You Can Do It
By Jeffrey Babener, © 2012
Humble Beginnings - Don't Sell Yourself Short
Don’t sell yourself short just because you’re starting small. History tells us that, in America, many billion-dollar
businesses have been started on a shoestring in garages and in back bedrooms. Cases in point: Bill Gates of
Microsoft, Phil Knight of Nike shoes and Steve Jobs of Apple computer. There are also many inspiring network
marketing success stories about individuals whose companies or distributorships had very humble beginnings.
Take, for example, the co founders of Amway - network marketing’s largest multi-billion dollar company. Rich
DeVos and Jay VanAndel mixed their first product, LOC Cleanser, in their bathtubs to start their business. Starting
out as distributors for a vitamin company, Nutrilite, their Amway Corporation later bought Nutrilite, which today is
their division for nutritional supplements. The founder of Avon, David McConnel, wasn’t even in the cosmetics
business in 1886. He was selling bibles door-to-door, and giving away free perfume samples as a way to get into
the homes of prospective customers. Today, Amway and Avon post sales of several billion dollars each year and
operate throughout the world. Amway has gone on to become the largest seller of dietary supplements in the
world, and Avon is among the world’s largest cosmetic companies. (Forbes magazine survey of the 400 richest
Americans routinely placed DeVos and VanAndel among the top 400, each with a net worth in excess of $1 billion.)
Perhaps the most famous lady in network marketing is Mary Kay Ash. She started Mary Kay in 1963, utilizing
products a hide tanner used to cure animal hides. And consider the origins of Watkins products back in 1868.
Today, Watkins sells a full line of products, from spices to cosmetics to health items. In 1868, however, the founder
of the company, Joseph R. Watkins, was selling only one product: liniment.
Modern-day network marketing successes - whether they are companies or individual distributors all have their "on
a shoestring" stories. Just take a look at Discovery Toys, Longaberger Baskets, NuSkin, etc. This business was
meant to grow from the humble beginnings of one person’s dream.
And the successes of those that have started billion dollar companies is paralleled over and over among the
millions of network marketing distributors. Look around at the top distributors for major companies today and you
will find individuals, who in their prior lives, were teachers, plumbers, lighting salesmen—all with modest
employment incomes and equally modest prospects in life.
A Positive Mindset
This is a mindset business. Your attitude is often a self- fulfilling prophecy. There is some real truth to the veteran’
s advice which notes, "If you think you can you’re right; If you think you can’t, you’re right!"
So the next time you think you can’t do it, think again! Make sure, however, that you have access to one of the
following tools: a bathtub, a garage, a back bedroom or a dream.
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