Those who know me understand that I have worked from home since the year 2000. I wanted to take a moment to share my story of why I enjoy the industry of network marketing and why I feel extremely blessed to be on this journey.
To better understand where I am, I think it’s important to understand a little bit of where I came from. My college experience lasted all of 8 weeks. I was at NTSU in Denton TX, studying music. A band came through town and announced that they were auditioning for a new bass player after the concert. I auditioned and was offered the job. That was on a Friday evening. On Monday morning, I dropped out of school and was on tour Tuesday evening.
At 19 years of age, that was a lot of fun. But like we all do, I got older. I found and married an amazing woman and we started building a family together. Over the years, the realities of trying to raise, support, feed, and clothe 5 kids made it very clear to me that I was not at all prepared for what we know as “the real world”. I moved through a variety of jobs ranging from manual labor to sales. There were times when we didn’t know for sure whether the lights would be on the next morning or if we’d have a place to live the next week.
This particular part of my life journey was very challenging. My wife and I loved each other. We loved our kids. We enjoyed the simple pleasures. But the stress of trying to constantly hustle day after day and finding our selves slipping further and further behind was … “challenging”.
Through what I can only describe as an amazing series of events, phone calls, timing, and what some will call “luck” I found myself employed by a commercial finance company. Through some incredible mentorship provided by my boss, I learned that I was able to sell and could actually make a tremendous income as a sales rep for this amazing company.
I remember the feeling of elation as I watched my income grow to a level I had never believed possible.
But then I also remember the frustration of realizing that I was missing out on the moments that gave my life meaning. Because I was gone all day, I would come home to hear my wife tell me about what the kids had done that day rather than being able to experience what the kids had done that day. I realized that some of life’s amazing “firsts” were happening without me and that was something I couldn’t keep doing.
I didn’t want to look back on my life and wish I had spent more time with my family. My wife and I had a decision to make and we agreed that, even if it meant we would have to cut back our new lifestyle and make less money, I was a daddy on purpose and we were going to find a way to both be involved in the lives of our children and with each other.
The question, for me, became: What’s the point of making a living if you don’t have a LIFE?!?”. And for me, “Life” included being a husband and a daddy in the day to day world where we lived.
I learned some valuable lessons through that process. I tried businesses that didn’t work. I quit my job WAY too early and had to take on multiple part-time jobs to fill in the gaps as we were learning. I remember 2 and 3 day runs without sleep as I would be working my part-time jobs during the day and studying business ideas and strategies at night.
Was it easy? Absolutely not!
Was it worth it? Absolutely! Financially,we were eventually able to put ourselves in a position to make even more money than I had been making with my job. That was great and we certainly enjoyed the higher lifestyle. But what was really important to me was that I was able to be fully engaged as a husband and father.
My wife and I dated regularly. Our friends would say, “We don’t know how you guys do that!” and we would say, “We can’t understand why more people don’t!”.
I was able to be one of those daddies that made it to all the school events, coached basketball, attended recitals, took trips with the family, and more. I didn’t hear about life events. We lived them as a family!
One of the greatest tragedies of my life is that I lost my beautiful wife of 26 years after her 2 year battle with cancer. She was my rock. My strength. I miss her dearly. I don’t know that I will ever understand the “how” or “why” of this loss. But I do know that I am tremendously blessed to have had 26 years with her. We were able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life together and the wonderful powerful events of life together. We didn’t have the “I wish you didn’t have to leave” conversations. We embraced and supported one another through life’s greatest joys and most dramatic challenges.
The greatest joy that was and is afforded me by the incredible industry of network marketing is: Freedom. Having the freedom to make choices about how we spend our days; having the freedom to be able to choose to be completely present with those we love and hold dear to our hearts; knowing we didn’t have to ask for a day off or to leave work early … these are the things I hold most dear to my heart. Do I enjoy making money in this incredible industry? Absolutely. Do I enjoy driving a car that is part of a car bonus program available in this industry? You know it. But the opportunity to look back on my life and be able to remember those moments instead of regret not having those moments has been absolutely priceless to me.
Life has changed for my entire family. There are new frontiers for us. There are new goals to be set and achieved.
Today, I have the joy of seeing my now adult children begin pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals as young adults.
Some of them have chosen network marketing as their vehicle and they are doing quite well. Hopefully, I exemplified an example of a life that is filled with joy and love while being able to pursue financial and professional success at the same time. I have never believed that we have to chose one OR the other. It is my sincere hope that they will experience the same with their families.
I don’t know what may have brought you to this article but I hope it gives you some insight in to my life journey and the role that has been played through the industry of network marketing. I hope your own journey is one that included life’s highest joys and rewarding experiences with those you love and hold dear.
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