Wow, I was so naive!


What? Me naive?


confused by network marketing


I was listening to a recording of a talk that a top earner in network marketing, had given, a couple of weeks ago. They were telling their story about signing up with their network marketing company. I have to say that it brought back a lot of memories.


I’ve told most of this story before, but I’ll go over it briefly, now.


One of my best friends called me up one day and said, “I found a way for us to make some money. Can you come over and look at it?” At the time, I was still in college and I wasn’t making any money. It sounded like something that I should look into.


The next afternoon, I drove the 40 minutes to his house. I walked in and immediately saw a white board on an easel. It looked brand new. It was shiny white like it had never been used. He started drawing circles and telling me that I had to find 6 other people who wanted to make some money like we did. Then they would go out and find 4 people and those people would find 3 people each. Hmm.


I was so naive in network marketing


It sounded easy enough. I mean, how hard could it be to find 6 people who wanted to make some money? Doesn’t everyone want more money?


Wow, I was so naive!


I was a 22 year old college student who had just spent 3 years in Europe, with my parents. We had just moved back a few months prior to getting his call. I basically knew no one. For some reason it all sounded so simple.


Wow, I was so naive!


I paid my $300.00 for my distributorship and waited for my kit to arrive. It was probably 8 or 9 days later that I got my kit. It had a couple of products in it and a lot of reading material. I really can’t remember exactly what the reading material said. I seem to recall that it told a lot about the company, its history and their products. It had a price list and a memory jogger in it. I think they said it was going to be easy to get rich.


Wow, I was so naive!


My friend signed me up and told me that we were going to be rich. He told me to make a list of everyone that I knew. I think I mentioned that I didn’t know anyone. He said that he would help me with the business, that we’d work it together. Did I mention how naive I was?


I did everything he said to do, but he never really helped me. I never had any real idea of what I was doing or what I was supposed to do. I tried a few things. I thought they were pretty inventive. I put ads in local newspapers to sell the products. I did get a few customers, but I never made any real money.


network marketing is like a maze


If you added up all the money I spent on books, tapes, products, ads and anything else I tried, I probably lost a bunch of money. I can’t remember how long I lasted in that company. It might have been a year or a little more.


It was a live and learn thing.


The funny ending to the story is that he called me several more times over the years and said, “I have this business that I need help with. Can I meet with you?”


I always supported him and joined, but I never really made any money … neither did he. That didn’t make me feel any better.


Wow, I was so naive!


It would be almost 20 years before I joined a network marketing, got a little bit of help and I did find success then. You can read the rest of that story on My Bio page.


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