My experiences thirty years ago as a single mom raising two daughters alone, have made me passionate about helping women, especially when it comes to achieving financial independence. I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, overworked, underpaid and losing hope.
I was first introduced to network marketing, about thirty years ago, through one of those infamous secret meetings. I was so completely turned off by the entire experience – the hype, the income promises, the notion of selling to friends and family – that I swore that no matter how much money could be made, I would never become “one of those people.”
Eventually, I got into sales, and I found a lucrative career with a company I absolutely loved. Unlike a lot of my friends, I had a wonderful boss, co-workers who felt like family, and a job that was very fulfilling. I poured my heart and soul into the company that I worked for, and hoped it would carry me to retirement.
Then, the industry began to change, and the owners sold the company. In an instant, I was unemployed, and left with nothing to show for my ten years of hard work. My notion of security had vanished, and I’d ended up feeling lost and wondering what to do next.
By this time, my daughters were grown and had graduated from college. My youngest daughter, Lory, had just discovered network marketing and was convinced that it was her solution – and a way that we could fulfill a dream that we both had of working together! But no matter how hard she tried to show me what she saw, I wouldn’t see it. I just could not stand the thought of being “one of those people.”
I was first introduced to network marketing, about thirty years ago, through one of those infamous secret meetings… [and] I swore that no matter how much money could be made, I would never become “one of those people.”
While on a trip together, I reluctantly agreed to read one of Lory’s network marketing books. After less than an hour of reading, all of my stereotypes and assumptions were gone, and I realized that I’d found a way to utilize my passion for helping others and my strengths in customer service and building relationships .
That was almost seven years ago and I’ve been on a mission to share what I’ve found with others, ever since.
Today, I still remember what it feels like to be overwhelmed, overworked, underpaid and losing hope. But now I also know what it feels like to be empowered, secure, compensated for what I’m worth and free. I’m more passionate than ever about helping women achieve financial independence, and I hope this book encourages them to take the second look I did, and seize the same opportunity that I almost let pass me by.
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I have always questioned everything. Why do I have a curfew? Why do I have to eat my vegetables? Why did I get a B on this paper? Why do I have to pick one major in college? Why do I have to work for someone else? All these questions have been a part of my life, some of which have gotten me into trouble, but most of which have made me who I am today. I don’t take anyone’s “word” on something if it doesn’t feel right to me. This is when I began to question why my life had to “look” a certain way. Just because everyone else seems to be okay waking up to an alarm clock, driving through an insane amount of traffic just to sit in a ridiculously small space called an office, and look busy all day while wishing they were somewhere else with different people. Seriously? Does anyone else see what’s wrong with this picture? I wanted NOTHING to do with it.
We’re not experts, we’re just living proof that this does work and you can have it all.
So I began to search. By search, I mean keep my eyes WIDE open for other possibilities. I was open. I was not opposed to trying something new or different or “outside” the box. In fact, I welcomed it. As long as it took me FAR away from this world that I was beginning to resent.
I found it. I believe the only reason that I jumped at this was because I was so detached from my ego that I was able to see the brilliance in something that everyone around me laughed at. No one gave me a better idea, so rather than listen to people who weren’t where I wanted to be, I decided to figure out what I really wanted my life to look like. I knew immediately that I wanted freedom, and I wanted to decide exactly how much I’m worth. No longer was I going to be told by my boss how much I was worth. The concept of this business just made sense. It didn’t require me to quit my job in order to pursue it. It didn’t require upfront education to get started. It required passion to live my best life. I had that!!
The most challenging thing about this business is the people. People who make decisions for their own life based on others’ opinions. I’ve seen too many people “get” this concept and then immediately turn around and give up because of what other people said. So I’m ready to have a conversation about this. I’m ready to tell our story, not from an expert point of view, but from a real life point of view. We’re not experts, we’re just living proof that this does work and you can have it all. It’s your choice.
A very wise man named Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” What do you think?
Maybe it’s time to stop listening to everyone else and start listening to yourself. I’m really grateful that I did.
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When I met my co-authors, Lory and Janine, I was a recovering attorney, semi-retired entrepreneur and freelance writer, taking the occasional gig to bankroll my lazy life at the beach. I thought I’d done it all. I’d rejected Corporate America when I left the practice of law at age 27; I’d followed my dreams of self-employment when I started a business that ultimately led to greater freedom; and I’d created passive income by self-publishing a textbook that had unexpected success. In my mind, I was everything but a network marketer. On top of that, I tried to avoid them at all costs.
As a business owner, I’d been a member of many different networking organizations, and was exhausted from colliding with pushy people who swore that I would get rich quick if I’d just give them five minutes of my time. I never met one person who was rich, let alone quick, and I found the whole thing to be ridiculous.
So when a friend asked me to consider writing a book with Lory and Janine about network marketing, I figured she’d lost her mind. I was obviously the wrong person for the job. I mean, it’s one thing to hire someone full of sass; it’s another to hire someone full of disdain. Besides, I was sure they couldn’t afford my fee (I know, so rude). Nonetheless, I agreed to the meeting because they seemed nice, and sincere in their mission to shed light on this industry. Plus I got the part about the money wrong.
You’re only in this game once. Don’t settle for being a spectator.
The rest, as they say, is history. After diving into the research on network marketing, my mind wasn’t just opened, it was changed. I finally “got” the professional side of network marketing, which was so different from the style I’d been exposed to before. On top of that, I couldn’t believe how many savvy, sophisticated, and fun people were already doing it with astounding success. Here I was, running to the ends of the earth looking for financial freedom, and the best option was staring me in the face. Talk about being wrong.
So, without any encouragement from Lory and Janine, I jumped into network marketing while working on the book. When they saw that my belief in the industry had grown as strong as theirs, they invited me to put my name on it, too. Eight months later, I’m already turning a sizable profit in my network marketing business. It hasn’t always been a breeze, but it’s a heck of a lot easier than all the other things I’ve done.
Like a lot of entrepreneurs, I want a big fat life. I want adventure, I want fun. I want to sample every delicious opportunity that comes my way. Network marketing is the vehicle that makes all of that possible now. I can’t believe I almost missed it (ten times).
Today, I no longer think about what I want to do for living. I think about what I want to do with my life.
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