questions:
- Do I want to be a leader? If so, what type of leader do I want to be?
- Do I want to be a follower?
- Am I doing this just to make a few dollars or do I want to make a career out of this opportunity?
- How much time do I want to put in to my business?
- What type of results am I looking to have as I get started with this business?
If you chose to be a leader, then you have to know that there is more to your business than signing an application. As a leader, you have to lead by example. A leader understands that it’s their responsibility to educate themselves, promote a positive attitude, improve their interpersonal and communication skills, and help others do the same along the way. It is no longer about having personal results, it’s about how can we help our team members achieve the results they are looking for as they transition in to this profession. We know that it takes more than just a couple of weeks or months to be successful, but ninety percent of the people who join your business do not. This is something most leaders fail to communicate with their new members as the join their business.
For example, lets take high school students going to college. The students are aware right from the start that it’s probably going to take about four to six years in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree. As they move through college, they get a job here and there to help them pay for their financial needs. I am sure that at no point during their time in college, they thought they were going to have a high paying job in their field while still in college. They knew that it was going to take hard work, dedication, persistence, sleepless nights, and perseverance before they would actually land that high paying job they always wanted. If students going in to college with that mind-set, why don’t we go in to this profession with the same mind-set?
The type of mind-set I choose to have as leader, is to not let the little things get in the way of achieving all of my dreams. I know we all go through difficult times and tribulations we cannot control. You might be saying, “But Joel, you have no idea what I’ve been thorough.” or “Joel, I just don’t have the strengths to keep moving forward.” Trust me, I completely understand where you are coming from. At the same time, going through the hardships that life brings upon us is what defines who we are going to be in the future. There are some of you that might be hanging by a thin thread and feel like you can’t go on; but let me tell you something, this is the perfect time for you to renew your strengths and keep fighting for your dreams.
Let me put it this way, as you move forward in this journey, you will encounter many difficult situations. If you crawl in to a ball and don’t do anything about it, then you will have a problem in this profession and life in general. It’s important you look at failures as opportunities to learn from your mistakes and move forward. Every situation you encounter, it’s a new page in your book for you to share with others so they don’t make the same mistakes. I encourage to believe in yourself, your abilities, your talents, and don’t let anything stop you from achieving your dreams.
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