Shane has recently been featured in the new Chicken Soup
the Network Marketer's Soul Book:
twelve years ago I took a look at MLM for the first
time. I was intrigued by the idea of making money while
helping others do the same. At first I was skeptical; it
seemed too good to be true. See, I’d come from a family
of traditional business owners and had been running my
own traditional businesses for seven years. I was locked
into that mode of thinking.
So I started building my MLM business
slowly, as a part-time venture.
I had always been a work-first, play-second type of
person. When my friends and family were out having fun,
I’d be working, working, working.
My youngest brother Troy owned a
traditional business too, but there was one major
difference between him and me. He would always take the
time off to enjoy life. Troy might decide, on a whim, to
close his business for a week to go on vacation or take
a hunting or fishing trip. I would always say, “Troy,
you can’t do that. You can’t just ‘not go to work.’ You
can’t operate a business like that!”
He would just smile and say, “I know. I
just really wanted to do it. I can always make the money
back later.” His logic dumbfounded me. I mean, I liked
to have fun too, but I could never see myself putting
leisure ahead of business.
As my MLM career began to gain traction,
I noticed that our monthly residual income was growing
every single month. This was the first time I had ever
experienced getting paid on a monthly basis for
something I had done in the past. What a concept: do
something once and get paid for a lifetime! I started to
dream that I could create permanent financial wealth for
myself and my family while also freeing up lots of time
to spend with my two children, Tyler and Karly, and my
wife Dana. How powerful would that be?
I kept working my traditional businesses
during the daytime and pursuing my MLM business nights
and weekends. But I began to enjoy my MLM business more
and more-I especially loved the “people” part of it-and
my traditional businesses less and less. I couldn’t help
feeling that the latter was stealing precious hours of
my life in exchange for dollars, and that my family was
paying the price.
I found myself increasingly drawn to the
whole idea of residual income, but my conditioned
thinking told me: “Put in the long hours or you’ll
never get anywhere. It’s a pipe dream to believe you can
create wealth and fully enjoy your life, your friends
and your family.”
Traditional business thinking says you
have to pick one or the other.
On March 8th, 1997 I received a phone call I’ll never
erase from my mind. My brother Troy had been caught in
an avalanche while snowmobiling. Rescue crews had not
been able to locate him.
Within a half hour, several carloads of
his family and friends were barreling toward that
fateful mountain. All the way there, I kept thinking:
Maybe everything will be okay, maybe he’s found a safe
place to wait to be rescued.
When we got to the base of the mountain,
nightfall had set in. The emergency staff informed us
that it was too dark and dangerous to head out to the
accident site. The next news they gave us was even
bleaker: they would not be sending search crews out the
following morning either, due to hazardous conditions.
This was simply unacceptable. So our
family and Troy’s friends decided we would have to be
the search team.
At the first rays of dawn, about thirty
of us struck out. It was the most difficult challenge I
ever faced in my life-mentally, physically and,
emotionally. About two hours into the search we found
Troy’s body. I remember looking at my older brother Todd
and asking, with my eyes, “How could this have happened
to our family? How?”
That day changed my life forever. It
took me a long time to digest the tragedy, but what
finally hit me, with crystal clarity, was this: the time
we spend right now with our kids, spouses, family and
friends is more precious than all the money in the
world. Literally. Life is too short to exchange dollars
In the months following Troy’s death, I
lost the ability to function physically and mentally in
my traditional businesses. They stopped generating
income and the debt was piling up. Fortunately, residual
checks from my MLM businesses were still rolling in and
they were paying my other businesses’ debts and allowing
my family to survive.
It was at this time in my life I knew it
was time for me to become a full-time network marketer
and sell off my traditional businesses that owned me.
MLM has allowed me to rescript my
family’s life and future forever. Turns out traditional
business thinking is wrong.
I have now been in the business for an
amazing twelve years and my family and I are living what
can only be described as a dream life.
What is a dream life? It’s a life that
gives you the financial resources to do and buy the
things you previously only dreamed of. But more than
that, much more, it’s one that gives you time to spend
with the people you love.
Time. You can’t put a price tag on it.
And, thanks to Network Marketing, I don’t have to
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