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Lessons Learned From A Runner

26.2 miles.

That kind of mileage can tell you a lot about a runner.

Yeah, yeah, we know runners are fit and they can out pace the average Joe… but we’re looking at something much bigger:  something colossal like CHARACTER!

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1st time marathon finisher! 6:23:32

And this photo demonstrates a perfect example. 4 hours prior to capturing the finisher image… Andrea  – who trained 14 weeks for the Dallas Marathon – almost passed out and QUIT at the 22 mile mark. For trained athletes, quitting is the equivalent to cursing out Mother Theresa. You just don’t do it!

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Listen to your body. Safety 1st! There will always be another race!

But there are exceptions… And Andrea was dangerously close. Along the 26.2 mile course, Andrea battled GI issues, nausea, dizziness and eventually fatigue. Her trained pace dwindled from 11:30 to 12 then 14. Something was wrong but she was doing everything right. She started walking to bring her heart rate down. Drank water, ingested electrolytes, sodium even carbs. She was headed for a “DNF” aka “Did Not Finish”.  In fact, had she been alone – she might have.

BUT SHE WASN’T.

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Andrea’s best friends cheer her along the marathon route!

 

And no matter who you are – and what you do… whether its running competitively or starting a new business in the marketplace… everyone will one day reach this crossroad.

 

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Greatness isn’t discovered when all goes well…

It is always unearthed, under pressure – when all goes wrong.

The game changer is your circle. Your support system. Your core group of friends. Your mentors. Your family. Your own personal “BIG YES”! It will either be your anchor or your sail.

Or in Andrea’s case:  her cape!  It’s amazing how God placed Superwoman’s husband and her children 100 yards away from her breakdown.

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We got you babe!

Mr. Superman, who also happens to be a physician knew exactly what she needed – and pushed a liquid recovery drink to her mouth. No kidding, within minutes she was ready to start pacing again. Even the ambulance that had pulled over was shocked and said, “She doesn’t need us”.

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Andrea’s Pace Group! We prayed, sang gospel hymns and chanted military cadences to keep Andrea’s mindset on finishing this race!

So off we went… Andrea,  with her first born daughter holding her hand… her rag tag crew of pacers… and even a few strays we picked up along the way; walked and jogged intervals the final 4 miles. Who cared that the course shut down. We have a finish line to cross!

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Ya’ll can’t tell Andrea Jesus aint real!

 

2 hours later, the miracle was not Andrea finished. The miracle is how she finished: surrounded by people who didn’t beat her down for being 2 hours short of her goal pace, but reminded her the race is not given to the swift, nor to the slow… but to the one who endures.

Remember,  Oprah, Michael Jordan and Steve Jobs all came precipitously close to failing… And now they are legends. Lesson here:  Get immersed in a circle where you are the least successful and least knowledgeable in the group… and rise. Your business or even in your personal life you will accomplish the impossible… just like Andrea!

 

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Get off the struggle bus!

Business Boot camp has begun… and the team is assembled.

And as promised… I will be blogging the good, the bad and the ugly…

So let’s start with the ugly. 😣

The workload is time intensive. No one has done everything required in week one – including me! And outside of getting our tax ID paperwork completed… we are still watching training academy videos… duplicating business strategies that work… and identifying warm and cold markets.

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Perfect example…. my 1st 5 days were a beast… working from 7am til 12 midnight. But I’m not gonna lie… I have had crazy success in vertical markets… and this is no different. If I am not willing to invest in my own success, why would anyone want me to mentor them to find theirs? So I am on mission.

Bottom line… Only 2% of all female buisness owners generate a million in revenue! Will we be among those 2 percenters? I don’t know. But somebody’s got to do it… and as the old adage goes…. “Despise not the day of small beginnings.” Who knows what this will give birth to!

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So this is where the good comes in… 😆

My team is full of hungry, eager, newborn entrepreneurs. Absolutely everyone got the stinky eye from critics and loved ones when we said, “We’re joining ItWorks as our founding business”.  Even Forbes magazine recognizes the potential in multi-level marketing!

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Plus, if you can’t build a business that gives you a duplicatable business plan -that has earned thousands of small buisness owners an extra $500 to $35 thousand a month – you certainly will struggle building a brand no one has ever heard of. Our goal: learn the basics, build and stay with ItWorks, or use the profit earned to launch out  DEBT FREE! Another option: have fun and get some extra spending money. Stephanie Doss sure did!!

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So here’s my team!

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Stephanie… is a college degreed newlywed, working mom and avid runner. She joined the bootcamp to eradicate debt. She can only invest a few hours in building her brand. But she has come out the gate smoking. In less than a week she earned her first bonus. Not bad for someone who said…”I don’t know about this, but why not? Staying on the same path is leading me nowhere”.

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Alis… is our firecracker. Her mode of operation is highly unique. She identifies with millennials and plans to grow her buisness through viral videos. I am gonna be honest, as her mentor, I might be learning more from her. She pushes the envelope for me in uncomfortable ways. But in one week, she’s already recruited a distributor to join her growing team. There’s no doubt about it, she’ll reach a market I probably could never reach. She prefers to call herself “The Wrap Queen” 😆

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Jackie (left) Karen (right)

Then there’s Jackie and Karen, highly successful entrepreneurs who already saw how a credible health and wellness brand could expand their market reach. Both know firsthand, the multi-billion dollar hair care industry for women of color… suffers from products that don’t work. But have you tried hair, skin and nails? It’s the secret weapon for growing hair longer, stronger and fuller! When they saw how it worked, they jumped on board!

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Alicia (left) Krista (right)

Our remaining teamates: Alicia and Krista… admit they are playing catch-up. Not because they are not committed and driven; but with full-time jobs, families and school – time management is going to play a huge role in their success. But I have full confidence they are gonna be rock-stars!

And remember, my job as mentor is to keep us all focused… refuse to let anyone fall behind… and uncover the GOAL-DIGGER in all of us.

 

So if you’re reading this… and you’re slightly intrigued…. don’t follow this blog on the sidelines…  #JoinUs or #WatchUs ☺

I’ll read your comments and hit you up, in case you want me to!

Operation : Business Bootcamp

If someone threw an opportunity at you to change your life….

Would you take it?
Would you run with it?

Last week…. over 21 thousand people viewed this post…. and it revealed something deep.

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21k views!

REAL people want REAL guidance…
They wany REAL financial freedom.
But don’t know how to make the jump.

Well, don’t feel bad… I’m no different. The 9 to 5 paid the bills… but it wasn’t generating wealth, nor did I have much for charity or vacations with my kids.

I, like you, have a choice though… remain the same and expect different results (which is insane)… Or change your game plan AND JUMP into something different!

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Honey.. I’m going head first…. 😆 along with several new mentees  I found fielding through massive inquiries. Over the next year, we are about to be like soldiers, getting groomed for the marketplace. We’ll learn how our current skills vertically align with our new buisness. We’re gonna soak up knowledge from fantastically successful titans of industry…. and together, we’ll share relevant, valuable tricks, tips and tools to help our business grow as we all start together at square ONE.

It’s gonna be a fantastic year, filled with inspiration, hard work and valuable lessons. The entire journey will be featured on this blog… the good, the bad and the ugly.

Call it reality blogging.😎 And don’t miss a single episode. I’m introducing the starring cast up next!

If you want info on how to join our boot camp 👊👐👍 Post your email addy in the comment section 🆗🆒✔

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