Words of encouragement for EDJ new/new FAs

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All the posts on here highlighting the fact that this is a very difficult business were right on the money. It's true that you can't honestly understand what that means until you actually hit the streets day in and day out to make the necessary 25 contacts and I'm certainly a student at the EDJ school of hard knocks right now. I'm a new/new and was very discouraged yesterday after having the door slammed in my face time after time and still falling short of my 25 real contacts. After returning home last night tired and feeling like crap I relaxed for a bit and then sat at my computer and created a word document containing the following four statements:<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
- Keep gutting it out, day in and day out, for 5 years and you will be successful.
 
- You will wade through thousands of rejections to find hundreds of clients.
 
- You have hardly any bills so you will make it financially.
 
- Take it one day at a time.
 
I printed the four statements out and taped it to the inside of my bedroom door so I would see it this morning before leaving to door knock. I read it this morning and it actually lifted my spirits just before heading out to pound the pavement. For the past few days I've been door knocking without a break between the hours of noon to 7pm. Today I had a big lunch at 11am, began walking the neighborhoods carrying 30 "Jones and You" brochures at noon, and received 27 phone numbers by 5:45pm. I had a great day today and hope that my results will be similar tomorrow. 
 
A wise person in these forums once responded to one of my posts stating that “the thing to remember is that this business is a challenging endeavor, not a hopeless pursuit”.
 
I took that statement to heart.
 

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I'd also like to add that I attached a pedometer to my belt this morning and realized that I took almost 18000 steps while door knocking today! Holy crap! As much as I walk during the day I don't need to jog in the mornings now!

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bastermind80 wrote:
All the posts on here highlighting the fact that this is a very difficult business were right on the money. It's true that you can't honestly understand what that means until you actually hit the streets day in and day out to make the necessary 25 contacts and I'm certainly a student at the EDJ school of hard knocks right now. I'm a new/new and was very discouraged yesterday after having the door slammed in my face time after time and still falling short of my 25 real contacts. After returning home last night tired and feeling like crap I relaxed for a bit and then sat at my computer and created a word document containing the following four statements:<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
- Keep gutting it out, day in and day out, for 5 years and you will be successful.
 
- You will wade through thousands of rejections to find hundreds of clients.
 
- You have hardly any bills so you will make it financially.
 
- Take it one day at a time.
 
I printed the four statements out and taped it to the inside of my bedroom door so I would see it this morning before leaving to door knock. I read it this morning and it actually lifted my spirits just before heading out to pound the pavement. For the past few days I've been door knocking without a break between the hours of noon to 7pm. Today I had a big lunch at 11am, began walking the neighborhoods carrying 30 "Jones and You" brochures at noon, and received 27 phone numbers by 5:45pm. I had a great day today and hope that my results will be similar tomorrow. 
 
A wise person in these forums once responded to one of my posts stating that “the thing to remember is that this business is a challenging endeavor, not a hopeless pursuit”.
 
I took that statement to heart.
 
 
Right out of the EJ textbook. The same tired commentary just keeps getting passed around from training class to training class. Makes me ill.

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Ron 14 wrote:bastermind80 wrote:
All the posts on here highlighting the fact that this is a very difficult business were right on the money. It's true that you can't honestly understand what that means until you actually hit the streets day in and day out to make the necessary 25 contacts and I'm certainly a student at the EDJ school of hard knocks right now. I'm a new/new and was very discouraged yesterday after having the door slammed in my face time after time and still falling short of my 25 real contacts. After returning home last night tired and feeling like crap I relaxed for a bit and then sat at my computer and created a word document containing the following four statements:<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
- Keep gutting it out, day in and day out, for 5 years and you will be successful.
 
- You will wade through thousands of rejections to find hundreds of clients.
 
- You have hardly any bills so you will make it financially.
 
- Take it one day at a time.
 
I printed the four statements out and taped it to the inside of my bedroom door so I would see it this morning before leaving to door knock. I read it this morning and it actually lifted my spirits just before heading out to pound the pavement. For the past few days I've been door knocking without a break between the hours of noon to 7pm. Today I had a big lunch at 11am, began walking the neighborhoods carrying 30 "Jones and You" brochures at noon, and received 27 phone numbers by 5:45pm. I had a great day today and hope that my results will be similar tomorrow. 
 
A wise person in these forums once responded to one of my posts stating that “the thing to remember is that this business is a challenging endeavor, not a hopeless pursuit”.
 
I took that statement to heart.
 
 
Right out of the EJ textbook. The same tired commentary just keeps getting passed around from training class to training class. Makes me ill.
 
Actually when I started with them it was "work 2 years like you never thought you could and live the rest of your life like you never thought you would".  I see they've stretched that to 5.
 
bastermind, keep positive it is the only thing that will keep you going.  Find whatever little tricks you can to keep you focused and going.  I would suggest that you take a mid afternoon break at a local coffee shop or something.  It does two things, gets you seen by people in your community and lets you relax a little. 

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I was told to "work harder than anyone else will for five years and live like no one else can for the rest of your life."
 
Three years running, and I'm still waiting on the second half of that statement to come to fruition.

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Ron 14 wrote:bastermind80 wrote:
All the posts on here highlighting the fact that this is a very difficult business were right on the money. It's true that you can't honestly understand what that means until you actually hit the streets day in and day out to make the necessary 25 contacts and I'm certainly a student at the EDJ school of hard knocks right now. I'm a new/new and was very discouraged yesterday after having the door slammed in my face time after time and still falling short of my 25 real contacts. After returning home last night tired and feeling like crap I relaxed for a bit and then sat at my computer and created a word document containing the following four statements:<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
- Keep gutting it out, day in and day out, for 5 years and you will be successful.
 
- You will wade through thousands of rejections to find hundreds of clients.
 
- You have hardly any bills so you will make it financially.
 
- Take it one day at a time.
 
I printed the four statements out and taped it to the inside of my bedroom door so I would see it this morning before leaving to door knock. I read it this morning and it actually lifted my spirits just before heading out to pound the pavement. For the past few days I've been door knocking without a break between the hours of noon to 7pm. Today I had a big lunch at 11am, began walking the neighborhoods carrying 30 "Jones and You" brochures at noon, and received 27 phone numbers by 5:45pm. I had a great day today and hope that my results will be similar tomorrow. 
 
A wise person in these forums once responded to one of my posts stating that “the thing to remember is that this business is a challenging endeavor, not a hopeless pursuit”.
 
I took that statement to heart.
 
 
Right out of the EJ textbook. The same tired commentary just keeps getting passed around from training class to training class. Makes me ill.
 
Since when has having a good positive attitude been tired commentary?  If baster worked for Merrill his note would have said the exact same thing.  The fact that he works for Jones and posted it as a word of encouragement for EDJ FAs is irrelevant as far as the sentiment goes.  What part of what he typed makes you ill?  Had it been me typing it, I would have printed it in EDJ green, just for fun.  Now that probably would have made you ill.  
 
Baster - keep at it.  It's all you can do.  You'll find money, you'll get doors slammed, you'll have people who love you, you'll have people who hate you.  It may take 5 years, it may take 7, or it may take 2.  Who knows.  I do know that the harder you work the shorter it is. 

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They put too much emphasis on pounding your head against the wall and not enough on finding effective ways to knock it down.They 'internship' period keeps getting longer. Three years .... now five years .... meanwhile, I know guys who are out seven years who are making enough to pay their bills but not enough to justify the stuff they've had to deal with.But, if the only other option is failure, or working for somebody who won't let you pop home at lunch for a bite, you have to keep going.

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How many of us would start that way again? Bmind, you're doing some good work on yourself. Like, when you go to church and you pray, you're not doing that for God, because God is perfect, so you're working on yourself. Words of encouragement: don't give up, but be smart. The task is to be a successful FA. If Jones is paying you to knock on doors, that's cool. If there's a smarter way to go forward (and that may be the case for you at some point), that would be a successful step.

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