I was very fortunate to have a very successful career in “corporate America” where I was earning a substantial income and I did like my job but that came with a price. A price, that over time and maturity, came a realization that it just wasn’t worth it anymore because I was sacrificing time, family and balance working all the time. In essence, a good work ethic didn’t serve me well because I was giving the best of myself to some company. Hello?!
I eventually came to a crossroads in my life. Do I continue on this path, working my life away for the sake of the almighty buck for the privilege of retiring in 20 years with a pretty substantial retirement nest egg IF I’m even alive long enough to enjoy the fruit from years and years of labor? OR do I find a better way – a way to create wealth, on MY terms, WHILE having a life?
Well, the downside to having a high paying job that requires you to work all the time, is that decision isn’t so easy. If you rely on that income to live and support yourself and your family in the lifestyle you’ve become accustomed to, can you just quit? If you’re working all the time, do you have the time and energy to build something alongside so that eventually you can quit? Or are you trapped? Well, I was, WAS. Luckily I did make sacrifices and a decision to escape that trap and did. It wasn’t easy but I got it done!
What’s funny though is how history repeats itself….
After a little over 2 years working from home, I found myself at an all too familiar crossroads. A large chunk of my income came from my network marketing operations. However, things were happening with the company I was with that prevented me from being able to build my team anymore. I just couldn’t get myself to do it. I didn’t like what was happening and I’ve got to believe in what I’m doing.
So, I focused my attention, instead, on building my other income streams. Then about 6 months later, my ill feelings about the company materialized. High income earners were terminated and left stunned and in financial hardship because their large residual income, that many worked years to obtain, was now gone in the blink of an eye.
What has transpired is that many have moved on starting over in new ventures (some being very vocal in a negative way specifically targeting their former company to promote their new venture – BAD move – their new company can experience a similar fate in the future!) and others have stayed, some I suspect who have too much invested to quit so do they carry on even if they secretly don’t believe in the company anymore? I suspect some of the high income earners who have stayed have a different view and still believe in the company but who really knows for sure?
Whatever the case may be – that’s a position I do NOT want to be trapped in. I do NOT want to feel like I’m trapped because of the money. And I do NOT want to have my income controlled by someone else where it can be ripped away at their whim.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the Network Marketing Industry. There are many positives. It has been a major player in my ability to escape the rat race of corporate America and it allows me to reach my goals by helping others reach theirs. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be a part of someone else’s success. That’s a HUGE motivator for me and that’s one of my favorite aspects of the industry.
Because of this, I researched extensively for another company but I kept coming back to the same conclusion. What happened can happen with ANY company. Look at the big players in corporate America – here’s just one example http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/112989/brands-disappear-2012-247 So, it’s not that network marketing companies are bad, it’s just that change is inevitable and what may be a solid company today may not be tomorrow – it’s just the way it is.
So, reluctantly, I seriously thought about getting out of the network marketing industry altogether. I was faced with the question “Do I really want to be building a team only to have to start all over again a few years down the road?” It’s a much better alternative than working for “The Man!” but is it just a different type of rat trap?
Isn’t it funny how history repeats itself?…. What’s good though is that prior experience gives us insight and helps us make better decisions in the future. That’s IF we learn from it.
Well, I learned that burning yourself out for some job isn’t worth it. I’ve learned that putting all your financial eggs in one basket is too risky. I’ve learned that no matter how stable a company is, that can change. But most importantly, I’ve learned that you need to really grasp what past experience has taught you so that you don’t just jump from one trap into another.
So, IS Network Marketing just a different kind of rat trap? Well, it can be but the good thing is It Doesn’t Have To Be. Yes, it’s good to take the bad with the good. After all, it’s the bad that makes us appreciate the good more. However, if there’s a way to get the good and eliminate the bad, that’s even better.
My past experience has served me well because without it, I probably wouldn’t have recognized when I was at the right place at the right time this time around and fully appreciate what I now have my hands on.
It’s funny but oftentimes it’s those bad experiences that teach us the most. What bad experiences have you had that you can attribute to your success today? Also, do you think that motivation to prevent something that you DON’T want can oftentimes be stronger than motivation to get something you DO want? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.
To Your Success!