About Me – A Quick Back Story
My mom said, “ARE YOU CRAZY!?”…
This was her response when I told her I was quitting my sheet metal construction job (where I was making $36/hr in the Toledo Sheet Metal Union, Local 33.)
You see, she saw that job as “security“, decent money, and as somewhere I could retire from…(You know how parents think, all they care about is if we’re getting health insurance or not.)
I did have health insurance, although this was a long ways away from being my “DREAM JOB”.
While my mom saw that job as security….I saw that job as everyday torture…holding me back from growing and chasing after my goals and dreams.
So many of us get “comfortable” in life, we get complacent and feel like being miserable in our jobs
and everyday life is normal. We just deal with it and “work for the weekend”.
That is complete BS, it doesn’t have to be this way.
I was miserable at that job, and the guys I was surrounded by everyday at work were miserable.
I didn’t want my happiness to come from getting home from work, grabbing a beer, turning on the TV, and plopping down on the couch for 5 hours every night, which is how the majority of these guys I was working with were living.
While $36 an hour is a decent wage, what my mom didn’t understand is that I was basically maxed out. There was nothing I could to make more money, except work more hours…and there are only so many hours in a day.
Not to mention I was starting to be laid off more frequently for weeks at a time (which was actually a good thing because that gave me more free time to work on my “Plan B”), and my commutes to the job sites kept getting farther. The last job I worked on was over 2 and a half hours away…ONE WAY!
So I was spending 5 hours a day in a dirty work truck with 4 other smelly construction workers…5 hours a day, 5 days a week…25 hours wasted every week in drive time…that add up to 1300 hours over the course of a year…that’s over 54 entire days spent is a funky smelling work truck.
I worked outdoors so in the winter here in Michigan, some days I was working in 0 degree weather, and in the summer I was working out in sweltering 95 degree heat…its was brutal…Not quite “Deadliest Catch” brutal…but pretty close.
As I was slowly making more and more money with my “Plan B”, those long commutes grew more sickening with every dollar I made on my own.
I don’t remember what the catalyst was exactly, but one day I reached that magical moment where the pain of staying where I was, was finally greater than the fear of failing where I was headed.
I had 2 choices…
I could “settle”….and be happy with a decent paying job that I was miserable at…..Or I could make the leap and jump full time into my “Plan B” that I already had been working at part time for a few years.
I decided to put my future in my own hands.
It’s been said that the greatest financial risk anyone can take is to work for someone else.
Think about it. We all know someone that has been downsized or laid off unexpectedly. It can happen to anyone…at anytime. Which is why it is so important to be working on a “Plan B”.
I didn’t want to anyone to have this power over me. I didn’t want someone else deciding how much money I make. I didn’t want someone controlling my life, telling me what time I had to be at work, and what time I could go home. (At my construction job we had no set time of when the day ended…it basically ended whenever the owner of the company said it was we were done for the day and it was ok to go home.)
I wanted no boss every again under any circumstance. Ever.
I never wanted to ask for “time-off.” Ever. Again. Under. Any. Circumstance.
I decided to go full time in my Network Marketing business…Beachbody to be specific.
What exactly is a Beachbody Coach?
What a lot of people think I do as a Beachbody Coach is sell P90x and act as a personal trainer of some kind…this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is so much more that goes into than just “selling P90x”.
Beachbody Coaches are not “trainers”. They are not even experts on health and nutrition. Its not required to be all ripped up in great shape with 6 pack abs. Although it is important to be using the products yourself, and truly love them enough that you would recommend them to a friend…which is really what the basic concept of what the business is all about, sharing with others a products that you use and truly like.
Now I know there are a lot of people out there that immediately here the words “network marketing” or “MLM”, and cringe and think…Pyramid Scam.
Here’s what I have to say to that. If you do your research, you will learn that Beachbody was an established and profitable company for 8 years before they launched their home business opportunity. Why would a profitable company do anything that was “scammy”, that just wouldn’t make sense.
If network marketing was scam, why would Donald Trump devote an entire chapter to it in his book, Why We Want You To Be Rich?
I’ll agree that that “The Donald” may not have the best hairdo, but he has had more business and financial success than 99.9% of the population. If he recommends a business, it’s at least taking a look…don’t you agree?
Here are 8 reasons why network marketing is the greatest business model to be a part of:
Unlimited income potential
Low start up cost
No experience needed
Residual Income – Leverage
Start out part time
You are your own boss
Set your own schedule
Level playing field – everyone starts at the same place
3 Reasons Why Beachbody Is Unlike Any Other Home Based Business Opportunity:
- Brand awareness – Everyone has heard of P90x & Insanity
- Free Customers – Beachbody’s infomercials create free customers for the distributors
- Gender neutral – Many other home based businesses that market jewelry, cosmetics, or candles are geared for women (typically men don’t use those products)
This isn’t something that is for everyone. To be successful at networking marketing you have to have an eagerness to learn. Not a willingness…but an eagerness.
You are going to have to make sacrifices. Like trading “American Idol” time to attend a training call.
Or replacing Real Housewives Of Wichita with a educational or motivational book of some kind.
Simple things that anyone can do…but most won’t.
You’ll be forced to step outside of your comfort zone.
Success won’t come easy, but it will be worth it.
Like I mentioned earlier….I made over $1500 in only 7 days, and did absolutely NOTHING in terms of work. I spent 2 days in the hospital with my wife and newborn baby. And 5 days giving 100% of my time and attention to my our newborn baby and helping my wife in every way that I could.
Now I don’t want you to take this the wrong way. This business is not “easy money” or a “get-rich-quick-scheme” in any way. It takes real work and effort. The reason I made $1500 in one week without doing any work was because I’ve spent 4 years building and growing my business. I now earn residual income and have leverage from the team I have built.
The secret to wealth is LEVERAGE. No one gets rich on their own. If you have a job, you are being used as LEVERAGE to generate a profit for the owner of the company.
If you want to attain wealth, you must find a way to use LEVERAGE to your advantage.
Owning a network marketing business is a great way to use leverage to your advantage. I’m not even saying it HAS to be Beachbody. Pick a company that has a product that you a passionate about. A company that has a product you would buy even if you’re weren’t involved as a distributor.
Beachbody Has Given Me The Freedom To Do Amazing Things (and I’m nowhere close to what I plan to achieve with my business…I still have a long way to go).
In the past few years I’ve been on a 7 day Caribbean Cruise on the world’s largest cruise ship, I’ve been to Las Vegas for the weekend twice, I’ve spent 7 days on the small Caribbean Island, St. John, I’ve spent 2 weekends in Chicago where on one trip my wife and I rode the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and on the other trip I visited Soldier Field and watched the Lions get annihilated by the Bears, I’ve spent 6 nights at the amazing Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas where we fed stingrays & iguanas and snorkeled with sharks, I’ve spent 4 nights in Puerto Rico, 3 nights in Miami, 5 nights in Jamaica, 5 nights on Marco Island where my wife and I rented a Corvette so we could cruise the Island in style, 7 nights in a Beach House in The Outer Banks where I woke up early one morning, walked down to the beach, and a discovered a ginormous beached whale that washed up right there on the beach, and 4 nights in Vermont snowboarding.
Now I’m not telling you this to impress you, these trips aren’t really anything special, but I’m sharing this with you to impress upon you what is possible to me because of this business.
And the best part is, I didn’t have to ask for “time off” when going on any of these trips. You know that awkward weird feeling you get when you have to ask the boss for time off. The anxiety you get from your boss thinking you’re not a team player or whatever….at least that’s how I used to feel.
I’ve been able to pick up hobbies like snowboarding and wakeboarding, things I never really could get into before because it seemed like I was always too busy working.
I know I’ll be able to be there to hear my daughter say her first words, and see her take her first steps. I know I’ll be able to drop her off at school, and be there when she arrives home. I won’t have to ask for time off to go to her soccer games, dance recitals, or whatever it is she decided to do.
Being my own boss gives me the freedom to never have to miss any of these special moments. Most dads will have to miss out on these because they’ll be at work…not me!
Network marking gives me the freedom to schedule my work around life, instead of life are around work like most people.
I left a decent paying, somewhat secure job for a chance a being my own boss, to not have a limit on how much I could earn, to be able to leverage the internet, leverage an amazing business model, and to be able to call my own shots…isn’t that what life is really about??
Imagine not waking up to an alarm clock because you have to, but because you want to…Imagine being able to schedule your work around life, instead of life around work like everyone else…Imagine not having a limit to how much you can earn….
If you have an open mind, are eager to learn, and willing to put in a serious effort….these are all real possibilities…and it doesn’t necessarily have to be with or with Beachbody….there are literally hundreds, even thousands of different opportunities available to you…
If someone asked me 5 years ago, where would you be in 5 years…I wouldn’t of had an answer for them…I know I would of hoped I wouldn’t still be in my construction job, but I couldn’t say for sure….I wasn’t actually working towards anything.
If someone where to ask me that same question today, I now have a definite answer and know where I’ll be in 5 years, and it’s a great place. Instead of living with an uncertain future, I now have clear and concise goal I’m working towards, and am excited for where that place is and what the future holds.
My question to you is, “where will you be in 5 years?”… can you answer this question?…are you working towards anything?…or will you be in the exact same situation you are in today, 5 years from now…
The sad truth is, most people will be exactly in the same position they are in 5 years from now…some may be in an even worse position.
My goal from this letter, is for you to honestly ask yourself that question, where will you be in 5 years, what does your future look like…do you have a plan?