Joe Bloggs? That's me then! I'm the average man in the street who's been around the block a few times in various MLM companies.
Multi-Level Marketing FYI - You're Welcome.
I am so delighted that this blogging platform shows the message: "CONTENT WARNING: This article appears to be about multi-level marketing".
Thank you platform!!! - You've hit the nail on the head because I'd like to begin by nipping that little chestnut in the bud.
Let's begin with the facts, shall we?
Many MLM (otherwise known as Network Marketing) companies come under the umbrella of the DSA (Direct Selling Association), look up dsa.org and dsa.org.uk. These MLM companies are therefore ... wait for it ... Legitimate Businesses.
What's that? - "Legitimate" I hear you say?
Aren't they just scams and illegal Pyramid Schemes?
Let me tell you something. In the 30 or so years I've had being a member of a handful of Network Marketing companies, despite not having had the success I dreamt of, I've nevertheless never had a bad word to say about any of them.
Being successful is a mindset. it takes drive, ambition, organisation and vision and those who expect the various business opportunities to be 'get rich quick schemes' will fail and fail quickly because as a legitimate business, work needs to be done.
Those who take the view that MLM could be a quick way out of having to do some hard work but still get rich, will get a rude awakening and they'll quickly join the 'Loser's Club' - That's the "Me Too Club" - They all get together to discuss what's wrong with the company or what's wrong with the upline, or the products or the services instead of looking at themselves and investing in themselves by staying close to the fire, close to the successful people, learning what they're doing and copying, copying, copying.
Being close to successful people doesn't necessarily mean following someone around all day although finding a mentor and learning from them is always a good idea. Simply reading books written by successful people is a means of surrounding oneself with achievers, the positive thinkers and not the red-lighters who will drag you down and stop you from believing in yourself.
The number one reason why people fail in this industry is because they don't have a strong enough reason to be successful. Without a strong reason, there's no motivation to get out of their comfort zone and do whatever it takes to learn the skills and knowledge required to succeed.
The lack of motivation means that failure is 'by default' just around the corner because they're very likely to give up and they'll never learn that success is guaranteed if they never give up.
Personally I always realised that the issue was with me and my efforts or 'lack of' to be more precise and so I never blamed anything or anyone else and that at least has to be better than joining the 'Me Too Club'.
The Network Marketing Industry, in my opinion, has had a bad press for too many years. Those who have a professional attitude, set goals, have a clear vision of where they want to be in life and are willing to WORK for it, are ultimately the ones who become successful but here's the thing; within MLM, the average person in the street has the facility to become extraordinarily successful by taking advantage of the low-risk/high-reward business model which embraces the POWER of DUPLICATION. That, together with the above traits will guarantee success.
It may not be everybody's cup-of-tea and success may not come immediately, but having tried several MLM companies myself and having been, well, pretty average so far in all of them, I've nevertheless seen enough of what's possible and what can be achieved with the right mindset and dedication and that's why I personally haven't given up hope. I do realise that the onus is on me to listen to Albert Einstein when he said that the definition of madness is to keep on doing the same things and expecting a different outcome.
So, here I go again with what I believe is a marvellous opportunity and, in my opinion, an absolute no-brainer. Yup, I believe I've found a Network Marketing company to top them all.
This will probably be my final attempt as I'm now retired from full time employment. Good luck me!
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Sandrine on May 15, 2021:
Good luck in your multi level marketing business endeavour!