Over 20 years ago, someone invited me out to "one of those things." I walked into that meeting, thinking, "Is this one of those pyramids?" Little did I know that meeting would redirect my life and lead me down a journey that many start, but few finish.
Every year thousands of men and women around the world get started in Network Marketing/Direct Sales. They get a few relatives and close friends to buy their products or services, then they quit. They
quit before they give themselves a chance to learn the basics of success in sales and marketing.
"I am simply not a born salesperson," or "I'm running out of people to talk to," they often say. No one is born a salesperson, any more than someone is born a doctor or born a lawyer. Network Marketing is a profession. To be successful in any business, you must learn the basic techniques, and apply those techniques.
Whether you are looking for a new career or "extra income" to
help with the family budget, Network Marketing offers you possibilities. However, it would be best if you gave yourself time to learn the techniques. Ask yourself this, "How long does a doctor study to be a doctor? A lawyer study to be a lawyer?"
What I am saying is, no matter what people may say from the stage, it's not easy, and it takes long-term commitment. It takes learning to understand failure. You will have more disappointments than wins. More people will quit than stick. However, if you truly master the art of this profession, you can live the life of your dreams.
It took me over a decade before I started to have massive success in Network Marketing. I attended countless seminars, weekly trainings, monthly book sessions, and conference calls. I knew that if I wanted to succeed, I had to put in next-level work. As my brother, Eric Thomas, says, "Everybody wants to be a beast until it's time to do what beasts do!"
Research, according to Money Matters, shows that for the overwhelming majority of experts who reach the top of their fields (for instance, chess grandmasters or great composers) have spent a minimum of ten years acquiring and honing their skills. 10,000 hours works out to be around 20 hours per week for ten years. Ten years is a long time, but 20 hours a week isn't so bad, especially when you consider the average American watches five hours of television a day. But not all practice is the same: there's a big difference between mindless repetition and what scientists call deliberate practice, or what Network Marketers call productive work vs. busy work.
"It ain't easy, but it's worth it!" Pasha Carter