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Archive for July, 2011

What do I want to be when I grow up and the “new economy”?

I am 38 years old, and I still ask myself this question.  Growing up in Vallejo,CA, I made my way through the Catholic school system. Since my family was not in any financial position to send me to a 4 year college, I worked and did my undergraduate work at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill transferring to UC Berkeley as a junior. A benefactor believed that I had something to offer the world and paid my tuition. Two weeks after graduation, I was working which is something I was doing until a year ago when I was let go from a job I loved; twenty years after I first entered the work force.

We are all conditioned to believe that if we go to a good school and get a good job that we will be set for life. That may have been true in the past when loyal employees stayed with and retired from companies they had been with for decades and were rewarded with a pension and a gold watch. These days, those loyal employees are more likely to get laid off just short of collecting their pensions to make way for much younger employees that don’t cost the company so much money in salary and benefits. It really is a sad state of what our culture has become in the “new economy.”

A few months ago I met a man who asked me if I was happy with my life and I said no.  He introduced me to networking marketing. Oh yes, the so-called pyramid scheme!  The more I learn about networking marketing, the more I believe the way I was conditioned to live my life is the real pyramid scheme: you go to a job everyday where they tell you when to show up and when you can leave, when you can take time off, what you are worth, how you should dress etc. They have all the power and you do what you are told, that is until they decide they don’t need you anymore and terminate you without cause. Being an at-will employee, you have no say or control in the matter. Having a JOB is the real pyramid scheme and you are at the bottom!

In network marketing, it is a level playing field where anyone can succeed if they have the right mindset: To never quit no matter how bad things may get or to make excuses. People such as these have a strong reason why they want to succeed, a good work ethic, and quantifiable written goals. The biggest obstacle to people succeeding is themselves. This is the real reason most people fail in network marketing and in life.