…to change your mind.
it took me TWO YEARS….2 years to unapologetically admit the i am a network marketing professional.
i had always steered clear of anything to do with network marketing and i’d venture to guess that many of you can relate.
however, as i look back and ponder why i had such strong feelings against this industry, the truth is, “I HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE!”
ok fine…maybe i do, but it’s a little embarrassing to admit. i certainly never got scammed myself. i didn’t even have any actual second hand stories that had jaded my opinion. but, i grew up hearing the adults in my life speak in hushed tones referencing those people….those people involved in that thing. “WHAT PEOPLE? WHAT THING?”, i wondered. even though i never found out exactly why there was this us/them mentality, i did figure out who they were talking about and what they were referring to and it seemed like they must be some sort of dangerous cult and i should probably avoid them so i wouldn’t get brainwashed and sucked in. that mentality took root in me. it was fostered even further as i grew up and heard a general consensus that absolutely anything to do with network marketing was greasy and underhanded and to be avoided…..a scam, a pyramid scheme, a ponzi scheme….but still, i never got any solid evidence as to why. but hey….since everyone (except for those people) believed this, it must be true, so i just went with it. the sad truth is that, in my attempt to avoid the dreaded brainwashing, i had in fact become brainwashed.
i had resigned to the fact that i did indeed love this product line i was getting through network marketing. so much so in fact, that i would have purchased it out of the back of a van in a seedy neighborhood if that’s what it took.
but I WAS NOT GOING TO PROMOTE IT or SIGN PEOPLE UP or SELL IT.
i refused to become one of those people. but i really was so impressed (ok…obsessed) with the products and what they had done for me that i did tell people about them, much in the same way that i would tell people to try a restaurant or a new local boutique that i loved or go see an incredible new movie. (turns out, i’ve been networking my whole life…just not getting paid for it). suddenly i had friends and family who wanted in. ok fine…so i guess on some level i was promoting it and yes, i did in fact sign people up….but i couldn’t help myself. it felt unethical to keep something this good to myself, but i still was NOT going to sell anything. and to this day that remains true. i share with conviction with no attachment to whether you buy or not. i do however, get paid every week, and when that first started happening, i figured i’d better look into how it all worked. i was a little stunned at how simple it was, how generous it was and by the fact that anyone, absolutely ANYONE, regardless of experience, education or any other qualifier could be successful and earn money through this. for the first time, i couldn’t fathom why network marketing had such a bad reputation.
i am privileged to be with a company who trains us so well in every aspect of the product line and the business. i quickly learned that not all network marketing companies are created equally though. some have actually earned their bad rep.
not many of them are simple, generous and fair.
few are set up for the masses to succeed…just a few key people with the people on top always earning the most.
most have levels and generations and percentages and quotas.
many have sub par products or no products all
i was beginning to see why perhaps the industry got a bad rap. but seriously people, why do we do this? why do we lump things into broad categories and call them all good or all bad? we don’t stop eating at restaurants and label them all disgusting because of a few bad experiences. we don’t swear off all movies because we saw a couple of box office flops. i know there are greasy companies out there, making false grandiose claims….so don’t buy their products. don’t align yourself with them. but please, don’t bash them all. network marketing is a legitimate, thriving industry that is changing lives on many levels and there are a lot of great companies out there with great products and fair compensation plans who practice business with integrity.
i have so much more i want to address but this is already longer than i would like so part 3 will come your way sooner than part 2 did. i’m going to wrap up real quick here with a few quotes from some folks you may recognize.
“network marketing is the big wave of the future. it’s taking the place of franchising which now requires too much capital for the average person.” ~ jim rohn
“the worst thing you can do in this economy is get a second job. the best thing you can do is begin a home based business.” ~dave ramsey
“if i would be given a chance to start all over again, i would choose network marketing.” ~ bill gates
“network marketing has come of age. it’s undeniable that it has become a way to entrepreneurship and independence for millions of people.” ~stephen covey
regardless what you think of donald trump, there’s no denying his business sense. this is what he had to say when asked by david letterman what he would do if he lost everything: “i would find a good network marketing company and get to work.”