Was Network Marketing Right for Me?
It took me a while before I was able to write this ‘final conclusion’ about my network marketing adventure. And I still don’t feel completely ready, as my opinion about this project seems to be different every day. I do, however, have found total peace of mind in quitting this particular network marketing project for good. In this post I’ll share with you why.
Let’s get one thing clear upfront: I do not reject network marketing as a concept.
It definitely can be used by the wrong people to earn money without integrity – but hey, that’s possible with EVERY single way to earn money, including begging, running a charity project or being a spiritual teacher who lives from donations. It says more about the person involving in such business, than the method they use.
I hope network marketing will get a better image in the future. Wouldn’t it be beautiful if we could get rid of all those ugly, annoying advertisements, and share the advertisement budget equally with all raving fans of the company?
But was referring food supplements right for me?
I don’t think so. It got me distracted from my own business, which isn’t related to food supplements at all. And when I look back at it, I can see it was a symptom of my own distrust in my company and myself. I’d hoped network marketing would earn me money way faster than my company would – scared that I would never make any money with my company at all. I disguised this fear with a political correct ‘If I earn money with network marketing, I will have less pressure on my creative process and that’s very important.’
But in reality I just didn’t face the lack of faith I had in myself.
Of course it is very important to sustain yourself and not be under to much financial pressure. But it didn’t help my company to bet on a completely different horse. Now that all I’ve left is my company, I’ll put in more effort to make it work. And that’s – for me – the only way it will be working. If I get the chance, I’ll flee in back-up options and deprive my own projects.
Do I regret giving network marketing a try?
This is a very difficult question, that I don’t have a straight answer to. I’ve learned a lot of things from this project and shown myself that I’m someone who’s open to new possibilities (something that will pay off one day). On the other hand I invested a lot of time and energy into something that didn’t bring me what I’d hoped for.
In times, I’ve felt quite betrayed by all the beautiful stories my upline told me, and that didn’t appear to be true for me – as well for the financial part as for the health area. My results weren’t that bad, and it was beneficial for my body to start taking supplements. But it wasn’t like the stories I heard: infinite income, vibrant health.
Of course I quit to soon to make it to the infinite income, but it was 1000 times more work than I thought it would be, and I’m not ready to put so much effort in something that isn’t my own company. If I’d known before hand how much energy and time it would take, I wouldn’t have done it. If I lived in a parallel universe where I had no business ideas of my own, I would definitely have made network marketing my new job.
I feel awkward towards my friends, to be honest. A lot of their scepticism was right this time. I told them it would be great for them, while in fact it might not have been. Who was I to know?
What I feel most ashamed of, was my struggle with integrity. A small percentage of my contacts, I just reached out to in the hope they would become my downline, while I didn’t actually like them enough to stay in contact if there was no financial benefit for me. It hurts so much to write that down here… I feel ashamed of it, and at the same time I feel glad I was able to experience this and learn from it.
It’s not a bad thing to be tempted by money – we all are when we don’t feel abundant – but it is important to become aware of it as soon as possible, and then make a concious decision to stay true to ones highest vision.
And when I feel abundant, I know that I don’t want to spend my time talking about food supplements. Deep down I know that MY way to serve this world, is by my own creative projects and companies. Let’s go for it!