Instead of sharing my thoughts and insights this week, I would like to post Consultant Sheila Morrision’s essay she wrote, titled, “Persistence is Required, Not Perfection.” Please take a moment to read through as it’s a powerful essay with key points we can all meditate on and learn from. ~ Susan Twellman, Co-Founder/Owner, Apriori Beauty, LLC
Persistence is Required, Not Perfection
What an ‘aha’ moment for me this statement was yesterday. My sister-in-law was visiting for Easter and we were having a conversation about our faith in God, her recent dealings with the youth at her church, and her daily devotions. She shared one of the authors and opened the devotional book and read the following sentence, “persistence is required, not perfection.” It was as though I had been struck with a lightning bolt. Persistence, not perfection. Persistence, NOT perfection!
I have struggled with network marking for years…YEARS! I believe in the concept and business model of network marketing and have found the Company with the best management; yet, and I STILL can’t make it work. Upon hearing that phrase, I felt immediate relief, like I had found the end of the rainbow. Here was the pot of GOLD! A burden was lifted, my eyes opened, and I could see my future. It was bright, sunshiny, beautiful blue skies, birds, singing, flowers everywhere, and…a huge smile on my face.
I went to bed that night, tossing and turning into the early hours. I woke my husband up and told him what I had discovered. I thanked him for supporting me through all this and then tried to go back to sleep. With no luck of sleep, I headed into the kitchen, made a pot of coffee and began to write the following:
This business is easy once the light bulb goes off. Apriori Beauty is so much more than a great line of skin care. It’s a promise of hope, a guarantee of employment, a community of people striving for the top and pulling you up with them. Where in corporate America do you get that? Let me share with you the best of the best, the crème de la crème!
Stop looking for people who ‘need’ the business and start looking for people who ‘want’ this business. That person may be struggling financially, may be living down-trodden by a nasty boss or company, or even looking for something new to accomplish. So, you say, Sheila, how do I find them? Ask!
For me, it always comes back to two things: questions and choices. I choose to look for these people and when I find them, I ask questions. The key is to listen. What are they telling you? What do you hear underlying their problems or issues? NEVER assume you know what they want or need. Keep asking the questions until you have drilled down to the deepest layer, you’ll know when you’ve hit it.
When you offer the opportunity and you are denied, smile, thank them for their time, and walk away. Follow-up with them in six months to a year to see what has changed for them (which will probably be just more of the same or worse) and share with them what has CHANGED for you. Remember this is where we get to choose the ones we work with!
Take the plunge! What do you have to lose? Wouldn’t you rather work when YOU want to? Now hear this, you have to WORK for it. It’s called net-WORK marketing, not net-slack marketing. This opportunity will give you additional income that comes out of thin air. Currently, you’re a day-trader. You trade your hours worked at a company for a paycheck and the company pays you exactly what you’re worth, right? (Wait for the laughter to subside) Oh, no? And that raise you got, wow, you could hardly wait to get home to share that with your spouse and plan what you were going to spend that windfall on, huh?
How’s your retirement/401K/investment account looking these days? Oh, is that a sore subject, too? Let me ask you this, would you spend $100.00 each month if you knew you were going to get a return on that money that would match your current monthly income from your j-o-b? Now, don’t look at me that way! Wonder how many months that would take you to accomplish? Here’s the alternative. You sign on to work for your present company for 40-45 years at their offer, making what you currently make, retire at age 65-70 and live on approximately 25% of your current pay. Do those sound like your ‘golden’ years to you?
The sad part is, we’ve been sold a bill of goods here in the US. We were told to get a good job, work for a big company, and in turn, that company would take care of you for the rest of your life. Think about that for a minute. Where did that come from and where has that pipe dream gone? The good news comes next, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is not the train bearing down on you. You have an option, THIS is the option! THIS business is the opportunity of your lifetime! The person that brought you here or sent you here is your messenger. He/she is your harbinger of hope. Get them to tell you why they came into the network marketing business. Listen to them. Ask them questions. Just remember this one thing: it take persistence, not perfection! ~ Sheila Morrison | Consultant from Newark, OH