I know a lot of people using GoFundMe who won’t get involved with Network Marketing. But, GoFundMe Is Network Marketing, which is the crazy part! People often fail to see it this way however. Usually, there is some heartfelt cause associated with their plea for money.
I’m not here to talk down on the idea of using GoFundMe though. It is an ingenious way for people to take care of people. It is an example of how society really should function. My only problem, is with how people are. People wait until an emergency, to ask others for help.
People spend, not nearly enough time, getting ready for what ‘might’ happen. When people like myself and others who work with network marketing opportunities; they snub their nose.
Once again, I won’t talk down on GOFundMe. However lots of people using GoFundMe for emergencies, will not hesitate to say something negative about Network Marketing. Ironically, GofundMe is network marketing at it’s core. It is word of mouth marketing. It’s a person reaching out to their friends, and family, and their social network, to ask for a favor!
Using GoFundMe is asking your ‘network’ for support.
At it’s core, that is what network marketing is all about. It is about asking your network to support you, in your business efforts. When we are asking people to Invest in BitCoin, Or Try out a BitCoin Based Opportunity – we’re literally challenging the status quo of the world’s economy. For the most part, our economy functions off the backs of other people It’s a system where big corporations make large amounts of money, while everyone else fights for the scraps.
Through Network Marketing, we have a chance to change all of that.
We do it Simply by asking our friends, families and social networks, to try out OUR Daily Fantasy Sports website, rather than the “corporate owned” DFS sites, like DraftKings. When we are doing network marketing right, we’re asking people to try out our site, or tell people about our site so that we can grow that company.
Imagine if all the money flowing into DraftKings, was going through a company where you and your friends or family were positioned to get a piece of it. Imagine getting that piece, every single month.
Then, Imagine working together to grow a network that generates enough money to where you won’t need to use GoFundMe to ask people to help you bury a loved one, fix something around the house, get a surgery, or any of the absolutely serious things that happen to all of us in life.
I do not want to make light of the fact that emergencies happen.
However, it’s literally irresponsible for me not to mention that anyone who’s been following this page, or anyone involved in network marketing, but has chosen to ignore that person – BUT you’re willing to use GoFundMe… you are quite possibly, a network marketing success story waiting to happen.
For some odd reason, you don’t want to ‘get rich off of other people’ – but you sure don’t mind using people for a few dollars in a crunch. Well, perhaps if we stopped giving all our money to the top 1%, we the people could redirect wealth back into the hands of the people. Perhaps that would make too much sense though….. but as usual, most people are already doing it. GoFundMe is NetworkMarketing, people just aren’t doing it right!
If you asked 10 people to give $10 per month, to this program we promote – they would then be encouraged to do the same thing. When they find 10 people, who also do the same thing, together you all can grow a “network” that produces over $10,000 per month. If you really work together, you could help 100’s or even 1,000’s of people earn 4 to 5 figures per month. You could literally save lives.
You could act Now, Rather than waiting till it’s too late!
If you’re not using gdi for business building purposes but are in the home business industry you’re making a huge mistake! Regardless of how many social media websites you’re using to promote your business you should always have a website that you own. That is primarily what makes using gdi for business building purposes an intelligent decision. Global Domains International (or GDI for short) has been in business since 1999. They are essentially a website and domain hosting company. I realize that may not make sense to everyone reading this so, just in case you don’t know what those are let me explain.
A Website Hosting company is where my domain, Topnetworkersgroup.com is ‘hosted’ – we pay them a fee each year for an internet address that I can easily send people to for information about my business(es). The files on my website are also hosted (stored) by a company that I pay to make those files view-able on the internet (The world wide web). So when we talk about using GDI for building a business, it’s not different from what most business owners are already doing right now. I personally got into the web design world in 2004, and so I have an advantage that most home business owners do not. All of this makes sense to me!
What should make sense to you is that you NEED a website!
However you may not want to put up with all of the complex angles that are involved with having one. That is where using GDI will benefit you – making it simple to set up and run your business. For those of you who are entirely unfamiliar, check out the original video from 1999.
At $10/mo to run a business this is a steal. What I like people to do is not to focus on the MLM/affiliate side of this. Having a domain name, and a website gives you the ability to do so much. Starting with the phpBB that is included with your web hosting. These are powerful tools for growing a community that loves your product or service. In fact, what IS your product or service? If you already have a product or service that you’re selling via social media, you can start selling it via your own website today.
That’s because like several web hosting companies in the marketplace today, you also can set up a WordPress Blog on your hosting account.
While there are several user-friendly content management systems available today, wordpress is one of the best! It’s popular because of it’s simplicity and flexibility. You can literally sell anything you’d like using a wordpress blog. They are easy to customize with a wide library of selections in the free wordpress theme store. Also free plug-ins that are easy to install and activate can transform any wordpress blog into a full fledged website! You can even accept visa and mastercard payments and sell literally anything direct to a consumer.
In other words, you don’t have to rely on affiliate commissions.
Let’s say you make T-shirts. You can sell them directly to consumers using gdi as your business building platform.
The money you can make from referring others to start using gdi as well, is secondary. However that income can also become very powerful, especially if you’re already part of the network marketing industry and have a team. As you know, any business can go out of business, and relying on an MLM Company just isn’t smart. GDI is not an mlm company. They just use it as a way to get more people to use their hosting company. Again, we can be intelligent here or not. We can rely on one stream of income or seek out multiple streams – the choice is ours.
I was riding around thinking about how NOT to make money in Network Marketing last night, and wanted to share some of those thoughts with you.
I’ve had the honor to be around this industry for quite some time. I’ve seen the industry before the internet, when it was not nearly as accepted as it is now. Even still, it’s not nearly as accepted as it could ‘and should’ be. The reason for this in my observation comes down to the fact that the majority of people in network marketing are not evolving. They are not growing and getting better. They’re not becoming sharper, or wiser with their business decisions. They’re still thinking like employees, and like consumers, rather than learning to Think like a business owner.
They do not teach you business owner mentality in school. They do teach it in network marketing.
So much of the ‘old school’ aka pre-internet networking basics, are business principles that we’ve forgotten. There have also been several ‘new gurus’ who speak out against all the old methods. Yes, some of their ideas are outdated. Others however are fundamental principles that are the underlying difference between the FEW who are making money in network marketing and all the rest who are barely breaking even.
In fact, the statistics on network marketing are horrid.
As an industry we are not doing a good enough job of representing what we do, at a level that would make them Want to join us. So much of the blame falls on OUR shoulders.
Still, there is good news. Network Marketing is such a flexible business model that it’s a matter of time, until a team of people take Full advantage of it.
The business model itself has the power and potential to truly transform entire communities. Ripple Effects like these matter. Changing a community improves the chances that individuals from those communities will make an actual ‘impact’ in the society – impacting Other communities; creating chance for more individuals.
These are the ‘future results’ however. Many times these results won’t be experienced – at least not right away. There is work that must be done in the present in order to BRING those realities into our grasp. To, pull them out of our minds and into the flesh – (a quick Game of Thrones ref. 🙂 )- Why People of Color Need To Be In Network Marketing
With all of that being said; let me share a few ways NOT to make money in network marketing.
You can Not make money if you’re building with an Unstable Company –
This includes Pre-launches and companies that are less than 3 to 5 years old. When building your network you will not make money long term if the company is not going to be around long term. It’s happened so many times, to so many people. Folks get excited about a new company, or a company that’s relatively new and after the company Grows Too Big for its britches it folds up. Time and time again, people lose their hard earned incomes; and are hit with Disillusion.
I thought We Were building Residual Income?
Some of these lessons have been learned through trial and error for me. We tried out several companies that had not been around past 5 years and they folded. Solavei, WakeUpNow, Crazygood – were all staples of our One MLM System; and they folded up on us. Yes, even though it’s true that Any business can go out of business, including a business that’s been around for more than 5 to 10 years, it is still ‘better’ to build around a stable company. A few more thoughts….
You can Not make money if you’re Changing Sponsors All the Time –
Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. I was looking for some information to ‘back me up’ on that and found an article which, to my surprise turned out to be on the N-word. Great examples used throughout on why it’s not always a good idea to use that word. Just because you can does not mean you, or anyone should. When reading the description for that article it was talking about how people should not buy a home they cannot really afford. You can buy a house that’s going to be super expensive just because you can. However, does that mean you should? Both, outstanding arguments.
Now let’s make one for network marketing – and why you should NOT change sponsors all the time. Sure, you can. But does that mean it’s a good idea?
What message are you sending to the people that sign up with you? If loyalty is not going to be a cornerstone of your network marketing organization; then you’re building on quicksand. You might as well be out here marketing those unstable companies because you’re not going to be around long anyways. Neither will your team. You’re all disloyal. You’ve bred an environment of people who think they’re going to get ahead by stepping on the next guy. What’s that sound like to you?
It’s corporate america mentality – employee mentality. It’s not business owner mentality.
The person who sponsors you into an opportunity wants to make money with you. They have similar goals and can be an ally for you, when you come up against odds or negative people. They are someone you can lean on with questions, and usually have a little bit more experience than you. Should you take your time to find ‘the right sponsor’ ….? Sure.
However, once you pick a sponsor it’s a great idea to stick around. You’re going to learn a lot, but you have to do your part to learn. You have to allow that sponsor to challenge some of your ideas. You have to change. The sponsor is really a guide to help you with that process. As you change, as you grow, as you get better, so will your Odds at making real money in this industry. Because you will not be ‘alone’ – you’ll be part of something that is special and rare, in a society Full of disloyal people.
If you pick a sponsor that does unethical things like, stealing people out of YOUR downline – then naturally you should move on to someone who won’t do that to you.
Otherwise, just like grass, the Sponsor is not greener on the other side; it’s green where you water it.
Which brings me to this last point. You can Not make money if You’re Lazy!
Should be a given but it’s not.
Most people who join network marketing are actually lazy. These tend to be the people who do not want to abide by the rules of society. They don’t want to get up early or go to a job and sit for hours at a time. They do not want to spend energy and/or effort at getting better On their jobs. We are in a society that doesn’t really ‘force’ people to work hard. It’s an Option.
People bring that mentality with them into network marketing. You Can not make money with this mentality though.
This should be a given but it’s So common for people to do absolutely nothing; and expect real results.
I recently saw a woman in a Group for TheConversionPros – saying she needed help! She had signed up a full week ago, and didn’t have any leads; After 7 whole days.
Like, for real?
The issue though is how common this is. She’s one of thousands if not higher who do the same thing. There are also thousands who join that same group, and others like it for Network Marketing Companies to communicate to their entire organization; who ask questions that are already answered in the Backoffice; and in the Files Of those Groups; because too many people want things done for them; rather than have the desire to do things for themselves. In fact – to be more accurate, people do not understand WHEN to do things for themselves, and when things should be done for them.
For example – not everyone should be building their own websites; not everyone should have a blog, or should be making videos. Some of you need to let others do some of those things for you. However, Everyone needs to read books on network marketing, on success, on thinking like successful people. You should do this for your self. You should read through the documents pertaining to your network marketing company, for your self. You should watch any videos that they’ve created already, for your self – and on your own. You shouldn’t need a sponsor to tell you to do this; but especially when your sponsor tells you to do this, you Must.
You can not make money if you Pick and Choose ‘when’ to be Self Motivated.
It’s so much easier to stay motivated when you’re working with people you know, like and trust. This is why developing that relationship with your sponsor matters so that when times get tough, they’ll be there to lift your spirits. If together you’re pushing companies that might not be around, it’ll be difficult to believe what your Sponsor has to say. But if together you’re both promoting something of value that’s stable – that’s something to get, and stay excited about. That’s something that others will be motivated to participate in. But it’s up to YOU to be motivated enough to create that environment for others to join.
As you can see these are ‘simple’ factors – and the difference between the people making money in MLM and the rest, are not huge differences.
The Internet has given us Expert Overload. Seems like just about everyone who is able to call themselves an expert is doing just that!
If you’re in search of an actual expert, then you’ve really got to do some digging. Then again do you?
Don’t Experts just stand out??
Well, Let me stop asking questions and start answering them for you. There are several levels of expertise. Some people are beginners and others are more advanced. Sounds simple right? Well, in reality due to the nature of the internet it’s not always as ‘simple’ for you to know who is who. There are some advanced people in the field of network marketing who ‘used’ to make a lot of money. But their company went out of business. They landed in a few different companies but most of their Top leaders didn’t follow them. The new people they’ve been working with aren’t as loyal, or as well trained.
They’re also not as ‘experienced’ – and so the Expert who used to be a top Dog in a company, is trying to claw his … or her way back to the top.
Unless you knew about their previous success in that field, you might not be aware of their ‘level’ of expertise. So you’ll judge them based on the current level of ‘income’ – which again, is a set up for failure. It’s a horrible decision but, a common one that people make. People ‘see’ success, and believe that if they follow that successful person they’ll get the same, or similar results. It’s not a bad idea. It’s the way things used to work…
Enter the Internet.
Now a person who isn’t ‘really’ successful can pretend to be.
They are beginners when it comes to network marketing – and are really Unable to teach others how to make money in the industry.
BUT people sign up with them, because of the ‘perception’ that these people Made their money through this industry. Oftentimes, it was a loan, or a paycheck that was cashed. Sad to say this but, I see so many people in network marketing who seem to act like strippers. If you show them enough money, they’ll do anything for it….
And I’m not knocking strippers – at least they GET the money that is shown to them.
That’s not usually the ‘case’ for network marketers who follow frauds.
To find a Real expert in today’s industry, you have to change your thinking about ‘what’ makes you an expert. What makes anyone an expert?
So yea, anyone and everyone ‘can’ be an expert – but it’s important to remain in our lanes. Only speak about what you have experienced.
You bought some leads, and the leads turned out to be mostly people who are upset that their name is on ‘some list’ – well that’s now an ‘experience’ that you can speak about, on why it’s important to Generate your Own leads, rather than buy leads. it’s why I could put together a Training On social Networking for money – because it is based on my ‘experiences’ using social networks, to make money.
I’ve made money in the industry. Because I follow the advice of people who’ve made even more money in the industry than I have. What they teach works. Relationships really do matter.
The problem too many people in network marketing have is that they think they’ve gotta sponsor 1,000 people to make money.
You only need 3-5 good loyal business partners.
If you’ve never put 3 to 5 people into a business, you cannot truly consider yourself an expert. You should be following experts until you duplicate those results.
Then you can start writing about your ‘experiences’ learning from an expert. You can discuss how you failed to sign people up; and what changed for you. For example – when I first got into this industry I went around ‘explaining the business’ to everyone. I was basically giving a presentation everywhere I went.
The problem is, I was ‘giving people the impression’ that they would also need to go around giving presentations.
When you guys Send people 7 paragraphs and a link – and call yourselves prospecting; the ‘problem with that is’ – you’re giving people the impression that they need to do that too….
It’s designed to teach anyone of your business partners how to also become experts as well. When you are working with people who have ‘experience’ – together you’ll REALLY achieve your goals. When you’re working with people who aren’t experienced, you have to wait for them to learn. If they do not have the ‘desire to learn’ then you’ll have to find those who do.
Once you do though…. Prepare to ‘experience’ success like never before.
That’s the blueprint that’s been proven time and time again. However, over time we’ve seen what happens when you place ‘all of your eggs’ into One financial basket. That’s why we teach you to really and truly approach this the right way. So that you can avoid the same fate as people who used to be Top earners but are no longer where they used to be. Take the time to learn how to build the right way; so that you’ll have income that withstands the tests, and the ongoing changes of time.
Want to know what being a leader in Network Marketing is really like?
There’s a pretty awesome scene in Marvel’s Jessica Jones that really in my mind, sums up what it’s like, being a leader in network marketing or any other area of life. I’m actually a big fan of Marvel. I didn’t really read the comics as a kid but I did watch the Cartoons. Their story lines were always intriguing to me. Admittedly, Jessica Jones is not a ‘title’ I was too familiar with, like so many people out there. But I thoroughly enjoyed the series on Netflix.
That being said, if you have NOT seen Jessica Jones – and plan on seeing it, I will try to keep this ‘as spoiler free’ as possible; but there ‘may’ be Some spoilers about this part of the show. Because, I really do want to explain what being a leader feels like – and there really in my mind is No better way than this….
After an attempt to stop “the bad guy” from doing any more harm to others, Jessica Jones, her friend Trish Walker, and a ‘cop’ named Simpson – are all licking their wounds AFTER the attempt goes south. The bad guy gets away … and Trish, comes over to Jessica, and starts talking …
Excuse my language but, when Jessica turns to Trish and says that …. “I can’t do that thing where I make you feel better. I don’t know how” … I fucking loved it!
That’s it right there folks.
That’s what being a leader in network marketing is really like.
People come to you with THEIR problems, as if YOU do not have problems; and then they expect YOU to make THEM feel better………
It’s not our job though!
Being a leader in network marketing – for some odd reason, comes with the expectation that YOU are a super hero. That’s sorta what I like most about Jessica Jones. she is sort of a departure from most ‘super heroes’, like Captain America or Luke Cage who have ‘super strength’ – and are ‘super-human’ … she seems to be a bit more relate-able to the average human being. She seems to second guess and doubt her abilities. She doesn’t seem to have full control over all of her abilities because right when she was getting ready to USE them for the good of mankind, she ran into Killgrave – or, perhaps … Killgrave ran into her …
It’s her driving motivation to stop Killgrave in this show – because of all the damage he did to her. She wants to stop him from derailing others.
But that doesn’t mean she’s figured out how …
In network marketing, most leaders will come up against villains. You’ll meet people along the way who just want to control you and your ‘powers’ (skills, talents) for their own self centered interests. They have no real desire to help you do, what you are here to do. So while you’re fighting battles against folks like that, you come to realize that this same kind of person is attacking others as well.
So, you all decide to go after Killgrave – to stop him; and along the way you take more hits; and yet, folks come to you and make the fight even harder – they expect you to make them feel better, and don’t stop to realize that perhaps you could use some upliftment too.
Early in my Career, one of my uplines was talking about the responsibility that comes with being an upline.
We all want the money that comes from building a big organization but far too often, we end up having to be psychologists for other people and their problems.
While being a leader in network marketing can be rewarding, we don’t always have a shoulder to lean on; or to tell about the challenges we are facing.
So, most leaders train “when you’re down, go up; when you’re up, go down” – Being a leader means you can’t always tell your team that you’re feeling down; or else they’ll give up for sure. Imagine if Jessica turns to Trish in this moment and says “yea… I feel pretty useless too” …….
Imagine what she’s experiencing in that moment; Super powers and all, and this Killgrave dude KEEPS besting her every time …
But, she can’t really Tell that to anyone.
This is really what being a leader is like – in so many areas; and it’s why leaders need other Leaders who they can talk to.
That’s what I like about her developing relationship with Luke Cage – someone else who she can ‘relate to’ and share some of these troubles with; a shoulder ..
In spite of the challenges that come from being a leader – you should still strive to be one anyways.
Not for what you’ll ‘get’ from it; but for what you’ll become, on your way to it.
And if by chance, you’ve found yourself following the wrong leaders – today is a new day.
You can choose to be the kind of leader you wished you’d had.
Because it’s worth it.
You’ll beat the Killgraves of the world one day, and when you do … You can smile.
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