Wednesday, January 04, 2006
The meeting this morning went well, and I'll be able to make some extra money, which is always welcome.
Perhaps of even more significance, though, is that I met the other agent working in Bellaire, and we have decided to team up and sign accounts together. We are both in a place of being ready to move on to better things in our lives, and we both need to generate more income to be able to do that. With her connections in the Bellaire area, and the connections I am establishing in Petoskey, we should be able to write twice as much business as either of us could do on our own.
We have both had our share of struggles in getting started. She started in October, and is not much further along in her business than I am, and I only started a few weeks ago. We have each wanted someone to work with, but with our sales coordinators having so many other responsibilities, it has not been easy to establish a steady working relationship with anyone. We are both very grateful to finally have another person to work with, and we seem to work well together. I am very excited to have this added element. Between the two of us, I think we are both going to be generating a significant income in no time. Not enough to buy property and build a dream house...but maybe enough to start looking at a new apartment within the next couple of months, and make plans to move up and out.
She and I also had a chance to have a good talk with a veteran agent...the agent that introduced me to Aflac 10 years ago. (He didn't remember doing it, but I have kept that tucked away all these years.) I appreciated the time we had to talk with him, because he was realistic with us about what we could expect from this business. He acknowledged that it is difficult to get started, that you have to be realistic about your goals, that it is possible to make a good living, but not the grandiose amounts of money some might tell you that you will make...He was very honest about what we could expect, and I think that was something my new partner and I really appreciated. It's easy to get so excited about a product...any product...that you present it as being much more than it is. He didn't do that, and I walked away from that meeting today with a greater sense of where I wanted to be going and what I needed to do to get there.
I did not have a chance to talk with the pastor today, but that is one of my goals for tomorrow. There is just so much happening, all at once.
It's time to rest. More tomorrow.
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