The Greatest Networker in the World is, in my opinion, one of those books that you can read in one sitting. Once you start reading it gets quite difficult to put it down until you finish it. Its quite a thin book too, so won’t take too long – its not an all night kinda thing! At least not for the first reading, it is one of those read more than once books….
Have you ever watched The Karate Kid film? Well I compare how he learns how to fight with this book. You don’t quite know what it is you are learning until it is revealed to you. Some of the ‘lessons’ you do need to read several times, and each time you learn a bit more.
It did make me laugh when the first chapter was called The End…. I won’t spoil it for you by saying the author was not in a good place at the start of the book. He was quite simply ready to give up all hope of becoming a success in the Network Marketing arena. You can probably guess that just from the chapter title right? Meeting The Greatest Networker at this point in his life leads to an interesting learning curve, and one the reader goes through as well. This book is full of various conversations, and challenging thought processes. The first couple of chapters really pull you into the authors shoes (or head). It certainly raises the question of What you don’t know? when reading it for yourself!
Later in the book, there are some very interesting methods to help reveal the authors deeply held values and life purpose. Just from reading, I was able to take myself through the same process. I felt the same sensations of excitement to have used them as well!
Its very interesting to actually explore your own values and purpose in this way. A way that goes beyond your own limiting beliefs.
I was very pleased to read on, and find some discussion about the competitive nature of Network Marketing as an industry. The tendency to try and market ‘your’ company as being better than another company is very common. Personally, I have thought for some time that this can be quite damaging. My own viewpoint on this reverberated with the level of responsibility discussed in the book.
Topics like recruiting, team building and management, mindset, duplication, making sales etc are all covered in this book. They are covered in quite an unusual way, but they are discussed. The book provides a whole new way to look at most of these topics, which was also entertaining. Trust me, you will not know how the author manages to include kids playing games, or Japanese baths in these discussions until you read the book. There is really no way for me to explain that without telling the stories!
Of course the story telling techniques are very powerful. There are a lot of training courses that talk about the power of telling stories out there. This book actually tells stories and lets you learn from those. Its quite different than simply providing the information, and demonstrates that stories are very powerful. It weaves through them in ways that you really want to know where they are leading to as well.
There is an interesting chapter also, about the whole work and life balance issue. In my experience a lot of people in this type of work struggle with this a huge amount. How to actually have a satisfying non working life, as well as a working one is a mystery to many. The answer is actually quite simple. The author covers this topic, again through story telling that most could relate to. Balance is a continuous theme in fact, even down to the carrots….
How about the question of joining a established company versus being the ‘first level team members’ with a new company? Have you ever asked yourself about that? Or which sponsor to choose? How about the question of if you are able to be a success in this industry? Yes they are all discussed in detail, but more than that. There are exercises to do…if you care to look for them. It is as if you are the student of The Greatest Networker, and you have constant access to what he has to teach.
Throughout the book, images of what it might mean to be a success in this business are also provided within the text. Words that create the images in your head are cleverly used. For me there is enough ‘room’ for my own ideas of success to be included. I was motivated to actually create the images for myself. Of course you need to replace the authors ideas of success with your own. This is another powerful technique, and the psychology of how it is achieved in the book fascinated me. The explanations of how these techniques actually work were basic, but sufficient to provide a knowledge to back up the exercises as well.
There is the temptation to simply read through the book as fast as possible. You want to absorb all the knowledge, and have answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. There are a few parts that I wanted to skip through myself, not really understanding why they were included at times. However, the most benefit is gained from reading small portions, putting the book down and allowing your thoughts to develop. This is the reason I suggest it is a book to read several times over.
I imagine I will be reading this over again quite a lot. A notebook will be dedicated to recording my own lessons and progress just from this one book. I will also start a accompanying motivation board or book for images. I will be creating these by working through the book No doubt they will be updated when I read through the book again and again as well.
This is just my plan, others may not wish to go into it in so much detail. The good thing is you have the choice – read it in a few hours or keep going back and learning more. Regardless of which you choose I’m sure you will be curious about how the book ends…. I have no intention of spoiling it for you!
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I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have. I would love to hear your own opinions about it!