Wishbone or Backbone?

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Be Honest... are you doing network marketing and/or internet marketing with your wishbone or your backbone? Seems to be a lot of wishful thinkers out there and by that, I mean followers... not that there is anything wrong with that, but wishing does not make your dreams come true.

I know I've said to myself before: "I wish I could be like Steve Jobs (RIP Steve) or Bill Gates someday, even though I had no clue about computers, but what I really wanted was the success they were having. Maybe they both had a little wishbone going on in their mind, but what they really had was a lot of backbone.

If you truly desire something, then you need to do something about it. Wishing for success will not make it real. Dreams will not make you happy... the realization of them will. True, nothing comes without an effort. but what a small price for your happiness? Having a Backbone is scary, a road less traveled and an element of the unknown.

It's much easier if you believe that you will find happiness by just waiting to see what will come, but you are sadly mistaken... your desires may never come true if you just wait around & do nothing about it, but there is that mentality going on in our industry. "Join this and I will build your business for you" - "You won't have to lift a finger, because you will get so much spill-over from your upline" Really? Have you ever seen or heard of a 6 or 7 figure income earner who just sat around and let somebody else build their business for them?

You can find your happiness, as long as you're doing what you can to find it. Personally, I think it's good to have a wishbone and a backbone. Whatever you choose to dream, then you need to get up, grow a backbone and go after it. True happiness belongs to those who understand what it means to work hard, not wishful thinkers who hope to grow up and be like Steve Jobs someday.

My dad used to always say: "would you rather fail trying or would you rather not try at all" - I think many of us failed at something in life and that only tells me one thing... You Tried. When you try, You will be happy and you will have success. We learn through failure.

"Many a good man has failed because he has his wishbone where his backbone should be." -author unknown

I'm curious... what are your thoughts on this topic? This all came to me this morning while drinking my coffee and going through some emails. Guess what the subject line was? "New Business Opportunity Launch... Do nothing but watch your Bank Account Grow"

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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Yes - very nice quote there.

    There are those who want to tell you that all you have to do is dream - I'm not one of them

    You do need a dream of course, but you also need to take action.

    Remember, "if it is going to be, it has to be me" <-- I don't know who said that either.

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    • Profile picture of the author abundantlife
      One of the negatives of marketing online is the plethora of easy deals like you mentioned. The problem with that isn't so much that the easy deals don't work and could even be fraudulent, but that they attract the wrong people to the market place. Those kinds of slick promotions appeal to the ones who are looking for a big result with a little input or effort. Sorry to say I've been in that camp myself. But I have seen the light.

      Who we want to attract into our market place are people who have been in the trenches, ones who are a little callused with rough hands. IM is not for sissies and softies. Of course much of what we do is in a pleasant environment and perhaps at a computer but if we don't have the stiffness in our backbone we will wimp out when things don't move along fast enough.

      Once I built a log cabin in some woods I owned. It still stands today, many years later. But it wouldn't have been there without cutting the first tree and and the last one, then dragging them to the building site and peeling the bark. What made it happen was first a desire, then a goal, then considerable learning and education then DAILY ACTION. Without all that it would not have been.

      Or business is no different. To get from start to finish it will take a fixed determination that cannot be deterred or sidetracked or stopped by a wishing that someone else would do it. As I wrote that it occurred to me that wishing is kind of a swishey, soft and almost jellyfish like word. It doesn't seem to have any kind of strength to it. Compare to backbone, straight, strong, powerful, confident, can do, or hooah!

      As I was checking the spelling of hooah I found a great definition so will finish with it:

      Hooah (hü-ä or who-ah) is a U.S. Army slang term. It is used[1] by infantry, cavalry, airborne troops, and rangers (though ultimately by any and all army soldiers regardless of rank, to varying degrees) "referring to or meaning anything and everything except no".[2] It can also be a type of battle cry
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