I can be a lazy bum and filthy rich

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When I was an undergraduate student, I had a classmate who joined an ph4rmacy MLM . He was so enthusiastic promoting his MLM program to everyone in the campus – me included. And okay, so I listened to him explaining how if you joined the program, and if you can make it to the top of pyramid, the company will give you a fancy sport car, a beautiful yacht, or a plane.

But here’s the thing : he’s so excitedly explaining the big money, sport car, cruise, and plane; like if we joined it, we’ll actually have them like flipping the back of hand . So I interrupted his 25-minute trance with serious question : “dude, what work are we actually gonna do after we joining? Sure we have to do some real work, huh? Please stop talking about the airplane crap and tell me what work to do"

He shrugged for a while listening the word “WORK”. “Errr….ahh….well, ye know, you’re actually have to sell something”. :confused:

I insisted – “yeah, what to sell?”. And finally, after 25 minutes promising a wonderland, he explained about the products to sell, certain downlines, and certain points to reach out.

“This is an easy work, my friend, it won’t disturb your school!”

(He even showed me an audio from his rich top uplines how they're bragging they never even finish elementary school, but now are making millions with MLM )

We met several times where he still trying hard convincing me to join. But I still remember one moment when he said, “this is easy money. You know what, by the time I graduated from here, I can be a lazy bum and filthy rich”.

The last thing I knew was, he’s never graduated. His grades went downhill to D’s and E’s, and he’s dropped out of college (despite he’s saying hard ‘it won’t disturb your school!’). I never met him since.


Is he succeed or rich now?



Recently, only last week, while dating with my BF in a cafe, I met my undergraduate friend -- yeah, a coincident. He was the best friend of the MLM guy, and so I asked him how is he doing now.

"He's been quitting the MLM last year, moved to another city and get another job. You should've seen how's his face the last time we met. He's so desperate and lost heaps of weight"




****So, what does it do with internet marketing? A lot.

A lot of people jumped into internet marketing from the lure of easy money, mansions, sport car, yacht, lifestyle – you name it – without hard work. And guess what? They’re chasing the next “systems” after next big thing like a headless chicken, draining their money, then complaining that the whole thing is scam.

Why? Because they’re after the “easy money” first, not the business.

I won't lie that money is a powerful motivator. But the one thing I’ve learned from my past mistake is – building a business is like building your own house. You can’t just throw the woods and bricks expecting a magic force will create your house. Hate it or not, you have to WORK it from zero.

They think internet marketing enables them to be lazy and filthy rich. Fact is, you can have one of them…but NOT both.

Build the business first, and money will follow.



=== end of my rant today.

P.S. I have nothing against MLM, ph4rmacy, or college drop-outs....because the moral of the story is about having the business mindset.
#bum #filthy #get rich quick mentality #lazy #rich
  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    Nice work.

    Had a few friends get into MLM. None of them got in early enough to make money with it.

    If you are going to get involved in MLM, you need to be the one setting the company up, not the person paying a few hundred to 'set your business up'.

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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Skelly
    I happen to know a little something about MLM and network marketing. I have studied it for years and here's something you should know...
    98% of people who sign up for these types of programs never make a dime.
    The top 2% are always the ones giving the presentations that MLM'ers are always inviting you to. Here's a hint if you want to succeed, be the one at the front of the room giving the presentations.
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  • Profile picture of the author investors43
    you can become a lazy bum, if you have investors in your corner..
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    • Profile picture of the author Viramara
      Originally Posted by investors43 View Post

      you can become a lazy bum, if you have investors in your corner..
      yeah but if you're still a lazy bum after that, you'll just end up burning down your investors' money too!
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    I agree that you have to have a "business mindset" to be successful in business. It takes planning and effort to be successful in any kind of business. The only exception is the people who have highly developed sales skills – but then, their "business" is selling, so it's just about the same thing.

    I also agree with Andrew that if you want to succeed, be the leader - the one who has taken the time to learn the business model and develop effective presentation skills.

    GT
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  • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
    Awesome rant! You made my day! Once you cross over from the "next shiny object" into actually making a "business" out of your hard work, you'll see the difference! Funny, I see the people who crank out WSO after WSO, then they are promoting other peoples WSO's, are much like the 2% the above poster mentioned.
    My question has always been, do you use this? Or, are you just selling this?

    Again, thanks for making my day! :p
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  • Profile picture of the author NetWorth
    I have been pitched on many MLM plans over the years. During my most recent encounter I told the person trying to sell me (who has been an acquaintance for many years) that he needs to steer clear because I felt as if they were praying on the people they were pitching. I told him about the internet marketing I was doing and the money I was making. Expecting him to see the light... Then something struck me... At the end of the day 80% of start up businesses fail in the first year and many more in the next 5 to 7. 95% of internet marketers don't make any real money and 98% of people who get involved in MLM fail...

    At the end of the day... then numbers are always stacked against you but those who choose to stick with it will find success regardless of the path they take (the rest will just get a 9-5

    So I stopped trying to stop him from doing it and cheered him on but let him know that if it didn't work I would be more than happy to show him what I was doing.

    So at the end if the day you just have to pick what you are going to be great at and keep with it because you haven't truly failed until you quit.

    Only my opinion, worth only what you paid for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author icegin
    Sad but it happens to a lot of people. The "get rich quick" allure that online marketing seems to have on people is very widespread and can really wreak havoc on those who don't put in the necessary effort -- they end up on the never-ending search for a "magic bullet" that doesn't exist.
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      That was the annoying thing about MLMs. I started to find out about business through finding out about MLMs, and that bit always frustrated me. Their sales pitch is "JOIN US!!" not "what do you need? Oh, you need a <fill in the blank> product/service. I happen to have that service. Thank you for signing up. Oh by the way, if you recommend this to friends, you can get a kick back. No pressure."

      I once asked my friend in the MLM biz how many contracts I'd have to sell to make $500/month residual. He said 'I dunno, maybe like 50, but there's this bonus and bonus and competition and club hangout and and and" and I said "50 of these contracts for $500/month? Bai..."
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I might actually like to be filthy rich, so I could at least have the option of being a lazy bum. Lolol.
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  • Profile picture of the author nickbrander
    You are lazy, then how can you get rich? Learn computers, it needs to money.
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    I totally agree with you, many people come to do Internet marketing with the idea of making a quick back. They forget that one should build the business first (which takes time, dedication, skill and focus), and money will follow.
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  • Profile picture of the author flaminjo
    Originally Posted by Viramara View Post

    When I was an undergraduate student, I had a classmate who joined an ph4rmacy MLM . He was so enthusiastic promoting his MLM program to everyone in the campus - me included. And okay, so I listened to him explaining how if you joined the program, and if you can make it to the top of pyramid, the company will give you a fancy sport car, a beautiful yacht, or a plane.

    But here's the thing : he's so excitedly explaining the big money, sport car, cruise, and plane; like if we joined it, we'll actually have them like flipping the back of hand . So I interrupted his 25-minute trance with serious question : "dude, what work are we actually gonna do after we joining? Sure we have to do some real work, huh? Please stop talking about the airplane crap and tell me what work to do"

    He shrugged for a while listening the word "WORK". "Errr....ahh....well, ye know, you're actually have to sell something". :confused:

    I insisted - "yeah, what to sell?". And finally, after 25 minutes promising a wonderland, he explained about the products to sell, certain downlines, and certain points to reach out.

    "This is an easy work, my friend, it won't disturb your school!"

    (He even showed me an audio from his rich top uplines how they're bragging they never even finish elementary school, but now are making millions with MLM )

    We met several times where he still trying hard convincing me to join. But I still remember one moment when he said, "this is easy money. You know what, by the time I graduated from here, I can be a lazy bum and filthy rich".

    The last thing I knew was, he's never graduated. His grades went downhill to D's and E's, and he's dropped out of college (despite he's saying hard 'it won't disturb your school!'). I never met him since.


    Is he succeed or rich now?



    Recently, only last week, while dating with my BF in a cafe, I met my undergraduate friend -- yeah, a coincident. He was the best friend of the MLM guy, and so I asked him how is he doing now.

    "He's been quitting the MLM last year, moved to another city and get another job. You should've seen how's his face the last time we met. He's so desperate and lost heaps of weight"




    ****So, what does it do with internet marketing? A lot.

    A lot of people jumped into internet marketing from the lure of easy money, mansions, sport car, yacht, lifestyle - you name it - without hard work. And guess what? They're chasing the next "systems" after next big thing like a headless chicken, draining their money, then complaining that the whole thing is scam.

    Why? Because they're after the "easy money" first, not the business.

    I won't lie that money is a powerful motivator. But the one thing I've learned from my past mistake is - building a business is like building your own house. You can't just throw the woods and bricks expecting a magic force will create your house. Hate it or not, you have to WORK it from zero.

    They think internet marketing enables them to be lazy and filthy rich. Fact is, you can have one of them...but NOT both.

    Build the business first, and money will follow.



    === end of my rant today.

    P.S. I have nothing against MLM, ph4rmacy, or college drop-outs....because the moral of the story is about having the business mindset.
    Very correct! All the people I know who got into MLM never made a lucrative career out of it. It was good for a while but after some time, all the charm faded away and reality stuck in.
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