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Home managed business, health and fitness

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Tom Challan

Company:  PriorityTeam.com
Industry:  Training and Development
Experience:  Veteran (3+ years)

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Toms Family

Something happened in 2003 that changed our lives forever.

My wife, Kim, and I have been in the home-based business industry for over 16 years. Many of those years were incredibly profitableb with up to six and seven figure incomes. We were living the “lifestyle” in our early thirties; we had four beautiful little girls, a big house in San Diego, luxury vehicles and we traveled like rock stars. It was awesome for us…but unfortunately not for our bank accounts. The more money we made, the more we spent. Kim and I were living WAY above our means, and we quickly learned that success doesn’t always last forever.

As the result of some bad business decisions, our income was disappearing like quicksand. This eventually led to what we remember as “The Crash of 2003”. That, of course, was the year we went broke.

Six days before Christmas, we heard a loud crash in our driveway. My heart sank into my chest knowing what it was. I remember the following moments in slow motion… I felt a tug at my shirt; it was my oldest daughter, who was only four-years-old at the time. I looked into her eyes as she asked,

“Daddy, where are they taking our car?”

That day, both of our cars were repossessed. Not only were our children anxiously anticipating presents from Santa (that we didn’t have any money for), we had no car and we were inches away from losing everything.

We had to come to grips with the truth; some serious changes needed to take place. Realizing this, my wife spoke the words I never thought she would say: Tom, you need to get a real job.

Wow, that hurt.

I had never had a “real” job. From the time I was a teenager, finding ways to make money was easy; mowing lawns, waiting tables, starting a recycling company in college, etc. That was IT. I didn’t know how to fill out a resume to save my life…I didn’t even know how to spell “resume”.

At this point, there was one thought running through my brain: “Dear God, I have to feed my family. What am I going to do?”

I had to do something…anything and anywhere. Over the next year, I ended up in Temecula, CA selling landscape aeration door-to-door. Ever heard of Temecula, CA? During the summer, it never cools off. I was working ten hour days in 120 degree heat.

One of the most humbling moments of my life happened during this period when I knocked on the door of a guy who was making six-figures in my last company. I had personally recruited him. He opened the door, scrunched up his face and said, “Tom? What in the world are you doing? You’re on my doorstep with an aeration tee shirt on! Is this a joke?” Embarrassed, I started making excuses, saying “Well, I’m just trying this thing out part time.” Obviously, that wasn’t true. I was totally broke and desperate to make ends meet. I had given up on the home-based business industry…and here was this guy, completely thriving off of it.

How did I go from making millions in the home business industry to being completely burned out…tired…depressed…afraid…broke… and worst of all, door-knocking?

It wasn’t the industry that stopped working for me… I stopped working for it. For ten years, I had been trained incorrectly on how to succeed.

The result? It was sucking my life away.

I had no life away from my business. I had been trained to believe that in order to make it BIG, I needed to work 7 days a week, recruit – recruit – recruit, do all the training, all the conference calls, set up all the advertising, take every call and every email from new recruits any time of day or night, and my family, my health and my hobbies were my second priority. Only after I became financially independent could I work less and enjoy life.

Basically, I was running five or six companies. I was the focus of everything. I had made the business and everyone’s success depend upon ME.

I used to sit up at three and four in the morning, stressed out, thinking about all the new people who got into my business that week. I felt like I was responsible for their success. I got caught in this trap as a leader; I thought the definition of a leader was “DO EVERYTHING”. If you are a leader, you probably know what I am talking about.

If you are new to this industry, I want to show you some things to AVOID so you can enjoy life and be unusually successful… without feeling like you have to sell your life to your business.

In January 2004, I was exposed to the truth.

I learned that it was possible to have a life and make money. I learned that it was possible to build a wildly successful business with a system that wasn’t predicated on me training absolutely everyone I enrolled. I learned for the first time how to take the spot light off me and simply outsource, so all I had to do was focus on one simple, productive, money-making task each day…RECRUIT.

This knowledge helped me enroll 500 representatives into my business within the following twelve months. In fact, that next year we earned over $211,000. We became the #1 income earners of our company in record time; meanwhile, our 500 reps turned into 40,000. Following our example, many of those individuals also became top income earners.

If this was possible for us, can this be a reality for you, too?

Stay tuned. In blogs to come, I will share the keys that took us from losing everything to earning more than $500,000 within 24 months. But most importantly, I will show you how you can duplicate this system and make it work for you, too.

God bless you and your business,

Tom Challan

Tom posted a video: Are you letting your prospects STEAL from you? 4 years ago
Tom posted a video: How to CRUSH your fear and self-doubt! 4 years ago
Tom posted a video: Crush your fear of the warm market! 4 years ago
Tom posted a video: "What's the best way to develop personally?" 4 years ago
Tom posted a video: The #1 Warm Market Mistake To Avoid 4 years ago
Tom posted a video: How to reach 100% of your potential! 4 years ago
Tom posted a video: Total Time Freedom - Part 3 4 years ago
Tom posted a video: Total Time Freedom - Part 2 4 years ago

Guestbook Entries

Hi Tom, Came across your profile today, it took me down memory lane, not good memories at all but it reminded me of a lot that you and your family had gone through. Glad to see your doing well again and things have changed, they always do with the right mindset. Takes a lot of swallowing your pride, when you have to start over and face some of the ones you have trained and doing extremely well, but that always made me feel good that at least l did something special for some one who had the ability to keep doing what l stopped doing....Thanks for sharing Tom... All the Best, Joseph F. Botelho
Don Egnor wrote
Hi Tom, I appreciate you adding me into your circle of esteemed friends...I really appreciate it. I hope I might be able to help you in some way so if there is please do not hesitate to ask.
Hi Tom, pleasure to meet you here. Looking forward to getting to know you better. Take care and have a great day!
Greetings Tom! I wanted to take a moment to thank you for adding me to your network. As well as see if you would consider helping me send some meals to 35 kids every month? No smoke and mirrors. If you do business on the internet then this could be a great benefit to your operation. In doing so, you would be privilege to getting a free training program for just making a commitment to feed starving children. This is a valuable token of appreciation. Here is the video about the training program that’s being given away if you want to take a look. http://sowgoodseeds.info. Take care. GOD Bless…
Hi Tom! My name is Patrick Roberts and I want to thank you for adding me into your Amazing circle of Friends. I'm looking forward to networking with you in the very near future. Wishing you all the Success! Patrick Roberts
Tim Hill wrote
Tom - Thanks for the mentoring, videos and training that you share with the world for free at priorityteam.com.. I just became ABN yesterday and the first audio I listened to was your interview.. GOOD STUFF BROTHER.. My goal this time around and btw.. I just got past a big "junk in the trunk" hurdle... my goal is to outsource my training to professionals like yourself and a few others who I feel I can trust. Folks I do want to connect with anyone who connects with this fine family.. Tom I cant wait to meet you sometime in a closer setting. Until Then.. "Do the Do Daily and Dream Big" Tim Hill Stokesdale, NC
Hey Tom, Great video #5! Yes sometimes all we need is action to find out our fear is not as bad as we think. And with a little more action and some upline cheering we find most (at all) can overcome many fears and and do much much more than they ever dreamed possible. God Bless, Bruce
Hi Tom, Great video, love the enthusiasm! You are a natural speaker and it's easy to see that it comes from the heart. Also, like the honesty in your story to let people know that it can be done and it needs to be done right to retain it.
Hey bud - I'm glad you finally made it here :) The community will benefit greatly from your experience and love for the industry.
Welcome to Better Networker! Prepare to be amazed by the valuable content in this community. I look forward to connecting with you.
Hi Tom, I appreciate your write up. Thank you for sharing and allowing us to become friends… Have a Great Day, Danny & Laura “SOME people want to complain, beat themselves up and blame their failures on themselves. But MOST people that download and read "Success n 10 Steps" learn WHY their lack of success is NOT their fault!" http://dannyjohnson.successin10steps.com/?mad=36999