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The Network Marketing Opportunity

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There are many benefits to starting a business in network marketing. We have nothing to loose. Paying a small fee to start is nothing compared to the thousands we would pay out to start a traditional business. Sticking to the system is the way to make money. We will make our money back we paid to start up and more in the first month if we do this. This is an area where many people fail, they do not stick to the system.

Working in a 9 to 5 job is not something I have the intention of doing for the rest of my life. I want to be in control of my own future. Working in a home based business is something I am interested in pursuing.

I find the difference between my network marketing business and earning money through teaching is I am limited to how much money I can earn in a certain time. I love my teaching and I am going to continue that path. However, I also want to pursue another avenue. With network marketing, I will be able to increase my income without increasing my hours. I do not have to rely on others to pay me a wage or pay invoices, what I earn depends on me. With teaching, I have unpaid invoices where I have lost money. When working in network marketing, if a customer does not want a product, I just return it and I get my account credited.  I have to spend time searching for the right people to join my business and when I do, it is worth the effort.

Success depends on me. Network marketing is a great way to be in control of my own life and money. It is flexible hours, so I work the hours I choose and over time my income will gradually increase. I can work the business around a family and have more time for them.

Everyone starts at the same place. I do not expect immediate success, it takes time and patience. I have to work through the ups and downs, stick to it and I will be successful. When it does not work, many people think it is the business or the system. The truth is, I need to work on myself. If I work on improving myself, such as my strengths and weaknesses, my business will improve along with me. Changing from one network marketing company to another is not the answer. Change company and not myself, I will continue to fail wherever I go. This is why personal development is so important. When I work on myself, I will be able to help others build a business, this is an important ingredient in team building.

Most people start network marketing alongside a full-time job. They start part-time and build their business enough to leave their job. Others start without any other income and work the business full-time. Some people choose to stick to the retailing side only and not go on to do team building. However, I want to build a large income and business, so I have to consider the team building as there are only so many hours in the day to do retail. There is no right or wrong way, it is up to me what I wish to do with the business.

Working in network marketing has many social events. I have made new friends and have the chance to go on trips paid by the company provided I do the work.

Network marketing is a great opportunity, but I must work for it. I need to build a stable business and I will reap the rewards in the end. My customers have to trust me. I have to build honest relationships with them. I will be positive and be myself. If I see the bigger picture and the opportunities, I will build myself a fantastic future.

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Studying My Personality: Mixes

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We are all unique.  We are all a mix of different personalities.  There are four main personality types.  Peaceful Phlegmatic, Popular Sanguine, Powerful Choleric and Perfect Melancholy.  Most of us have traits from one type and some traits from another. Some people are a mix of two different personality types.  There are Natural Blends, Complimentary Blends and Opposites.

The first Natural Blend is a mix of Popular Sanguine and Powerful Choleric.  This blend is outgoing, optimistic and outspoken.  They make great leaders or have the potential for great leaders.  They are a mix of positive traits such as; fun loving, able to accomplish goals, determination, able to direct others.  Their negative traits can be; bossy, impatient, interrupts and controls the conversation and impulsive.  The second natural blend is a mix of Perfect Melancholy and Peaceful Phlegmatic.  This blend is introverted, soft-spoken and pessimistic.  Their positive traits are; they love to study, have the ability to get along well with people and they make great educators.  Some negative traits include; they procrastinate and they have trouble decision making.

The first Complimentary Blend is a mix of Powerful Choleric and Perfect Melancholy. Their positive traits are; their leadership drive, achieving goals, analytical detail-conscious schedule-orientated mind and have the great potential to be successful.  A negative trait is they can be very overbearing.  The second Complimentary Blend is Popular Sanguine and Peaceful Phlegmatic.  Their positive traits are;  takes it easy and has fun, easygoing nature, warm and they make very good friends.  Some negative traits are; can be lazy, no direction or focus and poor at handling money.

The first Opposite is a mix of Popular Sanguine and Perfect Melancholy.  This mix can have emotional problems due to the ups and downs of their outgoing nature along with a negative outlook.  The second Opposite is Powerful Choleric and Peaceful Phlegmatic.  This mix can have a work hard attitude at work and when they get home never get around to doing anything as they go into chill mode.

Understanding ourselves and others is the main component of self-improvement.  It helps us understand why we behave in a certain way and why others behave the way they do.  It also helps us accept our weaknesses and others weaknesses.  We can all work on our weaknesses and brush up our strengths.

I am mainly Peaceful Phlegmatic, but have a lot of traits from Perfect Melancholy.  I have to learn to accept compliments, not to be too sensitive about what other people say and not to feel guilty about my decisions.  I need to motivate myself when it comes to my goals and take control of situations and not leave it to others.

Littauer, F. (1992). Personality plus. (Part Four),  Tarrytown, N.Y.: F.H. Revell Co.

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Studying My Personality: Working On Negative Personality Traits

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Each personality type has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is important to highlight them and work on reducing the weaknesses and improving the strengths.

Popular Sanguine

Talk too much: they need to talk half as much as usual and let someone else control the conversation, watch their listeners for boredom, get to the point and not exaggerate when talking and telling stories.

They are self-centred: they have to learn to be sensitive to other people, listen and look at each person they are speaking to and listen to others.

They do not have good memories: they must pay attention to people’s names and write everything down so they can remember it later.

They are fickle: they need to take time for people and put others needs first.

Interrupt and answer for others: start to enjoy silence and let others do the talking.

Disorganised and immature: they need to focus on sticking to the same job, take time to achieve what they want, get round to getting things done, grow up, face responsibilities and make realistic plans.

Perfect Melancholy

Easily depressed: they need to start being cheerful, don’t take things personally, not read into things too deeply, smile at people, keep all situations positive, be enthusiastic, don’t get hurt easily, look for the best in people, when things go wrong be grateful of the experience and learn from it.

Have low self-images: they have to accept compliments and address insecurities.

Procrastinate: it is essential they get organised and carry things out quickly and not to spend too much time planning.

Unrealistic demands on others: they need to relax their standards, everything in life is not perfect.

Powerful Choleric

They are compulsive workers: they need to learn to relax, don’t need to organise everything, do not put pressure on others and plan some leisure activity not just work.

Must be in control: let others be the leader for a change, relax when not in charge, they do not have to be right all the time and not look down on others, stop manipulating and be open.

Don’t know how to handle people: they must be patient with people, keep their opinions to themselves until asked, be more approachable, not be bossy and overbearing, stop the controversy and causing trouble.

Are always right which makes them unpopular: allow others to be right for a change, apologise if they have done something wrong and admit to their faults because everyone has them.

Peaceful Phlegmatic

Do not get enthusiastic: they are unable to get excited about things or show it.

Resist change: they do not like change so they have to learn to embrace it.

Seem lazy: they must take responsibility for their lives, don’t put things off, do things they can today and motivate themselves to do things.

Quiet and willful: they need to communicate their feelings, if things are not ok, say they are not, they have to open up and be honest about how they feel.

Wishy-washy attitude: they have to make decisions and accept responsibility for them and learn to say no.

Improving My Personality 

I am not good at making decisions because I do not want to hurt someone else’s feelings so I have to learn to say no. I know that I will never be able to please everyone so just do what is best for myself.  Be true to myself and be happy with it.

I have to work on accepting compliments and believing them. When someone compliments me I have to thank them. Compliments build confidence.  I am insecure at times and need to build my confidence and feel assured when I carry out any task that I do and that I will do it to the best of my ability.

Getting things done is important so I have not to spend too much time on the planning side. If I make a rough plan of what I need to do and proceed to carry it out.  Planning is important but I must also follow through with the task.  I have a habit of putting things off until a later date so I must be more motivated and spur myself into action.

I must not expect things to go perfectly and if things do not, I must work to improve and learn from it.

I am not the type of person that shows enthusiasm or excitement. It does not mean that I do not get enthusiastic or excited, I just do not show it. I am aware this can annoy people or make people feel that I am not interested in them so I need to show more enthusiasm. I have a habit of not expressing how I feel and this affects my relationships with others. I have to be more open about my feelings and tell people how I am feeling to improve my relationships.

I need to try new things and broaden my horizons, I have to be more adventurous and think of something new at least once a week.

I am aware that I have a tendency to be too sensitive and take things that people say to heart. I can read into things too deeply and overreact or get the wrong idea about a particular situation. I need to look at things positively and not take the opinion of others too seriously.

Littauer, F. (1992). Personality plus. (Part Three), Tarrytown, N.Y.: F.H. Revell Co.

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Studying My Personality: Personality Type

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Everyone is unique. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. When we understand ourselves we can improve our personalities.

I have many strengths and weaknesses. I can polish up my strengths and chip away at my weaknesses.

Strengths; adaptable, peaceful, submissive, considerate, reserved, sensitive, patient, shy, obliging, faithful, diplomatic, consistent, inoffensive, deep, musical, thoughtful, listener, contented, pleasant and balanced.

Weaknesses; bashful, unenthusiastic, reticent, forgetful, insecure, uninvolved, hesitant, permissive, alienated, nonchalant, withdrawn, timid, doubtful, introvert, moody, slow, loner, sluggish, reluctant and compromising.

According to Florence Littauer who wrote Personality Plus, there are four distinct personality types; Popular Sanguine, Perfect Melancholy, Powerful Choleric and Peaceful Phlegmatic.

Let us first examine the Popular Sanguine Personality.  This personality is an extrovert, a talker and an optimist.  They are emotional, demonstrative, are fun to be around and are very social as they love to be with people.  They are outgoing and see excitement in everything they do and their bubbly personalities attract attention.  They are talkative and are the life and soul of the party.  Memorising names and dates are not strong qualities, but they will remember the colour of a dress for example.  They are warm and enjoy contact with other people.  They take centre stage, are childlike and naive, curious and they do not want to miss anything.  They are helpful, love to volunteer and are very popular, their creative side loves to think up new ideas.  They often run late and avoid work at all costs, but have the ability to charm, inspire others and make friends easily.  I have two qualities of a Popular Sanguine Personality; forgetful and permissive.

Now to examine the Perfect Melancholy Personality.  This personality is an introvert, a thinker and a pessimist.  They are deep thinkers, are undemanding and like to be alone. They follow schedules and are organised.  Routine is important to them, no matter how dull, and they get upset if it is changed in any way.  They are serious and reliable.  They are the poets, artists, writers, musicians, engineers, inventors and scientists.  They are the soul, spirit, mind and heart of the human race.  They have a quiet and thoughtful temperament and foresees problems before they happen.  They are unable to take things at face value, instead, they like to search for the inner truths in every situation.  They are thinkers, planners, creators and inventors.  Excellence exists in these fields because they have the patience to sit practising a musical instrument, creating or inventing something new and making plans.  They work alone as having a conversation would slow down their progress.  Their trait of evaluating the progress or performance of others can make people around them nervous and edgy.  They are very serious people and many a genius of the world will have a Perfect Melancholy personality.  They are born with genius potential that needs to be properly motivated and nurtured and are the most talented and creative of all the personality types.  They like charts, figures, graphs and lists and are very detailed in things they do, for example hanging the toilet paper the correct way round on the holder, and keeping clothes neatly organised in their wardrobe.  They love order.  In their wardrobe, they are likely to have different sections for shirts, t-shirts, skirts, trousers and jackets.  They do not like outsiders interfering with their wardrobe, desk, etc.  They like to have things just as they want it.  Being neat and tidy on their person is important to them and their surroundings.  They even go around picking up after others.  They are perfectionists and have high standards.  The speed you do something does not matter, what is important is how well it is done.  Being economical is important to this personality trait.  They hate wasting anything.  They love a bargain and love to get their monies worth.  They make excellent counsellors because they have the ability to listen and analyse people’s problems and come up with a solution.  They are caring, compassionate and seek ideal mates to the extent they list the qualities they are looking for and measure them up.  I have thirteen qualities of perfect melancholy; considerate, sensitive, faithful, deep, musical, thoughtful, bashful, insecure, alienated, withdrawn, introvert, moody, loner.

Both of these personalities, Popular Sanguine and Perfect Melancholy, even though opposite in many ways, are both very emotional.  I see the Perfect Melancholy and Popular Sanguine traits in myself, although Perfect Melancholy is by far the strongest personality type of the two.  I like to fold clothes neatly in my cupboards and I prefer to do it myself so it is in the correct place, however, I am not the type of person with really high standards enough to have a wardrobe as organised to the standards that the Perfect Melancholy usually thrives.  For me, it is ok to have a t-shirt hanging next to a dress.  I love a bargain and I hate to waste food.  I prefer to freeze food rather than throw out fresh food that I have not used.  I pick up after my son to make sure things are done properly, probably too much than is necessary. I love music and playing musical instruments.  I also like writing, probably the reason why I started this blog was because the organised side of me was wanting to keep an organised log of what I have learned.  I am also very forgetful.  I can have something to remember to do, forget to do it and I will not realise until the next day.

The next personality type is the Powerful Choleric.  They are the extrovert, the doer, and the optimist.  Their intentions are direct, clear and active.  Things have to be done right for the Powerful Choleric.  They are always on a high and aim to succeed. They communicate in an open manner with people and they thrive on being in charge.  Their ability to get things done is clear and you would know where you stand with a Powerful Choleric.  They have fantastic leadership qualities, are determined and strong willed. Changing what is out of place and correcting what is wrong is important to the Powerful Choleric and are quick to campaign for things that are right.  They make decisions, are strong willed and save time.  They often make others around them feel insecure with their assertiveness and assurance.  Goals are very important and they are interested in achieving them.  Their organisation skills are vital so everything runs smoothly and efficiently.  They see how tasks should be handled.  Many Powerful Cholerics become professional athletes, they love to achieve the impossible.  Friends are something they do not have the need for.  They don’t like to make mistakes and always know they are right.  They rise to unexpected situations.  I have no qualities of the Powerful Choleric.

The final personality to look at is the Peaceful Phlegmatic.  They are the introvert, the watcher and the pessimist.  They are easygoing, adaptable and want to avoid conflict.  The way that they think is that ‘things do not really matter that much’.  They are the easiest of all the temperaments to get on with, are content and tolerant. They enjoy friendships, but also love to be on their own.  They are solid and balanced and do not function in the extremes of life.  They are not ‘born’ leaders but can get to the top through being able to get along with everyone.  They make excellent parents although they are not good at the disciplinarian side. Their calm, unemotional logic will reduce any situations that are tense.  They do not feel the need for credit, they are comfortable with not being the centre of attention.  Being able to stay calm during a storm is one of their strong qualities.  Patience and never being in a hurry is a quality of the Peaceful Phlegmatic.  They do not have any great expectations and their pessimistic nature keeps them feel ‘realistic’ towards life.  The administrative ability is created through their competent and steady attitude to their work.  Their good listening abilities, easy to get along with, relaxed, calm, cool, well-balanced, pleasant attitude makes them the best friend to have of all.  I have twenty-five qualities of the Peaceful Phlegmatic; adaptable, peaceful, submissive, reserved, patient, shy, obliging, diplomatic, consistent, inoffensive, listener, contented, pleasant, balanced, unenthusiastic, reticent, uninvolved, hesitant, nonchalant, timid, doubtful, slow, sluggish, reluctant and compromising.

My personality type is Peaceful Phlegmatic.  I always want to avoid conflict at all times, I hate conflict.  I love to spend time with my friends and I also love to be on my own.  Being a leader does not come naturally to me but I do get on well with people.  I feel I am weak at discipline when it comes to my son and when dealing with people.  I listen to people more than I talk and I am able to stay calm in difficult situations.  I feel I have held myself back throughout life by letting other people have their way and not being assertive enough about my own needs.  However, I am a balanced person and in more ways than not I am content with life.

Littauer, F. (1992). Personality plus. (Parts One and Two), Tarrytown, N.Y.: F.H. Revell Co.

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