Everyone in network marketing has a story. Typically the ones you hear recount the struggles of the budding entrepreneur who slaved away daily at his/her mid-five figure job, caught in the trap of barely getting by. You may have also heard the stories of people who were flat out broke with no income prospects in sight, before they decided to give network marketing a try and began to earn more than they ever dreamed. My story is a little bit different.
I grew up in the Midwest and went to college at Harvard. I always knew that I would go into business and was fortunate to be hired by a major New York advertising agency to start after I graduated from Harvard. My classmates were seriously jealous that I landed such a plum job with such a great salary. I started my job in the Account Management training program of the agency in 1982 after taking the summer to travel with friends. I loved the job and was good at it. I was rapidly promoted throughout the ranks and was earning well over six figures before I turned 30. I was promoted to a Senior Vice President the year I turned 31. This was also the year that I had my first child and my husband and I were looking to buy our first house, so the timing of my good fortune could not have been better. I really was blessed.
In the years that followed, I worked for two other firms in the advertising and marketing industry as an executive in a leadership role. I continued to enjoy my work, but at the same time I started to ask myself, “Is this it? Is this what life is really all about, waking up every morning to head off to work and waiting for my next vacation?” I couldn’t help feel that while I had woken up every morning for 28 years straight to go to my job, life was somehow passing me by. I had a good job. I live in a really nice town. I have a wonderful husband and two fabulous kids – one in college and one finishing high school. Our needs have always been met. However, the recession took quite a toll on the advertising and marketing industry, and the firm I was working for was struggling financially.
That is when panic started to set in. I started to realize that I was dependent on my job. I was fearful that I could lose my job if the company went under. I was fearful that “at my age” I would have trouble finding another good job. But more specifically, I feared the loss of income. The day I stopped going to my job was the day the money stopped. I know it’s obvious, but this was a bitter awakening for me. With one child in college and another heading off to college soon, I have some serious financial responsibilities. At the same time, I am (thankfully) quite a long way off from being able to tap into my IRA account. All of these emotions were running rampant when I tripped into network marketing and never looked back.
When I first got involved with my primary network marketing business, I didn’t have any previous experience in network marketing. I had heard about a new business that had launched in my state and was attracted to the high-growth industry sector, the company leadership, and the opportunity to earn upfront and residual income by saving people money on their electric bills. The company was also positioned to make a difference for the environment and people in need. The business involved getting customers and recruiting other representatives, but it was really about education. Importantly, I loved the concept of “networking” to build teams of people all over the country who I could help to achieve their financial goals, while I benefited as well.
I took to the business like a fish takes to water. I became a top leader in just a few months and have built a huge team. I relish the fact that I am building a long-term income stream for myself and my family, independent of other work that I do.
I have learned a tremendous amount about the network marketing industry and continue to discover more about what works and what doesn’t work, every day. I started this blog to share information, tools, tips and insights as a resource to help new and seasoned network marketers build their businesses.
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