When I was 20 years old, I was introduced to an idea called, “Network Marketing” or “Multi-Level Marketing”. Initially, I brushed off the idea and decided that it wasn’t for me, but a few months later, a similar idea was presented to me by my brother (and he’s a pretty intelligent guy). This time, I jumped on board, and while the income never reached a substantial level, the lessons I learned while taking this journey were priceless.
The initial post of the series, “What Network Marketing Taught Me”, was a reflection on the Personal Growth and Leadership that I was taught while I was involved in the business. Today, I wish to share with you the second most important lesson I learned from the MLM business.
What is the Opposite of Success?
How would you answer this question? “What is the opposite of success?” Immediately, without much thought whatsoever, many of us would blurt out, “failure”, but this answer couldn’t be farther from the truth. For those that have a mind for success, they would say that quitting is the opposite of success. Failure is actually part of the journey to success.
What in the World Does That Mean?
Very few people succeed on the first try. If you can remember your youth, think back to the time when you were learning to ride a bike (if you can’t think back this far, perhaps you have children that are currently learning this skill). The expectations were high as those training wheels were loosened from your bicycle. You’ve seen your older brothers and sisters ride around on their two-wheelers so many times; this was going to be a piece of cake!
….About 100 spills later, you threw your bike on the ground, observed your bloody scapes and bruises, and you stormed into the house proclaiming that you would never ride that two-wheeler again!
You may have thought of this event as a failure, but I imagine that a few days later, you tried your luck at that two-wheeler again. It was probably a little wobbly, but without anyone’s help, you conquered that bicycle and had your taste of success! The failures were merely a portion of the journey to that successful ride. Without those failures, success never would have occurred.
Now, what if you would have quit entirely? What if you never tried to ride that bike again? That would truely have been the opposite of success, because through quitting, you would have never again had the opportunity to succeed.
Apply This Concept to Your Life Today
Do you feel like you are failing at something today? Do you feel like giving up? Just remember that if you quit, your chances of success will be 0%.
This website hasn’t been a piece of cake. For the first 2 or 3 months, I never received a comment! My subscriber numbers never got higher than 6. That’s right, I had only 6 subscribers, and they were all part of my close family! It didn’t seem like anyone was reading; nobody would have noticed if I just stopped writing. But, because of my MLM training, I knew that my failures were an essential ingredient in my journey to success!
Today, I have over 170 subscribers and can always count on my readers to comment on my posts. The failures were tough, and they still continue at times, but I am beginning to see signs of success. Thank goodness I stuck with it. Now, I’m having a blast! 🙂
Don’t be afraid of failure. Embrace it and learn from it. Soon, you will have your success!
Have you gone through failures, but later found success? Tell me about it! I love hearing your comments!
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.