What happened to your dreams?


Have you any dreams you’d like to share?


You’re born and then your parents brought you home from the hospital. They fed you and cared for your every need. They taught you to walk and talk and then the fun began. All you wanted to do was to explore your world. You needed to know what everything felts like, tasted like and what it did.


Our parents, ever fearful, tried to get you to sit down and be quiet. “Don’t run in the house!” “You could put an eye out with that thing!” “Don’t put your finger in the outlet!”


Brush your teeth, flush the toilet, color inside the lines and the list of things to do and not to do grew every day.


Even with all of that going on, you somehow found the time to have dreams of what your life could be like. You’re going to grow up to be an astronaut or a fireman. You were going to travel the world and see the 7 Wonders. You would own a car for every day of the week. You were going to live in a mansion with a swimming pool. Life was going to be great.


Your parents did the best they could. They told you to go school and get a good job. If you have a good job, you would have security. Apparently, security is the be all and end of of the working world and the rest of life too.


You went to college and graduated. You got yourself a good paying job. You made your parents happy. At least you weren’t going to be moving back in with them. That always makes a parent happy!


Odds are that you didn’t grow up to be an astronaut or a fireman. Okay, so you compromised on one thing. You still have visions of driving a different car every day of the week. The problem is that on your salary you can’t afford to buy 7 cars. Oh yeah, you probably can’t afford that mansion either.


Thus begins your life of compromise.


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You wake up every morning, pour that first cup of coffee and read the newspaper, before going to work. You work with a bunch of people who are just like you. They, too, had dreams that they gave up on, years ago. You do your 8 hours for that soul sucking boss who doesn’t care about you or your dreams. The only thing that they care about is the bottom line.


You go home, fix dinner. You sit down to watch the evening news and you find out about all the wars and rumors of wars around the world. You hear about the death and destruction around the country and how someone somewhere is trying to figure out a solution to all of these life and death problems.


Zig Ziglar said it best, “You are who you are and you are where you are because of what’s gone into your mind.”


Who do you think that you’ll be and where are you going to be after a few years of living that kind of life? With all of that negativity being poured into your mind, will you be on your way to achieving your dreams or will you be a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer?


You can change a few of the details, but this is the kind of life that most people end up living. Most people will be happy enough with it. There are those that think that they’d like to change their lives and then there are those that are willing to make a real effort to change it.


Have you learned to live half a life? That’s the half without realized dreams. Or are you ready to fulfill your dreams?



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I’m doing okay … how are you doing?



if you're okay in network marketing you're probably not going to do well



That’s the battle cry of most network marketers. They’re doing okay. Not in their network marketing business, but in the rest of their life.


They have a decent job that pays the bills. They aren’t getting ahead, but they aren’t going broke either. They drive a nice car. It’s not their dream car, but it gets them from point A to point B. They have a home to live in, but they’d love to have a bigger home with more land and a swimming pool, in the backyard. They go to the beach for their summer vacation, but they’d love to take the family to Disney World or maybe to the Caribbean.


By all measures, they’re doing pretty well for themselves and their family. Some people have more and some people have less than they do, but they’re doing okay.


A network marketer who finds themselves in this position will probably struggle to find success in the business. There’s no overriding, outside force to drive them to be successful. Someone in this position will have to find their motivation from within themselves.


In network marketing, we hear the success stories of a wide variety of people, who come from all walks of life. The ones that are celebrated are the ones where the person was homeless and living out of a suitcase. They have this rags to riches story and that is the one that we hear about.


Then the flip side are the stories where someone was already a successful business owner and they came to network marketing and were able to build a business in record time.


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It makes it sound like you have to be a “down and outter” or a successful person, in order to make network marketing work for you. I’m sure that there must be plenty of people who had a decent life and were doing okay when they decided to build a big network marketing business. They have to be out there, don’t they?


For the people who are in the middle, the ones that aren’t really successful yet or those that don’t have their backs against the wall, what are they supposed to do? There’s no real pressure to make them do anything different. If they do nothing at all, it’s not that big of a deal to them. If they sign up with a network marketing company and they do nothing more than open their distributor kit, what’s the big deal to them. They lose $300.00, but that’s not the end of the world to them. They’re still doing okay.


Is this why so many people sign up and do nothing with their business? Are the people who fail in network marketing just people who are doing okay in life, but thought about achieving some of their dreams, if it turned out to be easy enough to do? Then they find out that it does take work to find success in this business.


Will we be willing to recruit from the pool of “down and outters,” other people with their backs up against the wall or the people who already possess the skills and mindsets to build a big business. Or should we be finding out what will motivate our prospects that are coming from the land of, “I’m doing okay?”


Maybe we, as network marketers, need to change our target markets. It’s just a thought.


Or maybe we can find those people who are doing okay, but have a one time pain to fix. Maybe they have an upcoming wedding to pay for or a child’s college education. If your prospects don’t have an internal and immediate problem to solve, they may just quit and walk away from their initial investment. It won’t kill them, right?


Are you doing okay?



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Do you like to help people?


It takes two to tango in network marketing


helping people in network marketing


It seems that being willing and able to help people is one of the main criteria of being in a network marketing business. Even Zig Ziglar said it, “You can get what you want, if you help enough other people get what they want.”


You certainly can’t get to the top levels of any company’s compensation plan, all by yourself. You’re going to need other people, in your downline, to achieve some sort of success. I see it as a kind of safeguard for the industry. Network marketing is unlike any other business.


In most businesses, you are competing with other people for market share and success. If you want your slice of the pie, you’ll need to go out and get it. That’s not so in network marketing. It seems as though the pie is big enough for everyone to get their own slice of it.


All of that seems like a good thing. New distributors aren’t alone in their businesses. They have an upline who will benefit from their success. It should be a “built in” help network.


Unfortunately, it seems as though most network marketers want to find people who need the business.


I know you’re thinking, “Isn’t that what we are supposed to do?”


On the surface it would seem so, but in the real world it isn’t. People who need the business need it for a reason. They need it because their lives are not as good as they would like them to be. Most of the time, their lives are not what they want them to be because of self esteem issues or self worth issues. These people have risen or fallen to the level they are because of this.


It’s not that they aren’t good people, it’s just that they believe they are where they are because that’s where they are supposed to be. You’ve probably heard the story of people who win the lottery. They get millions of dollars in winnings and before you know it, they have spent all of the money and are back where they started.


The same thing happens in network marketing. They need the business, but they don’t really want it. They squander the opportunity. Again, it’s not that they are bad people, it’s just that they need to work on their personal development so they can get to a place where they believe that they deserve success.


They shouldn’t feel bad. Most people who join a network marketing business squander the opportunity. This is why there is such an emphasis placed on personal development. Network marketers are bombarded with the command to read books, listen to CDs and take courses to improve their attitude.


Who should we help with this business?


helping other network marketers


Network marketers should be looking for people who want the business. They may also need it, but they must want it in order for it to work for them.


Network marketers must find people who have expressed a desire to improve themselves.


I have been one who has tried to help people who seemed to be on the down and out. They really needed what this business could offer them. I soon found out that I wanted success for them more than they wanted it for themselves. I wound up spinning my wheels and trying to help someone who wasn’t ready to help themselves.


I’d feel bad about them not finding success, so I’d try to help them more and more. Pretty soon I was trying to build a business for someone who didn’t want it. I’d wear myself out and they’d just keep plodding along in their life.


I found out that it was in everyone’s best interest to make sure that the people I am recruiting really want the business and they want to have success. I’m willing to help to help anyone who joins my business, but only to the extent that they are willing to work for themselves.




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