Network marketing is the hardest job I’ve ever loved

I recently saw an article on the 25 hardest jobs in the world. I’m not going to try and compare network marketing to being a police officer, a firefighter, a prison worker, a mortician, a farmer, or any of the other physically, mentally and emotionally draining, and even dangerous jobs that appeared on that list. I’ve had challenging jobs, from scooping poop and corralling vicious dogs at an animal shelter to working for very demanding clients at a PR agency, but by far the most personally challenging and fulfilling work I’ve ever done is network marketing.

You see me on social media smiling with my team, raving about my products and sharing how amazing the opportunity to be my own boss is. That’s all authentic, but it probably oversimplifies what this profession takes and makes it look easier than it is. It’s more difficult to convey one of the best, and at times the worst, aspects of the network marketing profession – the consistent level of introspection it takes to be successful.

Networking marketing professionals success stems from attracting new customers and business builders, helping them thrive, and continuing to support them throughout their entire journey. It’s team building and it takes being a consistent and duplicable leader. Those who do it well have a very firm vision for why they are doing it, believe in their capability, and do not internalize the rejection that will be a frequent part of this business. The ability to add value to others needs to be built on the solid ground of believing in ourselves.

In my past jobs, I had a job description and did what was expected of me, I earned a paycheck that reflected my actions, and even on the days I wasn’t overly motivated or inspired by my work (frequently), I could still execute what needed to be done. Basically, I was on autopilot. I never gave much thought to how my work was making me feel and how that impacted those around me.

In network marketing, going through the motions only takes you so far. There is a level of belief in yourself necessary to project the certainty and confident energy that attracts others. No matter how great your belief in your products and your company, if you can’t look in the mirror and tell yourself day after day, “I am enough and people want what I have to offer,” this is not a sustainable business. When self-esteem drops, we get so preoccupied with our own thoughts and actions, it becomes challenging to help others feel good about themselves.

I had no idea when I took my career path in this direction more than 5 years ago that it would be such a deeply personal journey that would continue to answer and raise so many questions for me about who I am and what’s important to me. It has forced me to raise the bar and recognize when I’m settling and when I need to push myself to expect more in various aspects of life.

The most challenging part is that there are days that I question myself and would rather stick my head in the sand. Then I have to remind myself that I already did that way too long when I was in the corporate world, so I surround myself with my positive tribe, use the tools I’ve gained for turning my energy around, put my focus on others and remind myself that the only thing tougher than working through insecurity is living with it.

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