Family and Network Marketing is a very interesting combination. I’ve been involved in the industry for more than 10 years and my family knows it too because my upline told me to approach them about it and follow up, follow up, follow up, follow up.
Well, this past weekend we had our annual family reunion. Every year in July we all make a trip to to the old home stead to reunite with our “loved ones”. There have been many years in the past that were a lot of fun and something I always looked forward to. However, over the past few years, that feeling of being fired up has dwindled down to a minor pilot light. My perspective on family has changed dramatically over the years and it’s basically because the way I’ve been treated my whole life. And sometimes you’ve got to take a step back and look at a situation for what it is and not what you want to to be.
Normally our family reunion lasts about 3 to 4 days and it’s been getting worse every year. I finally had enough and only went down for 1 full day instead of a 4 day, “let’s pretend that everything is great and attempt to talk about the good old days” excursion. Our visit was short, sweet and to the point. We got there talked a little bit, made are presence known, ate some food and left.
Now I know what you’re thinking right now… How could he, that’s his family. Well I’m not going to bore you to tears with the dramatics of my life growing up but I’ll give you the cliff notes version.
I am the youngest child of a blood line that is extremely strong minded, opinionated and their idea of love is based on control. If they didn’t come up with an idea, then it’s not good. If you don’t do what they say, even at the age of 34, you are the black sheep of the family. Needless to say I’ve been that way for years.
I graduated high school with honors, placed in the top 3 in track at state 2 years in a row. I was starting point guard on the varsity basketball team since I was a Sophomore and was voted athlete of the year by my peers during my senior year. Okay, I went to a small school so it wasn’t that hard, LOL. At my graduation party, my grandparents showed up to show their support. At the end of the party I went up to my grandpa, gave him a hug and thanked him for coming. He didn’t hug me back, he just stood there like a cold statue. Then looked down at me and said “Well, you better go thank your grandma because she’s the one who really loves you, I just loved to watch you in sports.”
I’ve always been viewed by my family as the stupid kid who knows absolutely nothing. Even though to this day I’ve had more financial success by myself than most of them together as married couples. Well, when we were at the family reunion, right in front of everybody, one of my uncles tried to draw me out and make fun of me. He said “Hey Scott, so hows that stuff you do going? I was searching around on the internet and I saw a video with you in it and it looks like you were doing some speaking somewhere.”
I said “Yeah you might have, I get about 1,000 people that come to my website every day.” That kind of shut him up for a minute. But since he is the oldest in the family and suppose to be the wisest, he continued in his sarcastic tone, “So are you selling a bunch of cds and stuff like that? HAHAHA.”
Knowing full well that I couldn’t possibly tell him everything that I do, I simply said, “Well, not really, I make money a lot of different ways and I have a lot of people that I teach how to make money online whether they do any work or not. I don’t have to chase after people, they come to me.” I left it at that.
Now I realize that everyone who is reading this does not fit into this category of relationship with their family and a lot of it was actually my fault when it came to approaching them.
You see when I first got involved in this industry, I was running around like a chicken with his head cut off trying to convince everyone that they should do this business with me. Despite how my family is, I would have at least not tainted THEIR view on the industry itself. Now I realize that if I had just simply said, “This is what I’m doing” and leave it at that, I would have saved myself years of frustration and they might have had a better picture in their mind on what Network Marketing is.
It’s really interesting now because I just don’t talk about it with them and they are automatically curious. That’s because I’m not desperate anymore since I have an endless flow of leads coming to me everyday.
The biggest tip I can give anyone when it comes to family and Network Marketing, is to tell them what you’re doing and then take it away. Making them ask you about it changes the dynamics.
What about you? What has been your experience with your family? Leave a comment below and share it with me.
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