This Farmer’s Son Helped Provide for his Parents’ Retirement with QNET: Chakrapani Reddy
What makes someone successful? Many would say it’s through one’s life accomplishments. Some would say its money; others would say it’s fulfilling one’s dreams. Some would even say that true success ishappiness; satisfaction; fulfilment. The definition of each, however, is relative to the individual. Is there, then, a universal definition of success that is true to all?
Chakrapani Reddy, an upcoming star in QNET from Hyderabad answers these questions.
Can you give us a brief background of yourself? Where are you from, what have you studied, where were you brought up? Any previous work experience before starting QNET?
I am from a small village in Andhra Pradesh (a state in India), where my mother and father were farmers. They didn’t have any education; they worked hard and ensured that my brother (who is also a QNET Distributor), and I got a good education. From age two, I studied in a government school in my village. At age 15, I moved to a hostel in Guntur, a small city in the same state and lived there all through college. I moved to Hyderabad, the capital city for post-graduate studies. After completing my studies, I got a job at a big automotive company in Pune. Interestingly, that job was both my first and last job ever since within a few months of working there, I was introduced to QNET and I saw how powerful it was and I quit the job.
Why did you choose QNET to start your direct selling journey?
From a young age I witnessed my parents go through physical and mental hardship as agriculture farmers. It is a demanding job. They also faced many financial challenges. It was my dream since childhood to one day be able to provide for my parents’ retirement. I had asked them to retire while I was still studying, but they said, “Once you get a job, we’ll retire.”
My only goal from then was to get a job. After I graduated and got a job, reality hit me – I wasn’t making enough to fulfil my dream anytime soon. It was really difficult to see my parents continue to work so hard at their age and not be able to help. The desire to provide for them pushed me to look for opportunities to supplement my income. I found QNET through a friend, and a professor at my university. They introduced me to the concept of direct selling and spoke to me about QNET, its great products and how I can use the opportunity provided by the company to build a great sales business. I saw this as an opportunity to give my family a better life – theopportunity I had been searching for.
What were your initial challenges when you started this business? How did you overcome them?
My mentors in this business were in Hyderabad while I was in a different state, but they guided me in the initial stages and taught me what I needed to know to get started. I was still working in Pune at the time, so I took a personal leave from work and came to Hyderabad to learn from them. I started promoting the QNET direct selling business and in just 2 weeks, I built a team of 18 people. However, I went back soon after and tried to manage my team from Pune. I was still inexperienced at this stage and I didn’t lead them the right way so within a month, I lost all 20 members who started with me.
Unfortunately, after they decided to leave, they also began to spread negative and sometimes false information in the circles that we used to move in. Because of this, no one wanted to work with me. For the next 10 months, I faced a really tough time as all I experienced were rejections.
Still, I didn’t want to give up. My mentors were very supportive during this time. We created a system where everyone would motivate each other by sharing their personal difficulties. This helped me stay strong as I knew people were going through the same things I was. We told each other that it is during the hardest moments when we have to focus our efforts and never give in. The results will follow.
After attending two important training programs by the company under the Network Seminar Series, I started really believing that through this business, I can change my life. I finally resigned from my job in Pune and in February of 2013, I moved to Hyderabad and became a full-time entrepreneur. Soon after that, I attended my first V-Convention in Penang, Malaysia and was more motivated than ever. In May, I started cold-calling people to make presentations to, and really going out there to promote our wonderful products and business and started to slowly build my second team in Hyderabad.
Can you describe your life before and after QNET? What were some of your life-changing moments at QNET?
It took me two years of hard work and perseverance to save up enough money to enable my parents to stop working. I was able to give them 15 lakh rupees. It may not be a large sum of money for many people out there. But this is equivalent to 4 years of their income. Enough for my parents to feel comfortable about working themselves to the bone every day in agriculture. It was my lifetime DREAM!
Being a part of the QNET business has not just changed my life financially it has also helped me develop and grow as a person. Because of my background, till a few years ago I was unable to speak and understand English properly. I didn’t feel confident enough to pursue opportunities because of my financial background. But since I started my journey with QNET, I feel like a new ‘me’ has been unlocked from within. I missed out on so much for the first 23 years of my life. The business model, the support system, the training programs, it has truly helped me believe in myself and go after my dreams. Now I know that if I believe I can do it, I can achieve it.
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?
I really believe in the saying, “Alone, you go fast. As a team, you go far.” In the direct selling industry, we cannot succeed by working alone. Only teamwork brings you success, and in my team, we follow that principle. We change ourselves every single day to overcome our weaknesses and not think or worry about problems. Instead, we focus on the solution by simply enjoying what we do. By loving what we do, we give our best, every day.
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?
The direct selling business is all about people meeting other people and sharing information about products and business opportunity. There are many instances of people being misled into believing they are signing up for some kind of investment scheme. We hear news of people filing a case in the police station stating they were not told anything about this business, they were misled, they were cheated etc. Such practices are harmful and destroy the reputation of our industry.
I always make sure that my team members while making presentations to prospective customers and distributors clearly explain the business and then double check if the person understood what was explained. In fact, we have also added a second layer of verification to this process by getting prospects to sign an affidavit that states something along the lines of — “I was explained everything about this business. I understand clearly and I’m paying money to purchase X product.” It’s a matter of honesty and integrity. That is the only way we can build a sustainable business.
Do you have a milestone that you are proud of? If so, can you take us through the journey of what inspired you to achieve it?
I have! I achieved the rank of a Sapphire Star in QNET. I worked very hard to get to this benchmark. I planned for it strategically, worked with my team on goals, and tracked our progress diligently. This approach also helped me evaluate where I was lacking and work on it. I was so proud that all the hard work paid off and by consistently following this approach, both my team and I achieved the Sapphire Star rank.
Did you ever face situations where you wanted to give up? If yes, how did you tackle them?
In my first year of business, when my team quit on me and spread negativity, I doubted whether I could succeed. I thought, “I have been alone for so many months now and still have no team. Is this even worth it?” So, yes, I felt like giving up. But I had a strong reason not to: providing for my parents’ retirement. Every day, I spoke to them, to remind myself of my dream. That kept me motivated to move forward.
Any success tips for young entrepreneurs who are looking to join the direct selling industry?
👉If you put in consistent effort to achieve success, no matter how many problems you face, your life will change. Never give up.
👉Changing yourself, every single day, in allaspects, to become a betterperson, is imperative to succeed in this industry.
What are your plans? Where do you see yourself and your team in the next 5 years?
Through QNET, I have changed my and my family’s lives completely. I’ve grown personally, from being a nobody to a somebody. My plan now is to help 1,000 people change their lives completely through the QNET business. I aim to make at least eight of my team members make it to the V Council (an Ambassador Platform that works closely with QNET on business direction) in the next five years; and for myself, to become an Associate V Partner.