I deserve an “A”


Is quitting and failure the same thing, in network marketing?


failure or quitting


I was thinking back on my college days. Yeah, those were the days. I got to live on campus for much of it. My roommate’s father once said, “These are the greatest days of your life! You don’t have a boss or a mother to tell you what to do.”

Wow! He was so right!

I had kind of a weird college career. I wasn’t able to take English 101, in my first semester. Every class that semester was full. What are the odds of that? If you’re keeping score, I was able to get the class my second semester.

Let me tell you about that class.

I registered for it. It was scheduled for 9:00AM on Fridays. It was the only class available. It turned out to not be as bad as I thought it would be. I got the book, the notebooks and pens. I was ready for it. I went to class, every Friday. I listened to the teacher. I did that for the entire semester.

Toward the end of the semester, the teacher called me aside and ask me what kind of grade I thought I deserved. I told him that I had attended every class and listened to him, intently. I deserved an “A,” of course. He laughed and told me that I had not done any of the assignments. I asked, “What do you mean? I had shown up for the classes. What else did I have to do?”


English 101


He explained to me that the easy part was showing up. That there was a lot more that needed to be done. There were new skills that needed to be learned and mastered. There were writing assignments that needed to be completed and graded.

Huh! That sucked!

Who would’ve thought that you needed to do more than show up to be successful, in this class?

I dropped the class instead of taking the “F.”

While you were reading the story, did you start to think that I must be crazy? Who, in their right mind, would think that all you had to do was to show up to class and you’d get an “A?” Apparently, the same people who join network marketing and expect to become millionaires without doing any of the work. There are new skills that need to be learned and mastered. There are assignments that need to be completed.

Who in their right mind would think that they could just show up to network marketing and be successful?


who in their right mind


This brings me back to my original question, is quitting and failure the same thing, in network marketing?

If you don’t succeed, do you fail? Let me ask that question a different way. If you don’t fail, do you succeed?

There in lies the dilemma and the debate goes from there. What I have found is that the successful people in the industry like to say that people don’t fail, they quit. That there is no failure rate, there is only a quitting rate.

I think it’s all semantics!

I’m not here to berate the industry!

I would like to say that we, as network marketers, need to do a much better job of training, teaching and helping our new recruits. If you don’t know what you are doing. Don’t feel bad about that. Most people have no idea what they are doing. Then you need to find out what you should be doing and do it!

This might be easier said than done, but go up your upline until you can find someone who can teach you what to do. Then do it and turn around and teach those people you have brought into the business how to do it too.


My disclaimer:

The above story is not entirely true. Actually, almost none of it is true. I did take English 101 in my second semester, but I got a “B” in it.


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