If you had asked me even 6 months if I had considered or would consider joining a network marketing company, my answer would have been something like this:
This was not because I did not respect people who were involved with one, but it just wasn’t “for me”.
Why? Startup costs, no products I loved, products are expensive, I wouldn’t be good at something like that…the list could go on and on.
Fast forward a couple months. I had been watching a friend of mine posting about toothpaste for some time, but I hadn’t inquired because I figured the product was out of my price range, and I always feel bad saying “Sorry, I’d love to, but that’s just out of my price range.” So one day I’m working at the facility of said friend and I decide to ask how much it is. When she tells me the cost and that a tube will last me 2 months I’m legit blown away, because we can’t even take the family to Chili’s on that cost. So I get some toothpaste and for the next few weeks I’m loving the way my teeth feel, the fact that I don’t have rank morning breath anymore, and the fact that when I take pictures (yes, I take selfies sometimes) my teeth seem to be shining brighter.
While I’m using this product I continue to see my friends posts that it was FREE to start this gig. Me, being skeptical as I am, wasn’t sure about this. So next time I’m working at the building I off-handedly start asking questions “So, it was free, but how much do you have to buy every month?” Nothing. “What are the monthly or yearly fees?” Nothing. “How about the cost to maintain your website?” Nothing. My questions turn from off-handed to pointed as I am SURE I am missing something, somewhere. Meanwhile, my heart is pounding and something inside is telling me “Try it, try it, try it…” It sounded like green eggs and ham in my brain “Try it, try it, and you may, try it and you may I say”. I am not a super spontaneous person. I am incredibly logic bound. I like math. I like to figure things out. I like plans. So as I signed up and did my first post, there was a war within me that was both saying “Go for it” and “What in the world are you doing?”
A few weeks later after a whirlwind month and tubes of toothpaste flying out my door faster than I could get them in, I get a message from my friend “Girl…did you know you are __ tubes of toothpaste away from reaching the first level of leadership?” Umm….no I didn’t and what is that? A few days later “GIRL! You did it!” So I filled out the form, excited yet my logic-minded brain still unsure, the doubting part of me thinking “What if you can’t do it?” The self-doubt creeping it. The mindset of “Other people are great at this kind of stuff, not me”. Month 2 rolls around “Girl, you did it again!” Month 3, suddenly I’m an Executive and have a team of awesome ladies doing this toothpaste thing with me.
A mindset shift from “What do I have to lose?” to “What do I have to gain?” Now, instead of “NEVER”, it looks more like this:
So many amazing things have happened from this unexpected journey so far (aside from the obvious part of making money). I have met SO many new and amazing people! I have been inspired and encouraged by people I would have never otherwise met. I have gained confidence in myself I didn’t know I had. I have had the opportunity to encourage and bless others in return. I have learned to be more spontaneous. I have learned to worry less. I have learned that I am capable of more than I thought possible. And most importantly, this journey has brought me closer to God than I have been in a long time. It’s helped me prioritize my time better, including my time in study and prayer.
This journey into network marketing was definitely unexpected while also being more than I could have ever expected, and I’m excited to see where it continues to take me.
Interested in joining me on this journey?