How to Avoid Information Overload in MLM

Information overload is a BIG problem in network marketing.  Most people in MLM are looking for the secret to success in MLM.  As a result, they go to the internet to try and find that secret.  Most of these folks end up watching hundreds of videos, reading countless articles and websites, and purchasing countless courses.  As a result, most of these same folks end up with information overload and quit the business (or industry).

And even for the few that stick with it, most get conflicting advice and as a result, they really don’t know what to do.  If you have information overload about network marketing, or people on your team do, I’d like to share a few tips that can help you solve that problem.

Tip # 1: Stop Looking for the Secret

My best advice is to turn off your computer and stop looking for the secret to success in network marketing.  There is NO secret to success.  In fact, you probably already have enough knowledge to build a successful MLM Business. What you need to do now is APPLY that knowledge.  Stop educating yourself and roll up your sleeves and get to work! Theoretical knowledge will make you broke in MLM.  Applied knowledge will make you rich in MLM.  Make it a point to not look for any tips or secrets for the next 12 to 24 months.

Tip # 2: Find ONE Mentor

Start by calling people in your upline UNTIL you find someone who is successful and is willing to help you.  It does not have to be a six or seven figure earner either.  Just find someone who knows what they are doing and has helped several other people achieve success in your company.  Ask them to be your mentor.  If they won’t do that, keep calling upline until you find someone who will.

If you can’t find someone in your own company to mentor you, consider finding a mentor outside of your company or switching to a new company where you do have a mentor.  Now, I do have to tell you one thing.  Having a good mentor will not guarantee you success in network marketing.  It’s not your mentor’s job to build your team for you.  Ultimately, your success is to YOU and no one else.

You just need someone who is accessible, knows what they are doing and is willing to help you when you have questions and need advice.  When/if you do find a mentor, please DO NOT act like a know it all.  Humble yourself and do what they recommend.  If you aren’t willing to do that, you should just quit the industry for good.  There’s no point having a mentor in this industry if you aren’t willing to follow their advice.

Tip # 3: Create a Game Plan

After you find a mentor, they will help you create an action plan to grow your business, based upon what they know works.  You will have a yearly, monthly and daily action plan with your goals and what you must do to build your business.  I believe that having a written game plan is almost half the battle!

Tip # 4: Focus on Your Plan and NOTHING Else

If you don’t focus on your plan and follow through with it, you are only kidding yourself.  You must have the discipline and perseverance to stick with your plan.  That means that you NEVER deviate from your plan, EVER.  This also means you have to WORK.  The only activities that will grow your business are prospecting, showing the plan, following up, getting customers and training your team.

Tip # 5: Stick with your Plan AT LEAST 24 Months

Here’s the big step in this process.  Once you have a mentor, goals and a plan, and you are focused on it, you need to stick with it for at least 24 months.  Rome wasn’t built in a day! You can’t keep switching plans every 60 to 90 days because you haven’t hit your goals yet. Good things take time.

Final Thoughts

Following these five tips definitely helped me out with the information overload.  I know when I first got started online, I did the same thing that most network marketers do.  I watched tons of YouTube videos, visited hundreds of websites and spent several thousand dollars on new courses.  Was this information helpful?  Yes.  But, it was just too overwhelming to try and figure out what advice to follow and what advice to ignore.  And all this information did was EDUCATE me.  None of it helped me actually build my business.

I hope you can follow my advice and not have to make the same mistakes that I did.

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7 thoughts on “How to Avoid Information Overload in MLM

  1. Greg Boudonck

    It is very easy to get caught in the information overload jungle. We all want to succeed, and in many cases, we search for anything, and everything to help us do that. What ends up happening is, as you say, information overload, and also conflicting tips.

    I believe we should go ahead and read and listen to all materials that may be able to help, but also take many of them with a grain of salt. We should pull out what can help us, but that doesn’t mean everything will be useful. A good example, without naming names is: some top network marketers believe in starting with the business opportunity. I am firmly against that. I believe the product should always be led with. That same person had great advice on getting leads though. I took what I thought would help, but ignored the leading with the opportunity.

    It just comes down to being wise in what we take in. Throughout school days, I had some very good teachers. That didn’t mean I agreed with every thing they believed in, or even taught. That didn’t make them bad teachers, it just meant I thought for myself. We must do the same in Network Marketing.

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  2. Diamond Grant

    A solid plan and a good mentor are needed in this field of work. Without a plan you will just be aimlessly searching and really have no solid way as to how you will get to where you desire to be. Mentors come into play here because not only can they help formulate a plan based on their success, but they can help you to avoid some of their pitfalls and mistakes.

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  3. Faye

    I agree: many times, too much information can be a bad thing. Especially when it comes from unreliable, or negative sources. Filter out as much negativity as you can.

    I do think that your second point should be number one: find a good mentor and stick with them. Hopefully you choose a successful mentor (duh), so learn as much as you can from that one person, or that one person’s team. Ask them about mistakes that they have made: you can learn from the mistakes of others just as well as you can learn from you own.

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  4. Dee Foster

    Chuck, this article is on point. I know from personal experience, that is was not until I did these things, I did not start to have any success in my business. I determined how I wanted to be successful and I focused on that and did not quit and it did take a little while to initially see the results but they results eventually came.

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