I love this article by Andrew Droughan describing the path of entrepreneurship, a road less traveled. It takes long-term commitment, action, self-responsibility, conviction, willingness to fail and to course correct, and acceptance that you will face criticism and will often not be accepted by your friends, family and peers. You haveto be willing to fall and get back up repeatedly even if you do have a guide. At the end of the day, DESIRE is key. Do you want it bad enough that if someone pushes your head down under water and tries to hold you down, you push up and gasp for air?
This blog talks about three critical aspects of the entrepreneurial journey that resonate with me. We are a rare breed. My favorite thing is how we can affect others.
You already know the road to becoming a successful network marketing distributor is full of twists and turns.
And it can get kinda bumpy here and there, too.
Luckily, you’re not the first to take the journey and those who’ve come before you have left clues to reach the top of the mountain.
And while everyone’s path is different, there are three distinct stages of growth everyone will experience while building their organization.
Before we discuss these entrepreneurial milestones, though…
You’re about to read the story of someone you know all-too-well.
Someone who’s a household name; someone you grew up idolizing.
And make no mistake…
This special someone’s story is KEY to unlocking a never-ending flow of leads, sales, and profits on your own journey as an entrepreneur.
That said, I bet you won’t know exactly who I’m talking about after reading the next 40 lines.
Let’s see if you can prove me wrong!
Our special someone grew up as a nothing-special young man (though a tad odd) living a regular, boring life…
In a regular, boring town.
He yearned for an change, an adventure, a day that wasn’t like all the rest…
Knowing that he didn’t want to wind up like everyone else—grey, tired, and jaded.
Did his family understand him? No.
Did they encourage his dreams? No.
In fact, they told him to fall in line—to play it safe, to learn his place…or else!
One day, though, something different happens…
A mysterious stranger arrives and invites our young man on a quest out of boring, status quo town.
Yet, he hesitates.
He’s afraid, uncertain—what will this mean?
Is there any going back to how things were?
The pain of staying is too great and his desire too strong, though.
Home isn’t an option anymore—he’s outgrown it.
But once he departs…
The path is NOT easy.
The world is a harsh realm filled with dangerous denizens, and he doesn’t know if he has the strength to face all its challenges.
Luckily, he’s not alone.
Mentors guide his way.
He meets challenge after challenge and opposition after opposition, until…
He hits a wall.
There’s never been a test like this—
And at this moment, when defeat is imminent, the journey is in dire jeopardy, and all hope is lost.
Until, on the precipice of failure…
A life-changing insight—
Immediately, nothing is the same.
He experiences profound clarity; his latent abilities are unlocked.
Now, the challenge isn’t so great.
That wall isn’t so high.
And he now makes short work of scaling it.
The boy is a man.
Now he may enjoy the rewards of his quest (…though they aren’t quite as he originally imagined).
He returns home.
The familiar is now strange.
The journey is complete.
The story is over.
And the world is a better, forever-changed place.
So, the question remains…
Okay, ready for the answer?
All of the above.
And many others.
Now what does this mean, exactly?
Well, let’s take a moment to explore…
You might already be familiar; if not…
Allow me to introduce Joseph Campbell, a mid-20th century mythologist and scholar of comparative religion.
Campbell’s ideas of a “monomyth,” articulated in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, examines the universal themes of mythical heroes from around the world…
Embodied in such ancient characters such as Odysseus, Gilgamesh, Siddhartha, Inanna, and many others.
And as you read above, these themes are just as prevalent in entertainment today as millennia ago.
George Lucas deliberately used the structure of the Hero’s Journey when writing the Star Wars trilogy.
The writers of Lost wove Campbell’s themes into each character.
And films like Harry Potter, The Matrix, Aladdin, The Lion King (Hamlet for kids), and many, many others all heavily “borrow” from the mythic tradition.
Because it speaks to the human experience—to the desires and challenges we ALL face along our journeys.
And these themes are most prevalent than went you want to do something…
Much like becoming an entrepreneur.
Think about it…
Most people want to play it safe and not strike out on their own.
Most people want security, not the responsibility of blazing new trails.
Entrepreneurs are agents of change.
They don’t blame the economy, their boss, the President, or what their parents did or didn’t do when they were kids.
They realize no one else will “fix” their situation.
And they certainly don’t wait for permission to pursue their passion or create the life they deserve.
Does this resonate with you?
If you’re reading these words, I’m guessing it does.
You didn’t sign up for a life of mediocrity.
And even if your business isn’t where you want it to be today…
You’re not going to work 50 hours a week until the day you die for someone else’s benefit, living paycheck to paycheck, counting pennies into your golden years.
If your reply is “that’s right!” then you’ve answered the call of entrepreneurship.
And in doing so, you’ve laid the foundation towards building a network marketing business…
And there’s no going back.
You’re never going to be content to watch others get all the glory while you’re sitting on the sidelines.
So to guide you along your way, we’re going to break down…
Aristotle once said (paraphrasing) that stories have a beginning, middle, and end.
And the Entrepreneur’s Journey is no exception.
Here are the three acts:
Once you understand the journey, you’ll be able to guide yourself and other folks through it.
You’ll soon see how mentorship and becoming a mentor in turn are integral to the process.
The journey of every entrepreneur starts with desire—the desire to live life on one’s own terms.
All that matters is that you refuse to settle and you refuse to quit.
Because it’s tempting to be complacent and live an average life.
And let’s be real—building a network marketing business is hard.
Unless someone wants it somethin’ bad, they might hear the Call…but they’re never going to set foot on the Journey.
“The Call” is about the iron will to show up in the first place.
Here’s a word of encouragement…
It’s not about hitting a home run the first time you’re at bat.
Just ask Bill Gates.
Before Microsoft, Gates started a business to create reports for roadway engineers from reams of raw road data.
The business wasn’t a success.
Far from it, in fact.
But what’s important is that Gates answered the Call.
And his entrepreneurial DNA ultimately led to the founding of Microsoft and the largest net worth in the history of the world.
That doesn’t happen working for someone else!
Here’s the reality of the situation…
Most people listen to their “inner critic”—their limiting beliefs, the pain of their past experiences.
They say things like…
“I’m not good at math; I’m not good at writing; I don’t have a natural talent for selling.”
All that junk.
But at the end of the day, that’s all it is—junk.
(I’m sure you’ve heard dozens of such stories before.)
So no—failing a few times does not excuse you from success.
Once you’ve heard the Call, there’s no turning back from building a network marketing business.
Most people fail to successfully build a network marketing business.
That’s no joke—most ventures (like 9-out-of-10) end up making NO money.
And even when you’re doing well…
Sooner or later everyone winds up in what Campbell calls the “Belly of the Whale.”
An unknown, dangerous territory where anything can happen…
In entrepreneurial life…
It’s when you face the difficulties of building a network marketing business.
You WILL face them—ask anyone who’s achieved success.
People will “hate.”
Some will reject you—brutally.
Even your friends and family will caution you, often with the best of intentions.
And even when you achieve success, the Journey’s far from over.
Now there’s going to be a target on your back.
People are going to want what’s rightfully yours.
“Gee,” I can almost hear you ask…
Well, the answer is “no.”
And that’s the way it should be!
Yes, you DO need a mentor; having one is key to your success when building a network marketing business.
Who knows if all those people would be successful without their teachers?
Your mentor is your strategist and most honest critic.
But he or she is only there to guide you—to point the way, not to lead you through the Belly of the Whale.
That you do alone.
You must concentrate your desire to shine light into the pitch-black unknown that is your future.
Here at Elite Marketing Pro, we provide mentorship, it’s true.
But we cannot provide the desire, the WILL to follow-through and achieve your dreams.
That’s on YOU.
Is the reward worth the struggle?
What say you?
The final, though never complete, phase of your journey…
Is becoming a leader and mentor in your own right.
Along the way you realize your journey isn’t about you or your needs.
Heroes and entrepreneurs alike aren’t serving themselves.
No, they serve a higher calling of service to others.
In business, your key insight is to discover the needs your prospects don’t yet know how to satisfy for themselves without your help.
Read that one again.
And hey, they might not even know what they need.
After all, who needed an iPad before it existed?
Who didn’t need an Apple Watch until after it existed? 😉
Or, how about this…
A Xerox think-tank invented the personal computer, complete with a mouse and point-and-click interface.
But the executives couldn’t understand how they would help anyone make better copies.
They were stuck in their own dying paradigm.
So the technology was shelved until Jobs and Gates came along to essentially steal these ideas.
Not everyone has the vision or courage to see what will best serve the market.
In this stage of the Journey, your ego is your biggest adversary.
So here’s your objective…
Become the Obi Wan to their Luke…
The Hagrid to their Harry…
The Gandalf to…
Well, you get the picture.
See, facing your own challenges, trials, and the Belly of the Whale qualifies you to help others do exactly the same.
And that’s how you help other people get what they want.
Which is the key to reaching your own goals.
Like Zig Ziglar said…
“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
Thus, Act 3 of the journey is all about helping others and providing value.
That’s the heart and soul of any successful business.
At the end of the day…
We’ve all got to slay a few monsters to get to the top—and we need all the help we can get.
Jobs was booted from his own company in the early ‘90s, went through the challenge of co-founding Pixar, then came back to Apple and turned it into the behemoth we know today.
That’s one man’s Journey.
Naturally, he didn’t do all those things alone.
And neither did any other fictional or entrepreneurial hero.
Life isn’t a solo act.
It’s a team effort.
Your third act is all about being inspiring others and guiding them through their second act.
And creates deep, lasting abundance in your life.
Okay, let’s recap!
This model is universal, older than the pyramids.
And how do you become a mentor?
How do you engage in leadership?
You’re not a leader until you’re leading.
And the first step is attracting an audience to serve!
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Here’s to your success!
Until next time,
Director of Content
Elite Marketing Pro
I help entrepreneurs and network marketers build their business online by creating a brand and teaching online marketing providing a community of value and support.