A thankful job

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After a month of fasting and counting one’s blessings, the holy month of Ramadan is about to draw to a close. To all my Muslim friends, I wish you a happy and blessed Eid!

In the spirit of gratitude, I’d like to share this article that I wrote for the July/August 2011 issue of Networking Times.

Networking Times

A Thankful Job

A thankless job. Something we never dreamt of having, yet often feel we’re stuck in. No wonder over 70% of employees want to be their own boss.

The good news is that NM provides a wonderful vehicle for those wanting to work themselves out of a job. The sad news is that we in NM have at times sold the opportunity by denigrating employment.

Who hasn’t heard that J.O.B. means Just Over Broke? This has resulted in a distorted view of employment. Factor in the reality that 80+% of people are in NM part-time, one can imagine the repercussions of this distortion. Repercussions that can be avoided by a shift in perspective.

Begin with the end in mind, but don’t forget the present.
Yes, the potential to be your own boss is real, but don’t let the prospect of firing your boss consume you to the point of getting distracted at work, coasting on the job, or worse, underperforming and deserving to get fired.

Be better at your job.
The personal development you learn in network marketing is not just so can become better in the business; it can also lead to you becoming a better partner, parent, friend, and yes, employee. Instead of allowing your business to compromise your work performance, and consequently people’s perception of NM, why not incorporate NM principles into your work and adding a wow factor?

You then go out with a bang when you finally go full-time, and more likely have your boss and colleagues wanting what you have. They might even become your business associates! That’s a better alternative to firing them, don’t you think?

Be better in business.
NM expands your capacity for learning, thus increasing the likelihood of you acquiring or improving skills at work. Strategic planning, effective execution, teambuilding, communication are skills necessary in big business building as well. So instead of feeling hindered by your job and trying to bolt out too quickly, why not see it as a preparatory school that doesn’t charge you tuition, but rather pays you salary?

Be grateful that you’ve more than one income stream.
At a time when unemployment remains a pressing concern, having a job is something to be thankful for, regardless of the drudgery or difficulty. Anyone will tell you that having two income streams is always better than one, especially while you’re establishing your walkaway income pipeline.

Go full-time at the right time, the right way.
It’s saddening to watch people quit the business because they quit their jobs too early. Just because your income last week matched your salary doesn’t mean it’s time to send that letter. Counsel with your upline, and resist the temptation to cut the queue. When you finally take the leap, leave the employee hat on the desk, and work as an entrepreneur.

Done right and at the right time, going full-time in NM will be liberating and rewarding. And that’s definitely something to be thankful for!


What about you? Do write in and tell me: what are you thankful for?

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  1. Haresh Sakhrani
    Aug 31, 2011

    Absolutely True Ms. Donna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject at Vcon, networking times and now in your blog.
    I will make sure i share this with my teammates and others in this industry as it will definitely help someone out there who is on the verge of making this decision.

    I am thankful for being part of this industry and most important part of Qnet. For me, what sets Qnet apart from other companies is that Qnet is run by networkers , who know how it is to go out there and do the business.. get rejected, face and overcome challenges.
    They were a nobody before and today have become a somebody. Its one thing to get there at the top but another to help other nobody’s like us become a somebody.
    I am thankful for our Grand upline & visionary Dato Vijay, Ms. Donna, all the VP’s and the V family for guiding and shaping me to the person, leader and networker i aspire to be.
    Ultimately i am thankful to almighty for giving me a chance to make a difference and add value to someone.
    This is the only business i know that the more i serve and uplift others, ultimately i’ll be uplifting myself financially
    and at the same time be a better person.
    One day, i’ll share my success story.

    Ms Donna, please do keep sharing with us your wealth of experience through your blog and other social media form so we can absorb the knowledge and apply it.

    Thank you.

    In your service
    Haresh

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    • Donna Imson
      Sep 5, 2011

      Hi Harish,

      Thanks for taking the time to write that thoughtful comment. It’s true that the more you serve, the more you uplift others, and the financial gain is a plus. That’s why I love this business and the opportunities I am presented with to help make a difference!

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  2. Ahmed Mamdouh
    Aug 31, 2011

    I am Thankful for all what NM beholds and teaches us, It’s a wonderful industry stream that teaches and educates people about their financial literacy, something we would never learn in schools and out of everyone’s comfort zone. It takes us into a whole new world of opportunities not only to be a networker but to be a better person and an educated entrepreneur.

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    • Donna Imson
      Sep 5, 2011

      Yes, I have learned more than I could ever have imagined from being a networker. That’s one of the many reasons why we can be proud of our profession :)

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  3. Alfie Antiola
    Aug 31, 2011

    I agree with everything you said Ms. Donna. This is a must read for all my fellow part-timers in our business. It doesn’t have to hate employment to love NM, and vice versa.

    Our goal should be “Go full-time at the right time, the right way.”, as fast as we can. :)

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    • Donna Imson
      Sep 5, 2011

      Indeed, there’s no point in having a negative attitude towards employment, when that energy could be directed towards proactive learning. Challenges are there for a reason: to test our commitment.

      I’m thankful for your commitment to the business and helping fellow networkers. Keep it up!

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  4. Karl Fernandes
    Sep 1, 2011

    You are an inspiration to other women and I run out of words to describe you after reading your journey from the day you started network marketing until now in CHIEF’S words UNBELIEVABLEEE……..

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    • Donna Imson
      Sep 5, 2011

      Thank you, I’m happy to serve and help others along their journey :)

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  5. Nalinakshan KV
    Sep 1, 2011

    Thank for this good posting. However to be successful in NM, you need an upline who is extremely interested in your success not an upline who only talks but do not help you in any way ot be successful. That is what was my fate that resulted in my failure in the business. However, I still keep the hope of coming back in the business and making it big in life.

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    • Donna Imson
      Sep 6, 2011

      I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience. It’s never too late to start again, if NM is where you see a future for yourself. Is there something holding you back right now?

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  6. jane
    Sep 4, 2011

    Thank you VP Donna Imson for being my inspiration. Indeed I am grateful to God for my job and the best I can do is be the best I can be until the right comes for me to go full time. NM has made me a better person and I have learnt to value and use my time better. I have learnt to believe in myself and in the power of the dream. NM has made me appreciate the importance of gratitude.
    I now know that through NM, especially with a great company like Qnet, the sky is no longer the limit.
    I appeal to all of us in employment to be patient and wait for the right moment. Thank you once again, Donna.

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    • Donna Imson
      Sep 5, 2011

      Thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate your taking the time to learn and recognising, as you say, the importance of gratitude. Patience is very much a virtue, and when the day comes for you to go full-time, it will be that much sweeter.

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  7. Seena
    Sep 5, 2011

    You are absolutely right, mam.

    I quit my job to start off with QNET full-time in 2008… though it gave me a fabulous kick-start in terms of getting trained & becoming independant to do the business, it also tightened the financial situation at home as income did not come pouring in for the 1st 2 yrs of building myself & the business. With a growing 2 yr old baby at home, I had no choice but to take up a job again last Jan.

    Today, however, I am truly grateful for having two income-streams to support myself especially as I found myself divorced recently & I totally agree that going full-time in this business is a decision that must not be coerced on anyone, but a decision that must be taken practically at our own will when one is prepared to conduct life in a disciplined manner & capitalize on this industry to reach our highest potential.

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  8. Rebecca
    Sep 14, 2011

    Thank you madam for the message in this article. I was on the verge of placing my resignation so I could do this business full time; because I felt that the time I could be moving places and doing this business is taken up by my 8 to 5 job.

    I will definitely go full time …when the time is right.

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  9. Mia Gaviola
    Oct 26, 2011

    Thank you so much Ms Donna Imson for such an inspiring words that you share to all women and men all over the world. I am truly honor and thankful that I am in the right business with the right mentors. I hope and looking forward to see you in person and visit us in Sydney, Australia. Take Care & God Bless always.

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    • Donna Imson
      Nov 9, 2011

      Hi Mia! Thanks for your message. I would love to visit Sydney in the near future — you’re very blessed to live in such a beautiful country.

      Are you a fan of the F1 sport? I just wrote a new post about how leaders in network marketing can actually learn a lot from F1.

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