One Of My Biggest Failures

How MLM Almost Ruined My Life

If I can talk about one of my biggest failures in lives is getting involved with MLM, or network marketing.

When I was a younger guy I was already starting to get involved in thinking of a bunch of different ways to make extra money on the side along my with my full-time work. I thought about becoming a handy guy like a friend of mine doing handyman services in Fresno successfully. I had already tried and failed at several things and even succeeded a bit in buying a cheap rental property that made me about $100 a month in positive cash flow.

Wasn’t long before a coworker where I worked started to introduce me to a nutritional based MLM company and tried to sell me on the entire concept of it.

Being a young go-getter, naturally, I was lured. I attended an event in my town and witnessed the single most charismatic, energetic, inspiring individual I had ever seen! The guy was amazing and he claimed to be financially free because he had “leveraged” his work with a network of people that helped push these mind-blowing, patent pending, cure everything, nutritional supplements that everyone, and I mean EVERY PERSON ON PLANET EARTH!!

I Was In And I Was In 100%!!

I immediately signed up for their biggest package (cuz you gotta go in big if you want to win right?) at the cost of $1000. That was a staggering amount of money at the time for me.

I went out, made my list of friends and family, listened to their teleconference training calls every Sunday, and hit the streets to sell my new business.

I quickly signed up a few family members, a few friends, a couple coworkers and then made my very first $300!! Wow!! I thought I was on a roll!

Then month 2 came around and suddenly my list was starting to dry up. Nobody else wanted to buy. The people that bought on the first month stopped buying. My business was dying.

Then I decided I needed more training. I was invited to attend a corporate event (which I, of course, had to pay for the plane, lodging, food and to even attend the event.) People said that once you attend you will come back to town with added momentum and a head of steam. I was pumped once again!

This time I hit my warm list again and hard. I decided to purchase hundreds of dollars on videos, marketing materials, DVD, audio tapes to hand out to people showing them the wonders of these nutritional products I offered. I went door to door. I handed out materials. I made a few bucks but in no way would it justify the work and money I was putting in.

I must have spent thousands on that company only to finally realize that it was a complete waste of time. Not only that, it cost me friendships. It was a horrible experience.

The odds of a guy like me making it in MLM are pretty much non-existent.

Do you want to know why?

This goes back to solving problems in order to make money. You have to solve people’s problems in order to generate money. What problem was I solving with nutritional products that thousands of other distributors were already peddling?

Better health? Financial freedom? Sure those are problems but why would anyone come to me to solve those when there are millions of other people that can help them with those problems?

They would never come to me.

I’m glad I figured that out. If I hadn’t, that whole MLM business would have ruined my life.…

Producers Vs Non-Producers

If You Have No Money…It’s Cuz You’re Not Producing

You Are A Non-Producer

When we sit on the couch and watch a ballgame we consume that ballgame in the form of entertainment. When we stream a show and binge watch an entire season we sit there and consume another product. When we sit and play a video game we are yet again consuming.

Every time we go to the grocery store and buy food, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and dish soap we again consume. Fill up your gas tank, pay your car, pay for its insurance, pay to get it washed and you are on the side of consuming. Every Time you pay your mortgage, pay the utilities, think about remodeling your kitchen you once again are on the side of consuming.

Where am I heading with this?

All of your life, since the day you could walk, you have been taught to consume. Remember those toy commercials? Do you remember the fruit juice, snack, and cereal commercials? You were and continue to be taught to consume everything!

And what does consuming take?

You guessed it! Money!

All we are programmed and taught to do is consume and constantly seek out more ways to entertain ourselves, buy the latest gadget, look into your next home improvement project, or next place you want to eat at.

And guess who supplies it all? The producers!

The Producers

The producers are the ones making the money! For every 10 million downloaders of a popular app, there’s a handful of folks who sat through countless hours to produce it and rake in millions.

For every hundred of home improvement projects started every day in a small town, there are one or two home improvement stores in the town supplying all of the materials for those projects.

For the tens of millions of people “consuming” in the form of entertainment a football game there are only a few hundred production people, pro athletes, commentators, TV personalities pulling in millions of dollars from all the consumers enjoying the product they produce.

Mcdonalds sits there and produces billions of burgers and fries daily for the billions ready to take out their wallets to pay them to consume it.

This is one of the reasons I recently saw the guy in charge of Legos toy bricks is a billionaire! Not a millionaire…a billionaire!

There are Two Teams, You Just Gotta Choose Your Team

To switch teams, all you have to do is to start to change the way you think.

Think about it. People find a funny video and laugh their asses off to it. they share it with their friends and family and talk about it. Those people are “consuming” that video. One person produced it and is invited to TV shows and starts his own brand of comedy and starts to make millions.

Hundreds of homeowners are starting to build decks with a brand new material that looks beautiful and last a lifetime. It’s all the rage! Those people are “consuming” that material. One person sat down and invented it. He went through the process to patent it, produce it and market it. He now makes millions.

Thousands of moms visit a website to give them birthday party ideas. It gets thousands of hits a day and it’s incredibly useful. Moms everywhere love it! They “consume” the information on that site. One mom somewhere sat down and typed it all up. She spent countless hours and it’s paid off. She now earns $10,000 a month from ad revenue from the ads she places on her website.

If you want to make more money, you have to produce. A tiny old job doesn’t produce much. That’s the only production most of us ever really do and yet we sit there wondering why we don’t have any money. Even starting a mowing service and spreading out and doing the lawn care work of the entire town produces more than a single job. Our friends over at lawn care Stockton is a perfect example of that.…

Change Is Good. Painful, But Good.

For Things To Change, You Must Change

I was once told by an incredibly wealthy guy that I was fortunate to run into and asked him for some quick tips on life and success.

His response with a very serious tone was “In order for things to change in your life, first and foremost it is you that has to change. Do you really think a millionaire would be talking about playing softball and drinking beer with his buddies in the afternoon? You have to change! There is no getting around that fact.”

That was a pretty interesting tip from a guy that was making an easy 7 figure income.

I remember him also telling me, again with a very serious tone, “Over the years I have realized that there is only three ways a human being can change. A person can cause themselves to change by the books they read, the books and other types of audio they listen to, and by the people, they associate with. That’s it.”

The books a person reads, audio a person listens to, and people a person associates with…

Fascinating!

That’s all a person really needs? If that’s it, then why doesn’t everyone just start to do those things?

The problem is the pain.

Changing sucks. Changing is uncomfortable.

Changing even causes you to lose friends! Don’t believe me? Have you ever switched a job? Have you noticed that you slowly start to have the friendships from your old jobs start to fall apart and fade away until you basically never talk to those friends again?

A change of jobs forced you to change. It caused you to change who you associated with.

If you’ve ever wanted to lose weight you know change sucks and is painful! You have to change what you eat right? You have to educate yourself more about the types of foods you eat. You have to start to exercise.

You have to change!

If you’ve ever had problems with drugs, in order to change you have to change everything! You have to change who you associate with. You have to change your environment. You have to change your thinking about life. You might have to take on new hobbies. Read books. Input different things into your mind.

You have to change!

Although it sucks, change is good.

Here is the thing about change. It really sucks and it’s incredibly hard to do. It takes a tremendous amount of effort. I guess the best way I can describe it is like the taking off of a space shuttle.

The amount of energy a space shuttle takes to pull outta earth’s gravity is staggering! It starts with a countdown. Then fire erupts and the engines fire! The noise and heat coming off that first start are mindblowing. There are explosions! There’s some actual earth shaking! You take a look at the rocket…and it ain’t moved an inch.

It continues…

More fire. More fuel burned. More heat. More raw and unimaginable power. The shuttle? Just now starting to creep into the air.

It continues…

More loud and deafening noise. More earth-shattering power. More fire. Now smoke and debris everywhere. The shuttle? finally starting to get moving.

It continues even more.

It’s now burned up hundreds of gallons of fuel. Two of the fuel takes have dropped off. It’s still blowing through unimaginable power to keep it going up and up and up. It’s using all of what thousands of the smartest engineers designed to make it break earth’s orbit. And finally, it breaks free from the gravity pull.

The shuttle is now in space. In space, it uses tiny little rocket boosters to propel it where it needs to go.

Change is hard, but once you break through, it a piece of cake.

That’s exactly what change is like. Like that space shuttle. It takes so much damn effort to change that it almost seems like it’s never going to happen. But once it does, the change is not only good but easy to maintain.

Ask anyone that’s lost weight and kept it off for a long time how hard it was when it first started. They’ll tell you that in the beginning, it seemed impossible. They end up changing what they input into their mind and things change for them.

I have a friend who owns an asphalt paving company that has understood the need to change his advertising strategy for his business but was very hesitant to do so. He’s an outdoor type of guy that hates computers but he knew that people are looking for his business online so he decided to make a change and start to learn how to build his online presence. He says it harder than hell to learn but he’s starting to get …