People Will Disappoint You in Your MLM Business and in Life

People will disappoint you.

Hell, you already know that…

We’ve all been disappointed at one point or another in our lives and business.

It’s part of life.

It sucks, but it’s a common reality.

When it comes to network marketing, it’s easy to be disappointed.


Because you have to work with other people you have ZERO control over.

One of the reasons we have the opportunity to make a lot of money and have the lifestyle our industry offers is because we have to deal with other people.

That can be a blessing and a curse.

Dealing with people is not always easy.

People are CRAZY.

People can do wonderful things.

They can also be downright evil, mean, rude and deceptive.

Here are some of the things you need to be prepared to deal with in your network marketing career.

  1. Your mom will cancel her auto-ship at some point.
  2. Your best distributor will quit and take their entire team with them to a competitor’s company.
  3. That guy you signed up today who told you he will be your next Diamond will QUIT the business before the sun rises tomorrow.
  4. Chances are, that gal you have been working with closely for the past year will go into the Witness Protection Program at some point in the near future.
  5. Some of your customers will return the products and ask for their money back.
  6. Some of your best people will fizzle out.
  7. Some folks will no show you and stand you up.
  8. People will forget to do the things that they said they would do.
  9. People will lie to you.
  10. People will quit on you.

And hundreds of other things…


Build it big.

Stay the course and work with the willing…

Realize that good things happen to those folks who are consistent: EVENTUALLY.

Put in the work, put on your blinders, and press on.

Expect to be disappointed.

It will happen at some point or another, so you might as well be prepared for it.

In fact, you will be disappointed how things go more often than you will be pleasantly surprised.

That’s life folks.

Nothing ever goes exactly as planned.

One of my business heroes once told me “the only way to be disappointed is to have an expectation.”

I couldn’t agree more.

After spending 14+ years in this industry, I thought I’ve seen it all.

And then something new happens that makes me disappointed.

Fortunately, there is a solution.

Here it goes.

Expect that EVERYONE in your team will do nothing and quit, but hope that everyone will crush it and go Diamond.

You want to be pleasantly surprised, not unpleasantly surprised.

The only way to make that happen is to expect nothing.

Develop that mindset about all areas of your business (and life).

Hope for the best, but expect the worst.

And ALWAYS detach yourself from the outcome.

Don’t let things that happen to you control your emotions.

Instead, let your ACTIONS control your emotions.

Easier said than done.

You want to be the lighthouse, not the thermometer.

Set your goals, get to work and stay the course.

Focus on what you are trying to achieve, not your current situation.

Let all the crap that comes your way bounce off you and press on.

That’s what successful people do.

They know that things never go exactly as planned.

They expect to go three steps forward and then nine steps back.

They expect that people will disappoint them.

It’s part of life folks.

Do you think you’ve ever disappointed someone else?

Of course you have.

We all have.

If that’s the case, why wouldn’t you expect other people to disappoint you from time to time?

I hope that makes sense.

Once again, people are crazy.

… some of them anyway.

Expect people to disappoint you in your network marketing business and things will get much easier for you.

That’s how I see it.

What are your thoughts about this subject?

Do you agree or disagree?

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great day.

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8 thoughts on “People Will Disappoint You in Your MLM Business and in Life

  1. Howard Dailey

    1. There is no guarantee. Situations change. Divorce is a major reason people “move on.” (see 4)
    2. Yes. If you care, you’ll share. Relatives will often wait to see what you will do. Be patient and treat them wit respect.
    3. Love them. Expect mistakes and forgive them. Believe in them even if they doubt themselves. Always be available. Be patient and humble.
    4. There isn’t just one thing. Loyalty and integrity count for a lot. After you sponsor that first person and promise to help them, you have an obligation to stick with them through thick and thin. (Don’t you dare quit!) It’s kind of like taking a marriage vow. Just like with your wife and children, you would be wise to learn their primary “love language” and use it. Someone with a full “love tank” doesn’t quit on a relationship. (Read, “The Five Love Languages.”)

    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Thanks for sharing these great insights Howard.

      I love the book “The Five Love Languages.”

      That had a huge, positive impact in my marriage.

      All your other points are spot on as well.

  2. Howard Dailey

    Might I suggest that you will most often get what you expect. So, be optimistic instead of pessimistic.

    Goethe taught, “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

      1. Howard Dailey

        Goethe didn’t have SKYPE, so he is talking about having a personal relationship. “Treat” a man face-to-face so he can see and feel your belief in them is what I think he is talking about. People I have personally sponsored or have had a hand in sponsoring have rarely terminated our relationship. Why? Because I have taken a personal interest in them and in their success. I believe in them and love them; and they know it. That is my reality.

          1. Howard Dailey

            Relationships take time to develop; much like a dating relationship. Integrity has a great deal to do with developing a solid one. When you give your word that you are going to do something; you do it. If something else comes up, you keep your friend well informed. Schedule changes can be forgiven. Carelessness often isn’t. We all want friends that we can count on. Treating others as you want to be treated builds great relationships. People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care is a tried but true saying.

          2. chuckholmes Post author

            I agree with you Howard. Relationships sure do take time to develop. Normally several years.

            I have a few questions for you Howard. Feel free to answer any or all.

            1. Just because someone is a friend, do you think it is guaranteed they will not quit the business.

            2. Should you leverage your existing relationships to build a business?

            3. What can we do with our new team members to build a quality relationship?

            4. What is the one thing that successful distributors do concerning relationships that most distributors don’t do?

            I look forward to your feedback.

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