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Shark Advice On Failure (Daymond John Instagram Post Inspired)

Would you like some Shark advice on failure?  Meaning, would you like to understand a huge lesson on failure, from a super successful business mogul, like Daymond  John?  If you’re smart your answer will be absolutely yes! Only an egotistical person would pass up on gaining knowledge and insight from a person who’s done what you’re seeking to do.  It happens, surprisingly and people miss out on good lessons all the time, because of that ego. What’s wild about this Instagram post I found on Daymond John’s page is how great the timing is.

I’ve been wrestling with a few things, if I can be honest with you.

Almost, second guessing myself, on whether or not I was ‘wrong’ to blame the people who signed up for Crazygood, for it’s failure. I Did that though, with all good intentions to be totally honest with those that were following me at that time. However I will not lie to you, I do feel that many took that the wrong way. I’ve written about how I needed to have the right people on TopNetworkersGroup to pull it off. I think the people who ‘were’ working with the group, took offense and became even ‘less involved’ than they were (which was not much at all).

Yet in so many ways, I Do believe in pruning the tree – so dead leaves falling off, is important for the Growth of the tree.

Now, I’m looking at this Fresh start;  and yet, still wondering if I was out of line to say, what I’ve said. Thank you Universe for confirmation, through several ‘mediums’. My messenger arrived in the form of an Instagram post, from one of NBC’s Shark tank OG’s, Daymond John.  He was sharing some lessons with his followers, of course.  In these images below, you’ll find his Advice on Failure. Would you like to know the 3 things he noticed, along his path. As you probably know, he’s started a lot of businesses, and not everything panned out.

Daymond John gives us Advice On Failure through this Gem of an Instagram Post

Some shark advice on failure

reposted to my own IG, with a quick message #TNGForever

advice on failure (Daymond John Shark IG Post)

like I said, this was on my mind. I feel like people took it the wrong way when I said it, but when they hear the same message from a shark, will it change their mind? (or yours?) – am I still wrong for speaking plainly about what it takes to succeed??

 

I absolutely wanted to make sure you read the image above first. In the second one you’ll see the advice on failure that I’ve been speaking of. Number three stood out to me.  If you’ve re-watched the new presentation for Topnetworkersgroup, you’ll hear me talk about this in the presentation. We learned, along the way, that we need the right people to really pull this off.  Too many people in MLM are ‘too independent’ in their thought process.  In network marketing, we need people who can adopt a group mentality.

Speaking plainly, we need more flexible people who are able to do ‘more than just one thing’.

Sure, be able to think for yourself, we love that. But also understand ‘when’ we need you to put your ego aside, so that together the team can win.  Most importantly, I hope you walk away with a better understanding of just how the ‘group’ can fail, because of individuals.  When we choose to act in ‘selfish ways’, we ultimately harm the ‘team’ we are part of. Most recently, we’ve seen this with UCLA and Liangelo Ball, who along with 2 other Teammates caused International News.

ucla players need advice on failure too

They were caught shoplifting, while on a good will trip to China. Without rehashing all of that, the 3 players are Key to UCLA’s success or failure this season.  However, they will possibly be facing up to a year suspension. This means that UCLA will not be as ‘good’ as they would have been with these 3 players. Instead of thinking about the team, these young men were only focused on themselves. They saw personal gain, and things they ‘needed to have right now’.  None of them were thinking about the long term consequences of these actions.  We all see this unfolding on a much smaller scale in the network marketing (MLM) industry all the time.

No, network marketers aren’t always ‘stealing’, but sometimes they are.  Uplines who ‘steal downlines’ are dangerous to the entire industry, especially their ‘network of partners’.  Their poor leadership can actually go on to cause the entire team to fail.  By setting a poor example of what it means to be a leader, that poor example duplicates.

It’s not always the Upline’s fault though.

A very popular past time of network marketers, is blaming their uplines for their own personal failure. Unless your upline is stealing your leads, they are not to blame for failure. An upline’s only job is to lead ‘by example’.   That’s it and that’s all.  They should be telling you what tools to use (because they use them), and what videos to watch (because they’ve watched them). Real leaders let you know what books you need to invest in, because they’ve done it too.   This is right in those 3 tips from the Shark himself!

Number One: I Didn’t do enough research on it.  I’ve been in Network Marketing for several years, and it does not fail that people I sponsor, are lazy.  They really aren’t willing to spend TIME on becoming good at this skill.  Almost everyone is in search of a quick dollar, and this is why the industry isn’t performing as well as it could!  In our One MLM System, there are hours and hours of training videos, but how many people watched those videos?

A lady who didn’t stick around long, actually told me, with pride “I finally figured out how to fast forward the videos!” ……

This is for the people who think I ramble as this blog post is coming up on 1,000 words. You’re fucking lazy. That’s why you’re a failure. Here’s my advice: Stop being so fucking lazy!

She didn’t want to sit through my videos, because she figured the ‘stories’ I’m sharing are ‘just to hear myself talk. Sadly, this is how most people watch Training videos.  They don’t just ‘sit and watch’ or ‘take notes’ and pay full attention.  They check their phones, jump on facebook, and multi-task while a training video is going on.   It’s a poor decision that too many people make, because they frankly lack the discipline to put off what they can get ‘right now’ for what they can have in the long run.

If you can put your phone down, and other distractions down, for at least an hour or two, you’ll be glad you did later.  But this requires having that ‘student mode’ mentality that people with large egos struggle to reach. So whether you take my Advice on failure, or need to listen to someone who you ‘know’ has made millions of dollars  – that EGO has to be out of the way. Otherwise, you’ll skip around and selectively ‘listen’ to what you want to hear. You’ll never ‘truly’ obtain the knowledge you need to succeed.

Take the time to do the research, which includes LISTENING to long training videos that ‘may’ be boring, at first.  When I was with LevelOneNetwork people would pay $500 for the SEO Training courses, and would not watch the videos.   Back when I was in DSDomination, people would sign up and, not watch the videos on Drop Shipping through eBay. Even with TheConversionPros I get people who sign up, and ‘don’t know how to set up a lead capture page’, because, you guessed it …. They won’t watch the videos.

Take the Sharks advice on Failure, if you won’t take mine. Stop being lazy, and get around the right people.

*also Check out what Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank said about Failing back In 2014

 

Team Building Series: The Right People

Welcome to the Team Building Series.

Anyone who knows the story of TopNetworkersGroup understands that it’s a story ‘in progress’. This is a story that is not yet fully written. It is unfolding day by day and you are either watching it happen, or you are part of the story. Many characters have come and gone, but as of this date, heading into the 2nd month of 2015, we are still searching for the core leaders who will lead this team.

*update 8/31/16 – Read our Latest Entry on This ‘theme’ – Intelligent Marketers Wanted

(Original article below!)

In this Team Building Series, we are going to discuss several important team building topics. Starting with The Right People – this installment, the introduction, which will first show you how we’ve been addressing this topic; up to this current point in time.

Next up in the Team Building Series is the importance of Trust.

When you have the right people, trust flows. We’re going to speak on that in detail in that installment of this leadership and business training series of articles. After that, we will bring you How A Team works. Once again you’ll notice us drawing from and referencing previous articles – much of what needs to be said in this series, has already been said. But we want to help you put it all together, so that you can actually be an effective part of this movement.

First of all, you must understand our goal is to help more people in the network marketing industry make professional money. We define that as $60,000 per year – Or $5,000 per month. Everyone we know wants to make four figures per month; and not a single person we talk to is against 5,000 of residual income. But not many people in network marketing make this kind of money.

This is why, the first part of our team building mission, has been to find and identify The Right People. Oddly enough, One year ago I addressed this same topic. So things will be done much differently in 2015 – since we find ourselves in the same position as we were in a year ago.  Watch Having The Right People on YouTube

I’m goingt to be more specific than ever before. I need people to do 3way calls with. When I broke away from the people I came into the industry with to create TopNetworkersGroup, I was doing so without other people. Going it alone is always difficult in network marketing. We all could use a little help, from our … business partners.

Sadly the business partners I had (before I left to form TNG) cared more about their own well being than the well being of the team.

This was always the case for me, even with my first Network Marketing company. While other uplines were constantly “crossing the stage” to receive production awards and recognition; OUR upline was no where to be seen; He even disappeared during the training events. Then he’d show up on the final day (of a 3 day event) and would speak to the team about how WE needed to do different things to help HIM get on that stage.

We have a saying in MLM which talks about the Right Way to approach Team Building; it’s “from event to event” –

So if your company is having 4 Major events during a year; you and your business partners can (and should) create mini-events in between – in order to build momentum for the BIG event coming up.

This is a simple idea but, 90% of the industry is NOT doing it.

We Must Apply

A simple concept, business partners getting together to throw an ‘event’ – a meeting – an opportunity to share information on the business they are building together with others who are being invited to join; and help them build. But most people aren’t doing it. This idea of building a team, from one event to the next, is what spawned other formats; the home meeting, the coffee shop meeting; where two or more business partners would get together to promote and build.

Team building at its finest happens when two more more leaders know what to do; and do it. If a bunch of business partners get together, but do not know What to do – then it does not matter if they throw a bunch of events; I can honestly say that I’ve worked with business partners who didn’t know what to do; but agreed to participate in events. Their, not knowing what to do, made the entire events ineffective.

Knowing what to do is a Big Deal.

We spend So much time talking about Training, not only here at TNG, but throughout the MLM industry. Open your eyes and look around. There is an over abundance of information on ‘what to do in mlm’ – on the internet today. It wasn’t like that when I got into MLM in 1999, and we didn’t get YouTube till 2005; so this EXPLOSION Of information has happened in really just the past 10 years.

Imagine how much MORE information is coming to us in the NEXT 10 years.

What always accompanies information however, is Misinformation.

misinformation-everywhere

This is always the case; Even back when I was coming up in the industry (My First 5 Years in MLM) – there was plenty of misinformation floating around then too. BUT, the information that worked, obviously worked – and there was no point in debating it.

We all knew what worked and what did not. Most people were too lazy to go and get the information because, you always had to go and get the information. None of us could sit and home and stream information to ourselves from the couch back then. You had to sacrifice to get the information.

We all had to go search out top earners, and learn directly from them, with no fast forward button.

However over the last 10 years – not only has a lot of information hit the internet; a lot of misinformation has come out as well.

In other words, the vast majority of business partners I’ve had team up with me in TopNetworkersGroup were operating on misinformation, ‘thinking’ they knew what to do; and not realizing how difficult they’ve made network marketing. They don’t realize that a lot of the people giving out misinformation can make money from SELLING them false information.

In other words, when the information was PURE; they only made money if YOU made money. So the information they gave you, back in those early days, was always accurate. The information I’m talking about, is that Old School Information. That’s why it’s the truth. We Have that Correct Information.

Today, people SELL You a funnel, or a system, or a sales package of dvd’s; and they make their money off the front end. Whether the information they gave you is accurate or not, no longer matters. it matters to you; but not to the person selling it!

So when I talk of ‘Having the right People’ in this important Team Building Series – I am specifically talking about having people who have the Right Information. This brings me to the One MLM System. It’s main purpose was to provide people with the accurate information. Over the past 2 years, the vast majority of people who came through the system either chose not to watch the video training, or watched it and chose not to apply.

I say this, because I did not perform one single 3way call during all of 2014.

If we’re going to talk about this topic, it cannot be done without talking about 3way calls. We created a page that is Part of the 1mlmsystem Tour – a Free MLM Business Training page where several videos can be seen directly talking about the importance of 3way calls.Several training videos inside of our System; and inside our Leadership Training Section all speak on how vital 3way calls are to team building – and Yet, in spite of so much training on the topic, none of the people who joined our team, felt they were important.

I understand why this is the case.

Most of the people who’ve worked with TNG have literally no MLM experience; and the information they’ve gathered is mostly misinformation. There are actually plenty of people who train against the usage of 3way calls. They are telling distributors that they can do this without the help of others.

All you need is a lead capture system.

All you need is to Brand Yourself.

You are the leader, and you are the one everyone will follow;

Even if you don’t have the information.

Because you have branded yourself.

And you have a lead capture system.

You’ve got emails to send out.

That’s all you need.

You don’t need a partner.

This is a huge mistake that so many people make.

These ideas are poisonous to network marketers.

I came across a video today from Randy Gage which helps bring home some of what I’m attempting to say here. Randy Gage is one of the all time top money earners in the history of network marketer. He is a teacher of teachers and a trainer of trainers. So when he is speaking on a topic, it’s not ‘misinformation’ – Please listen, and then be sure to finish reading what is being shared in this Team Building Series.

This video is nothing short of powerful when it comes to team building.

It talks about distributors who seek to always be ‘first’ – when a new mlm company comes out. They believe in the Saturation Myth; and believe that the grass is greener on the other side. I didn’t set TNG up because I thought the grass was greener. I knew this would take work; that we would need some gardeners. It was going to require some people who understood what Randy Gage is talking about here.

To build a network marketing organization – a team – you Must involve an upline expert. Just as we’ve spoken about on this blog, it takes a REAL Business Partnership – a Leader and a follower. Two Leaders cannot Build a Team. There has to be someone leading and someone who is following. We are yet to find the people, who are willing to follow.

This first crop of Followers, will be the first Leaders of TopNetworkersGroup.

They will be our first Directors; Our first Vice Presidents.

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None of that happens until we find a few who are willing to do the right things, the right way – let me speak more directly, while referencing some of the points by Randy Gage.

You cannot successfully bring people into TopNetworkersGroup without them talking to me. I’m the guy with the vision and I am the guy who’s guiding the ship. Skipping steps in the process actually harms you more than helps.  Attempting to build a team without me (your upline) isn’t a wise move. You can try to copy this system and you can attempt to build by leading with a program, rather than the system; you can even brand yourself and use lead capture pages, and email auto responders to send out messages; but you cannot be successful without me (your upline).

That comes off sounding like I am full of myself when that is not the case. The case is, that’s just how network marketing works!

We All need that Support ‘line’ that we call an Upline in this line of business —

Top money earner Randy Gage just got done talking about it. He would never think of building a team without an upline. Yet, without naming names, 100% of the people I’ve personally brought into TNG, have decided to ‘attempt’ to build without theirs.

They have chosen not to set appointments over the phone; nor through our live office – they have chosen not to use our Production Worksheets, which help them take an organized approach to team building. This isn’t because they are bad people, they just do not realize how important it is…

However ….

The good news is, our system has everything you are looking for – and if you are willing to be part of our movement, you will inherit what others took for granted. You will get instant access to the RIGHT information to build a team. But, to build that team, you must apply the information. I look forward to working with the next wave of people who come through our system. I also look forward to giving you the next parts of this Team Building Series.

Thank you for reading this –

Al King, CEO & Founder of TopNetworkersGroup.com
Chief Educational Officer for 1mlmsystem.com

More articles in our Team Building Series:

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