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Being An Entrepreneur Is Not About Conformity!

March 24th, 2010 12 comments

Absolute conformity seems to be a current hot topic among many NSE leaders these days. The chatter has gotten so loud in fact, that some are sending this message—if you don’t follow their particular system you will fail. You, like so many of us, probably chose to start your business specifically to get away from the herd mentality or perhaps being a slave to a job. In doing so we all freely elected to become entrepreneurs. We wanted more than simply generating an income stream to replace traditional employment. We were looking for rapid wealth creation and were willing to accept the high risks associated with such a venture. To think that if you don’t follow one person’s system means you are destined for failure is pure fallacy.

If there was only one way to do our business it would probably have been discovered and perfected long ago. And if that had happened, the opportunities which attracted us to this business in the first place, would have already dried up. It has always amazed me that some leaders are adamant that it is either their way or the highway when it comes to being successful. Please don’t confuse this with meaning you should ignore the training, mentoring and coaching available from leaders in your organization. (see my post Just Like Having A Set Of Training Wheels) I just believe blind conformity is almost never a good thing. It’s just like having a job, being told when to show up and told what to do.

If there were only one path to success where would new ideas come from? The best ideas, most likely, haven’t even been thought of yet. Compare that same thinking to past innovations. We used to only contact prospects by phone or in person. Should we have forgone email, auto-responders, or websites as additional tools to aid in business building? What about today’s social networking? Or what about Craig Bryson’s Vugrid technology that is going to again fundamentally change the way we do the business? The core of what we do to create a business network hasn’t changed during our 13 years and probably never will. That is simply to invite, present, enroll, train and duplicate the process as many times as required to help yourself and others in your organization reach their goals. Even as those fundamentals remain the same, the approaches and methods for how those steps are accomplished have and will continue to evolve.

One of our mentors, Dennis Clifton, compares following a leader or system to driving down a highway. You don’t want to stay constantly on the centerline or veer too far to the left or right. You do want to stay within the white line and the yellow line on your side of the road. This means you have the freedom to move around a bit, experimenting as you go, while still remaining true to the course you set and the guidance provided.

To be a truly successful entrepreneur, at some point you will have to become your own leader. Does this mean abandoning what you have learned or what your leadership is doing? Not necessarily. But it does mean that as you mature in your business you will naturally want to test new ideas and innovate.

Nu Skin’s CEO, Truman Hunt, recently commented—“I have come to believe that this business is truly the ultimate test of entrepreneurial desire, creativity, leadership, ambition, tenacity, and courage.” He went on to say —“You are truly the world’s most incredible entrepreneurs—leaders who laugh at rejection, overcome all odds, never surrender, and have fun while doing it.”

Does that sound like conformity to you?

Are You Cashing In On Your Education?

November 11th, 2009 4 comments

sharing_a_secret_2Robert Kiyosaki states point blank in his book, The Business School, that the greatest value of any network marketing business may not be the potential income or the product, but the education. Whether this relates to marketing, sales or personal development, are you taking full advantage of the education your mentors and coaches are ready to give you?

Over the years Laura and I have had the privilege of being trained and mentored by some of the most successful leaders within NSE. I’ve always found it rather amazing that legends like Craig Bryson, Laura Kall and Jerry Campisi (along with so many others) have been willing to freely share their insights and knowledge with us. Combine that with the incredible people and resources provided by Nu Skin and it’s as though we’ve received an MBA in Network Marketing.

What puzzles me is why so few distributors take advantage of this same opportunity. During my time as a corporate executive, ongoing training and education were two of the most valued and requested employee perks. Maybe in our business, distributors simply don’t know how or what to ask for.

So what are some ways to ensure that you are gaining the most from your training opportunities? Here are just a few to get you started.

  • Become a student of your business. This is not a lottery and your success is not based on chance. The person who introduced you to the business is the place to start. Ask them to work with you to develop your step by step learning plan.
  • Take advantage of every training call, newsletter and email from your leaders. to gain information and knowledge. These are key elements of your education and are just like going to class. The more you immerse yourself in the business, the faster your learning curve will be—in other words you’ll become successful faster.
  • Don’t be shy or wait patiently to be told what to do. Your coach will mirror your actions. If they don’t hear from you they will assume you don’t need their help which will really slow you down.
  • Talk with your coach on a regular basis, even if it’s for only 15 minutes at a time. Focus on a single, key issue that is impacting your success. Don’t waste this time by whining or complaining. It’s not productive and takes energy away from what’s really important.
  • Seek out those who have achieved success and duplicate them. Remember, you have six levels of upline executives to work with. One or more of them is going to mesh well with your personality and work style.
  • Be completely and totally coachable. Don’t try to reinvent the business. Accept that those who have achieved success before you know what they’re doing and are willing to train you in the most direct route to your success—minus the mistakes.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Network Marketing is that unlike a majority of other businesses where everyone is clawing and scrapping to get ahead of you, in our business model, your upline, sponsor and success coach each have a vested interest in your success. In the simplest of terms—if you don’t succeed, they don’t succeed. And that’s precisely why the focus on education and learning is so strong.

So ask yourself again if you are cashing in by taking advantage of the remarkable education available. Answer honestly. If it’s not the answer you want take action today to begin receiving some of the best real life business training you’ll find anywhere.

Just Like Having A Set Of Training Wheels

October 11th, 2009 No comments

Training wheels While on a recent bicycle ride (one of my passions in life) I observed a father teaching his young daughter how to ride her bike. This little girl’s face exhibited sheer joy with her sense of accomplishment. The training wheels and fatherly support he provided are indeed very similar to what each new person in our business receives—instruction, security and balance. And just like the little girl, this type of support is readily available to every distributor, both new and old.

In a recent article Kevin Dougall (www.aphrs.com) puts in perspective just how important coaching can be when starting and growing a business from home.

“One of the major benefits of a coach is that they can help you step out of the detail, for a time, and see the big picture. They can help you to gain a perspective and see more clearly the direction in which you’re heading. Being able to see the big picture from time to time can inject a lot of energy into your business.

Remaining focused on, or even changing or adapting, your original vision and goals can be difficult when there is so much to do. A coach can provide the support and guidance you need in addressing this most important of issues. Your coach should be the person who can regularly remind you of your purpose; and the core values that you have for yourself and your business.”

Dougall concludes “And perhaps most importantly of all, a coach will provide you with an impartial sounding board. It is amazing how often we can sort out a problem on our own, simply by talking it through with someone else.”

It’s a shame that all too often we undervalue having a personal mentor and miss out by not taking advantage of their cumulative knowledge and experiences. Just like the MasterCard ad states—the price of admission for your business may be measured in dollars, but what you receive in return from your coach and mentor is priceless.

Don’t underestimate the value of your sponsor, success coach and upline. They love working with people who want to learn. And just like having a set of training wheels—they are there to support you until you’re ready to ride on your own.