I want to be part of a Tribe of fascinating, stimulating Networkers. So I think I’ll just start one with this blog.

How would you like to be part of something that matters? Networking matters. It matters especially today because all the former exit strategies available to aging boomers and eager young people have gone away.

Most people are having trouble connecting the dots, partly because of all the distractions of emerging technology and partly because traditional professionals are always threatened by any challenge to existing paradigms. Addictive gadgets and those poor souls who have been appointed to guard the past can be very distracting.

Sorry folks, but it’s time to stop betting on Wall Street, real estate, pseudo- leaders and long-shot investments. It’s time to start betting on yourself. I’m willing to bet on you, so let’s begin.

Over the next year, I’m going to connect some dots for you. It’s self-evident that many Networkers are being grossly misinformed about the unlimited income potential our industry offers and the methodology necessary to prosper. The bar has been lowered, the expectations have been diminished, and the industry has been flooded with low-income strategies.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with small goals unless they are forced on you by those who promote strategies for mediocrity, and imply that greater financial objectives are unrealistic.

So let’s get one thing straight…when I say that you can earn $100,000 a month, it’s because I’ve earned much more than that and can teach you how. When others say that you can’t, it’s because they haven’t, not because I didn’t or you won’t.

I’m fed up with self-appointed critics who point to the tiny number of big money earners in relationship to the masses who earn little or nothing in MLM. That’s not a rational analysis.

What are we supposed to do, end the PGA tour because only a handful of talented, hard working golfers earn big checks?
Or how about this. Out of an estimated 1.5 million hopeful children worldwide who engage in years and years of hard work, sweat and tears, only one kid every four years is good enough to win one or more gold medals in each Olympic event. Should we cancel children’s athletics and deny our kids their dreams and hopes?

It’s true that only a tiny fraction of Networkers get to the big money so doesn’t it make sense to learn how we did it rather than encouraging others to strive for averagism?

It all begins with one basic mindset. Consider the position of one of our leading scientists. I agree with the assessment of Dr. Leonard Mlodinow, the noted physicist from Caltech and coauthor of Stephen Hawkins’s latest book, “A Briefer History of Time.”

Dr. Mlodinow puts it very succinctly when he writes: “successful people in every field are almost universally members of a certain club – those people who don’t give up. John Grisham’s novel A Time to Kill was rejected by 26 publishers, and Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book was rejected by 27. John Kennedy Toole committed suicide when he lost hope of ever getting his book published. His mom never gave up and 11 years after his book was published, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Successful people don’t give up.”

Pick the right company with products about which you’re passionate, an owner whose values are evident, a track record of profitability and a successful Upline who is accessible.

I can’t help you pick the perfect company so please don’t ask me to do so. Either you’re in one or you aren’t and only you know the truth.

You pick the company and I’ll give you the tools. If you follow our strategies and remain focused for over a year with little success…perhaps you need to pick a different company. That’s as far as I’ll go.

If you don’t have an ethical Upline anywhere above you who is both successful and accessible and willing to support you, don’t give up, pick another company.

If your owner is crooked or your products are worthless, don’t give up, pick another company.

Company selection is up to you and nobody should be expected to do your due diligence or make that choice for you. But make certain you are content because people will not follow you anywhere if they can tell that you aren’t happy.

You may think that you can disguise your true feelings, but you can’t. We’re in a relationship business and nobody wants to bond with those who lack passion for what they’re doing.

So my first two Tribal pointers are simple: big money requires passionate focus and long-term loyalty. To form a Tribe of fascinating, stimulating Networkers we must all agree to be fully content with our companies so that our total focus can be on success.

The legendary Mario Andretti, at the very peak of his racing career, could have never won the Indy 500 driving a wheelchair…if you catch my drift.

Next blog I’ll cover Step One of my Five-Step System for building your business: The Exposure.

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