What to look for in a network marketing company – part 1.

I started my network marketing (or Multi-level marketing, MLM, call it what you will) business many years ago.  I had never heard of this way of doing business, I just loved the fact that I could build an income very part-time around my job, and have an escape plan. Now I’m no risk taker and I’m very sceptical, so it still surprises me that I didn’t check it out at all.  I thought it over for a few days, realised that, whatever happened, I’d still have a box of products I could use, and jumped in. After all, I wasn’t signing my life away!

If I had done some checking online, what would I have seen? Some useful information, some opinions, and some really dodgy stuff, mainly from people trying to sell me their sure-fired recipe for success.  You see pretty much the same if you look up all the leading MLM companies.  So it’s just as well that I didn’t look, because I might have said no, which would have been a big mistake.  And it worked out well for me.  Luckily, I joined a reputable, ethical, supportive company with really solid finances and a good track record. But some of my colleagues who loved the business model, had bad experiences before finding our company.  Companies going bust, changing the rules to suit themselves, closing down because the owner had made enough money! And cowboy companies still arrive on the scene, and then disappear taking people’s livelihoods with them, and leaving a lot of disillusioned distributors.

So if you love the business model, and want to find a company which will be right for you, I’ve got a few tips.

  1. Can you get passionate about the company’s product or service? Will you use it yourself? Can you wholeheartedly recommend it?  If not, ask yourself if this is really the right company for you.  You may simply want to recruit lots of people, but that’s not a great way to build a stable business and most companies require a minimum level of sales.  After all, if no one sells anything, there’s no business!  If you’re not recommending your product or service, why should your team? And if you’re not using it yourself, why would anyone you know use it? So choose a company with a product or service that’s relevant to you, and learn to love it.

For more tips about what to look for, read the next instalment! Or, if you can’t wait –

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Top motivational myths, and why we don’t need them. Number three. Spare brain capacity

We only use 10% of our brain. Or do we?

This myth is very attractive; it suggests that there’s a huge hidden part of the human brain just waiting to be unlocked.  It’s a popular science fiction theme in films and books.  In the film ‘Lucy’, Scarlett Johansson plays a  character who is implanted with drugs that allow her to access 100 percent of her brain capacity.  She is able to learn Chinese in an instant, beat up bad guys, and throw cars with her mind (among other new talents).  Morgan Freeman plays neuroscientist Professor Norman, who’s built his career around the 10 percent claim. “It is estimated most human beings use only 10 percent of the brain’s capacity,” he says, “Imagine if we could access 100 percent.”

Of course it’s just not true – we humans use all of our brain at different times.  Brain scans show this very clearly, and they track activity across the whole of the brain.  “Evidence would show over a day you use 100 percent of the brain,” says John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.  The brain is only about 3% of our body mass but it uses 20% of our calorie intake – wow, maybe thinking can make me slim!  No organism can afford to give that much to one organ and then only use a tiny part of it.

So where does this idea come from? Various explanations have been put forward, but the most likely one is a simple misunderstanding of early work on how the brain functions.  Only about 10% of brain cells are neurons (the ones that light up on all the scans and transmit information in the brain), the others have different functions. This may be at the bottom of it.  Either way, it’s another myth that you hear quoted all the time.

But what people often mean when they talk about this ‘unused’ part of the brain, is actually the subconscious.  The part of our mind which is outside our control, where our attitudes, moods and habits are found. Accessing that is a whole different ball game, watch this space …..

Ultimately, it’s not that we use 10 percent of our brains, merely that we only understand about 10 percent of how it functions.

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Top motivational myths, and why we don’t need them. Number two. Suicidal frogs

Have you heard the one about the frog?  Put it in a pan of hot water and it will jump out.  Put it in a pan of cold water, heat it up gradually and the frog will stay there ’till it croaks (sorry).  No it won’t.  Frogs aren’t that stupid, it will jump out as soon as it gets too hot – about 25 degrees.

But this story is still  used a lot to show the danger of complacency and the comfort zone, even by people who should know better, like Al Gore in his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.  So are we as smart as frogs, or do we get used to growing discomfort and stay where we are? My dad spent most of his life in a tough physical job which he hated. When I was a girl, I felt sorry for him, then when I got older, I just wondered why he didn’t get another job.  Now I understand that, even though his comfort zone was a hard place to be, it was still easier than stepping outside, for someone who always disliked and feared change.

So we need to jump out of our warm cosy comfort zone before it stifles us. The habit of doing something new, different or scary is a wonderful one to develop.  It’s exciting, fires up new connections in the brain, keeps our minds active so that we’re always growing and developing. So let’s be like the frog, take that leap before we croak!

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