Beach Bum to Poolside Entrepreneur

Lifeguard-on-Watch

Lifeguard-on-Watch

 

In college I worked as a beach lifeguard. I often referred to myself as a “professional beach bum” because I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to take upon graduation.

 

That’s when an opportunity practically fell into my lap. Some folks I respected approached me with a concept to do something different using the network marketing business model. It isn’t really that different, since it’s been around for a very long time, and I was essentially doing what we, as friends, neighbors, and acquaintances do on a regular basis by recommending products I believed in that happened to also have the potential to earn me a residual income.

This appealed to me for several reasons:

  1. I could make my own hours, and my success was up to me.
  2. I got to rep a product that I was passionate about and could share with people who are important to me…to make a positive impact in their quality of life by using something of value or by bringing the valuable opportunity to do what I was doing so it enhanced more than just their health, but their lives.
  3. I still had plenty of time to spend on the beach playing volleyball with my friends.
This business model worked for me for a very long time, and it afforded me freedom and more choices. Years later, I met the love of my life and we got married and had our first child. With a family comes the gravity of responsibility. Back in the day, there was a lot the network company got right and some it got wrong. It didn’t offer the safety net of a benefits package with health insurance, and I knew I needed to provide my family with those resources, so I chose to enter the corporate world for the very first time in my life. I still had the residual income that I earned as a network marketer, however.
Fast forward a year later…burnt out, tired of commuting 4 hours a day to pull a paycheck, and get home barely in time to tuck my children in bed or spend quality time with my wife,…I was contacted by seasoned, industry leaders with a ground floor networking opportunity that checked all the boxes. See, I learned a thing or two about the pieces that are essential in a quality network marketing company. THIS company had all the pieces and more.

 

This company, I’m proud to say, was established by someone who’d already walked in my shoes, and he knew we had to be in business for ourselves but not by ourselves. He knew we needed good support staff, a system that was easy to duplicate, bonus packages, incentive trips and vacations, insurance coverage, establishing a give-back program, and we needed personal development…which has enriched my life and the lives of my family and friends as much as the $50,000 bonuses, the Lexus I drive, the home I purchased with a swimming pool and the relationships I’ve made with incredible, like-minded people who want the same things.

My-office-poolside

My-office-poolside

 

I can go on and on about how genuinely happy I am using this business model to fund my passions and dreams…to live life on my terms and teach my children how having an entrepreneurial spirit will enable them to do the same. I’m also proud to say I spend most of my days as a stay-at-home-dad (who doesn’t always stay at home). I’m usually growing my business poolside…you could say this business model has been my lifeguard.

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