Do You Know That Paying It Forward Is Your Formula To Freedom?

Paying It ForwardWhen I was a young adult, all I dreamt about was getting married, having a nice house, a child, a dog, and a great job.  You know, I thought that was the “great American dream”! 🙄  When I had all of that, I found myself in Survival mode!  We barely got by and each day was exactly the same!

Shifting From Surviving To Thriving

I am so grateful to have found the home based network marketing business industry, because then our life really changed!  We went from Surviving to Thriving!  Each day was different and an adventure, because I was learning skills which I never learned in school.  It was thrilling and scary at the same time, like a roller coaster ride.  As an employee, I valued “Security”, but as an entrepreneur, I valued “Freedom“.  It was a whole new way of thinking.  As an employee, I thought I had to do things and learn things by myself.  As a home based business entrepreneur, I found teamwork made everything so much easier!

Skilled Entrepreneur

When I first started my network marketing business, I worked very hard to become a “skilled” entrepreneur.  I learned to be one of the best and received many “kudos” for this.  It kept me very busy because as long as I was the “skilled” one, it meant “I” had to do all the “skilled” tasks.  I soon learned that just because I was now “skilled”, didn’t mean I had freedom.

It took me several years to really understand freedom and contribution.  I studied personal growth for many years and as Lao Tzu said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  This was a concept in our company that made a lot of sense to me, however, I was not very good at “teaching someone how to fish”.  I had learned how to “fish” very well, however, teaching someone else to fish, was a totally different skill to develop.  I realized that no matter how good of a “fisherman” I was, it was like I was an employee again because if I didn’t “fish”, we were back in the Survival mode, again! 😯

True Freedom And Legacy

I soon realized if I took the time to teach people in my team “how to fish“, I would be adding value to them, they would be “skilled”, and it would give me freedom!  I realize today that I had to learn how to become a master “fisherman” first, then as I taught others to become master “fishermen” too, they went on to teach others how to become masters, and this would go on and on.  It’s like the movie “Pay It Forward” and that’s how you impact the world. 😆  “You become valuable to the marketplace“, as Jim Rohn says, then you help others to become valuable too.  You have now left a legacy which will go on and on and you have earned your right to Freedom.

Enjoy this video clip from the movie, “Pay It Forward”:
It’s the ultimate plan to contribution, legacy, exponential growth, and freedom!

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42 Comments For This Post

  1. lani iokua Says:

    Aloha Kellie,

    Thank you Kellie for a great article!


  2. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Great to see you here Lani! Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  3. Annette Says:

    love it love it love it!!!!! <3 Mahalo! 😉

  4. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Thank you Annette! 🙂

  5. Denise Gray Says:

    Hi Kellie,

    A great article, great film and a great message…

    Also loving your videos…’thrive don’t just survive’

    Thanks Kellie 🙂

    Aloha Denise
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  6. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Denise,
    So wonderful to see you! I am so glad you enjoyed our blog post! Yes, it’s that switch from being an employee to being an entrepreneur which I know you are doing. Congratulations! Thank you for your comments! 🙂

  7. John McGinn Says:


    Thanks for this post! It is a great reminder and a good word of encouragement.

    I’ve not seen the movie you’ve shown, but it looks like I will need to go rent it.



    John A. McGinn, Ed.D.
    “Executive Coaching for Executive Success”
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  8. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha John,
    Thank you for your comments and yes, you will love this movie! 🙂

  9. Val Wilcox Says:

    Pay it Forward is one of my favorite films. To me, this idea is the best way to approach life. When you have something to share, give to others and ask them to share with others. Think of the awesome power of sharing!

    Thank you for sharing this clip from the movie and this wonderful idea,
    Val 🙂
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  10. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Val,
    Thank you for your comments! Yes, “Pay It Forward” is one of my favorite movies too! I just love how he made a difference in so many people’s lives and it became a movement. 🙂

  11. arlan murata Says:

    Hi Kellie:

    Great message. Hope the young people get it. Hope our educators and school system get it. Appreciate your message. Thanks

  12. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Arlan,
    So great to see you again! Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, the younger generation totally are getting it! It’s so wonderful to see. Aloha 🙂

  13. Karla Setchel Says:

    Hey Kellie,

    This is such powerful information. You’re exactly right, if you don’t teach duplication, you still have a “job” rather than freedom 🙂


  14. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Karla,
    So nice to meet you here on our blog! Thank you for visiting and we are so happy you enjoyed our article. And yes, legacy is the greatest form of duplication and leadership. Aloha 🙂

  15. Melissa McCloud Says:

    great clip kellie, so applicable to MLM… i love how dennis dowdell says “never help your distributors! EQUIP them!” just like your fishing analogy. plus, then you have IN-dependent team members, not DE-pendent one!
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  16. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Yes, you are so right Melissa! Equipping people is definitely like teaching them to fish! I learned that one the hard way as I would try to help them & help them, only to find them Dependent on me and not able to do it themselves! Thank you Melissa 🙂

  17. Jacqueline Gates Says:

    Once again, a great post and inspiring on so many levels.

    Becoming skilled is great, but to be able to IMPART those skills to others, That’s where the growth, money and satisfaction lie.

    Thanks for the lesson, Kellie.
    YOU are an amazing teacher.

    the goddess known as Jacqui
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  18. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Awe thank you Jacqui for your kind comments! I really appreciate your words! Also, it is always a reflection of you too! Thank you for all that you do. Aloha:)

  19. Donna Merrill Says:

    This was so beautiful Kellie. People don’t learn from words, rather from behavior. This illustrates it ALL! When you do one random act of kindness to another being, you will never know how far that will grow. But it does. I firmly believe in that. Thanks for illustrating it with a clip from the movie. I enjoyed it so much.

    Donna Merrill
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  20. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Donna,
    So nice to see your smiling face here on our blog! Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, it’s true people learn from behavior, our behavior and actions. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I love that movie too! 🙂

  21. Lisa Arnold Says:

    Great post Kellie! What a difference we can all make in the world simply by “Paying It Forward”!

  22. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Lisa,
    Yes, paying it forward is the way to make a difference in the entire world! Cool huh? Aloha 🙂

  23. Cheryl Tateishi Says:

    Awesome post Kellie! Pay it forward….the power of 3. Changing peoples lives.

  24. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Thank you for sharing Cheryl and thank you for all you do to change people’s lives! 🙂

  25. Faith Barnard Says:

    Hello Kellie,

    What an extraordinary post. One of the reasons I fell in love with network marketing is because I saw it as a spiritual nervous system. Our endeavor is totally driven by assisting others to shine, to grow and to prosper.

    There is no greater endeavor in life than to assist others to live their best lives.

    Let’s keep playing it forward and the world will transform before our eyes.


  26. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Mahalo (thank you) Faith for visiting our blog and for your kind comments. Yes, it is so rewarding to help others achieve their goals! Much aloha 🙂

  27. Lilith Nix Says:

    Hi there Kellie! Thanks for sharing this awesome article. Loved the movie, too! Now I just have to teach my team to fish and we’ll all be golden. 🙂

  28. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Lilith,
    So wonderful to see you here on our blog! I am so happy you enjoyed our post. Yes, teaching people to fish…that’s the magic! Aloha 🙂

  29. Young And Fabulous Says:

    So true, Kelly. It’s about working smart and teaching others so you can delegate. I always tell my mom to teach and delegate so she offload work from her and others can do her work if she’s not available. Business I totally agree with you. Providing value is the way to gain other people’s trust and business, eventually.
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  30. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Cherrie,
    Yes, you are so correct and when we are able to “teach others” and create our own legacy, we become free as we help others to create theirs too! It’s a win-win on both sides and it feels sooo good! Aloha 🙂

  31. Tim Colletti Says:

    Hi Kellie…The “Pay It Forward” model is great, especially when you are talking about Tribe Syndication. By helping others, you get the rewards of seeing the results.

    ~ Tim
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  32. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Tim,
    Yes, it’s great for syndication too! I was actually referring to everything in life, your skills in your career, family values, paying it forward to your children each and everyday. If we all took the time to teach just a few people to master the skills we have already mastered in life (like we do a baby to a toddler, then to a child), then the legacy would continue for everything we treasure in life. Life is then full of joy and we would feel fulfilled Knowing we have “payed it forward”. Much Mahalo (thank you) for your comments. 🙂

  33. Danielle Zack Says:

    An awesome and inspiring post as always! I loved it so much I had to review it on my blog! This is the key component that so many network marketers are missing in their businesses. It’s not about us! It’s about others and teaching them how they can be successful. That is how we win. Thanks so much Kellie!


    ps. Just love the video, thanks for sharing it too!
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  34. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Danielle,
    Thank you so much for your beautiful comments. I am so glad you loved the post and the video! Aloha 🙂

  35. arlan murata Says:

    Hey Kellie:

    Great one from a great teacher. Appreciate the content on your blog, keep it playing. I’m working on it.

    Spend a fabulous weekend with Jonathan Budd and internet leaders. Learned a few internet marketing secrets and networked with some awesome people.

    Also, created my biz blog that is themed as a teacher – muratasensei. Boy it sure comes around to where I started long ago, well maybe not so long ago, 🙂

  36. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Arlan,
    It’s always so nice to see you here on our blog. I am glad you are enjoying our content as it truly has been our journey…and still is! So happy for you Arlan and I know you will find your niche! You have so much wisdom to share with the world and the kindest of hearts. Much aloha 🙂
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  37. Tinei Says:

    Aloha Kellie!
    The video, was very cute and made me smile. However I do remember watching it and although I do find it cute and funny the message in there is very real. And that is that we can change the world with one idea as big as paying it forward.

    As for the rest of your post, you teach us that teaching people how to do for themselves will in turn benefit you as well. A very good point that is also pointed out by Neal Donald Walsch in his book that I am now reading “Happier Then God”. In one of the chapter he makes it clear that what you do for another you do for yourself but also what you fail to do for another you fail to do for yourself.

    This brings that message of treat others how you would like to be treated to a whole other level.

    Fa’afetai for the wonderful posts.
    Much alofa your way,

  38. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Tinei,
    I am so glad you are finding value in our posts. I love how you are seeing the deeper meaning to movies like “Pay It Forward”. As we keep on coming back to articles, books, or DVDs, we’ll always pick up new ideas which we didn’t see before. Thank you for your comments. Aloha 🙂
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  39. Jackie Ulmer Says:

    LOVE that movie and the philosophy of paying it forward. And, always a good remind to give with no thought of getting. When we do this, we ALWAYS do end up getting in the end!

    Sometimes, in ways that surprise us!

    And, love teaching the team to fish vs giving them a fish. Empowerment!

    EXPECT Success!

    Jackie Ulmer
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  40. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Jackie,
    Thank you for your comments! How did I know you would love that movie too? LOL! And yes, to give is truly the gift and teaching someone to fish, as you know, it’s the greatest joy! Much aloha 🙂
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  41. Kathleen Goldson- Clarke Says:

    I really enjoyed this post. If we really help other to get what they want, then we will get what we want. Its so easy to go off track with this one, but I agree, this is the key to success. A good reminder. I have just started a blog of my own to share my story. I must say although I have been sharing this with friends you were my inspiration to put it out there. You are one of my mentors. Thanks for sharing

  42. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Kathleen,
    It is nice seeing you here on our blog! I am so glad you enjoyed our post. Congratulations on starting your own blog! Awe, you are so kind! I am sure you will be inspiring many people along your journey. Much aloha 🙂

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