Invest in Personal Growth
The Safest and Surest Way to Build a $10,000-a-Month Income

by Art Jonak

The Jonaks, Potillos and Torreses entering the old city of Rhodes.

“Walk up to the top of the Acropolis of Lindos?” Art Jonak prefers to ride a donkey instead.

Art’s daughter Julie enjoys the ride, amused that her dad’s donkey’s name is “Turbo”!

Art and Ann at the top of the Acropolis of Lindos by the magnificent Temple of Athena (300 B.C.).

Mike Potillo, Art Jonak and Roberto Torres “mastermind” on a stunning Greek beach.


During a recent four-week trip to Europe I visited the Greek island of Rhodes. I was counseling one of my leaders when he said, “I really need to make $10,000 a month. Please help!”

Here’s what I shared:

You want a business that pays over $10,000 a month, right? You have two choices.

1. Purchase a business that pays you over $10,000 a month.

2. Create and build a business that pays you over $10,000 a month.

If you choose number 2, you will have to learn how to find prospects, enroll them, train and motivate them and how to market products or services.

You can’t acquire all of these skills by simply reading a book or surfing a few pages on the Internet. It will take time, money and energy to learn and master these skills.

Most people who earn more than $10,000 a month provide more than $10,000 a month worth of value to their networking companies. It is not a matter of picking a company, sitting back and collecting. Most companies pay well if we provide enough value to them. The real question is, “When am I going to learn the skills necessary to build a $10,000 a month business?”

I then shared how he could learn these skills and concluded with the importance of having a solid personal growth strategy. The best money hedge or inflation hedge is not gold, real estate or stocks: it’s investing in yourself.

Later in our conversation he said, “Hey, I got $5,000 to invest in a company’s stock. Wouldn’t that be a good investment? I may be able to get a great return!”

My answer was, “It’s nice that you want to invest in a hot growth stock. No one can predict if the stock price will go up or down. However, let’s say it goes up. In fact, let’s say you buy the stock at the perfect time and your stock goes up 40 percent over the next twelve months. Wow! That means your $5,000 investment is now worth $7,000, with your 40 percent increase. Without a doubt, that’s a good return.

“However, what if you invested the same $5,000 in your business? Maybe you drove across the country and visited your top groups. While giving your meetings, your message touched just one person who joined. That person became a leader, built a group and you earned an extra $1,000 a month . . . for life!

“Or, maybe you invested in some training for your serious builders and leaders. You paid part or all of their costs to attend a Dale Carnegie Course, Toastmasters or even a Big Al workshop. Or, perhaps you just bought them a good book on sponsoring.

“Because they now look at you as a partner instead of just an upline distributor collecting checks, they work harder and more efficiently, thanks to the new skills they learned. Your group volume doubles and so does your bonus check.

“Or, you run a series of display ads looking for people who are dissatisfied with their careers and willing to invest one or two years into learning how to build a networking business. Your ads attract two new leaders who are anxious to build their businesses. Which of the two would you rather have in your business: the $2,000 return on your $5,000 investment from a good pick in the stock market, or two new leaders building their businesses?”

Invest where you can get the best return on your investment. There is nothing wrong with stocks, bonds, real estate, etc. We’re simply looking for the best and safest return on our investment. And that’s investing in yourself and in your business.

ART JONAK is a Networking University faculty
member, a successful network marketing leader and
widely respected trainer.

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