Saturday, January 31, 2009

What's your IM experience been like?

For me, it's been a journey that started way back in the early 80's when mom got involved with Herbalife. I wasn't a part of that because I was a long-haired teenager with more important things to do, of course. But I saw her work with it, struggle with it and ultimately fail. What's more, I watched that process repeat itself over and over throughout the 80's, 90's and beyond.

It was always something.

Mom has always describe MLM as 'herding chickens' because of the phenomenon known as program hop-scotch. You know what I mean. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Mom would build downlines that would never go down. They just went sideways because people would sign up because they knew and liked her but they couldn't duplicate what she did. They didn't know how. So what they would eventually do is simply jump at the next 'opportunity', and then the next, and the next and the next.

'What do I do now?' Everyone asks, once they join one of these things.

That's always the problem, but it's not the only problem. Mom's two great triumphs BOTH collapsed through no fault of hers. One company imploded due to an owner who destroyed his own business and the other, the famous Formula One, was destroyed by the Texas attorney general on bogus health-related claims. The claims were found to be false (and that attorney general, Dan Morales, later went to prison for being a crook) but the damage was done. The dreams and thriving businesses of many thousands of people simply swirled down the drain.

Mom saw two(2) rapidly growing (and PAYING!) down-lines disappear overnight. Like they say in the acting business, 'Don't quit your day job'.

She's tried this and that since then, but those two heart-breaking failures (which were NOT her fault) took their toll. She's just never been able to mount a similar campaign since. Worse, she can't can't go back to her friends and relatives again with something new. That well has long since run dry.

But with my own eyes, I saw the potential. The fact is, mom would be a multi-millionaire by now if one or both of those two programs had not collapsed. There's no doubt about it - and that brings me to the subject of my blog. In training for my new career in the Houston Medical Center, what spare time I have has been devoted to learning how to re-think multi-level marketing (MLM) in the 21st century. The Internet has changed everything and now it is possible to create growing and paying down-lines in solid companies without ever having to talk to your friends and family about it. In fact, for me it's been kind of 'my secret life' since I really don't discuss my online activities with my associates in the medical field. It's best to keep that separate.

What I'm trying to say is that there has never been a better time to get involved with Internet marketing as a second source of income to supplement your job. I'm comfortable with saying that I've figured out how to do it without interfering with my work or taking away too much time from my home life. Funny thing, but my wife expects me to talk to her and stuff (wink). Not only that, but my clinical instructors and the hospital staff expect me to give my full attention to the patients that we care for.