Why do so many people hate the MLM Industry? I would say that of all of the people who hate the network marketing industry, most of them hate it because they didn’t get the results they expected with their business. In some cases, they feel as if they were lied to by their sponsor or upline. And in other cases, they had unrealistic expectations about what it would take to succeed in their own business. They thought they could get rich quick, without doing any work. Or, they thought they could get a profitable business in one to three months.
Just do a quick search online and you find thousands of websites, blogs and forums with former network marketers sharing their horror stories. Many of these stories are heart breaking. Some are justified and other stories are made up simply to knock the industry. Other stories are disgruntled, former network marketers simply sharing their thoughts. To be quite frank with you, our industry has millions of critics.
We are one of only a few industries where people fail and then post these crazy stories all over the internet. The truth is, most businesses fail! Nine out of 10 of ALL businesses fail within their first five years. Yet, you never hear about the guy who owned a bankrupt bakery go online and post of all these negative things. Why is that? Because he realize that his failure was his own fault and no one else’s. He accepted responsibility for his own actions and decisions.
When you are reading something negative about the MLM Industry online, you are ONLY getting ONE SIDE of the story. What the person doesn’t tell you is that they only “tried” the business for 90 days, they never sponsored anyone, never got any customers and never even placed a product order. In reality, most of these people didn’t fail: they quit. And as I see it, there is a big difference between the two.
At the end of the day, I think everyone looking to get involved with the MLM Industry should read the positive and negative stories, before they join. If nothing else, this will give them an additional perspective before they get started with their own MLM Business.
Personally, I love the industry, but will be the first to admit that we have lots of flaws too. Our industry is by no means perfect. But, I do believe it is a good industry if you have the right perspective, right skill-set and right attitude. You can make money in MLM, but you have to be smart about it. And you have to have realistic expectations.
One of the best things our industry could do is police itself. We should have more watchdogs who expose people who make misleading claims and statements. The companies could do a better job, too. Also, distributors should do a better job giving their prospects a “complete picture” and “realistic expectations” about what it takes to succeed in our industry.
At the end of the day, you either love or hate our industry. There really is no such thing as neutral. I would only ask that before you knock the network marketing industry, make sure you hear both sides of the story. Listen to some of the successful distributors too, not just the people who failed.
And if you failed in our industry, cowboy up, and take responsibility for your own failure. Don’t blame it on your upline, sponsor, downline, or company. In life, we fail or succeed based upon our own actions and decisions. And I’ve never met a successful person who made excuses!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Why do you love, or hate, the MLM Industry? Just leave a comment to share your thoughts.