MLM Motivation: Why I Do This

Here’s one reason I do MLM – Time Freedom:

Being in business for myself allows me the time to take my 90-year old dad to Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium.

And yes, he REALLY did see Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig play!

 

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OMG, How I Love the Internet!

I mean there I was just a few hours ago unaware of an entire blog and a group of outstanding and outrageous people. By way of an email I discovered Adam Baker and his most impressive and inspiring site:

ManVsDebt.com where I also found a video of  him speaking at a TED event. His topic? Asking this enormously important and timely question:

What does Freedom mean to you?

I can’t recommend it highly enough so here it is. Don’t delay, check this out now:

 

 

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MLM: Just Another Part of the Ride

About 7 years ago when I first heard Personal Development and the idea that our thoughts create reality connected with Network Marketing, I was incredulous. I found it hard to believe that what I thought and believed had anything to do with my business success. 

Let’s face it, how many car salespeople or brokers concern themselves with such things? I was starting a networking business and needed to do the things necessary to build it. What was all this New Age stuff to do with that? 

Well, maybe those salespeople and brokers should pay attention, because now I know that seven years ago my education in my innate powers was just beginning. 

The very last part of the video presentation below ends with these words: 

“The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round and it has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud. And it’s fun for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, “Is this real or is this just a ride?’ and other people have remembered and they come back to us and they say, ‘Hey, Don’t worry, don’t be afraid ever because . . . this is just a ride.'”

MLM or network marketing is just an attraction, another ride at the amusement park.

Don’t be afraid to let out a good scream!

 

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9 Reasons Why MLM STILL Appeals To Millions

In a blog article I recently read the author, J.P. Hicks, was consoling those who are experiencing the humiliation of being unemployed and the frustration of looking for a job in the current dismal economic environment.

He related a story of his cousin who has a $180K college education, is working part-time in a department store and has sent out over a two year span 38,000 resumes, all to no avail.

Insightfully, he stated that society has “trained us to believe we are worthless without a job” and that “no one ever tells us to stop looking for a job and get busy building something”.

Not true.

Over my years in Network Marketing I have heard exactly that advice repeatedly. Hicks lists 10 reasons why ‘JOB’ should be a curse in our collective vocabulary and that we should shun all attempts at seeking one. Out of the ten reasons, nine could precisely describe the motivation for the millions who join the NM industry. Mind you, the author was not endorsing Network Marketing.

Here are those nine reasons that very accurately define why MLM still appeals to millions and most likely will for a great long time:
1. Working a job makes others wealthy, but not YOU. Self-explanatory.

2 Jobs are designed to make you poorer. Because wages do not keep pace with rising costs. In MLM you are paid according to what your efforts produce.

3. Jobs force you to get up at the same time every day: One of the goals of many Network Marketers is simply to sleep until they are finished and then get up.

4. Most jobs require you to wear a costume of some kind  Wish I knew how many MLMers brag about going to the “office” in their pajamas!

5. Bosses wield the all  power. This one hit home for me because I have never met a boss I ever liked!

6. Jobs tax your income at the highest rate. If you’ve never heard about the tax breaks for owning your own business, talk to your accountant. And if you don’t have one, find one because you’ll need one and will be able to afford one once the ball gets rolling.

7. Jobs steal your passion from you and deny you of  what you really want to do with your life. Another one of the greatest motivations for a vast majority of MLMers.

8 You’ll never be in control of your life working for someone else: If someone has the power to end your way of life, then you will never be free. Who can’t get jacked up and enthused about owning their own life?

9. Most jobs hold back your potential as a human being: Ah, this one explains all that personal development that is so intimately connected to Network Marketing. What other business or industry allows you to get to the heart of the matter for yourself and touch and mentor others to grab hold of their own life course?

Many thanks to:

J.P. Hicks is an entrepreneur and pro blogger, editor of Blog Tips, and author of the Secrets to Making Money with a Free Blog. Follow @ Twitter, or like on Facebook.

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The Trap of Social Media Noise

‘I quote others to better express myself.’

So the saying goes. And since I couldn’t say any better what Seth Godin has to say about the noise of social media, I’ll borrow his words. Enjoy it.

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The Trap Of Social Media Noise

If we put a number on it, people will try to make the number go up.

Now that everyone is a marketer, many people are looking for a louder megaphone, a chance to talk about their work, their career, their product… and social media looks like the ideal soapbox, a free opportunity to shout to the masses.

But first, we’re told to make that number go up. Increase the number of fans, friends and followers, so your shouts will be heard. The problem of course is that more noise is not better noise.

In Corey’s words, the conventional, broken wisdom is:

Follow a ton of people to get people to follow back

Focus on the # of followers, not the interests of followers or your relationship with them.

Pump links through the social platform (take your pick, or do them all!)

Offer nothing of value, and no context. This is a megaphone, not a telephone.

Think you’re winning, because you’re playing video games (highest follower count wins!)

This looks like winning (the numbers are going up!), but it’s actually a double-edged form of losing. First, you’re polluting a powerful space, turning signals into noise and bringing down the level of discourse for everyone. And second, you’re wasting your time when you could be building a tribe instead, could be earning permission, could be creating a channel where your voice is actually welcomed.

Leadership (even idea leadership) scares many people, because it requires you to own your words, to do work that matters. The alternative is to be a junk dealer.

The game theory pushes us into one of two directions: either be better at pump and dump than anyone else, get your numbers into the millions, outmass those that choose to use mass and always dance at the edge of spam (in which the number of those you offend or turn off forever keep increasing), or

Relentlessly focus. Prune your message and your list and build a reputation that’s worth owning and an audience that cares.

Only one of these strategies builds an asset of value.

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The noisy chatter of a cocktail party or the one-on-one conversation of focused individuals? You choose.

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Is It Work or Play?

Why not both? 

I had always envied those people who were able to say they “never worked a day in their life.” That everything they did seemed like play to them and whatever they played at they were able to get paid for!

Talk about a Holy Grail! Or hitting a lottery!

Can’t tell you how many self-development books I read and CDs I listened to or how many seminars I attended trying to wring out the secret these people held.

I was stumped until I read this and real-ized how elegantly simple the solution is:

“The difference between work and play is nothing more than your preconceived idea about the activity. It may sound crazy but it’s true.

“The way you feel about doing something is directly related to the way you think. By choice, you are the one who determines the amount of enjoyment you get out of your pursuits. In fact, you can get satisfaction from everything you do by giving yourself totally to all of your endeavors.  However, the only way you can experience that kind of freedom is when you no longer associate survival with what you’re doing. That way, you’re not attached to the outcome, which means you have nothing to lose.

“Now here’s the whole thing in a nutshell. If you have nothing to lose, there’s no fear, and if you have no fear, you’re free – free from any idea associated with what you do.

ONCE YOU GIVE UP YOUR CONCERN

ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING,

YOU CAN BE FREE OF FEAR,

AND THAT’S THE ONLY

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

WORK AND PLAY.

“By letting go of your concern, you are free of your mind’s influence. Then and only then can you get as much enjoyment out of work as you do from play. Then you can come from enjoyment rather than trying to find it. It is that simple!

“As you can see, the way you experience something is totally up to you. To use this knowledge is your birthright –  your right to create the experience of joy in your life.”

And joy in your work. Or is it play?

– Quoted with deep gratitude to George Lavenia, from his book What You Think is What You Get.

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