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The Downside Of Network Marketing (What We Don’t Like To Talk About In MLM)

The Downside Of Network Marketing (What We Don’t Like To Talk About In MLM)

Ever been in a Lockerroom Training with leadership from your MLM or Network Marketing Opportunity? Well if you’ve ever accomplished any level of leadership with a company you will usually find yourself in some ‘leaders only’ meetings. This is where a lot more is shared than what is Usually shared; this is where the conversations get Real Intense. This is where you’ll hear much more about the Downside of Network Marketing.

The downside of Network Marketing is what most do not want to talk about. Instead, most leaders spend their time talking about the upside of Network Marketing; the Opportunity. We call that ‘casting vision’. The vision is realistic too. It encourages you and I to embrace the idea of leverage. That if we employ the efforts of other people, we too can earn the kind of incomes that super successful business owners earn.

This is where you’ll find the downside – when we are relying on the efforts of others; if the others do not produce any results; because they’re not making any efforts to produce results – that leverage does you no good. This is where a lot of leaders wind up; They get started with a bang, make money, build a team – and suddenly the network is pulled apart. They find out the people who’s ‘efforts’ they’ve leveraged have decided that they no longer want to promote ‘that company’ anymore; They want to do different things.

This is the downside of network marketing – relying on other people. Leverage :: you see this concept works in the Corporate world because you are literally ’employing’ people by giving them a wage; an hourly, linear wage. you, the business owner pay them a salary to produce (and make efforts to produce) — or else they will Lose that wage.

People, who are easily enslaved by comfort like this; will stay at that place of employment because they can depend on that paycheck. Most won’t look for ‘better paying jobs” – although some will. Almost none are looking at investments; or ‘income opportunities’ – and what keeps happening lately is, more and more of the people who Are joining MLM are bringing this Employment Mentality with them.

This isn’t new, it’s always been part of the high attrition rate in network marketing; another downside in some people’s eyes; others simply see it as ‘sorting’; almost like a ‘survival of the fittest’ perception of it. Many are called, but so few are around a year later – this has always been the case. This has always been a downside. The ‘incentives” are just not strong enough. We talk about ‘knowing your why” but so many people never tie that into their ‘reason’ to be in a network marketing venture.

In today’s climate, with so many MLM companies popping up – it’s a constant battle going on of ‘which opportunities to join’ – and with so many people In society having an employee mentality – which is built into us through our school system – what has ended up happening is, most networkers are simply ‘targeting’ other networkers.

They’re not out there going after people who ‘value’ working a job; and getting a steady paycheck, over creating a steady FLOW of income streams – diversified investments that are raining time freedom upon their lives; why not experience wealth? If you don’t like it you can always go back to being BROKE! ……… or, ‘just getting by’ … aka, living paycheck to paycheck. Even though we all know this is not a ‘stable’ way to live; so many of us in society continue to prefer that way of life.

You see it’s a DECISION That people have to make; to LIVE differently!

Until then, they are still a slave to money; they are not free to pursue their MISSION!

our mission in mlm goes beyond the company or the program - we are here to free slaves and change the world 9-5 Wage Slaves living paycheck to paycheck are the key. Their Minds are Imprisoned

This downside of our industry in some folks eyes, is why the DS Domination Affiliate Opportunity has become so popular over the last year – since coming out in late 2012, the DSD opportunity has already helped people retire from their 9-5’s; without relying on other people – this is the draw – this is what’s made this one such a big hit with networkers.

If the people they’ve ‘leveraged’ and ’employed’ – and ‘partnered up with’ – as affiliates of DSD, decide that they’re not going to put any effort into learning how to list, and get sales on ebay; if they decide to quit and try out other income opportunities instead; if they put DSD on the backburner as so many networkers like to call it, it doesn’t stop or block your opportunity to make money on ebay.

There are a lot of people who for a long, long time now, have made their living from ebay. The Chief Vision Officer, Emeritus for the 1mlmsystem, Milton Mouzon Jr., was already making decent income from ebay when I first met him, through the Crazygood income opportunity (Which is no longer in business) – and without broadcasting too much of his personal business, let’s just say he’s doing pretty well on ebay to this day. Well enough to have said bye bye to the 9-5 job world himself; and he’s not even part of the DSD opportunity (at this time).

However, this was something he and I spoke about, in the early pre-launch days of the 1mlmsystem; and it’s something I’m still very open to as leaders emerge within the 1mlmsystem, to share their insights and expertise in several areas of business; but I’ll talk more about that in a different post – my main point is that DS Domination is doing a lot of what I wanted to do – but they honestly did it way better than anything I could’ve thought of.

The creators of the DSD opportunity, Roger, Hitesh, and all the leaders who’ve really blazed a trail and led the way, showing others that YES, you can make money on ebay and not have to rely on recruiting other people; they’ve all done an outstanding job with this one.

Here to announce, that DS Domination is NOW officially a part of the 1mlmsystem – which only makes sense. It fits right into the ultimate vision of our Team. We embrace the new school, and want our team members to have real business skills. We want you to learn SEO and understand how to get more web traffic without having to pay for ads; or lose money on buying stuff you can’t afford. We ant you to ‘scale your business’ in a way that moves you from what you can afford to invest; on a monthly basis. YOU need a budget.

The downside of network marketing that I’ve been writing about here – the Employee mentality – well they are not really budget oriented. Since employees are not thinking about investments, the money they get from those paychecks is usually spent, before they even get those paychecks; this too, happens in network marketing.

People start making money in network marketing and go out and spend it. They don’t think about re-investing it. They’re not thinking about a business budget; a month to month evaluation of what they can actually afford to invest; so they can scale their business up; This is important because, how can you show others the way to make money without a lot of money, by constantly forcing the notion down people’s throats that the ONLY way to make money, is to spend a LOT of it?

These ideas that are prevalent in network marketing today, are confusing and discouraging to most people. It’s counter productive. So instead we encourage our business partners to learn; to grow; to expand their skillsets; Not to be ‘satisfied’ with just getting by; to Change their thought process; To get on a budget; to approach MLM intelligently; to build a team around teamwork and loyalty; so that as we Go forward and GROW forward, we all become stronger. You see if you and I are mastering skills like, how to make money on ebay, how to SEO blogs and websites, how to Use Lists for Effective email Marketing, How to ‘network’ on social networks; and get results – if we create this TEAM of skilled professionals who are working together — how can we NOT make money in multiple places?

That’s why we keep telling you; Think BEYOND The programs;

YES; DSD is going to unleash a beast within; you’re going to start getting ChaChings on your phone;  you’re going to learn how to make money on other platforms; including amazon; You’re going to gain a valuable skillset. But, then what?

Think BEYOND the Programs

Get Started with OUR partnership Today – and we’ll start exploring what’s beyond, for you. We’ll start with where we are Today – and build great things together; SUBSTANTIAL and RELIABLE income – together; which we can use FOR our mission; our purpose for being here – So that we can invest in a better world; better communities; and continually invest in creating better people. That’s our mission – you’re invited to be part of it. I look forward to Welcoming you aboard!


Open Letter To: Black Home Business Owners

The following post was too ‘personal’ for Facebook (where it started) and yet, was too important to limit to my private facebook wall. I decided to make this an Open Letter to the Black Home Business Owners of the world – I’ll let you read it – and I have a few more things to say below.

So, I was just told that when members of DSD unlock higher levels of training, one of the programs recommended is Ebates.

Milton Mouzon referred this program to me when we were putting together the One MLM System (in 2012) – it’s been in there since Day One.

I cannot help but find it … interesting, that when We recommended this program to our team – most of them looked at it ‘funny’ …. they rolled their eyes and acted as if the program wasn’t really ‘valuable’ ….

But, now that Roger says it’s a program people should Really consider using; Folks are treating it like it’s Gospel.

…. It’s things like that, that make you really sit back and wonder about how, cultural perceptions influence business decisions that business people make.  Truth is, most business people (those of you who just got into home business after being an EMPLOYEE for decades of your life) are actually NOT making decisions like Business People.

Business Decisions are not the same as “emotional Decisions” —-

Emotional Decisions are very much colored by the ignorant perceptions our Society lumps on us as we are born into it … the game was already in motion before we got on; and already people are telling us who we should like, who we should and should not trust; who we should follow.

I find it interesting that when people of a certain ‘hue’ talk about an idea it gets funny looks; but when a lighter ‘more accepted hue’ says word for word the same thing; it’s gospel – it’s the way.

What really gets me here …. is Black People are the ones doing this nonsense more than anyone I’ve seen; Treating their fellow man as if he is not on the same level, with that Other man.

Like I said; I can understand it when others do it; it’s society; the world still has a long way to go to rid itself of the ugly and ignorant spirit that took the world over several centuries ago; an ugly spirit that has lingered; and yet — I SEE how my own people, absolutely participate in our own Demise; through daily decisions not to Trust and/or Respect One another.

It’s pretty sad.

When I talk about bringing MLM together; making sure we’re all making money; using affordable programs to help people make money so they can get into Higher investment (higher return) opps; Folks act like it’s the most confusing shit in the world; Then a white man comes out with a ‘power lead system’ that is Saying the SAME Thing I just got done saying; and It’s VIRAL….

.. and every brotha and sista under the sun is coming to me with it …

We put Amazon in the System in 2012, and nobody wanted to take the time to learn about how to use Amazon; But “Roger” comes out with DSD … and now everyone is a Amazon Expert; buying books on Amazon; Researching and Studying that ass off….

It’s pretty interesting.

If (when) confronted all will deny.

Yet … it absolutely seems to be the case.

As I said, I understand when others do it – but it’s tough when it comes from your own people.

On the heels of the events of Trayvon Martin’s injustice, and having knowledge of several cases where injustice continues to arrive in the lives of members in the black community, I started “the Black Folder” – This is a folder in the 1mlmsystem that is entirely dedicated to those who are interested in coming together and creating a real financial revolution within the black community. This is a very tough mission to do. This is a mission that has been stopped time, and time again.

It’s the mission for which many say, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated – Hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. discuss The Poor People’s Campaign – Much of what he says is still true to this day. This economic condition black people find themselves in is a real Emergency. The fire in the lives of black men and women has continued to burn. Thousands of black lives have been cut short, burned beyond recognition, and forgotten due to the heat of the blaze. As these fires continue to rage, the clear lack of economic power – is the very water needed to put the fire out.

And yet, Dr. Claud Anderson discusses the very misconception that we, as a community have, about what and where our financial power is. It is not in being a consumer. As a consumer, what we are really doing is making others wealthy, instead of our selves.

The saddest reality I’ve come to accept – is that black men and women are doing the same thing, in the home business industry today.

We are refusing to work with, follow, listen to or show loyalty to our fellow black men and women in business – for fear of not being accepted by non-blacks. The same forces that drive us apart in our society are doing it to us within business as well. Black men and women are divided; battling over who’s company (which we do not own) is better. We are discarding the advice of seasoned black business people, to follow the non-blacks around; who are often saying the same things as those seasoned black leaders.

It’s a very sad, and tough position we find ourselves in – as we all want the same things; but seem to be blind to the obviousness of how to Obtain it.

I remain hopeful, but am ever more realistic – that the imprint of society has so much influence over people that the Mission of the Black Folder – is a long, long ways off from being reached.

That is ok though.

It is, what it is – and it’s … Interesting, like so many things in life are – Coming together is the answer for black people in the network marketing industry. Yet, many will wait for a white person to do what we’ve been doing; and sadly many of those other systems will not be thought out for the benefit of black people; but for those who can ‘afford’ to improve their lives; or those who will miss a car payment, for hope.

The psychological murder of black people is a reality – as Dr. King discusses in the message that many will not take the time to hear. That’s just how bad it is.

Not to be the bearer of bad news – but I am here to be honest, and real.

Those blacks who’ve made it to the top of a company in the MLM industry are much like a Lebron James – controlled by corporate interests. Not wanting to go back to a life without money, they find themselves stuck – and because they do not really Trust their own people to create wealth amongst one another; they remain silent – they remain where they are; Under control – and content about it.

Their eyes have been gouged out – they cannot see that MLM is a model for Freedom; it’s a business model that frees us from corporate control. However, when our MLM ‘network’ is tied to a corporate company; that company controls the entire network; Free, but not free.

Then there is our concept; Our vision – our idea shared with the world first in 2010 – refined by our One MLM System in 2012 – YOU and I must be loyal to one another; and as we build a network based on that loyalty; we create REAL control; and real financial freedom, for ourselves.

But … I guess I need to find a white person to share that Vision – for you to hear it clearly.


*Update – Check out Nolan Richardson in his Hall of Fame Speech talking about Teamwork, and how it absolutely makes the Dream Possible. Without a team, none of us will ever get to our goals. The better the team, the better able we are to reach our dream!