We remember when MTV used to play music videos. We grew up watching the Transformers, He-Man, She-Ra and playing Nintendo until our thumbs fell off.

We're Generation X--all grown up, out in the real world making it happen...or are we?

Generation X has left a visible thumbprint on society. During the Internet boom we saw teenagers and twenty-somethings become overnight millionaires, reaching un-heard-of levels of success as if they were the latest style of clothes. Since the bubble popped, this screaming generation that dominated the Internet, magazines, television and radio has faded to a faint whisper.

 

Forget the Résumé

There are a lot of us who didn't catch the last wave, but still have the desire, passion, motivation and commitment to reach extraordinary levels of success. We're just not there yet.

Growing up, we were told, "Go to school, get good grades, go to college, get a good job, move up the corporate ladder and retire." For some of us, that's just not an option. So we skip that route and venture out to find our calling--only to find that by age 25, our résumés look like instructions on how to play checkers.

Are we really supposed to work 50-plus years while making our bosses rich? And hope Social Security will still be there when we retire? Or just keep our fingers crossed and hope our investments will provide financial security when we retire?

Oh, come on.

There's got to be a better path than that.

There is.

 

My Story

In August, 2002, after reading about network marketing for a few years, I joined my first network marketing company. Like many, I had sat on the fence, unable to get past my fears, until one day I woke up. I'm not sure what made me jump. Maybe it was that I'd just been laid off for the third time in a row, or because I was broke. Or maybe it was that at age 24, I'd gone through more than 24 jobs.

I quickly learned that I had complete control of when and how much I worked in this business. That was refreshing! I began to work harder than ever before; pushing myself to accomplish more, reading more and helping others like never before. For the first time in my life, I was able to clearly see my path to success.

I advanced rapidly, becoming one of my company's top three distributors--only to have the carpet pulled right from underneath my feet: the company pulled the plug.

Some turn their backs on this profession after one bad experience, but I jumped back in with another company, more determined than ever. I applied everything I'd learned from the previous company and found mentors who coach me daily, for which I am very grateful. I haven't looked back.

In August 2003, exactly one year and one day after I tip-toed into this profession, I found myself on a stage, speaking to a large room packed with distributors at my new company's first distributor meeting, sharing my success story.

I am living my dreams, and achieving them much earlier that I ever could have imagined.

In August 2002, I wrote in my journal that I wanted to be on stage, sharing my success story, the top rep for the company, and writing for Networking Times, within the next two years.

My timing was off. It took only one year.

 

Your Story

Whether you're already involved in network marketing, or you're still kicking the tires (which you could do for years--trust me!), I encourage you to take it to the next level. Don't think that you have to know everything about this business to reach some level of success. There's an immense wealth of books and web sites on the subject...enough to keep you busy for 30 years, if you're not careful. Just get out there and make it happen. Find mentors who are successful to show you the way, to teach you how to become the next leader.

While some moan and cry while staring at their portfolios and bank statements, wishing they could change the past, a multi-billion dollar industry has been quietly reshaping itself, and is now set to explode and change the future of business. In the past few years, network marketing has quietly reshaped the way it does business, moving from exhausting and repetitive hotel meetings, endless face-to-faces and one-on-ones, to a supersonic Internet-based model that combines the best of all of the old ways with the new.

This new business model has thundered into the 21st Century--and my generation, our generation, the Nintendo generation, is already hard-wired to achieve massive levels of success!

Our generation has the capacity to unleash a new generation in network marketing, and it all starts with you. While others fumble around for the Send button, we're launching massive opt-in e-mail campaigns to build our businesses. While our friends sit and veg out in front of the TV every night, we're at our computers and on phones, building our businesses.

We placed our thumbprint on the Internet in the 90's; today we have an opportunity to place our hand- and footprints on the world of network marketing. There are tens of thousands of others from Generation X just like you who are searching for a better way to make it happen and to get to where they want to go. Let's find them.

ROB HAWTHORNE
is a 25 year-old full-time network marketer; he resides in New Hampshire.