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Give Thanks; Don't Give Up!

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."
Samuel Beckett 

In the coming month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. We should all take a moment or two to count the blessings we have and look forward to the coming holiday season.

In network marketing, being thankful has particular significance. We are, each of us, able to seek out assorted network marketing companies, opportunities, compensation plans and such, that appeals to our financial boundaries and still meets our needs. There are a smorgasbord of marketing plans and opportunities, with more starting up every day. We are very thankful for the variety of opportunities as well as the ability to choose.

There are many opportunities available. Some have minimal start-up costs, while others may require a more significant investment. Whichever one you find that works for you is entirely up to you; but the path to success with your chosen venture is basically the same for all. You must stick with it!

The most successful network marketers are relentless in pursuit of financial success. They invest their money and their time in their chosen venture and are never deterred by the negaholics and the naysayers.

Of course we all know a couple of “multilevel junkies” who can’t stay focused long enough to see their pursuit reach completion. They jump from pillar to post and are rarely if ever successful.

It’s up to you to do your homework. Find out:

  • your start up cost to join a program
  • what’s your product
  • how do you get paid
  • when do you get paid
  • what the track record of the company
  • how long have they been in business
  • the compensation plan

When all your questions are answered to your satisfaction, you can take the advantage of the opportunity. Just do it!

You'll know if you’re doing the right thing by how you’re treated by the company. Ask these questions for starters.

  • Do you offer support (someone to answer questions and help with promotion during reasonable hours)?
  • How you will be paid?
  • When will payments of money due be sent out? How long past the actual sale?
  • How will you be paid? (Check, money order, etc.)
  • Access to the company (can you call and talk to an actual person, e-mail, and how long until someone responds)?

If all your criteria are met and, you can add any questions you may have, don’t give up too soon to reap your rewards. Anything worth working, takes an investment of time. If you give up too soon, you may find that you gave up your power to leverage your success. You may miss the opportunity of a lifetime to sponsor a real go-getter who, with their effort, will catapult your business to the roof!

Instead of bowing out too early, give yourself and the people you sponsor some time to produce tangible results.

Here are some notable examples of those who did not give up.

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, "I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth."

Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62. He later wrote, "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up."

Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4 and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was "sub-normal," and one of his teachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams." He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read... and even to do a little math.

Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each cut from their high school basketball teams. Jordan once observed, "I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed."

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.

After his first audition, Sidney Poitier was told by the casting director, "Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?" It was at that moment, recalls Poitier, that he decided to devote his life to acting.

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."

My family and I want to wish you and yours a most bountiful holiday both financially and gastronomically!



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