Shedding Some Extra Baggage

I titled my last post Taking an Unexpected Leap for a reason.  The last thing I ever imagined myself doing was investing in a multi-level marketing company.  In fact, even though I had never done it myself, I had quite a bit of MLM baggage.  I actually hated the idea of it because what I knew about it made me feel uncomfortable.  I never personally knew anyone who had succeeded.  I was never really impressed by the products.  They either seemed like questionable heath products with grandiose claims, or they were things anyone could just buy at the store.  And the idea of selling to friends freaked me out.  One time a friend I hadn’t heard from in ages invited me to lunch to discuss an “amazing opportunity.”  When I told her that I was not interested in her opportunity but still wanted to meet her for lunch to catch up, I never heard from her again.  Come on now, what kind of message does that send?  As you can see, none of my experiences were positive, so who could blame me for feeling that way?

How could I go from thinking I hated something to embracing it?  What changed?

My experience changed, and in turn my attitude changed.

It didn’t happen overnight.  I had a lot of negative associations to undo.  My big sister originally introduced the company to my mom and me.  I was so stubborn, I didn’t even want to try the product at first.  I don’t want to admit it, but my sister has some weird indescribable influence over me.  Wait, did I just say that?  Forget I said that.  I wouldn’t want her to think she has any power in this relationship.  Anyway, we always saw eye-to-eye when it came to MLM’s, and she is very strong-willed and not one to jump on the band wagon because everyone’s doing it.  I wanted to know who kidnapped my sister and replaced her with this crazy person who was really excited about this.   I was intrigued, wondering what was so great that for the first time in my life I saw my sister get so genuinely jazzed about something.  Plus, neither my sister nor my mother had ever really asked me to do anything for them before.  We just don’t do that in our family.  When they asked me to please, please try it, I figured it was important to them, and I said yes.

I tried this mystery product for 3 months.  After one week I liked it.  It was nice.  After 1 month I thought it seemed to be doing what I wanted it to.  And after 3 months, I was convinced.  I saw real change.  And during those 3 months, I started thinking.  (I know… never a good thing to do.)  I talk to so many people everyday who are unhappy at work.  I spend a lot of my energy trying to inspire others here on my blog to have the courage to get out of a career that causes them serious distress.  I’ve shared any opportunities I’ve had here on my blog.  I’ve tried to encourage doing the crazy things I’ve done, like entering a travel contest or even starting your own blog.  I don’t do any of this because I want everyone to be like me, but I do it to spark ideas in themselves; ideas that will work for them; anything that could trigger the shift they’re searching for.  So here I had in my hands, a very powerful vehicle that could provide even more inspiration to do something outlandish and continue to push movement.  This could not only be inspiration, but it could be a real solution for anyone who wants it.  That was my shift.  I opened up and thought, “so what!?  I’m playin’ the career field, right?  What do I have to lose?”

And the answer became very clear to me… nothing.

I recognized that the product was right, the timing was right, and the vehicle was right to help push myself out of my next comfort zone.   And in that moment, I stopped seeing this business as a nuisance, but instead I started seeing it as an opportunity.  The more I thought about it, the more secretly excited I got.

Then everything fell into place, and I decided to just do it.


16 thoughts on “Shedding Some Extra Baggage

  1. If you delete this, I wouldn’t blame you. But every time I hear about someone getting on board with network marketing, I think about his scene.
    My favorite part is how he begins his presentation with “Okay… raise your hand if you wanna get rich”.
    Lol 🙂

    1. Dink! You trying to make me look bad? Haha! Just kidding. I loved that show. The first year the show came out I dressed up as Pam, and Nick was Dwight for Halloween. No one knew who we were! Nick was great as Dwight– somehow he owned this olive green suit with a mustard yellow shirt and glasses just like Dwight’s. I should post picture of him.

      I think it would be weird if I tried to hide this video or any thoughts that are less than positive about network marketing. I’m actually not trying to convince anyone here how great (or how terrible) MLM’s are. I think that would be a waste of energy. We all know about “pyramid schemes” and the reputation that goes along with this type of business. We might as well be honest about it. In fact, one of my future posts that I’m currently working on will have that in the title.

      It’s good to see you around here again! Wishing you and your fam a Merry Christmas!

      1. Breaking the stigma on this one will be like finding a cure for balding. Not in a discouraging sense; what I’m saying is that the cure will be valuable. 🙂

        I agree with you that it may be best to not hide from the negativity. My industry has a terrible reputation that I work very hard, every day, to overcome. I’ve found it works well when I add a funny side to the bad rather than pretend that the bad was never there to begin with.
        Once I have the board laughing, I can begin to build a more positive perspective with full disclosure. Am I making sense?

        Your halloween sounds like a blast! Because your blog is more politically correct and orderly than mine (that’s not saying much), I’ll not tell you about my best halloween costume. 😉 😀

        I could post a picture*

        1. That could really help a lot of people to break the stigma, but I’m not really after that. I know how strongly I felt about it before, so I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind about it. I totally respect the right to dislike this business model. How could I not? I would be pretty hypocritical at this point if I turned so drastically. I think what I’m really after here is to have a little fun with this.

          It is hard when you have to undo perceptions about you or your company. Sounds like you take the right approach. I learned to do the same thing in dentistry, believe it or not. I know I respect someone more who is honest than someone who tries to cover something up.

          Anyway… now I’m curious about your Halloween costume. 🙂

  2. Good to know you are doing something new that drives you, a leap of faith is always important cuz for everything there is a little voice in our minds that tell us, “it is a scam” ” its to difficult” ” its not your thing” the ones that learn to shut that voice and continue are the ones tht find themselves in good places. But I dont understand its something related to your weight loss thing or is it something different? Do you keep doing the weight loss training?

    1. So true about shutting down that voice that stops us from taking risks. I have had to learn to do that many times. You’re right– that’s what brought me here. This has nothing to do with the weight loss business. The great thing about this new business is that I can do it part time while I still maintain my main job! I get the best of both worlds right now– the security of my income and job that I already know, along with the potential and growth of a new opportunity.

  3. I agree with you about the downfalls of this sort of thing. I also got duped into meeting a couple who wanted to discuss “opportunities” for me, but I was so young I didn’t know until I showed up that it was an MLM thang.
    These things need full disclosure, part of the reason people think they’re so scammy is because of the secretive nature people have with them. Had that couple straight up told me what they were pitching (Amway) I may have considered it more seriously. When they cornered me, I felt manipulated and icky, so leaving and not listening to anything they said was a given.
    I’ve bought from MLM companies before at parties or what not. I usually really like the products, but I don’t like the constant pressure to join in and recruit. I know that’s an important part of the model, but there have been times I would have bought a product more regularly had the pressure to join and recruit not been there.
    Just my thoughts on it, this is an interesting topic. I’m with you, I don’t think they’re all bad, but the reputation that’s been built around them has certainly turned people off.
    In the end it’s YOUR passion that people will want to experience and be part of. If it’s coming from a genuine place, which it certainly seems to be, you’ll do well no matter what you do.
    I’m excited to see where this takes you, it sounds like a great product!

    1. Thanks, Andrea. It’s funny because if you’ve ever been invited to look at an “opportunity” you usually know what’s coming next. It’s funny because I was looking at an old post of mine from 2 years ago, and at the time I even mentioned that MLM’s weren’t my thing! Amazing how things can change! Ha! I try to share it with people who are interested, not those that aren’t. Don’t want to be a pest, and that seems to be working. Thanks for the encouragement! It’s been, and I’m sure it will be a fun adventure.

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