Hopes & Dreams Sold Here

Network marketing is “all about the products!” Bullshit.

Let me explain.

I fell in love with the network marketing model over 20 years ago when I first saw it. It was brilliant. Instead of me having to do a lot of work, it was about a lot of people doing a little bit of work. I’ve always loved the idea of large potential gains from small, consistent, measured efforts.

I’ve since earned a small fortune with companies that sold long distance service, vitamins, online greeting cards, skin care, and TV boxes. It would be accurate to say that I don’t “love” any of those things. What I do love is people. And one thing that I’ve learned is that most people have hopes and dreams.

That – in my opinion – is what network marketing is about. No matter the company, no matter the product or service, what network marketing offers is a chance at a better tomorrow. It’s that inner hope that will drive someone to push through comfort zones and sacrifice a little bit of that spare time.

Tune out the hype. Ignore the million (and billion) dollar promises. Don’t listen to the posers who tell you that traditional jobs are somehow the enemy. Instead, ask yourself if you’d like a $1,000 a month asset. What about $5k or $10k? That, on top of what you currently earn, would make for a sweet lifestyle improvement.

Not only is that realistic, it’s also intelligent and admirable.

Now I’m not saying that the products aren’t important. They’re vitally important. But it’s NOT “all about the products.”

You want somebody to pull out their credit card and join your team? Show them a way to get what they want (i.e. more money, more fun, more happiness). We’re in the business of hopes and dreams.

  • Full disclosure, I started a new venture in June 2018 that actually has the first product I’ve ever seen that actually does what its says its going to do with a single sample. My views have changed on “how” to open conversations. Now I open with the products. But that doesn’t change the fact that your business partners in network marketing will come through the entrepreneurial opportunity. -TW

4 thoughts on “Hopes & Dreams Sold Here

  1. Your comments sound a little cynical and I am sorry about that. You are such a dynamic and positive person with a smile to go along with your personality. I love our network marketing business and have been doing it since 2003. And I guess I am pretty “product oriented” because I truly believe in the integrity of the supplier company. Yes–there is an opportunity to make a good income but it all depends on each individual and how much they want and how hard they are willing to work to get it. It is all about sharing and what “fits” for each individual. Wishing you well–Happy Fourth!


    • Tommy says:

      Hey Phyllis! So glad to hear from you . . . thanks for your comment. I’m in no way cynical about anything, and thank you for the lovely compliment. đŸ™‚ My memories of you are fond ones as well.
      I know that you love your products at Shaklee and that’s wonderful. And I also believe that the integrity of the supplier is crucial.
      My point is that business is business. The “product” in MLM is the “opportunity.” If it was about the products then you could just be a customer. Right?


  2. Lisa Fish says:

    Hi Tommy,
    I so understand! I guess what it boils down to is LIFE is what we make of it and we’re all in different seasons for different reasons! Whether we make money or not…it’s the personal growth and LIFE long relationships that matter most. At the end of the day…we can’t take anything with us! As long as we’re not loosing money, but gaining wonderful life experiences in the process and sharing the love! That’s what matters to me most!
    P.S. I got a hot pizza waiting for you and at Consol’s and I’m sure your uncle would love to see ya at the “Sons of Italy!”


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