If you want to be successful in network marketing, you must answer this dead-serious question:
It’s critical to be honest, because your answer has everything to do with the results (or lack thereof) you’ll achieve in your business.
I am not embarrassed. Or am I? Here in Sweden and I know it's the same in other countries as well it is not a profession that has a good reputation – even if it’s getting better. I noticed yesterday at an offline event that I just left that part out when introducing myself. Right or wrong – I don’t know!
Read this article by my mentor Ferny Ceballos and you’ll learn why you shouldn’t be embarrassed and what to do about it if you are. /Karin
Okay, so what’s your answer?
Are you unashamed to be a network marketer?
Read on and I’ll help you to earn the respect of your friends, family, and colleges who might think network marketing is beneath you, or that network marketing is nothing more than a scam.
However, if you are even a bit embarrassed to be associated with this industry, then you really need to digest and internalize what I’m about to share with you.
The good news is, with confidence, I can assure you that if you take action on what I’m about to reveal…
I’m going to share a few possible solutions you can use if you’re suffering from embarrassment, or if you don’t want certain people in your life to know that you’re involved in one of those “MLM things.”
Luckily there are some very tangible and specific things that you can do to legitimize your business in the eyes of those around you, and ultimately, in the eyes of everyone in our society—no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
But first, I want to take you through my journey and show you how I earned the respect of those who absolutely hated and crapped all over my business.
If you don’t know my story, I had the awesome opportunity to go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is literally the number one school in the world as it relates to technology and science, and that’s where I earned my Bachelor’s degree.
And after I graduated from MIT, I went to work on top secret space programs for the government.
So basically, I went to school, got good grades, attended the best university I could possibly go to, and then got a “good” job.
On the outside, it seemed like I had it made.
But obviously, that wasn’t the case.
I was miserable!
Can you relate to expectations not matching reality?
People thought the world was my oyster, and I honestly couldn’t go any further from a prestige standpoint.
But I wasn’t happy, so I did something about it and joined a network marketing opportunity.
It was the ONLY thing anyone ever offered me to take me out of my “cubicle slave” situation, which I absolutely did not enjoy.
And there’s a really good chance you can relate to how this move was received by the people I cared for the most…
Which manifested in conversations that sounded an awful lot like this…
“What are you doing? Why are you selling vitamins? You’re an engineer and you work for the government, why are you doing this? You make good money and you’re giving that up for…this?”
But that’s not all, I also had the privilege of getting flack from some of the most brilliant people in the world via my friends and colleges from MIT.
So then I was dealing with super-high I.Q. people crapping all over my new profession!
It was hard to refute their arguments, because they are extremely intelligent people, and they know how to argue.
In fact, a lot of them actually compete in debates!
But that’s what I had to overcome from a belief standpoint.
Over the past 10 years in network marketing, I’ve met people who are former corporate executives, former small business owners, former medical scientists, former engineers, former pilots—just to name a few.
These people all had very prestigious and well-paying careers.
Which shouldn’t come as a surprise, honestly; it’s not like in network marketing we only have people that can’t get a “real” job or are uneducated.
No, we have many educated, sophisticated, and successful people already in this industry.
They obviously were not happy with what they were doing, and they started looking for something their current professions couldn’t provide.
Case in point, I recently attended a workshop in Australia, with my friends Masa Cemazar and Miguel Montero, the “Pajama Bosses.”
Masa has a PhD in medical science and was working in a lab doing incredible things as a geneticist.
Miguel was a commercial airline pilot.
These people left highly-respected, six-figure careers to join network marketing.
And you know what?
It’s pretty awesome to see such professionals, who have already earned the respect of their peers, joining network marketing.
Now let’s dive into my three-step process for dealing with the negativity from the people around you.
This is the ONLY thing I’ll discuss that’s in alignment with what most top earners in this industry teach regarding how to deal with negativity.
And you’ve probably heard all this before…
You must fortify your mindset. You must believe this can work for you…not that it can work, not that can work for some, not that it can work for others, but that it can work for YOU!
Well, it’s true.
You won’t follow through on projects you don’t believe in, because everyone quits when they don’t believe they can actually do something.
Think of something BIG you’ve accomplished in your life—like going to school, attaining higher degrees, ambitious projects at work, or running a marathon.
Even though it was difficult, even though it was challenging, even though it was daunting, you accomplished it.
Basically, you committed to the fact that you could do it, and then you figured out “how” along the way.
And so, I absolutely agree you have to fortify your mindset and believe your network marketing opportunity is the real deal.
If you have any doubts, or you think…
“Well, I don’t know if people will buy my products, because they’re kind of expensive.”
…then you just killed your business.
…then you won’t get far.
If you see people around you and you think…
“People were successful before, but, I don’t see a lot of people successful in my company now.”
…then you just sealed the deal on your future, as it relates to that business.
Which isn’t to say that every company is the same.
Sometimes these concerns are legitimate, but regardless, the result is the same…
You’re categorically sabotaging your success by having these doubts going through your mind.
You’ve got to be honest and realistic about what happens in the network marketing space—because it ain’t always pretty!
You’ve probably observed some shady practices in network marketing, and look, sometimes you’re going to run into situations like that.
Pyramid schemes and slimy business practices are real in this profession, as they are in any profession.
Look at Wall Street or real estate; people do unethical things ALL the time in those industries.
Yet it doesn’t make those industries illegitimate or illegal.
So we must be real and honest about what’s wrong in our space.
Most leaders will condition you to label anyone with negative comments as “haters” or losers.
The same goes for society-at-large’s negative view of our profession as a whole—you’re conditioned to label nearly everyone as negative people who don’t “get it,” and to push them aside.
I completely disagree with this strategy.
Because I think it’s ignoring a REAL problem, and I prefer to view the negativity as a symptom of what we’re doing wrong as an industry, or what we can do better in our profession.
Look, the reason people view our space in a negative light is because somebody, at some point in the history of network marketing, did something frankly stupid that created a ripple effect—that’s the bottom line.
My stance is simple…
That’s the only way anything will change.
And the way I intend to take responsibility and do something about our poor image is to teach REAL business practices, which will actually help to legitimize this profession.
Because when you legitimize how you operate, and operate like a real business, you not only are being realistic, you’re also going to fortify your mindset and get on the right track to elevate your friend’s and family’s opinion of your business.
Which brings me to step number three, which I feel is the most important…
The reason I built my business online using “21st century tactics,” like social media, is because it legitimizes this profession.
The “old-school” methods of approaching everyone you know to try to get them into your business is NOT how a real business operates.
Allow me to repeat myself…
Approaching strangers, or people in a social setting, with a hidden agenda to get them into your business, is not how a real business operates!
That’s a fact.
Real businesses don’t do that.
And provide real solutions that help people solve their problems.
Makes sense, right?
So, what does that mean?
Well, first and foremost, there’s a mindset component.
If you don’t have a real solution for people and the problems they’re experiencing in their lives, then they’re not going to be interested.
But if you do have something that helps people solve a problem that’s actually happening in their life, then they will likely be interested.
Whether it’s weight loss, health and wellness, fitness, financial planning and investing, insurance, beauty and longevity—whatever!
They key is advertising to the right people, so you’re not trying to, as the saying goes…sell steak to a vegetarian.
If this sounds daunting, don’t worry—I’m going to make it real simple.
Here’s what I did…
I created a simple online advertising and lead generation system to collect the contact information of new prospects who specifically requested more information about what I happened to be selling at the time, which means I never had to talk to friends, family or strangers about my opportunity, if I didn’t want to!
And sure, sometimes I will still prospect people offline, because I see that I can provide them a solution, but I certainly don’t do it to everybody, and I don’t have a need to prospect everybody—I only do it when I actually want to HELP someone.
Imagine the power of that!
And on that note, if you’re ready to…
…so that you’re not out doing things that embarrass you, and tend to deflate you, and crush your belief in this industry, then I highly recommend you sign up for my FREE Online Recruiting Bootcamp.
It’s a 10-day video course where I’ll walk you through taking your business online.
This is the information that changed my life ten years ago, and it can change your life as well.
In fact, I’ll share exactly how I passively generate 300–500 leads per day, 30–50 customers per day, and recruit 70–100 new serious business-builders into my business each month.
You’ll learn the tools to build your business automatically—where prospects come to you on a daily basis—ready to sign up and get busy.
And here’s the bottom line:
There are cubicle slaves, lawyers, doctors, and professionals at high levels entering the network marketing space, because not only do they see a credible opportunity here, they also see a BETTER opportunity in our home business industry.
So fortify your beliefs based on that fact and get ready to take the next steps…
Simply click here and I’ll gladly give you access to my 10-Day Online Recruiting Bootcamp.
And if you found this content helpful, I would love to read your comments below!
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