We Were Being Groomed

In the news we find that this company is about to let so many workers go and that company isn’t hiring because they aren’t sure what the state of the economy is going to be.  Where does all this leave the American public who are looking for a job, looking for that security the job once held?

Times, They are a Changing

Our experiences is what truly define us as who we are.  We are the sum total of all our experiences, whether they be good, bad or indifferent, we are them and they are us.  So now that only leads me to how I got to where I am, an entrepreneur in the Network Marketing game. I remember as a young child the “Tupperware” parties that were given. These round, rectangular and square devices to store food in, and how the revolutionized the whole idea of “left-overs”.  We often looked in disdain at the neighbor who wanted us to look at their “Amway” products, the soap, dish detergent and such.  Network Marketing was and probably still a part of the local school practices.  You see I brought home that sheet to my family in the hopes of getting the most money so I can win the top prize, too.  We would often have our parents take it to their job and hopefully their friends would help a youngster out.  We took that sheet everywhere we went in an effort to get sales.  What was lacking in that sales model was training, and proper training at that.  Everything was just assumed that by just giving that child that sheet for “Cookie”, “KatyDids” and who knows what, that child would actually know what to do.  Some saw they potential in what they held and moved it to the next level, while others found an uncomfortable situation arising from and could never honestly take a look at “Direct Sales” as a vehicle for them and their families.

“Professor Paul Zane Pilzer has kept a watchful eye on the direct selling industry for more than 30 years. In the 1990s, the renowned economist who served in two White House administrations predicted that network marketers would help make the then-emerging $200-billion health and wellness channel the next trillion-dollar industry. The success of companies such as Herbalife, Medifast, Monavie, Amway, Nu Skin, USANA and Blyth are helping to confirm Pilzer’s theory” – A Special Supplement to The Wall Street Journal by Direct Selling News

In 2010, direct selling companies generated over $125 billion in revenue in 150 countries through more than 75 million men and women who are changing lives serving others.”  ‘Serving the many, helping them get what they want, can lead to greatness’, someone once said and I believe him.  For we are really here to serve and we do each other a dis-service when we deny that we are our brothers keepers.  If the economies of scale dictate that we need to have a global reach in order to compete then our world has not shrank, but enlarged and we need to consider more ways and means to tap into that potential market.  When that company is talking about moving jobs overseas, bettering the living conditions of people overseas at the expense of the people of the country in which they live, then it’s the people’s opportunity to tap into that wealth of knowledge gained from our early years and reinvent ourselves.  Direct Selling, using network marketing as the vehicle.

The real challenge is to replace lost jobs with new earnings opportunities and provide much-needed training.   The jobs that baby boomers and Gen Xers trained for years ago have disappeared. Technology has replaced millions of workers and demanded new skills that too many older Americans just don’t have.
“Instead of focusing on new methods of training, our politicians and news media are looking at  unemployment and the economic recovery as linked—and they are not because most of the unemployed people today are skills-deficient. If they are over 50 years old, they probably don’t touch-type or e-mail, and that doesn’t work in today’s economy.”  So what happens to those displaced workers? Direct selling may have
the answer. – op.cit.  pg. 8

I am sure that by more Americans using the Direct Selling model;  thereby honing those skills we learned in our youth,  to tap into the growing markets here and abroad, can we create wealth and opportunities:

  • 1. United States—$28.3 billion
  • 2. Japan—$22.4 billion
  • 3. Brazil—$13.5 billion
  • 4. China—$10.9 billion

“In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. That’s an increase of 16.6% over the $435 billion spent in 2008. African-Americans’ total earned income for 2009 is estimated at $836 billion.” – http://www.targetmarketnews.com/storyid11011001.htm

Next on the horizon, Africans in the Diaspora!

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  1. July 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I spent nearly a decade in direct sales and, while I’m no longer involved, I still believe it is a viable business opportunity. Like any business, it takes work and time to succeed. Unfortunately, based on desperation born out of today’s economy, too many people jump into direct sales, MLM, affiliate marketing, etc., with the intention of making a quick buck, and it just doesn’t work that way – and if someone tells you it does – run, don’t walk, the other direction!

    • July 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Marquita,
      You are so very right about that Network Marketing not being an “overnight” success story to lure people to the opportunity. It is taking work and perserverance on my part. I started out with AMWAY over 10 years ago and events in life and my own lack of discipline, I stopped doing the business. Today, I am about building a “BUSINESS” and I am not here for the moment, but for the long haul.

      Thanks for reading

      Charles

  2. July 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    hi,

    I’m not into direct selling but one i have consider engaging to it, but after few research and surveys i opted not to.

    thanks anyways for the info. Keep on sharing…

    • July 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Adrian, I was in total agreement about” Direct Selling”, until I realized I do it all the time. When I tell a friend about how much I liked this service, that product or what have you. That person would be more incliined to check things out based on my “recommendations”. That pretty much results in a sale for that “service” or “product”. And when I looked at it from that point, I figured what the heck I might as well gain from the experinces whenever I can.

      Charles

  3. July 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Charles,

    Nice article on direct selling.
    I like the point about reinventing yourself when circumstances in your life change… very good advice.

    Thanks for sharing!
    -Kevin

    • July 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Hello Kevin,
      It’s history that shows us that we can’t expect to survive unless we adopt new ways and means. We were mainly agricultural and became industrial when machines made the work easier and economical. We have moved into the information age and have to change or die.

      Charles

  4. July 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Charles,

    If our current economical challenges have taught us anything, it is that even though it can be hard, those of us involved in online businesses and in your case network marketing routinely defy the odds and manage to thrive along the way.

    Keep the Smiles,
    Stevie

    • July 12, 2011 at 2:58 am

      Thanks Steve,
      And it’s to our success and through our unrelenting spirit that will catapult us to the next level and beyond. From the start of my introduction to this business model, unbeknownst to me at the time, I have been pushed towards the future. It’s now about “defying” the odds and thriving along the way.

      Thanks and
      To your success

      Charles

  5. July 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Hey Charles, if more Americans spent more time looking for solutions (network marketing) rather than a handout things would be much different. Thanks for being a fellow entrepreneur and taking control of your life through this awesome industry.

    Great post man.

    • July 12, 2011 at 3:08 am

      Thank you very much Steve,
      As quiet as it’s kept we need those who don’t see opportunity and failed to understand “We Were Being Groomed”, too. Direct Sales models require a customer base and what better consumer than those who like our products and services and not the business. But as we stretch out our hand to give a hand up to them that have no vision may that same person that have no vision finally see what we been groomed to see.

      To your success,

      Charles

  6. July 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Brilliant and intelligent piece, Charles. I look forward to reading more of your work. As I read, many memories of childhood direct selling came to memory. For me, the direct selling fostered a desire to help people get what they want which led into a successful yet short lived career with a world class MLM in the early 1980’s. If more people would focus on helping out their “neighbor”, we would all experience more blessings in life.

    Blessings and Strength –

    Tonya Heathco
    National Seizure Disorders Foundation

    • July 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Tonya,
      I am glad you enjoyed the piece. We will get back to that point of neighbor helping neighbor one day. It starts when people come together in the spirit of humanity and just being “Humane”.

      To your success,

      Charles

  7. July 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Great post, Charles. I think many people would find it interesting just how many high-profile people endorse Network Marketing as a business model. It is almost the truest form of free enterprise that you can find.

    I’m a huge fan of the industry and business model.

    Without direct sales, we wouldn’t have such great things as Vitamins, Tupperware, and so many more household products and services that people don’t realize grew out of the industry….

    Great analogy about the grooming for direct sales in those sponsorship programs and fund-raisers that are given to the kids in school… I always tried hard for those free prizes as a kid….

    Thanks,
    James

    • July 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      James,
      People like Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki and the many people like them that understand that the business model is about helping people. Of course I can’t get something out of anything if I leave before the miracle happens.

      I tried hard for those prizes too, but it was someone else’s “Warm Market” that seemed to beat me out. But if I focus on the money and the prizes I am truly missing the point – it’s about the relationship I am building which is worth more than gold.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Charles

  8. July 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Charles,

    Very well detailed and eye catching information, that you have presented here. I understand first hand of how the economy, and all these situations with our National debt, has an impacted on the average family.

    It would not matter if your into labeling as Middle Class or other. I am not into nor ever tough to label anything or one. However, you did make excellent points on people already having the basic skills required, to achieve great levels of success as they determined it to be. Maybe someone needs to replace half of their income from a source. They can start a home base business, and really make a difference in keeping up with all the responsibilities.

    Having and wanting to generate that extra income, will have people take action seriously. Most have not the direction that a solid, supportive, passionate team will give. They can’t just jump into any project, and make it successful. You need others who have the same desires, and passion you have. Locating them and getting on board is the secret. Just networking and completing due diligence each step is important.

    Any business model that is ethical will work. It really doesn’t matter with a real company backing. On the other hand, you should make sure to love what you choose to do. If you look forward in doing it each and every day. Then you make it a part of your lifestyle. You have that serious supportive team. People on a global scale supporting and edifying you daily. Ones you can count on to bounce your ideas off. This is your Mastermind group, that will help you reach the end result everyone requires, success as you determined.

    Keeping the right attitude is a must. Being positive and surrounding yourself around people who feel the same. Thinking before reacting to anything, that may attempt to change your attitude. Loving and supporting all who you choose to get involve with. Your family is not the only one relying on your leadership, to make things happen. To keep things moving in the direction to stay the course, per say.

    Continue to learn something of the industry you choose. Learn from people by observation and really listening. Not just hearing what people are saying. Yet, listen to seek a clear understanding, on their way of thinking. You will be surprised at all the knowledge you will gain. Sometimes you must take yourself out of the equation, to really understand things.

    Knowing that this is a journey and not a race, will go along way. Master skills required to coach and mentor others. Giving yourself to others, without expecting anything in return., Live in the state of gratitude, and remain with a positive attitude. This will be a solid foundation to start.

    Charles, your site is wonderful and a well structured location. I enjoyed your subject matter, and it is with the right timeline. All our countries are being effected by our Nation’s debt. Most are not aware the impact that will follow with the U.S. dollar devalued, based on defaulted loans. This will be serious and felt around the globe. Think about Great Britain, and it’s currency loss. Now, multiply that by 10k effect and that may not even cover where we could be headed.

    Now, is the time for all to get with great visionaries, such as yourself. Make a difference and build a real solid foundation, with that supportive group of like-mined people globally. Never being too late.

    Thank you Charles for this subject matter. This will be a blog that this reader will be watching. Keep us updated, with all the details you put together here.

  9. July 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Hello William,
    One would think that with an economy like the one we are experiencing that many more people would be open to something different than what their parents had the privilege of knowing. They got the “gold” watch and a pension that would, for the most part sustain them until the eventual demise.

    Many of us have grown accustomed to linear income and a belief that things will get back to where they used to be, must be what’s going on in the minds of many. Even with seeing whole departments being outsourced and everything around them is no longer working, we hold on to fantasy. With a changing world, we must change with it.

    What keeps me stuck on a set of outdated ideas is a belief in the images that are constantly dumped on me by a media that doesn’t have my best interest at heart. I am to be a consumer and nothing more. Fear, based on facts no one entered into evidence, will keep my feet planted on the familiar and never move towards the unfamiliar.

    It’s only when I become open to some new ideas and when that product/service I have been introduced to sets off a “light Bulb” and hope springs eternal do I do things necessary today to achieve things I desire tomorrow.. I start changing what it is I am listening to, who I am hanging out with and the whole nine yards. My reading material is based on the “due diligence” set in motion by that flicker of hope. I am reading more, understanding it’s about who do I have to become and what that change is manifesting for me.

    William, it takes courage to do this business. It takes courage to believe in oneself.

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

    To your success,

    Charles

  10. July 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Charles-
    Great post. I like you know that the direct sales industry is a viable opportunity and a great solution for some people. It does take work though which is a huge disconnect for some people. They get sold this get rich quick lifestyle and that is not the case. Thanks for putting this post out there, it is filled with a lot of great info.
    Tony Tate

    • July 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Tony,
      I approach people with a teaspoon as opposed to the shovel I used to carry. I am understanding I must go through a lot of pigeons until I find me an eagle or two. It, Direct Sales/Network Marketing is teaching me patience. As I continue the path I get to meet people like you that understand what it takes and your encouragement is just spark to seek out that eagle waiting for an opportunity like mines which will help them get in place to help others.

      To your success

      Charles

  11. July 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Hey Charles,
    Doing any business take work and this is especially true with Network Marketing. It takes time to build relationship. The wonderful part of NM is the ability to get into a buisness at a low initila investment. And anybody who is afraid of sales or marketing should work for someone else. In any business you have to sell and market yourself to grow your business.

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Hello Joyce,
      Thanks for stopping by. I am “working part-time on my fortune”. Working full-time for someone has lost its allure a long time ago. Security that one gets from the 40/40, if they get that far, is truly a fleeting thing. Jobs are being lost and people are seeking an elusive object once again. I ponder why haven’t they considered what I have presented to them in the past and the answer always comes back “it’s not their time”.

      We are not salespeople per se, but “Master Inviters”, the opportunity/product sells itself.

      To your success,

      Charles

  12. July 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Charles,
    I agree Direct Sales / Network Marketing is the way to go to secure your future, BUT if we don’t give and help others we will never succeed. So many people get into network marketing companies thinking about themselves only.

    Jaden

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      Hello Jaden,
      You’re so right about peoples motives. I am of the belief that if I help enough people get what they want then I can get what I want. That in itself denotes an ulterior motive. Something to be received on the “back” end. When we do good things for others, it’s because of how it makes us feel inside. It’s OK, but I need to keep my “Why” up front and more than just money.

      To your success,

      Charles

  13. July 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Charles,

    I agree, as do many experts, that direct sales is the way forwards for a lot of people, if they treat it like a business rather than a hobby! Because of the way the industry is marketed, people think they will make a quick buck and it just doesn’t work that way.

    I love the idea of people networking and providing services to each other on a more personal basis and going full steam ahead with the intention of helping others.

    Emma 🙂

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks Emma,
      We go forth with a servants heart. Helping others because we want for them what we want for ourselves is spiritual in nature. I just have to know that this is a life long process. I talk to people and am amazed that when the topic of introducing a product and service to other people, they seem to envision doing a thing once and not repeating the process.

      They believe we are salepeople.

      To your success,

      Charles

  14. August 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I think as an internet marketer we have taken direct selling to the next level

  15. August 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    You made me smile with the mention of kids just being given a sheet of paper and told to sell. I remember there were kids who didn’t even try and just let their parents to – and if they didn’t, the kid didn’t make any sales. I was kinda shy so I was uncomfortable knocking on strange doors and trying to make the sale. Today, when kids come to the door, I listen to their pitch and try to engage with them – and if they’re able to do that, they usually wind up with some kind of sale from me and if not, I try to offer some gentle advice. Direct selling is a skill you can learn and you can get better with every attempt if you are able to look what happened over or have someone else do that so you can get the feedback you need to get better.

  16. August 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Excellent post and insights. Network Marketing and getting online for affiliate marketing is just like any other business it takes time to be successful. Yes, there are overnight success storied but the people have the energy and fearlessness that many don’t have, they also have sales and marketing skills, and a network. For those who turn to Network Marketing as a savior after working a JOB for many years, they will find it more challenging. Those who are looking for someone to tell them what to do everyday need to find another job. Those who understand this is a business model and are willing to put in the time, energy and money for 12-24 months – there is much success to be had. I see this everyday as I coaching for one of the leading training companies in MLM. Folks come desperate for me to save their house or their financial lives as I teach them how to market online and offline for their opportunity. It’s hard when I have to squelch their expectations. The industry is very viable and there is work involved…that’s the main point I’d like to share. Thanks for a great post.

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