Vail Daily letter: Interning vs. networking
July 31, 2013
Recently I read Rohn Robbins' column about internships and the legalities thereof. First, thank you, Rohn, for your insight regarding the laws of the many topics you write about. I feel as if I could almost earn a law degree if I really studied them hard enough. If people were better informed, many of today's problems would eventually disappear or at least become less.
The real issue that got me thinking from this column was of all these young kids right out of college and completing internships (paid or unpaid) only to be joining the ranks of the unemployed and still living with Mom and Dad.
There are no guarantees in life other than death and taxes. Technology has been replacing jobs for a few decades now.
In other words, there are more people in the world now than there are jobs, and my hat goes off to the people, visionaries and entrepreneurs who are savvy enough to create jobs and ideas that solve these problems.
As a result of the influx of the unemployed younger generation, a new industry is evolving — network marketing. That is, direct selling. You know, that industry that everyone says doesn't work? Well, if it doesn't work, why is it becoming the fastest-growing industry in the world?
Do you think that if Orville and Wilbur Wright listened to all the naysayers telling them that their flying contraption and dreams were ridiculous, and it would never work, we'd be where we are today in the world of travel. If Henry Ford let failure get to him, do you think that land travel or the automobile would be where it is today? A favorite quote by him: "Failure is an opportunity to start over more intelligently."
The fact is that people generally are your No. 1 best asset. If you are getting duped, then my advice is look into why you are being duped. Look into yourself. Do you believe in yourself. Do you respect yourself? If the answer is yes, then most likely other people will believe in you and respect you. These are things I've learned through network marketing. I've learned more about myself than I thought was possible. I've also learned that if you're willing to get out of your comfort zone, you'll grow.
Everybody wants comfort and security, but what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it? My advice to the younger generation is to not disregard the possibilities of direct selling and don't be discouraged if you didn't get that job you really wanted.
If someone approaches you with something they want to show you or share with you, take a look. Open your eyes and ears and especially your mind, but keep your mouth shut.
Sales is the single most proven way to attain wealth. But don't get discouraged if the first 10 people slam the door in your face. Do it with the mindset that whatever you're showing, selling or making will make a difference in people's lives. Don't worry about the money. Look at different products and or services until you find one that you like and believe in, and share it with others. You will succeed!
My experience in network marketing is making me a better and more positive-thinking person.
Edward B. Wallace