I couldn’t find this anyone online so, I was faced with a tough decision. Do I take a photo of it or … re-type it?

Tough decision made. You can probably see what I’ve decided on by now.

I am about to type this parable of the symphony out. It’s truly that awesome.

We’ve been talking about how Network Marketing is an unstable industry where not enough of us are making money. We’ve been very clear about how we feel that coming together will solve so many problems that our industry faces.  By coming together we make ourselves stronger. We make our industry more stable. We want have created a real financial opportunity for the masses, and this parable of the symphony really backs up why that is true.

We’ve already featured Voltron on our Programs Page for the 1mlmsystem.  Because the message of this popular 80’s cartoon rings true for all of us in the network marketing industry today.

Just last night I shared this on Tumblr (check us out!) – following this is the story that’s so awesome I cannot believe it’s not already online!


The Parable of The Symphony
by Robert W. Gunn

At a meeting of the musical instruments a rather interesting discussion developed.  The more vocal trumpet had called the meeting to see if there was any way for the instrument community to get together to form a symphony orchestra.  It was his idea that all these great instruments individually could produce some rather impressive music but think about the magnificent sound that could come from a combined thrust.  He presented this idea to the gathered instruments.

The violin speaks: “Well, I think this entire discussion is ridiculous.  Rather proudly I can tell you that it will be impossible for the violin to unite.  you see, we are actually the only pure musical instrument. If you really want the perfect musical sound, you will just have to become a violin.”

“I disagree”, trilled the clarinet.  “I like the way the clarinet does things.  I like having a reed and lots of keys.  We do things differently from the trombones. Do you know they have to decide where that slide has to be placed to get a certain note? Boy, when we press down a certain key ,we’re going to get a certain note.”

“Wait a second,” banged the tympani.  “I think people ought to have a choice.  They should be able to choose the instrument with the sound they like best.  If we become one symphony , there won’t be but one sound, and they would not get to make up their minds.”

We hear the high-pitched voice of the piccolo: “I’m totally against all this symphony talk.  I just don’t like it a little bit.  Do you know what will happen if the flutes and tubas and bells and all the instruments come together under one orchestra?   I’ll tell you what will happen; they’ll put us all under the direction of a symphony conductor. Oh How terrible!”

The viola made his plea: “Me join with those liberal snare drums?  Never!  They’re so liberal I heard one play hard rock. We must play proper music.”

The grand piano had been listening to all the conversation.  Slowly he came to his feet.  Everyone listened intently:  “I am deeply disturbed by the conversation of this meeting.  Every instrument has only seen the good qualities of itself.  We have only wanted to tell others how musically superior we are.  Why are we so afraid of each other?  We’re all musical instruments.  We have music in common, and one thing the world needs to hear now is music.  I have been trying to answer a question for myself concerning a symphony. What did the master artist who created us have in mind?  What does he expect of us? Does he only expect us to play our notes and our tunes? ” He sat down. There was quiet.”

Very softly there came a middle C from a trumpet.  Such a pure, beautiful honest note reaching out to the others.  What is that? Why it’s an E from the clarinets. In unison the violins enter with a marvelously rich-sounding G, and a C from the flutes. What a sound!  If we can sound that good on one chord – Well!  One chord led to another, each time the violin marveling that he and the trumpet blended so well.  Oh, what an addition that French horn makes! Why haven’t we done this before?

But just playing chords wasn’t enough. Why not put those chords together and make a song?

And they did.

  • Robert W. Gunn

(From The Ministers Manual for 1978, p 100-101)

The Parable of The Symphony photo by TopNetworkersGroup

POWERFUL Story right?

My pastor shared this message with me and the timing was perfect.

On the heels of the FTC Ruling on Vemma, I made some comments on my social media about how our lack of unity and our ‘focus on one company’ mantra is damaging our industry.

Another MLM leader took exception to my comments; primarily because she is one of the people who tells people to focus on One company.  She is one of the people who’s fostered in a ‘my company is better than your company’ mentality; that far too many leaders have.  Just like these instruments. She was so busy trying to argue with me that her instrument is better than my instrument that she missed my Whole message entirely.  She though I was doing a haha, I told you so, to all the Vemma reps who suddenly lost their incomes.

She didn’t realize what i was saying is ‘Listen MLM, I’ve been telling you since 2010 that if we don’t come together, MORE of this will continue to happen.”

We must form a symphony.

When we look at our world, and understand the bigger picture of what WE can do under the banner of ONE team; ONE network marketing organization; we are what the world needs right now.

They need us so much.

But first, we must realize how much we need each other; and how much better we could be together!