One of the fears people often have when starting a Network Marketing business is rejection from their family and friends. And it’s not just the rejection they fear, it’s also a fear of what other people will think of them. And maybe there’s even that feeling that people are avoiding you because everyone thinks you’re just talking to them to butter them up so you can sell them something.
It’s fear of being known as “that guy”.
I’ve even known people who want to keep their Network Marketing business a secret because they’re afraid others will look down on them (I can’t believe you’re doing THAT! Don’t you have a job?).
Others don’t tell their family and friends about their Network Marketing business so if they fail, they won’t look foolish for falling for one of those pyramid schemes.
Believe it or not, but a LOT of people have these kinds of fears.
But here’s the brutal truth of the matter…
Whether you present to your family and friends or not, if you’re making business decisions out of fear, you’re sure to fail.
I forget where I heard this (it was probably Jim Rohn or Mark Yarnell or something. I really wish I could remember), but there are two things that will stop you from doing what you need to do to succeed…fear and pride.
And guess what? Fear won’t pay the bills and pride won’t pay the bills. So you need to be the opposite of those two things. You need to be humble and courageous.
Now, you can be humble and courageous and still not present to your family and friends. That’s fine. You can build your Network Marketing business solely by recruiting people you don’t know yet.
As long as you’re learning what you need to learn and doing what you need to do, you will succeed in your business regardless of whether you present to your family and friends or not.
But if fear and pride are stopping you from presenting to your family and friends, then that same fear and pride will also prevent you from doing what you need to do to recruit strangers.
Entrepreneurs Are Visionaries
Jeff Bezos once said that innovators also need to have a “willingness to fail” and to “be misunderstood for long periods of time”. I would say the same holds true for Network Marketers.
Entrepreneurs think and act differently from other people. Other people – especially your family and friends – aren’t necessarily going to understand what you’re doing or why. They will see you work hard and make no profit for several months. They will see you struggle in your business and they will do their best to discourage you, make you give up your dream, and adopt more “realistic” goals.
They won’t see the logic in what you’re doing until you succeed. And that’s the big difference between entrepreneurs and the rest of the world. Entrepreneurs are visionaries. They can see a goal and a vehicle for getting there. They don’t necessarily see the entire path ahead of them, but they courageously and humbly travel that path.
Most other people, on the other hand…
Most people in the world are NOT visionaries. They don’t see the goal, they don’t see the path, and they think you’re crazy for jumping into that vehicle and driving off.
They find comfort and security in numbers, which is why they follow the crowd and do what’s “normal”. When someone tries to step away from the crowd, they shout warnings of fear and danger and they try to pull you back into the pack of mediocrity.
It isn’t until you reach your goal that they will finally see where you were going. And then many (but not all) will start to admire you for your accomplishments.
In the end…
So, in the end, it really doesn’t matter if you present to your family and friends or not. That really isn’t going to determine your success in this business. It may make it easier if you DO present to them, but if you were going to fail, you would fail whether you present to them or not. And if you’re going to succeed, you will succeed whether you present to them or not.
If you’ve decided you want to hold off on presenting to your family and friends (for now), or if you’ve already presented to them all, this webinar will give you a clear, proven blueprint for recruiting your cold market online.
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Todd A. Getts
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