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Why I Won’t Join Your Deal

Five O’Clock AM….

The phone rings, and there’s EXCITEMENT in the receiver…

It’s one of my best friends, I’ll call her ‘Mrs. New Deal‘, and she had just came out of a negative experience in the MLM industry when we had gotten together the night before for a reunion dinner with some old veterans from a company that had just fell apart for both of us.

I had listened to her drown on about how much she’s glad that God ‘delivered‘ her from the MLM industry and how thankful she is that she’s no longer focused on money, and how much better she feels now that’s she’s free to be poor.

A little bit of background here: We had spent nearly 2 years together building a large organization in a company, done weekly meetings and home meetings together, collectively recruited nearly 1000 people, and been through A LOT of fun times and struggles in the MLM industry.

So here I am massively succeeding in my company, earning checks of… (A LOT)… and I’m holding my tongue and listening to a 2 hour drunkalogue about how much the MLM profession sucks.

(isn’t that what we do… Listen?)

Well, I’m fine with people thinking what they want, because at the end of the day I’ve got a better lifestyle than 100% of any of the people I grew up with, I have more time freedom than any professional person I know AND I make more money than I’ve ever made, but nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced at 5 AM the next day

“David, oh my gosh, OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH!!!” says ‘Mrs. New Deal‘ “I’m in this new exciting DEAL, where you earn an extra 2% on the fifth level, and YOU ONLY HAVE TO GET 3 PEOPLE and you’re rich”…

Well, excuse me if I want to puke… but is there any honest network marketing business where ANYONE has legitimately sponsored only 3 people and gotten rich?

No.

She continued… “Not only that… but it’s NOT MLM!  All you have to do is get 3 people, and THEY get 3 people… and THEY get 3 people…and YOU’RE RICH almost overnight!”

So excuse me for wanting to puke… but what kind of business is it when 3 people get 3, who get 3?  Hmmm… I didn’t think it was ‘MLM’ either…

Well, to make a long story short, I didn’t join her deal.

Now, it’s business time… You may be wondering why I didn’t join that deal, and why I won’t join yours, either.  FIVE or more times a day, I get an email that looks something like this:

“David, this is Mr. Big and Famous Hotshot.  I know we’ve never met, but I’m building an organization in a Pre-Launch Super-Deal that’s going to be the next Amway (but better, of course)…  I’ve got a spot reserved for you at the top of the comp plan with GUARANTEED income, and all you have to do is join and bring over your organization.  Not only will you make a fortune, but you can get in at the top… blah blah blah… Click here to signup and buy X product to get rich…”

You know, there’s this funny phenomenon in Network Marketing, where people assume that you’ll for some reason join their program from their spam email, canned scripts, and because the company is “New” and you can “get in at the top

Here’s the funny thing… You know the hot-shots that we always talk about who are ACTUALLY pulling in six figure monthly checks from a LEGITIMATE MLM company?

Guess what 100% of them all have in common…

(are you ready)

They are absolutely UNMOVABLE in their resolve to prosper in Network Marketing, and they LOVE their company with a passion.  They can’t be bought, sold, moved, and they won’t quit and whore away to your deal because you send them unrequested SPAM.

There was a funny statistic I learned from Mark Yarnell, and I think this is a funny industry.   You see, more than 95% of ACTIVE distributors who STICK with one company for 10 years or more are six figure earners.  That is a HUGE statistic my friends.

Do you realize that a six figure income built right in a legitimate Network Marketing company takes less than 10 hours a week to maintain, and only about 20 hours a week to grow?

That means that the reason why most people who read this blog post are going to fail in Network Marketing isn’t because they don’t have the ability to succeed, because statistics PROVE otherwise, it’s because they’ll QUIT or jump to a new deal before they ever learn to prosper.

Do you know how many industries produce six figure earners from 95% of the people who stick around for 10 years or more?

There’s not a profession in the world that produces as many six figure residual earners in the SHEER amounts that are created in Network Marketing.  It is COMPLETELY unique as an industry.  So stick with your damn company and stop trying to recruit me into stupid deals.

Lol.

Seriously, people.

The TRUTH is that there are A LOT of good companies out there, so make a decision and figure out how to make your team in that company grow like crazy.

The reason that your company isn’t working isn’t because the comp plan is broken, or the tools aren’t good enough, or that it’s not a pre-launch.  The reason is because YOU need to learn some skills and figure it out.

Yes, take some time.  RESEARCH leadership. Connect with a real MENTOR and choose your company wisely.  Meet with some distributors who UNDERSTAND Network Marketing and find something that you BELIEVE in and is TRANSFORMATIONAL.

But for heavens sake, stop giving our industry a bad name by hopping from deal to deal looking for that ‘golden spoon‘.  I found an MLM the other day that sells a magic new age ‘healing rod’ and it pays out 99% of it’s volume.  It’s never been done before, and if you get five people to buy 3 magic crystals month, you permanently lock your spot in the force 5X5 matrix and you get to wear tie dies and sandals for the rest of your life…

Ha ha.

You CREATE your own destiny in Network Marketing, and it’s more who YOU are and your INTEGRITY than it is about the company (although the company DOES matter)…

I know people in Network Marketing that make more than $600,000 per month, and you know how many of them did it by hopping from deal to deal?

None.

Have a VISION.  Be a LEADER.  TAKEOVER your company, and above all, be consistent and be UNMOVABLE in your resolve to take it to the top.

I appreciate all of you, and I want you to prosper.

But it’s time for the TRUTH about this industry to come out.

The TRUTH is that what is going to TRANSFORM your destiny in this industry is YOU.

What are your thoughts? Be sure to share.  Heck, you can even tell us about your new deal that pays an extra 1% on the 15th level, so we can all laugh at you.  Is your deal even better than Amway?  Be sure to share, and let me know if you think I’m spot on.

In Prosperity,
David Wood

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Rogerio Moreira
Rogerio Moreira

...it's all about authenticity, ethic value and team enthusiasm, of course workers don't have time for schemes...

Steven Keller
Steven Keller

Good article but I have a very hard time believing the statistic form Mark Yarnell.

Dean
Dean

This is a "timeless Post" and very appreciated by the writer hereof. I too have "jumped ship" before and particularly it was as a result of the lack of support. I basically got tired of the meetings and fake it till you mate it BS. In the back of my head though I knew there was a better way so I never stopped learning and improving my craft, building myself through constant reading. I eventually got back with another company because I saw that there was "teamwork" at play. What I know now as a distributor and the person I have evolved into agrees with you whole heartedly, that my success depends on ME and my mindset to "stay the course" and continue to learn and be a support to others who will be coming on board in the future. Fabulous stuff Dave.

Les Leslie
Les Leslie

Thanks, David. I love your perspective. It's ALL about integrity, honesty and w.o.r.k. Schemes never work, and workers don't have time for schemes.

Annette
Annette

Thanks for the post, David. It actually moved me. 'Have been with the same company for 10 years (on and off). I had some success during the first 4 years until my income started to dwindle. I went back to the corporate world for 4 years but can't get mlm out of my mind, esp with the income that I experienced. I found myself back in mlm a few months ago but I didn't want to do the traditional approach. 'Am glad to be learning attraction marketing now. I am still with the same company that I started with. I love the company and have been using the products since day one. I think you nailed it when you said, "The reason that your company isn’t working isn’t because the comp plan is broken, or the tools aren’t good enough, or that it’s not a pre-launch. The reason is because YOU need to learn some skills and figure it out." I am UNMOVABLE in my company because I haven't used my full potential yet (and we haven't tried attraction marketing yet). I know it is I who needs to adjust, learn and change and not the company. I thank you for your leadership.

Mark Gubuan
Mark Gubuan

Dave, It took me a while to get around to reading this post. What's funny is that I was just bombarded with Facebook videos and and pictures of people movin and shakin with their opportunities and they created "drool factor" as Mark Hoverson was teaching earlier this week. Made me want to jump ship, but thanks to this post. You helped me keep my head on straight and remember why I joined my opportunity in the first place. We all need to remember that there is a market for ANY niche. Make sure you lead or be lead by a GREAT leader. Mark .-= Mark Gubuan´s last blog ..How to Create Your Own 2 for 1 Advertising Deal =-.

Antwuan Bell
Antwuan Bell

Another Great Post David. Keep bringin the heat I don't think some people can handle the truth. Lol! Just Mark Yarnell says you need at least 1year company focus and 2 hours a day and you will have more money than u can dream of. I advice everyone to watch the webinar you had with Mark on your Blog. Keep it up my friend looking forward to learning more. Antwuan Bell

Jeff
Jeff

All these MLM's to choose from. What one should I join? Join mine and I will build your down line. Yea we have all heard that one before. Dave you are right. Find one that you love and market like crazy!

Dwayne Huggins
Dwayne Huggins

Hey David 100% agree. People constantly go in search of the easiest way to make money, so they jump fail, jump again fail again, jump some more fail some more, then say "network marketing doesn't work", "mlm scammed me out of all my money...". They should take the same energy they use to jump around and invest in their growth. Self develop, learn their trade, increase their knowledge base, apply what they have learned, focus on consistent activity instead of silly un-reasonable results. Then in-time real success will come. << That's the journey I am on. David, thank you for you great leadership and example Dwayne .-= Dwayne Huggins´s last blog ..Blogging For Online Network Marketers – Why You Should Blog =-.

Jamie Gaymon
Jamie Gaymon

David- I agree with you 100% when you say that "I think people jump around because they don’t make strong commitments." But let's take that a little deeper-WHY don't they make strong commitments? One of the biggest reasons I've seen is this: most people are more connected to the personality of their sponsor than they are the business opportunity they choose, which causes them to make emotional decisions rather than rational ones. Personal branding aside, most MLMers aren't even aware that there are other compensation plans other than the business they've joined. Traditional marketing example-you bring a prospect out to your opportunity meeting, and they tell you that "I'm going to do some research before we follow up." All that means is they will look up the positive and negative Google results on your specific business, or talk to friends and family to see if they've heard anything about the business or not. That prospect has already decided if they want to do business with you or not, it's just a matter of how good or bad the first page Google results are for your biz opp. We could go even deeper into the psychology of this, but I'm interested to hear some other persepctives first. .-= Jamie Gaymon´s last blog ..MLM Compensation Plans-Secrets Your Upline Never Told You, Part I =-.

Matt
Matt

Great post. It's so true that the internet is filled with people simply spamming about their business. You are so right that it is time for the truth to come out. This industry takes work and people must learn to promote themselves instead of a product or business. Thank you for sharing buddy. .-= Matt´s last blog ..Lead Generation For Your Network Marketing Opportunity =-.

Louise Collier
Louise Collier

Wow David, you have great content! I think you are spot-on. I have to admit, early on, before I learnt a lot, I was slightly tempted to join other companies that would be so much easier to recruit people into than mine, and make me SO much money super quickly!!! I think at first you can't help believing the hype, and it is a natural human instinct to look for the easier option. Luckily I stuck around long enough to come across loads of information telling me it was about ME instead, and to stick with it, and be consistent...so that's what I'm doing :) Thanks for the post, really enjoyed reading it! ~Louise .-= Louise Collier´s last blog ..Important Announcement – Attend Our LIVE Streaming Network Marketing Training This Saturday =-.

Adam
Adam

This was a fun post, David. I was actually gonna send you an email about a great new hot "get in at the top, turn a $9.95 buy-in into 5 figures within a week" opportunity, but I see you're already busy considering some others, so I'll go try to recruit Trump. :) Adam .-= Adam´s last blog ..My Rank On Google Front Page Results =-.

Rhandell Mitchell
Rhandell Mitchell

I think all of you guys have valid points. I was originally introduced to MLM back in 2001 in a telecom company that's still around today. My sister got me in and then she quit. Afterward, I dabbled in several different companies. However, I realized after some time that while the comp plans had been enticing and the companies were popular, that I just did not believe whole-heartedly in the companies in which I had chosen. After years of struggling I've finally come to the realization that it is not the company, but the person that determines the level of success. While I agree with David that in order to be successful in MLM we need to have a sense of 'sticktoitiveness' we also MUST have a company that we are passionate about as Kenny mentioned. .-= Rhandell Mitchell´s last blog ..The Numis Network Phenomenon – 3 Reasons This is Good News For the Numismatic Coin Industry! =-.

Kenny
Kenny

I don't agree that you are spot on as I think some people don't always know and sometimes people convince them they get in because of a friend, family and don't really like the company, product, etc. They then come online to market and find that they can build with someone who can help them learn. I think as a leader being with your team and a part of your team is the most important thing that anyone leader can give. I see that what happens is most leaders get people in the business and then they simply don't do anything with that team member to help them and guide them to success. I know that I have people who follow me because of me and because I truly care about them and their success. This is a rare thing in this industry and at the end of the day no matter what if you don't like the company your with and you are not making money then why stay don't try to beat a dead horse that will never work for you if you have no passion, no drive to build that business and no help or support. That is why people jump around not because they are trying to find that golden goose or that one thing that will get them rich overnight. It is all about passion, leadership and being consistent and the consistent has to come last if you don't find the passion or the leadership being consistent will never work. Note: Final part of this is that there is always the exception to this and those are the people we call MLM Junkies that do jump ship and those are ones that never really have any reason to be in MLM they should go do something else because they are after the quick buck and don't care about success per say. These types of people will never have success no matter what business or leadership or how long they stay in any one business opportunity. .-= Kenny´s last blog ..Numis Network – Is Numis The Silver Magic Bullet? =-.

Kenny
Kenny

Here is the think I agree to some degree I've had 18 years experience and out of that 12 was with my first company I then semi-retired and after a few short years I decided to jump back in the game and rebuild a big organization. There is a couple things that people need to realize in network marketing you need to have a marketing plan that will actually pay you most don't and you need to have a company that you like or can really feel passionate about. Then and only then can it be you at that point and you can wrap yourself around that business and build it for the future. While it is true it takes more then 2 months it is also true that if you don't enjoy, like, or you are in such a competitive market that you have to beg people to come onboard then it doesn't matter how long you are there it will always be a struggle. Also above all it is the leadership and team and I stress team that you are involved with that will in the end allow you to build walk away income you can't do it alone and be the only one at the top it won't work long term. .-= Kenny´s last blog ..Numis Network – Is Numis The Silver Magic Bullet? =-.

Jay Tsougrianis
Jay Tsougrianis

Great article David. Its funny how many people have heard the stats a hundred times before, but yet the continue to jump from company to company, like there will be a magic bullet in it for them. Truth be, if you aren't willing to work hard and figure it out in one company are you really going to do it in a new company? I would guess the answer is no.

Marcus Baker
Marcus Baker

David I agree wholeheartedly with your post my friend but it took me a long time, lots of struggling and wasted money to finally get the message that the missing component in my success equation was ME! Unfortunately too many opportunities are promoted as Automatic Teller Machines when the truth of the matter is to be successful in business takes the right attitude, skills and time amongst other things and acquiring this involves a very personal journey which will take each of us as long as it takes. We also all have a responsibility to communicate this to prospects otherwise we are just as responsible for perpetuating the crazy "Have I got a great deal for you." frenzy that never seems to abate. Thanks for the awesome post. Marcus .-= Marcus Baker´s last blog ..Network Marketing Tip – How To Move Yourself To The Next Level =-.

Dr Ket-Sang Tai
Dr Ket-Sang Tai

I couldn't agree more. And Tracey, I do have more respect for you for not following the crowd. You are my women! LOL .-= Dr Ket-Sang Tai´s last blog ..Is It REALLY Possible To Grow A Seven Figure Residual Income In Network Marketing Using NOTHING But The Internet? (Not Really) =-.

Quaneshia H
Quaneshia H

I love this post, I also hate it when an old distributor from my company tries to recruit me into their new company and down talks my company because it did not work out for them. Or other people that try and recruit me and down talk my company or its products. That just turns me off. I will stick with my company!! Thanks David, Quaneshia Quaneshia Holden's latest blog post... http://myjourneywithardyss.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-post.html .-= Quaneshia H´s last blog ..Is It REALLY Possible To Grow A Seven Figure Residual Income In Network Marketing Using NOTHING But The Internet? (Not Really) =-.

Vitaliy Dubinin
Vitaliy Dubinin

David, this is something all network marketers have to know. You are committed to tell us the TRUTH about network marketing. I'm getting invited constantly to join new deals, and they always think that just their company is the best or just launched. More people have to understand the concept of BRANDING. Thanks for sharing! Vitaliy

David Wood
David Wood

No probs Tracey, and that's EXACTLY it. Distributors need to have patience, FOCUS, and DRIVE to build a massive organization... it takes longer than 2 months for heaven's sake!

Tracey Walker
Tracey Walker

David, this is one of the more truthful posts I've read in a long time. You know, we all get hit up with "have you seen this? I'd like your opinion" stuff all the time and I just can't figure out what it is that drives people to move around so much, other than the lack of results once the dust settles. I think that the point would be to stick around long enough to experience results huh? Well, I'll keep my fingers crossed for the masses. It just seems like the new flavor of the month always causes the wind to blow the other way... Thanks for sharing, this was fabulous! Tracey .-= Tracey Walker´s last blog ..Xelr8 Distributors Have Some Decisions To Make, And FAST! =-.

Dave Fullmer
Dave Fullmer

There is a great deal of truth in what David Wood says in his blog

David Wood
David Wood

I think people jump around because they don't make strong commitments. There's an awesome quote that says: "Character is the ability to stick with a decision after the SPIRIT in which the decision was made has passed" You're right, there are some stupid companies that people need to re-evaluate, and there are some scams, too. But people quit companies and hop around because they don't understand network marketing, not because they're 'not passionate'. BTW, this post isn't targeted at you, Kenny. It's targeted at 'Junkies'. :) It's targeted at people who make a life long commitment to a vision, and then change it a month later. It's targeted at the WRONG mentality that you can succeed in this industry by hopping around and whoring from deal to deal. (Which you can't)...

David Wood
David Wood

Yes, Kenny, you're right... You've got to be PASSIONATE. BUT, at the same time as you know, I'm spot on :) Sometimes, people get involved in a crappy company or team, and they need to switch and find a good leader, but for heaven's sake, to be a leader long term you've got to broadcast a consistent, persistent message to your team. -Dave

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