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Hand Up or Hand Out

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Do you have an overall end plan?

On Friday last week I attended a very interesting event with David Erickson of the Federal Reserve in San Francisco (author of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities) and Miami Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. There was also a panel of 3 local influencers.

I was very moved with the amount of non-profit organizations that are working to make cities livable to the under privileged, unemployed or underemployed. The thing that touched me the most was just how separated and disjointed they felt amongst each other.

The low income housing person for the city was on the panel. He was stating how so many units were developed last year and they see so much more growth.

I was so happy that I got to ask a question. Hand up or Hand out? When for instance low income housing puts people in homes, what is considered successful? Is it when the units are occupied or when an occupant moves out because they got back on their feet? I said a bunch of other things as to what was covered in the presentation and panel discussion and some of what I do to help non-profits. When I finished 4 of the people on stage looked completely lost!

As a business person I look at the overall and my mind starts asking questions as to how to solve the problem. This problem may not be what others (especially the higher ups) think the problem is. David Erickson in his inspiring presentation stated that we must start thinking differently about helping communities. Then someone talked about higher education. What I don’t understand is graduates of higher education are just as unemployed and underemployed as those who didn’t go to college. I think another avenue should be explored. In middle and high school entrepreneurial and personal financial skills should be introduced.

I have a master degree in IT and a bachelor in Business. The companies that I’ve met with in South Florida have told me that they can’t afford me. What is up with that? Thankfully I’ve always been entrepreneurial by nature and was presented with a company which I agreed with and has the benefits of:

  1. Original members of the management team is still VERY Active with the company’s growth
  2. We are a Product Brokerage firm meaning we don’t manufacture products but work with companies that already have successful products and we broker a more superior version of it
  3. In every Billion dollar industry – the versatility was what I love the most
  4. The compensation plan is simple and promotes helping others succeed
  5. Low investment to start
  6. Ease of start up

The distributors of my company (including the top people) have a limit of how much they earn per business unit, so the company will always sustain itself and everyone is equal. Can the company you work with say this? How much is your company’s CEO make? Basically in network marketing YOU ARE THE CEO of YOUR COMPANY!

Many people I talk with about my company have told me that they love their job or they get paid enough. Are you like this? Do you think of the overall? Are you living pay check to pay check? What would you do if your company downsized you? How quickly would you NEED to be back at work before your debts default? Do you feel the stress of living hopefully above pay check to pay check? Do you have the freedom to take a vacation at any time? Do you ever stop to think when I retire will I be able to support myself or will I have to work to still barely make ends meet?

Watch the documentary “Rise of the Entrepreneur.” If you feel you don’t have time to watch this… you are actually the person who needs this the most. Do you have more time for yourself this year compared to last year? Do you see anything changing so that next year you will have more freedom?

I think we should be working with others to raise and support entrepreneurs. Could you imagine a world where people are truly self sufficient and independent of the developed hand outs?

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Just One Day?

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Just One Day?

Are you fulfilled with your day to day life? I ask myself this question every, single day. Over the past couple weeks I can honestly say yes. My life is my own – I have no one to blame when I slack off but myself, BUT I have no one to praise when I accomplish the goals I set for myself but me.

Over a year ago I had decided to pursue a life of network marketing. This decision was a result of not being approved for paid time off to see my son try out for the Jamaican National Swim Team. An opportunity came up the very next day, I KNEW this was a Fantastic Opportunity, diverse and stable company, AND the Compensation Plan was simple and realistic. I started a couple days later.

My results weren’t spectacular, but I was able to keep my head above water. When I couldn’t get time off for my son’s first international meet (yes he made the team!) it stoked the internal desire. I was reminding people to download shop buddy on their computer and the app on their phone to earn Cash Back on their regular shopping.

My attitude was getting more negative, and I felt put upon at work. One day in the middle of a blaming incident (towards someone else for something I did and admitted to doing) I handed my resignation. I worked pretty consistently for the first few weeks but then with contentment I started getting lazy and slacking off. Thankfully I was attending online courses, listening to audio books, and watching instructional videos when one moved me so much that I decided to attend one.

Eric Worre was Spectacularly motivational in my life. I attended his Insanity Bootcamp and had SO many gems of wisdom to bring back to my team. The idea that resonated with me the most was People are moved by your campaign, then you THEN your opportunity. From what I’ve always learned with the teachings in network marketing is that one must promote the opportunity… nothing was ever said about a campaign or me. The inner fire got a little bigger.

I went to Insanity Bootcamp almost 2 months ago. My whole grasp of me and my campaign has changed. Now I want to Build a Better Community – helping licensed health professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, non profits and the community. When that switch happened people started contacting me, I started meeting influential people within my community, and opportunities presented themselves.

Yesterday I replied to 7 people who were asking about this “job” and on the first reply I felt weird saying “this isn’t a job, it is a business opportunity that helps the community”. The old feelings and connotations with network marketing that I’ve experienced talking to people came back; and a small part of me felt misleading. Then I remembered something:

Network marketing is a way to freedom. It is one of the only professions that promotes self growth in order to achieve success.

There are companies that are switching from hourly pay to salary (no overtime) or strictly commission. I think that if the world is already going in that direction shouldn’t a person get paid for the foundation that they built, the products and services that they recommended and sold, and the positive difference that they make to the community? Shouldn’t each person be able to build their own dreams and have the freedom to spend time with their kids, follow their dreams, and live their passion?

I don’t think that a decision is made in one day… but the decision change course is. The feeling of accomplishment in making the decision usually is only the first day *grinning* before the fear of change or the unknown, failure or success creeps up on you. And one must battle that demon until one starts seeing the fruits of their labor. But for me the part that was sick and tired of having to answer to anyone, feeling unfulfilled, and feeling that my life was a spiral that was really wearing me down mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is still to this day happy that I had the courage to take the first step and decide that I truly needed a change.

 

To borrow the close from my Dear Mentor Eric Worre

My wish for you is to make the decision to become a Network Marketing Professional – for you to truly Go Pro. Because it is a stone-cold fact that Network Marketing is a better way.”