I want to share a quick story about success and the clues it leaves behind. In a previous life, I had a job (which I hated), and I was looking for literally anything I could do to get out of it. I was sick and tired of going back and forth on this monotonous path between work and home, seeing the same people over and over, and listening to the same crap from managers all the time. The theme was always that we’re doing more with less. If we translate that to English, it means that the company is cutting costs and the people will have to deal with the extra workload as they lay people off.
Everyone’s heard of network marketing and/or MLM, and that’s what I looked into. I ended up becoming a part of it and doing quite well, but this story is not about me, it’s about another business owner I met along the way. His name was Shane. He used to be a recruiter in the Marines. With and practice, he developed a high conversion rate, convincing people to head off to serve the country after high school or college (which would also as a side benefit, pay the tuition). He was doing very well, but he had always wanted something more – freedom…the freedom to do whatever he wanted instead of continuing to work because a day job is something that you have to show up at to get paid, while a business (***the right one***) allows you to build an asset that will pay you forever.
Shane’s neighbor, Betty had joined an MLM 8 years prior and was making enough money to keep herself going in it, but was not able to recruit people. One day, she mustered the courage to mention her business to Shane. He looked into it further and loved the idea. Fast forward 2 years and Shane had recruited 75 people into this MLM, blowing out the whole left side of Betty’s organization, and driving her income from a meager $200 a month to $7,500 a month.
For Betty, she needed the courage to (1) go for it with a business she believed in, (2) have the guts to stick it out for 8 years because of that belief, and (3) bring up the business to someone she was afraid to speak with about it. As you can see, her efforts were vastly rewarded. She was thinking like Nike – just do it. Shane had the skills and had the training, but he was a party guy. He needed to decide what he wanted his life to be like. He joined the business and spent a year doing things his way. Finally, he took the advice of local leaders and submitted to the correct way of building his business, and the rest is history. He went from making $2,100 a month in a year to over $10,000 per month, creating a gigantic organization that led to hundreds of others making thousands of dollars. Shane didn’t have the fear that Betty did. He needed something else – commitment. He needed to take the time to decide what he really wanted in his life. Once that decision was made, he made it happen.
You are no different than these two people. There is something holding you back from what you want in your life. Decide what you really want, and then have the courage to commit to achieving it and to take that leap of faith to make it happen. The grass is greener on the other side; I know this because I’m there now, and it’s as awesome as you think it will be. Trust me.