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Are you Struggling? Are you Coachable?

Are you Struggling? Are you Coachable? I started the article thinking that I was going to just give you a couple of pointers on network marketing but it ended up being an article on how to be coachable. If you are contemplating being a network marketing professional or have been around for a while but don’t seem to go anywhere this is a very important subject. Because Network Marketing is different than most traditional businesses.  One of the most valuable assets in network marketing is the build in coaching system. People in network marketing unlike most traditional businesses,  are willing to help you build your business. All for little to no cost to you. They usually get rewarded when you do well. But even tough this is true don’t be afraid to outgrow your coaches and even pay for coaching. Do you think Butch Harmon didn’t charge Tiger Woods.


Here are some points about being coachable.

1. Not everyone is coachable and you can’t force someone to be coachable. Coachability comes from within the person. It comes from the ability to listen to someone else advice.

“Never will I allow myself to become so important, so wise, so dignified, so powerful,that I forget how to laugh at myself and my world. In this matter I will always remainas a child, for only as a child am I given the ability to look up to others; and so longas I look up to another I will never grow too long for my cot.” -Og Mandino

Don’t try to make someone coachable either they are ready or they are not.

2. Be coachable yourself-  To be coachable you need to be able to take advice because you know and understand that you are not all knowing . You make mistakes just like anyone else.

3. As a coachable person you know that it is just a fact that not all advice is good but you should be able to take the advice, evaluate it’s usefulness objectively and follow if necessary. Many people that are uncoachable will take in the information and dismiss it without consideration. Sometimes while talking to distributors I can see that they are hearing me but not listening . They have no intention to follow the advice.

4. This does not mean that you need to follow everything that your sponsor tells you. It means that you should follow your companies business plan and find someone that can mentor you. That might be your sponsor but it might not. Find someone that is on the next stage of your development and ask them for help. You need to be willing to listen and follow advice (did I already say that- repetition).

5. Don’t waste your coaches time when you make an appointment be there rain, snow or sleet, show up. Don’t self sabotage

6. Network Marketing is different than most traditional businesses, be willing to try new things. The role of your coach is to guide you to success. Sometimes we know what the road to success is but we do not do the things necessary to get there. So when a coach gives you an assignment and you don’t finish it or don’t do it at all you need to find out “why”. Be open to self discovery. It might just change your life.

7. Committed to change- many times you can be caochable just because you want to change. You are sick and tired of being in the same situation all the time. But if you are not open to change you will not be coachable.

8. Open to information about themselves- to be coachable you need to be able to take criticism and appreciate new perspectives.

9. A coach does not have to be more talented than you. They just have to be able to guide you. Just take a look at Tiger Woods or any great athlete.

Find someone you respect within your industry. Someone that either has gone trough what you are going through and made it successfully to the other side or has helped others do it. Sometimes finding someone that is just above the level that you want to be is better than finding someone that is light years ahead. The person just above you can hoist you up and then you can move on to the next level maybe taking them with you. Don’t be afraid of finding someone that has just done what you want to do. You probably can get more from them than a guru who has no time for you. You can always outgrow your coach or mentor.

What are some other points on being coachable?

Success Mindset

Success Mindset

Success is different for all of us

Today I started re-reading University of Success by Og Mandino. In lesson number two, Og Mandino quotes from a book by Howard Whitman, Success is Within You. His analogy of success is brilliant. He describes success in two parts, and equates it to an ice-cream soda. “The two main criteria for success: 1. Do others think you are a success? 2. Do you think so?” He describes the two above statements as being like the straw to an ice-cream soda. It is nice to have both, but if you had to choose, it’s better to have the ice-cream soda and not the straw. The same goes with success. It is nice to have both of the criteria above, but if you had to choose, it is better to have what you define as success. It is sad how many people think they want something because it is the lifestyle of someone they admire- Hollywood celebrities, sports figures or even someone in their niche market. People need to stop imitating others and find themselves. Who are you? What are your needs? What are your wants? What is really important to you?

Whitman goes over some of the essentials found in true success:

1. Purpose- Most of the people that are truly successful are those that have a purpose. They are happy in spite of their position or non- position in life, beyond just what we believe success to be. They are the ones that are passionate about life. Sometimes they are an enigma to the network marketer. By that I mean that they enjoy what they do in spite of the fact that we would see it as work. These people have a purpose, and the most successful ones have a strong purpose. What I believe happens with most of us is that we truly don’t know ourselves well enough to know what our purpose should be.

2. Ups and down- It is not all uphill, but there will always be up moments and down moments. Moments where your purpose is out of sight and moments where it is so clear that nothing can stop you. It is just nature, humanity.

3. Success is not free- Some people look at those that seem successful in any arena of life and make the weirdest statements like- “They are lucky” or ” they must have been in the right place at the right time”.

4. Satisfaction- There are those that just can’t be happy. They don’t realize that happiness is under their control. In reality, we can find happiness even in the darkest moments of our lives.

5. Spirituality- A contention that I have with many motivational speakers is in this area of their philosophy. I won’t go over my beliefs, except to say that people do need to feel a sense of belonging to something bigger. But just because you have created a warm fuzzy feeling with your “creator” does not mean that you have a relationship with God. Many people from many different religions have felt the same way. God is God. There is one path to him, and if you are not on it, you are just not on it. But I don’t believe that spirituality, or lack of it, precludes you from experiencing true success here on earth.


I want to leave you with this thought about success -

“Only with laughter and happiness can I truly become a success. Only with laughter and happiness can I enjoy the fruits of my labor. Were it not so, far better would it be to fail, for happiness is the wine that sharpens the taste of the meal. To enjoy success I must have happiness, and laughter will be the maiden who serves me. I will be happy. I will be successful. I will be the greatest salesman the world has ever known. “ -Og Mandino

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