I was reading over on FastLane about this guy that met up with the owner of a MLM company. The conversation went something like this:
Makes perfect sense to me. If you check, the majority of the people that run MLMs were distributors at one time - then got smart. Doesn't it make sense, really, if you're going to put all the effort into building a downline, that it would make more sense to start your own MLM?Met the owner of a successful MLM recently. this guy came in a black Rolls Royce Phantom with a license plate that said "Easymoni" (which made no sense to me until I found out he's in the MLM game...marketing expense never looked so luxurious )
The second I heard that, I said to him "You know what...your the man. Why? Because you didn't take part it in one.. your started your own. Whole nother game your in."
Guy looks at me for a second, clear that he'd never heard anyone actually say that to him, leans in, smiles and quietly says "....I want to sit on the throne, not help other guys lift it"
Robert Ford, a former top earning Herbalife Distributor, recounts what it took to reach President Team level:
Then he saw the light and realized it was all a waste of time. (Why A Herbalife President Team Member Resigned His Six-Figure Income)This is what I did to get my phone to ring off the hook:
15 classified ads per week
25 pole signs per week
1,000 business cards per day, 6 days a week (I wore out two pair of Nike running shoes)
... for three straight years
Was it easy to do? Absolutely not.
Did it work in building a network marketing business at that time? Absolutely yes.
Which begs the question, why don't more supposedly intelligent folks wake up to the fact that it's better to sit on the throne rather than under it? We keep talking about Lenny Clements, so let's use him as an example. Here's a guy that's been in MLM since puberty, researched the industry, jumped around with at least a half a dozen companies, knows comp plans inside out, is a court certified witness, MENSA alumni, yet he's still hacking away peddling YOLI blast caps or whatever it is they're hawking these days.
Don't you think if the guy (or a lot of other MLM distributors for that matter) was half as smart as he claims to be, that he would have figured out by now that it might be better to start your own company? Geez, all you have to do is find a supplier of some cheap protein powder, get some computer geek to work up a software program to keep track of your comp plan, then make up some bullshit about how good the product is and all the ailments it cures. You don't have to hire anyone - they only get paid once they sell the stuff, so you're home free.
Dunno, but it makes perfect sense to me that if you're going to play the MLM game that it's better to be the dealer than the player.