YUP, A PHONE CHICKEN
Today is the 2nd day of Christmas for followers of this blog, got a great skill for you.
But…..I believe how I got to this skill, defined it then refined it is a cool story. And, it’s short 🙂
I was terrified to pick up the phone. I tried MLM in the 1980’s 5 times and I failed 5 times.
Like most people who join and try I lied….I told the ‘I dabbled’ lie.
You know what I mean? People would ask me each time I looked if I had been in MLM and I’d say. “Yeah, dabbled a little bit, never really put in a lot of time.”
Shame is a ugly thing sometimes. I hadn’t ‘dabbled’ I really tried.
And I failed miserably. Shame sucks, makes us say stupid things about ourselves or fib. Yuck.
OK, so here’s the story. I really wanted it to work out, I wanted a career change but it just didn’t work out for me.
Today I am proud to say I didn’t dabble and it was no one’s fault by my own. I didn’t need it in the 80’s but I did want it.
THE 90’s DEAL A WONDERFUL AND CRUSHING BLOW
In the early 90’s a tough and great thing happened to me. Bottom line, I end up raising 2 kids as a single parent.
The law changes in the seafood business – I had a delivery route – and took a hit in pay, a $25,000 hit and another one was coming in 90 days. Ut-OH 🙁
Day to day living is tough and it’s worse with 2 great kids depending on you for food and shelter.
So I take another look at MLM while working 70+ hours a week.
All charged up.
More Ut-Oh. Same miserable results…..I’m going down the crapper fast and scared.
List shrinking and I am scared to get on the phone – rejection sucks more than shame, eh? – and I am scared to not get on the phone since there is less money coming in than going out…..and I am out of cash reserves and reduced to selling the few things I had.
I don’t want to burn through the rest of my small and vanishing quickly list….I am so terrified I officially label myself as a phone chicken. And promptly start beating myself up for that. Good grief.
Run into a guy in a hotel lobby….break down crying, tell him my tale of woe.
MY LIFE CHANGES OVERNIGHT
I knew all the garbage about ‘you can’t fail, you can only quit’ was stupid. Not quitting has nothing to do with winning. It didn’t in the ’80’s or ’90’s and it sure as hell doesn’t today.
He tells me I just need to learn some network marketing skills…..just like a guy who wants to lay brick would have to learn some skills.
Teaches me a skill. Within 60 days we’re making $3000 a month, 6 figures within a year.
I keep thinking about what he said…..this seemingly insignificant comment. ‘You gotta know what is going on in a prospects head and talk to that‘
I figure it out with a little help from my now good friend, Tom ‘Big Al’ Schrieter and define it and take a year to refine it.