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Friday, February 21, 2014

Do you believe in fairy tales?

'Economic disaster begins with a philosophy of doing less and wanting more.' ~Jim Rohn

Have you ever heard the story of 'The 3 Little Pigs'?  Most people have.  It's the very popular tale of the wolf who warned the little piggies that he would 'huff and puff... and blow their house down'.  Well, you know the rest.  I happen to think that the story can be slightly altered to be 'The 3 Little Pigs of Network Marketing.'  You remember the story, right?  It isn't really that hard to 'tweek' it to reflect business realities.

For example, let's just say that the first pig wanted his house (i.e. Network Marketing business) up quick!  He wasn’t willing to invest any time and make a long-term commitment.  He wanted it now, fast and for the least amount of money.  So he built his house out of straw.  We’ll call this the popular '10 dollar a month' program that pops up regularly on the Internet and promises the world in 30 days or less.  Along came the wolf (i.e. Reality) and knocked on the door… “Little pig, little pig, let me in…”  We all know what happened next.  The wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house (i.e. Silly Beliefs) down!

And the wolf (i.e. Failure) ate him.

The second pig was similar to his buddy.  He didn’t want to invest any time in his business either, but he was willing to pay some guru to build his house for him.  The guru helped him build it out of sticks... which are arguably 'stronger' than straw but hey, let’s be honest here. We’ll call this program the ‘latest and greatest, automated, money-making opportunity’.  It costs some money, which convinces you that it's 'real'... but again… there's no solid foundation, because the promise is instant riches and the whole ‘set it and forget it, 'auto-pilot’ mentality.  It's a tempting lure, but will it stand up to the winds of reality? 

Our furry friend is going to come knocking again.  That's right:  “Little pig, little pig, let me in…”  And again, the house will come tumbling down by the huffing & puffing of our neighborhood predator, the wolf  (otherwise known as the reality of business and life).

Oh, btw...the piggy got eaten.

Ahhh... but then there’s the third piggy.  This one took his time. He built his house out of bricks and did so one, by one, by one, by one.  It wasn’t flashy.  It wasn't sexy.  Heck, this poor guy spent years building his house... and without any fanfare.  Let’s call this program 'a product-driven company'.  Every day, he put one brick on top of another.  When he was finally done, his glorious house was as solid as they come.  And when our friend, the Wolf, showed up again... he couldn't blow this house down.

The wolf was no longer 'reality'.  The fact is that he never was.  The 'wolf' was simply the natural result of the first two piggies' misguided belief in easy-money schemes.

The people that use the RIGHT material (real products and a proven plan) and take their time… always win! I have never never been a believer in 'quick, fast and now' because it's a fantasy that appeals to peoples' notions of what reality 'should' be.  It's how politicians get elected. And when you see how a children’s tale from years ago can break business down in the simplest of terms… well, I think we can all learn something from it.

Just take your time, OK?  Because it takes time.  To build the smart little piggy's 'brick house' is going to take consistent, persistent effort over time.  If instant success, security and happiness could be bottled, it would be selling off the shelves like crazy.  And anyone who promises it to you either wants your money or they want your vote.

Fact:  Statistically, anyone who spends 4 years with a single Network Marketing company has an 80% chance of being a success with it (i.e. quitting your job and doing this for a living).

Fact:  Statistically, anyone who spends 10 years with a single Network Marketing company is virtually assured to be one of the top-earners (i.e. 6 figures a month, at a minimum).


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