Today's video is a tough one for me, it's kind of bittersweet. I'm officially announcing that I'm retiring from building a network marketing business. I'm making this decision to focus 100% of my time and attention on the generic network marketing coaching and training business I've been building. In my video today I explain my reasoning for making this decision and let you know what you can expect from me in the future.
On one hand, me making this decision is incredibly exciting because of all the future opportunities that this can create. On the other hand, it wasn't one that I made easily for several reasons that I will describe to you in my video today. I realize for many of you this might be news, you may not have even been aware that I had a relationship with an existing network marketing company. Let me take a step back and share my story for those of you that don't know, and what's led me up to making this decision.
I've been in the network marketing profession for over ten years. My first five years were far from a success, I didn't recruit a single person my first year. I wound up quitting my first company after 5 long years of trying to make things work, but with little success.
I was unemployed, 30 years old, dead broke and living on a friend's couch when I quit that company. I got into the medical sales profession and after 7 years found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with working for someone else.
It was at that point “I got dragged back into” network marketing by a good friend. It was in that company that I was able to achieve the success that I had always desired.
In just under 2 years I personally recruited over 300 people and was able to build a team of over 100,000 customers. I was able to walk away from corporate america for good and have earned just under 7 figures in the profession since then.
Everything was going great until January of last year when out of the blue the company I was with decided that they were going to shut down their network marketing division. None of us had any idea that was going to happen and it really shook me and my foundation. It was one of the hardest things that I ever had to go through.
I spent a couple of weeks really doing some soul searching and decided to join a good friend of mine in another company. It was an established 10 year old 200 million dollar company. I thought that this would be a safer long-term decision for me to make. Things were going really well then all of a sudden out of nowhere that company got shut down, only 7 months later.
All of this happened at the end of the summer last year and it left me really feeling like I didn't know what to do. Never in my worst nightmare did I ever think I would be in this position. My back was against the wall and I decided I was going to make a decision so something like this could never happen to me again.
I made the decision that I was going to try to find a way to take the talents and the ability that I had and try to find a way to create a business around them. I started to build and hope to eventually monetize my own personal brand.
It was at that point that I started down the road of personal branding and online marketing. I wanted to find a way that I could begin to serve the industry as a whole and hope that my story would be an inspiration to others. I hoped that I could teach the things that I've learned in my career and help others have success in their businesses.
The problem was that I knew this wasn't going to produce income right away so I had to find another network marketing company to join. I barely had any money coming in and things were starting to get pretty tough. I would up partnering up with a good fried of mine and we signed up with a new company in late September of last year.
In the beginning I really had no idea where this all of this was going to go. After a few short months some things began to happen that I really never could've predicted in the beginning. I started to have people reach out to me and ask if I did private coaching? That wasn't even anything I was considering when I started.
I wound up taking on over 15 private coaching clients, almost every one of them was either a six figure or a multiple six figure earner from another network marketing company. What happened next was these leaders began to promote me and my training to their teams because they saw how much it was helping them in their own businesses.
It was at that point in early December that I decided to step away from actively building that particular network marketing company. It had nothing to do with the company, it had more to do with the fact that I really started to feel as though this was my calling. I saw the difference that I was making in other people's lives and the positive impact I was able to have on their business.
My decision to step away from actively building was so that I didn't create any sort of an issue for the leaders in other companies that we're promoting my training to their teams. In no way was I doing all of this with the intent to secretly recruit their people into my company. My integrity in this area was incredibly important to me and I'd never do anything to jeopardize that.
The problem was that this new business of mine was just starting to take shape and I still wasn't taking in much income. I wasn't in a position to give up the check I was receiving from that company. Without it I literally wouldn't have been able to pay my bills.
Then in January things took a dramatic turn for the better. I decided to launch two new trainings that I would offer to everyone who had been following me. I had no clue how it was going to go, and to say that it went better than I ever could've imagined was an understatement.
My first product was a $27 live webinar training. I had never offered anything like that before. I was completely blown away by the results. I had over 1,100 people purchase the training. On the live webinar I also offered a 90 day live group coaching program. When everything was done I literally made over $112,000 dollars from my first ever webinar.
That success propelled me forward and exploded my brand and my new business. I would up earning more money in the month of January than I ever had in an ENTIRE YEAR previously in my network marketing career.
That obviously began to open up my eyes to new possibilities. Many of the leaders that had been following me started to reach out and hire me to go do training for their teams. I even got booked to be a keynote speaker at another network marketing company's national conference this summer.
It was at this point that issues started to happen. Some of the leaders that had been promoting me and my training started to feel uncomfortable because of my involvement with this other company. Even though I had no active involvement with them, I certainly did understand their concern. At the end of the day, I probably would have felt the same way if I were them.
It was for that reason along with several others that I've made the decision to end my relationship with that company and retire from building a network marketing business. This is a big leap of faith for me, given that this newfound success I've experienced is really only that. It's a couple of successful months. I just feel so strongly that this is my calling and what I was created to be doing that I'm willing to take the risk.
I don't want there to be any reason that the people who have been following me can't promote my training to their team, especially if it's helping them. I know that this is the case because every single day I have people reach out to me and let me know how much of positive effect my training is having on their businesses and their lives.
This is just the beginning for me, I have so many amazing things planned for 2016. If you've been getting value out of my training up until this point then just wait and see what's coming. At the end of the day I know this is my calling. It's interesting how some terrible things that happen to you sometimes lead you down a path that allows you to discover your purpose and mission in life.
Thank you to all of you who have supported me from the bottom of my heart. Your continued support and promotion of my brand means more to me than you could possibly ever know. Make sure you watch the video above to see more details on why I made this decision and what I have in store for the future!
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