Wanting Something for Nothing in MLM

In today’s post, I’m going to write about wanting something for nothing in MLM.  This is an EPIC problem in our industry, and in the world in general.  In America, so many folks want something for nothing.  So many folks want to be wealthy, successful and happy in life, but they aren’t willing to put in the work it takes to get there.

They expect everything to be easy.  And they don’t want to have to pay the price it takes to reach these big goals.

Maybe you know someone like that, maybe not?

I can’t tell you how many folks have quit my teams during the past 12 years because they weren’t making the big bucks.  Yet, if you were to evaluate these folks closely, you would find that a HUGE majority of them did absolutely NOTHING (or very little) to grow their business. It’s as if they signed up and just expected the money to magically appear.

This lottery mentality has killed more dreams that I can think of!

Let me tell you something.  Nothing in life works that way.  If you want something, you have to set a goal, formulate a game plan, and get your butt to work!  Nothing will replace hard work.

The world owes you nothing, but opportunity. And if you are given an opportunity, it’s up to you to do something with it!

Wanting something for nothing is a curse as I see it. The best part about working hard to achieve a goal is the person you become in the process.  I cannot stress that enough.

Nothing in life worth accomplishing is easy or free.  If it was, everyone would do it.

Is MLM hard?  You bet!  But every worthwhile achievement I can think of is hard.  Finishing a marathon is hard.  Staying married for 50+ years is hard.  Building a profitable business of any kind is hard.  Losing weight and keeping it off is hard.

Because these things are HARD to do, few people achieve it.  Most people give up at the first sign of defeat.  Most people can’t stick with something and see it through.  It’s because of the instant gratification society that we live in.

Remember this.

Success in MLM won’t be easy.

It’s not your sponsor‘s job to motivate you every day and build a team for you.

You will face constant rejection.

You will face disappointments and setbacks.

You will take three steps forward and two steps back.

People will quit on you.

There will be days when you don’t feel like building your business.

All of these things are natural and are part of this business. But, I believe that if you want something bad enough you won’t let these petty things stop you.

And the greater the goal and greater the reward, the bigger the sacrifice you will have to make.  Big goals require tons of hard work and a lasting commitment.  Just remember that there is no such thing as something for nothing in MLM, or anything else in life.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

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14 thoughts on “Wanting Something for Nothing in MLM

  1. Tristan H.

    In 100% agreement with everything stated here. Wanting something for nothing is not a cultural epidemic, this is a problem everywhere, and in every industry. Although, I can see how folks who get involved with MLM might have an even more potent form of this ‘disease’, because of the preconceptions and expectations they have going in. Network marketing is perceived by many as a get-rich-quick scheme that requires little effort. Which is why, as mentions, people who aren’t rich after one month throw in the towel and mutter under their breath about how much of a rip-off MLM is. In ALL circumstances it’s the nature of the person, not that business, that failed.

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  2. Liz

    It is an epidemic in our culture. People need to believe in themselves, the value of hard work, the investment of time and effort and to surround themselves with people who offer value. Fortunately, the people who don’t want to work by these standards typically fade out quickly and the dedicated remain.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      The same mindset holds true with diets, savings, marriage and just about everything else. People expect things to be fast and easy. Life seldom works that way. Good things take time and require hard work.

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  3. Faye

    Such an interesting comment you make here: the best part about working hard to reach a goal is the person you become in the process. That is so true. It is wonderful to finally reach the goal that you have set for yourself, but it is also important to see how you have changed and who you have become in order to reach that goal. Making the effort and putting in the time to reach a challenging goal does change you, and make you a better person. Thank you for this food for thought.

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  4. Diamond Grant

    Unfortunately, this attitude seems to be a huge problem in my generation. This generation seems to have some sort of entitlement issues where they believe they deserve the biggest and the best without believing that they have to put in the work in order to achieve that goal. That mentality will certainly bite you in the butt later in life because at some point you have to realize that you can never “get something for nothing” as you put it. All success requires a level of hard work and an investment of time and energy.

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  5. S.J.

    Great words of wisdom here for everyone! Hard work and success go hand in hand and the harder you work the more you will succeed so long as you have that little dash of luck that helps tie it all together and make it work out in the end.

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      1. S.J.

        I think most people just give up too soon- they quit right before that first spark of luck hits. That is all that is needed at times to keep someone going but they just give up too soon and never see the fruits of their labors.

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        1. chuckholmes Post author

          Every business I have ever owned took a couple of YEARS to get up and running efficiently. There is nothing quick, easy or fast about owning a business. You have to pay your dues and put in the work. A little bit of patience goes a long ways too!

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  6. Andrew Braydon

    You have to keep working in order to achieve success, this is a fact. No one has ever gained success without consistent hard work. The road to success is never easy. Pursue your goals and believe in yourself. One thing that I always keep in mind is that ‘Great things come with Great Prices’.

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