The Worst Mistake Most Network Marketers Make

I’ve been in this great industry for FOURTEEN years now.

Where does the time go?

The first 12 years in the industry were filled with heartache and disappointment.

I did SO many things wrong.

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but it’s the truth.

I wasn’t coachable.

I didn’t have good leadership skills.

I had a poor self-image and a bad attitude.

I did not have the right skills or proper mindset.

I didn’t THINK like an entrepreneur and I was absolutely clueless about sales and marketing.

Yes, I did a few things right along the way, but I did more things wrong than right.

The two most important things I did right were STAY in the industry and keep working on my personal development. 

I’m not sure where I would be today if I hadn’t done those two things.

If I was to objectively evaluate my experience in the network marketing industry, it’s quite easy to pick the one thing that I did wrong.

It’s the same thing that I see many other people do every single day.

What is it?


That’s right.

I’d get excited, join a new company, work for a few months, and then realized everything wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

pick a good mlm company memeSo what did I do?

Like a crack addict looking for their next fix, I looked for another company to join.

I thought the COMPANY was the problem.  

I didn’t realize I was the problem.

I repeated this process over and over for more than a decade.

During that time I worked with at least ten different companies and probably more than that.

It’s so silly when I stop and think about it.

Fortunately, I got my head out of my ass, took responsibility for my own success and learned the secret.

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What is the secret?

Pick a good company with good products and stick with it for the rest of your LIFE.

Not six months.

Not one year.

Not five years.

Not ten years.

For life!

Sound extreme?

I don’t think so.

When you look at the successful people in our industry, I’d bet that 90% or more of them have been with one company for at least 10 years, and many of them for 20 to 40 YEARS.

Chew on that.

Most of these folks did NOT achieve overnight success.

It took them many YEARS working part time to make it to the top.

Are there a few overnight success stories?


None that I know of.

The truth is, nothing worth accomplishing is fast, free or easy.

No matter what company you join you will go through a learning curve.

You will struggle and fail temporarily in EVERY company you work with UNTIL you develop the right skills and right mindset.

successful people in mlm memeThere are no secrets or shortcuts.

You have to put in the time.

You have to consistently work your business day in and day out, for many YEARS to make it to the top.

It sounds painful, but considering you are doing it part-time, I don’t think it’s that bad of a deal. The time will go by anyway.

Here’s what I recommend you do.

If you love the industry and see yourself doing it the rest of your life, pick a great company that can be your forever home.

Make sure you love the product or service and the company is already established and stable.

The next thing you need to do is make a 10-20 YEAR commitment to that company, at a bare bones minimum.

During that time REFUSE to even look at any other business opportunity.

Next, have the discipline to work on your business every single day, no excuses, at least six days a week.

Even if it’s just an hour a day, that’s fine.  Just focus on the money producing activities every single day.

My final tip is to be coachable.  Find a mentor and humble yourself enough to listen to them and follow their lead.

no shortcuts to mlm success memeOn the other hand, if you decide that you don’t want to make a career out of network marketing, that is perfectly fine.

Just stay a wholesale customer or part-timer and do something else with your time.

There is nothing wrong with doing that.

Not everyone is cut out for this industry or entrepreneurship.

That’s okay.

If that describes you, find something you do love and give that your all.

What do you think is the worst mistake that network marketers make?

Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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5 thoughts on “The Worst Mistake Most Network Marketers Make

  1. Greg Boudonck

    As a person who has jumped around in different companies, I completely agree with you. Yes, I am now going to stay for life with the company I am with now. No, I am not working it as well as I should, and for the biggest part, I am just a customer as my freelance business is taking up a huge amount of my time. But, I believe that as time moves on and if anything slows down in freelancing, I do have my MLM business to help.

    Thank you for a great blog post that made me truly think and reflect.

  2. Erik Christian Johnson

    My God, Chuck you nailed it on the head! Luckily, I heard about sticking with one company from the leaders, so I listened. I’ve only been in two companies. The first one was only a month, so basically one company for two and a half years. Not going anywhere. I was wondering how old this blog is. I see it everywhere on Google. Good job! I learn a lot from you. Keep it up!

    1. chuckholmes Post author

      My blog is launched in 2012 I believe. Prior to that it was a website with Site Build It. I started that website in October 2010. I have been at it all out for almost six years blogging and website building. Thanks for the comment. You have some great content on your website as well.


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