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20 lessons for life learned during 20 years in business

We’re all really proud here at Network Marketing to be celebrating our 20th anniversary today. I can’t thank all of the team from over the years enough that have helped to get us here. I’ve also learnt a lot from every single one of them, as well as our clients and candidates. Starting off as a one-man band back in 1996, it’s been a real roller coaster, so I thought I’d share my top 20 life lessons from 20 years in business.

Walk on the sunny side of the street – be positive and optimistic

Be consistent – let people know where they stand with you and try to always be like that

Do the right thing - even when no-one is watching

Do things properly - don’t take short cuts, they rarely work in the long term

Get in early – sometimes this is the magical time when you can catch-up with people without the usual pressure of the day

Set yourself goals – write them down and include timescales

Get used to uncertainty – life and business are not straight lines

Stick at things – flitting around doesn’t get you anywhere

Be genuinely interested in others – you’ll learn more and be a better colleague / friend / partner

Listen more than you talk – and importantly, listen carefully

Don’t spend too long looking at other people’s lives on social media – be happy with your own

Eye to eye contact - not like the song, but in a professional way, is key

Spend quality time with your children – you won’t and don’t get this time back

Never stop hugging them – you may think they’re too old, but they’re not

Back yourself – if you don’t, no-one will

Give without expecting to receive

Accept the stuff you can’t influence – focus on the stuff you can

Measure things but also trust your gut instinct

Give some of your time to someone or something that will make a real difference to them

Smile – you’ll be remembered for being the happy / positive one

I couldn’t possibly list all of the lessons I’ve learnt but this list sums up the ones that particularly resonate for me – especially number 20!


From setting up Network Marketing in 1996 Jonathan has been a regular on the marketing scene across the North. Being heavily involved in recruitment at the outset he spends more time now meeting potential clients and helping grow the business for the team. Being split across the Leeds, Manchester and London offices gives him the opportunity to spread the gospel according to Network Marketing! And he's really not as old as this makes him sound...