My Favorite MLM Junkie Story

mlm junkieThis story is about a man who had an unbelievable opportunity to achieve his dream in MLM and network marketing, but couldn’t nail it down.

I call it my “favorite MLM junkie story” because, while sad, it clearly illustrates what can happen when focus is lacking.

Here is the story of James. The story is true and there is a timeless lesson here for everyone involved in MLM and network marketing.

Every network marketer hopes someday to sponsor a heavy hitter who can propel their business forward and start making dreams come true. We all keep our fingers crossed that one day it will happen. If this did happen to you, would you be ready?

I once knew a man who did just that. He was a great guy, and everyone liked him. I will call him James. This is not really his name. I would not want to embarrass this guy, because to this day he is still involved in MLM and network marketing online.

James was known for his rather “diversified” approach to MLM. He delighted in joining just about every opportunity he could find, and promoted all of them at the same time. I once saw an advertisement he posted online. He listed ten businesses he was involved with, and said “Pick one you like and join me on the road to riches”. Really. Can you imagine?

During this time, I was working a network marketing business in the downline of a very respected “heavy hitter” in the industry. I won’t reveal his name, but this man is still very much on top of the MLM world and is wealthy many times over. The business we were in folded and shut the doors one Friday evening, which left the heavy hitter with a dilemma. He had to pick up a new opportunity and keep his downline together.

This is where James entered the picture. He was also in the downline of this heavy hitter. Since James was enrolled in almost every known MLM program, this is no surprise. Anyway, he saw an opportunity and decided to send the heavy hitter some information about one of his opportunities. This particular MLM opportunity happened to be built around an older, very well respected company with excellent products.

The heavy hitter thought the opportunity was great. He decided to sign up and had the courtesy to sign up with James, who was the first to contact him about it. Within a week, James had several hundred new associates in his downline, and that number was growing daily. He had truly stumbled on an MLM gold mine.

The sad part of this story begins here. James decided to continue promoting all his businesses, just as before. This was a man with limited time (he had a full-time job) and resources. He continued to spread himself thin and chose not to focus on the one business that could make him rich.

Everyone became concerned, and tried to help James. After all, how often does an opportunity come along like this? How often do you sponsor one of the top leaders in network marketing into your group? Even the heavy hitter became involved and tried to help, but for reasons unknown, James did not respond.

In the end, James failed to make minimum qualifications and let the business go. All he had to do was focus on this one business, because making the qualifications and benefiting from the heavy hitter’s efforts wasn’t that hard to achieve.

How could a man who believed in MLM and network marketing get a break like this and let it go? I believe, with James, that the joy was in the chase. If he stumbled on something hot and had a little success, he would soon lose interest and start pursuing the next big thing.

A few months after this happened, I received an email from James. He was promoting some new MLM opportunity he found that sold “organic worm poop”. In the email, he invited me to join this one “just for fun”. How sad. This man had it all going his way and continued to join and promote every junky MLM business he could find. This is a true story – it really happened.

Please don’t fall into this trap. Don’t be an MLM junkie. Find and focus on one good business. Think about it – if a guy like James could sponsor a heavy hitter, think how much more you could do if you focus on one good MLM opportunity?

After the worm poop deal, a few years passed. I heard nothing more from James. Then, just a year ago, I received a postcard in the mail. It was from James, inviting me to join a travel MLM. The card said “Join me on the beaches of the world and let’s get rich together”.

Sure, James. Hold your breath, I’ll sign up soon.

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