After spending five years in the direct sales industry, I’ve learned a lot about business, and even more about myself.
I’ve been a homeschooling mom who works from home for the past 16 years. I decided to get into direct sales because we were struggling financially, and our household needed the extra money.
I had been involved with a few companies and failed. Those early failures made me believe Network Marketing just didn’t work. So, I started a traditional business which was successful. We then fell on hard times again financially, and we lost our home of 14 years, our cars, and we had to file bankruptcy.
Getting back on our feet was rough. I almost had to stop homeschooling to work outside the home. I felt like I was failing my family, and it was completely devastating.
My back was up against the wall, and I had to make a decision. I decided to get back into direct sales. Honestly, at the time I felt like it was my only option. I found out about my current company and I told myself that if anyone was successful in the industry that meant it did work, and I could be successful, too. I had no other choice but to be.
After joining the company, I realized that I had the same problems all over again. I had to accept the hard reality that it wasn’t the companies…
It was me.
Our behaviors follow our beliefs, and I had to work on my low self confidence and believing the lie that I wasn’t good enough or worthy of success. There were also some skills that I lacked and had to master. I needed someone who had already gone before me to show me the way.
That’s when I found my now Coach and friend Tiffaney Malott and her Diva 1K Club. We worked a lot on mindset and mastering skills. My confidence grew and I began to believe in myself. My behavior followed my new beliefs.
I am happy to share that after working on myself and mastering my newfound skills, I am able to continue to stay at home and homeschool. I am able to help fund my existing business which is also doing well thanks to my new skills. We also have thousands of dollars saved in the bank, which we had never been able to do.
I was determined that I would not give up until I achieved success. I’m not talking about the success that deals with money. I’m talking about success in balancing being a wife, being a mom, and running businesses. I don’t get it right everyday, but it’s worth it.
We can be wives, moms, and successful business women all at the same time. My prayer is that my story will inspire those that are reading this — to just keep going.
This industry works. As one of my favorites, Jim Rhon says, “We need to work harder on ourselves than we work on our business.”
And sometimes we have to borrow someone else’s belief in us until we can believe in ourselves. I want to encourage you to stay the course. You will make mistakes. I have made my share. As much as I wanted to give up, I didn’t. Whatever you do, do not give up.
I am so thankful I didn’t.