No matter how we define freedom this quote by Robert Frost rings true.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence were bold. The freedoms that they sought were important enough that they put their property and their lives on the line.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, The Little Rock Nine demonstrated great boldness in seeking all the benefits of freedom in the 50’s and 60’s.
And entrepreneurs live boldly as they reject the “security” of employment and often create better lives for all of us.
Today we have the freedom to travel all over the world because of the bold innovation of Orville and Wilbur Wright.
We have freedom from darkness and freedom to stay up long past the setting of the sun; we have freedom from fear of what is lurking on dark streets because of the dogged determination of Thomas Edison.
Countless families have the freedom to spend quality time together, travel to amazing venues because they chose to be bold and build a business instead of relying on an employer.
We have chosen a different path to achieve freedom from financial problems and retirement insecurity. And we have been bold.
When freedom is celebrated this week we will know that our boldness, our dogged determination is leading to freedom for ourselves and for others,
So, what will that freedom look like, indeed, how should it look? Here are few more quote prompted thoughts.
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. Pope John Paul II
Freedom has been used to secure what we want for far too long.
No one has said it better than Pope John Paul II. Freedom isn’t doing what we like. It isn’t catering to our wishes at the expense of others.
Freedom is a high and noble idea. We do freedom a disservice when we use it for selfish goals.
I love network marketing when it seeks the betterment of others.
Every MLM company has a clear plan to pay it forward. Often, it is tied to the product. A company may give away a percentage of their product. Or they may organize teams of their employees and distributors to build houses for third world citizens. Often they lead a drive to make donations to areas hard hit by a disaster. Perhaps they hear of one of their own who has a need and they mobilize to meet that need.
It is one of the best parts of being a network marketer. A new distributor may hope to be a philanthropist on a large scale someday but the giving actions of their company let them start right away. Their small donation becomes part of a grand effort to make a difference in the world.
Pope John Paul II expressed it well. Freedom consists not in doing what we want but in having the right to do what we ought.
But I am going to take the liberty of changing the wording of this quote as it applies to network marketers.
Freedom consists not in doing what we want but the empowerment to do what we ought.
Because just having the right isn’t enough. We need the power, the ability, the resources to do what we ought.
Network marketing gives us all that.
And I love network marketing for that.
I suppose Albert Camus would not agree with what I am about to say. But here it is anyway.
Network marketers embody this quote from Albert Camus.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
The great act of rebellion that network marketers commit is to walk away from the so-called security of being an employee.
As I write that, it occurs to me that may be one of the huge hurdles our family and friends face in joining us in our “opportunity.”
I didn’t face that hurdle. I had acquired the entrepreneurial mindset somewhere in my journey. I am not even sure when that happened.
Most network marketers can’t understand how someone could embrace the employment culture.
And their families can’t understand why they would turn their backs on it.
We are surrounded by family and friends who complain about – even hate their J.O.B.
So, we assume that they would welcome the chance to break free. But they don’t.
We see employment as an “unfree world” where someone else determines our value, our schedule, our environment, our methods.
We are part of a movement that will change how the “unfree world” interacts with workers.
I don’t think our courage rises to that of Rosa Parks. But our impact may be as great.
But it does take courage. And this quote by Drew Houston is our inspiration.
Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.
No one is perfect. Those who succeed understand that and forgive themselves for their imperfections and “go ever upward.”
How do we do that?
Making calls to your best friend and the person on the top of your “chicken list.”
Doing a Facebook Live.
Going to the front of the room and doing a presentation.
Creating a business/fan page on Facebook.
How do we do those things? By doing them! We won’t be perfect – ever. And it’s okay. Plenty of imperfect people have become huge successes.
So can you. Get in your balloon and release the tether that holds you to the ground.
I have had to cut many tethers in my life. Wanting to be like others was a huge one. I just learned of this quote from President John F. Kennedy.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy
Network marketers don’t generally conform to society in general. But we are encouraged to conform within our ranks.
The speaker on stage at a national event will tell you to mimic what your upline does.
Our upline encourages us to use the same approach and even words that they use.
The logic is that it worked for them so it will work for you.
I wish that were true. So probably do you.
One of my upline is a dynamic, generous guy who everyone loves to be around. He is a back-slapping extrovert who will give you the shirt off his back. He is a hard guy to say “no” to.
He has driven all the way to my town multiple times to help me build my business. But I will never be like him. When I have tried, it has not ended well.
I can and should follow the framework of his strategy.
Which is contact every one I meet and invite them to join me in my business opportunity. That is the key to success in building a large network.
But when I do that it will look different from when he does it.
It is like the magnificent wall in the picture above. What rugged character it displays. That wall might be my upline friend.
If that wall is my upline friend then I would be a 6-foot cedar privacy fence.
They both set boundaries.
Both get the job done but there is little conformity going on.
You might say that the rugged rock wall isn’t very polished. You might think there are a few imperfections going on.
And the cedar fence has its own imperfections with knot holes and splinters.
But the imperfections are part of the charm, don’t you think? Imperfections aren’t all bad. In fact, they can bring freedom.
Imperfection is a form of freedom. Anh Ngo
Once we acknowledge and accept – once we embrace – our imperfections we experience freedom
Look at the freedom this jagged rock in Scotland is expressing.
One could say it is flawed by imperfections. But the imperfections serve multiple purposes.
The most obvious purpose is the lighthouse. If this jagged rock conformed to the rest of the coastline there would be no lighthouse. No protection from shipwreck for fishermen.
My imperfection might be my introvert nature.
However, I have found the perfect way to meet far more people that my extrovert upline will.
My strategy allows me to work from home and be the full-time caregiver my mom needs right now.
My imperfection has suited me very well for this. It has given me freedom.
Want to learn about the introvert’s dream marketing strategy? Here is your invitation.
Message me for information about the team of coaches and mentors who have guided me as I have found the best approach and method for me.
Your approach and method will look different than mine but you will learn how to meet as many people who want to build a network marketing business as you can handle.
You will learn several approaches and the guidance to find the one best suited for you.
In other words, you don’t need to bug family and friends ever again.
Rejection will no longer haunt you.
I wish you all the freedom life holds.
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