Before I begin, please allow me to disclose the following: Network Marketing or commonly known as direct-sales is NOT a quick get-rich platform, nor a hobby. Network Marketing takes a lot of heart, dedication, consistency, passion for what you do, believing on what you sell and a whole lot of failing before reaching success.
Now, you’ve probably heard “crawl before you walk”. Before you can successfully walk on your own two feet, you may (will) need to meet the basics. To do so, starting from the beginning is a must! I don’t mean to insult anyone’s intellect but to prove a valid point.
Just like learning how to walk is a process, becoming successful in Network Marketing (in my case ItWorks) is no different. Meeting the basics is part of that process. That means, starting at the very bottom and working your way up! Here’s how you will and must fail to beat the odds:
This type of behavior will make you fail over and over. However, the good news is that we are wired that way. So, it isn’t entirely your fault. The question is how to handle it and use it to your advantage.
By definition, impatient is to show irritability or restlessly eager. These are symptoms when our labor produce no fruit. Let me tell you that you are not alone. Remember, crawl before you walk! Overcome your impatient with a winning attitude. This is not a race but a marathon. If you must and should, find your leader, mentor, or friend within your network to walk with you throughout this process. Impatience will build frustration and insecurity which leads to no results.
Although quick success is found in some cases, this is not a realistic expectation. If your goal is to go fast you may not be at the right place.
I’ve seen many go through this. It is so common to feel insecure. We live in a world where we want to be socially accepted. With that, comes ‘what do others think of me’?. The ‘what if’ game kicks in! It looks something like this:
- What if I they don’t like what I sell? The reality is some will buy and some will not. That is just a fact you can’t overcome. Don’t be discourage and don’t get impatient. This is a numbers game. The more you interact with potential customers, the closer you get to convert into a sale! All that is up to you.
- What if they think I’m crazy? I think we really are crazy! Our jobs are not viewed as ‘real jobs’. But we are in pursuit of our own dream job and that matters. But don’t ignore them. One day they could be your best customer or your rock start distributor.
- What if they think I will fail? This is a cold hard fact. You WILL fail, but your job is to learn from it and use it to your advantage. That is also why you are reading this blog post right?
- What if I can’t sell these products? Yes, please don’t sell any of your products. Sell yourself first!!!! People buy from people. Be genuine, transparent and willing to help your customers.
Lack of motivation
Some network marketers or ItWorks distributors have a clear vision and motivation for their business, but many do not. Without a clear motive you will fail, but most find success when their motivation is aligned to their goals!
If you are not motivated, you are not going to win. Find your drive, inspiration, your ‘why’ (why do you do this) and become great at it. Give it your all, leave nothing on the table. You must of have a reason why you started right? Keep that reason alive within you. This will help you tremendously in the future.
Unwilling to learn
To succeed, you must be willing to learn. Duplicate what your leaders are doing. Learn about your company/industry, ask questions, educate yourself, work with your up-line, read, and put into practice everything you learn. In my humble opinion, master our process: the “steps of success”. This is the process we have in place. This is our winning formula! There is no need to re-invent the wheel.
I must say, this is the number one thing most people fail to accomplish. Their unwillingness to learn leads to point number 1: Impatience. Be open minded and curious. You do not have all the answers. Someone has been there before. Take advantage of their knowledge and practice what they preach. Always have a teachable hear. This will get you far!
Personally, I’ve failed over and over and…. over again. But that has not stopped me from learning. This is why failing is a part of my success. I didn’t have all the answers, skills, mindset, motivation, and patience to learn the ins and outs of this industry. But failing at all these has been my greatest teacher.
Beat the odds by failing. Many have been there and many have found success. It’s a must, just like the laws of gravity: everything that goes up must come down. The law of Network Marketing is fail before you win!
Let me leave you with this – failing is an inevitable option that will happen one way or another. I DO NOT mean to discourage you, rather encourage you. Do not quit because you are failing, every ‘No’ that you get, will get you closer to that ‘Yes, I will buy’ or ‘Yes, I want to be a part of your team’ that we are all looking for! It takes time, energy, consistency, patience and a huge desire to accomplish your goals! Now, go get ’em!
I hope to have given you some clarity on my humble opinion about failing and succeeding. Feel free to add to this post! How did you fail and what did you learn from it?. I’d love to heard what others have gone through!