By: Tiffaney Beverly
They didn’t support me, but they were always there for me.
Happy National Sibling Day!
These are my siblings.
When I started #networkmarketing they weren’t excited about it, and they didn’t understand why exactly I was excited either. They didn’t jump to buy my products or join my team, and rather, made the occasional joke and objection.
In the beginning, I thought they were unsupportive. I was told they were dream stealers and naysayers, but, none of that was true, and those beliefs couldn’t be any more wrong.
Here is the truth:
- They had seen me start and stop things before.
- They didn’t always agree with me in our childhood. I understand this was no different.
- They always had jokes. I mean, look at me in this shot. (Goofy smile and glasses) Don’t tell me you didn’t think of a joke or two.
No, they didn’t join or agree with my business at the start. But as I stayed consistent, they became more supportive. They didn’t wait until I was a millionaire. They supported me through the first year. They became customers. They referred customers. They even eventually joined my team.
Most importantly, they told me I could do it, and they gave encouragement, assuring me that I could be the best. The people I was looking up to would one day look up to me, and all of that came true.
They were there for me when I got married, when I had my daughter, when I joined a new company, and when I went through my divorce. They never left my side. They were always there for me.
I want anyone who thinks that friends or family who don’t join you in your #directsales business are unsupportive, to challenge your mind, and reframe your thought process.
Try to think like this:
- They are human.
- They have a right to do what they want.
- I’m not entitled to their support just because we are related or close.
- Starting my business was my decision, not theirs. I need to earn their respect and trust, just like I’m willing to do for people who aren’t close to me.
- They have a vision for their life, and it’s okay if my business isn’t a part of it. I’m still going to tell them about it.
I know this isn’t the normal conversation in this profession about friends and family, but I believe it needs to be the new conversation. Think about it, not just for me, but for them, and for you.