By now everyone in MLM has seen or heard about the David Wood Meltdown. I was late to the party as I have not really been in ‘network marketing circles’ as of late. But, it did come across my desk and my first impression was, simply … wow! (Initially wrote this a week ago; but it never published; now is as good a time as ever!)
On one hand I could not believe what I was watching. On the other I completely understood. I decided, to start putting thoughts together to explain exactly what the David Wood Meltdown means for network marketing.
Just for clarification purposes, I do not know David Wood. I’ve never spoken to him, and he’s never heard of me more than likely. We do not have a relationship, never had one, and outside of me being in Empower Network for a few months, I know nothing about him. Other than what he shared in his videos, which include he’s an Old school Networker like me.
That is one reason he was able to ‘relate’ to so many Old school network marketers. When he and David Sharpe launched Empower Network, it took the industry by storm. I joined in that first month, and left due to their early complications. I ended up Re-joining about a year later, because by then almost everyone in network marketing was part of Empower.
It was a bad move for me because of the timing. Nearly all my contacts were either in it, or not interested. So that meant, I need all new people.
But, this is where I began to notice the powers of society are so great that people joining MLM were not ready for MLM. So, when speaking to a ‘new’ person about Empower, they were looking for Top Money earners, and going around the person that introduced them. Meanwhile, those leaders getting those sign ups, were not enforcing that people only sign up with the right people.
That’s what I mean by the ‘forces of society’.
If you follow TNG, you know I’m a stickler for details. You already know how I feel about, sponsor shopping. Unless you’re new to me, then you are aware I started TNG, because a person I worked with in Network Marketing (who’s last name is Ivey) literally stole people out of my downline for another company. A group email went out to me, and a few others I was working with at the time but they also included people from my downline (not directly sponsored by me.) The person on my 3rd level, wanted to get involved and talked to the people Above me about it. They all conspired to join, and approached me after, to come in on that guys 4th level.
The guy who sponsored him was upset at ME over those actions – and I was upset too. This damaged the Working relationship with me and this person, as well as any chance of wanting to work with the man who just ‘leap frogged me’. It made me second guess working with Ivey aswell.
He justified his actions, as most people do when they’ve done something wrong. Because the ‘forces of society’ are too great. The ‘greed’ of possibly earning money outweighed the ‘relationship’ of working with others. To this day that team of people never became what they could have become. The leaders got greedy.
This is what happened to David Wood too. He experienced more success than ever before, and it went to his head. He started to believe that he was infallible. As his business partners came to him, he turned them away. They felt betrayed, like I did when Ivey stole my people.
They left, like I did when I decided to start my Own team, to ensure things are done right. That’s where Network Marketing is now. No leaders can ‘work together’ it seems.
Since it’s launch, several of the leaders who helped build Empower Network have long since left it. The co-founder, David Sharpe (who may have stole Empower Networks idea from TNG) left a long time ago. (*disclaimer I have no solid evidence the idea was stolen from TNG; but the conversation I had just before they kicked off the company has always made me wonder if i helped inspire it or not) Along the way, they wanted to allow people to use their blog to talk about any MLM. However they decided that they only wanted people to talk about Empower Network.
Meanwhile the training they have always provided was mostly hype, without real substance. Perhaps one could say that this David Wood Meltdown was just a matter of time. It’s very likely he’s been faking his ‘personal growth and self development’ all this time, like a lot of leaders do. You’re either truly growing or you’re not; and when your ideas aren’t all that innovative, others don’t have a real reason to stick around.
The David Wood Meltdown video (*update 2/7/18: the videos have been removed from the internet)
*Update 9/13/2017 – The above link was included just to ‘add’ to my case that I’m painting about the dangers of not approaching MLM as a professional at all times. The Ethan dude, is a known MLM hater, who already disliked Empower Network, and hates all MLM’s to begin with. The David Wood Meltdown video gives people like him, who have no ‘real arguments’ a prime opportunity to point at the MLM industry, using David Wood as a ‘representative of the entire industry’ and say, “See, those guys are cults, following nutcases!”….
It is unfortunate, but that is the kind of world, and society we live in. The people crave blood! For some odd reason negative news is always more popular, than the positive stuff. We don’t hear about the people who truly have had their lives changed, because they got around a different set of people, who told them about books, and ideas they never would have been exposed to, otherwise. It’s rare, that we get to see those stories going viral where an Upline was available to do 3-ways for all of their team.
The Success stories truly do get drowned out by all the failures who are crying and whining that they’ve been scammed.
Folks will be talking about the David Wood Meltdown for several years now. This moment won’t ever go away, and at the time of this update I am unsure of their current (or future) operations. It’s an unfortunate moment for the entire industry. The wolves, are ever ready to pounce …. especially when they smell blood. There are sharks, several sharks in these waters. Navigate wisely ….
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