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A Successful Accident

I’ll give it to you straight….I was, once upon a time, a big time supporter and also a entrepreneur for a network marketing company. OK, fine. I’ll just say it. I was with Amway. I loved the products, I love(d) the upline because she was always so…you know, MY FRIEND. But that’s not what today’s story is about. I quit it and now, I am still a member of Amway, with another upline who doesn’t quite treat me as a GOOD FRIEND and CONCERNED FAMILY MEMBER, but I love the motivational stuffs that the previous upline fed me. One of my favorite ones was this speech by Louie Carillo and this guy is a really fantastic speaker. Of all the topics that he touched on, I remember this particular one very clearly. He was talking about how he was an accidental Amway success. I think in that sense, it applies to me as well. I am not an Amway accidental success Diamond, Pearl, Quartz, Rock, Pebble, Stone or whatever…but I am accidental online marketing consultant and a relatively well-respected freelance writer in the search engine marketing and internet promotion world. Think about it. I had nothing….except for crying babies, dirty diapers, no job, no car, no food, no money…no nothing. During the weekends, I would cry because I had no money. My business partner at that time was single and did not understand what post-partum depression was. I had nothing. But I had a computer and internet access. And a husband who was dissing me about using the computer too much. :-) The fantastic thing about it is that I spend my time breastfeeding my kids in front of the computer while reading and learning all about internet marketing. I had all the time in the world to do that and I did it because I was desperate. Did I have a plan? What the **** is a plan, anyway? Of course, I DIDN’T have a plan! I bummed around! A lot! The internet is a fabulous school for people like me. So I bummed and bummed and bummed so much that I suddenly realized that I can actually hold a conversation with a ‘so called’ internet marketing expert’. Up till today, I would never call myself an internet marketing expert because you could be an expert today and one day, you’re not. So, I am not an internet marketing expert. I am merely a consultant at best. And even that….is an accident! Everything could be an accident….just like I am. The moral of the story is this….if you think you want to do something, bum around a lot. Try everything and I mean, literally, EVERYTHING. Give it everything you’ve got and just try to absorb everything there is to learn just so that you’re grappling at ropes. You’re hoping. You’re learning. You’re passionate. But most importantly…. ….you’re consumed. And when you’re consumed, accidents happen. Most of the time, when you’re positively consumed, a successful accident happens.

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