Upendranath Reddy | A QNET Success Story
‘I Had No Other Option but to Succeed’
We all face adversities in life. Most of the time, these come from the people closest to us – people whose opinions we value and hence allowing it to affect us. To stay strong in the face of these adversities, it takes a strong reason to make us find our motivation, our resolve.
What if your reason is that person who doubts you? What are you fighting for? And in this case, rather, who are you fighting for?
Upendranath Reddy, brother of Chakrapani Reddy, shares his resolve to make it in this business.
- What kind of family background do you come from? What were you doing before you discovered QNET and how did you get started in this journey?
I am from a very small village, located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. I completed my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. I’m passionate about automobiles and the creativity involved in design. I chose this field because I couldn’t imagine my life in a cube for 40 years; everyone suggested that I study software engineering, but my mind simply couldn’t accept living an artificial life. After graduating, I went on on a job hunt but soon realised that the salary offered for jobs in this line of work was way less than I expected. I was starting to get disheartened as I was keen to start supporting my parents, who had worked so hard to give my brother and I a good life.
A few months after I graduated, my brother spoke to me about QNET. Initially, I was sceptical. I didn’t know much about direct selling. Whatever I knew led me to believe it was something you do part time to earn pocket money. I could not see it as a career or something I would do in the long term to achieve my goals. It took my brother more than two months of talking, explaining and showing me what he was doing, before I started to take it seriously.
My brother was passionate about his QNET business. He had a vision for where our would be in five years and he believed very strongly that QNET will help him make that vision a reality. I realised then that my brother, who I have always seen as a responsible person, was working very hard for the betterment of our family. He really inspired me with his belief and I knew then that I have to join him to support our cause, since we both ultimately wanted the same thing.
- What was your initial experience like with QNET?
I studied the products of QNET and the Compensation Plan. I loved the many different products offered to help people live a better life. I always wanted to travel and take my family on vacations. The options available with QVI Holiday packages and the ability to pre-pay for a future holiday at today’s price was very attractive. My first purchase was a QVI Holiday package.
The compensation plan opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a full time entrepreneur. I no longer saw this as a side-job; I saw the potential to build a sales business. This was the opportunity to build my own business, have control over my time.
Since childhood, I had to sacrifice a lot of things as my family had a limited income. Those experiences shaped me to believe that without money my life will be full of limitations. My dream from an early age was to make enough money to feel financially free and also be in a position to help others. With the opportunity that QNET offered, I was able to see a path to get there.
- Did you face any initial challenges when you started your direct selling business? How did you overcome them?
Yes, I went through many challenges. My father was against the idea of me doing this business. Right from the time I was a student, till the moment I graduated he had drilled it into me that I need to get a good job. He was a farmer and he saw a steady job as an opportunity for me to have a better life and not have to go through the hardships that he and my mother experienced. When he realised that I was also going to pursue entrepreneurship through QNET, he was very concerned that I was choosing a path that was going to be very difficult and may be unstable.
He put a lot of pressure on me to dissuade me and change my mind about this. It was very challenging for me to handle my father.
I was frustrated that he couldn’t understand that my reason for pursuing this business was my family. It was for them, my parents. They worked so hard to give us education and opportunities. I needed him to see that this was the opportunity. I had no other option but to succeed. My mentor, Chiranjeevi Reddy was very helpful whenever I experienced doubts. He taught me the 2-minute Formula, which basically says that when it comes to making decisions, don’t think for more than 2 minutes. If you think about something for more than two minutes, you will end up overthinking, the self doubt will creep in, and it will prevent you from going after your dreams.
In the beginning, I didn’t have many contacts, or any experience in running a business. I was only 21 years old and it was difficult for people to take me seriously. I faced so many rejections. One thing that I felt strongly was that I had to keep working until I reached my success milestone. I had to prove that I had made the right decision and that I was on the right path with QNET.
To overcome these failures, I had to focus on fixing my mistakes. I had to make changes within myself. And I had to be consistent with my efforts in order to get better at what I was doing. I overcame this challenge through consistency – as Chief Pathman says, “Presentación, presentación, presentación.” I couldn’t stop.
- What were the major changes you have experienced in your life after you began your QNET journey?
QNET has helped me grow so much, both personally and financially. Through this business, I’ve acquired so much knowledge and experience. The journey is very much like life itself – as I worked on the business, I got to know people, even myself, on a much deeper level.
A life-changing moment I’ll never forget is when I bought my Mercedes Benz on my 25th birthday. Before QNET, I never imagined I would ever be able to afford a luxury car. But it is not just about the material things. I am grateful for everything that QNET has enabled me to achieve and I want to share it with others. I started my charity foundation, Touching a Billion Hearts in September 2018. It was a big milestone for me. I now take 10% of my earnings and put it towards the Foundation which supports children from low income families. They should not have to give up on life before it even begins.
- How do you manage your work deadlines and maintain a healthy work-life balance in such a fast-paced industry?
When it came to deadlines, I always focus on my targets. This business is very goal-oriented; this helps me a lot in pushing myself. Whenever I think of my goals, I’m reminded of my dream – the dream to provide a better life for my family, the life that we used to only dream about. This keeps me out of my comfort zone. However, the most important thing is that I love what I do. When you love what you do, you don’t feel the need to “balance” anything. I really believe that!
My daily routine consists of setting and achieving daily targets. Things can change as you go through different days, go to different places, eat different food, meet with different people. The one thing I keep consistent is to always keep track of my progress. I make a daily checklist, and I monitor my progress carefully.I write down what I do and always aim to do more.
Of course, QNET products are a part of my daily life helping me live my best life. Some products that I use every day are DEFY, ProSpark, AirPure and Kent water purifier. In my opinion, they’re the best products in their category.
- According to you, how important is teamwork in direct selling? What do you do to ensure your team members are happy, satisfied and working to the best of their capabilities?
Teamwork is the most important and effective aspect of this business. Leveraging time, to “make time work for you”, this can only happen through a good work environment. This is why we named ourselves TEAM, which stands for Together, Each Achieves More. In any group, when you share your strength with each other, you become stronger as a whole.
I always maintain a strong, loving relationship with my team. I push them to hit their targets, plan their goals accordingly, and support them to achieve it on time. My team’s success is every bit as important as my own and I actively work on both. I work for the team’s success, and each team member has that same approach. This is great for bonding with each other, and it gives us the positive environment we need to achieve our dreams. That’s what a team is for me – a group of people working together with a common dream.
- How do you deal with rejections?
Rejections play a major part in my journey. What I’ve come to realise is that when people turn me down, they are not even rejecting me, they are rejecting the opportunity I am presenting them with for various reasons, based on their situation. This is why find the the SW Formula (Some Will, Some Won’t, So What? Someone’s Waiting) very inspiring. So, when I face rejections, I say to myself, “Ok. Next!”
- In direct selling, following professional practices while doing business is of utmost importance. Do you have any advice on how to practice professional marketing in this business?
I believe that the truth and trust are the most powerful aspects of life. We need to be truthful in what we say and what we do, and of course, to build trust by sharing the right information. When it comes to business and life, always think about the long term. I always like to advise people not to bite the hand that feeds them, which in this case is the direct selling industry. This QNET business is the reason we’ve achieved all we have now – the food on our table, leading a happy life with your family, and so on. QNET is our home, and it’s our responsibility to keep our home clean and healthy.
- Can you share some interesting learnings from working in the direct selling industry and in QNET? Any success tips for those looking to join?
QNET has helped me in a lot of things, but most of all, it’s helped me to lead my life in a better way.
1) Relationships. I now understand the importance of relationships more than ever before. So firstly, be aware of the relationships you have in your life. The people who will be by your side and believe in you when no one else does, who are willing to face the storm with you – those people are invaluable.
2) Talk to people. This business has made me transform myself from an introvert to an extrovert. I thought it was better not to talk to people before; I didn’t see much need for it. Then, I realised that by opening your door to others, others will open their doors to you.
3) Persistence. This one is the most important lesson of all. Dato Sri taught me to be strong in your belief —believe in yourself, and never give up on your dream!
- What is your next big goal and how are you planning to achieve it?
For my business, my team is working towards an important goal. We are aiming to develop 100 successful direct selling leaders over the next 5 years.
I also have another dream to start a school which teaches practical things in life. A school that really prepares students for the real world instead of making everyone compare themselves to each other with grades. I think this limits people’s potential.