Don’t compare yourself to others in the business
No, I’m not Paul Harvey, but I will tell you a story later.
I guess it’s just human nature to compare yourself to the people that you work with or know.
I’m better than that person. I wonder why they have the corner office. Well, maybe I’m not as good as that person, but I know I’m way better than that one!
This is a classic!
How many times have you heard someone say, “I could run this business better than the boss does.” You may have even said that before. It’s natural.
The same holds true for the network marketing business. I’d like to be able to say that we are different, but as fate would have it, we are all humans and it’s human nature to compare ourselves to each other.
There are times when a comparison is good for you.
When you go to your company’s national convention and you see the parade of top earners traipsing across the stage. They tell how they were a window washer and then they were introduced to network marketing and the rest is history. They stuck it rich and never looked back.
You see them up there being adored by their fellow distributors and you think, “If someone like that can do this, then surely I could it!”
That’s when the comparison is good. You compare your situation to the person on the stage and you find inspiration from their story and belief in yourself. You’re all revved up and ready to kill the business! That’s a good thing!
Then there are times when comparisons aren’t just a bad thing it’s a business killer.
Many times, people will look at the successful distributors and think that their success is due to the fact that they are better than we are. You might think, “Wow, they did it, but they had “that” as an advantage.” It doesn’t matter what “that” is, they just seemed to know how to do something that you don’t know how to do and that’s their advantage.
In that case, it can cause people to give up and quit. That’s a bad thing!
Now for the story!
You may have heard of network marketing legend, Jeff Roberti. He is one of the all top money earners in the network marketing industry. When he tells his story, it goes something like this:
At the time, Jeff was 24 and working as a waiter, living in a tiny apartment and struggling to make ends meet. He had gone to a junior college for two years but didn’t earn a degree. With no education or practical experience, Jeff faced an uphill battle in his desire to make things easier for him and his family. After getting off work early one night, he stumbled into an opportunity to start his own direct selling company. “It was a good fit. It was an industry that allowed me to overcome what I was lacking in education, experience and money by channeling my endless desire to succeed and my willingness to learn,” Jeff says.
However, shortly after starting his home-based business, Jeff’s sponsor quit, leaving him without a teacher to learn the ropes. But rather than lean on his latest crutch, Jeff got proactive. “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was behind on bills. I was behind on my promises to family and friends. So I tore up my list of excuses and moved ahead full speed,” he says. Jeff set a goal for himself: By the end of his first year, he wanted to be earning $10,000 a month. He then began the process of trial and error, learning from his mistakes, perfecting his craft and repeating what worked over and over.
He reached his goal of $10,000 within his first month in business. Twelve months later, Jeff was making $100,000 a month. And over the past 18 years, he’s averaged over $250,000 a month and earned over $50 million total. “My accomplishments were really beyond my wildest dreams,” Jeff recalls. “I went from waiting tables, making maybe $1,000 to $2,000 a month, to being at the edge of making all my dreams come true.”
If you happen to be a waiter or someone who is struggling to pay their bills, you might find this inspirational. It’s a great “rags to riches” story. However, it might not be entirely true.
Sure he was a waiter, at one time. Yes, he entered network marketing and did very well for himself. That part is true.
From a little bird …
I was listening to an interview with someone who was in the same network marketing company, at the same time, as Jeff Roberti. This person was also in the top 5 money earners and they were privy to the inside information about the other top earners. They were all in the “inner circle.”
As she tells the story, Roberti’s parents were in Herbalife at the time. They had a fair amount of success. Jeff tried Herbalife, but didn’t do very well.
A friend of his told him about a new company called, NSA and Jeff left Herbalife to sell water filters.
Jeff Roberti was able to bring 4 or 5 of his parent’s Herbalife distributors over to the new company.
It’s a whole other world when you can start off with a few experienced network marketers!
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that he is a bad person. It doesn’t take away from his accomplishments. I tell you this story so you wouldn’t compare yourself to any other person in network marketing. You never know what the real back story is.
If you think that Jeff Roberti’s story is unusual, it’s not. This happens all the time. I would guess that most of the “overnight” success stories in network marketing are stories just like Roberti’s.
A network marketer, who had made it to the top levels of their current company, decide to try another company. Maybe it’s for the challenge? They are able to “take distributors with them to start in the new company.
I’ve seen advertisements from start up network marketing companies that are looking for top earners from other companies to sign up with the new company!
There tons of people who have made it to the top levels in 2, 3 or maybe 5 different companies. I would kind of think that they didn’t need to start from scratch.
I tell you this story because I don’t want you to compare yourself to anyone in the business. Then again, it is human nature.
If you are inspired by comparing yourself to someone, then fine, but if you are thinking about quitting because your “hero” is so much better than you … you may want to find out whether their story is the whole story or just a part that makes it sound inspirational!
And that’s the rest of the story … good day!
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