There are countless times on a daily basis when life serves up opportunities and you either capture the moment or you don’t.
In the video you just watched, Xavier Scruggs hit a bases clearing triple in the bottom of the 4th inning that broke the backs of the competition and virtually solidified a Cardinal victory less than halfway through the game. Had the right fielder not caught a piece of the ball with his glove in his leaping attempt to save the game, the shot would have cleared the wall for an ever glorious grand slam.
Here’s where the story gets good: in the 33 games since being called up to the Cardinals this season, Xavier Scruggs has only hit 8 home runs in 122 plate appearances, which equates to a 6.5% statistical possibility that he would hit a home run during any single at-bat.
What doesn’t translate in the stat book is that Xavier could hear the encouragement and feel the electric Karma being channeled his way, which no doubt fueled his ability to connect with the pitch and solidly send it sailing 340 feet through the cool September night.
It would have been a much more logical prediction on my part to call for him to strike out, because Xavier will swing at anything. If a pitch bounces 3 feet in front of home plate, he’s taking a Paul Bunyan cut at it anyway. If the pitcher throws it behind him, he will spin around and try to hit a two hand backhand down the left field line ala Andre Agassi. The dude has never seen a pitch (or a meal) he doesn’t like.
That’s why I love the guy. He refuses let life pass him by. He goes down swinging come hell or high water.
Are you like the X-Man? Do you take a big rip at opportunity, or do you often find yourself getting called out on strikes by being cautious and selective?
Do you have enough faith in yourself that when you push your chips in the middle, you’ve made the right decision regardless of the outcome? Do you stay strong believing that what you did was the correct thing to do at the time?
Second guessing can often become second nature. The lack of doing, by its very nature, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure. If you don’t put your chips in the middle often enough then you are never going to win.
I’m not claiming to be Nostradamus here, but I do have a seemingly uncanny ability on occasion to pick winners and literally think an occurrence into existence.
However, I don’t think I’m special. As a matter of fact, quite the contrary. I’m just an average guy from an average family in an average town smack dab in the middle of America who chooses to do semi-extraordinary things on a daily basis.
I also believe that you have the very same ability. If you speak it aloud to the universe, then it shall come to pass. So what do you want out of life? Say it out loud right now, with authority. Don’t be surprised when your spoken thoughts, over time, become reality.
Key people in my life have taught me, by example, that life is a daily series of choices. I have made the conscious decision to do things to the absolute best of my ability or to not do them at all, because the notion of failure pisses me off.
Imagining a life without failure is ridiculously idealistic and completely unrealistic. Without failure, there would be no success. Without pain, there is no gain. You’d be surprised how often the cards turn in your favor if you just keep putting your chips in the middle.
I didn’t always have that attitude. It grew into the fabric of my being by spending time with exceptional people who held that same mentality. “You are who you roll with,” and you become the top 5 people you spend the most time with.
I received a call last night from a gentleman we’ll call Mr. V who hails from sunny southern California. He found me on the internet “about 3 months ago” looking for a better solution to build a business from home. I listened to him explain how he has been all-in with A Technology MLM Which Shall Remain Nameless CN (a video phone and satellite network marketing company) but he hasn’t been getting the results he expected or needs.
Mr. V asked about my experience in the industry, how I got my start, and the companies with which I’ve been involved.
I explained to him that I have a pretty deep understanding of what he’s going through with his situation with his technology MLM. In 1995, I got involved with a not-so-little company called Excel Telecommunications. In a relatively short amount of time I was promoted to a Regional Training Director position, where I trained the company’s representatives in my region.
Excel was a great company with a huge vision and, at the time, was exactly what I needed in my life. I had huge dreams and was willing to pursue them at all costs.
Excel operated on a “uni-level” compensation plan, where a representative was eligible for huge residual compensation once they had signed up 20 customers and 3 representatives with ambitions of doing the same.
Since it was obvious to me that very few representatives had the ability to do all of that, I focused on helping the ones that could (since you only needed 3) and signed up people for other people in order to maximize the comp plan for all involved and minimize organizational attrition, which is the reason why people fail in network marketing.
After all, why would you sign up 40 wide when you could strategically place those people in depth and help others do what they might not be able to do on their own?
My strategy of “helping other people get people” caught the attention of my upline, who began utilizing it with great success. It is no surprise to me the most conventional network marketing compensation plans have evolved to encourage this sort of behavior to stimulate growth and long-term sustainability of the company.
Unfortunately, what I didn’t fully understand at the time was that technology has never worked long-term in the network marketing model because competition drives down technology costs to the consumer on a daily basis and the give-and-take eventually makes a huge dent in the paychecks of the people in the trenches making it happen.
I could not, in good conscience, continue to introduce people to a business knowing that darker skies were on the horizon, so I resigned my position with Excel.
I watched from the sidelines as that company continued toward greatness for a few years, before its billionaire owners Kenny Trout and Steve Smith ultimately took it public and inevitably sold their controlling shares, having seen the same writing on the wall as I had.
I had a disdain for network marketing for several years after that experience, but I learned upon being introduced to a product called MonaVie that what happened with Excel wasn’t really anybody’s fault, it wasn’t my fault and it wasn’t network marketing’s fault.
Excel was an exception, for reasons stated above, and my negative perception of network marketing’s reality was skewed by my biased experienced within it. What I found was that network marketing is incredible and there are fantastic companies with superior products and services, along with tremendous opportunities for average people to make crazy money if they wish.
Upon that discovery, I pursued MonaVie with the same vigor I had with Excel, albeit handcuffed a bit by the fact that I had burned through a large portion of my warm market a decade earlier as many, like me, had not forgotten the Excel experience and were quick to judge my involvement with MonaVie as “another one of those deals.”
By sheer determination and incredible support from my upline mentors: Dr. Leslie and Scott Rebtoy, and Julie and Darryl Christner, I was able to ascend the company’s ranks and eventually become the highest ranked distributor in my state.
This was all done through yesterday’s “traditional” network marketing means: hotel meetings, home meetings, office meetings, one on one’s at the coffee shop, quarterly trips to regional events at fancy hotels, etc.
I was the guy at Panera, strategically positioned with the gaudy shirt and the product line on the table for the whole place to see and wonder, “hmm, who is this weirdo and what is that stuff he’s hawking?”
“Excuse me ma’am, but I couldn’t help but overhear (through my high-powered military audio surveillance equipment) that you mentioned you’ve got diabetes. Have you ever heard of MonaVie? No? Are you allergic to any fruits? Great! Here try this. Isn’t that gooooood?!?!”
Yes, those were fun times…
…clandestinely dropping a business card in the pharmaceutical rep’s bag as she bent down to fix her stiletto heel she had little business wearing with that 3-sizes-too small-dress while juggling her keys with her right hand and anchoring that insanely big bag of bagels on that insanely big diamond ring/boulder on her left, as she hastily headed out the door in the rain, rushing to the doctor’s office in that beautiful red-and-soon-to-be-repo’ed Mercedes….
…whipping a U-turn into the pawn shop parking lot to ask the clown-on-stilts, who happened to be Methuselah’s mother, if she was looking for a healthier way to make an income than standing out in the hot sun in an itchy wig and red-racquetball nose while barely cheating death on those wobbly overgrown chopsticks…
You get the picture. Network marketing is a numbers game. The industry has incredible upside, but can get difficult after you’ve approached everyone you know in your warm market with your opportunity. Then, you are left with resorting to hanging out at the bowling alley in search of a guy who’s complaining about his gout, after you stopped by Border’s to stick your business cards in all of Robert Kiyosaki’s books.
Luckily, today is a new day, and network marketing doesn’t have to be that way for those who know “The Secret” that “traditional” network marketers don’t. The secret your upline isn’t telling you, because their “system” is heavily reliant on you spending a ton of money on their “tools” to make your business work.
This “secret” that is allowing average, everyday people swing for the fences every day just like Xavier Scruggs, and clear the bases on a daily basis without a bunch of tools collecting dust in the garage, or fear of rejection from friends, family, neighbors and peers.
Mr. V was searching for a new way, when he found me. He was stunned to hear one of my downlines has grown to over 2000 people in the 4 months since I got involved with the company and he wants in now. It happens to be an opportunity where the company’s products, management and vision align with Mr. V’s core values and he is busting at the seams to know more on how he can properly get started.
Chalk one up for “the secret.” Mr. V found me through the power of the internet in the comfort of his own home. Neither one of us went to a coffee shop, bowling alley or a hotel meeting, yet we both gained mutual benefit through the power of the internet in the comforts of our own homes.
As I mentioned, I’m a numbers guy and this is a numbers game. If you know me personally, or have been following my blog, you know that I am a strong believer/advocate/proponent of connecting the chaos of the Universe through numbers. I get a hunch (or inside information, which is infinitely better) and do some heavy duty, rapid fire number crunching, a simple cost-benefit analysis, and go to town.
To me, number crunching is akin to crunching through that first bite of creme brulee. Like a juicy bite of a perfect steak or an orange sunset over the Ocean, numbers provide deep meaning to me. Numbers provide direction in my life. I am governed by numbers.
If you know me, you know I love to play golf. Golf is governed by numbers. Every sport is governed by numbers. The economy is governed by numbers. Our entire existence is governed by numbers.
Show me something that isn’t governed by numbers and I’ll show you numbers.
Last night, after 18 weeks of deliberation, I finally decided to pull the trigger once again and get involved in another new network marketing company, but this time for a completely different reason.
I did not get involved with this company because of the products, not for the company, the compensation plan or the management, (even though they are all great too) but for the leader who is now my sponsor in that company. I made the decision to seek his tutelage to expand my mind and learn things that I am certain I can’t get anywhere else.
Just like the Universe, our minds are constantly expanding and growing. If we’re not growing, then we’re dying. I want and need my mind to grow in a proper direction, so after months of careful consideration and fence-riding, I finally made the decision that I can no longer live without the growth which this leader inspires in order to help others achieve the level of freedom that I too desire and am striving to be able to teach to others so that they may live the life they desire and deserve.
The person I got involved with is rapidly becoming an industry legend, and is poised to possibly become the most famous, empowering and well compensated network marketer of all-time.
Imagine being able to share studio time with Jimi Hendrix before Woodstock; before the entire World knew who he was. That great man, the “Terminator,” who in one’s year’s time went from dead broke living in a van by the river, to being the #1 recruiter inside the #1 attraction marketing system on the internet, personally sponsoring over 100 people into his primary business opportunity in the span of 7 days, and living in a mansion in Costa Rica: Mr. David Wood.
Imagine the shock and clarity when I received the follow up email from that new company certifying that my Distributor ID# 12X88, which won’t mean anything to you until I include that my distributor number in my “primary” company is 12X88!
How can this be possible??
That may cause an infinite number of reactions, from “so what?” to “holy crap!” But wait! There’s more!! Besides making the number ridiculously easy to remember, the difference between the two numbers (one minus the other) is nearly identical to my Distributor ID# in my 3rd company!!
So, if we were to express this mathematically:
(Company A) – (Company B) = Company C
Company A = 12×88
Company B = y
Company C = 12z88
How absolutely incredibly insanely mind-blowingly crazy is that?!?!
This removes all doubt as to whether this was correct decision to make. It was absolutely the correct decision at absolutely the correct time, even though it took me a few months to make it. It was supposed to happen that way. It is not my place to question it.
Suffice it to say, I am certainly in the right place at the right time. And timing, as they say, is everything.
This confirmation instills confidence that I am on the correct path. The Universe will continue to provide the signs as long as I keep my eyes and mind open.
The super-fantastic part (to me, anyway) is that my Distributor ID # with MonaVie was right at 1,000,000 (one million). I was not one of the “lucky ones” who was able to get a foot in the door on day one.
Network marketing is taught at over 200 business schools. The Harvard Business School teaches that 80% of the income over the life of any network marketing company is earned by people with Distributor #’s less than 100,000, so getting in early is only 80% as important as it is made up to be. You can still make a great living and help others do the same if you get involved during year 3, 5 or 10, but if I’m offered 4 to 1 odds on any bet, I’ll take the 4 over the 1 every time.
You don’t have to get in on the ground floor of a network marketing company in order to achieve great success, but it sure helps. I “got in” MonaVie 3+ years after the inception of that company and was still able to achieve the highest rank in my state.
I’ve had the opportunity to pick the collective brains of the absolute greatest in the network marketing industry. I’ve been personally blessed by Brig Hart (the highest paid network marketer in history), had conversations with Steve Merritt, Charlie Kalb, Bob Robinson, Holly and Corbin Roush, Ron Prudhomme, Bo Van Pelt, Rob Alwin, Jason Lyons, and co-founder Henry Marsh… so I’m living proof that anything is possible.
I’ve even been on Dallin Larsen’s plane. (FYI, its actually his wife Karree’s plane. She’s the pilot; Its official name is the MonaVie Corporate Jet; you must take your shoes off before boarding, which I found more congruent than the gold plated seat belt latches.
Even though I didn’t get in on the “ground floor,” and did everything my upline taught me, which we both know is antiquated, and inefficient (as opposed to creating your own endless leads on the internet without handing out boatloads of expensive products to strangers) I was still able to become an 8th level Executive with that company.
Hopefully this may serve as an inspiration to you to believe that your choices from here on out can have a super awesome impact on your future and the future of others, and you can live stress free without doubt or concern as to whether the stars will align for you. I’m here to tell you that they are already aligned for you! You’ve just got to believe it!! It’s a great feeling!!
So, whatever your choice, when the time is right for you, just do it! Have the strength and the courage to be whatever it is you want to be.
Here’s my prediction: Network marketing is going to explode beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Your ultimate success is at your fingertips. Maybe that’s today, tomorrow, 3 months or 3 years from now.
We’ve all been network marketers since we were 3 years old. Are you one of the many that is getting paid for it?
*Update: I just checked my “back office” website in my newest network marketing company for the first time since I signed up last night (19 hours ago) and discovered there are already 12 people in my downline. The same company that has been erupting while I’ve watched on the sidelines since March 17th. The same company that I joined for the leadership, not the product or opportunity. I think I made a huge mistake… by not joining 6 months ago.
** Update to the update^^: 2500 reps in company #2 downline in 130 days! That’s more people in my business than words in this blog post!!
If you’re not involved in a network marketing company today, what on Earth are you waiting for?
If you are already a network marketer, but have not been getting the results that you want or need…
if have big dreams, are coachable, teachable, and willing to do what it takes to become a huge success in this industry…
if you want to have the time of your life by empowering others to achieve their dreams…
then connect with me to discuss the possibility of working personally with me to achieve the financial freedom and lifestyle of abundance that you deserve. I look forward to it!!
To your ultimate success,
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