Teach Educate Train Mentor Lead
Which word is more powerful? Which one would people who are looking for a business opportunity respond to most?
Do we want to be taught, or be educated? (sounds too much like going back to school) Would we like to be trained? (like a new puppy or new guy at work)?
Would we like to find a mentor, who knows more about what we want to do, and who will willingly share that information? Sounds better.
Or is a mentor, with ability to lead us towards success what we really need?
It's so rare that most people think it's for "rest" of world. How do we convince "regular" people, that leadership skills are not out of their reach?
A good place to start is with who you allow to lead YOU.
Who are you following? Who are you learning leadership skills from? And is s/he really worth following?
To be a good leader, you must become a good follower first. But take care who you follow because if they're a poor leader, or a non-leader, you are in an uphill battle, on a slippery slope.
How do you know when you've found someone worth following?
Many people join a company for awesome product line, or one-of-a-kind service that makes even worst leaders/sponsors seem great.
If you are in a business just because you love products, you may or may not make it. (and if you do make it, company may or may not...more on this below.)
This is one of drawbacks of mlm. People fall in love with a product, or idea of a product, rather than make a rational decision to go into business with company, and with person representing company.
I speak only from experience:-)
The easiest thing to do, when things get tight - usually around Christmas for me:-) is to put your business "on hold." It's easy because you begin to realize you don't need or really want any of products you've been buying, anyway.
It was all for potential to make money, and that can become demoralizing in a very short time - and easy to set aside, when you need that money for something else.
This is one of best reasons to look for a company that offers "everyday" consumable products that don't look like luxury items when/if money gets tight.
This is why you hear many successful mlm leaders telling you product really doesn't matter. Which sounds like a paradox, because without a product, you have no business!
So you must choose a company (your supplier) that is on solid financial ground, but here is part that you need to pay close attention to:
Look for a sponsor, AND a solid company - NOT just a product to sell (or get emotional about:-).
Most mlm'rs get sucked into a company by a fast-talking sponsor who paints a rosy picture of financial freedom he or she has or will have in 6 months. How their product is only one of it's kind, and how everybody needs it!
That's lovely - but unrealistic.
The hardest part of mlm is to put our feelings on back burner, while we look objectively at an opportunity. This is hard because SO many people are out their "selling dream" like so much snake oil - hoping that they will sign-up a real "go-getter" on whose coattails they can rise to top.