Reaction to my MLM video Wednesday
Business Broker Angela from Alabama writes via LinkedIn:
MLM recruitment practices can be predatory, offering hope of extreme wealth to those with little or no other career options.
Many MLMs now circulating are based on false medical claims, which further exploits people desparate for relief from chronic health issues.
Although I don't doubt your perspective regarding personal development, aren't there better ways to learn sales and business?
The talent of the people making some money in these schemes is admittingly in recruiting, networking, and sales, but wouldn't these individuals be just as successful and make even more money as a conventional employee or business owner.
There are other businesses with low entry barriers. I just think it's dangerous to encourage any participation considering the amount of money some people are manipulated into losing. (watch "Betting on Zero")
I haven’t seen the film, but I do agree with much of what Angela is saying.
I was honestly just thinking about the 1990s version of Amway that my dad was signed on to.
Yes, there are low-barrier businesses that people can get into.
Yes, you can learn sales as an employee.
I think though, that if you’re open to getting into a scheme that makes profits through exploiting the naivete of desperate people, you’re likely not going to heed my advice anyway.
People need to tune into their Spidey senses.
If you don’t know right from wrong, I likely can’t help you.
You have to listen to your gut.
Your gut is connected to your brain.
Science tells us so.
Good gut health leads to better attitudes and fewer instances of mental illness.
It’s why I try to eat some sauerkraut and yogurt everyday.
They’re tasty and cheaper than little pills filled with probiotics.
I did a quick Google search on how to make sauerkraut and it seems pretty easy.
You could make it at home and sell it to your co-workers.
The investment seems to be cabbage and some plastic containers.
Low barriers to new entrants and a way to help people’s health and protect them from evil.
You might even be able to find some friends who work in other companies to sell it for you too.
A sauerkraut Multi-Level Distribution system, if you will. (NOT MLM)
At the end of the day, business is about serving the needs of others, solving problems, and getting people things they want and/or need.
It’s not the search for a way to get people to give you their money in a way that’s not technically illegal.
Some people don’t get that though.
They think business is about bringing in bucks at any cost.
You just need to learn to avoid them.
I try to.
Cheers and pass the sauerkraut.
David C Barnett
P.S. Here’s a picture from my hike on Monday….