How many times have we heard that with a little work, you can earm a lot of money. On a recent UK vacation I was told this by a network marketing guru but I'm not sure that I believed him. I have been in the business world for over forty years and haven’t yet met someone who can say, “This happened to me.” Oh, yes, it has happened to people who have money, invest in a business, and after time get a big payoff—they did no more than invest! But 99 percent of people don’t have that kind of money, nor do they have the right person or opportunity to invest in.
A lot of people portray network marketing as a business in which all you have to do is present an opportunity to people and you will be on your way to getting rich. This is as far from the truth as you can get. This lie has two parts.
First: “With a little work.” To be successful in network marketing—and I mean to reach the top ranks and make a lot of money—you have to put in the hours and work the business hard. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. When I first started out in my initial company, I had no preconceptions. I only knew that if you want to be successful in a business, you have to put in the time and work, so that is what I did. It took me five years and a lot of long hours to reach the top levels. One year I spent eight months traveling the world, building my international business. It was interesting to see the world, but it was a lot of work and time away from my family. With the second company in which I was successful, I reached the top in a shorter period, but not with any less work. I just had more experience to guide me along.
When you hear the words “with a little work,” stop and ask the person what he means by that. Ask him to give you the background behind what he has accomplished and the money he is making. Network marketing requires time, commitment, persistence, and hard work if you want to be truly successful.
Now for the second part: “You can earn a lot of money.” “A lot of money” means different things to different people. Let’s clarify. Five hundred dollars a month could be a mortgage payment, a car payment, or a payment toward a credit card. To many, that is a lot of money. Others may think that $1,000 to $2,000 per month would let them enhance their lifestyle—to them, that is a lot of money. After that, $5,000 to $10,000 per month might mean someone could quit their job and do this business full-time—yet again, a lot of money. Finally, those making $25,000 to $100,000 and above per month in NM can honestly say they are making a lot of money.
It is important that you have a definition of what “a lot of money” means to you.
To be honest, when you are at a business presentation and hear the presenter talk about making a lot of money, he is painting the dream for everyone and wants you to think about the last amount I mentioned. He is there to get you excited and in so doing probably does not have your best interests at heart.