In life, we have the good, the better and the best. But then we have the best of the best. What sets the best of the best apart? In Martial Arts, we have black belts. Only 1 in 10,000 will reach black belt in martial arts. I don’t know the exact number, but I would be willing to bet that 1 in 25,000 reach the level of Grandmaster in Martial Arts. I have a bunch of friends who are black belts. But I can count on both hands the number of friends I have, that I talk to regularly, who are Grandmasters:
- Reggie Cochran
- Esau McKnight
- Don “The Dragon” Wilson
- James Wilson
- Marian Kirby
- Ted Gambordella
- Chris Howard
- Brian Brewer
- Jay Blanton
Plus a few others. By the same token, I have friends in network marketing that are amazing leaders, but then I have those friends who are those who lead the leaders.
- Reggie Cochran
- Christian Gingras and his wife Tammy Sellars-Gingras
- Alan & Jean Sickman
- Tony & Sarah Zolecki
- Rick & Michelle Teague
- Alex Monterrosa
Did you notice who is on both lists? Dr. Reggie Cochran, he is not only a world champion in martial arts, 8th Degree Black belt in the Chuck Norris System, he is also Diamond in Max International. I am incredibly blessed to call Reggie one of my closest friends. My friend James Wilson, who is also a producer in Los Angeles, California told me as I was researching this idea “A Grandmaster should have many decades of experience, be a good teacher, have a calm, confident manner, and a desire to help others master their art, and perhaps even become better than they are.” James is truly one of the best of the best! And I’ve noticed this about all the people who are the best of the best. All the people I have listed here have been doing their trades, whether in martial arts or network marketing, or both for MANY years. In many cases for over 20 years. Does this mean you shouldn’t have someone who is new, or only has a year or two of training under them? NO! But you should make sure that he or she has someone who is training them who does meet this qualification. If they are learning from someone who is a “top gun” then he or she will also develop the right skills.
To the leaders who read this: something I posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, one piece of advice: don’t quit on someone that you see is trying, even if they don’t accomplish much for a while. Just keep encouraging them to improve and eventually it will pay off. Sometimes the person who partners with you may not accomplish much outwardly, but inwardly he or she is paying attention. And in time, it will pay off in ways that you can’t even imagine! But some advice as well: NEVER tell someone they are not smart enough to be successful. Some things will come from it:
- He or she will quit your team, but not necessarily your company. That person will find a leader who is willing to take time and teach him or her.
- He or she may end up quitting your company, but then will probably join another company and be a Rockstar in the next company
- think about lost profits had you been patient with him or her and given that person the time they needed to grow into the leader he or she wanted to be
- Also, think about this: who is this person connected to? Even if he or she isn’t a Rockstar, he or she may know people that could be. And those people will join him or her. Which will lead to those Rockstars as he or she grows. And he or she, as a result of the people he or she hangs out with, will become a Rockstar too.
In closing, remember this: you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Are you hanging out with leaders, or thos