I have been a Rodan and Fields consultant close to five years. When I first started, I took a glance at the chart our company created to show the path that needed to be taken to make it to the tippy top of the company, and it made me feel pretty overwhelmed. I decided to put my head down, get focused and take one day at a time.
When you start an entrepreneurial business, it’s not easy and it will take a lot of work, but the payoff in the long run can be much greater than signing on to work a corporate job. In corporate America, you have benefits, a set salary with an annual raise (hopefully) and, for the most part, you have a job description that is given to you. At the end of the year you may or may not do well on your annual review for all of your hard work. Most of the workforce can predict what the W-2 will state at the end of every year. Being an entrepreneur your W-2 (or 1099) can exceed your wildest predictions.
An entrepreneur is left to do everything on their own, so an internal drive and a big belief system are key. R +F luckily provides the business “back office” for a little fee, so the only big job I had was washing my face to be a “product of the product” and educating people about who we are. I remember for the first few years thinking this is the hardest but easiest work I have ever done. I was having fun, but I worked my tail off. Realizing that eventually it would pay off in a big way.
My belief system was so big starting from day one that I went to the bank and opened up a business account. I told the ladies in the bank that I had just found a business opportunity that was going to change my family’s life. I still remember the little chuckles I heard that day when I left the building.
Days of working became months and then became years. Time has flown by and I am approaching my fifth year! Several seasons have come and gone, in the past I always had a heavy heart in the summer months because as I was sitting at my computer working, I would scroll through Facebook and see many of my close friends at the lake having a great time. I was a little envious, but I kept saying to myself, “Stay focused so the rest of your life can look like most people’s weekends.”
The journey has created so many new experiences. I have made a ton of new friendships, and the self-development has been transformative. The income has been the icing on the cake. The places my R +F job has taken me has made me realize that life is about making the most of new experiences.
Cheers to those that have found a way to live life to the fullest! I am so glad I choose to put my head down and stay focused at a business I knew nothing about. We must all remember that there is no U-haul at the end of a hearse. My goal is to be “all in” and I hope to help others do the same.