Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One Thing America Is Still World's Best At, and Getting Even Better

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Monday, November 17, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Basking in your Ahh-Hah moment.

I believe it just hit me when I sat down to finish prepping my kit for Mock State Boards next week. Realizing   how great it feels to be over half way through Cosmetology school, an occupation I waited my whole life to do, expanding my networking avenues, making new friends, and sharing the Avon opportunity.

Before I began selling Avon, my social network circle was little to nothing. We are a part of a generation that caters to world-wide social networking. What would I do without it?...and more importantly, how would I find it when I don't have it???  I used to think I was lousy at sales, even though I always considered myself a social butterfly. I grew up always feeling like, an "odd ball," feeling unsure of where I "fit or belong." Well during one of my lonely "rock bottom" moments, I was forced to take serious inventory over my options. I could join some kind of a club (if I had the $), a support group, a single's group, find on-line friends, or I could join a church. I wasn't motivated to do any of the above. I  was tired of jumping on somebody else's bandwagon and "tagging along," or looking for a romance that felt non-existent. I wanted to find my own journey, my own way. It may have just been my stubbornness, even if joining somebody else's network may have benefited me.

I never used to understanding the term "networking," outside of a direct selling company. I'm still learning there's a lot more to networking than just selling Avon. All Avon is, is a vehicle to one's own individual  personal destiny. Avon is not for everyone, only because everybody has their own personal journey for their purpose in life. When I decided to sell Avon, it came from a personal inspiration to branch out my own social network, rather than joining some other group(s). With Avon, (or any direct selling company) you can make it your own, by creating your networking family, which nobody can take away from you ever. Some people like selling Tupperware, Partylite, Pampered Chef, or whatever they're passionate about (list goes on); but I always preferred sharing the Avon opportunity. From day one, I saw Avon as the best "fit" in regards to my lifestyle.

I first learned about Avon in a newspaper ad, when I happened to be browsing through the Classified ads for no particular reason, because I was probably bored, nobody to hang out with, no TV or internet. I was 36 years old with very few acquaintances, no close friends, relatives, or family of my own. So I decided to look for an extra job outside of the midnight job I worked. I was not in the line of work that I loved particularly, and did not find much in common with my co-workers. My immediate family was far away.

 As I was looking at the Avon ad, I realized how much I liked the Avon products I was buying through another representative who I happened to know from work.  The idea of selling it myself just occurred to me. I would have signed up under her had I known that I could, but as I recall she was too busy to build her own downline, she just liked selling Avon on the side. Jane Doe was actually a full-time nurse whom I remember working with at St. Joseph's  Hospital in Ypsilanti back in 2003. I signed up in May of that year, became a single mom in 2005, and started selling Avon to my son's caregivers, when I went back to work and school. Then I sold it to my co-workers, colleagues from school, my neighbors in the apartment complex where I lived, and at the doctor's office. In the summertime, I would sell Avon at yard sales as I made deliveries. I took Ben everywhere I went when he was just a baby.

Even selling Avon on the side enabled me to improve personal and business skills as I practiced responsibilities toward my son and toward my customers. It was my reason for getting out of the house, which helped me realize that it turned into a purpose for living. I hung in there for four years, coordinating work, school, Avon, and raising Ben.  Then I met the love of my life in April 2009 (a week before Ben's 4th birthday), started a happy, healthy relationship, bought a house in June 2010, and started Cosmetology school in May 2011.

Going into Cosmetology shifted me into the perfect environment for the's about beauty, the hair, makeup, fashion, and creativity on so many levels.  This alone keeps me motivated to continue selling Avon, which in turn keeps me motivated to build my clientelle as a hairstylist and makeup artist.  One feeds off the other. I finally started building my downline, along with gaining more recruiting leads. It all originates back to the year of 2003, when I chose the Avon opportunity, the very first step towards a long, struggling journey to social networking,  my passion, and nurturing seeds of success through creativity.

Find your creative journey today...sell Avon, be your own boss...only $10 to sign up!:)))

Be A Possibilitarian!

The first response from my recruiting prospects: "Do you make any $ selling Avon?" My counter response to that is YES YOU CAN!  It's all what you put into what you love to do. If you love the products you sell, then you will somehow convince a prospect to believe in what you love to do and inspire them to do what you do. It is like deciding if the glass is half full or half empty. The second most typical response: "I'm no good at selling."  Believe it or not but everyday you look for ways to sell yourself and you don't even know it. When you try to escape from a crisis, problem, the natural thing to do is to panic. When you say you are no good at selling, this is also a form of panic. But when you learn to calm down in a critical moment you can think more rationally, use better judgment and more creative decision making. What you struggle to do everyday is to make yourself credible or worthy of a decent existence by selling yourself, or the part of yourself you want the world to see.  Imagine you are at a job interview. Don't you want to sell a part of yourself you want your employer to see and believe about you? As a part of acquiring survival skills, you seek the knowledge you need at a given moment to sell yourself out of a crisis. Some people would call it "street smarts." On a long-term basis, you seek knowledge you need that will help you decide what career to choose, that would serve your best financial interest and the quality of your lifestyle. This would determine where you decide to go to college, whether or not to relocate, commute, what kind of job you work and what skills you want to improve while pursuing your goals. The third most popular response: "I don't have a lot of friends," or "I don't know enough people." My response to this is get out and network. Find your network of friends who believe in your goals and dreams. While doing that, make a list of all the people you knew in your lifetime. Go back five or 10 years or whatever it takes. Save your old address books and search for your old friends while you're out making new ones What it all comes down to is believing in yourself. When you do that then your prospects will believe in you! Rather than be victimized by your circumstances, believe in the possibilities of the good that can result from a challenging situation, channel positive energy into these possibilities and overcome your circumstances, by gaining more control over them verses letting them control you.  When you are in control, your problems have no more power over you. Don't let anything stop you from achieving your goals and a possibilitarian and believe! You do have the power. Look for nothing more or nothing less than the knowledge needed to lead you to your power from within, the key to your that power, and by golly USE IT...because knowledge is power!