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I hate to say, “I told you so,” but…

I’m writing this particularly for the eleven folks who invited me to look at their “amazing opportunity” within the past two months, to express my condolences, as news hit the presses today that (as I predicted four weeks ago on my radio program) Zeek Rewards closed its doors, having scammed everyone as much as possible, before drawing the attention of the Feds.

Regarding the Zeek Rewards scam, all I can say is that it’s both disgusting and disgraceful, but that is how these types of programs operate.

Because I know that so many of you invested a tremendous amount of money and effort into this Zeek Rewards scam, and despite your not being willing to trust a pioneer in the field of online marketing and technology, when I told each of you that this was NOT the wave of the future, (it was the wave of future back in 1995-1997, when the first fifty or so online auction companies were getting started), I am in the middle of negotiating a very special program that will make it possible for even those in the most difficult of financial situations to be able to get started with us in GTN Vacations.

The one-time, lifetime membership in GTN Vacations is still $398, with no monthly fees, no websites to pay for, no renewals or other hidden (company fattening) costs, has been making industry history. For most of our team, right now, that means $800/month, although two folks are now doing that every 2-3 weeks.

For those who would prefer, they can still get started right away, for $398, without the finance option, you can, of course get started right away.

For the past three years, we’ve been in business worldwide, and continue to have a spotless reputation within the travel industry. We now represent more than 2 million resort, hotel, condo and timeshare properties, nearly every global hotel and cruise line in 47 countries, and every major airline in the world.

So this isn’t like some cockamamie “auction” deal… or those “travel scams” that promise to make you a travel agent, with the promise of a (counterfeit) IATA travel agent’s ID card.  It’s a legitimate lifetime business, with no monthly fees, low, easy-to-accomplish qualifications, and one of the most generous performance bonuses in the industry.

Now, I won’t deny that there was some satisfaction in knowing that I called it right on Zeek Rewards, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t profoundly sadden me to know that the eleven of you and your families have been taken to the cleaners (again for many of you). It’s just my sincere hope that you will have had enough trying to reinvent the wheel, and make the decision to follow the smart money.

I’d LOVE to have you on my team, and will do all I can to help you WIN with GTN.

I expect the financing option to be in place for our team exclusively by Monday or Tuesday of next week.

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MLM’s Dirty Little Secret–The Truth About Autoship “Opportunities”

Recently, my dear friend and respected leader in the direct sales industry, RS Mallory, posted an insightful look at what she and I refer to as “MLM’s Dirty Little Secret“.

Now it’s no secret that I created a remarkable income for myself, as a top income earner with several health and nutrition companies, beginning in 1981. And yes, I was able to grow a seven-figure income with two of those companies, based on a $100/month autoship requirement, which was part of their compensation plan.

When I retired and walked away from the network marketing arena, it wasn’t because I no longer cared about health and nutrition. It was because there were serious economic factors, international regulation concerns, and the simple fact that the Internet has begun to make traditional network marketing obsolete. I am still every bit as passionate about health and nutrition, and still very committed to helping people eliminate unhealthy habits and patterns in their lives. But I am also a business person, who pays careful attention to what’s happening in the marketplace.

And right now, it’s clear that people are struggling month-after-month, to maintain their company’s autoship requirements, just with the hope that one day, they’ll “finally make it” in network marketing.  They’re maxing out their credit cards. They’re stressing over how they’re going to justify that expense to their loved ones, when there just isn’t anything to show for it. They’re tired of trying to keep up a “positive appearance” about their company, when they are not experiencing the kind of “great income” they were originally promised.

And slowly-but-surely, more and more of them are saying, “We’ve had enough!”

And that, my friends, is what brought me out of retirement, just a few short months ago…

I was tired of seeing so many of my friends, and folks with whom I had worked for decades in other programs, beginning to lose everything, because the marketplace was changing. Some countries were moving toward banning nutritional products, other companies, involved in the personal care and mobile spa business, were crippling their consultants by limiting the countries in which they could do business, while forcing them to compete with commercial brands that are beginning to do the same things their products do for pennies on the dollar. And others were just plain tired of jumping from program to program, struggling to rebuild what they’ve lost.

So here’s my question for you…

Are you willing to give up your $150-$300/month autoship, in order to begin earning $800 or more every week?

Imagine, if you would, what it would be like to start your own business in a field that has been virtually untouched by the direct sales industry, for a one-time, affordable and straightforward cost, which amounts to around $1.11 per day. No monthly order requirements. No autoships or website hosting fees to pay. No inventory or deliveries. And if all you needed to do was to plug into a proven system, work hand-in-hand with a team of personal mentors, who’ve already begun to earn the kind of money you’ve always dreamed of making, and let the prospects contact YOU, instead of you having to chase them down… Wouldn’t THAT be a refreshing change?

What if all you had to do, in order to qualify for commissions for LIFE, was to simply introduce two new members? And if teaching them to do the same thing would result in $800 cash being direct deposited to your account. Yep… Just six people in your organisation and you’ll earn $800, but that’s not the best part!

Our revolutionary 2-by-2 Follow-Me Matrix is a REcycler program, which makes it possible to leverage the growth of your team, so that every time six sales are made in one of your 2×2 matrices, you earn ANOTHER $800, again and again and again.

Serious wealthbuilders really get excited when they see that in addition to this “instant money”, we offer an INFINITY CODING BONUS, and one of the best Matching Bonus programs the industry has ever seen. Make just THREE personal sales, and you will begin earning $50, not only on every person you personally sponsor from there on out (starting with your fourth sale), but on the first three they sponsor, and the first three those people sponsor, and so on to INFINITY. No limitations or restrictions. REAL INFINITY MONEY, week after week!

And because we know that nothing creates momentum more than relationship marketing, we’re committed to coaching our team members every step of the way, to learn NEW WAYS TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS, including the use of content syndication, social media marketing, and value-add proposals.

We’re doing business in over 220 countries worldwide, debt-free, and pay commissions WEEKLY via direct deposit. Over the past three years, the company has earned such an amazing reputation, that we now have vendors coming to us and asking us to be part of our incredible VIP Lifetime Travel Program.

Think about that! And while we’re talking about the product, let me ask you another question…

Wouldn’t it be reasonable to say that almost every person in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Pac Rim, probably knows or could find just TWO PEOPLE who go on holiday/vacation each year?

Of course it would! The fact is that most of us could find several DOZEN people who do so. Right?

And do you think those people would be interested in finding out how they could take those vacations for 50%-75% savings? You bet!

And if we told them we could show them how to take that vacation with an extra $800 in their pockets, just by sharing this with two people they know, who are just like them, don’t you think they’d get pretty darned excited?

No doubt!

And that’s exactly what we’re doing…

The video below will explain in further detail, exactly why we’re so excited. Watch it, and then give us a call if you’re interested in learning more. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, and walk you through the process of how we’ve been able to help the average person get started with us and earn $800 in their first week to ten days.

 

When you have a moment, why not settle in and enjoy this brief 8-10 minute toll-free call: 1.888.556.6128 (if you’re outside the U.S., no worries, you can listen online at: http://bit.ly/gtncall)

Call me with ANY questions you have. You can reach me at my home office 202.297.3223, any time Tuesday through Friday (11 AM until 7 PM). I’ll be happy to chat with you, answer your questions and help you determine whether GIVING UP your monthly autoship of $150-$300 to GAIN $800 a week (or more) would be beneficial to YOUR health AND your bank account!!

Let’s talk soon!

gms

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You don’t like WHAT?

I usually prefer to keep the posts in this column focused on general strategies and network marketing training, but in recent weeks, we’ve run across a few people who simple amazed me with what seemed to be completely and uncharacteristically out-to-lunch. So I thought I would post this here, to save myself the time of wondering if they suddenly suspended all logic and rational thought, or maybe had a rare, brain-eating virus or something… 

Dr. G

Whenever someone tells me that they “don’t like the compensation plan”, it always means one of three things:

1. They really don’t understand the comp plan at all.
2. They aren’t paying attention, and think the comp plan is something completely different from what it actually is. (i.e. MLM arrogance).
3. They were accidentally dropped on their head as infants.

I’m dead serious. There would be no other logical explanation, because the compensation plan is the most generous, fair and simple marketing plan I’ve ever seen in Direct Sales. It benefits the brand new person by putting $800 in their pocket quickly (usually within their first week), while offering “heavy hitters” a chance to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in their very first year in the business.

It eliminates the number one and number two reason people drop out of direct sales programs:

1.) The cost of monthly autoships or volume requirements, and
2.) The difficulty of meeting unrealistic recruiting requirements.

A person comes on-board by becoming a member, like everyone else. Period. No distributor kits to buy. No overpriced “fast-start” programs to choose from. And no marketing website subscription to pay. They buy a lifetime membership in the travel program for around $300 and that’s it.

Then they personally enroll TWO people, and they are qualified for commissions for LIFE. Read that again. Let it sink in! Two personally sponsored people and you are QUALIFIED FOR LIFE. No monthly volume requirements. No more recruiting necessary to max out the compensation plan.

Given that the average network marketer only enrolls 3-5 people in their entire career, that means we created a comp plan that sets people up for SUCCESS, not failure.

And you don’t have to tell some suspicious miracle cure stories about some unproven breakthrough juice, shake or tablets that will grow hair, increase your breast size, cure cancer, and improve the environment. You don’t have to get people to change phone companies or electric companies. You don’t have to sell people legal protection that’s already available for less money from their credit card companies. And you don’t have to shlep all over town doing “home parties” or product demonstrations.

Recruit two members, and teach them to do the same thing.

This isn’t rocket science, guys. It’s called DUPLICABLE MARKETING STRATEGIES.

Would it be fair to say that right now, you probably can think of at least two people who go on vacation at least every other year… and who would probably LOVE it, if you showed them how they could do that for free? Of course you could. And even for those who consider themselves to be retired hermits, isn’t it true that in today’s day and age, they could go online and FIND two people somewhere in the world, who go on holiday and would love to do that for free? You bet they could.

Now, as I said when I started this conversation, there are generally three reasons that people could say that they don’t like the compensation plan… And we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, and say they weren’t dropped on their head as infants…

So that leaves two possibilities… Either they really are not paying attention, and are assuming they know it all already, and are probably confusing this with typical multi-level marketing or cycling programs; or they just misunderstood what we shared.

Maybe they imagine that there would be no way to keep generating income, if there were no monthly purchase requirement. But that just means they aren’t paying attention. I thought the same thing when I first looked at this, and then I realised that this wasn’t an MLM cycling program, but a unique direct selling “recycle matrix”. You see, the program is designed so that the further the duplication process continues, the more often you get paid. It’s better than an infinity bonus, because you can actually have five, ten, twenty or more matrices going at any given time, as you develop your business.

So the brand new person, we’ll call her Mary, with no previous experience, might go out and get their two members in their first week, and then help them do the same thing, in that second week. When that happens, Mary makes $800, because all six spots in her personal matrix are filled. And not only does Mary get a brand new matrix herself, but she goes into the very next available slot in her enroller’s matrix, which might mean she’s helping her enroller fill a second spot in the very same matrix! When was the last time you were able to leverage your enrollments so that one person could actually count as two in some MLM program?

Now, once she has her new matrix, let’s say her first person (Dave) helps his two members get their first two sales, and so he gets paid $800, and pops into Mary’s new matrix, in the first available slot. Now while Dave was doing that, Mary might have been talking to her THIRD new member, so that first spot in her new matrix is already full… and so Dave goes into the NEXT AVAILABLE SPOT in Mary’s matrix… and that would be spot number two at the top. Meanwhile, Mary’s helping that second person she brought in (Susan) to help her two people to get qualified, and when they do, Susan pops into the next available spot in Mary’s new matrix too. That would be underneath Mary’s third person. See what I mean.

We’ve eliminated the phenomenon of downline competing with their upline. We’ve eliminated the phenomenon of sideline people competing with one another. Everyone actually helps everyone else grow as a TEAM. And each time six spots are filled in someone’s matrix, they get another $800.

Now, I can tell you tha brand new, inexperienced people are seeing $800 every two to three weeks, while those who really take this and run with it, and maybe enroll four or five people themselves in their first week, are seeing $800 every four to seven days. So what is there not to like?

  • It’s simple.
  • It’s duplicable.
  • We pay by direct deposit debit card in over 220 countries worldwide.
  • The product is affordable and high value.
  • Even if someone never sold a membership, the product pays for itself in ONE vacation savings.
  • And the first year income potential, for someone with NO prior experience is easily $18,000 to $24,000.

No binary program schemes, where you’re actually making the owners and heavy hitters, who broker backroom deals, rich, while everyone else makes themselves crazy trying to balance “weaker side”/”strong side” ratios.

No unilevel breakaways, or drop-out.

No having to call your people every month to get them to reorder and requalify. Do your job once (sponsor two and teach them how to do the same thing) and this program practically runs itself.

So here are some of the common misconceptions that people sometimes imagine are part of what I just shared (we call this phenomena “deafening by one’s own MLM arrogance”):

Q. What about when you get your new matrix, how much does that cost you?
A. Nothing. Your new Follow-Me Matrix is provided without a DIME of new expense.

Q. If there’s no monthly purchase requirements, wouldn’t the bonus pool dry up?
A. No. This isn’t MLM. So stop thinking of programs that sell you absurdly overpriced
“magic pills” or juice drinks, or skincare or soap, every month. This product is a
high value product that about 50% of the people who join us buy strictly for the
product itself, without any interest in the marketing plan. (And the best part is that
those folks count in your matrix, like anyone else, because we are ALL customers first.)

The mathematics behind this compensation formula make it a perpetual income stream,
based on momentum. And we’re almost three years old, and debt-free, so we’ve proven three things:

a.) The product performs…
b.) The comp plan works…
c.) We pay on time…

Q. But I am a heavy hitter. I have hundreds of personally sponsored people, your 2×2 matrix would take away the benefit of my hard work.
A. (Usually, the “hundreds of personally sponsored” routine is a lie, but we’ll play along…) No, you get paid the EXACT SAME THING no matter where in your matrix your personally sponsored members go. In fact, every time you enroll someone, you just increase the SPEED at which you will begin cycling and seeing those $800 cheques, EXPONENTIALLY in the months that follow.

Q. But isn’t this just another one of those travel agent deals, like those companies that were
shut down for giving away phoney travel agent cards?
A. Nope. We don’t sell “travel agent” packages. You’re not a travel agent with us. You’re a VIP Travel Club member. You have unlimited access to more than TWO MILLION condos, hotels, resort locations and destination getaways, as a CONSUMER. Other memberships that do the same thing run $5000 to $25,000 per year, and often require that members pay property taxes, renewal fees, etc. We charge around $300 for a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP… no hidden fees… no black-out dates… no timeshare sales pitches… no gimmicks.

After having developed compensation plans for several remarkably successful companies, I was dumbfounded, humbled and awed by the compensation plan we have with this company. And I would personally challenge anyone to show me why this comp plan isn’t the most fair, remarkable and generous comp plan on the planet today.

So feel free to share this with those who might tell you they don’t like our comp plan, and then invite them to get on Skype or Google Hangouts with me, so I can help them better understand what they are missing. (And in the case of being dropped on their heads as children, I have an amazing team of neurologists, here at Hershey Medical Centre, who would be more than happy to help them if that’s the case!)

The bottom line is that I don’t accept the excuses people give me for not taking a serious look at this program, because I know that’s what they are. And I’ll tell you WHY I know that…

…because when I was introduced to this company, I tried all the excuses myself. I kept thinking with a network marketing mentality, and just couldn’t understand how this would work. But I did know one thing… I wanted a membership for our family. So I bought it. And within 48 hours, I introduced two friends to the program, and they naturally did the same thing… And now, we’re living proof that the compensation plan works, we’ve just saved over $700 on a family trip to Gatlinburg next month, and we’re helping more families put an extra $800 or more in their pockets each month faster than we’ve ever done in 29 years of direct sales history.

Ready to take a FRESH look at this? Give me nine minutes to share with you an insider’s look at what we’re doing, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Dial: 1.888.556.6128 (outside the U.S., dial 001.888.556.6128), or visit: http://teamvisionglobal.com/travel and watch the 15 minute pre-recorded webinar on-demand presentation.

 

Three topics most people avoid: Religion, Politics, and…

There’s little question that nothing draws such extremely polarised views and opinions as politics, religion and network marketing (in that order); and yet of the three, only one is usually the result of misinformation, ignorance or misunderstanding.

Network Marketing

Why have some of the most successful business entrepreneurs, including, Robert Allen, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki, not only advocated network marketing, but actually invested time and resources into the development of network marketing organisations?

Perhaps it’s because they are actually savvy enough to know the difference between a “pyramid” or Ponzi scheme and network marketing, and have not allowed ignorance to cloud their rational minds enough to see that network marketing is much more like the structure used in insurance and real estate marketing than it is like pyramid or Ponzi schemes.

Perhaps it’s because these business giants take the time to do their due diligence, so that they do not get swindled by the unethical fly-by-night schemes that pop-up, masquerading as legitimate network marketing opportunities. And perhaps it’s just that they are not in a position of financial desperation, so their minds are a bit more relaxed, when evaluating opportunities that present themselves.

At the end of the day, the biggest problem is not with network marketing, but with the people it often attracts — both in the corporate management of companies, and in the recruiting/distributor force.  These are the two biggest reasons many people will not even consider a network marketing opportunity, after generations of companies that attempted to convince people to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on overpriced products, only to be swindled into agreeing to monthly minimum purchase requirements, recruiting quotas, and other BAD INVESTMENT PRACTICES, just in order to “buy a piece of the dream.”

Over the past 29 years, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of being among the top five percent of income earners in the network marketing and internet marketing fields for eighteen of those years. And I can briefly share why I enjoyed that level of success:

  • I never encouraged people to invest in products they did not personally need or want.
  • I never offered products that were not an excellent value for their price.
  • I did not “garage qualify” folks, or try to convince them to carry inventory, under any circumstances.
  • I never promoted a business that would require them to go deeper into debt, with the promise of “future wealth”. If the program could not put a minimum of $500 income in their pockets the first month, I was not interested in promoting it.
  • I never promoted a business that would require an initial start-up of more than $500, or a monthly maintenance (including advertising) of more than $150.

But in the time that has passed between when I earned my first six-figure income, in 1982 and today, the industry has dramatically changed. And nothing has been more responsible for that change than the Internet.

The Internet has leveled the playing field, making it possible to get better and more accurate information more quickly than ever before. It allows customers and business builders alike to research the ingredients, product claims, and competitors within minutes, and expands the marketing reach of their dollar to include a global marketplace.

Weeks before I became involved with our current program, I was ready to announce that I was walking away from the industry. I’m not someone who pretends that things are going well, when they are not. And I don’t ever withhold information from my sales consultants. So it would have been no surprise for them to hear that I simply do not believe that traditional direct sales and network marketing companies represent a viable, sound or reasonable investment in today’s marketplace.

The Days of Traditional MLM are Numbered

And here are the reasons I say that:

  • Nutrition companies have begun to lose their viability because the global marketplace continues to impose further regulations and limitations on the kinds of alternative healthcare products that are permitted to be sold, as Big Pharma tightens its stranglehold on the welfare of the global community, in an effort to keep people just sick enough to keep needing their prescription drugs.
  • Even those nutrition companies that still exist and continue to thrive are suffering the effects of the consumer’s access to thousands of competing products at better prices on the Internet. I do not believe it’s reasonable to invest time and money into a company that will pit me against my local health food stores and grocery outlets. That’s unfair competition, and pricing I know I cannot beat.
  • The “just switch store” companies are run by backward thinking, religious fundamentalists and hatemongers that I refuse to support. Their efforts to push an ultraconservative religious agenda is not as bad as their reputation for misleading the public, and their own distributors, with cleverly worded jargon than pretends they have an extraordinary retention rate, or which even lies about who founded their company. As much as I like their compensation plan and products, I am unwilling to compromise my values and principles to support such a business.
  • In today’s economy, I believe it is unreasonable to expect people to have to take on the added expense of high-priced autoshipments for products they don’t really want or need, and which are not value-priced.
  • The concept of those companies based on doing home parties is not only an out-dated, provincial and ineffective means of growing a network marketing company, but it also brings with it the need to carry inventory, deliver products, collect payments, maintain a merchant account, and for most of those companies, it means you have to keep working forever, if you want to keep getting a cheque. Those little cosmetic companies, cookware and candle party deals just weren’t created by people with network marketing savvy. It’s 1980s marketing, and that’s not my cup of tea in 2012. Perfect for the little Suzie Homemaker, or Billy Beautician, who want to supplement their income by adding a new service to their existing daily activities. And a great way for those folks to earn an extra $400-$1200 easily in a month, but there is no long-term leveraging of income, effort or investment.

But is there a viable solution for the aspiring entrepreneur?

We all know that most people are not in a position financially to invest $500,000 to $1 Million in a franchise, and if most network marketing programs are becoming saturated, and the home party deals are not for the serious business person, then what’s an aspiring entrepreneur to do?

Well, that was the question I asked, when I was about the point that I was ready to just walk away. After all, I’d had a terrific run, and the industry had been very good to me. But now the terms of my exit strategy seemed to be coming to fruition. And there were no companies out there that seemed able to meet the criteria I’d set for businesses we would consider adding to our portfolio.

Then my friends Susan and RS gave me a call…

“Would it be reasonable to say that you probably take a week’s vacation every 12-24 months, Gianmichael?” Susan asked. Sure it would. In fact, I am approaching the time in my life, when I plan to take a week off every six months or so.  Quality of life is so very important, and because I am living with the challenges of Parkinson’s Disease, it’s essential to me that I not work like a maniac, and miss the opportunities to slow down and smell the roses!

“Would it also be reasonable to assume that you probably know two people who take vacations, who might like to have an extra $800 in their pocket this month?” my friend R.S. pitched in.

Naturally. In fact, I know that most of my friends and colleagues around the world actually get four to six weeks paid holiday every year. Only in the United States does it seem that we value our employees so little as to only offer one week paid vacation (if that).  And in this economy, I would be hard pressed to think of anyone who would say, “No” to an extra $800 spendable cash.

“One final question,” RS added, “I’m guessing then, that you would probably say it’s also reasonable to expect that those two people likewise know two people who vacation and would love to make an extra $800? Am I right?”

Now it was my turn…

“Sure, ladies, but before you even go there, let me tell you that I am all too familiar with those travel company scams — companies like YTB, which was shut down by the Feds, and all of these scams that claim to be selling you a travel search engine, or am IATA travel agent card, but which are either offering vapourware, and sure to be shut down, or which have such pathetic compensation plans that the only cash flow you’ll see is the $150 a month going out of your chequing account to pad the pockets of such notorious scam artists as Phil Piccolo, Chuck Hansen and others.”

I was definitely not interested in one of those “travel companies”.

rsmalloryAnd then I listened as GTN Founding Member, RS Mallory, who has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Distributor Rights Association (now known as the Association of Network Marketing Professionals) – a non-profit organisation dedicated to advocacy, distributor rights mediation, and  a commitment to positively impact, serve, educate, standardize, preserve, and unite network marketing associates and those who develop and create businesses within the network marketing community – as she explained how this company was not even remotely like those travel scams.

For starters, the company, now three years-old and debt free, is not selling “referral travel agent” packages, IATA cards, or search engines. They are a legitimate and respected VIP Travel Membership company, with one of the industry’s most progressive, fair and generous referral compensation plans I’ve ever seen. There are no distributor kits to buy, because there are no distributors. Every one involved in the company is a member, and it is purely the member’s option, whether or not they choose to participate in the referral marketing program.

WINNING FACTOR #1 – A PRODUCT PEOPLE WOULD BUY WITHOUT ANY COMPENSATION PLAN

For seventeen years, many of my readers have heard me tell them that the first test of a legitimate business opportunity is to ask yourself if the product would stand on its own and sell successfully if there were no business opportunity attached.

This product – an exclusive VIP Membership in a travel program, which gives the member access to over one million resorts, condos, hotels and destination vacation locations, at discount prices as low as $299 for eight days and seven nights, is a steal. I’d immediately decided, without thinking about it, “Hey, even if I don’t like the comp plan, I will buy a membership, because that’s something my family can get a lot of use out of!” (And we already have… saving $700 on our first booked vacation alone!)

The VIP Membership is around $300, so even if a person stayed at a resort that was only $600 for a week, and got it for $299, the membership paid for itself in one vacation. VALUE BASED. Check!

WINNING FACTOR #2 – NO COSTS FOR WEBSITES, MARKETING KITS, OR ANY OTHER HIDDEN FEES

Next, I discovered that there were no hidden fees. No add-on costs for my marketing website. As I already said, no “distributor kits” to buy for $29 or $49 (a technique devised by MLM companies to pad their pockets with added profit, even if the new rep did nothing). Everything was included at no cost, including access to training and recruiting calls, and everything I would need to get started.  Another CHECK on my criteria!

WINNING FACTOR #3 – THE MOST FAIR AND REASONABLE RECRUITING REQUIREMENTS EVER!

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and so I automatically ignore companies that tell me how they’re going to build my business for me, because, well, that’s bullshit. And we all pretty much know that.

But I also know that the past fifty-seven years of MLM history shows that the average network marketing distributor will successfully recruit about 3-4 people in their first sixty days in the business, and will not recruit more than eight in their entire career. So compensation plans that set the minimum recruiting qualifications to make more than a pittance commission at eight, ten, eighteen, or twenty people are clearly interested in one thing, and that is KEEPING THE MAJORITY OF THE PROFIT IN THEIR POCKETS, not the pockets of their sales force. In industry terms, it’s called “breakage” and it’s something built into every unethical marketing plan out there. So-called “Heavy Hitters” know what it is, and they hope you never figure it out.

(That’s the reason that so many of these supposed Network Marketing superstars, who especially flock to the binary comp plans out there, jump from one company to the next, moving entire organisations of people with them… because they know the only way to keep making money is to broker backroom deals, every so often, when the crowd starts getting restless, because they’re not making the money they were promised. So the leader pockets a nice little “bonus” for moving his people, and the crowd is duped for another 6-12 months, until it’s time to move onto the next new miracle juice or pill!)

This company, by stark contrast, set the recruiting requirement at TWO PERSONALLY ENROLLED MEMBERS, because they knew that EVERYONE could do that, and do it in their first month! What’s more, when you enroll two people, and help those two people to do the same thing – so you have a team of six members total in your group – not only do you earn your first $800 commission cheque, but YOU ARE QUALIFIED FOR COMMISSIONS FOR LIFE! You will never have to recruit another person, maintain any kind of monthly quotas, or “volume requirements”. You are commission qualified for the rest of your life.

ETHICAL AND FAIR RECRUITING REQUIREMENTS… Check!

WINNING FACTOR #4 – SHOW ME THE MONEY!

The compensation plan for this unique company is something I could probably spend hours going on-and-on about, because they have literally built-in features that no other compensation plan in the industry has ever offered. But the simplest way to explain it is to say that you start out with a 2×4 matrix (which means you have two frontline spots, and four under those) and when that matrix is filled, so long as you have your two personal enrollments, you get paid $800. Then a new matrix is created, and that’s where the magic begins, because you can actually begin earning $800 over and over again, every time the growth in your organisation. (I will spend time explaining that in greater detail to anyone who’s really interested because it’s truly mind boggling, and BIGGER than anything you could imagine at first glance.)

FAIR AND GENEROUS COMPENSATION PLAN… Check!

WINNING FACTOR #5 – HELPING OTHER ENTEPRENEURS

The fifth winning factor actually has little to do with the company or its objectives at all. It’s about my personal commitment to empowering others and helping them to cultivate Primary Greatness.

You see, I know that many of my friends are emotionally attached to their companies. Some of them have invested three, five, ten years or more into growing their organisation, and they know that I might be right about the industry growth slowing down, but they cannot afford to walk away from an income of $4,000, $6,000 or $25K or more each month. Understandably!

Now I personally don’t believe in becoming emotionally attached to a business or a piece of real estate. It’s just not good business. But it happens. In fact, one of the companies I will likely always be involved in is a company whose compensation plan is among the five worst plans in the world, in my professional opinion, but I happen to think they make the best products in their niche, and so I maintain a membership to buy what I need for my family and friends.

Other friends are actually enjoying their businesses with other companies, and have begun to look at what I am doing as a chance to buy something that they can use to reward their downline, who never have to even know that they are involved in the company! You see, these network marketing pros join our company just to get the VIP Membership, and then they book luxury vacations as “give aways” for people on their teams, who meet certain recruiting challenges.

One friend sells hair and beauty products, and she became a member to be able to do just that. Whenever one of her ladies are on their way to whatever the next step is toward that coveted pink Cadillac, she rewards them with a week at a Disney area resort for their family. It only costs her $299, and her commission on the volume those consultants generate in her beauty business is $500, so she’s essentially reinvesting $300 of that back into creating loyal beauty-ladies! Pretty smart!

And so this is a way I can not only help my friends reward their reps with amazing incentive packages, but also a way that some of my other friends, who are really struggling to keep their businesses going, can quietly enroll TWO of their leaders, who may be having an equally tough time, and then all of them can begin to earn a nice side income, that may make all the difference between whether they can keep their homes, or stay in their businesses.

SO WHAT’S THAT MEAN FOR YOU?

My friends and gentle readers, I don’t know if the timing is right for you to get started with a business that can literally change your life right now, only you can make that distinction, but I do know this…

Thirty days from now, you and I could be relaxing at our favourite vacation destinations, and enjoying a little Facetime on our iPhones, while you begin to ponder the enormous impact this business can have on your financial and personal life, and as you enjoy those weekly $800+ cheques coming in…

…or you could simply be thirty days older, thirty days more frustrated, thirty days further away from your dreams, your goals and your destiny.

It’s important that we know the limits of our business endeavors and recognise what is and is not working for us. Much like the sailor who must know the length of his line, so that when he drops anchor, he will be secure and safe, we have to know whether our present business vehicle will reach where we want to go.

John Locke put it well when he wrote, using this same analogy:

“It is of great use to the sailor, to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean. It is well he knows, that it is long enough to reach the bottom, at such places as are necessary to direct his voyage, and caution him against running upon shoals that may ruin him. Our business here is not to know all things, but those which concern our conduct. If we can find out those measures, whereby a rational creature, put in that state in which man is in this world, may and ought to govern his opinions, and actions depending thereon, we need not to be troubled that some other things escape our knowledge.”

I encourage you to ask yourself the difficult questions, and when the time is right, and you are ready to engage, to reach out and give me a call. I’ll look forward to the adventures that await us!

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We always appreciate it when someone cares enough to want to share their enthusiasm about a new or existing business opportunity with us. After 32 years in the direct sales and network marketing industry, having spent 18 years among the top five percent of income earners in that industry, I do have a very clear sense of the kinds of businesses that work, those which have begun to become less-than-relevant, and those which will decline over the next five to ten years.

My criteria for inclusion in my personal business portfolio is very specific, and in fact, would actually disqualify two of the companies that are in my portfolio at the present time, which will be completely phased-out and eliminated from the portfolio over the next two years. If you would like me to consider your company, please be sure that it meets all of the following criteria:

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