Here’s To The Crazy Ones in Network Marketing
In every institution, whether it is a corporation, school, or family, there is always that person who seems to stir the pot or color outside of the lines. True entrepreneurs often look off-balanced to the rest of the world. We are often considered ‘trouble makers’ who question rules/systems/protocol but we are often the very ones who can change the world for the better with our crazy ideas.
I must admit, I have always been inquisitive and crazy. As a teen, I was a fast pitch softball pitcher without the windmill that everyone wanted to evaluate and emulate. I didn’t wind my arm around. I was just fast from the hip. At first, referees were wondering if my pitching style qualified as ‘legal’ and had to refer to the play book to give approval. When all of my friends had headed off to college, I opted to pound the pavement and move to NYC. I had dreams of singing and ended up leading a very popular orchestra in NYC. I started by singing on the street and ended up at the top of the Rainbow Room. People told me I was crazy. I am now in another industry that I love…network marketing. And many friends think I’m crazy.
Recently, I have become more and more aware of identifying the CRAZY ONES like myself in Network Marketing. Sometimes, they try to pretend that they are ‘normal’ and continue to do their best to follow the rules and play nice. The “crazy ones’ are the ones I look for as business partners.
They are wired in such a way that won’t allow them to operate quietly inside of illogical or logical systems.
So what happens then when they head into Network Marketing?
Are Network Marketing companies valuing the ‘crazy ones’ within their organizations who have powerful ideas that push against the old system?
Are the companies limiting genius potential to take their organizations to ‘next level’ operations by applying their ideas or are they silencing input from the ‘crazy ones’ and afraid of evaluating and transforming?
My observation is that not all Network Marketers are actually entrepreneurs. Many are corporate drop outs that want to work from home but still operate best with rules and guidelines.
In the industry of network marketing, we have ‘crazy’ people (the entrepreneurs) mixed in with the people who would NEVER EVER be caught dead using a red crayon to color the sky or blue to color the grass.
The beauty of the industry of Network Marketing is that we believe we head into it for the freedom. There is much talk about financial freedom and time freedom. But the ‘crazy ones’ also value ‘creative freedom.’ In fact, some ‘crazy ones’ would rather sleep on a dorm floor with squashed nachos like Steve Jobs and still have full creative freedom over sleeping at the RITZ with a full bank account and no freedom. Network Marketing appeals to them because they enjoy using their creativity to sell product and they welcome the ability to be their own boss.
As a business woman and mother of 8 kids, I am realizing I am a ‘crazy one’ myself. I’ve also raised my kids to be the same. And it is a pleasure seeing the craziness come out of them. Because after all, my goal is to leave a generation and legacy behind where my children can leave the world a better place by creating change. My first ‘aha’ moment of seeing one of my children in a ‘crazy one’ situation was with my sweet daughter Sam.
This is a picture of my daughter Sam. She is one of the crazy ones. At 2 and 3 she had her own fashion sense. She was always a great story teller. She was writing by the time she was 5. We noticed a talent for writing and we were very proud of her because of it.
When she entered the third grade she had a teacher who was a bit of a rigid teacher. At our parent teacher conference we were told that Sam was a subpar writer. The teacher did not approve of Sam’s taking her directions and altering them to suit her writing. Samantha was having a rough time in third grade. We found her very sad and frustrated with school. Her spark for learning was waning based on the constant criticism of this teacher. The truth was that this teacher didn’t know how to manage a ‘crazy one’. The teacher strong-armed and almost destroyed the creative process and vision inside of my daughter.
The school she went to was a magnet school for writing. A special writing teacher would also work with the students once a week. This particular creative writing teacher was highly acredited and an award winning author. She took a liking to Sam’s out-of-the-box imagination. The teacher submitted Sam’s poem to a contest by the NY Times and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Thousands of poems were entered. Sam’s poem was chosen as a winner. Samantha was honored and written up in the NY Times. Her school was honored by several letters from the New York City Mayor and NY Times for Sam’s accomplishments.
The amazing thing about this story was that it took a little girl in 3rd grade who had a ‘crazy ones’ mindset to earn her school a nod from the mayor of NYC and the NY TIMES. The encouragement of a visiting teacher who saw genius in my daughter during a time when her main teacher saw her as a ‘bad writer’ was essential. Her regular teacher never apologized to us or Sam for her constant barrage of criticism and never congratulated Samantha for this huge accomplishment even though the NY Times had mentioned her.
The crazy ones are misunderstood. The crazy ones are often pushed down and attacked. The crazy ones are also the ones who will challenge the status quo and bring the institutions they are working with into the limelight in spite of the abuse they may get from those organizations. The crazy ones are motivated and moved by their own inner voice and are able to silence out the opposing criticism.
Are you a ‘crazy one’ in Network Marketing? You know what I mean…the tattoo wearing, ripped jeans fashion loving, multiple piercing, creative who came into the industry for true creative freedom…
Do you find the company you work for to be one that embraces your creative outlook? Or are you constantly feeling held back from implementing new ideas and systems?
Is the company you are with a company built upon innovation and open to creative input? Or do you find it hard getting access to the top leaders of the company and when you do they snub their noses at your insight?
At the end of the day, the ‘crazy ones’ are the ones who will bring this awesome industry of network marketing into the mainstream. Everyday, we see people with an iPhone or apple watch. Steve Jobs imagined a world with micro computers that would fit into pockets. This is the world we live in now. Steve didn’t graduate from college. Steve Jobs followed his dreams and wanted to change the world.
Samantha elevated her school’s reputation even as an 8 year old because she wrote a poem about elephants after a teacher told her she couldn’t write. The school and administration earned recognition because of a crazy 3rd grader who dared to listen to the poetry in her head. Samantha grew up to be a professional writer.
Being in the awesome industry of Network Marketing can be the greatest outlet for creatives truly looking for freedom. At the end of the day, if the corporate leadership of your company is not a little crazy themselves…you may need to look into a company that is willing to turn heads like Picasso.