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Experience IS the only teacher

Published on 12/18/2018
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When I got in the insurance business way back in 1979 I was 20 years old and thrilled. I had made it through a multiple interview process and Farmers Insurance Group had given me “a contract”. A “score” for a 20 year old who looked like he was 17.


It was the middle of a recession, not the best time to start a new business, but I was young and fearless and highly motivated. I had big plans and burning desire not to work for anyone else. I’d “been there done that” since I was 16, working full time most of the last year of high school and a couple years of college.


Back then my goal was to make 100 phone calls a day, asking people if I could give them a quote on their automobile insurance. I made a lot of mistakes but I learned.


The guy that hired me was fired two weeks later. Like that my mentor was gone. His replacement called me on the phone and told me he’d visit me…


In about a month!


When the new manager showed up at my office a month later he sort of sheepishly admitted that I didn’t fit the Farmers Group profile and I shouldn’t have been hired but because they didn’t want the guy that hired me to know he was about to be let go…


They let me get the contract figuring I’d quit soon anyway (seriously you can’t make this stuff up).


The first thing I learned from the new District Manager was what he did. He never made ANY phone calls. He hired college students to do it for 25 cents a lead (this was when minimum wage was $2.65). I did that.


6 months later I was selling 100 policies a month and frequently leading my district of 30 agents.. Most sales I made over the phone.


When someone did show up at the little office I rented they frequently were looking for someone older - the guy with the deep voice - “Mr Bateman”.


I’m not sure what inspired me the first time that happened but I calmly told them Mr. Bateman was out but that I had their paperwork and I was authorized to take their check and have them sign the paperwork.


Eventually I grew a beard and exchanged my thick glasses for contact lenses and contact lenses and I’d “grown into” my role as “Insurance Agent”.


I left Farmers a few years later and went independent but the experience was priceless. However, it was more of experience of others that I learned, copied and implemented that made the difference.

And that’s the lesson. You can learn a lot of things on your own but if you leverage the experience of others you can usually save yourself a lot of time and effort.


I”m still in the insurance business but along the way I’ve entered affiliate and network marketing the same way - by learning from others.


If I can help you, let me know. Collaboration is often the best business leverage.


Merry Christmas in advance and may 2019 be YOUR "Best Year Ever"


Bill Bateman (like Batman with an “E” in the middle I have told people on the phone for 40 years)


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Take a free trial by clicking here and before the trial is over let’s be sure and talk. I’ll tell you how to turn a $300 a month ClickFunnels subscription into a $37 a month subscription and how you can get turn 100 sales into $4,000 a month and a free car

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