Were you ever in a band with someone that was a much better musician than you? Or played tennis with someone that was a much better tennis player? My Father was a tennis teacher and my brother is a tennis pro. When I played tennis with them, it was amazing how much better I was. I wasn’t in a band but the same principle applies. When we surround ourselves with people that are more successful than we are in the very thing we want to be successful in, then we improve too! This is true for everything – tennis, music, cooking, relationships, and network marketing too. We all know that one of the best ways to learn is by experience. Whether it’s a good experience or a bad experience, it will help teach us either way. However, as beneficial as it is to learn from what you have experienced, it can be far more efficient to learn from the experiences of others.
Personal experiences are a great learning tool but learning from others is faster and can save us a few headaches. Lots of people have traveled down the same road you’re about to go down and, although it may not be exactly the same road, there’s a good chance that they’ve already experienced the same problems you’re facing and their knowledge is a fantastic resource for either solving them or avoiding them.
Figuring things out on your own does have its merits but ignoring the experiences of others can waste time and what you may experience may be unnecessary frustration. We learn from those with prior knowledge and discoveries when we attend school but as we get older, we tend to attempt to figure things out by ourselves. Anybody relate to that? Remember, there are lots of ways that we are able to learn from another’s experience.
The first place to start is by reading. The internet and books are great resources for researching others experiences. Biographies are a great way to see how people you admire or wish to be, have handled certain scenarios that they’ve faced. In our business, you can read network marketing leaders blog posts. And there are lots of free training videos available on youtube. Here are some of my favorite books on our profession. (If using the internet as your primary resource, be sure the information is provided from a reliable source since some of it can be inaccurate.)
Search for a mentor within your company. Reach up to your sponsor and upline and make sure they know who you are. Your relationships with your upline and leaders within your company and our profession are worth their weight in gold. There are two ways to build our business – fast and fun or slow and painful. If you want more of the former, seek out a mentor to help you learn what you need to know faster!
Be sure to attend your company functions. This is a great place to meet and introduce yourself to the leaders and to start the process of connecting with the people that can make a difference in what you learn and how fast you learn it. After my first few conferences, I really began to understand how important they were to my success. Build friendships with your mentors. Not in a self-serving way but in a genuine, caring and reciprocal way. The old saying that “people don’t care what you know till they know how much you care.” Be sure to ask questions and attend as many functions as possible to continuously expand your own knowledge and network. Don’t worry about being the “worst person in the band”. I completely believe we really are the sum total of the 5 people we spend the most time with. Be sure that your five are helping you to get what you want in life.
I encourage you to try something new every day. By increasing your experiences, you will gain a great amount of knowledge that you will be able to apply in the future. What we want is just outside our comfort zone and by continuously trying new things and doing the things that make us nervous, the faster we will get where we want to go. The more you surround yourself with great mentors and leaders, the faster you will be able to find your greatness. The only way that all the new knowledge you learn will be effective is by using it daily. You know you are on to something, when as your experiences grow, others will come to you for advice and how to handle the very same scenarios that you once faced. Move forward every day, even if it seems like just a bit!