From Homeless to Sales Manager: The Unbelievable Transformation in Bill Sparks’ Team

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In this episode of the Business Superfans Podcast, Bill Sparks, a former chemical industry executive turned health insurance business owner, discusses his transition to entrepreneurship and his dedication to building a successful team. He shares an inspiring story of helping a once-homeless agent become a top sales manager, highlighting his commitment to supporting and transforming lives. Bill emphasizes the importance of trust, value delivery, and continuous personal and professional growth. He offers advice on creating a positive team culture and the “superfan effect,” where satisfied team members and clients promote the business, leading to organic growth. Bill also touches on the need for adaptability and incremental business improvement. Contact information for Bill is provided for those interested in health insurance services.

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Freddy D:

William Sparks, or as he prefers being called Bill.

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Has been happily married to his wife, Brenda Sparks for 19 years.

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And they have a son named Will, who is starting his first year

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at the university of Memphis.

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He and his family enjoy traveling, hiking and trying out new restaurants

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all over the United States.

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After working as an executive in a chemical industry for 34 years,

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he retired and evaluated various entrepreneur opportunities.

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Ultimately, he decided to start a health insurance business, which has now been

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running for five years and he has grown.

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And to becoming the largest in the Southeast division for USHEALTH advisors.

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It's a very fulfilling business.

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As we help others attain quality and affordable health benefits.

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Bill states.

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Welcome Bill Sparks to the Business Superfan Podcast Show.

Freddy D:

How are you, Bill?

Bill Sparks:

Oh, man, for a Saturday morning, I'm pumped up.

Bill Sparks:

Good to see you again, my friend.

Bill Sparks:

It's been a long time.

Freddy D:

Yeah, it's been.

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We've known each other several decades, at least.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah, like you said, it's been a minute, that's for sure.

Freddy D:

It's been a minute, yes.

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So, tell us, how did you get started?

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I remember back in the day you were selling, chemicals

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sales and stuff like that.

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So, tell us a little bit about your background, how you got

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started into chemical sales and your story a little bit.

Bill Sparks:

All right, absolutely.

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Yes.

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So, when I came out of graduate school, I was at Georgia Tech with

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a major in polymer chemistry at the time finishing up my master's and.

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On my way to get my PhD and a real good advisor my counselor through that

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program and said, you know what, you've got a lot of natural sales ability and

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I think you would be better served going into the business aspect of this of this

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competency versus went into, academia.

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It was good advice, and so I from that point the chemical industry

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was booming back in the early 80s.

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That's when I was in grad school.

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so I took some interviews and at that time it was called Union Oil or UNICAL.

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I was looking for bringing in some, chemical engineers, some polymer engineers

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through a new sales training program.

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I think it started and they offered me the opportunity so.

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Wrapped up my master's program, graduated and took that opportunity.

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And that's really how I got into sales that opened the door for me.

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Training was excellent that, that platform that the stage for my future not only was

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that, that technical training, but also the Dell skills and the competencies.

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And as a result of that I met four or five mentors in that company.

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That helped me all the way through the 34 years, that I was in the chemical

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industry, and they, gave me good advice.

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They would affirm me, they pull me up, and open a lot of doors.

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So, there's a lot, to be said about that is networking and.

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Connecting with the right people and being loyal to them and, it can really help.

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So with that that launched my sales career I'm the goal setter.

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And at that point, I came out and I said, ago that I wanted to be in

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the president and CEO of a chemical company and not because of the

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position, but what I would become going down that path on that journey.

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What I would learn.

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And I knew if I ever made there, you made it there, then I accomplished

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a lot, learned a lot, and had, and certainly would have had the

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support of many people to get there.

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How did you get that support?

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Because that's really key is, okay you might have the skill set but if

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you don't have people backing you and believing in you, it doesn't work.

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Yeah, being young like that I was very enthusiastic was eager to

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learn, worked hard, and they saw that, they saw the effort, I supported them,

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in their efforts, I gave them 110%.

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So I built their loyalty.

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We work together.

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We accomplished a lot together.

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That helped a lot been successful helping them being successful.

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Really?

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That's how I built the their loyalty, their trust in me.

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And as you are now if you reach down and help and, pull someone up, you

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look for those people that, that are hungry, that, that want that help,

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that are really working hard, that would use your your expertise and

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wisdom and and they're committed to it, somebody that you can trust and

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that's naturally, that's why I developed not knowing that's what I was doing.

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But it was just being loyal to them, being trustworthy, working hard.

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And that's, it really solidified those relationships.

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So you built superfan relationships with those people because

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they believed in you and they knew that you had their loyalty and their trust.

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And so they were superfans of you.

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And because of the relationships that you built.

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They knew that, okay, Bill can get it done, and you were recommended

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for promotions and everything else because your mentors were

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superfans of, Bill Sparks.

Bill Sparks:

Correct.

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Yeah and you're right.

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I mean, they knew they could count on me.

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I would get it done.

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and I, there was no, waste of time.

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I went at it, completed it always exceeded what was expected and

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wanted more and more responsibility.

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And as I earned that trust and that success, they gave

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me more and, it pulled me up.

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I advanced pretty rapidly through the organization.

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It's a corporate world, it can be tough politically.

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So, it does help to have those superfans mentors, that'll watch your back,

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that'll help you, give you good advice.

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Well, that's the difference right there.

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That's completely the difference is having people believe in

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you and see your potential.

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And they talk you up as a super fan, they talk you up to the higher ups and

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that's the secret that a lot of people don't realize it's about building

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relationships and those relationships open up opportunities for other relationships

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that can change people's lives.

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Right and I wish I'd have been more aware of that, more conscious

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of it, what was really happening.

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I would have done more of it.

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We're not working.

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I did, and now I try to teach that to my son and as he builds his

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career and my agents, network, build those in actions and those

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superfans, they're gonna help you.

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and it started early and networking is key to anything in life.

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Your family your family relationships your business relationships,

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your church relationships.

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It's absolutely key.

Freddy D:

Oh, absolutely.

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It's all about relationships.

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And, the transactional mindset is good for a moment, but it's not a long term aspect.

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It's really long term is building those relationships and getting those

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people to become, brand advocates.

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I in turn call them business superfans, but basically they're advocates of not

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only the business, but the individuals that are involved in that business.

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So, tell us how did you transition, out of the chemical industry and get

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yourself going into working with the U.

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S.

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health advisors and providing, health care insurances for small businesses.

Bill Sparks:

Well, good question.

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So I reside in Memphis.

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I moved here several rows and one of those led to my ultimate goal.

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And that was to be, became president and CEO of a company in town, and had

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a contract with them that we did some good there changed a business from

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being non profitable to profitable and set it on the right path to growth.

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So I finished out my contract and was on to the next opportunity.

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We liked the area it was going to take me out of this area here.

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I've been traveling a lot, and you come to the crosswords and I've always wanted

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my own business, so I knew I'd had to make a decision that if I was going to do, go

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out on my own, that it was time to do it.

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And I had the resources that would give me time to to do that, to find

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something, and make the right decision.

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So that's what I did.

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I evaluated all types of opportunities, went through about 30 and then

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I really stumbled across U.

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S.

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Health by mistake because I was looking for health insurance.

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I was on, of course, the COBRA plan, which was very expensive, so.

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I was looking at the Obamacare plans, which were very expensive, and I

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knew there had to be a better way.

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And like my clients and like I was at that point at that time, I knew

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nothing about health insurance or private health insurance.

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so I met the division leader at a networking event and primarily we're

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just talking to him about his business and to share with him my challenges.

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So he invited me to come over to talk about 2 things.

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1 is he wanted me to consult for him to help build his business.

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Number 2 he wanted me to show what they offered for my personal use.

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I loved it.

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I couldn't believe the plans they had, the value that they, they offered.

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We talked a lot about the corporate structure, their strategy.

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Really bought into it.

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Got to meet some of their senior leaders.

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So I consulted for him for about 3 months and really saw the potential

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in this business and decided, this is something I want to do.

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and the reason was there's people out there to just, and

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especially small business owners that just don't know where to go.

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I saw an opportunity, I can speak their language being an executive

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coming from that background.

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And help them and guide them in the right way, and just point them, lay out

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their options and allow them to, and coach them to make the right decision.

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So, I saw that as something that would be rewarding to me.

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And that's how I got involved with it.

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Basically took that leap of faith.

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Walked away from.

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Chemical industry that have been in for 34 years took on a totally different right

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side, different side of my brain something new to me, but but everything I've learned

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in my sales experience and my management experience and the chemical industry

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transferred very nicely into this.

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So I yeah, I took that opportunity grew to be the largest

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producing agent in the region.

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I was rewarded for that given a lot of promotion opportunities.

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Last year I was what we call a field sales leader and had 40

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agents, working under my tutelage.

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So, that's really how I got into it.

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Have a look back.

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I've really enjoyed it and very excited about the future.

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I was telling my wife, she asked me when I'm going to slow down.

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I said, why?

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Enjoy what I do.

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That's the secret right there is enjoying what you do.

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So let's go back and say, okay, so you've got about 40 agents.

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How did you build those agents?

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And then how did you turn those agents into superfans of you,

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because they have to believe in you and help grow your business.

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In this kind of business, it's you gotta watch the walk.

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And 1, 1 aspect.

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So, the fact that I had been very successful as an agent, they were aware

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of and, so I also was able to develop a very good model that was transferable.

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sO it's a plug in system.

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I provide them a lot of on hands training.

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aNd then just on the way.

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Basically, if they're they buy into it and put the effort into it and learn

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the system that we've rolled out.

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Then they have a really good chance of being successful.

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So that, that really helps a lot is that trust in me and that trust in the

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system, trust in me based on my, my my personal success, trust in seeing

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other agents come in and plugging in the system and they are being

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successful, that carries a lot of weight.

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aNd then when we're there to help them, it's we're 24, seven

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and after about four weeks.

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If they're really committed to it they'll start to see success.

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They'll grow, those start to build momentum and start believing in it.

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So what do you do and how do you recognize them?

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Do you have any kind of recognition system in place?

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Well, we do, we set little milestones for them.

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The first four weeks that they have the opportunity to hit so many, hit.

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So many revenue dollars, we have 3 different milestones and it

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tells us how they're coming along.

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There's a low tier middle tier and high tier and that really shows us

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who has the commitment who can do this and it shows them and, they can do it.

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So there's monetary rewards for their recognition as a result of that.

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We're really big in recognizing our agents on a weekly basis.

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We have a sales meeting.

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It's very consistent, every Friday where we take time to recognize

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the success of the agents and they and there's that, the monetary

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rewards that come with it as well.

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sO that's encouraging and these folks that are successful in this

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business, they're very hungry and then most of them are very.

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Well, warranted, so having those milestones and having that monetary

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reward for them really helps them.

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Yeah, because if you remember my book, people will crawl through broken

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glass for appreciation and recognition.

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So recognition is very important.

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The monetary is nice, but that personal recognition, and especially

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if you're doing it in front of others, because it's one thing to say,

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Hey, Bill, thanks a lot.

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Really appreciate for all your great efforts.

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And it's another thing to say, Hey, everybody, I want to take a

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moment to recognize Bill Cooks.

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For his efforts in growing his area and everything else in front of an audience.

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That's a completely different level of recognition.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah.

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And it, and some people come into this kind of business that are, it

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changes their life, financially.

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I mean, some folks just, this is their last, last opportunity they're broke.

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And they have nothing to lose.

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And then you see those.

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Those individuals transform their whole life through this opportunity, making an

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income that they never thought was ever possible taking care of the families.

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It's, it's tremendous.

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And it's going to make you feel proud and good and giving

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you the energy to saying, wow, look I've brought, a team together and

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I've transformed people's lives.

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I mean, that's huge.

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And those are my superfans, ones that they transform their life.

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They look at you as, as, you're right there.

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They're your super fans.

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Yeah, and so from that point, once you get develop a couple layers of

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that success, then the recruiting and then the success and the energy in the office

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is, it's, you have a lot of momentum.

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Right.

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And it's, it's just a perpetual.

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So that's really how we, we get it started and you start 1 step at a time

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and you build that momentum and success builds on success and you get superfans

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and they believe in the system and then.

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It automatically tracks others.

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I remember watching years ago, a YouTube video and it, has nothing

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to do with business, but it has everything to do with business.

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It was like a rock concert and there was a guy dancing on the hill by himself.

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And someone's videotaping it looking like, look at this idiot, he's dancing

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by himself, all by himself, dancing and partying and having a good time.

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Next thing there's a second guy that comes in there and the two of

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them are starting to dance, and, he's got someone that believes in

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them and hanging out with them.

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Next thing you know, you got four people that come down, and the next thing

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you know is all of a sudden you get 20 people that run down and then the

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people that are filming, they get up.

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And they run into it that now there's a huge crowd partying and it was all because

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one guy believed in himself and did it.

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So you're doing the same thing as you started out by yourself.

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You attracted other people into the business.

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You've created an energized environment of a bunch of superfans and they're

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attracting other people, which is what what my whole, creating business

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superfans is all about, is you build that energy and those that team, you

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can't buy that kind of marketing because they're out there propelling it and their

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friends and their family members and everybody else they're telling everybody.

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And you're right.

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That's the cool part.

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Yeah.

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And you can't buy that.

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It's just, you got to believe in what you're doing and that radiates and

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people it will tell if you believe in it or not as a leader, and once, and

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they see that belief and confidence you have, and then they latch onto it.

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Absolutely.

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Absolutely.

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Yeah.

Freddy D:

So let's talk about customers.

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What do you guys do to really energize your customers to become superfans?

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So they're in turn telling other potential customers or their friends

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or their business partners to attract.

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Create that momentum from a customer base.

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This line of work on this business trust is very key.

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You're dealing with people's lives, their health.

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So you've got to establish that and earn that trust.

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And you do that in a number of different ways.

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And that's really where it starts.

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It's at the agent level.

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So we're through the competency that we offer.

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Laying out options being very consistent, the plans do deliver what we say.

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And as an agent or an advisor to your customer, we don't go away.

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Yeah, we're with them from what I call cradle to grave.

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So, the entire life of that customer relationship.

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So, we establish, we really work on building trust, being

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trustworthy, delivering value, through the plan performance.

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Being very competitive that's the, and that starts at the grassroot level.

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And then from that, they share, they refer their network to us.

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And that's really how we build our business is one customer at a time.

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And then we encourage them, to share.

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and we do offer them incentives if, they do want some business in our

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way and we're able to help them.

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Not that's a driver, but it's a little something that they can look forward to.

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But it is just in this business it's earning trust and being

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trustworthy and delivering on your promises and solving problems.

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There's not the perfect situation in anything.

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There was never the perfect product in the chemical industry and there's

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not the perfect health insurance plan.

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But we can't solve problems and we, we can put them in the

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best situation it's possible.

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Do you have a story that you can share of how you had handled the

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problem and got it solved for a customer?

Bill Sparks:

Well, a lot of those through just misinterpretation on not

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knowing how the plan works coaching them how to get full utilization

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and maximize their benefits.

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That's really how we do it.

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For instance, I did have a customer that that had leukemia and, we were

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looking at $800, 000 in medical bills.

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Well, he had a plan that we offer that allows you to customize the options

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and you can start at a low level and that allows you to meet a certain

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budget, but it had an upgrade to it.

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In the situation, if you were diagnosed with cancer, they would pay 100

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percent of it after you were able to satisfy, a threshold or a deductible.

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He didn't, he wasn't aware of it.

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He just thought about it, found me all stressed out and I said, hey, don't

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worry, we're, we put you in good shape.

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I said, let's go back and revisit, where you are.

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This is your plan.

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It's upgradable.

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It's affordable and all you're looking at is the $3, 000 out of pocket costs and

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then it's going to take care of the rest.

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And I mean, it was just like, so much relief.

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Life changing

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Right.

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And that's really where we come in and, Just like anything,

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it's like me with a computer.

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I don't know exactly how to use all the technology that

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my computer has to offer me.

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That's where we step in and that's where we save the day.

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aNd we're consultants and we keep that line of communication open.

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So, customers aren't afraid to pick up the phone and call us, and we can help

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them, navigate, and the other is just self employed people just don't realize

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that there's an opportunity here with us for them to be a part of a large

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association of small business owners, as a self employed 1099 and achieve

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tremendous savings and their premiums.

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So, it's our job to define them.

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And through our marketing efforts and make them aware of the choices they have.

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And that's always rewarding to, when you can help somebody in that

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situation, who's, working week to week and just barely scraping by and then,

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they're 1 of their top 3 expenses and we can let that, 35, 40 per ton.

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tHat's tremendous value to them.

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Yeah.

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That's huge.

Freddy D:

Do you have a story that you can share, Bill, about, one

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of your agents and how, we talked about transforming their lives.

Freddy D:

Do you have a story of, somebody you don't have, don't use any names, but of

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how someone was in that bad situation and their life is completely different today?

Bill Sparks:

Yeah, I did have an agent.

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But he was one of my reports came in pretty much homeless.

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I don't know, I didn't really understand exactly how he got

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himself in that situation.

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He was in the military He was a teacher had a great background, his relationship

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with his wife didn't go right.

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Lost, his wife, lost his child.

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He was living in his car basically and I didn't really know that until a bit later,

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until we, brought him on, but this was it for him, he was living day to day and

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plugged him in the system we developed a relationship with him, poached him up.

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And it might learn more about his personal situation.

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I really, took put in some extra effort to help out.

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We do have some programs where financially, I can

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help him get on his feet.

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In a stable situation, moved him out of a car.

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We funded an apartment for him.

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So he was, living in an apartment close to the office.

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He's working.

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14,15 hours a day is trying to, learn the system, learn how to be successful.

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and we helped him financially.

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For 3 months until he got on his feet and he did, and it grew to be very successful.

Bill Sparks:

It became one of my my sales managers.

Bill Sparks:

And today he's thriving, totally changed his life, he's got a nice

Bill Sparks:

house now he has a relationship back with his son, so it's tremendous.

Freddy D:

That's, wow, that's big, and so he's definitely a superfan of you.

Bill Sparks:

Oh yeah.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah.

Freddy D:

That's the rewarding part is being able to transform somebody's

Freddy D:

life like you just did and shared that.

Freddy D:

And I'm glad that you shared that because that's inspirational for other

Freddy D:

people we're on this planet for a short time and there's nothing better than

Freddy D:

to be able to say, I transformed some people's lives, there's no money on that.

Bill Sparks:

Right, and that's, my goal to be financially independent

Bill Sparks:

so I can do more of that.

Bill Sparks:

There's a lot of, people that down on their luck, and for whatever reason,

Bill Sparks:

and, I don't know, just a helping hand.

Bill Sparks:

A little lift up, makes a big difference.

Bill Sparks:

Believing in them.

Bill Sparks:

That's really it is believing in them and give them the opportunity.

Bill Sparks:

Sometimes it's just that they need that opportunity, that's not given to them.

Bill Sparks:

And, giving that opportunity can, like you said, like you

Bill Sparks:

did, change that person's life.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah, I don't know where he probably wouldn't be on this earth if it

Bill Sparks:

hadn't been for this opportunity.

Bill Sparks:

So, and you're right.

Bill Sparks:

I mean, he is a superfan of mine.

Bill Sparks:

But I was glad to do it.

Freddy D:

Sure.

Bill Sparks:

And I would do it for someone else too in that situation.

Bill Sparks:

Luckily, it just, it worked out good for, both of us.

Freddy D:

So, you've been very successful in your career.

Freddy D:

What advice can you give an entrepreneur or a small business owner of, build the

Freddy D:

importance of building those relationships and creating those superfans that in turn.

Freddy D:

Propels their growth as you've done, for example, with this insurance

Freddy D:

agency that you've got right now.

Freddy D:

I mean, you've got a team of superfans that are propelling

Freddy D:

the growth of the agency.

Bill Sparks:

RIght.

Bill Sparks:

Well, it just you want to build, as a leader, you want to be

Bill Sparks:

consistent and be trustworthy.

Bill Sparks:

One thing that we focus on and this kind of business is,

Bill Sparks:

it's really three components.

Bill Sparks:

one is your mind developing a very strong mindset.

Bill Sparks:

We work on that constantly and very positive proactive.

Bill Sparks:

And we spend time every day working on that setting goals and

Bill Sparks:

developing a positive attitude.

Bill Sparks:

And then work ethic plays a large role in this type of industry.

Bill Sparks:

This work, you gotta put in the effort and set the goals,

Bill Sparks:

and then skill set development.

Bill Sparks:

We work a lot every day, developing our product knowledge and competitive

Bill Sparks:

industry knowledge and, friends and being good advisors to our for our customers.

Bill Sparks:

I have a lot of presentations to various organizations business networking group,

Bill Sparks:

BNI realtor groups toast masters, just sharing with them different trends.

Bill Sparks:

And not really specific about, our product line, but what's happening

Bill Sparks:

in the public industry, what's happening in the private industry

Bill Sparks:

as it pertains to health insurance.

Bill Sparks:

I would say in building a good nucleus is what we talked about previously is

Bill Sparks:

you start with 1 agent at a time help them be successful and teach them, how to

Bill Sparks:

transfer that success to the next agent.

Bill Sparks:

And then they pass the torch.

Bill Sparks:

And that's really it.

Bill Sparks:

You've got to have a good system, a system that works, people that stay with

Bill Sparks:

you, and, you, you're loyal to them, you're committed to them and vice versa.

Freddy D:

No, it's important.

Freddy D:

It's very important because, it's team building.

Freddy D:

You built a team which have now become superfans and they're out

Freddy D:

there promoting and they're attracting more, superfan team members.

Freddy D:

And it just perpetually grows because of the momentum that you've created all

Freddy D:

because of the fact that you take time to.

Freddy D:

Put things in place to ensure their success.

Freddy D:

So, that's really important because there's a lot of times, well, they're

Freddy D:

an independent agent, not my problem.

Freddy D:

It's up to them to do it, and if they don't make it, too bad.

Freddy D:

Where you guys have got something in place, you put something in

Freddy D:

place to ensure that if they follow this protocol, success is there.

Freddy D:

But they have to put in the effort to achieve that success.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah, absolutely.

Bill Sparks:

And it makes recruiting, I wouldn't say easier, but we don't

Bill Sparks:

really have to recruit anymore.

Bill Sparks:

The word gets out and, people waiting for an opportunity for an interview.

Bill Sparks:

So that comes with it as well.

Freddy D:

And that's the superfan effect, that's exactly the superfan effect.

Freddy D:

That's what it is.

Freddy D:

It's the superfan effect that, you've created energy.

Freddy D:

I'll call it energy that's out there that, wow, this is the

Freddy D:

people I want to be part of.

Freddy D:

And now they're in line to come in.

Freddy D:

You're no longer, like you said, you're no longer recruiting.

Freddy D:

People are lining up and raising their hands.

Freddy D:

Says, Hey, I want to be part of this.

Freddy D:

And it just goes back to what I was saying about the guy

Freddy D:

dancing on the hill by himself.

Freddy D:

Now all of a sudden you're the party and everybody wants to

Freddy D:

be part of, go to the party.

Freddy D:

It's like when you go to a restaurant, you can have two restaurants and

Freddy D:

they both serve excellent food.

Freddy D:

But one place is busy and there's a line and the other place is empty.

Freddy D:

That's what I'm saying.

Freddy D:

And the food is exactly the same in quality, but guess what?

Freddy D:

Which one would you go to?

Bill Sparks:

Everybody's going.

Bill Sparks:

That's right.

Bill Sparks:

What are they doing?

Freddy D:

Exactly.

Freddy D:

And so it's the same thing.

Freddy D:

That's you've got, you've created that same momentum, which is

Freddy D:

really cool because now you're in a whole different mindset.

Freddy D:

And your people feel that different mindset and now you've got a confidence,

Freddy D:

you're like when we were back in the Chicago days, you're like the

Freddy D:

Chicago bears, you had an attitude.

Freddy D:

There's the Chicago bulls, Michael Jordan had attitude, and once they

Freddy D:

had attitude, they were unbeatable.

Bill Sparks:

That's it.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah.

Bill Sparks:

That plays a large role in it.

Bill Sparks:

If there's nothing better, I'll, we'll take the team out and

Bill Sparks:

celebrate and we will build a really nice steakhouse in town.

Bill Sparks:

And and they see our guys come in and they're dressed nice

Bill Sparks:

and they're driving nice cars.

Bill Sparks:

And what do they, who do you guys what do you do?

Bill Sparks:

Everybody's that.

Bill Sparks:

What do you do?

Bill Sparks:

What do you do?

Bill Sparks:

What do you guys do?

Bill Sparks:

And that's fun, yeah, that's fun.

Bill Sparks:

I mean, just that, like you said, it's like the bears back, in our day, that

Bill Sparks:

attitude, that swagger that they have.

Freddy D:

That's it.

Freddy D:

The swagger.

Freddy D:

That's it.

Freddy D:

That's it.

Freddy D:

But that's, that attracts more.

Freddy D:

It just attracts more, but you got, and that's a superfan mindset, that you're

Freddy D:

now you're confident you're good and you got the swagger and people want to know

Freddy D:

what's going on what's with that group.

Freddy D:

Look at these guys.

Freddy D:

And.

Freddy D:

And.

Freddy D:

And.

Freddy D:

And the magic happens

Bill Sparks:

Exactly.

Bill Sparks:

And that's where you want to get to, it takes a lot of effort.

Bill Sparks:

It takes a little I don't believe in luck.

Bill Sparks:

I believe in opportunity preparing and when right opportunity

Bill Sparks:

comes along, you're ready.

Bill Sparks:

bUt I guess everybody could use a little luck too, but being successful

Bill Sparks:

and keeping committed to your system and not been afraid to make

Bill Sparks:

changes when necessary to adapt.

Freddy D:

And that's a big statement right there because a lot of people,

Freddy D:

well, if it's not broken, don't fix it.

Freddy D:

Well, sometimes you need to, it may not be broken, but you know, a couple

Freddy D:

of tweaks makes it so much better.

Freddy D:

And you need to, people need to take that moment to revisit their systems

Freddy D:

and say, you know what, that worked five years ago, but, we need to make an

Freddy D:

adjustment today and do that adjustment.

Bill Sparks:

Right.

Bill Sparks:

It's like sailing, the wind, you got the good wind and you're going

Bill Sparks:

along and all of a sudden it changes.

Bill Sparks:

So you gotta, make a few adjustments and pick it back up and let's go.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah, I changed the course.

Bill Sparks:

So, yeah you've got to do that.

Bill Sparks:

Got to keep growing.

Bill Sparks:

Never can keep growing.

Bill Sparks:

Our goal is to grow 1 percent every day, and then our personal

Bill Sparks:

lives or our business lives, physical lives or spiritual lives.

Bill Sparks:

So that's our model.

Bill Sparks:

What'd you do today to grow 1%.

Bill Sparks:

What are you doing right there?

Freddy D:

I'm going to have to borrow that statement because I

Freddy D:

like that, grow by 1 percent a day.

Freddy D:

That's very achievable.

Freddy D:

And that's something to really take into thought.

Bill Sparks:

Right, that's 365%.

Bill Sparks:

Yeah, that's where when we look at things, break it all down,

Bill Sparks:

it's visible, it's achievable.

Bill Sparks:

I think that's where people get lost.

Bill Sparks:

They want to go from A to Z and they rush and doing that instead

Bill Sparks:

of going from A to B to C., And that eliminates a lot of fear.

Bill Sparks:

There's a lot of anxiety when you're an entrepreneur.

Bill Sparks:

I had to break it down one step at a time, do that one

Bill Sparks:

percent you'll get there.

Bill Sparks:

Trust me, we've all been there and you can do it.

Bill Sparks:

We're examples of that.

Bill Sparks:

So, same with you, you've known you through all your career to like that,

Bill Sparks:

you're always evolving changing, zigzagging and you got that important mind

Bill Sparks:

and thing with us is, we never reach it.

Bill Sparks:

Once we get close to it, we raise it up a little more.

Freddy D:

Unfortunately, yes, we do, yes, we do.

Freddy D:

Cool, so Bill, how can people find you?

Bill Sparks:

It's real easy right now.

Bill Sparks:

What I like to offer is if it's only, this is the season.

Bill Sparks:

A lot of people are making those decisions.

Bill Sparks:

By next year about their health insurance, we're really focused on helping

Bill Sparks:

self employed small business owners.

Bill Sparks:

We do help individuals and families too.

Bill Sparks:

But give me a call.

Bill Sparks:

I'd be happy to do a policy review.

Bill Sparks:

No charge my phone number is 9 0 1 4 6 8 8 , 9, 3.

Bill Sparks:

You can send me an email at sparks412@gmail.

Bill Sparks:

Com.

Bill Sparks:

Or you can go to my website https://ushagent.com/WilliamSparks . So

Bill Sparks:

those are the places you can find.

Bill Sparks:

Don't feel reluctant to send me a text or an email and we'll certainly schedule

Bill Sparks:

a time to, so I can at least listen to your situation and see if I can help.

Freddy D:

Perfect, well, Bill, it's been a pleasure having you on the

Freddy D:

business super fan podcast show.

Freddy D:

I think we shared a lot of great nuggets for everybody and look forward to having

Freddy D:

you on the show again in the future.

Bill Sparks:

My pleasure.

Bill Sparks:

As always we've been good friends for a long time.

Bill Sparks:

Appreciate the invitation to be part of Your success and support it and thank you

Bill Sparks:

for giving me the opportunity to share some nuggets with the fan base here.

Freddy D:

Yeah, appreciate it, buddy.

Bill Sparks:

All right, man.

Bill Sparks:

Take care of yourself.

Freddy D:

Yep, you too!

Freddy D:

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Freddy D:

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