Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I've been Bamboozled!

I realized lately that I've been Bamboozled! Why? Because I didn't realize it but I got myself in a Multi Level Marketing company (MLM). What? How did that happen? I've stuck my nose up in the air to "these types" of companies for as long as I can remember. Cheesy, slick salesmen are what MLMers are, right?
Two years ago, my friend Melissa called me to see if I wanted to join her with a company called Beachbody. I had seen her husband have a dramatic change in his body with the products so I knew it was a legit company but I didn't want to "sell" anything to my friends or family...and definitely didn't want to have "home parties" (shoot me now...who likes those things?). When she told me I got the customers from the company...I said, "Sign me up!" I guess I sort of knew it was a MLM but I think I was in denial. I was going to meet my requirements and that was it. I just needed a a little cash and a LOT of accountability to get healthy. Sounded like a perfect fit, right?
So, I started making $150 per week. I was thrilled! I got my hair colored, went to lunch with my friends, went get the picture. Then, I started looking into this MLM thing. "This could be big", I kept hearing in the back of my mind. What if I "worked" a little harder. What were the possibilities? Hmmm? My results (physically and financially) were selling the products and opportunity for me. So, I began to "work" it a little more and saw my checks increase...enough to pay the mortgage.
I've now embraced that I am in an MLM and see what possibilities are ahead of me. It is what you make it. If you are greedy, then you will come off like a cheesy, slick salesman and people will talk about you behind your back while avoiding you at every turn. But, if you legitimately want to help people, then people will see your authenticity and want to come on board. Not everyone, mind you, because we all have that bad MLM experience in our minds so we are all a little leery. However, when you find the right MLM for you, you will be successful because this business model works.
I'm excited about helping other moms find the same benefits that I have found. I'm excited to help them stay home with their kids and still make money. I'm excited to see them get healthy so they can be better moms. I'm excited to see them have balance in their lives. I'm excited to see them flourish!

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