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July 19, 2006
In Their Own Words - 11
Back to BWW this week, Danny Snipes tells us how to have a stress free life:
So many of you, you fell in love, and you didn’t have financial pressure, and now because of bills and jobs, and things like that, you got pressure, and you know what? You still love that person, but it’s hard to even remember back to what they were when they did not have pressure. You need to get this business built so you are stress free.
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You will not have a stress free life if you just have more money. Frankly, it will not get any better, but it may possibly get worse. You will have all those cars and houses to keep up with; all those salaries to pay; all those taxes to pay (or dodge if Danny follows his upline Larry in full submission like he often says); all those people asking for money.
My point, there is stress in life in any station you are at, it does not matter which station, neither one is universally better or worse than the other. You should seek to do the best you can do in this life, but that could mean not making more money and sometimes it does.
All that aside, does this business really help you make a lot of money? Not for the masses it doesn't. but the upline’s make a lot of money on selling the system.
Funny thing for me, owning my own business made life much more stressful. Granted it wasn't AmQuix, but a more traditional business, but having to get out there and make money everyday or I face not eating was the worst kind of pressure for me. Some people strive under this pressure; more power to them. I'm much happier with a job, a boss, and a steady paycheck. It's not like I'm starving, and I even have enough on occasion to take my significant other out on a date to remind me why I fell in love with her in the first place!
Good for you buddy! I certainly don't want to be in your shoes! That is I am building my business for I have seen people get free. True, money does not ward off stress but it takes away the stress from the classical discussion of most people: the lack of money. I want to be free to do what I want, when i want, with whom I want. You want to have a job, a boss, a paycheck (not increasing monthly), great for you. Let me ask you a question: are you free to do what I will do? Of course, you don't have to be like me and aside of it, are you free?
I love how you automatically assume that you will be the one out of 14,000 who will make diamond. Good luck with that, but frankly, I am willing to bet that you have never broke even in this business when you account for everything involved in system participation. I am willing to bet that you follow your boss, excuse me, upline, and I am willing to bet that I have a lot more freedoms than you do.
Hmmm... doesn't the business teach to have the biggest downline you need to be the biggest servant?
In other words - you have to be answerable to that downline. Check out a Diamond's REAL schedule and see if that is freedom?
Life isn't as one-dimensional as you think.
There is something much more valuable than money, can you figure out what it is?
Christian, I am more "free" now then when I owned my own business. When I owned my own business I was working 50, 60, sometimes 70 hour work weeks. Now, I work 40 hours a week. When I owned my own business, if I didn't work because I didn't feel well, or worse, my daughter was sick, I didn't make money that day. Now, I can take a sick or personal day, or, I can tele-commute and work from home. Either way, I get paid.
Speaking of getting paid, I get a paycheck every two weeks. I get a yearly raise, and a six month raise if the company surpasses their goals. There is also some bonus/profit share money that can happen every so often. My family has a budget, and this includes money for retirement (410K and IRA) and money that goes into a savings account. My job plus my wife's job helps us live within our budget. We own a nice house in a middle-class neighborhood, drive two newer cars, and never go hungry. We do have credit card debt, but that's only because we're still recovering from when I owned my own business!
You see, I was struggling. Money only came in intermittingly. When larger sums came in, they went out just as quick to cover costs. We ended up putting things on credit because we couldn't afford not too. But now, with my job, we've paid off one credit card, and are on schedule to have the other one paid off within three years, if not sooner.
Also, we took our first vacation in about three years a few weeks ago. Why? Well, we couldn't afford it when I owned my own business. Business would suffer too much. But now, I get paid while on vacation, so we took a week in Northern California to visit friends and family, and drink some wine.
In short, I am much happier with my JOB then I ever was owning my own business. Will I ever make the money I could have been making had I kept my business? No, but then I also don't have the risk of failure. As for freedom? I'm much more free today, by almost any measure.
It's amazing how defensive people get. First of all, you would all agree that network marketing is not a conventional business. The problem is if you are self employed you are still trading a days work for a days pay. Plus you are still taxed at earned income with only slight benefits. If you wanted to become wealthy, and you can make excuses why you wouldn't, you will see that you need leverage. Think of the McDonalds Franchise; billions and billions of burgers were not sold through one location.
I would imagine that because of your job you have promised to spend the best hours of everyday until you die to your boss rather than the person that you love. Quite odd behavior. If you took a few years to build a successful business and were able to spend more time with your wife, would that make you happier. If you never became successful but your spouse and yourself spent time together building the business would you be closer than if you were just watching TV together?
Your mind is like a parachute. It only works if it is open.
Mike M, you know me like you are reading my mind...NOT. Please don't assume to know me. You only make an ass out of yourself.
When I worked for myself, I was working over 60 hours a week, and still had only limited things to show for it. I was running myself ragged, and falling behind. I got a job, and am now only working 40 hours a week, and am financially much better off because of it. I'm now just catching up to where I was before.
The reality is, even Quixtar big pins trade time for money. What are they doing when they are counseling with downline, answering Kate messages, or up on stage talking to you? Certainly not walking the beaches of the world! And most of the big pin time is spent working is during nights and weekends, because the majority of IBO's still have JOBS during the day, and aren't availalbe! So, would you rather work nights and weekends when you kids are at home, or during the day when your kids are at school?
There is no such thing as a free lunch, and building any business, including a Quixtar one, takes lots and lots of time. And it's not reality that you can build it once and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, especially with 67% of IBO's quitting in any given year. I bet if you lived in the shoes of a big pin for a week, you would be amazed how hard he works just to maintain his business.
In the end, it should make no difference how you earn your money, because it is going to take time. I took the risk, and found I'm much happier, much more productive, and much more financially stable with a JOB. I don't mind the 40+ year plan, especially with my 401K and IRA. I'll be just fine, thank you. And though I may never be able to make the money I might have owning my own business, I don't want that extra risk, and extra work associated with it.
How long have you been in Quixtar?
In a job or business, you are still trading dollars for hours, the question is whether your business can afford to pay someone to put in the hours for you. Quixtar is no different, except quixtar teaches that it's an honor to serve upline so they get some free workers.