As the great philosopher Forrest Gump put it, "I've worn lots of shoes".
After I got out of the Navy in '93 I worked a lot of different jobs, mostly in manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas production, for almost a decade. During that time, I tried several different sales jobs. I failed miserably as a salesman.
Also during this time, I was exposed to several network marketing businesses, but I only ever joined one of them. I was living in Utah at the time, over a thousand miles from my family and friends. My "warm market" consisted of co-workers and neighbors. I did not know many people at the time, and the Internet was still in its infancy.
I managed to show the plan to some coworkers, acquaintances and even the guy who sold me my car. I sponsored two people and they both quit before the ink was dry on their form (yes, it was still an actual paper form back then).
Without more people to talk to I had little chance of success. My upline was little help. All they could tell me were vague comments like, "you need to meet more people" (no kidding). I cannot blame them though, as they did know any better either.
I left the network marketing industry defeated thinking I just was not cut out for it. It took 15 years before I learned that it wasn't me.
Tomorrow I will share with you what turned everything around for me.