Category: Editorial

Since the new house rules were made public (ethics and observance standards), I have been very excited about them. It was the clearest sign that this team, which we are part of, had become so large and varied that its rules needed to be updated. Many of them concern good behaviour and professionalism of IMAs (Independent Marketing Associates) and others are about the corporate image (flyers or posters, for example).

Many people may not find it very interesting. But it’s something you should know if you work in this company, if you want to be a first division leader, because otherwise you’ll get told off or even fined.

What I like about the rules is that they force us to be direct and clear. Some colleagues of mine convey that this is an easy job. This may be due to their enthusiasm, their personal abilities or their career situations. When you do something you’re good at, you find it extremely easy. Some are guilty of giving a too friendly image of their success stories because now they only remember the achievements and not the beginning. But it’s necessary to understand that it’s not always like that, that it’s not magically easy.

As IMAs we cannot ensure that anyone who joins the network can get rich in a short time, like an IMA. The network offers great opportunities, but there are always personal characteristic features that influence the final result. Your success depends on what you contribute as a professional and what you want to achieve. More knowledge, experience, patience… Remember, I spent a whole year before I could see results. A year trying to find a way, creating myself, from scratch to the diamond. Maybe other people found it much easier, and in a matter of two or three months they already were fully fledged leaders. But those success stories can confuse and even discourage us if we are not able to do it the same way.

Other rules are about presenting products and services properly, without selling magic formulas. There is a difference between what the product is now and what we want to make out of it in the long term. A financial revolution is done by changing economic landscape from person to person, from mind to mind. And education and currencies are our tools.

And of course, the rules about the good use of our accounts as members of the network and the tools we have available there.

It’s very important to know all the rules concerning the OneLife image, designs, behaviour and promotion services if you want to become a first division IMA. And because of that I really like presentations, it’s very rewarding. In these presentations, I don’t only treat topics that fascinate me, but also those which are important for my teammates. It’s a responsibility I take with ease and an honour I accept with joy.

And if you want me to explain more, you’ll have to come and see my presentations!

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Each person is a unity of several facets, and these facets may have different and isolated interests.

For example, as an entrepreneur and leader in Network Marketing, my main goals are to reach the next goal, to encourage my team to always release their full potential and to train more confident leaders who would have a winner personality. As a woman, I have special interest in making more and more natural and common in companies an even number of men and women working there. And as a mother, there is always a constant concern about the world we are creating for our children.

There is a general idea that unites all my facets: to prepare our children for the world of business of tomorrow.

We can educate our children so that they know that, being boys or girls, they can aspire to the same things. And though their decisions on what they want to do in the future is entirely theirs, we can give them a basis for business that we (women, especially) have had to learn on our own.

Maybe we could start to promote the entrepreneurial, adventurous spirit, leadership, confidence … in the same way in boys and girls, on a par. They will know that there are no limits, there is nothing that both cannot do, there is nothing that both cannot choose.

Let’s be an example.

We are the main inspiration for our children. What they see in us is what they will consider normal. Even as adults always having the final decision on what we do with our lives, it is undeniable that the education we have received is an important part of decisions we make. So, whether you’re a father or a mother, you are a role model. Try to be the best you can.

It’s not bad not to fit. Creativity comes from differences.

Preparing your children for a successful future doesn’t mean not letting them be who they are and suppressing their creativity and personality. In fact, while encouraging girls to have the same interest in business and entrepreneurship as their brothers, for example, a very smart move is to let them express their restless spirit. The fact that boys or girls are somewhat different from their peers, want to play other games, want to learn other things may mean that they have inquiring minds, that they will not want to conform to the world as it is but to create their own.

It’s also essential to promote the importance of our own voice, that of the children and particularly that of girls. We create a worthy exchange of ideas and confidence in using their own voice, expressing their own ideas and not trying to fit, as these qualities can be a source of the next major global company. We usually have more leeway when it comes to letting our children express themselves and create, invent, run, climb. And this is perfect. The problem is when we try to protect our daughters more, make them fit and behave themselves… And maybe that’s a big mistake. A girl running without fear of falling and hurting her knee will become a woman who is not afraid to take brave decisions. Decisions of success.

It’s ok to make a mistake, it’s even better to fall down.

In our quest to make our children confident and prepared we sometimes deprive them of necessary knowledge for the future. We must allow them to make mistakes and help them see that they can learn from them. There is a lot of pressure in trying to do everything right and perfect from the beginning which can result in developing panic about failure in the future. If we overprotect the girls they will be afraid of making decisions, scared of risk. Of life, in general. It’s very far from making them become entrepreneurs, as an entrepreneur is someone who makes decisions, takes risks, whether afraid or not. Teaching girls to never take risks and adapt to the safest solution, especially in the environment where nothing is 100% sure, makes them put up with jobs they don’t like, with conditions that don’t benefit them, all because of pure fear of risk.

We face disappointments every day and we must learn to deal with them. It’s okay if we do it as soon as possible. If the next generation learns how to fall and get up. Not to be perfect, but themselves, always.

For example, a defeat in a game doesn’t make them bad athletes, and neither need they to be the best in order to satisfy us. They must be themselves if it is really what they want. It’s a very important lesson, for boys as well as for girls. Learning to deal with their frustrations and turn them into a way to focus on their goals can make a big difference when it comes to finding a more balanced and respectful working environment and probably with much less stress.

With these small details, we are beginning to prepare our sons and daughters, equally, to have the most necessary, the most basic set of qualities to succeed in business or whatever they want: self-confidence, perseverance, originality and determination.


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It can be a relative, it can be a friend, it can be a partner or a neighbor who you always meet in the lift and who looks very nice but always has a very strong opinion about something that shouldn’t concern them. It’s always someone with good intentions, in principle, perhaps without any malice, but , even not on purpose, they always produce a shadow of doubt. A sentence with a slightly odd tone, a kind of a judging look when they listen to you talk about your plans. I’m sure you have experienced that.

You’ve got an idea, a goal, determination and your heart beats faster any time you think about it, you feel more alive than ever, driven by this purpose. And then that well-meaning friend comes with their “Are you sure? I wouldn’t do it”

Well … and who asked them?

Sometimes, the mistake of good people is in failing to recognize that we all can make mistakes, and an opinion, despite of our right to have one, is pretty useless except for destroying dreams. And also an opinion may be erroneous.

Really, think about it. Think about it thoroughly. An opinion is just that – an opinion. It can be used for fun in a discussion with some friends, mark what you like or what you don’t, what you feel comfortable with or what you don’t. But in important issues, an opinion without any base is no more than a shadow.

When someone decides to undertake something it’s normal that this side of someone very close flourishes, because human beings sometimes tend to comment on the life plans of those whom they know, especially if those plans are out of the norm. We maintain connections that are pleasant for us because we voluntarily or involuntarily want that those close to us who have had the audacity to sort out a problem, which we don’t want to have either, to be there for us.

Is it stable? Is it risky? Are you ready for that responsibility? Aren’t you going to bite off more than you can chew?

I find it much worse to chain you to a life where nothing exceptional awaits you, nothing exciting, nothing big … and even worse that only because of the fact that you see no way out now you make other people be afraid to try new things and look for different ways and bigger life plans.

However, well … we could say that those people don’t do it with malice. They are afraid. They are afraid for you, too. So  they must learn that a life of one is for one to live, and that protecting you from a failure will not do you any good, it will only turn you into a person with less experience and less preparation … It’s okay that they have their own decisions and opinions, that they decide to live their lives as they will, although not the one I would choose for me. But what is not ok is to get in the way of another person with dreams and plans and to say “uhm … I do not know, what if it goes wrong?”

If it doesn’t work, I will still have done more than that person who raised an eyebrow while listening to me talk about my plans, and I will be prepared to continue doing and living much more than that person. I will always be grateful to those willing to support me, whether or not they share my ideas. And those who judge me for what I do and try to get me into their fears zones… Well can only tell you this: “If you’re not going to help me fly, clear the track.”

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