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He joined Network Marketing while in his last year of high school.Ã˜rjanâ€™s uncle, who is five years older than he is, got him involved in a weight loss company. It was just before his 18th birthday, and the company wasnâ€™t opened in Norway yet. â€œI was incredibly skeptical after the first meeting,â€ Ã˜rjan said. â€œI was sure this could not be right. I didnâ€™t know if it was a pyramid scheme, if it was just a scam, but I was sure they didnâ€™t tell me the whole truth. Actually one of the reasons I joined was to prove to my uncle it was wrong.â€ Ã˜rjan had seen this Swedish guy draw the circles on the board and he did the math. The way it was presented, the company would easily pay out several hundred percent. Ã˜rjan sat down for about three weeks and took apart the compensation plan, studying the different rules, looking for where the breaks were. He concluded that, in fact, they probably didnâ€™t pay out too much money, but he had to join to see for himself what they actually did pay, and to learn if this really was a legitimate business. His uncle continued to tell him about new Network Marketing opportunities, and every time he showed Ã˜rjan something, he let him know he could become a millionaire overnight. At that, Ã˜rjan would argue, argue and argue. He knew that couldnâ€™t be possible. Business is not that easy. â€œIn the process,â€ Ã˜rjan said, â€œI realized the system was true, and if you spent time on it, you had one benefit which you didnâ€™t have with a regular job: There was no cap on your income. However,â€ he added, â€œyour income in the beginning of the business would be lessâ€” a lot lessâ€” than if you spent the same time on a regular job.â€ No limit on your income impressed Ã˜rjan greatly. He saw how, if you just continued working, you could make twice as much, or three times as much, or 10 times as much as in a job. That intrigued him enough to do the businessâ€” and thatâ€™s the reason why he didnâ€™t give up. This is important, because in the beginning Ã˜rjan didnâ€™t do well at all. â€œI did as bad as you can do,â€ Ã˜rjan says, laughing. â€œThe first business was weight loss and consumables, and I did get some people involved. But before I actually managed to put them into the computer and get the products to Norway, I was stopped dead. I got three pages in the local Bergen newspaperâ€” because of my momâ€™s and dadâ€™s notabilityâ€” saying that this was probably illegal and that the products would cause cancer.â€ â€œThe shampoo would cause cancer if you ate it, was basically the headline and the content of the article. I would ask people, â€˜You donâ€™t eat shampoo, do you?â€™ But my dad and my mom and me got the front page. The newspaper ended my career in that company.â€ Ã˜rjan joined an environmental cleaning company, where he cleaned a lot of cars and lots of windows. He was 19, and thatâ€™s where he built his first real downline. Ã˜rjan made a lot of money from retail sales, but in two years, only $300 in actual commissions from his team.
But when Ã˜rjan got that check he was on fire!He was jumping and running around in the living room of his momâ€™s and dadâ€™s house for about five minutes straight! He was so excited his sister thought heâ€™d won the lottery, but he told her, â€œNo, no, no, this is much better. The circles work.â€ Ã˜rjan soon joined the first of the U.S. telecoms to come to Norway, and the first company to really pay him. After four years in the business, he had only made about $350 or $400, and was at the $100-a-month level. â€œWhen you believe in a certain way, you think in a certain way, which will cause you to act in a certain way,â€ Ã˜rjan says. Now he believed. And he was ready to build his biggest team so far. Even though they didnâ€™t understand how things really worked, Ã˜rjan and his people were just so excited. â€œWe believed weâ€™d get rich really quickly,â€ he says. â€œOnce all of us owned that belief, we started thinking and acting that way: We had urgency. We couldnâ€™t wait. We had to do it now, as fast as possible.â€ That urgency caused Ã˜rjan and his entire team to take massive action. They started putting in 80-90 hours a-week, traveling all over Norway building the presentations, and the meetings, and selling the product. â€œWe got tremendous growth,â€ Ã˜rjan said, â€œand after about three weeks in that company, my check was about $1,800-1,900 a week. It was about $10,000 a month from the second month.â€ How did that happen? â€œI believe that if you do something and you work hard on it, eventually through a whole lot of Plan, Do, Check and Adjust, youâ€™ll find a way that works,â€ he says. â€œWe built the business in the beginning even though we didnâ€™t have the knowledge. We just did whatever other people in that company were doing, and tried to do it better.â€ He went on the MLM cruise and got to know Tom â€œBig Alâ€ Schreiter, met Art Jonak, and Michael Clouse. Hooked up with Randy Gage in South Beach went to his MLM Power Weekend in Orlando. All of that brought new ideas of how to do the business on a more professional level. He went back home and together with his team created a system that worked. Ã˜rjan says there are five behaviors that you need to have down to succeed in Network Marketing: 1. Number one behavior is developing a big smile. 2. The second behavior is that each one will reach one, so youâ€™ve got to learn how to contact and invite people. 3. Third is each one teach one. â€œYou got to have a system for duplication, because you will never make a million dollars in Network Marketing unless you get duplication. Without duplication,â€ Ã˜rjan says, â€œyou should go get a job. It will serve you much better.â€ You teach people to bring people into the system and you teach people to become speakers, trainers and teachers. 4. Number four is connecting people. â€œI think that itâ€™s crucial that you become a Networker,â€ Ã˜rjan says. â€œToo many Network Marketers arenâ€™t Networkers after they join the business. Connecting people is making sure all the new people on your team are connected to several people in their upline. Thatâ€™s how leaders are developed.â€ â€œIf you have a brand new person in the business,â€ Ã˜rjan says, â€œand they signed up two people, and their sponsor has been in for three days, and thatâ€™s all the people this new person knows. He knows four people that never made a dime in Network Marketing.â€ â€œWhen you connect him with five, six or seven upline leaders, he knows four or five of them who are making full-time incomes. Some of them may be making $100,000 a month. Thatâ€™s the importance of networking inside of the Networking.â€ 5. Number five is becoming teachable. â€œYou have to get into the growth process,â€ Ã˜rjan says, â€œso youâ€™re doing the personal development as well as the skills of Network Marketing. â€œBeing teachable means you learn something and you implement that,â€ Ã˜rjan says. â€œBeing teachable is not just reading the books, going to the events, listening to the CDs. Itâ€™s putting that new knowledge to work in your life.â€ â€œIf you implement those five behaviors in a step-by-step training system,â€ Ã˜rjan says, â€œthere is nothing that can stop anybody from making it to the top of any Network Marketing company in the world. Thatâ€™s all it takes. If you keep doing them you will become better at some of the skills and eventually you find one or two or three where youâ€™re world-classâ€” and then youâ€™ll be paid world-class money.â€
Ã˜rjan stresses the importance of your â€œwhy,â€ the dream, because his â€œwhyâ€ was and is so important to him.â€œIn the beginning, I wanted to make money,â€ he says, â€œAt least $10,000 a month, because that would give me my dream lifestyle. My â€˜whyâ€™ wasnâ€™t really the money, it was the dream lifestyle. $10,000 a month when youâ€™re 17 will give you that lifestyle. And then I kept increasing the amount, so that it could cover my growing lifestyle dreams.â€ â€œWhen you become a multi-millionaire and you donâ€™t have to go out and work to make money, new â€˜whysâ€™ appear. Today, one of my â€˜whysâ€™ is masteryâ€” wanting to be the best of who I can be in my field.â€ â€œWhen you fulfill so many of your dreams in our business, a big â€˜whyâ€™ develops in that you want to help other people achieve what you have achieved. You want to show other people the way they can do the same thing that youâ€™ve mastered yourself.â€ â€œI still have a money amount that Iâ€™m always working toward,â€ Ã˜rjan says, â€œbut my wife Hilde and I have a vision of helping a million kids out of poverty. And not only out of poverty. The dream is to develop the kids into leaders that could be leading companies in a third world nation 30-40 years from now. Itâ€™s a dream about all the people you can help to develop into their potential. I think that happens in Network Marketing more and faster than in most other businesses. I get a lot of excitement out of seeing peopleâ€™s potential.â€ â€œYour dream has to be so big and so real that itâ€™s worth it and youâ€™re willing to delay your gratification and youâ€™ll take the time to do everything that is necessary to reach that dream.â€
â€œI believe that people have seeds of greatness inside of them, and I would love to live a life where I could get those seeds growing on the inside of more and more people.â€Thatâ€™s Ã˜rjanâ€™s vision for his life: Kids that are brought out of poverty, adults finding their dream again. He believes that by growing those seeds you will grow to become a great person. â€œAnd when more people become a great person,â€ he says, â€œthey will in their turn discover more seeds inside of more people and eventually we will be living in a great world.â€ Ã˜rjan has a favorite quote by Phillips Brooks: â€œBe such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be Godâ€™s Paradise.â€ â€œI think our greatest fear,â€ Ã˜rjan says, â€œshould not be that we wonâ€™t succeed, but that we will succeed at something that doesnâ€™t matter. And as you can see, Network Marketing really matters.â€ ___________________________ From The Greatest Networkers in the World