Today I wanted to share how thankful I am for my mentor, Mike Akins. Mike has been working in the MLM industry since he was 19 years old. He has had over 50 years of experience and a tremendous amount of success in the industry.
I have enjoyed learning from Mike. He is a wealth of information. Mike has shared information with me I had never heard anywhere else. The neat thing about Mike is he has the wisdom and capability to be the top earning networker in the world but he does not care about that. What he cares about is making a difference in this world and impacting lives.
He lives on less than 3% of his income from 4Life Research. He does not live in a 10 million dollar home, though he could easily. Mike earns more in a month than most people earn in a year! Instead he chooses to give thousands to others every single month. I have been privileged to witness the impact Mike has had in the lives of others on a daily basis.
Learning from Mike has given me the opportunity to go beyond what I ever imagined. As my journey continues to unfold I pray I am a testimony of Mike's wisdom. Because of the wisdom he has shared with me and knowledge he has taught me I believe this team can become Mike's largest organization in 4Life yet. By the way that is a huge statement. He has over 500,000 members in over 90 countries within his other 3 legs. He has 88 of the 116 Gold International Diamonds and 14 of the 19 Platinum International Diamonds in his group. Mike's overall volume falls between 23-25 million each month. The leaders I have met in these other groups are EXTREMELY talented, sharp, motivated, and absolutely amazing leaders. I feel like a tiny grain of sand in comparison to them. But keep watching this team. I am determined not to waste this wisdom he has given to me. I plan on helping the seeds he has planted in my mind grow into mighty Redwood Trees. You probably know this, but these are the largest plants in the world.
I love every aspect of what this can do and who I am becoming and I want to thank Mike for not only introducing me to MLM and 4Life but for investing countless time and efforts in teaching me and guiding me. Mike has taken time to mentor me everyday for the last 7 years. Time is the most valuable thing a person can invest or give someone in my opinion. That is something you can never get back. How you invest this moment now can never be replaced. Time is priceless. Mike has given me the priceless gift of his time.
One thing that always baffled me is Mike Akins has been world- renowned the #1 of the networker in the world and he decided to enroll me as one of his 4 primary legs in 4Life. This man could have enrolled someone else that had a lot of experience in the MLM industry but instead he chose someone with no experience at all. He could have placed someone that could have went Platinum in no time at all. Instead he chose a young lady that he had to teach and guide every step of the way to my journey to Platinum. He could have enrolled someone with credibility and respect in the MLM industry. But instead he chose to help an 18 year old girl earn her credibility and work to gain the respect and a following of others in this industry. He could have had it easy and he would have had more success by now but he chose the hard route by choosing me. It boils down to this, he chose to invest in a person and changing a life rather than his personal financial gain.
Mike is someone that I admire because his wisdom is so obvious and he could have so much more earthly riches in an instant but instead he chooses to invest in his eternal riches. There is scripture in the Bible that refers to knowing a person by the fruit they bear. Matthew 17: 15-20. I have seen so many good things come from Mike's ministry and service to others. Not only have I seen this in other lives he has touched, I see it in my life.
I have heard so many people ask Mike "why won't you build for Platinum". Let me tell you the answer to that question. Mike does not care about status or money this world can give him. He cares about you. He will always put others first and him last. He is more concerned about you that he will ever be with himself. He dedicates 98% of his time in service to others and the other 2% is absolute necessity of survival like taking a few minutes to grab a bite to eat LOL. And then even that time he is usually talking to others and helping others.
I believe Mike will be a Platinum but it won't be because Mike pushes for it. It will be because he has helped someone else to reach their peak of personal success. He is the heartbeat of what this industry should be all about and what it is supposed to be about. The more you help others, the more successful you will be. Network marketing is about putting others before you and in return you are blessed beyond imagination.
This reminds me of the scripture Matthew 20:16 "So the last shall be first, and the first last." Do you want to know why I believe Mike has been world renowned as the #1 networker in the world? I think it is because this man can bring anyone to their peak of success in this industry. He is able to take anyone to the top with him. The most successful networkers are those who can bring out the best in others. My journey is an example of this very thing!
There is no Platinum International Diamond without thousands of people going to the top with them. Network marketing is about a team of people. When a Platinum stands at the peak of success it is not just their success, it is their team's shared success. When a Platinum stands on the stage they should let their team know they are their because of every single one of them standing in that crowd!
In my opinion, there is not a better representation of network marketing than my mentor and friend Mike. I pray someday I can be like Mike in many aspects. I pray I can become the networker Mike is and bring the best out of others like he has done with me and so many more in 4Life Research and outside of 4Life Research. I pray that I can look at some young lady someday and see something in her that she doesn't see herself and then guide that person into their full potential. This is what Mike Akins has done for me. I can't wait to do this for someone else!
Platinum is only a stepping stone for my team. I plan on this team going beyond this rank in the future because we will bringing thousands to the top with us. I plan on sharing this wisdom with thousands and then those thousands being inspired to do the exact same thing. I plan on this flame igniting and spreading like a wildfire consuming the minds and hearts of people around the world.
I know that 4Life is the best of the best. We have the best of the best company in the world! So nothing can hold this team back. We will ignite a fire in the hearts of thousands and we will be a guiding light for this industry to follow. We will become the heartbeat of what network marketing is supposed to be.
To close, I want you to ask yourself a question. Am I focusing on my success or am I focusing on others? If your answer did not line up with the second part of the question, I want to encourage you to change this. You will not be successful unless your team is. So today I challenge you to think about them, strategize with them, work with them and then inspire them to do the same thing with their team. Can you imagine the long-term and incredible success that would occur? It would be unlike anything you could imagine.
I pray you are filled with a consuming desire that goes beyond you because when you allow this to happen you step into an entirely new paradigm that will bring you true fulfillment in this life and the next. Be blessed!