“Don’t Dave, Don’t”

Since I wrote my “MLM Quit Date” and the entries preceding it I’ve been getting some private comments from some readers worried about my sanity, my commitment, and my seemingly “hard line” and “harshness” concerning getting out of MLM altogether.

Some have said that I have “lot’s to teach others”, and my proposed departure from MLM would negatively affect some of my readers, possibly driving them away from the MLM industry. Still others, were quick to tell me of their “great opportunity” in THEIR MLM, if I decide to quit.

I agree, I have “lot’s to teach”. I like expressing my thoughts on how an MLM business should be ran ethically. I think I have some good ideas toward that end.


All that “talk” means bupkiss, if’n I ain’t doing it myself.

And the “harsh” talk was more directed at myself to “light my fire” and at those “shoulda-woulda-coulda-MLMers that claim to have tried to build an MLM business and later quit, blaming everyone but themselves. And yes, I know there can be plenty of blame to spread around in some cases.

So I’m asking everyone to read the series again, maybe you missed some points; but you did not miss me saying that I will be in Platinum IBO qualification in Quixtar by August 31st, 2006 or I’m quitting.

And if I reach that goal, you can rest assure I will set another one, with the same criteria.

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One Response to “Don’t Dave, Don’t”

  1. insider says:

    I mostly agree with you here Dave. The interesting part of your series is the actual analysis part. It should really show you if your a business owner or just “in” some thing. Any serious business owner, whether in MLM or anything else, does these business reviews at least once a month if not more often. Without them you have an occasional hobby, not a business. And most hobbies don’t make you money, they cost your money.

    And maybe that’s just fine. If you are honest about it. But don’t convince yourself you’ll make money that way. If your happy to spend money on books/CDs/Seminars for their entertainment or educational value, that’s fine too. But don’t try to convince yourself they’re business related expenses.

    If you’re not doing what it takes to succeed in your MLM, then either start doing what it takes, or go find something else to do with your life. As you so effectively explain, thinking about it is not doing it. Me, I personally hate the term “quit” due to it’s negative connotations.

    It’s not quitting, it’s just taking a different path 🙂

    For a *new* person though, I would suggest giving it more than a year. For most people it takes at least that just to get the “thinking” sorted out. The studies “The Millionaire Next Door” and “The Millionaire Mind” also have some insights of value. The authors find that probably the most important quality of self-made millionaries is persistence. But there does come a point when admirable persistence becomes blind obstinence. The hard part is where to draw the line. I’d advise two approaches. One is to do as you have done, set a date. But for a beginner I’d give it 3 years. The other is to set an amount. How much are you willing to spend (invest) on this enterprise? It has to be enough to make it possible to succeed, but also little enough that it won’t kill you if you don’t get it back. The first goal, as for any business, should then be to reach “revenue neutral”, ie you are covering your expenses. Then set goals such as platinum and other steps along the way. Becoming revenue neutral completely changes the way a business feels. And it should be done with both offence and defence. Work on income, but also control expenses. I find most MLMers aren’t even doing these accounting basics, and it’s a major shortcoming in most of the “systems”.

    To close, one of my mentors has a saying I like, almost certainly not original. He says –

    A dream without a date on it is just wishful thinking. A dream with a date on it is a goal. And he’s never missed a goal yet. He’s just had to reschedule quite a few!

    Networking is for anyone, not everyone. It’s a way to achieve your dreams, but it is not the only way.

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