I’ve spent a lot of time this last year talking about helping women in transition. Now I find myself a woman in transition. Two days ago, I was informed that I was no longer a good fit for Therapon. Shocking but also relief (my travel schedule was insane)
I have many choices in what I want to do next, a position many women don’t find themselves in – options.
My first “task” is to explore what I do want to do next. I know that money is a consideration, but after working too hard, and putting too much of my heart and soul into someone else’s dream, I find myself wanting to choose wisely.
I really feel drawn to network marketing.
1. Opportunity to help other people change their life either through product usage or business opportunity. (Yes it will be in health and wellness)
2. Natural venue for leadership training and growth. It’s like motivating a huge group of volunteers.
3. Develop passive residual income.
4. Work/life balance (after some imbalance)
6. Probably the most intriguing is the people: network marketing attracts people that are looking to improve their life. They want to set goals, they love leadership development, they want more from life than a paycheck. In the course of the last 6 years in a variety of places I haven’t found that. I’ve lamented that it’s employee mentality vs. ownership mentality, but I don’t think that’s it.
I want to spend my life improving. I want to spend my time with people that don’t think that’s weird or unattainable.
But there is always a downside:
1. Evenings are typical time for people to meet. That’s tricky with kids’ activities.
2. Not everyone is willing to persevere. Listening to them give up on their dreams is hard.
3. Rejection – any form of sales entails rejection. Jack Canfield says rejection doesn’t exist. If you ask someone to try your product and they say no, you didn’t have a customer before, you don’t have one now, only the way that you handle it emotionally creates the feeling of rejection. That takes a lot of mental strength.
4. To some degree your destiny is in other people’s hands. However, I’ve found in business and corporate that is also the case. So I guess that’s not that relevant.
5. Bottom line is that all sales are a numbers game. You have to see enough people to find the yeses. (sp?)
My coach, Kim Hodous, asked me two fantastic questions a few years ago.
1. What would you spend time doing if you only had 6 months to live?
2. What would you change about your life if you won $10 Million in the lottery?
Then July, during a speech Sheryl Sandberg asked it this way: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Continually the answer to all those questions has been “Write the book.” In July, I didn’t even know what that meant. Now as I ponder the questions from Kim again, it’s the echo in my head.
I have said many times that life is an adventure. I hope you will join me on the journey. I’m leaning toward building Plexus while I write the book. I have a wonderfully supportive husband willing to take up the slack while I figure out the next step.
In the meantime I’ll be prepping for my keynote in Austin for the Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals that could lead to expanding my speaking career quickly.
In the end, God has a plan. He wasn’t shocked on Monday. He’s been taking me on a journey the last few weeks by whispering to me often that I don’t get my worth or security from a job, but from Him alone. My goal is to simply listen and obey.