People say direct sales / network marketing / MLM is too hard. I think that’s because we choose to make it hard. It’s really not hard at all. The hardest part is convincing people to give up the supposed security of their 9 to 5 job (which is more than likely making them miserable) for the chance to live a free life. A life where you can earn more money than you ever thought possible, where you can work whatever hours you want and work from any location you want. Just think what would happen if everyone in the world embraced this concept. We’d all be free.
But there are things that we have to be willing to do to get there. Hard work is a no-brainer. In fact, most successful network marketers I know have got that part down. It’s the other parts of the equation— the parts that serve to expose our human flaws the most — that are difficult. Over the last few weeks, this message has increasingly been on my heart, and I need to get it out, so now I’m sharing it with you.
This is a call to Network Marketers — a plea if you will: Stop competing with each other. Stop thinking only of yourself. Start supporting your fellow businesspeople — no matter what their business may be. If we all stick together, we’ll make it. If we don’t, we’ll fall apart.
Network marketing success starts with selflessness. We’ve all heard the saying: “the secret to getting what you want in business and life is helping others get what they want first.” Warning— I’m about to propose some very out-of-the-box ideas here.
Lets say you’re an Isagenix associate and you have a friend who sells Arbonne. Your Arbonne friend invites you to one of her parties to try out her skin care line. Instead of saying “no, we have our own products and they’re better than yours; why don’t you check out our products instead?” — which I have admittedly done — try approaching her from a purely non-competitive stance and offering to give her products a try. Or, even promote them for her? (Gasp!) I know it sounds crazy, but if your friend sees how much you’re willing to help her be successful in her business, there’s a greater chance that she might support yours. And even if she doesn’t, you still get the pleasure of helping someone else succeed, which is rewarding in and of itself. I have a friend who is launching her Arbonne business soon, and I plan to buy some makeup from her. Isagenix doesn’t sell makeup, so that’s one way I can help her out without competing.
We have a tendency to only focus on ourselves when we’re building our businesses. It’s all about “my sales, my people, my products, my parties, my schedule, my life, my success…” And that leads me to my next key point.
For goodness sake, SUPPORT each other! I’m not saying you have to go to every Mary Kay party your friend throws and buy $100 worth of product every time. You don’t even have to buy anything at all. I’ve actually been to a few parties and not bought anything. But at least try to be there for her. I propose we all stop neglecting each other and start supporting one another instead.
We network marketers have got to stick together. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in. There are so many people in the world who are missing out on the opportunity for financial freedom and they don’t even realize it. If we spend all our time arguing about whose products are better or whose compensation plan is better, we’re not going to reach all of those people who are begging for a chance — any chance — at the type of opportunity that we’ve found in direct sales. Who cares if those people choose to represent Arbonne instead of Isagenix or Avon instead of Mary Kay? If they’ve found a product they love, and an opportunity to create a business and life they love, we need to congratulate and support them in it.
I once attended a joint Pampered Chef and Mary Kay party. It was so fun! We got to eat some great food and get makeovers, all in one night. Both consultants walked away with some new contacts and made a few sales. That’s the kind of direction we should all be thinking toward if we expect to be successful in this business.
So here’s my proposition: let’s start thinking about ways that we can support each other in our respective businesses, rather than compete with each other for the top spot. Please share your ideas in the comments below!