Tuesday, August 18, 2015

MLM is for Suckers

I don't think much of Multilevel Marketing.  Here are some thought I shared recently:

In all my years of experience and business I have never known ONE person (before and after) who actually made any real money in network marketing. It doesn't work except for a few who are early in. It depends on recruiting not sales of product. It violates all the principles of being in business for yourself. IF it not YOU it won't succeed.. Sure like Kelvin you'll make a little money for a little while but soon it will peter out. PLEASE PLEASE read and consider what it takes to make it in business. Entrepreneurialism cannot be taught, it must be a mindset that means anything else is unacceptable. A paycheck is hell. Take it from a guy who has formed 5 corporations and has made a heck of a lot of money and lost a heck of a lot of money over the years on my own. I didn't create this matrix, but I describe it from the anvil of experience. Don't try to use network marketing as a substitute for who you are. http://northerngleaner.blogspot.com/.../self-employed.html

Please look at this graphic, there is a sweet spot that ALL of us can find. It is the great convergence. What you are good at, what you have an gift for, what the world will pay you for...and what you love... your experience and your passion converge.
 Too many don't have many things they are any good at, or things they love, or things the world needs or things which you can be paid for. Network Marketing seems like the easy answer except it is deception. When who you are is greater than what you do.. you can have it all and never work a day in your life.

My main problem with MLM is it promises that you can earn money on other people's efforts. That it is structured so you enjoy the multiplication of revenue as others do what you are supposed to be doing. I know people who look at other people not as friends or companions in life by how good they would be in the downline. The worst happens when a senior leader gets involved, every church member becomes a potential recruit. More than one church has been destroyed by such a thing. MLM promises easy passive money but always tomorrow, no one ever really makes money. They become prisoners of hope. Some people become MLM addicts, a friend of mine has been in 18 different schemes. It does attract a class of unsophisticated people who are at the core lazy and don't understand economics well. They are looking for a way to make extra money.. and never do.

 I will say it again, other than a very few who were at the beginning of the MLM no one I have ever known in my whole 70 years on this planet has ever made any serious money in MLM that I knew personally. OH sure I heard anecdotes about this one or that one who made money, but they weren't known to me. You would think for all the people I have ever known at least ONE would have hit it, right? NOPE.

And it's expensive, sure you sign up, it costs a few bucks, then there is the product you agree to buy as a member, and the meetings, and the recruitment events and the conventions and and and.. more people have gone bankrupt trying to get rich on MLM than many other things.

Find out who you are, what you love, what you know how to do that people will pay you for, what your unique factor is and follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life.. never and the money WILL follow.


I was in a conversation on line with a man from India.  A good man.  During that conversation he posited that what they need in India is for the church to help people learn vocational skills, plumbing, electrical, accounting, mechanics so they can get good jobs and support themselves.  I wondered about all that... why?

I am a fairly competent auto mechanic, can plumb a house (fixed a toilet yesterday), can build a building (not well, but can), can repair most mechanical things,  can do most electrical work.  Not that I am smart or talented, I just do it.  When I don't know how, I have my phone or computer as a tutor.  There is a document or a you tube video for nearly every eventuality of repair (including how to build a small building which is a project I am about to undertake).  Every repair I make I study carefully how.   You can too.. just plug in how to.. whatever and you will find what you need.

I am not alone, my son Kevin has done extensive auto repair at deep levels simply by study and reading what he could on line or in a manual.  He has little natural instinct for this, he's just diligent.  He has tackled projects that would terrify me.

So what school did I or Kevin go to in order to become able to do what we know how to do?  NONE.  Not a class. Not a study.  Not a mentor.  I just said once to myself, "Other people know how to do this, I can too".   Accessing the online and written resources guided me.

We have become far to addicted to education rather than initiative.   I am becoming convinced those who are not able in skill may not be motivated enough to learn and do.  You can't teach being self motivated.

There is the opposite however, recklessness fostered by the "You can do it, we can help" Home Depot slogan backed up by the whole house remodeling done in 22 minutes on TV.  That is fiction. Some things you can't do..

But some you can.  You don't need training, you need to be hungry enough to find out how to do it on your own.  You have books, the Internet and common sense.  NOW get off your butt and get out there and make it happen.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Looking for a Book

So, I was walking through Chicago and I saw that there was a "Muslim Book Store."

I was wondering what exactly was in a Muslim bookstore, so I went in.

As I was wandering around taking a look, the clerk stopped me and asked if he could help me.

I imagine I didn't look like his normal clientele, so I asked, “Do you have a copy of Donald Trump's book on his U.S. Immigration Policy regarding Muslims and illegal Mexicans?"

The clerk said, "Fuxx off, get out and stay out!"

I said, "Yes, that's the one. Do you have it in paperback?"

Quit trashing Obama's accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:

1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.
6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs when there was no such thing as "shovel-ready" jobs.
9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
29. First President to go on multiple "global apology tours" and concurrent "insult our friends" tours.
30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they "volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences."
37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

I feel much better now. I had been under the impression he hadn't been doing ANYTHING... Such an accomplished individual... in the eyes of the ignorant maybe.!.