I am honoured to be asked by Larry to post on his blog. Larry has been a mentor for around the last 18 months and is a typical example of what this post is all about. I first started with an online network marketing business just a couple of years ago.
I was looking for a business that I could do from my home computer without the need to bother my friends and family or do cold calling on the phone. The trouble was, I didnâ€™t have any technical skills and was not internet savvy. I surfed around looking for a business and was met by lots and lots of capture pages promising me the earth.
I believed in MLM or network marketing as it is sometimes known so I was specifically looking for a business in that area.
I surfed around looking for a business and was met by lots and lots of capture pages promising me the earth. Big players were abound. They were telling me stories of success which evolved from being waiters, pizza delivery boys, hotel porters or whatever and that if I joined their particular MLM opportunity or system, I would have an income just like theirs in no time at all.
I had a paper round? Do I qualify
The problem was whenever I wanted to speak to any of them no-one answered. I emailed them. No return email. No personal contact at all. I was expected to join them in a business with no experience of what kind of person they were or how they would help me to turn my inexperience into a top earner on the internet!
Now, I donâ€™t know about you, but my idea of partnering with someone is developing some sort of relationship with my partner, finding out about them, checking things out, before I sign the contract.
So it was pretty tough finding a business and a network marketing up line that would actually help me to get started. So I signed up for an online business that I felt would offer me a decent product and programme and followed the MLM corporate guidance as best I could. I fumbled around and did what I felt was right but it was all falling on stony ground.
It was around 3 months before my upline answered an email â€“ actually it was when I emailed him to say I was going to cancel if he didnâ€™t help me! Funny that. The thought of me leaving his organisation caused him to find a little time to give me some personal direction. My email seemed to focus his mind.
Things got better from that point. I actually learned a lot from my sponsor and I was guided by other people like Larry and Jason Cardamone, neither of them were connected to me in my network marketing business but both offered help and guidance.
My business improved and was able to help others too.
It just goes to show that there is a ring of truth in that old Buddhist proverb;
â€œWhen the student is ready, the master appears.â€
Now my internet marketing has developed to such a level that I am offering similar guidance to others and have my own team support system and funded proposal. Just like my mentors had.
“As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.”Â ~Sri Guru Granth Sahib
Thankfully the internet marketing world has changed significantly over the last couple of years and there are many mentors out there who really care about giving value. Good marketers engage with their customers.
Have you heard the great Jim Rohn talk about the law of sowing and reaping?
He said, “the sower was ambitious, he had an excellent seed.”
How does Karma come into this. Well as we plant, so do we harvest. It is not just having an excellent seed that is important. It is the manner in which we sow. If we represent ourselves and our opportunity in the right way then people will follow us. If we give more than we take, then people will reciprocate.
Network marketing is all about building relationships, working together. Finding ways to help one another succeed in a chosen opportunity.
One good turn really deserves another!
I hope this post has been helpful.
You would be most welcome to visit me at http://petechapmanblog.com
Have a great 2011!
Peter Chapman Online Network Marketing Coach