Have you ever sat down and really thought about what SUCCESS means to you? What would it actually take for you to know you had succeeded?
For most people I believe the answer would revolve around some sort of material acquisition. Where they lived and in what size house; the car they drove; the size of their bank balance; the social circle they moved in, etc.
These are all markers we put down to measure how one person stacks up against another. A friend once said to me that money wasn't everything, but it was a way of keeping score! Implicit in this is the idea that "poor" people haven't succeeded and have somehow lost out in the game of life.
I have always been fascinated by stories of people who had "success" in this worldly way, but had then blown it all at a personal level. There are so many train wrecks amongst the lives of the rich and famous that I don't really need to cite examples here. One thing becomes clear though - having lots of money is never a guarantee of a successful life!
One extremely wealthy man who has walked the talk is Warren Buffet. One of the wealthiest people on the planet, Buffet is currently the CEO of Berkshire-Hathaway, an investment firm - what he doesn't know about making money isn't worth hearing!
In the year 2006, he committed to donate $31 billion dollars of his fortune! It was, at the time, the largest charitable gift in history. Just to put that amount into perspective, $31 billion is 31,000 different piles of one million dollars. If you spent it at the rate of $100,000 per day, it would take you over 849 years to spend what he gave away!
When interviewed by CNBC in 2006 he said some very interesting things about his understanding of success. Things that should really make us sit up and take note. When asked what his secret to success was, Buffet replied:
"When people get to my age (76), and they have the people who love them that they want to love them, they're successful. It doesn't make any difference whether they have $1,000 in the bank or a billion dollars in the bank."
Wow! Here is one of the wealthiest men in the world talking about success and he is talking about the human value of love! Not dollars, pounds, or euros, but one of the deepest of all human qualities that underpins all worthwhile human relationships.
Cynics might argue that it is very easy for him to be so "spiritual" because he doesn't have to worry about getting his hands dirty with "filthy lucra"! Perhaps when all your needs are met, then it is very easy to appear so enlightened. I will allow you to make your own judgements about this, but I believe that Warren Buffet's observation may well be really close to the truth.
Very few people on their death beds complain that they should have spent more time earning money! Most people's concerns seem to be around things they should have done and said (or not done and said!) to their friends and family. In other words the quality of our relationships seem to be more important than the quantity of our financial wealth!
When pressed in the interview Mr Buffet added that "Success is really doing what you love and doing it well". Again this has no financial marker attached to it. By this understanding a gardener, or a cleaner, is as successful as a company CEO, or a nation's president!
It is the qualities of the relationships in our lives that dictate whether we are successful or not. Perhaps, if more of us put our relationships first, then we, and our immediate world, would be a lot happier.
This is one of the reasons why I love network marketing. To succeed you really need to care about people! You have to want the best for them and be prepared to build sincere, long term, relationships with them. This is what the really good networkers do - people will often follow them from one opportunity to another because of the relationship that has been built.
If you only see your potential distributors as walking dollar bills then you are destined to fail - start to seem them as human beings with the same needs, concerns, and desires that you have and your success will skyrocket!
How to succeed at MLM? The answer is very simple - get really good at building caring relationships with other people. Get that part right and all the rest will follow!
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Steve Cowley is the Chocolate Man! With his wife Lynn, he has been involved in the Health & Fitness industry for nearly 30 years, running fitness and martial arts academies. They now share their experiences of Xocai Healthy Chocolate with anyone interested in taking the Chocolate Path To Health And Wealth.
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