Having started my career as an English teacher, I transitioned into corporate consulting, only to find over time that I felt more like a prisoner of a forty-story office building in New York City. I eventually figured out that becoming a self-employed entrepreneur was my real ticket to the lifestyle and financial freedom I wanted.

I had an aha-moment the day I shared my dream with one of my corporate mentors, who patted me on the shoulder and said: “Ann, the only security you will ever have in life is what you create for yourself.”

Reflecting on his powerful comment as I walked back to my cubicle, I understood that to achieve what I wanted long term, I had to prepare and condition myself mentally and emotionally, toughen up my belief and confidence, and bullet-proof my vision with the right skill sets and action steps for this new business and life direction.

Working sixty hours a week, I began my entrepreneurial education during my commute, workout, lunch breaks, evenings, and weekends. I listened over and over to the teachings of Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley, and Dale Carnegie, to name a few. They became my self-proclaimed personal coaches to fortify my champion mindset and winning attitude.

The cool thing is, those lessons were burnt so deeply into my consciousness that even today, when faced with personal and professional challenges, I still draw upon the mental, emotional, and spiritual insights I gained from these principle-based teachings to stay focused, find solutions, and keep moving ahead.

Next, since I wanted to be free to call my own shots, I began working on my personal productivity, time management, and work-life balance. Reading Think and Grow Rich and As a Man Thinketh, I began to wrap my head around how to manifest major life changes by creating, committing to, and following a clear plan of  action. Both books helped me become more self-directed and see the enormous benefits and power in collaborating with likeminded people.

Eventually, I began looking for live trainings where I could meet other successful entrepreneurs. Believe me, this was not an easy feat before search engines, web sites, and social media.

One of my big breakthroughs came when I took a week off and flew to California to learn from a multimillionaire conducting a workshop on The Real Estate of Life. He taught us hands-on how to discover our purpose, why and how to create an immediate plan of action, and how to develop a five-year plan.

While I had been exploring many different entrepreneurial options prior to that workshop, the most exciting outcome came when one of the participants introduced me to network marketing. I knew right then and there that I had finally found the vehicle to my entrepreneurial dream—and I was ready to make it happen.

A top earner in her network marketing company,
ANN FEINSTEIN is a featured speaker and trainer
at global network marketing events.
Often traveling the world together, Ann and her husband David
recently relocated from New York City back home to Yardley, Pennsylvania.
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