Trying to take over the Network Marketing game is no joke. Especially when your competition is nearly twice your age. Not to mention all of your perspective clients have preconcieved notions that you’re out to get them. In a world filled with economic uncertainty, you find yourself interacting with two types of people, those constantly searching for new opportunity and those sitting around waiting for it to knock on their front door. Keith Dorsey definitely chose the latter. At the age of seventeen he met his first mentor and told him , “If you can show me how, I want in.”
Growing up on Atlanta’s westside ,Keith knew the cards were stacked against him. “I grew up in area code 30310 , supposedly the worst area code in the city. That never stopped me from dreaming.” In March 2007, a 17 year old Dorsey sat in church as a man who would eventually become his mentor gave a presentation about a business opportunity that provided all the money he wanted, with all the time to spend it and the opportunity to help others get healthy in the process.
Until that time Dorsey says he thought about having a career in graphic arts or possibly studying at Georgia Tech to become an engineer. But after further thought and consideration he decided he wanted to live his dreams , and school was not it. “ I never saw a company or industry that celebrated even the smallest accomplishment.”I had so many opportunities and I wasn’t even making any real money. As an 18 year old kid I was able to fly to Hawaii, meet the founders of my company, mingle with other cultures and nationalities, not to mention drive cars and experience things you don’t get with your average job opportunity. Network marketing is a completely different industry. Everywhere I went the people I interacted with were creating a positive environment. They were living the life I wanted to live and I knew with commitment and consistency I could to.”
2008 was the start of Dorsey’s Network Marketing journey. “I joined a company that exposed me to a lot. Most importantly it helped me grow and find mentors that helped mold my mindset.” In 2009, Dorsey joined another company where he says he was practically “spinning his wheels” but learned how to build a team. 2010 was a bit of dejavu’. Still working hard yet finding it hard to progress, Dorsey says he lost a lot of friends that came into the business with him. Dorsey admits that it was a tough pill to swallow.
With the loss of friends, the news of having a daughter on the way, and others telling him to enroll in school and leave the schemes alone, he (Dorsey) admits remembering a principle he learned early in business from his mentor, “When you buy peoples opinions you buy their lifestyle.” So it was either quit or expand outside his personal network. Either way, he knew that the industry (Network Marketing) was for him and quitting wasn’t an option.
Later that year, Dorsey joined a new opportunity with his new team that now expanded across eight states. That was when he started to see success. “I worked my way to over $1000/week and helped four other team members do the same. I was awarded the keys to a 5-series BMW. The same I placed in my dream book three years before when I first started in the business. It’s one of the few times I’ve ever been real emotional. After all I’d been through that year, for it to end like that was truly amazing.”
Keith and his team of “Youngguns” are definitely making their mark. Now working with a solid team, Dorsey looks to expand his vision beyond the Network Marketing arena. “A friend of mines recently started a clothing line and I’m doing what I can to help him out with it. My key thing is service. All great people, entrepreneurs or not, can tell you how they learned so much through serving others. I’m no different.”
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