If you’ve been in network marketing for any length of time, you’ve probably heard some things that… well… honestly, they just aren’t true. Or if they are true, they are actually very unhelpful. In this series, I am going to explode several of the lies, half-truths, and other crap various upline leaders have told me over the last 9 years – things I’m sure you’ve heard as well.
Before we get started though, let’s understand that it’s not that my upline hated me or your upline hates you or means you any ill will. In fact, I believe that in most cases, our upline leaders really do want what’s best for us. But ignorance can cause lots of problems. It cost me years of frustration, thousands of dollars, and almost shipwrecked my dreams.
Let’s save you that hassle! What do you say? So here we go…
Crap My Upline Told Me, Episode 1 – This Company is the Best Opportunity in the Industry
Let’s be honest for just one minute here. Take a deep breath because this might hurt a bit…
Your company probably isn’t the best opportunity in the entire network marketing / direct selling industry.
Sure, it may be growing fast. Sure, it may have some very interesting new products that help lots of people. Sure, it might be lead by some market expert. It’s just probably NOT the best mlm on planet earth.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but we’re talking about HUNDREDS of companies here! Yours isn’t the only one with a “revolutionary new product.” It’s not the only one that is backed by stats, data, and a big bunch of testimonials. Your comp plan probably isn’t the best, nor is it revolutionary either. In fact, your company is probably just as good as half of the other networking opportunities out there.
Now take a breath… There’s still hope.
That being said, your company and it’s products probably are really good. They may both even be great. But do yourself, your prospects, and the industry a favor and stop with the “this is the best business in the world” crap. If it’s good, then it’s good. If it’s great, then it’s great. You don’t need to hype it up. People are getting better and better at seeing through the bull crap and it will probably benefit you most to have a clear head about the topic.
It’s fine to love your company, work hard for your company, and promote the heck out of your company and it’s comp plans. It’s even good to be excited about your opportunity.
What I’m trying to get you to do is to think for yourself instead of being a mindless sheep that just does whatever your upline tells you. I used to be that. It got me nowhere. Here’s the UGLY truth:
- Your company may actually be lame – If it is, you might want to find a better one. Maybe you want to stay in it anyway.
- Your business or the way you are doing your business might not actually be good for your friends, family, or anyone else – Sometimes money and hope can blind people to seeing that the way they are running their business is actually hurting people. I’ve seen upline leaders push their downline to stock loads of products in their basements so they could get bonuses. Not knowing any better, the downlines tried to appease their upline and ended up wasting thousands of dollars. (Of course this is worst case scenario, but it happens. Trust me.)
- Your prospects will think you’re nuts – This is okay to an extent, but there’s something incredibly attractive about honesty. Tell everyone how great your company is, just don’t lie about it.
Stay tuned for the next episode…
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