Leaving the Herd- Becoming a Professional Network Marketer
If you’ve been in the network marketing industry for any length of time, you’ve probably thought about what the best answer is to the question, “What do you do for a living?”.
I’ve been in the industry for almost 9 years, and I’ve gotten a ton of training over the years about how to best answer this question.
Some claim that the best answer is something along the lines of, “I help people make money from home” or “I show people how to create residual income and spend more time with their families.”
Personally, I tend to mix it up, depending on who I’m talking to and how the conversation is going (or even depending sometimes on what mood I’m in).
I’m a Professional Network Marketer
After all of the tweaking and trying different things, I have to say that one of my favorite answers to the question is still, “I’m a professional Network Marketer.”
This answer always seems to raise eyebrows. I think it’s because it actually takes something to be able to answer the question this way.
First of all it takes a certain level of commitment to your network marketing business and to the network marketing profession as a whole. There’s no way that someone can authentically claim to be a professional network marketer if they’re still not completely committed to their network marketing business.
Secondly, it requires leaving the herd. Taking a stand for yourself as a professional network marketer (and actually claiming that you are a professional network marketer) requires letting go of caring what anyone may think about your profession or your decision to become an entrepreneur.
I’m Proud to Be a Professional Network Marketer
I recently published a book entitled, MLM for MOM- Why Network Marketing is a Natural Fit for Mothers. I published it because I’m proud to be a network marketer and I also believe that there are too many people on the planet that aren’t even aware of the opprtunity and the benefits that exist once we get involved in this fabulous industry.
In the dedication in the front of the book, I acknowledge a few different people… but the part of the dedication that is written to acknowledge my family reads like this:
To my loving father, my awesome stepmother, and my incredible brother, Lionel, for always believing in me and supporting me in all of the wild and sometimes crazy ventures I tend to undertake.
This is because I left the herd a long time ago… I started venturing off in my own direction on my quest to become a professional network marketer and I’ve never looked back. My family and friends have certainly not always understood what I was doing, and many of them may not have always even supported me wholeheartedly (or at all in some cases).
In order to live into my dream of becoming a professional network marketer, I’ve had to get over my concern for other people’s judgements and simply leave the herd and skip along my merry way.
Being a professional network marketer is certainly not for everyone. In my opinion it’s, by far, the best option out there (especially with the uncertainty of today’s job market)… but it’s really only for people who are ready to leave the herd and take a stand for what’s really possible in this lifetime, regardless of what the dream stealers might say.
Personally, I’ve driven my stake into the ground. I’ve found my home and my passion in the network marketing industry, and I couldn’t care less who doesn’t approve of my decision.
I’m a professional network marketer. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Please leave your thoughts and comments below…