Are you at that time in your network marketing career when you badly need a magic potion, the simple solution that can ultimately unlock the massive success you dream of? Do you feel like you have exhausted all possible solutions, and are met with nothing but dead ends left and right?
To network marketing practitioners, both newbies and even those who have been at it for quite some time, these moments come by very often.
My friend’s experience
Recently, I was talking to a friend who suddenly decided to work with me, and give network marketing a second try. Naturally, I asked her what happened to her first shot at it, and this is what she told me:
“At first, I was doing fairly okay. I was able to sell some products, managed to sponsor some friends into the business, got some commission checks. But eventually, I got more Nos than Yeses. Eventually, the people I sold products to stopped buying. I became too busy at work to really spend time sponsoring people. My downlines became very busy as well, and stopped responding to me. My commissions stopped. I guess I just got tired of looking for solutions, and just thought, ‘Oh what the heck. I have a great job. I do not need to bother with this.’ So I forgot all about it.”
I asked her what made her want to do it this time, and she said,
“Well, I saw you doing it, and thought maybe you have the right strategy that I didn’t have. I believe in network marketing so much, and thought that with your strategy, it’s worth another shot.”
It happens to all of us.
Long story short, she thought I had the magic potion. Little did she know I can very well relate to her story because the same things had happened to me. From when I started my network marketing career years ago, UP TO NOW, the same things are happening over and over again to me. I get a lot of NOs. I get rejected, even by those who already are in my team. I get busy and overwhelmed by life that doing the business becomes challenging.
Come to think of it, don’t all those things happen to all network marketing professionals the world over?
Sure, a very special few shoot to greatness almost from Day One. I do not know how they do it, but let us just say they are the alien few. For the rest of us (yes 99% of us), it is supposed to be a challenging, uphill climb. The start of a network marketing career is ALWAYS (yes, ALWAYS) characterized by this:
There is that flame of excitement, hope and determination but it’s so small that it can easily be put out by raging confusion, fear, impatience to see results, the trauma of rejection, the frustration at being laughed at by people who do not understand, and ultimately, the convincing power of that loud voice urging you to make the easiest decision to make: GIVE UP.
The “magic potion”
But somewhere along the road, the wise ones among us find strength in KNOWLEDGE, and that spells all the difference. If you are wise enough to seek proper training on how to do the business properly, you will make it. If you are wise enough to seek mentorship from people who have made it, you will make it. If you are wise enough to realize and accept that it indeed is a hard, steep, uphill climb, and you will not exempt yourself from taking it, you will make it.
And finally, if you are wise enough to KNOW BETTER THAN TO GIVE UP, you will make it. It will take some time. It will take a few tumbles and falls. But you will make it.
Stay the course. That is the ultimate way to making ANY network marketing business work.