Let’s face you are going to get lots of advice from both upline and crossline leaders as you build your Nu Skin business. Unfortunately there will be times you should ignore that advice.
Here are 4 phrases you may hear from people that I have learned are clues that you should turn around and head the opposite direction as fast as possible.
1. “Don’t ask questions about what your upline is telling you”
Ugh. If anyone ever says that to you the first thing out of your mouth should be, “Why not?” If they persist in their obstinacy find someone else to partner with. Your job is to ask questions. And it’s one of the ways you grow and find new and creative ways to be successful.
2. “We’ve tried that and it does not work”
The conversation could look something like this:
You: “I don’t know, maybe you didn’t have what it takes to make it work.”
Them: “And you do?”
(This is when you put on that smug little grin that drives people nuts.)
No, don’t be smug.
But you never know: you just might have the angle or the outlook that a particular challenge needs to succeed. And it doesn’t really matter if you succeed or not. Even if you fail your ability to remain creative will provide a footing for you to build toward future successes.
3. “Don’t try anything stupid”
You kill creativity and innovation when you worry about what other people think about you.
4. “It’s never been done before”
I don’t know about you, but when I hear that phrase I immediately think challenge. I’m a sucker for a challenge. And I like to prove people wrong.
There was a Harper’s Weekly article (“The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”) that was written back in 1939.
The article was about the role uninhibited curiosity played in technological breakthroughs—discoveries that would never occur under regimented conditions.
In essence, the writer argued that pragmatic purposes are not behind breakthroughs. What’s at work is sheer curiosity—allowing someone to explore an idea simply for the sake of satisfying that curiosity.
While those curiosity driven explorations might not end in a significant discovery, those explorations pile up until someone pulls all that information together—and boom. We have a substantial breakthrough.
And that, my friends, is why creativity is so important in your Nu Skin business and why you should support and reward it in your own organization.
Monte Schumacher is a 31 year Direct Sales industry veteran. He leads one of the largest networks of independent sales reps in the world.
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