I often hear new distributors say they are afraid they will make a mistake or they are afraid they will say something wrong when talking to prospects. Many experience fear of failure so they don’t ever really get started.

Fear of failure is often what paralyzes a person in their network marketing business or any other project they want to have success in.

Failure is actually not such a bad thing. Think about Thomas Edison. He is often brought up as an example of how we can view failure as stepping stones as we make progress.

When asked about the frustration of all his failures he responded, “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward…I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

It’s not the failure but how we react to failure that determines whether or not we will achieve success. Are we going to learn from each failure and make the necessary adjustments and keep moving forward towards our goals?

Let me make one thing clear. I am not talking about jumping from one mlm program to another. I am talking about making adjustments within the program you are working and stay with that program until you are successful.

In the beginning as you are learning to communicate about your business, you make a lot of mistakes and you don’t feel comfortable. Sometimes you feel like an utter failure, but practice makes perfect. As you get better at your business, you actually love what you are doing. People see this and are drawn to you. It is a cycle of success that grows with time and practice.

The same goes for the various types of advertising you use. There are a lot of factors that effect what kind of ads you will use. One example is direct mailing with postcards. In the beginning of building my business I did a lot of postcard mailing. I have had great success using this method. I have also seen distributors in my group fail miserably at it. The biggest reason they failed is because they mailed a batch or two of postcards and didn’t get the results they wanted so the quit. No testing different ads no adjustments were made, they just quit!

Here’s another good quote from Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Success requires failure, making adjustments and finding the way that works for YOU.

As the great Joe Schroeder says it, “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.”

So, get out there and fail, knowing that you are one step closer to success. The only real failure is giving up.

There is an expression “Success Leaves Clues.” That’s a really powerful statement. You can look at any successful person and see clues that reveal how they were successful. That is HUGE for anyone that wants to be a successful FULL TIME NETWORK MARKETER!

We all started with the dream of being full time in our network marketing business. We had the intent to build our business so we can have freedom, both time and financial freedom. When you are just starting out, it can seem like an overwhelming task ahead of you.

One of the best ways to learn how to do something is to watch someone who has already successfully done what we want to do. So, your job is to find network marketers who are successfully full time working from home. Not ones who make a big blow but network marketers who are DOING IT. You can easily find these people online. Some are very well known.

So how do you learn from these successful people? First you could do a Google search and find any audios, videos, articles, etc. Subscribe to their newsletters and their blogs. I search a bit and find as much as possible that I can follow. Then, when their newsletters and blog posts come in, I read every word, listen to audios and watch videos. I have several that I have following been following for years. This will always be the case because no matter how successful I am, I can always learn more.

The day you stop learning is the day your business will begin to deteriorate. You want a growing business? Study other people who are truly successful. What are the patterns that are visible with the various successful people you know? What are they writing about? What are they talking about? What is their posture like?

Watch how they speak, how they act how they write, follow them on Facebook. I have a special “Don’t Miss It” list set up on Facebook so I don’t miss a thing they say. I check in once a day to see what is being said by the ones I put on that list. A few examples I have on my list: Network Marketing Pro – Eric Worre, Michael S. Clouse, Art Jonak and any upline leaders in my company, Frank Kern a marketing expert, Michael Losier law of attraction master trainer. There are others I subscribe to but I don’t necessarily read every word they say.

When you are studying these people, focus not just on their marketing but their words and their mindset. Remember Success Leaves Clues. The best way to learn is to study those who have done it.

These days social media is a really big means to build your business. Are you keeping up with what is going on in marketing? Have you noticed that almost every business has a Facebook page? Are you taking note what the successful marketers are doing in social media? You can learn a lot by watching how people use social media. There is a right way and a WRONG way. Don’t just run around yelling “Buy my fruity juice!” Learn the correct way to use Facebook to build your business.

I love that expression. It was one Zig Ziglar often used. Zig was one of my earliest personal development favorites. I wore out many audio cassettes of Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn. I spent hours upon hours listening to tapes of any motivational trainer, anything to do with marketing or success. Listening in my car, in my office and anywhere I could squeeze in a little more listening.

Have you been attending automobile university? What a great way to pick up some more training and improving your skills.

Your level of income is directly related to the amount of time and, yes, even money you spend training. Professional network marketers take their education seriously. They seek out training, they attend events and they aren’t afraid to invest in their education.

The professional network marketer chooses training over hours of time wasted with television. Instead of the latest tunes they are listening to the latest training in marketing and other things related to their industry. Sharpening their skills and becoming more comfortable doing things the average person is too unmotivated to do.

Times are urgent. The economy isn’t getting better. It’s time to kick it up a notch and get serious. There is a balance. We do need some play time but now is the time to take a look at what we are doing in our business.

What are your favorite ways to slip in some training around your busy schedule? Leave a comment below and share.