Have you ever been involved in network marketing (also known as multi-level marketing)? Many of you may not know this, but I have. While I was still in college, I was approached with a network marketing business plan, and it changed my life forever.
How Network Marketing Changed My Life
Now, I wish I could say that I made millions of dollars within the MLM business, but quite honestly, I didn’t even come close. The most money I made per month was about $400. It wasn’t terrible, but the income was a little bit shy of what I had envisioned… Those Mercedes and yachts weren’t quite a reality with that income.
Even though my income was lower than I would have liked, I was fortunate enough to be involved with an MLM business that valued personal growth and leadership. Within my team of business owners, we often did something radical in our downtime as an alternative to television; we read books. These books taught me about personalities, sales, leadership, and communication.
“So what’s the big deal? How could these books affect your life in such an astronomical way?” you might ask. It was these books that allowed me to win the heart of my beautiful wife.
We met on a rainy evening, at a coffee shop downtown (yes, this was a blind-date – we were set up by a mutual friend). The moment I discovered her beauty, I distinctly remember saying to myself, “Don’t screw this up”… (and then I proceeded to ask the barista what I could order that didn’t have coffee in it…at a coffee shop…. but that story’s for another day).
You know what we talked about? All those books that I had read, because you know what? She had read them too. The Five Love Languages, Personality Plus, Love and Respect; we talked about them all. If I had not read those books or become interested in something other than The Golf Channel, we might not have hit it off in the same way. At this moment, a few years after that initial meeting, I certainly am glad that I picked up those books. My wife is an incredible woman, and I simply couldn’t imagine being with anyone else.
Network Marketing Taught Me to Read Books
Do you know how dumb our world is getting? We live in a world where every piece of information imaginable is at our fingertips, and we choose to play Farmville instead. I challenge you to pick up a book. Sure, it may be primitive, but you could learn some valuable nuggets from a man’s entire life in only one sitting. That is pretty powerful.
Try it! Take a chunk out from your TV time and head to the library. Pick up a book on something you’ve always wanted to learn about and read it cover to cover. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn and how little you’ll miss TV.
Can you relate to my story? Do you have any life-altering moments? Please share them!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.