Next weekend I’ll be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to attend one of the international conventions hosted by my network marketing partner. I consider it part of the business I’m involved in, part of the commitment I’ve made to succeed at this business, to attend this convention. It will be my first trip to Cleveland, so that will be a new experience. But, for that reason, it will not be possible for me to post a blog here next week.
After practicing law in California for over forty years, network marketing is a new challenge for me. I got into it at the behest of my oldest son, who is also in the business, to help him escape the financial constraints of teaching. One of the exciting aspects of the business is to be able to help others change their lives by becoming independent business owners. Helping a client start a new business when I was practicing law was always a rewarding endeavor for me. Now I can do it all over again in my network marketing business.
Many, many years ago when I was in prep school in Pennsylvania, I took a course in English writers. One of the writers I studied was John Keats. Keats was not with us on this planet very long. He died of tuberculosis at age 26. That was back in 1821. There was no cure for it in those days. But while he was here he wrote some memorable poetry and one of the poems was “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer.” It was Chapman’s translation (Chapman was a writer himself who lived in the 1600s) of the epic Greek poet Homer (who lived around 700-800 BC and is famous for the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey”) which excited Keats so much. He described his excitement in this poem as akin to that of an astronomer watching a new planet swim into his field of vision, or that of Spanish explorer Cortez when “with eagle eyes” he stared out upon the vast expanse of the blue Pacific. The network marketing business is likewise an exciting experience and it provides vast opportunities for personal and financial growth. Excuse me for going a bit overboard, but you get the idea.
I’m also reminded of the Los Angeles blender salesman who one day got an order for blenders from a small hamburger shack in San Bernardino, about 90 miles East of LA. He drove out to San Bernardino to deliver the blenders and look at the hamburger shack’s operation himself. He found a business that was a model of simplicity. All the little shack served was hamburgers, fries, and shakes. He also saw a business that was easily duplicated. The blender salesman, whose name was Ray Kroc, bought the little hamburger shack, decided to keep the shack’s name, McDonald’s, and the rest is history. I only mention this story because my business is also simple in operation and easily duplicated. This is the key to growing the business.
It’s not just the potential financial rewards that motivate me in this business. It’s also the personal satisfaction from the thought that I’m actually helping the economy by reducing unemployment. I have often voiced my extreme displeasure with the current occupant of the White House for being someone who is not only unqualified for the job of being president but is incompetent to boot. The continued stagnant economy in this country marked by high levels of unemployment attests to that unpleasant fact. So I feel I’m doing my part by helping others to move ahead financially despite the shortcomings of the present administration.
The company I’m in partnership with now now operates in Mexico as well as other parts of the world. This factor provides me with the opportunity to expand not just in this country but in Mexico and worldwide. I have also taken an increased interest in Mexico in my efforts to expand my business into that country. Mexico is a whole new universe of opportunity.
So this is why I’m going to Cleveland. Attending the convention will enable me to keep up with developments in the network marketing business, hear firsthand from eminently successful business leaders, and to share in the excitement from being a part of a huge and ongoing industry.
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