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#ThisIsAPyramidScheme – John Oliver Attacks the MLM Industry

#ThisIsAPyramidScheme  is trending on Twitter as I type this.

I knew that would be the case though, because I watch HBO. I’m a HUGE fan of Game of Thrones. I love Veep, Silicon Valley, Bill Maher, Vice, and some of their new stuff like Westworld, and Insecure.

One of my personal Favorite shows however, is HBO’s Last Week Tonight hosted by comedian John Oliver. I’ve featured some of John Oliver’s commentary on the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry right here on this blog. I have also talked, at length about problems within the MLM (or network marketing) industry, right here on this blog. I’ve written about the Vemma issues that led to their being shut down by the FTC and how the Herbalife Investigations would have an impact on the rest of us – if we don’t change our approach to making money.

In 2012, Myself and a business partner rolled out The One MLM System, To rule them all. One of the taglines on that site, reads “A better approach to Network Marketing” – because it is. I’m following actual business principles that guide fortune 500 companies; lessons taught in books that we recommend through our bookstore. I don’t want this to sound like an ‘ad’ – I just want to point out, that I’ve been sounding the alarm, for quite some time. I’ve been showing my fellow industry mates ‘the way’ – but many have tuned me out. It’s not about ‘me’ though. They also tuned out my business partners who joined with me to show others a better way to do business.

The way we’ve been doing business, has led to John Oliver going absolutely ‘HAM’ on the MLMindustry in his latest monologue – and he encouraged his audience to basically, attack the MLM Industry with him, using the Hashtag #ThisIsAPyramidScheme – and yes; It’s already trending on Twitter. It’s unfortunate really.

#ThisIsAPyramidScheme starts out by diving into the cases of Herbalife and Vemma… then dives into several more companies and their claims. (Full Video below)

Again these are two companies I already spoke about.

He uses a ‘hidden video’ that pretty much shows a poor presentation being given. The person doing the presentation misrepresents the company, and how earnings go. So while bringing people in ‘improperly’ – that harms us ALL as an industry. But this is what happens with (there being) so many companies and so much Division within the industry of network marketing. It allows the companies to push ‘us’ around, and dismantles our power. The ‘training’ and the ‘education’ is being watered down. We’re begging to be Ridiculed and Regulated, at this rate!

Watch as John Oliver attacks the MLM Industry – #ThisIsAPyramidScheme (Official Video FROM last Week Tonight)

There is so much that he gets ‘wrong’ while talking about the industry. But, a lot of the criticism he’s lobbying is fair – including the over-inflated Ego’s of many CEO’s of MLM companies.

That being said, John Oliver Is a comedian.

Please keep in mind that, when the “CEO yelling at the headstone” is discussed in a ‘joking’ manner, most of you watching won’t understand what’s going on. Did he look crazy? Yes he did. The novice watching will actually not realize that the CEO is doing a training on why you should not try to ‘raise the dead’ – an old saying in the company. When a person quits your company, don’t go back to them and try to ‘get them’ …. they have ‘basically’ died. They no longer want to participate so, let them go.

When you think of that person in an MLM who pesters you all the time after you’ve said no, that is a network marketer who is Ignoring the Training in their company.  Most companies like that one, a very old school company, train people to go find people who WANT to be part of what’s going on.

You never want to “Get people” – and that’s what yelling at the headstone represents in that #ThisIsAPyramidScheme clip; which again, I must remind you, is comedy.

Even the clip of the lady from the health and wellness company, who DID say #ThisIsAPyramidScheme in her ‘talk’ – that too, is a clip, from a training taken ‘out of context’ for comedic purposes. Folks, please understand if you’ve lost money in Network Marketing, it could be for various reasons. I’ll get to those in just a moment. But, let me explain why she said #ThisIsAPyramidScheme ….

Because she was ‘telling a story’ of how you (a network marketer) will experience sarcasm. You will face people who say, your ‘business’ is NOT a business; that it is a scam; (she was not actually saying it IS a pyramid scheme … lol)

It very well ‘could be’ a scam though. If your network marketing company is pushing garbage, and if it is not really ‘worth’ the money people pay for it, it can absolutely fall under the scam category. This is one of many reasons that ‘service based companies’ is what we recommend at TopnetworkersGroup, over product based companies. Products are way too competitive. Weight loss products for example, can be found for much cheaper in stores than they can access at any time they want to. That’s a better option, usually, than ‘helping out a friend’, spending more on a product they can only get when that friend is available.  Also, the ‘garage-qualified’ topic in #ThisIsAPyramidScheme has to do with Autoships.

That also can become dangerous for all the reasons John Oliver mentioned.

It’s also important to pay attention to what He mentions about what makes an MLM legitimate vs what makes them not.

When the bulk of the money comes from ‘actual customers’ – it’s legitimate.

ThisIsAPyramidScheme - people at the top make all the money

But, as ‘we’ have pointed out since 2010, and especially since we rolled out our MLM System in 2012 – most of these companies are not paying distributors enough!

We can’t really ‘do’ anything about that, when we have divided ourselves, into 2,000 different MLM companies. We’ve watered down our Power. As network marketers, the real value is what we show OUR team; and often people do not want to look, because they’re following ‘big names’ in the industry. They’re listening to people who tell them NOT to ‘pursue’ more than One mlm company at a time; So when they see our stuff, it’s already ‘going against’ what people with Much more influence than our team ever had ‘in this industry’ – have, in this industry.

Again, all documented here already.

So when I’m watching one of my favorite shows it was Not really a surprise to me.

Just last week, MLM attorney Kevin Thompson spoke about – Some more big news. Edith Ramirez, chair of the FTC spoke out, about possible, forthcoming Regulations FOR the MLM industry. This is not what we want to happen. But, because ‘we’ have not decided to regulate ourselves, the Government just may step in and regulate For us. Again, that is not what we want. This would drastically change the industry,  and the ‘real opportunity’ that  the MLM business model provides to the average person.

Then again, it may actually push people to understanding what we have been telling you all along.

We have to follow ‘actual business principles’ – like Scaling.

Starting out with an ‘affordable’ entry level, so that we can work together to actually assemble a network first. Then, once the network is making money from affordable opportunities, that network can start investing in more. Again this is basic business principles; The book Multiple Streams of Income talks about it; lots of people want to be in that situation but haven’t read the book!

The end result of a “lack of Intelligent Network Marketers” – has brought our entire industry under the Gaze of HBO – and I just want to congratulate all the ‘top earners” I’ve met along the way, with too much EGO to listen to what I’ve been telling them, for years now. We should have partnered up years ago, and started working to show networks ‘the right way’ to do things. We should have gone ahead and been ‘sticklers’ for the details. And as I’ve stated in several team training videos, we should go ahead and have “respect” for our network, so that the ‘Training” is actually duplicating. We cannot ‘afford’ to have representatives, in coffee shops doing POOR presentations!!!

Like … that ‘small thing’ – really matters!

NOT building a network properly, is a big deal; and So many people are building IMPROPERLY!!!!

This is NOT a sales pitch!

WE know the ‘right way’ — but … just as Morpheus told Neo; we can only show you the Door; You must Decide to walk through it.

Check out “The Myth: People at the Top make All the Money”

also get MORE education With Tim Sales on “who’s Getting Rich in MLM” – thanks for dropping by!

Daily Fantasy Sports: Was John Oliver Right?

Let’s talk about Daily Fantasy Sports Websites.

If you’re new to our website, TopNetworkersGroup has been talking about the Huge and Expanding industry of Daily Fantasy Sports for several months now.  In a nutshell, Daily Fantasy Sports has literally changed just about everything in the Fantasy Sports landscape. I have been playing fantasy sports for more than 10 years now; and when new sites sprang up giving people a way to Play fantasy sports without the year long commitment I knew they were onto something hot!

Time has proven that to be true. The daily fantasy sports industry is now bringing in so much money that it’s getting a lot of attention. Recently on Last Week Tonight (a show on HBO) John Oliver ripped into the industry – mostly by going after it’s two biggest names: DraftKings and FanDuel. The question John Oliver and several others are raising, including states like Nevada and New York which recently banned these kinds of websites from operating in their states, is whether or not it’s gambling.

Here’s a clip from the show; John Oliver going IN on Daily fantasy sports

Is he, and others who are raising this question right?

Perhaps.

Personally I’m on the fence and have to say that I am somewhat swayed by the bias thinking that it’s absolutely a game of skill, more so than a game of random chance. You really do have to know something about the sports you’re choosing lineups for, otherwise you’re going to get killed by those who do.  It’s one of the things you notice from playing fantasy sports for 10 years. You end up in leagues with people who really don’t know much about the sport, whether it’s football or basketball. I never really played other sports, but can only imagine the same applies there also.

That being said, if you really don’t know what you’re doing, the ‘odds’ of you winning money is against you. It’s not in your favor.

Which is why if you’re going to do it, you have to have ‘control’ – which even I will admit is not something that most people with Gambling Addiction have, when it comes to gambling.

If you are not the kind of person who can put yourself on a Budget; and Only play ‘so much money’ at a time; whether its’ a month, or a week; whatever you decide – if you cannot stick to your own plan then absolutely, you should stay away from anything remotely close to gambling. And, it IS a gamble, that your line up will beat the next man’s line up. It’s one thing to be in fantasy sports leagues for a year where each ‘team manager’ chooses from a pool of players, but no two teams are the same. It’s entirely something else when you’re playing in these daily fantasy sports competitions with others who have several of the same players that you have; With a few variations.

They might pick up a Guard that you don’t go with; and that Guard makes all the difference on that night.

But, that’s just the ‘luck of the draw’ …

Right now, my Los Angeles Lakers are having a tough start to the NBA Season and several people are raising the question of whether or not they chose the right player at the second Pick. The guy they skipped over is off to a Monster career already. He’s averaging a double double and looks like he’s going to be around for years to come. The point guard the Lakers chose, however – in stark contrast seems to be anywhere from having a slow start; to struggling.  That’s entirely separate from another ‘issue’ in Lakerland. Was Julius Randle the right choice in the previous draft? Several questions are also being raised there too. Because, that’s how it goes in sports. You never really know who’s going to perform.

This is why sports betting is such a major industry – and absolutely, placing a ‘wager’ on who’s fantasy team is going to do better on a night to night basis, is a gamble.

And yet even this practice is part of playing fantasy sports.

Traditionally, everyone puts money into a pot; and it’s usually enough to award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Depending on the ‘pool’ it may even reward more places than that. That’s just how it’s always been. What Daily fantasy sports has done, is build on that idea, and take it up to a whole new level, where people have a chance to win money, every single day; Not just at the End of the season.

Is it gambling though? …. is John Oliver right about daily fantasy sports?

Perhaps.

If you have issues with gambling, be sure to seek help. stay far away from Daily fantasy sports if you feel it’s going to lead to you making poor decisions with your money.

That being said, that’s where WE come in.

Through Topnetworkersgroup, and primarily THROUGH our 1 mlm system – you ‘should’ be learning some financial literacy.

You should be working on your ability to control what you can control.

If there was a way to get a piece of this pie – this huge and expanding market – WOULD you want to?

Would you be willing to build a ‘network of players’ to take advantage of an Opportunity?

For us, that answer is yes, especially if the timing is right. We added One of the daily fantasy sports programs we backed into about 6 months ago, to all levels of our system. We feel that it’s an excellent affiliate program that allows you to get started FOR free; refer others; build up that ‘network of players’ – and since these sites are paying us for what that network does, we saw the Opportunity to get a piece of a rapidly expanding industry. Several of our key leaders got positioned and if you have not done so by now, perhaps it’s because you’re just not working with our team…  yet.  (Change that mistake. Get started with our Team here)

We feel that if you and others were to simply Play $10/mo – not only do you have the chance to win; from $1-$5 contests, you also will earn money from all the Players in your network.

We felt that if you were actually following our system, and utilizing our additional streams of income to generate money WITH The network we are helping you build, that eventually you could afford $50/mo – and so will others in your network. You can play in way more $1-$5 contests, and if you want you can even jump in the contests with higher entries. Usually the cash prizes are bigger. But ultimately it’s a win win because your network of Players, are generating income which UNLIKE OTHER Daily Fantasy Sports Sites – This one is sharing a piece with you!

Just last month (as of me writing this) – we backed into yet another daily fantasy sports competition website, with an even better referral plan.

Again, we recommend this same ‘controlled spending’ approach. Figure out what’s a comfortable range for you – and build a network that is able to do the same thing. Together you’re going to generate MONEY; while giving yourselves a chance to win too. Of course, the more you know about the sports you’re picking lineups for, the better you’re going to do.

Ok … It’s gambling.

But hey, that’s life … it’s a gamble. That’s business, full of RISK. It’s a risk to take a risk; It’s often a risk NOT to.

So let me be a little less Vague.

The first site we started talking to you about, is FantasyDraft.com – Sign up for free; start playing for free; Feel free to load up $10 – and just make sure you CONTROL yourself! Good luck!

The second site, is pretty awesome – Just got an email from the CEO this morning … I want to share ‘part’ of that with you real quick.

DraftFury pays out close to $300,000 in November. One of the fastest growing daily fantasy sports competition websites

DraftFury pays out close to $300,000 in November. One of the fastest growing daily fantasy sports competition websites

For those of you who are reading this… Yea, John Oliver may be right.  Eventually more and more states may decide to shut these kinds of daily fantasy sports websites down. But there’s too much money going through this industry to think that decision will be temporary.  It’s business. The states want a cut.

Everyone wants a piece of the pie.

Don’t you? Get started with DraftFury  FantasyDraft HERE – (Update 12/28/16 – it appears DraftFury could not stay in business as we initially updated you on below, a few months ago; which proves ‘why’ we endorse multiple streams of income all the time; because Any business can go out of business …. )

Be sure to also sign up to work WITH ME for Support with growing a network of players; who share the same goal as WE do. (That goal. To take the ‘gamble’ out of making money with daily fantasy sports websites – by playing and working as a team)

Important Update; 8/1/16 – involving news on DraftFury AND our other recommended DFS website; Read Multiple Streams Matter: A DFS Report right now!!!