Mom doesn’t know anything about Network Marketing I think when she asks me how my business is going.

I think she doesn’t understand it …..maybe it’s me that doesn’t understand she taught me everything I needed to know to build it.


Mother’s Day.  Don’t we all feel like we should do a little more all year for Mom?

Would it really kill us to go to Mom’s house and leave the cell phone in the car, have a cup of coffee and just be ‘present’?

Can’t make up for the past, you know, all those times we’re a ‘little to busy’ to just visit?

She was never too busy for me.


Don’t we all feel like we like we could all do a little more recruiting?

Would it really kill us to sit at our desk an hour a night and dial the phone and be ‘present’?

Can’t make up for the past, you know, all those times we were making ourselves ‘little to busy’ to just dial?

Why are we always too busy to actually do the business.


She encouraged me to dream.

She knew my dreams and encouraged them and me.

She asked me about them.

She found places, like where to get me signed up for Little League, and got me there.


We encourage others to dream.

We tell them they have to have a ‘why’

Tell them to write it down.

Do we know their dreams?

Do we find articles, pictures and events that support them?

After the do write it down, do we ever, like Mom, ask them about it again?


Mom was a teacher.  Not a school teacher.

She was patient.  Persistent.  Insistent.

She never quit when I struggled.

Yeah, she made me read the directions but then she showed me how to do things.


Am I a teacher or do I just ‘plug’ them in?

Do I quit on them when they struggle and rationalize it as ‘they don’t want it bad enough’?

I know I could be a lot more patient when I have a rep on the phone and they are not ‘up to speed’ with computers.


Mom never quit setting an example of excellence, even when people were not looking.

She never asked me to do anything she was not doing herself.  She was never a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ Mom.

She never quit on me.


Do I set an example of excellence…..even when others are not looking?

Do I dog it and tell others what to do even though I am not doing it myself.

Am I a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ managing MLMer?


My Mom had to quit school and take care of her brothers and sisters when her Mom died.

Got her GED in her 50s.

Went to college, studied hard and graduated with highest honors in her 60s.

She was excused from her finals her last year.

Took them anyway.  All A’s, of course.  Pride.


Am I staying a student, continuing grow as a person and learn about people and my trade?

Or am I surfing the web for short cuts.

Do I have pride in my profession and performance or do I look for the easier, softer way and pretend I am ‘working smarter, not harder?’


She never hesitated to go the extra mile for us.  Never stopped looking for the extra mile.


We have a chance to do this for others everyday AND get paid for it.  Do we look for it?  Take it?


My Mom is 88, legally blind and needs help.  Told her she has 2 choices.

Assisted living or move 6000 miles from Massachusetts to Kauai, HI and live with us.

She’s living in the town she was born in.

Mom says she’s scared.  Says she’s used to where she lives.  Knows where everything is and it’s comforting.

She is packed and ready to go.

Courage.  Mom’s have courage.


Picking up the phone takes some courage.  At least we like to pretend it does.
Not as much as moving 6000 miles to a place you’ve never been to at 88 and blind.

Do I lack courage or am I just lazy?  Mom’s are not lazy.

Rejection.  Mom never accepted any obstacle as a reason to let fear determine her life.

Santa Januszewski will be 89 on October 12, 2010.  
Columbus Day. How appropriate. 🙂
She still has the guts to explore.

Networking allowed me to step up and doing something special for myself and our Mom.

I wonder how much sooner great things would have happened in the lives of others if I had not made the mistake of thinking Mon knew nothing about Network Marketing?

Turns out she knew everything IMPORTANT about it before I was born.

Happy Mother’s Day


mark januszewski

world’s laziest networker

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  • Mark…outstanding…really hit home…my Mom passed away 5 years ago…think about her all the time…God assigned me to her & Dad and I am so ever grateful…your comparisons to networking are very insightful. God Bless.

  • That’s awesome–Thank God for your Mom!!!
    I’d love to meet her too!
    (did you read this to her? it’s a great tribute…

  • Wow, Makes you really think. As a Mother there is nothing I fear when it comes to doing what needs to be done for my kids. When my back was up against the wall it only made me worker harder, not withdraw in sorrow. When it came to creating a better future for them I wouldn’t except that a door may not be opened or a question not answered. I did what needed to be done because the word failure was not allowed in my life. As a Mother all things are possible because of your drive and determination. Do I have what it takes to make it in the industry? Yes, I am a Mother!!!!

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