Before I begin let me first tell you a little about myself.
I know what you’re thinking. You’ve been on this journey with me for the last year.. So why does there need to be an “about me” in this blog??
Well, it’s because I’m about to really hurt some feelings in this post, and I want you, the reader, to really know what’s going on.
I’ve been in network marketing for about 4 years. I’ve had awesome experience with my first company, second company, and now my 4th company. If you’ve been following the journey, you know my story on how I ended up where I did. If you don’t, let me tell you about what I’m currently doing.
I’m currently at a 0 commission. Getting Jaqx launched, the smart home tech company I’m a founder with, has been a tough process. I’ve had to learn things about network marketing that I never knew. The behind the scenes money, branding, and legalities of it all is absolutely nuts. With that said, we’ve officially launched. This week will be my first paycheck in my new venture, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m sure the team is pretty fired up as well.
So… that’s me. Jesse Belvin. Your 7 Figure Dad. Penny-less in a profession I’ve earned a check in since 2012. It’s been about a month since my last Paylution deposit has hit my account to be exact. The majority of my income comes in from blogging, affiliate marketing, and coaching, as well as my t-shirt line. I’ve listed all my income disclosures for the last 5 months via blog post, so that everyone knew exactly how things have progressed.
Now, to the good stuff.
I wanted to make this post about some absolute horse shit I’ve seen going on in the network marketing profession. Some of you will love this. Some of you won’t. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
I want to talk about lies inside the profession. Lying about income. Lying about rank. Lying about opportunity. Lying about relationships. Lies, lies, and some more lies.
Now, before I continue, I want to add a side note. There is nothing wrong with being positive, posting positive things on Facebook, even when you’re not feeling so hot. In fact I encourage it. It shows that you know how to shift your focus and manifest your dreams into your reality. However, that isn’t what I’m referring to, and will quickly explain.
There are people in this profession, who are making a living off lying. I’m going to go over multiple different examples of lying that I’ve seen, without mentioning names of course, and let you formulate your own opinion after I’m done.
First of all, the posting of “everyone eating.” Shut…. the fuck….. up.
You, yes you. If you are posting this phrase, you’re an absolute dipshit. Number 1, referring to your team’s success as eating is dumb. Number 2, it’s a lie. Let me break something down for you. The average person in network marketing makes less than 200 bucks a month. Also, the average person in network marketing recruits 2.4 people IN THEIR LIFETIME. Some of you are in companies where you have to recruit 3+ people just to be able to fill out your first generation. So how can everyone be eating?
The reality, not everyone eats. You eat. Your friend eats. Your CEO eats. But in order for your organization to be built correctly, there will be people who don’t eat.
AND, we won’t even get into what exactly you’re ‘eating,’ because some of you are enjoying the surf and turf while others can’t even afford a Big Mac.
Now, I’m not saying this is your fault. This is life. This is why some people at the gym have results, and some don’t. I’ll talk about the backdoor deals that happen here in a second that can improve your odds, but at the end of the day, some people struggle and quit, some people succeed. NOT EVERYONE EATS!
The next time you see someone say “everyone eats,” tell them to show you their back office. Tell them it’s because you want to see what it looks like when everyone is so full from all that eating.
Now that I’ve gotten that mini rant out-of-the-way, lets bring up income disclosures. Oh baby!
Now we’re moving along to the real reason this post was made. I see income posts being dropped all the time. Before I get into this, let me be clear. I have friends that are making a lot of money in network marketing from different companies. This isn’t about anyone in particular.
Number 1, if I made $114.00 in the last hour, I don’t get to then tell people I’m a millionaire. Why? Well… this is embarrassing that I have to explain this but… it’s because I’m not a fucking millionaire. Just like if you make 8,333.00 in a month, you’re not a 6 figure earner. Now, I know the math… if those rates continue for a full year, absolutely! But how often do we see organizations fall out, companies close their doors, or people just leave from one home to another and all of a sudden their incomes completely change?? If you made $83,333.33 last month, you’re still not a millionaire. You’re not even a 6 figure earner.
Number 2 on income disclosures, is if you are sharing a position with another person, and you hit a certain income in your business, you are not BOTH at that income. Unless assuming one of you is not making any money from the position, and just is there because you’re bored. I’ve been seeing this more and more. I just got invited to a Facebook event by someone I’ve never met, claiming someone makes an income I know for a fact they don’t make. I know this because they share the position with someone else. I’m not saying that number, divided by 2 or 3 isn’t still impressive, because it is. I even disclosed how in the last month I’ve made 0 dollars in network marketing. But, I’m not telling people I make 0 dollars a month, when I should be splitting that 0 dollar amount between a couple other people I share a spot with. So, cool it on the tom foolery.
Number 3, is deals. I’ve posted about this for a while but I want to reiterate everything here. If someone, who has never made more than a couple thousand dollars a month in network marketing, is all of a sudden making a 7 figure income in just a few months, it’s a deal. No, I don’t need to know the situation. It’s a deal. If you’re someone who had a ton of success a couple of years ago in your current company, but haven’t rank advanced since the days of Vietnam, but are still making your house payment, it’s a deal. If you aren’t in anyone’s living room inside your organization, but show up for the big event to do a little speaking, and nobody can figure out how to duplicate that, it’s because you have a deal.
Edgar Allen Poe once said, “believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”
Nothing can be more accurate than this post in regards to the state of network marketing. You have leaders in companies who haven’t hit a rank in years, getting deals from their company to basically play the violin on the sinking ship. Some would say this is ok, but not when your team is the lower class people stuck in their bedroom at the bottom of the Titanic. If you KNOW things aren’t good, don’t lie to your people.
Remember this, how you do anything is how you do everything.
If the person was a liar, a cheater, a criminal, or a thug before network marketing, they’re probably going to be some form of that inside the profession. Anywhere from cash photos, to rented cars pretending it’s theirs, to photo shopped “results,” to fake ranks, to even fake marriages/relationships, you name it. The lying, and deceiving has hit an all time high inside of network marketing. VERY few leaders are authentic, and have actually achieved their success the EXACT way they say it happened.
Social media has helped this epidemic spread like wildfire. I’ve already said, the best and worst thing of social media is that you can be anyone you want to be. I’ve seen people, claiming to be successful networkers, not even be able to afford their start-up packs in any of the companies they join. How is that possible? Once maybe. But multiple times? Maybe an accountant is needed to help with budgeting.
At the end of the day, the message I really wanted to get across is simple. There is FAR TOO MUCH lying in the network marketing profession. From CEO’s, to top earners, to the ground floor people.
There are also some solid leaders who I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with. Yes, they do exist out there. They’re, unfortunately, a minority at this point.
So, with that said, lets cut out the fuckery. Once and for all. Just build legit businesses, being honest, being authentic, and this industry can continue being as freakin’ awesome as we all thought it was at one point or another. If you, the liar, continue with the same shitty antics, I hope the whistle gets blown on you. Nothing makes me more bummed out than a person who gets scammed in network marketing, leaves, and never gives an honest opportunity a real shot.
With that said, I hope you all enjoyed, or hated this post. Either way, share it on Facebook and let’s get the discussion moving. The quicker we do that, the quicker we can’t start solving the problem. With that said, Belvin out!
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