I’m back from my recent network marketing convention. It was my first trip to Cleveland, Ohio. If I have anything to do with it, it will be my last. Cleveland is an old, run-down, and dreary city. That old saw, “The Mistake By The Lake,” (Lake Erie, that is) still applies. One of the cabbies noted that the city has done little in the way of restoration. Justification for that comment was quite evident from just looking around. During the Saturday lunch break at the convention, we walked several blocks looking for some place to eat. We wound up going back the the convention center because everything we saw was overflowing with lunch seekers. But the point is we walked past one dreary, old fashioned building after another. Very depressing. The next convention will be in Phoenix, AZ, however, which should be a different story altogether.
But the convention itself was a success. It always is. The continuous excitement and energy pouring out from some 25,000 attendees packed into the Quicken Loans Center (known locally as the “Q”) was overwhelming. The speakers offered sage advice on how to improve business. The testimonials provided by those recognized for success so far this year was inspirational. Some of the people who were recognized only spoke broken English, but they had become very wealthy. So the money I spent on the convention was money well spent.
If I can reduce the weekend’s information into one golden thought, it would be this: to make professional money, you must develop professional skills. This means personal skills as well as business skills. Personal growth and development is just as important, perhaps more so, than skill in running a business, although it can probably be argued that the two go hand-in-glove. The founder of the company I’m partnered with remarked that his personal growth has been instrumental in the growth of the company. One book relied on heavily for personal growth is Napoleon Hill’s classic, “Think and Grow Rich.” I strongly commend this book to anyone who has not read it. It is a book which not only should be read but studied.
One of the more exciting aspects of the company is that it now operates in Mexico. This is a huge new market which I am trying to exploit. I think development of this aspect of the business will also go a long way to strengthen Mexican-American relations by providing the common Mexican “man on the street” with an opportunity to make extra money by owning his/her own business. This is one of the aspects of this network marketing business that truly excites me, i.e., making a difference in the lives of others.
I also met an individual attending the convention who had an inspirational life story. He’s still a young guy, I think in his late twenties or early thirties, who spent several years as an iron worker and then as a boxer. Down on his luck money-wise, he turned to network marketing to improve his financial circumstances and has done very well. He was quite interesting to talk to and provided some useful information on how he built his business.
In closing, let me add one other thought that I have mentioned in previous posts. The network marketing business not only can be personally rewarding but it helps the economy by reducing unemployment. So you can be making a difference in the lives of others and also helping the country as well. This is an unbeatable combination. This is a truly remarkable business, one that should be seriously considered by anyone seeking to change his/her life.
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