Member of the month? I gotta say, I did not expect this!
My business (and life) has been quite the rollercoaster ride, lots of ups…and lots of downs. In fact, just one month before joining MLSP in October 2015, I experienced one of the greatest lows of my life.
I declared personal bankruptcy after getting into $180,000 debt, we lost our beautiful home, our car, I moved into a tiny run-down 2 bedroom apartment with my family, I had no job, zero income…and I was desperate.
But before I share how MLSP changed my life, let’s back up a bit…
It was 2011 when I accidentally discovered the online business industry. I wasn’t looking for a business, it kinda just fell in my laps. In fact, up until that point I didn’t even know you could make money online.
But when I discovered it, I knew instantly that it was for me.
You see prior to that, I was a frustrated & underpaid office worker, in $50,000 debt, working a job I didn’t enjoy where I often argued with my boss, and the only vision I had was how much alcohol, drugs & partying I was going to do on the weekend.
My life was in shambles. I was stuck living an unfulfilling life…and a destructive lifestyle.
Then, stumbling across an online business, a network marketing company in the personal development industry, I knew it was what I needed; not just to make more money, but to turn my life around.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Now, I don’t have one of those stories where I struggled in network marketing for years. In fact, after a few months of procrastination, I got my butt into gear and made my first sale, 6 months in. $900 commission baby!!
And 2 years in, boy did my life change!
Not only did I stop parting, and self-medicating to get fulfilment. I also attracted the woman of my dreams (now my wife), we had our daughter (we now have two kids), we traveled the world as a family, I had my first $10,000+ month, I went part-time at my job, and I got to live the laptop lifestyle working on some of the biggest cruise ships in the world.
Yes, my life was amazing.
Until… I got the not-so-great idea of starting a “traditional” offline business in 2014. To cut a long story short, I stepped away from network marketing to build this traditional business. I ran it for 12 months, it grew faster than I could handle, and I made some bad decisions that resulted in $180,000 debt.
But get this… I went from $50,000 debt before network marketing, to only owing $3000 before starting this traditional business, and then back up to $180,000 debt. Talk about a financial rollercoaster ride!
And now here I was in the most stressful time of my life, and in more debt than anyone I’d ever known.
So the only decisions I had were… get 2 full time jobs and work like a slave for the rest of my life just to pay debt off, never being able to work on my online business again.
You know which route I took. I gave myself no alternative option, there was no plan B. It was “burn the boats” with no return. So I went all out with my network marketing business.
But this time, it wasn’t so easy.
You see, the rules of marketing had changed… and what used to work, no longer worked. You could not run spammy “work from home” ads on Facebook anymore, which is how I’d previously built my business.
And that’s where a few longgg months started…of trying to figure out how to advertise again.
I continued trying to run “work from home” ads on Facebook, I tried posting ads on classified sites and job boards, I even tried speaking to friends & family… and nothing worked.
Then, out of nowhere… an 18 year old girl you might know added me as a friend on Facebook. And over the next couple of weeks, I kept seeing her videos and blog posts show up on my newsfeed on a daily basis.
THIS girl was doing it right…this girl knew how to market.
After watching her closely for a few weeks, and stalking her blog a few times…I clicked on a link on one of her blog posts, I opted in…
… and BOOM!! There was Brian Fanale’s voice blasting through my laptop speakers. Everything he said made total sense, and I instantly knew this was what I was looking for!
I signed up for the $10 trial…and the rest is history!
Within 2 months of getting started with MLSP, I had my first $10,000 month in my primary business after bankruptcy, I signed up my first 5 MLSP members (and never had to pay for my membership out of pocket again)…
And my primary business continued to soar!
Fast forward to today, so much more has happened that I’m proud of…
- I’ve built a successful brand & business
- I’ve built a successful high-ticket coaching business
- I’ve made a lot of money in network marketing & affiliate marketing
- I’ve worked alongside one of the biggest leaders in the industry
- I’ve trained thousands of people in the industry
- I’ve significantly contributed to my favourite foundation, Operation Underground Railroad
- I’ve hit L4 in MLSP, on my way to L5
- And of course, I’m now Member of the Month!
So has my life changed? You bet!
But it didn’t come easy. There’s been so many ups and downs, blood sweat and tears, but what I’ve learned is…
IF YOU WANT IT BAD ENOUGH, YOU’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT!
… Just keep believing in yourself, believe in your dreams, and know that anything is possible!
Thank you Brian, Norbert, Jim & the MLSP team for this amazing platform & community! And thanks to Jelena Ostrovska for introducing me to it!
– Alex Ford
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