Strawberries and Cream

I just came back from a breakfast with some other women in my neighborhood, and it felt so good.  I am in a great mood. 🙂 We had strawberry short cake as a little “birthday party” for all of us with birthdays early in the year.  We just ate and chatted, and had no kids.  It was held at the church across the street, so I walked.   As I walked, the sun was shining, and the birds were singing.

Spring is in full force.

On the way home, I talked about business with a friend of mine.  She is in a different network marketing company, and she was talking about how much she loves the products, but doing things online can be hard and confusing.   I was really excited to be able to tell her about our Facebook group.  Before I came across this drastically different approach to network marketing, I felt the pressure that she is under.  She was brave, and offered the products, and asked if I wanted to host a party.

I have felt the stress of feeling like you have to make every conversation into a business opportunity.  I have separated my social life with my business life, and it is so freeing.  I can actually talk to people and not have to be concerned about talking about my opportunity all the time.  The funny thing is, since I’ve taken the stress out of those kind of conversions, it’s actually easier to talk about.

In network marketing, they talk about being “free” all the time.  “Quit your job so you can finally be free!”  But that kind of stress of looking for an “in” for my business in every conversation feels like prison to me.  I finally found a better way to do things, and I got to share it with a friend today.  I wasn’t pressuring her to join my business, but I do get to show her a better way to do her business, and truly helping in that way feels fabulous. 🙂

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If you would like to learn more about our business or how to market your own business online, you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or find us on our Facebook group.

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Failtastic

Yesterday was a pretty failtastic day. I’m almost to 37 weeks in my pregnancy, and I was uncomfortable, and in pain from overexerting myself the previous day.  Because of that fact, I hadn’t slept very well, so I was exhausted to top it all off. I was teaching preschool again in the morning, and pretty much wiped myself out by noon.

I tried to post something on the blog, and it fought me, and wouldn’t work right. The tags were in a weird place, the video wouldn’t play, and half my text was missing, so I deleted it. Sorry.

I didn’t blog. I didn’t touch Instagram, I didn’t update my Facebook group. I didn’t talk to anyone about business related things.

FAIL.

Despite my great failure to accomplish anything, I’m not going to let it get me down. I’m getting back up today, and working hard.

I just wanted to acknowledge my failure, and announce that IT DOESN’T MATTER. I feel just as driven to succeed in life and business. I recently created an image that has great context in this situation.

Some quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that slow progress… is progress.

My progress is slow, and some days I don’t accomplish anything at all, but I am still progressing.  One bad day is not going to ruin everything.  It won’t be my last bad day either.  I’ll have a newborn soon, and then things will get really interesting. Haha.  I don’t plan on giving up any time though.  I’m still slowly plugging along. 🙂

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If you would like to learn more about our business or how to market your own business online, you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or find us on our Facebook group.

Persistence or Talent

The summer before my sixth grade year, I got to meet with the band teacher to try out instruments.  I was so excited, and imagined how great it would be.  I thought the horn or the trombone might be a good fit for me, but I got there, and was discouraged from the horn because so many other students had chosen that instrument.  We tried the trombone, and he showed me the spit valve.  I was super grossed out.  We tried the flute, and I naturally got a beautiful sound to come out.  The teacher praised me for my natural gifts, and encouraged me to go with the flute.

Flattery is hard to evade I suppose.  I chose the flute.

I was very pleased, as I went to group practices, that I was better at it than all of my peers.  In fact, I was better than most of my peers through eighth grade.

Here is where the problem came in.  I never practiced.  I wasn’t persistent about it.  I wasn’t especially passionate about it.  I just liked being successful at something.  Around ninth grade, an interesting phenomenon happened.  I was assigned to be a second flute player, and there were many better musicians around me.  They actually practiced.  They created good habits as they continued through school.  They loved what they were doing.

This is me and a couple friends on a high school band/choir trip.

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I learned a valuable lesson.  Hard work, persistence, passion, and good habits always win out over natural abilities.  It doesn’t matter how talented you are, or what kind of natural gifts you have, if you never do anything about it.

It’s something that I learned pretty early on in life, but I still have to continually remind myself.  It’s one of those things that I know logically, but don’t always put the concept into action as well as I should.

I want it to be something my children understand as well, so I look for opportunities to praise them for their work, or on their persistence when something is difficult for them.

I never did become a master floutist, but I did learn a valuable lesson, so I am grateful.  As I work through my business, most of the skills required are abilities that I have not been naturally gifted with.  It’s hard for me, but as I am persistent, I become better at it.  I have gotten really good at skills that I never thought I would be able to do.  I often surprise myself at what I can accomplish.  My personal development has skyrocketed since becoming an independent business owner.  It is a wonderful feeling to be good at something after a lot of work to get there. Talent is lovely to have, but it is not as important as it is made out to be.

So I’d like to hear from you!

What kind of lessons did you learn at a young age that have helped you throughout your life?  What kind of skills have you gained through hard work, rather than natural abilities?

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If you would like to learn more about our business or how to market your own business online, you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or find us on our Facebook group.

Work

Today I worked hard!  I’m very proud of myself.

We ordered some chairs from Ikea, and they came at the end of the week last week.  Ikea takes their packaging seriously.  We assembled chairs all weekend, but ended up with a really trashed house.  Somehow the rest of the house followed suit.  Today I caught up though.  Yay!

I also got a lot of work done as far as business is concerned.  I spoke to a lot of people, and got a lot of content made.

As I was looking for material for my Instagram, I came across this quote.

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I really liked it.  It’s important to continually look for opportunities in life, and most of the time those opportunities include a lot of hard work.  So go find a great opportunity and get to work! 🙂

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If you would like to learn more about our business or how to market your own business online, you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or find us on our Facebook group.

Learning and Teaching

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This morning, we went for a walk in the neighborhood.  I needed to bring my oldest to preschool, and after we dropped him off, my two year-old and I played on the playground for a little while.  We had a lot of fun, and I got to see his curiosity at work.

Little children are perfect examples of how to learn.  There were letters and numbers on the playground, and he would point to each letter, and make me tell him what they were, and then he would repeat it.  There was a ladder going up to the slide, and he wanted to figure out where the best place was to put his hands and feet in order to climb up without falling.  There were two slides next to each other, and each time we got to the bottom, he wanted to hold hands, and laughed when we shocked each other.

To a casual observer, nothing too important was happening.  We were playing and having fun.  What was actually happening was some serious learning.  Natural curiosity and play is how children learn.  For some reason, as we get older, many forget this natural process of learning.  It can become dull, and too much work.

What are you curious about?

What interests you?

What kind of a topic would enrich your life and make you happier?

Find out what you love.  Whether you are a master, or know nothing about it, there is probably something more to learn.  Find something you are passionate about, and learn all you can.  Be curious.  You don’t have to write a big paper on this, and cite your sources.  You don’t have to fill out worksheets.  You could be on the computer, you could be outside, or you could be with other people.  Find out how you like to learn best.

When it becomes enjoyable to you, learning will no longer be work.

That’s not the end of it though.

Once you have learned something, the best way to solidify it, is to teach someone else.  Find someone who is interested in the same thing as you, and teach them.  You will both benefit.  Maybe you will even have things to teach each other

Never stop learning.  You are never too old.  A life-long learner will be happier, and have every advantage over someone who has been passive in their life.

So, I’d like to hear from you.

What is something that you would really like to learn about?

 

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If you are interested in learning how to implement this topic into entrepreneurship, you can read more in our Facebook group.  You can also email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com.

You Failed! :)

Evan wrote a fantastic post in our Facebook group on failure and overcoming hard things today.  He included an awesome clip from a great movie.

You can check out the post here!

 
If you would like to learn more about our business you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or find us on our Facebook group.

 

 

Cost of Starting a Business

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We’re prepping for our two-year-old’s surgery tomorrow, so it’s been pretty busy, but we didn’t want to leave you guys hanging.  Network marketing can be a great option in starting a business, and learning how a business works.  There is a lot smaller investment, and a lot more help involved!

If you would like to learn more about our business, you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or check out our website here.

Don’t be Overwhelmed by Starting a Business

It’s Wednesday today, which means I have a video for you!  If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, but you’re not sure how to do many things that a business entails, this is one to check out.  Starting a business requires time, money, and dedication.  Things you may have to think are about product development, marketing research, product storage, shipping, website design, accounting, and many other details.

This is the traditional route that many people take, and I applaud them.  If this all seems overwhelming to you, there may be something to help.  Check out the video, and let me know what you think.

 

If you would like to learn more about our business, you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or check out our website here.

 

Candor

Many people would love to be able to quit their job, and work for themselves.  It’s a scary notion, but an exciting one, if you decide to take that jump to become an entrepreneur.  Most people are stopped by fear.  Time, money, and lack of knowledge all come into play.

I’ve recently been reading The Art of Start by Guy Kawasaki.  It was a book that was assigned to me in one of my college business classes, but as a mom, and a full-time student, I wasn’t exactly a thorough reader.  I was in survival mode.  As I have been re-reading it, I have found so many fantastic things to share.  I’ll probably be basing several posts on some of my favorite parts, but I would encourage you to read it as well.  If you want to learn about starting a business, or really any venture, it’s a gold mine of information.

Whenever you start something, especially a business, you will need other people.  Great things just don’t happen from one individual.  Even if one person ends up getting the credit for it all, you can bet there was a support team right behind him or her.  The following excerpt, found on page 116 in the FAQ section, talks about finding these kind of people:

Q. When interviewing candidates, should I be honest about our organization’s weaknesses as well as our strengths?

A. Let me get this straight:  You’re wondering if you should lie to candidates knowing that if they take the job, they’ll eventually discover that your organization sucks?

Always tell it like it is.  Lower their expectations.  You’ll encounter three types of responses to your candor.  Some candidates simply need an explanation of the problems.  Go down the list of problems and explain them.  Chances are, they just want to know what they’re getting into, and you won’t scare them off.

Other candidates want the challenge.  For them, problems are the opportunities.  You should consider telling this type, “You’re the guy we need to save us.  Can you step up and be a hero?”

You will scare off the third kind of candidate.  This person probably wasn’t well suited to a startup anyway.  You’ve done yourself a favor.

Your current situation may not be a traditional start-up business, but I think we can all take something away from this.  It’s important to be honest in every facet of life.  Whether it is a business relationship, or a personal one, trust has to be formed in order for the relationship to function.

As you have probably gleaned from the title of the blog, my husband and I are independent business owners in a network marketing company.  It’s important to be straight-forward, especially when dealing in business.  That’s why we chose the title Candid Network Marketing.  While many people in the industry are honest and good, the industry as a whole has a bad reputation for vague information, and it is our goal to change that reputation.  There is so much opportunity for success within a legitimate network marketing company, but too many people get turned off from the lack of transparency. Just like any business, there will be weaknesses as well as strengths.  It would be foolish to try to hide either one.

The best way to build any relationship is through honesty.  People are bound to trust you more through hard truths, than through pleasant lies.  Even in a simple friendship, if you always have your “perfect” mask on, you will never get close.  It will always be a more superficial friendship if you are not honest about who you are.

In the end, all that matters is that you do you. Represent yourself, your family, your business, your church, or what whatever you are representing, but do it with transparency.  Represent with honesty.  The right people will be drawn to you, and the people that don’t appreciate that honesty, are not worth your time.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about our business, you can email me at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com or check out our website here.

Be Yourself!

Beginners in network marketing often make the mistake of taking on the personality of their mentor or up-line.  They come across as being disingenuous because they are trying to act like someone else.  This is highly unattractive.  Even if you’re not in network marketing, it’s important to find out who you are, and not shy away from it.  I’m not loud or outgoing.  I’m a pretty quiet introvert, but that’s OK.  I’m happy with who I am. Whether you’re trying to build a business, or build a friendship, it’s important to be yourself. 🙂

if you’re interested in learning more about our business, you can send me an email at candidnetworkmarketing@gmail.com, or check out our website!