“From day one, I held 2-5 Group Presentations and multiple One-on-Ones per week. Those Presentations not only gave me “right now money” through product sales to clients, they became the breeding ground for finding my next business partner. So, the right now money can lead to long-term team building! Our job is to get in front of people, tell the story, and find the fit. We are not in the convincing business.”
If I had to start over today, I would do whatever it takes to block out a two-week section of my calendar and fill it up with Presentations, because everything starts there! It’s that simple. Believe in yourself, plug into a system, and create your “In for life” story. Watch your self-talk. Talk and act like a top VP. Create excitement, passion, integrity, and unity within your team. People want to follow someone who knows where they’re going. If they know you, like you and trust you, you’ll go far.
Like many success stories, Donna Johnson of Wisconsin had little when she started out in 1987. She didn’t have a college degree. She was a single mom who was working as a swimming coach. No big dreams, desires and discontents. She narrates of how she realized that she was part of something very special the more she closely worked with the founder of her company, Petter Mørck.
“You determine your success, no one else. Imagine shaking hands with yourself in 5, 10, even 20, 30 years. Begin with the end in mind. Guard your beliefs and dreams — don’t let anyone steal them, including yourself. Beware of the “4 D’s”: Doubts, Disappointments, Distractions, and Dream stealers. When you’re unaware, these 4 D’s can cause you to stumble. Stay focused, determined to rise above, and embrace the other “4 D’s”: Determination, Discipline, Desire, and Do It! You write your own check and determine your own destiny. When you look in the mirror, you’re looking at the boss. The good news is you tell yourself what to do each day. That can also be bad news if you’re not disciplined enough to create a strong work ethic and business plan.”
Donna had dabbled in network marketing prior to joining her current company. Like many out there, she simply thought it was too good to be true. Nearly 40 years later, she now earns more than $1 million per year and is the leader of one of the top network marketing companies. So far, more than 1,000 people have reached the leadership level in her program, a designation that earns them a white Mercedes. Today, she recounts of having the honor to even sponsor those who later become leaders in her own company. She has found a soul mate in this business. She met her husband, Thomas, at a profession event in 2008, and married in 2014. With the freedom and flexibility her business offers, they live in three of the most beautiful places in the world i.e. Arizona, Wisconsin, and Sweden.
“I call it 3-D success. Knowing that you make a difference will keep you working long after your commission checks have met your needs and desires. For some people an extra income stream can make a huge difference. Sometimes there’s just too much month at the end of the money, and you can impact so many people’s lives with this business opportunity. The more passion and belief you have, the more you will be able to help others catch the vision and change their lives. Never give up before payday! There’s no better feeling than knowing you made a difference in the life and family of another human being. You will move from your practical goals, to meaningful goals and legacy goals. Our family and team funds five orphanages around the world via the commission earned from our business. This would have never happened had I not stayed the course.”
Donna has been able to take some of her earnings from her network marketing career and invest them in projects that interest her or that give back. She runs a bed and breakfast in Jamaica and regularly donates to Streams of Mercy, which helps orphans in India and other countries.