We decided to meet in Rittenhouse Square; an upscale section of center-city Philadelphia. It is July, 2018. I am sitting by a window when I see Jim pull up on his Indian Chieftain. It is a beauty; silver in color. And Jim looks good on it. As he climbs off the bike, I notice he is tall and fit. he is wearing jeans and a white button-down shirt. He has a black leather vest and helmet. He leaves his helmet and vest on the bike and walks into the restaurant to meet me.
I am surprised at how young Jim looks. He is 60, but could pass for his 40’s. I point this out to him. He tells me its two things; luck of the gene pool and Atkins. “A few years ago I was 50 lbs overweight. My knees were bothering me and I was out of breath constantly. I do not have much patience so anything I had to do, had to show results quickly. I checked it out and found Atkins.” “How long did it take to lose the weight, and what about exercise?” I ask. “Once Atkins started kicking in, I lost about a pound a day. So after two months, I was at my ideal weight. I picked up Karate lessons as a form of exercise which helped with my coordination. I go to the gym too, but nothing too regular. Between Karate and basic workouts, I’ve done pretty good with my health and weight.”
I asked Jim about his motorcycle. “Its an Indian Chieftain. Its big which means its more stable. I like big bikes! I imagine I feel the same as a dog with his head outside the car window.”
“So Jim, what has brought you here today?” “My motorcycle. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Well a few years ago, I had a good job working as a Field Engineer. I was home a great deal, waiting for a call to send me on the road. Though it was a good job, I was getting older and retirement was weighing heavily on my mind. You see, I am bad with money. I spend it as I make it. So I had no savings, and a mortgage. I was ashamed of myself for being so old, but being so immature with my money. I began looking to change. I stumbled upon Go90Grow, the Master Key Mastermind Alliance and Stream Energy; the trifecta that changed my life.”
I had to admit I never heard of them. “What are these things, and how have they changed your life?”
“It starts with Stream Energy. Stream is a network-marketing company that offers discounted energy; electricity and gas, and cell phone service. What I liked about Stream was that it offered services already in people’s budgets. Everyone uses electricity and cell phones. I did check out other opportunities, but they had a product, which would require someone to spend money they were not already spending. I did not feel comfortable asking friends to spend money on something they did not really need. But with Stream, I could offer them electricity at a lower rate. How could they say no?”
“So it was easy building Stream then?” I asked. “To the contrary, it was like pulling teeth! For some reason, I kept getting “nos.” I did not understand it. Why say “no” to cheaper electricity? I lost a friend or two over it because I took it personal. I figured they wanted to see me fail. Why else would they say “no?” But I found out that this was the case with virtually every associate within Stream; their friends and family almost always said, “no.” It made me realize two things; how much harder it must be to build a network-marketing company that required buying a product, and, how do I get over the rejection? This lead me to Go90Grow.” “What is Go90Grow?” I asked. “Go90Grow is training that teaches and educates on how to approach people about the business. How to use rejection-free techniques. How to strike interest. A great deal of psychology going on. I really liked it because I could be honest with the prospect, but get them to see the opportunity too. Most people have a sales-filter. You have probably been approached by a network marketer, right?” “Yes I have.” I said. “A few times. I know what’s coming, an invitation to a meeting, or a product demo. I have lost a couple of friends over it”, I laugh. “Exactly,” Jim says. “Now with Go90Grow, I would have presented to you in such a way, where you would have asked me for a business over-view. How cool is that?”
“But I was still having trouble, because my self-esteem sucked! I did not feel worthy of being successful. Deep down inside, I had a very low opinion of myself. This lead me to Master Key Mastermind Alliance. Good fortune was that the same people who ran Go90Grow also offered MKMMA. MKMMA showed how my internal blue-print had lead me to my present position in life. If I was to change my future, I had to change my blue-print. But how? Its pretty challenging. But with the help and guidance of Mark and Davene Januszewski, and their team. I was able to change my blue-print to what it should have been all along.” “Sounds kind of deep.” “It is and its not. There is a big learning curve. And it takes a lot of time. In fact, it never really ends. But as long as I keep growing in the right direction, I never want it to end.”
“So where are you now and where do you expect to be?” I asked. “Well, I am bring in about $10k a month. I paid off my house, and paid cash for my motorcycle. I am planning on opening a Go90Grow store, where we will support all network-marketing companies. My social life has picked up nicely. With my attitude re-adjustment, because of MKMMA, I attract more people to myself. People want to do business with me because of my integrity and trustworthiness.”
“Any advice?” “Yes, start NOW! And find a couple of mentors and OBSERVE. Find people who are where you want to be. If you know someone who makes friends easy, observe that person and learn. Someone is successful? How did they get there. Most likely, everything you want you can have. Someone else has already done it, you just have to duplicate. Go for it!”
With that, the interview ended. Jim was nice enough to pick up the tab. Though network-marketing is not for me, I am curious about Stream. Was this the “striking interest” Jim talked about? I think I need to learn more.