Three Lessons from MLM Millionaire Nathan Ricks

Today, I want to share THREE valuable lessons that I learned from a MLM Millionaire.  I am not part of the guy’s team, part of the same company and have never met him in real life, but the dude is a legend.  His name is Nathan Ricks and he has been a top producer with his company since 1989!

He created a great YouTube video titled “Driving Lines.”  It’s a two hour recording of one of his training sessions at a company training event.  In his presentation he talks about building tap root legs and building depth in your team.  I’ve watched it several times now and it absolutely fascinates me.

He shares so much wisdom in the video.  I don’t agree with every single thing he talks about, but who am I to argue.  He’s achieved a lot more success than I have.

I took almost eight pages of notes from what I learned in the video, but there were three things he said that really struck home with me.  These are three things he decided to do when he first got started in the business.  They are (1) think big, (2) avoid negative people, and (3) never quit.

I want to talk more about each lesson in the rest of this blog post.  I’m going to share my own thoughts on each lesson and talk about my interpretation of what he said.  Enjoy.

# 1 Think Big

Let’s face it, most people think very small.  Most people really underestimate themselves and sell themselves short.  Most people overestimate what they can do in six to twelve months, but underestimate what they can do in three to five years.

This industry offers tremendous possibilities.  One of the biggest reasons I believe most people don’t achieve massive success in our industry is because is they think too small.  They don’t believe they can do it.  They don’t believe they are worthy of massive success.  They let their past failures dictate their goals and why.

To make it big in anything you have to think big.  It’s better to attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.  It’s better to aim for the moon, but miss and hit the stars that it is to aim for the tree tops and hit your goal.

Set big goals that are challenging and stretch you out of your comfort zone.  Come up with a game plan to get there. And most importantly roll up your sleeves and get to work.

# 2 Avoid Negative People

Negative people are everywhere.  I call them dream stealers.  These are people that have given up on their own hopes and dreams and want to bring you down to their level.  They are the people who tell you that your ideas are foolish and crazy.  Usually, they are your friends and family members.

People are funny.  Whenever you take a different career path, or do something that makes them uncomfortable they tell you that you are crazy and foolish.  They tell you that what you are trying to do can’t be done, that you will never make it.  And yet when you do succeed, these same people will want to celebrate in your success.  Or worse, they will tell you that you were lucky.

I truly believe that we are like the five people we spend the most time with.  I can’t speak for you but I have no desire to hang around negative people.  I like to spend time with people who encourage me and uplift me, not people who bring me down.  I believe in the power of association.

Do yourself a favor and surround yourself with people who have accomplished what you are trying to accomplish.  Hang around people who believe in you, support you and encourage you. Avoid negative people at all costs.

Just be careful who you listen to.  You might end up just like them!

# 3 Never Quit

Some people will tell you that the only way to fail in our industry is to quit.  I disagree.  Quitting is a guaranteed way to fail.  So is “not doing the work.”  Just sticking with something, but never doing the activities you are supposed to be doing is a complete waste of your time.

No matter what type of business you start, there will be a learning process.  Most businesses take a year just to figure things out and learn the ropes.  Most businesses take a couple years just to get profitable.  Your odds of building a successful business of any kind in just one or two years is pretty slim.  Good things take time.

At a bare bones minimum, you should make a 24 month commitment to your network marketing business.  What does this mean?  It means that you work your business at least one hour a day, six days a week for 24 months before you question your decision or explore other options.

If you dabble with something or just try it out for a few months, you shouldn’t even begin!   You won’t become successful by luck.  You can’t quit something you haven’t even started.  Give yourself a fair chance to succeed.  Three to 12 months is not a fair chance.

Remember, good things take time.  Take the long term view.  Do something every day to build your business.  Be consistent.  And never quit.  It’s true, quitters never win and winners never quit!

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These are three valuable lessons that I learned from the MLM Millionaire, Nathan Ricks.  If you’ve never studied this guy before you should.  He is a wealth of knowledge and the ultimate success story.  He currently has a team of approximately 500,000 people.

What do you think about these three lessons?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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2 thoughts on “Three Lessons from MLM Millionaire Nathan Ricks

  1. Greg Boudonck

    I want to go into the negative people subject you mentioned in this great post.

    Everyone of us have negative moments, and we must realize that we are going to run into certain people that are in that negative mode for just a moment. Does that mean we should always avoid them? No! I believe we just need to give them space for that moment in time.

    I believe you are speaking of the people that are consistently negative. Everything is no or can’t. Yes, avoiding those people is wise.

    1. Diamond Grant

      I agree Greg, distance and not complete cutting off is sometimes the best option. As people face various challenges in life and in their business their perspective and outlook shifts. You can’t be so quick to cut someone out of your life who is just having a temporary struggle. What you can do is be a source of encouragement and choose not to embrace their negativity while still giving them the space to figure things out.


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