Network marketing superstars are not born; they’re made – mostly through determination, perseverance and hard work, but also through mentorship.
Mentorship is at the very core of the network marketing profession. The correlation between mentorship and sales success lies in the strong culture of support system. Network marketing professionals do the business independently but leverage the readily available support from the company, their uplines and leaders and their teammates. Network marketing, after all, may be a business for yourself but it’s not a businessby yourself.
In QNET, the most successful Independent Representatives are those who take to heart the principle “You will succeed as you help others succeed.” They are the ardent followers who’ve had the heart to learn, relearn and unlearn a lot of things, regardless of their prior status or background when they decided to be part of QNET. They made the firm commitment to be plugged into the company’s system for success. They humble themselves to be mentored by the rightful gurus of the profession; go through a number of extensive and intensive self-development, marketing and leadership trainings; use the company’s effective tools; and, duplicate themselves by teaching their teammates to succeed in the business and become formidable leaders themselves.
These leaders live out The V‘s mentorship principles, namely:
- Mentorship by Example – A good leader is a good follower. An effective leader is one who is being mentored and is sharing the learnings forward by mentoring others. One is never too successful to be mentored.
- In Service – For uplines, being a mentor means practising the culture of being in service to their downlines. They make themselves accountable for each and everyone’s success in the business. They extend consistent coaching and assistance – from fast start to rank advancement; spearhead useful trainings and events; promote ethical marketing practices; and, serve as inspiration to many in continuously elevating the network marketing profession.
- The Empty Cup Principle – This is the principle that keeps everyone grounded. If someone wants to make it big in the QNET business, it is essential for them to open their minds and listen to the earned wisdom of their mentor. They empty themselves of their preconceived notions of the business or plans. They have to allow time-tested network marketing knowledge to flow freely into them so they could embed themselves fully in the company’s system for success.
- Principle of Trespass – For someone to be mentored effectively, they recognise the importance of giving the mentor permission to speak truth lovingly into their lives. On the other hand, for a mentor to be granted trespass, they need to be able to show their mentee the value and significance of their relationship. This way, they get to know and work on each other’s strengths and weaknesses and tell each other the truth with no guilt or inhibitions. Through time and consistency, a strong relationship and a fruitful business partnership are built.
Is it possible to succeed without an active upline? The answer is YES. Is it possible for a networker to flourish in the business without a mentor? Highly unlikely. QNET Executive Chairperson Donna Imson, when she was starting, didn’t have an active sponsor whom she was supposed to learn the ropes from. But that didn’t stop her from becoming the industry icon that she is today. She made the most of what she calls the Indirect Mentors – upline leaders she listened to, watched, and followed; the authors of her favourite books; and, the success stories of ordinary people whom she has met or heard of.
Mentorship in the QNET business is the very reason why the most active mentors in The V family, to date, are the Founders themselves, Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran and Joseph T. Bismark. They are resolute in their bid to touch a billion hearts and change the world by mentoring one person at a time. The 15-year success of QNET is a testament to their having mastered the art of mentorship – leading by example, empowering people and inspiring with a vision, passion, commitment and integrity.