by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Financial Pages
Are you, like me, finding yourself flat-out frustrated while attempting to make a living with network marketing? We see the benefits, the dream, the many so-called Gurus making tons of money, yet we are not accomplishing the success we desire.
First let me state, this information does not apply to everyone. Some successful Network Marketers will probably take offense. Hope not. It is not my intent to offend, as much as it is to figure out for myself a workable plan.
I’ve only been back in network marketing for about four years so I consider myself somewhat of a newbie. I have a lot to learn. My prior experience didn’t pan out, so I stayed with corporate employment for 30 years. Afterwards I retired but I was not old enough or rich enough to stay retired. Besides retirement was boring.
I rediscovered network marketing a few years back and got excited about the potential for financial success that was dangled in my face.
Fast forward to today and it has become apparent that in the last four years I’ve run up against many well-disguised barriers. Having met the challenges of these multiple barriers I’ve formed a disturbing point of view which I’ve discussed with many marketers, seasoned and newbies like myself.
I’ve had some successes; not as much as I intend to by a long shot. But I believe wholeheartedly in network marketing and I’ll never stop learning this profession.
In my studies I’ve come to realize something is not right for my way of thinking. Here is my opinion, and I truly hope it helps you in your decision making. Many network marketers agree with me and I suppose many will disagree, but that is the beauty of the business. We can agree to disagree.
What Exactly Is Network Marketing?
Plain and simple, network marketing is selling; selling by word of mouth, historically to one person at a time.
Why Do So Many Network Marketers Fail?
The fact is many of us in the field of Network Marketing or Multi-Level Marketing have been subjected to an outright pack of lies, or at the minimum, half-truths.
We’ve been told such lies as ‘there is no selling involved’… there is. We are told it is not hard work. It is. We are told the products sell themselves. They don’t …and on and on and on.
Have We Been Lied To? Yes, but …
Either inadvertently or by design some of us have not been told the whole truth when it comes to our profession. I’ve been guilty of spreading some of the same lies as well because that’s the information I was taught.
In my case my up-line didn’t know any better himself. There are sincere leaders in our field, like my former immediate up-line, who believed in lifting people up, guiding them, and reveling in their successes, but they still teach the old way of thinking, like he did with me.
He had good intentions, they were just misguided. He taught me what he had been taught. If I had paid closer attention I would have realized he was, shall I say, lacking success. Like I said before, I have learned a lot in four years.
Times (and Network Marketing) Have Changed
Evolution and change is natural. We did not all come from the same mold. As the saying goes, ‘different strokes for different folks.’ Methods that work for an extrovert will not work for an introvert, etc., but we’re taught the same methods.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should totally abandon the old ways because some of those methods work fine, just don’t hesitate to add new methods when they fit your way of thinking.
My bet is you have what it takes to be successful in Network Marketing. There are so many different avenues of self expression in this industry, there has to be one that fits your personality.
What I’m saying is don’t give up on your dream. Keep an open mind, mix some old school thinking with the new and come up with your own method of operation. There are now many workable programs offered by sincere experts that will enable you to combine several methods into one cohesive plan.
You just have to pick a few that work with the way you think.
Once you find the person or persons you want to emulate, lock into their teachings until you grasp their principles and put them successfully to work for you. Don’t confuse the issue by jumping from one ‘Guru’ to the next. There will always be the next latest greatest. After you have the principles down and they are working for you on a consistent basis, then you might consider adding to your networking arsenal.
From my recent experience I find if you do that, and work within your comfort zone in the beginning,your excitement, knowledge and confidence will build. Once you get your bearings success will follow.
The information at this CreateVitality link is what salvaged my network marketing career. It won’t meet everyone’s parameters but it did mine. If you have an open mind, maybe it will help you as well.
Till Next Time,
To Good Health and Success, Live Well