I’ll be the first to admit that patience is not one of my strengths. Who likes waiting? Getting things done in an instant is much more satisfying than waiting forever and a day. But, when decided to own my network marketing business, I knew that I had to change my way of thinking and dig deep (very, very deep) to harness my power of patience.
One of the misconceptions of those who are not educated about the world of network marketing, direct sales or multilevel marketing, is that the profits appear in an instant. Many times I meet people who tell me that they’ve tried one direct sales company or another but then quit after a few weeks or months because they weren’t making any money. These are the people who think that network marketing is like a lottery ticket, and think that they will make it big with a little effort as possible.
I admit that I thought along those lines when I first started my business. There were many times I wondered why my business wasn’t at the same level as someone else’s or I would impatiently wonder when my business to the level of other successful people in the industry.
Like any other legitimate business, direct-sales is not a quick rich scheme. It takes time, persistence and being consistent each and every day. In the beginning the work seems endless and tiring with little results, but this is the time where you lay down the foundation for success. Just like a house needs a strong foundation, so too does any business.
These days there are many online programs that promise to build your email list in record time, or they promise the latest techniques to give you sales in the shortest time period. But chances are, these fads are short lived.
In Eric Worre’s book Go Pro he mentions that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at anything. Talk about having the patience of a saint to reach that level! Most successful entrepreneurs say that it takes approximately three to five years for your business to make a profit (unless you’ve been super blessed to be making millions right out the gate). Think of how many great ventures would have been lost if the owners decided to quit after a few months.
Building a business takes time, patience and dedication. It takes time to build your brand along with your know, like and trust factor. it takes time to build a great team as well. But the results achieved and the knowledge that is gained is definitely worth it in the end.
And yes, I too have to constantly remind myself about this!
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