Wait, I will Do it Later

At a certain point in our life, we may come across the idea of starting a business. Generally when this happens, people fall into two major categories: “go for it” or “wait I will do it later”. 

Some will go for it. However, majority of people will tend to find excuses and fall into the “wait I will do it later” group. The reason is throughout every stage in our life, excuses are everywhere and it is so easy to find. 

Let’s take a look at the common timeline of a person:

Early 20s – College/ university

“Wait I will do it later. It’s not the right time. I focus on my study first.” (Lack of knowledge and information)

Mid/ late 20s – Working

“Wait I will do it later. I need to get more experience first. I don’t have enough money.” (Lack of confidence and self-belief)

Early 30s – Marriage & Family

“Wait I will do it later. I have no time. I need to take care of my family and children.” (Lack of passion and direction)

In the 40s – Comfort zone

“I have tried before. I think it’s a bit too late to start again now. It’s difficult for me to leave my job now.” (Influenced by past experiences and afraid of uncertainty)

In the golden age – Retirement

“I’m too old and have no energy to start a business.” (Lack of confidence)

As the time goes by, many people are going through every stage in life, allowing one excuse to another excuse stops them from achieving what they really want. It’s a chained effect. Most the time, the excuses are not the real reasons. 

If we are looking at the different stages in life, the main reasons behind the excuses are generally lacking in the following aspects: knowledge, confidence, passion, direction, and certainty. 

Here are 5 things you can do to help you, moving from “wait, later” to “Go for it.”

  1. Cultivate reading habits 

  2. Adopt life-long learning

  3. Open for opportunity

  4. Learn to look at things positively

  5. Look forward, instead of dwelling on the past

Stop letting your excuses pull you back from being extraordinary. 

 

“He that is good for for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

-Benjamin Franklin-

The Letter to the Introvert Leaders

Dear introvert leaders,

“I’m an introvert. I can’t do well in sales, I can’t do well in leadership and I can’t do well in network marketing.” If you have these thoughts about yourself, especially to those who are introverts, I have to stop you right there. Introverts can’t do well.” It is a stereotype of the society that it is true only if you allow yourself to believe it. Being an introvert is not an excuse of not doing well in sales, leadership or network marketing.

Since young, our upbringing especially our education system shaped our thinking that we must be outgoing in order to stand out among the crowd and become successful. Let me illustrate this with my schooling experience.

Throughout my schooling life, I experienced that “if you voice out, it means you are giving contribution to the group. If you keep quite, it means you do nothing.” My teachers used to tell me, “Win Chan, if you want to be a good student, don’t do nothing. You need to speak more in the group discussion. You need to be more outgoing. You need to be more active in class.” However, little did they know, “I’m damn good in note-taking for a group discussion, I enjoy my time with friends as well as travelling, and I pay attention to listen and read extra for my study!” That made me proud to say, I’m doing way better than a good student.

It made me realise that my introvert self is not a weakness or an excuse for not being successful. My introvert self is an advantage. I urge all introvert future leaders to embrace your introvert self. The introvert qualities will definitely help you to achieve success in your network marketing career.

Characteristics of an introvert & how it will help in network marketing career

  • Good listener

Usually introverts may not talk much, but they are definitely good listeners. In order to build a successful network marketing business, the common advice we receive is “talk to more people.” I would like to improvise this advice to “connect and listen to more people.” It is important that we listen to the need of our clients in order to provide the best solution for them.

  • Reading

Most of the introverts like to enjoy the moment of solitude. This is often the reason introverts feel more contented and energetic when they are reading, thinking deeply or focusing on their inner-self. This is particularly helpful in the network marketing career. Your knowledge and wisdom accumulated from reading will be able to help others.

  • Treasure friendship

Compare to extroverts, it is more challenging for introverts to get new friends. That has indirectly nurtured the introverts to value their long term friendship more than others. Network marketing is not only built on impression, it is built on connection and relationship.

  • Fun and adventurous

Never ever mistaken that introverts are boring and serious people. Spend enough time with them, They can be fun and adventurous. If you don’t believe me, recall back. There are a lot of time you made your friends laugh.

One last thing to remind the introvert leaders, never mix up introvert and shyness. Many times, introverts will tell themselves that I can’t do public speaking or I can’t make friends because I’m an introvert. No. It’s because of the shyness, not because of the introvert personality.

Introverts can’t do well.” It is a stereotype of the society that it is true only if you allow yourself to believe it. From today, overcome your shyness, and take advantage of your introvert personalities to build a successful network marketing career for yourself. See you at the top.