Like many Americans, I have a college degree. Like many Americans, I have college debt. It would be depressing but I don’t dwell on the past or future, for that matter. I take it as an investment in myself. I’ve learned some pretty good skills that I know will help in the future if they aren’t helping already. I won’t lie and say that I remember everything I’ve learned; I’ll just say, I learned what I learned for a reason. Even if I’m unsure now, I’m sure it will be made clear later in life. I’ll just be patient, enjoy the ride and continue to learn (this time, for FREE).
Those of you that know me, know that I’m a very positive person. I love to help others and love to provide knowledge. I’m a problem solver. Instead of complaining, I find solutions. Before I received the call, I knew that I would have a huge debt to repay; therefore, I worked my butt off everyday. In corporate America, I did my best to make sure that I was on time for work, stayed longer hours, never called off and never asked for a raise. I don’t expect any hand-outs.
Just to give an idea of my character: I had a severe allergic reaction, went to the ER, received steroid shot, EPIPEN injection, Benadryl and returned to work the same day. I, for one, am no slacker. I’ve always been taught the importance of hard work, dedication and perseverance. I’m not bragging, just stating how I was raised. If there’s a will, there’s a way. If there isn’t a way, I’m going to create one or at least, die trying. I’ve managed to pursue two degrees while working full-time. Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t easy. I had to make many sacrifices but it brought me to my point today: if I can do all this for someone else, why not do it for myself?
With that being said, many people have wondered: what would make an employed, college graduate consider anything in direct sales? I wish I could say it’s complicated but really if I just had to boil it down to one thing: I need the money. Who doesn’t? My estimated loan repayment is $919 per month. That’s more than a mortgage! Will I try to renegotiate? Probably but it doesn’t stop the fact that I owe a significant amount to the government for this fine education that I received.
Others may wonder why didn’t I ask my employer for a raise. That answer is quite simple: the economy. My employer laid off over half the staff. I was still lucky to be employed. I didn’t dare think to ask for any more money when I saw my friends let go. Of course, I could’ve left but I needed an opportunity that would allow me to work, go to school and pursue other goals. Someone once said “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I can’t say that I love being in an office. I can’t say that I love managing employees. I can’t say that I love the guarantee of a work schedule. I do, however, love empowering others. I love the smiles on their faces. I love the joy that I can bring them. I love the freedom that I am given and I hate the fear of losing my job, not because of my inability to perform, but because of factors outside of my reach.
When I first began direct sales, I was a little embarrassed to tell others. I thought people would shun me for trying to take steps towards my future but it has been the complete opposite. I’ve met so many wonderful, welcoming people. It’s unimaginable. They all support me. I continue to work my business each day and am proud to say that I am now leading our district for sales and recruits for new representatives.
It’s funny because I’ve never received so much recognition. Just today, I learned that I ranked in the top 20 second-tier leadership representatives, having only formed my own team just one short month ago. I make myself available for my team and do my best to assist whenever possible. I display the same dedication I had in corporate America. If they succeed, I succeed. Though I am still getting started, I am laying the foundation for my future. I choose to take charge. I cannot let someone else dictate my worth. I will continue to build and grow. If you would like to grow with me: