“Life Is Tough . . . It’s Even Tougher When We’re Ignorant”

There’s this little shop in my neighborhood that has all sorts of bric-a-brac in its window, including a small whiteboard. On it the shop’s eccentric owner posts these short, quirky and yet insightful little bits of wisdom. A few days ago the board read:  

Life is tough – it’s even tougher when you’re stupid. 

Hit me right between the eyes. I mean, I’ve been stupid, had stupid ideas and done stupid things. And they’ve all made my life more difficult. Well, maybe stupid is not accurate and too harsh. Maybe ignorant is more like it. Anyway. . .

The list is long and it touches every part of my life but since this blog is as much about networking as it is about personal development, let’s go there. Let’s look at how being ignorant of the industry cost me – in many ways.

·      I totally fell in love with the product, thinking that product quality or uniqueness was enough to insure my success. I believed all I had to do was SELL and the rest would be my million dollar dream come true.

·      I paid absolutely no attention to the compensation plan. I wouldn’t ignore how I was to be paid in a conventional job, but come MLM, I totally disregarded it.

·      I spent THOUSANDS on one company’s products UPFRONT. I had so much inventory from this frontloading tactic that I wound up giving or throwing the product away. 

·      I bought leads at the advice of my sponsoring upline, trusting that my sponsors were working with me toward my success. The people I spoke to NEVER heard of my company or had simply filled out an online survey to “get stuff”.

·      I got into a reverse funneling system that offered a standard marketing and advertising back office site but charged me $300 EACH MONTH to host it. Luckily education put an end to that financial drain. 

Yes, I got educated. I made my life a lot easier by educating myself and getting the mentorship I needed to succeed in this industry. I just wish I had read that Google ad sooner! 

The ad I read got me a free copy of SUCCESS IN 10 STEPS by Michael Dlouhy.  If you need help avoiding many of these MLM landmines and want a copy of the map through the field, please help yourself on the right sidebar. 

And of course you can contact me at any time.

I mean, your MLM Networking Life is tough enough as it is. Don’t make it tougher. Get answers, get mentoring.

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