Today, I want to share my MLM Success Story. This article is difficult to write, but important to write. I hope my story will inspire people and help people, especially people who have struggled in our industry for many years. After you read my story of the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, you should have a new sense of hope. If I can eventually figure this great industry out, I know you can too!
My Life Prior to MLM
I grew up in small town Skowhegan, Maine, a town of about 8,000 people. I had a great childhood with loving parents. My dad was an entrepreneur (antique auctioneer) and my mom stayed at home and raised my brother and I, AND helped my dad with his business. We never had much money, but there was always food on the table and lots of love.
My parents taught me great values. They taught me to be a person of my word, to work hard, and never quit. They taught me the value of a dollar. Whenever I wanted something, I had to earn it! From the time I was eight or nine, I was always wheeling and dealing, selling stuff, to earn extra cash. I was definitely molded into being an entrepreneur.
After graduating high school in 1995, I enlisted in the Army and moved away. The Army was very good for me. It gave me purpose, direction and discipline. After serving in the Army for a few years, I decided to become an Army Officer. I attended ROTC, earned my Bachelor’s Degree and commission in May 2000, and was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado.
My First MLM Company
I first learned about network marketing in March 2002. At the time, I was serving as an Army Officer (First Lieutenant) at Fort Carson, Colorado. I was 24-years old. One day, a fellow Lieutenant (Christine) invited me over to her home to learn about additional ways of making money from home. I’ve always been motivated to earn extra money, so I agreed to attend.
I showed up at her home, along with 10-15 other guests. The presenter was another Lieutenant in our unit. He was dressed to impress in a blue suit, with a white shirt and red tie. He started drawing circles on a dry erase board and talked about concepts such as residual income, leveraged income and network marketing. Come to find out, it was an Amway presentation (known as Quixtar at the time).
Up until that moment in my life, I had never heard of network marketing, residual income or Amway. I was not skeptical. If anything, I was curious. I loved the idea of finding six people who “get it” and being able to potentially create a full-time income from home.
From day one in Quixtar, I was all in. Yes, I was VERY rough around the edges, and needed lots of personal development, but I was hungry and determined. I went to every meeting. I listened to tapes daily. I did what I was taught (when it was convenient). I was a difficult person to get along with and deal with (at the time), but I did outwork just about every other rep I ever met.
I achieved modest success in Amway, the 2500 PV pin. Over the course of 2+ years I sponsored 13 people and built a team of about 67 people. At the height of my business, my commission check was maybe $800 to $1,000 per month. I spent about 27-months in Amway, and ended up leaving the business when I was going through a painful divorce.
I have nothing bad to say about my experience there. Amway sold me on the (1) the power of goals, (2) the power of association and (3) the importance of personal development. It also sold me on network marketing.
The Dark Years
2004 to 2014 were the dark years for me in the network marketing industry. During this time, I bounced around a lot. My 20s were very difficult for me. Even my early 30s were very tough. I struggled with depression, mood swings, and did not have a good attitude. I believed in the industry and loved the industry, but I was not mentally prepared for success.
If anything, I was a dabbler. I was attracted to shiny objects. If it sounded good or looked good, I tried it. I bounced around to many different network marketing companies during this time. I am not proud to admit that, but it’s the truth. I never lost faith in the industry, but I had serious doubts as to whether or not things would work out for me.
Looking back, I’m glad I experienced this dark period of time. It wasn’t fun. I wouldn’t want to redo it, but it did make me mentally tough and prepared me for future success. The only thing I really did right during this time frame is I kept working on my personal development and skills.
Making the Decision
Finally, in mid 2014, I made the decision to become a network marketing professional. I said to myself, I will succeed in this industry or die trying. This is the turning point in my business. I joined a company and over the next two years, I sponsored about 110-120 people and built up a team of approximately 1,200 to 1,500 people. Despite that, I never earned even $1,000 per month with the company. Most months I made $500 to $800.
I poured into my team doing webinars, conference calls, and training, yet nothing seemed to click. There was zero duplication. Attrition was very high. I started to question my sanity. How can I work so hard and make so little money? While I still hold that company in high regards, I realized it was simply not the right fit for me, so I stopped building.
After leaving that company, I was a wanderer again, for about a year, until I found my way to a different company. I spent about 27-28 months with that company. During that time, I personally sponsored around 300 people and built a team of more than 3,000 people.
I created systems (no upline or company systems), did training, provided free leads for my team and worked very hard to support my team. Despite that hard work, I never made more than $2,500 per month. Once again, I questioned my sanity and had serious doubts about the industry! I even quit the company for a six month period of time, but went back to it.
It wasn’t until May 2019 that I found my current MLM Company and had my big breakthrough. From the day I made my decision to be a network marketing professional, it took me five years to earn six figures in one year in network marketing. I don’t count the time before that in the industry, because I was nothing more than a dabbler. Now that I think about it, five years isn’t that bad, especially considering I was working my business part-time and running other non MLM businesses.
Companies I’ve Worked With
Here is a list of some of the network marketing companies I worked with in the past. There are more than what you see on this list. I just can’t remember them all.
- Life Force International®
- My World Plus®
- Send Out Cards®
- Young Living Essential Oils®
- Avon (2x)
- Essante Organics
- USI Tech
- Regenalife (2x)
I have nothing bad to say about any of these companies. They either weren’t a good fit for me, I didn’t do the work, or I wasn’t ready to achieve success yet.