Paying Your Dues in MLM: My Thoughts

To achieve anything worthwhile in life, your have to pay our dues.  You have to sow before you can reap.  You have to put in the time and work hard before you see the fruits of your labor.

Study ANY successful person in just about any industry and you will normally discover that they spend many YEARS mastering their craft.  I like to call this the story behind the story.

Their success is not what you see on the surface.  When you see them winning an award or walking across stage, you see the finished product.  You don’t see the discipline and hard work that went on for many years behind the scenes, preparing them for that success.

Of all the six and seven figure network marketing earners I have ever known or interviewed, most of them took somewhere between five and ten years to become successful.

Some took much longer than that. 

Most of these folks had to work on their self-image, their mind-set and of course, their skill-set.

That really isn’t much different from people OUTSIDE of the industry either.

Look at how many years professional athletes have spent mastering their craft.  Most professional athletes have been playing organized sports since they were five or six years old.

Most of them took 20 or more years to make it to the professional level. And for every one athlete that made it to the professional level, there are at least 500 to 1,000 other athletes in the same sport who did not (probably much more than that).

Success in Network Marketing

To succeed in network markeitng you have to pay your dues.  And to be honest with you, most people aren’t willing to do that.

Most people want instant success.  They think of network marketing as a lottery where they can just sign up and just see money start flowing into their bank account.  Let me tell you, MLM Success does not work that way.

To succeed in MLM, you have to talk to thousands of people, show hundreds of presentations, get rejected hundreds of times, have your best distributors quit on you, and face countless other challenges.

You will get knocked down several times each day.  You simply need to get up one more time than you fail.

Now, I want to clarify something.  Paying your dues is NOT simply spending four or five years in this industry HOPING for success.

Instead, paying your dues means rolling up your sleeves and doing the work you are supposed to be doing: prospecting, showing the plan, following up, getting customers and training your team, on a continuous basis, day in and day out, for a period of years.

Paying your dues means taking action, learning from your mistakes, and following through UNTIL you succeed.

pay your dues in mlmPaying your dues does not mean educating yourself.  It does not mean thinking about the business day and night.  It does not mean dreaming of financial independence.

Paying your dues in MLM means doing what the other 97% of all network marketers AREN’T doing and focusing on what the 3% are doing.

I can’t promise that you will ever make it big in MLM, but I can promise you that you will never succeed in MLM if you aren’t willing to pay your dues.

Until you make a decision that you will do WHATEVER it takes for as long as it takes and never look back, you won’t succeed.

You have to burn your bridges, eliminate your exit plan and say that “I will succeed in network marketing no matter what.” Until you do that you are only fooling yourself.  Success WILL NOT happen by accident.

Very few people will ever tell you this.  But I figured it was my obligation to share this valuable lesson with you.

If you want big success in MLM, or anything else in life, you must be willing to do what other people aren’t willing to do.  You need a big goal, a plan of attack and then focused effort and constant discipline.  Do that and you will succeed.  Don’t do it and you will fail.

What are your thoughts about paying your dues in MLM?  Do you think this advice is spot on? Or, am I off in left field?  Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

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