Today, I want to write about failing your way to success in MLM. Several years ago I read a book by John Maxwell titled “Failing Forward.” The book had a profound impact on my life and business. The key takeaway is that successful people keep failing until they succeed.
Successful people let each failure be a learning lesson. They take their temporary failures, learn from those mistakes, make the required adjustments, and press forward until they succeed. They focus on getting better every single day.
I think this is a really important lesson for network marketers. I’ve personally never met one network marketer that was successful right out the gate. Most top network marketers failed for several YEARS before they ever became successful.
Most top earners have had the same defeats, failures and setbacks that you have experienced. They simply looked at each temporary failure as part of paying their dues. They realized that they needed to learn new skills, and the best way to do that was to be out in the trenches taking action and making mistakes.
They simply chose not to let those temporary failures keep them from their long-term goals. They turned each failure into a valuable life lesson and business lesson, and then they pressed on.
It’s so true; you can’t succeed your way to success. You have to fail your way to success. Even an All Star baseball player doesn’t reach first base 7 out of every 10 at bats. He fails way more than he succeeds. It’s just part of the game.
Don’t be scared to make mistakes. Don’t let temporary failure keep you from growing your business.
Nothing is easy when you first begin doing it. As a child, when you try to walk for the first time you fall down over and over. But, your parents keep encouraging you to get up and try again. And they do this UNTIL you learn to walk.
The same holds true with learning to drive, building a strong marriage, building a business, training for a sport, or anything else in life.
You’re going to mess up.
There will be times when you are disappointed.
You’ll feel like quitting.
People will let you down.
Your hottest prospect will quit.
People will stand you up.
You will mess up on some of your presentations.
You will turn off some people.
You will say the wrong thing.
You won’t know how to answer certain questions.
Do it anyway! Build your business everyday. Take your three steps forward and two steps back. Get knocked down 10 times and get back up 11 times. Be a warrior.
Don’t be scared of failure. The only real way to fail is to QUIT. As long as you stay in the game, keep working, keep trying and keep learning you will eventually succeed.
No, it won’t happen overnight. You have to pay your dues and develop the right skill-set and right mind-set. However, within a few short years you can really transform your life and business if you take each failure and learn from it.
From this day forward I challenge you to look at each failure as a learning process. See what you can learn from each failure, take that new knowledge and press forward with your business.
That’s what winners do!
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