Expectation vs RealityThere are many things in life where reality doesn’t quite match up to expectation. I remember being in elementary school and begging my parents to let me take piano lessons. My expectation was that I would be playing Beethoven symphonies and entertaining my friends and family with beautiful music during the holidays.

Then, reality struck as my assignments every week consisted of memorizing treble and bass clef notes and playing scales with the right fingerings. It took several months before I learned anything that resembled a song. After 3 years of lessons, I quit because my solo piece (Maple Leaf Rag) was too hard.

Later, I joined the high school basketball team. My expectation was that I would be starting on the varsity team and scoring 30 points a game like Michel Jordan. Then, reality struck. I was one of 4 freshmen that made the JV team (lucky me!), but I barely saw any playing time. I made it to my sophomore year, sat the bench for 4 games, and then quit.

Even later, I would go to college and earn my bachelors degree in education. My expectation was that I would have a safe, secure job with good benefits and a great work/life balance. Then, reality hit. My position was cut from the budget twice in 3 years despite working my tail off for 12+ hours every day (teaching class for 8 hours and coaching extra-curriculars before and after school for 4+ hours).

What If I Hadn’t Quit?

I’m sure you probably have many stories of your own where the reality of a situation didn’t even come close to what your expectation was. In these times, we are all faced with a decision…either keep going, or quit.

Had I kept up with my piano lessons, I would likely be able to play Beethoven and Mozart like I dreamed I would when I was 9. If I hadn’t quit the basketball team, I might have actually gotten some decent playing time (although I would be lucky to score 30 points in a season, let alone 30 points/game).

The point is that those of us who decide to persist in any activity eventually reach a level of skill and achievement that others do not. Network Marketing is no different. We ALL likely entered this profession with some unrealistic expectations of how easy it would be and how fast we would be making the big bucks.

Not that those goals are unattainable, it just takes a level of commitment and hard work that few people are willing to sacrifice. But that is no different than anything else we choose to do in life. I think everyone has the ability to achieve greatness in something if we choose to.

What’s Your Passion?

Take, for example, a football fanatic…they know all of the stats of every player, they listen to all of the scouting reports for every team and analysis of every game, they know all of the offensive and defensive plays, they never miss a game or even a pre or post game show. They know every trivial detail about EVERYTHING related to football.

That takes dedication. Imagine if that same person put the same amount of work and passion into ANYTHING else…a new college degree, learning to trade stocks, real estate investment, Network Marketing…would there be any doubt that that person would eventually achieve a level of success that most others do not?

What’s Your Decision?

In the Network Marketing world, we all have to make a decision when reality hits. When we realize that this is going to be harder than we expected, we need to decide whether the end result is worth the time and effort or not.

Everyone wants the great results, but few are willing to put the work into getting those results. But if you are willing to do the work no one else is willing to do, you will earn for yourself a lifestyle that no one else has.

So if you haven’t yet achieved the results you expected from your Network Marketing business, the question you need to answer is: what is your decision? Will you decide to quit, or will you decide to do the work no one else is willing to do?

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Take Care!

Todd Getts

Todd A. Getts


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  1. Ruth Tyger on June 30, 2016 at 3:33 am

    This is so true. There are so many people out there who jump in head first expecting to make money lightening fast, when they should be dipping their feet in and testing the waters and going with the better waves.

  2. Judy Edwards on July 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    It is so easy to get discouraged and give up too soon. I enjoyed reading this post, it has encouraged me to hang in and keep going. Everntually the reward will come but it wont if I quit. Thank you for this motivating post

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