Have you ever read Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad"?
I picked this book up the first time several years ago when I was in Topeka, Kansas for a job. I had a few days of downtime so I went to a book store and browsed and found the above mentioned book.
I didn't get a chance to finish the book that day and didn't buy a copy right then, but I read enough to open my eyes to a different way of thinking. I had never considered pursuing my own business and freedom they way he described it.
The contrast of the difference in thinking between Robert's real dad and his best friend's dad took me completely by surprise. I began to wonder, even then, if I could really achieve what his best friend's dad had achieved.
I realized that I had never been talked to about thinking this way. I had always been a craftsman, and I am actually a third generation craftsman even though my field is different from my Dad and my true grandfather and how they made their respective incomes in their lifetimes.
Still, that was the first time I had been exposed to the thinking of pursuing personal freedom. Not just hoping that it might happen some day, but pursuing real personal freedom until you make it a reality.
I had always been taught that you will always work for someone else. Even though we knew business owners personally, we just didn't do that in our family. I only had one uncle that had been successful with a drill bit business and became hugely successful.
The day I browsed that book was actually my first exposure to personal development and I didn't realize it at the time. It began a hunger that has grown immensely over time.
Fast forward a few years later and I picked up the book again after doing quite a bit of research online. I read the book cover to cover this time. The second read put my wheels in motion to keep digging for more answers.
The time between the first read and the second read was longer than it should have been. It actually proves how deeply it is ingrained into us in our society to work as an employee. We need somebody to guide us toward the right business that we can establish personal freedom with, but we also need somebody to guide us toward studying personal development.
You need to do your own research of course, but I feel that the network marketing profession allows us to build that personal freedom with a very low risk, if any risk at all, financially. The hardest thing you will deal with in network marketing is being told "no". I find that I have more people tell me "maybe" instead of "no". That's where follow up comes in.
I credit Robert Kiyosaki's book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad"