Top 50 MLM Quotes of All Time

Today, I want to share my Top 50 MLM Quotes of all time that I have found by reading books, watching YouTube videos and just by spending time in this industry. There are a few golden nuggets in here, so please follow along closely. After each MLM Quote, I provide my own insights about it. The quotes are listed in no particular order.

Top 50 MLM Quotes of All Time

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# 1: I’d rather have 1% of 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own. ~ J. Paul Getty

The beauty of network marketing is the leverage you get by teaming up with other people. Even if you are a great producer, one person will never outproduce 100 people. Ultimately, you want an organization with thousands of people in it so you can earn a small override from each person’s productivity.

# 2: For people choosing to use a network marketing system to build a business in the B quadrant, the price of entry is a lot lower, the risks are lower, and the education and support are there to guide you through this personal development process. ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki, Entrepreneur and Author

Network marketing offers equal opportunity. Anyone can get started. There is very little risk and huge upside potential. What you do with it is totally up to you.

# 3: Failures are divided into two classes – those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. ~ John Charles Salak

It’s better to attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed. You never really know what you are capable of until you try.

# 4: The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchill

Perspective is how you look at things. Successful people tend to be optimistic and look for opportunities wherever they go.

# 5: In today’s world, working for yourself is actually the safer route, and working for a corporation has become the riskier propositions. ~ Paul Zane Pilzer, Nobel Prize Winning Economist and Author

The days of job security are long gone. Everyone should be self-employed and take care of their own future. Even if you have a day job, you should think of yourself as a free agent.

# 6: You want an organization that grows without you, that doesn’t even need you, one that doesn’t even know who you are. ~ Art Jonak

If everything in your business depends on you, you don’t have a real network marketing business. Ultimately, you want a system that runs the business and leaders that take care of their own teams. This is what leads to time and money freedom.

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# 7: The fact is that the people who are already successful in whatever they do, tend to also be successful in network marketing. ~ Richard Bliss Brooke

Always keep your eyes and ears open for sharp, success oriented people. Look for people with contacts and credibility. When these folks join the business, they normally become your best distributors.

# 8: It’s hard to build momentum on your team if you change systems every few weeks, or even every few months. ~ Randy Gage

Pick ONE system for your team to use and do not deviate.

# 9: When you advertise consistently, at least you are giving yourself a chance to succeed. ~ Larry Chiappone

As an entrepreneur, you need to get your name out there. Marketing your products, services and opportunity is your real business. If no one knows you exist, your business won’t grow.

# 10: New distributors crave direction and they respond incredibly well to simple assignments. ~ Eric Worre

Give your new reps simple instructions to follow. Have a game-plan for them and work closely with them during their first 90-days in the business. Most reps joining your team have been employees their entire life and they need to be told what to do next.

# 11: Spend the first two weeks of the month selling your company’s products and spend the last two weeks heavily recruiting those who express and interest in your income opportunity. ~ Jan Ruhe, Top Earner, Discovery Toys

This is such a great quote on time management. Maintain your balance between retailing and recruiting. Do both, not one or the other.

# 12: It’s not about finding great people, it’s about becoming a great person ~ Mark Yarnell

Remember, the Law of Attraction is always working, either for you or against you. You attract more of what you already are. Be the type of person you want to sponsor. Be the type of sponsor you wish you had.

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# 13: You need to take full responsibility for your network marketing business. Decide today never to blame anyone or anything else for your lack of results. ~ Eric Worre

Until you man up or woman up and take 100% ownership of your business, you will never succeed. There is no such thing as a successful victim.

# 14: Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. ~ Napoleon Hill

Nothing will ever be perfect. Don’t be busy getting ready to get ready. Go out there, make a mess, and learn as you go.

# 15: Nothing motivates a person to leave network marketing faster than not making enough money in the first few months as they build their business. ~ Mary Christensen

Our goal as a sponsor should be to help our people earn a check their first month in the business. When someone can hold a check in their hands, even a small check, it will open their mind to the possibilities of what this business offers.

# 16: How the prospect perceives you is the most important factor in his decision to join. ~ “Big Al” Tom Schreiter

Remember that our prospects evaluate us more than they do the products or business opportunity we are offering them. Be someone worth joining.

# 17: The more people from your group that attend events, the more money you’re going to make in our profession. ~ Eric Worre

Network marketing is an event-driven business. Attend every event yourself and promote events like your business success depends upon it.

# 18: Observe the masses and do the opposite. ~ Holton Buggs

Look at what most people in our industry do, which isn’t much, and do the exact opposite. If you’re going to follow anyone, make sure you follow the leaders. Be careful who you listen to. You might end up just like them.

# 19: We are convinced that rejection causes more people to fail in MLM than any other factor, and often they fail literally before they ever begin because their approach is from the head, not the heart. ~ Mark Yarnell

Use a heartfelt approach when you talk to prospects and EXPECT rejection. No matter how good you are at what you do, you will always hear the word NO more than you will YES. Your real key to success is to focus on the other person, and what’s in it for them, not yourself.

# 20: Unless, as a part-timer, you are approaching at least five to ten prospects per day, you are not serious about succeeding in this business. ~ Mark Yarnell

This business is a numbers game. You have to contact new prospects every single day, and do it day in and day out. Anything less than five per day will lead to frustration and failure. The more people you approach the more money you will make.

# 21: I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying. ~ Tom Hopkins

Fail your way to success. Go for No! Realize that yes is your destination, but no is how you get there.

# 22: You don’t build a business – you build people – and then people build the business. ~ Zig Ziglar

We are really in the people business. We help people work on their personal development, overcome their fears and develop their potential, and they go out and build a business!

# 23: Action cures fear. ~  Dr. David Schwarz

Whatever it is that you fear, go out and do it. That is the only way you will overcome that fear. The more you do something you fear the less you will fear it.

# 24: You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want. ~ Zig Ziglar

We get paid to help people and solve problems. Your commission check is a direct reflection of how many people you help and serve and how well you do it.

# 25: A winner is one who accepts his failures and mistakes, picks up the pieces, and continues striving to reach his goals. ~ Dexter Yager

Success is never a straight line. You have to keep getting up after you get knocked down. Keep your eye on the prize until you achieve it. Fail forward!

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# 26: I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. ~ Alexander the Great

The speed of the leader is the speed of the team. A good leader can transform a bunch of misfits into superstars and a bad leader can poison a team of studs. Set the pace for your team and lead by example at all times.

# 27: Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. ~ Margaret Thatcher

Set your own trail and people will follow you. Be the type of person you want to sponsor.

# 28: To add value to others, one must first value others. ~ John Maxwell

Great MLM leaders love other people. They look for the good in others at all times.

# 29: Leadership is influence. ~ John Maxwell

Your level of influence with others will ultimately dictate where you end up in life, and in the business. Leadership is the highest paying skill in the world, and in our industry.

# 30: The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. ~ Ray Kroc

Set high standards and focus on continuous improvement whenever possible. Do the things you want your team to do.

# 31: The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. ~ Ralph Nader

Good leaders find and develop other leaders. If all you have is a bunch of followers on your team, you aren’t a great leader.

# 32: You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~ Dale Carnegie

Be interested, not interesting. Whenever you talk with someone else, make sure the conversation is about them, not you. Do more listening than talking.

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# 33: Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~ Dale Carnegie

Your greatest successes normally come after your greatest defeats. Fail often and fail forward.

# 34: I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. ~ Brian Tracy

The harder I work, the luckier I get. Don’t be scared to fail. That is how we learn and grow.

# 35: Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. ~ Robert Kiyosaki

You never succeed your way to success. Instead, you fail your way to success. Learn from each failure, make the necessary adjustments and press on.

# 36: It’s better to attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed. ~ Dave Severn, Amway Diamond

Nothing ventured, nothing lost. Set big goals and even if you come up short, you will still have achieved great things.

# 37: Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~ Jim Rohn

Work on your personal development daily. Your real education begins after you graduate college. For your business to grow, you must grow.

# 38: Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~ Jim Rohn

You must have self-discipline if you want to succeed in this business. You must do the things you know you should be doing, even when you don’t feel like doing it.

# 39: A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. ~ General Patton

There is never a perfect plan. Just get started and make adjustments as you go. The longer you wait to get started, the higher the likelihood you will fail.

# 40: After I sponsor someone it’s more important for me to go out and help them sponsor someone than it is for me to sponsor someone else. ~ Don Failla

This business is about sponsoring and teaching. It’s vital that you help the people you sponsor get someone signed up quickly, or else there is a good chance they will quit.

# 41: One third of your recruits will do absolutely nothing.  One third will do a little.  And one-third will make a good income.  Usually one of them will build a group of thousands. ~ Jordan Adler

This is the law of averages working itself out. The numbers in this business never lie. Most people do nothing. A few do a little. And a really select few do a lot.

# 42: Don’t beg and don’t chase – you are looking for those who are looking for what you have. ~ Sarah Robbins

Our job is to sift and sort through our prospects, not sell and convince. When you turn over enough rocks you will find your gold and diamonds.

# 43: Performing specific goals and activities daily separates leaders from distributors. ~ “Big Al” Tom Schreiter

Set clear goals for your business. Have a daily action plan. Follow your work schedule and be disciplined with your time!

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# 44: The astute business owner understands that the purpose of a sale is to generate a customer. The lousy business owner thinks that the purpose of a customer is to generate a sale. One lasts much longer and has much more fun than the other. ~ Dan Kennedy

Our job is to find customers and reps. Our real money is made on repeat orders, not one-time orders.

# 45: If you advertise with products you will get customers. If you advertise with a business opportunity you will get business people.  If you advertise with a vision you will get leaders. ~ Gabi Steiner

This is one of my favorite MLM quotes. Make sure your approach is a good fit for the type of person you are looking for (and the type of person you are talking with).

# 46: Keep in mind it only takes a few power partners to change your life. ~ Sarah Robbins

At the end of the day, you are looking for two to five quality leaders to work with and build a dynasty with. Best of all, you don’t even have to be the person who sponsors these people.

# 47: It’s a lot easier to create a residual income of $2,500 per month than it is to get a million dollars in the bank. ~ Steve Fisher

This is one of my favorite MLM Quotes on this list. Most people will never save one million dollars in their lifetime, but anyone can build up a $2,500 per month residual income in network marketing, within a few years, if they put in the work.

# 48: Watch the feet, not the lips. ~  Jeff Roberti

Talk is cheap. Anyone can talk a big game, and most people do. Your job is to look in your back office to see who is producing results and then go out and work with that person. Those are your serious people.

# 49: All the energy and time you put into trying to get your weaker team members to grow is time wasted. You are better off using that time to help your motivated distributors and to recruit a few new people to get started in the business. ~  Jordan Adler

Work with the willing. Don’t try to drag anyone across the finish line or make anyone successful. Look for people who are coachable, hungry and willing to work.

# 50: The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself. ~ Peter Drucker

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Take the time to learn and study marketing. Other than leadership, it is the single most important skill to master if you want to succeed in this business. Once you have a steady flow of leads, the business becomes fun and easier.

If you take your time and read over each one of these MLM Quotes closely, you will discover some great things you can apply to your network marketing business.

Final Thoughts

Once again, these are my Top 50 MLM Quotes of all time. I hope you enjoyed them. If you have a quote that you would like to share, just leave a comment to this page. Also, I’d love to hear which quote on this list is your favorite one. Thanks.

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50 thoughts on “Top 50 MLM Quotes of All Time”

  1. Here are some great MLM Quotes from Gerald Peters, creator of DBN. These are from his book “Money Flow.”

    • 80 to 90 percent of everyone you recruit in a company will quit or drop out in 6 months or less.
    • The system needs to provide immediate cash flow while the downline showed up.
    • MLM Programs only pay, on average, about $2 to $8 per active person on your team per month, so you need a HUGE team to make any type of substantial income.
    • All home business owners need leads.
    • People are terrified by the idea of selling.
    • The internet is not a marketing system.
    • The internet is a tool. It’s a great way to communicate and share information, but it’s not a system.
    • To stay in business, and make lots of money, you have to add value to people’s lives.
    • I would offer free information and let the tools do the selling.
    • The rich possess absolute control over their thoughts.
    • College teaches people how to work for the rule breakers and risk takers.
    • Rich people have assumed massive responsibility. Broke people actively seek to avoid responsibility.

  2. Here are a few more MLM Quotes I thought might inspire you.

    “I’m only looking for people who are looking for me.” ~ Joe Schroeder

    “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal and I will give you a stock clerk.” ~ J.C. Penny

    “Let a man radically alter his thoughts and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life.” ~ James Allen

    “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

    “If you are now in business and anybody else in your locality is getting rich in the same business, while you are not getting rich, it is because you are not doing things in the same way that the other person is doing them.” ~ Wallace Wattles

    “Improve yourself by other men’s writing so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” ~ Seneca

    “Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches from the formless substance.” ~ Wallace Wattles

    “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions, small people do that, but the really great make you
    feel that you too can somehow become great.” ~ Mark Twain

    “The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.” ~ Napoleon Hill

  3. You’ve probably learned before that people buy emotionally and back up that emotional decision with logic.” ~ Bob Burg, Endless Referrals

    My Take: When you are talking with people, appeal to their emotions. Focus on the benefits, not the features. That is the smartest way to sell.

  4. This week’s quote of the week is from Mark Yarnell. His quote talks about the value of building customers from your warm market. Here is what he said. Build a customer base among family and friends prior to building a downline. In other words, start out by talking with the people you know and leading with the products. This helps you make some immediate profit and gets your business off the ground. You can always upgrade some of these folks into happy customers in the months to come.

  5. “Think like a customer.” ~ Paul Gillin

    One of the best things you can do is put yourself in your prospect’s shoes. Think of things from their perspective and you will close more sales.

    1. I like this quote…We have all been a prospect at one time. Think back to what you were thinking when you were considering the business. It’s our job to make the prospect feel comfortable and not try to sell them or promise them things that can’t or won’t happen. It’s bad business and you don’t want to create a bad name for yourself. Treat them like a friend, be genuine, and answer their questions without a big speech that will leave them confused.

  6. Here’s a quote from Napoleon Hill that should make you think.

    “Anybody can wish for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that a definite plan, plus a burning desire for wealth, are the only dependable means of accumulating wealth.” The bottom line is you need a plan of attack and a strong burning desire to succeed at anything. You can’t wish your way to success.

  7. Here’s some sage advice I learned from Robert Crisp, a former Amway Triple Diamond. One thing he said in his book Raising a Giant was:

    “The programs that endure are the ones where the emphasis is placed on the individual as part of something bigger and greater.”

    As I see it, most people want to belong to something much bigger than themselves. They want to be part of a winning team where they feel like an important contributor to the team. The key takeaway is to create a winning culture in your team that everyone wants to be part of. Do that and fewer people will drop out.

  8. “You’ve got to make an eight to ten-year commitment. You’ve got to understand that the first year and a half, everything you touch does fall apart. It takes three to five years just to establish a business where you’re consistently doing the right things, where you consistently compete.”

    This is a quote by A.L. Williams, founder of Primerica.

  9. “The successful networkers I know, the ones receiving tons of referrals and feeling truly happy about themselves, continually put the other person’s needs ahead of their own.” – Bob Burg

    My Take: Network marketing is not about you; it’s about the other person. When you shift your focus from yourself to helping another person, you can accomplish some amazing things.

  10. “I am not judged by the number of times that I fail, but by the number of times that I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times that I can fail and keep on trying.” ~ Tom Hopkins

    My take is that you don’t succeed your way to success. Instead, you fail your way to success. Just get up one more time than you are knocked down.

  11. “Take the attitude of the student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” Og Mandino

    My Take: Be a student of what you do. Seek knowledge and you will find it. Never act like you know everything.

  12. The quote of the week this week is “most entrepreneurs are merely technicians with an entrepreneurial seizure. Most entrepreneurs fail because you are working in your business rather than on your business.” Michael Gerber

    My Take: Don’t confuse the busy work with the productive work. Anyone can be busy, but successful people are productive. In this great industry, there are only a few tasks that will actually grow your business. This includes retailing and recruiting. Everything else should be done after those tasks. Spend 90% or more of your working hours on retailing and recruiting and you will be successful.

  13. “Most people don’t give two shakes about your business until they know what it can do for them.” ~ Roanne Bacchus

    My Thoughts: At the end of the day people only care about what’s in it for them. As a sponsor, your job is to put your prospect’s needs first and show them how your products or business can help them solve one or more of their problems. Only then will they consider joining.

  14. “I was once told by a top income earner that for each person I have at a company convention, I could multiply my group by 100 one year later.” Jordan Adler

    My Thoughts: Get people to events. Events are so powerful. Many people make the decision to “build it big” while at a company event. Attend all events yourself and promote them like crazy with your group.

  15. “Marketing is not the art of selling. It’s not the simple business of convincing someone to buy. It is the art of creating conditions by which the buyer convinces himself. And nothing is more convincing than hard evidence that others want the same thing.” Harvey Mackay

    My Take: Use testimonials to help you attract more prospects and close more sales. Remember that your job is to sift and sort through people, not sell them. Ideally, you want them to sell themselves on what you are offering them.

  16. “Prospects, customers and clients at all levels – from the kitchen table to the corporate boardroom – still buy on emotion and justify with logic.” ~ Dan Kennedy

    My Take: This quote is from the book I recommended above. At the end of the day, you need to learn how to appeal to people’s emotions. Once you find out what your prospect REALLY wants, you can use that to your leverage. Focus on benefits, not features. Get good at telling stories and drawing the prospect in. Don’t bore your prospect with facts. Focus on their hot button instead.

  17. “You can make money or you can make excuses.” Unknown

    My Take: I’ve heard this quote so many times now and it is definitely true. Be so busy with your actions that you don’t have time to make excuses.

  18. “Keep in mind it only takes a few power partners to change your life.”

    That is a quote from million-dollar earner Sarah Robbins. The beauty of network marketing is that two or three good people really can change your life for the better. You never know who those people will be or when they will show up on your team! Most top earners make most of their income from just one to three key people in their team.

  19. “Never mistake activity for accomplishment. You cannot train your way to $100,000.” Mark Yarnell

    My Take: So many people are getting ready to get ready. They think about their business all the time. They spend time working in the business, but they never focus on the activities that actually grow their business. Avoid analysis paralysis at all costs. Spend all of your time on the money producing activities. Don’t think that spending time on conference calls, webinars, Facebook or YouTube will actually grow your business.

  20. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

  21. “The successful networkers I know, the ones receiving tons of referrals and feeling truly happy about themselves, continually put the other person’s needs ahead of their own.” ~ Bob Burg

    My Take: Take your eyes off yourself and focus your efforts on helping other people get what they want.

  22. “Nobody is really a legendary dynamo singularly responsible for building a huge group. It’s a team effort and those of us who work really hard will eventually blunder into one or two other people who work really hard and so on. Nobody ever really duplicates anyone else. Each of us brings our own unique personality, competence, ethics, and work habits to the table.” ~ Mark Yarnell

    My Take: Mark (now deceased) was one of my most trusted mentors. When you look at the top earners in any company you will quickly discover that most of them sponsored 100 to 200 people personally and typically three to five of those people went on to build it big. Most people do nothing. Some do a little. A select few are consistent. And 1-2% will be responsible for 90% or more of your income!

  23. “When you have five serious people, you should be spending 95 percent of your time working with them, 2.5 percent of your time servicing the customers you have from your friends, and 2.5 percent of your time planting seeds.” ~ Don Failla

  24. “Referral marketing is a numbers game. A marathon. A stamina competition. 50% give up in the first year. 40% love the products. 10% do the business. 2% do 90% of the work. Keep an eye out for winners and be one yourself and the winners of the future will also find you.” ~ Gabi Steiner

    My Take: Realize that not everyone will be serious. Realize this is a business of attrition. Accept that most of your team will do little to nothing. Love on everyone. Be nice to everyone. Appreciate everyone. Meet people where they are at. Never pressure anyone to do more than they want to. But spend your time looking for and helping the 10% and the 2%. That is the best use of your time.

  25. The quote of the week this week by Og Mandino, one of my favorite authors of all time. Here it is: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

  26. “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar

    My Take: Network marketing is a team sport. You cannot be successful until you help other people on your team become successful. The more people you help achieve success the more money you make.

  27. “Stay in contact with everyone you talk to. We put out newsletters. You have to have a follow-up system. Keep track of everyone you speak with. Many fall short by not following up properly.” Carol Ford, Million Dollar Earner Circle in MLM

  28. “Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” – Robert Kiyosaki

    My Take: Most entrepreneurs fail several times before they succeed. You can’t be scared to fail. It’s inevitable. When you do fail, learn from your mistakes and prepare for victory.

  29. “You should also choose a sponsor who will be committed to YOUR success, committed long-term, and not someone who jumps from opportunity to opportunity or tries to do several network marketing businesses at once.” ~ Steve Fisher, from the Book “Residual Millionaire”

    My Take: Who you choose as a sponsor is just as important as the company you choose. Choose wisely!

  30. “I am not judged by the number of times that I fail, but by the number of times that I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times that I can fail and keep on trying.” ~ Tom Hopkins

  31. “If you want to be successful and make long-term money in network marketing, sponsor at least four people a month for five years.” ~ Name withheld

    My Take: If you follow this advice you would personally sponsor 240 people over a five year period. That’s sponsoring less than one person per week. Anyone can do that if they have a game plan and some discipline.

  32. “The key to retaining team members is to provide a bigger mission for the team than the acquisition of a check.”

    This is a quote from top earners John and Tiffany Malott. My takeaway is that you need to create a team culture in your organization, something that people are proud to be part of. You have to realize that everyone wants to belong to something bigger than themselves and feel like they are an important part of the team. People like to associate with groups of people who have similar goals, desires and interests.

  33. “Any system will work if you passionately approach a dozen or more new prospects each day with the greatest opportunity in free enterprise.” He goes on to say that “I know dozens of people who are all building substantial downlines and no two are using the same strategy.” He also said “no single system is duplicable for every personality type.”

    My takeaway from all of this is that you need to come up with your own system that leverages your own natural talents and abilities AND you need to take massive action. Only then will you succeed in network marketing. You should also have a system that your new team members can use, but it would be much wiser to help each new member come up with a strategy that works for them.

  34. “Great leaders always innovate, they don’t duplicate. One of the biggest fallacies in MLM is that we should attempt to force creative people to use systems which they don’t like and often can’t copy.”

    This is a great quote from Mark Yarnell (Your Best Year in Network Marketing) and I agree with him entirely. In our industry, there are two mindsets. The first mindset is that you should have one system for your team and have everyone on your team build their business the exact same way. I’m personally not a fan of that system.

    I learned a long time ago that everyone is different. Some people are extroverts. Others are introverts. Some are techies. Others are people-people. Some people want to do home parties. Others don’t.

    Your real job as a sponsor is to sit down with each new team member and find out what they are naturally good at. Help them make a list of talents and strengths and then help them develop a game plan to build their business that leverages those talents, abilities and strengths.

    Trying to make everyone do the exact same thing is foolish. It might work in a franchise, but it seldom works in MLM. If you were to look at any top leader in any company, there’s a good chance they didn’t build their business the same way their successful upline did. And there’s a good chance, their successful team members didn’t follow their system.

    By all means, have a system. But don’t be so foolish to think that everyone must follow it to be successful.

  35. “Your long-distance lines are your strongest ones.” Randy Gage

    My take on this is that people who are long distance from you are forced to take responsibility for their own network marketing business. You aren’t there to coddle them or baby them or do everything for them. This forces them to become a leader if they want to build a successful business of their own.

  36. “Most people in network marketing spend their time looking for leaders rather than becoming the leader they are trying to attract. If they would just become the person, then the leaders would begin to migrate to them.” ~ Steve Fisher

    My Take: This is so true. You attract more of what you already are. People join your team because of the value they perceive that you have. Improve your skills, quality, and success and you will attract better quality prospects.

  37. “I didn’t sponsor a lot of people. Instead, I went out of my way to try to make sure people I did sponsor succeeded. Once you sign up a few people, I make sure (and teach my leaders) to have an at least weekly presentation call, as well as a weekly training call, with as many of my team members attending as absolutely possible.” Keith Halls, million dollar earner

    My Thoughts: This is a sponsor and teach business. Your objective as a sponsor is to work with the people on your team and help them become successful. You need to find a few key players who want to build it big and then you need to shift your efforts to helping them succeed.

  38. “Your job when sponsoring someone is to simply get them started. It is not your job to manage them. Each person who joins you is an independent business owner and is responsible for his or her own business. If you plan on managing thousands of people you will have a big problem. There are not enough hours in the day. The formula for burnout is the belief that you must manage your whole team.” ~ Jordan Adler, Million Dollar Earner

  39. “The experience of sharing stories, laughing, telling jokes and swapping inspiring tips will do more for your team than any training you can provide.” Jordan Adler

    My Take: You have to realize that most people want to belong to something bigger than themselves. Many folks join our industry to make new friends and have a social club to belong to. Have fun with your team. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Spend quality time with your team laughing, learning and growing.

  40. I love all these quotes. Many of them I have written down and saved myself. #3 was told to me by my uncle when I first joined my current company and he knew I was serious.

    Thanks for taking the time to share these!

  41. I have always been a huge fan of quotes. I believe you and I are similar in this attitude as I read many of your blog posts. Many of the quotes you have listed can be used in many every day life situations. I want to offer my 2 cents on a few of these:

    #1 by J. Paul Getty says to me work smart, not hard.

    #3. I must add one more class… Those who thought, did and quit before finishing.

    #6. I am in total agreement with this quote. If the organization knows you and needs you to survive, too much is on your shoulders and failure is imminent.

    #12. Yes, if you are a great person, those behind you will want to be just like you.

    All of these are great quotes. I believe you could make articles around each and every one.

      1. I have a question Chuck: In the 2nd quote Robert Kiyosaki mentioned network marketing in the B quadrant. What exactly is the B quadrant? I may be asking a stupid question, but the real stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.

        I really like number 14 too. Don’t wait because the time will never be completely right. This is so true. So many of us procrastinate thinking that there will be a better time, but it never comes.

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