baseball.svR.A. Dickey now pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays. He previously played for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets.

After limited success in the majors as a conventional starting pitcher, he learned to throw a knuckleball. As of the 2012 season, Dickey is the only active player in the majors who uses the knuckleball as his primary pitch. In 2012, Dickey was selected to his first career All-Star Game, won the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award and became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.  (Wikipedia)

Listen to R.A. talk about the knuckleball and think about how this might apply to your MLM business.  Then read the (partial) transcript below, and think again!

“A knuckleball is antithetical to any other conventional pitch.  Conventional pitching is meant to impart spin to the ball in order to manipulate the break.  With a knuckleball, you’re trying to subtract spin completely.

I wish I’d kept track of the number of pitches I’ve thrown against a cinder block wall somewhere trying to learn the mechanics, the grip, the way it feels as it leaves your hand, the pressure you need to put on your forefinger and your fingernails … it took so many repetitions.

And I stunk for a while with it.  I was just grinding it out, hoping to get to that point where I would be able to turn a corner.

After about two and a half years I started to really feel comfortable and started to have some success with it.  

It’s been worth the wait.  I always held on to the hope.

It was dark.  It was a dark period for me.  I was an older guy trying to learn this new thing and not making much money and trying to figure it all out.

[R.A. explains his grip and the mechanics of the release.]

I like it when it comes out.  It comes out very smoothly.  I keep my hand and my fingers this way and then I bring my hand forward just a little bit and I release it at the opportune moment.

But that opportune moment has taken a long time to figure out when that is.”

R.A.’s story could be an eye-opener for any network marketer.  Here are a few of our lightbulb moments …

  • MLM is unlike any other business model.
  • We subtract spin by being frank with our prospects, customers and downline team.
  • We have to do it over and over a million times before we start to get better.
  • We all stink when we start, we all grind it out, we all hope to turn a corner.
  • RA took two and a half years to even feel comfortable and have a bit of success.  How quickly do we expect to start earning in our MLM business?
  • If we hold on to the hope and keep on pitching, this will work for us.
  • RA was an ‘older guy’ who pressed on through the dark period.  Press on and don’t get crippled by the whatswrongwithmes or small checks.  Get this thing figured out.
  • Look for true leaders like R.A. willing to share what they have learned – how to do it, how to succeed.
  • Become a leader and share your skills for free.
  • Improve your skills to the point where you like how it comes out – very smoothly.
  • Be prepared to work a long time to learn the mechanics and find the opportune moment of release.

Success is no secret … you just have to throw thousands of knuckleballs against the cinder block wall!

Successful musicians, athletes and professionals of all kinds will tell you that it takes about 10,000 hours to get proficient.  If you practise 8 hours a day, that’s 1250 days, or about 2 years to see some success, and 3 to 4 years before you become truly proficient.

So what’s our lesson?  Don’t hop into this new career and look for a huge check in your first month.  Keep working at it, keep learning the skills for success.

The best manager we know for teaching us the skills is Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter and the best field for spring training is

What did you learn from R.A. Dickey?  What’s your best MLM lesson ever?  Please let us know in the comments section.

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