Challenges women face in Network Marketing

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There’s always a new dream to be dreamt, regardless of where you are in life.  My dream is to see women rise up and succeed to the best of their potential.

I watched a speech by Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola who said that the 21st century is the century of women.  The World Economic Forum, of which QI is a member company, frequently reports on the Global Gender Gap: organisations wanting to remain competitive in the 21st century must learn to educate, utilise and harness their female talent.

Recently, at V-Malaysia 2011, I had the honour of hosting the first all-female panel discussion in V-Con history, where we talked about the unique experiences and challenges that women face in Network Marketing (NM).  With the help of the formidable panel comprising AVP Rosemarie Glenn, AVP K. Padma, AVP Joy Copreros and Mrs. Chandrika Kumar, wife of AVP Mahendra Kumar, we answered questions by the female participants.

These amazing women have all enjoyed great success in Network Marketing, so I hope that you can take their words of wisdom with you on your journey to success.

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Restarting right

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This article appeared in the May-June 2010 issue of Networking Times

On June 30, 1993, I did something I’d never imagined I would do: I signed up as a distributor for a network marketing company.

I was both clueless and uplineless: my friend Mel, who worked for this company, had informed me that it was running a free registration promotion, and all I needed to do to become a member was sign on the dotted line.

Not knowing what I was supposed to do next or who my upline was, I didn’t do anything. Mel couldn’t help me, either, because employees weren’t allowed to get involved in the field. Given the circumstances, I should have become another attrition statistic for network marketing, but things turned out very differently because of three factors:

1. Several months after that uneventful sign-up date, my friend Joe presented the opportunity to me again. I could see how having an upline I knew, liked and trusted could make a world of difference. After his presentation, I spoke with the company owner, who happened to be a mutual friend of Joe’s and mine, and he agreed to let me transfer to Joe’s tree. I now was no longer alone and in the dark.

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Building a winning culture

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This article appeared in the Jan-Feb 2010 issue of Networking Times

Have you ever observed an ant colony? From afar, every ant seems to be moving in the same orderly direction. Upon closer inspection, it becomes obvious that each ant is busily executing the actions necessary to accomplish its own agenda—yet at the same time, each ant’s actions serve to meet the needs and requirements of the colony.

This is what culture looks like: a group of individuals acting as one.

Culture is individual, yet collective; personal, yet united by purpose and passion. It is created and consistently cultivated.

Eleven years ago, at the height of the Asian financial crisis, a handful of individuals decided to come together and make a collective difference by being the change that they wanted to see in the world.

The six of us had been working together for only a few months, yet we were already pulled together by a dream: to do the “impossible” and empower countless others to do the same.

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Waiting to gain: The joy of waiting for and welcoming opportunity

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This article was published in aspIRe issue 10

In a time of expectant waiting, somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be received.

Those who chose to be in this profession share an all-encompassing dream – to transform one’s self with the power acquired from a sustained career and increasing wealth; to be able to live the life one wants; and to be so well-prepared and equipped to even dare transform the world one lives in. For sure, success does not come easy. Nor does it happen overnight. But these should neither deter nor discourage one from reaping it. There is always a waiting period between the formation of a dream and its realisation. This gap is the level of hunger that you have and it determines your willingness to wait. By preparing well during this time of waiting, you are preparing yourselves to welcome the greatest opportunity.

Hate to wait

There is nothing quite as arduous a task as waiting. Empower yourself and take advantage of the waiting period as one of opportunity. Discard the cloak of impatience and inertia. Take advantage of this time to learn, learn, and learn some more. There will be times when you’ll think it’s a waste of time. Take heed, for this period is crucial in your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation. It determines your capability for the challenges and productiveness ahead.

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Sports and the game of life: Measuring real success

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This article was published in aspIRe issue 9

QNet has always believed that sports enhance life. Sports are more than just a source of excitement and entertainment – like life, sports teach you teamwork, discipline and a harmony of other precious lessons that continue to place QNet at the forefront of success. QNet has gone through a series of sports sponsorships, with recent ones including sponsorships for football, automotive sports racing, and rugby.

We continue to be inspired by many of our athletes who have become sports icons or heroes due to sheer strength, perseverance, and discipline. How many moments did your hero in the network marketing profession fall, and rise again? Sports are full of heroes: real life heroes in their fields who have worked hard to get to where they are, as well as heroes who have risked their lives to help those in need.

Sports create precious bonding moments that promote positive values and ensure the family’s unity. It is an avenue that promotes positive values and enhances traditional values and societal arrangements, allowing you to apply these values to your own life for a life well-lived.

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