MLM Junkies: What You Should Know About Them

What are MLM junkies?  I would best describe them as people who jump from company to company or opportunity to opportunity every three to six months (or sooner).  They can’t commit to anything.

They are similar to a drug addict in that they are looking for a quick and easy fix.  They are looking for something that gives them a temporary high.

They think the company itself is the answer to their troubles, rather than looking at the person in the mirror and taking responsibility for their own actions.

HYPE is their buzzword.  They love HYPE and excitement.  They’re always after the next big thing!

The Mindset of MLM Junkies

Here are some of the things that MLM Junkies have in common.

# 1 They are looking to get rich quick.  They expect to make a full time income in their new business within their first few months, even if they don’t put in the work.

join my team# 2 They are lazy by nature.  They want something for nothing.  They aren’t willing to work hard for any period of time. They want to sit back and just collect the money.

# 3 They have a lottery mentality.  They think of their business like a trip to Las Vegas.  Just roll the dice and hope for the best.

# 4 They look at success in business as luck.  Rather than creating their own luck, they view it as an outside force. They want the luck without the hard work.

# 5 They are very emotional and love hype.  Hype is a MLM junkies favorite word.

# 6 They are looking for something that is fast and easy and doesn’t require any work.  They think that signing their name to the distributor agreement is the key to success.

# 7 They are motivated by fear of loss.  They’re afraid that if they don’t get in on the next big thing, they will miss their free meal ticket.

My Story as a MLM Junkie & What I Learned

I’m sad to admit that I was a MLM Junkie at one point in my network marketing career.  I was never looking to get rich quick, or make money without working hard, but when one business didn’t work out and produce the results I wanted, I would jump ship to the next business.

That’s right, I’d jump from company to company every six months, thinking that the next company was better than my current company and it would be the the answer to all of my troubles.

I did this for about eight years.  During that time, I worked with more than 10 different network marketing companies.

Looking back, all of these were good companies.  The real issue was me!  I finally got my head out of my ass and learned this valuable lesson: no company is perfect!  Pick the company you want to have your problems with. If what you are doing isn’t working, the real issue is you, not the company.

You need to take the time to develop the right skills and attitude and you must commit to one company for minimum five years.  That is the key to success.  Until you get yourself right, and learn the skills and have the right attitude, you will struggle in EVERY network marketing company.

You must put on your blinders, put in the work, and put in the numbers.

mlm junkiesOnce again, the company itself is not the answer to your struggles.  You are the answer to your MLM Struggles. What separates the people who fail in our industry from the people who make money are their SKILLS, MINDSET, and WORK ETHIC. 

The beauty is that once you develop the right skill-set and mind-set you can succeed in ANY company!  If you study the top earners in this great industry, you will quickly discover that they team up with one MLM company and stick with it for the long haul.

Most of them don’t attain overnight success either.  They have to learn and develop their skills, in order to become successful.  In fact, many top earners struggled for one to three years, before they started to achieve some success. Most top earners took 5+ years of building their business with one company to get to a six figure income!

I’d like to offer a challenge to you.  My challenge to you is to find a company with products or services you are passionate about, and join that company.  Make a commitment to stay with that company at least five years, preferably ten years.  During this time, don’t look at or evaluate other opportunities.  Stay focused.

Come up with a game plan, find a mentor and then take massive action.  Learn from your mistakes.  Don’t get the Shiny Object Syndrome.  Even if your sponsor and half your team quits, stay focused and keep pressing forward.

Be the person on the mission.  Be the leader that other people are looking to join.  If you can do that, you will become the person you need to be to make it big in this great industry.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you could accomplish in just a few short years, even with a part-time effort.

Don’t make the mistake that the MLM junkies make of switching to a new company every few months.  This is a fast way to go broke and ruin your dreams.  It’s also a great way to lose your credibility with people you know. 

Remember, there’s no way you can succeed (or make money) if you are switching companies a few times each year.  You have to give yourself time to succeed.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Be a leader and doer, not a MLM junkie.

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Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the network marketing industry is filled with MLM Junkies.

Don’t be one of them yourself.  Don’t make the common mistake of switching from company to company looking for greener pastures.  The grass is not greener on the other side.  It’s greener where you water it.

Pick a good company with products you are passionate about, put in the work, and never look back.

You can fail or succeed with any network marketing company.  The choice is yours.  Ultimately, it’s up to you to take the time to learn the required skills and put in the work. Nothing worth accomplishing is fast, free or easy.

What do you think?  What are your thoughts about MLM Junkies?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.I look forward to hearing from you.

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13 thoughts on “MLM Junkies: What You Should Know About Them”

  1. LOL! I thought of my sister’s boyfriend when I read this. He is the guy that you will find sitting on the sofa watching the get quick rich schemes on TV at 3AM in the morning while shoving handfuls of chips in his mouth. Then jump up and say “YES! I WILL BE RICH IN A MONTH!”. He has fallen for so many of them things it is not even funny.

  2. I too suffered from the MLM junkie syndrome. I started when I was in college to make more money and always ended up with a ton of products thinking that I was just bad at it or the market was oversaturated. The fact of the matter was I just was so excited by the products that I saw at home parties and each consultant made their own opportunity sound so great. The companies that I am with now I joined because I fell in love with the products. I have been with them for years but have not been as focused as I could be about becoming a top earner. Offering solid mentorship and training to your new recruits could be a helpful tool in converting Junkies to Professionals.

  3. The suggestion to pick some top earners and study them, noting the time it took for them to reach the income level they wanted, is an excellent one. Even five years is not that long. Most people don’t make it to the level they want in any career path they choose in five years, so it is interesting to me that someone wouldn’t stick with this type of business for five years at least.

    1. No matter what type of business you own you need to study it for at least five years. Good things take time. And success won’t happen overnight.

      Most MLM Junkies are simply looking to get rich quick without doing the work.

  4. I think a lot of young people suffer from what my uncle describes as “Business ADD”. They cannot focus on one business or company long enough to really go anywhere with the company. Thus, they end up never truly attaining real success. I am not sure why, but it just seems like young people cannot commit to anything. They (or should i say we) want it and we want it now. And if it isn’t happening now then our interest is lost and we move on to something that we feel is going to benefit us. We have to learn to stay committed in order to make it far.

    1. All good things take time. MLM Junkies and Business Opportunity Junkies never seem to understand this. You have to pick something you like and understand, and then take massive action for a few years. There is no such thing as get rich quick. All businesses are hard to build into a successful and profitable business. You have to take the time to learn the right skills and right mind-set. For most folks, this will take minimum three to five years. I really wish all the MLM Junkies would learn this.

      Chuck

      1. The biggest key that I have seen in all of this whether it is MLM or a traditional business is doing something you like. Many people go after something they think will be a money making success, but they don’t necessarily like it. It would be like me trying to sell women’s shoes. I have no call to do that, so even if someone came to me with a great opportunity that looks like a big income maker, would it be worth it for me to do it? I don’t think so….we need to like what we do.

  5. Sad truth is, most people fail at MLM. Even the best and brightest very often just don’t get the opportunities or breaks they need to make it, so they fail. This isn’t something to be afraid of though. Instead of changing companies every time you fail, study what you did wrong, or what you could have done better. Apply that new knowledge to your next endeavor.

    1. Good points, James. While MLM Junkies are a dime a dozen, but I have to chime in here and say that most businesses fail. Most realtors never sell a house. Most insurance agents never sell a policy. Most bloggers never make any money. I could go on and on, but the point is this. To succeed, you need the right skill-set and right mind-set. Your company, or business model, is only one very small part of the equation as to whether or not YOU will ever be successful.

      Chuck

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