I have wanted to do another week on the subject of change for a long time now, but I also wanted to wait until the time was right. Over the past few weeks I have been in a funky, looking-back-at-life mode. It all goes back to how many things have changed in my life in the month of May over the years. It has been a significant month for me for a long time.
Two of the businesses that I created were started in the month of May. Also, my first seizure happened in May. The occurrence of seizures was the hardest thing for me to deal with. It was 20 years ago this week that I was an over-the-road truck driver. It was a Monday morning. I had ridden my motorcycle to work and then I was supposed to be moving trailers around loading docks for a day.
It was exciting to be able to ride the motorcycle to work because, back then, it was not my everyday ride. That particular job involved me moving trailers from one dock to another. While doing that I was taking a short-cut under a trailer and I had a rather hard hit to my head. I seemed fine, until break time 30 minutes later. It was then that I had a seizure and I was taken to the local hospital.
Later that afternoon, when I woke up, I was told I had had a seizure and how that would change my life. My trick driver’s license was taken away from me in the hospital. At first I did not want to believe it. How was I going to give up the way I made my income? How was I going to support my family without driving a truck for a living?
Looking back 20 years later, I can tell you it was not all easy, but I have been able to support myself, pay my bills and picked up some great knowledge about being an entrepreneur. I have started many small businesses since then: I worked cleaning cars, painting cars, doing oil changes and services in cars. I have painted houses, installed TVs and sound systems in homes and cars. I have served coffee, sold cars, sold insurance, sold various services.
In all the things I have done, the one thing I have learned the most from was getting involved in direct sales or multi-level marketing. I love these great opportunities; each company I’ve been part of teaches that you can change your world. You make the changes that make your life better.
One of the greatest lessons taught to me by a multi-level up-line was “work hard at building something to change your world yourself before you have your world changed for you and you HAVE to build this.” He was referring to building the business I was involved with at the time. He had a great thought that I later heard in a different way from Gene Simmons when he said, “Whatever you do, learn to promote it or you will be promoting someone else’s business instead– as in, ‘Can I get you fries with that?’”
So this week we are going to cover some things about change and how you need to be making the changes in your life. Those who wait around will have life make changes for them. Life never stays the same; if you are living in a comfort zone it’s time to change. Comfort zones only get smaller over time; you lose things in life if you stop building.
I heard the statement more than 10 years ago about building your business before you have to build it. That thought has always been with me. Nowadays, more and more jobs require you to meet some kind of quota, or performance level, to make all or part of your income. So while you may think you are taking the easy way out and not having to work as hard, someday you will have likely have to make a change to work harder.
I chose to change my world and build several different forms of income, so we now have real estate rentals, multilevel partnership income, coaching income, job income, investment income, and speaking income.
Many blogs I read are about creating other forms of income. Much of my life is about helping others create the ideas they need to form several businesses and income sources to keep making the changes rather than letting life make the changes for them. Come back every day this week and see some great ideas about making the changes you need to make your life successful.