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The World Is Pyramid Shaped

Dec-20-2010 By admin

Transamerica Pyramid San Francisco

To continue the series of posts on network marketing/multi level marketing as an instrument for breaking free from the job market and to find freedom, today I include a short article on one of the most misunderstood aspects.

To be successfully going it alone as a business entrepreneur in the direct selling field, you have to understand about the pyramid structure of business.

In my time breaking free I have heard quite a few complaints from people who say that network marketing is a ‘pyramid.’ What does that mean?

To start with, the inference is that network marketing/MLM is connected to ‘pyramid selling’ operations, which are entirely illegal.

The business directory website defines a pyramid selling operation as:

“Illegal type of network marketing in which recruits pay an admission fee to join the scheme to earn commissions on persuading other people to join the scheme, but little or no product of any real value is exchanged. Such schemes are banned in most countries.”

Since I discussed in an earlier post how it depends on you to check that genuine products exist, I am assuming you already know any network marketing business you may be considering as a business entrepreneur is legitimate or not.

In the correct form network marketing, multi level marketing or direct selling are simply another way of moving goods or services from the producer to the consumer. That is it.

Lady giving business presentation

Other complaints have centred on the fact that only a few self dependent people make it to the top levels of a network marketing business. This is seen as an unfair pyramid-shaped business.

There is no doubt it is true that the number who are breaking free to find freedom are few in number compared with those who do not but the truth is anyone can be a business entrepreneur and get to the top at the head of his or her own organization.

Most people either do not want to succeed as much as others so do not reach those higher levels or perhaps they are happy just staying at a level where they can just retail a few products. It all depends on you.

But then a pyramid is the natural shape of all businesses, of all organizations. Think about it, how many Managing Directors does a company have? How many Prime Ministers or Presidents does a country have? And this holds true whether we are talking about a democracy or a communist state.

In breaking free to find freedom, you are looking for a network marketing organization where those who find freedom at the higher levels are happy to see you succeed with them. The real advantage of the most successful groups is that you will only succeed if you help other people succeed.

Build you own pyramid and help other people do the same thing and you really will find freedom and improve your self worth at the same time.

I know one person who complained that someone above him in the network was earning money from his sales. Let’s examine that.

Say as a business entrepreneur within a network I earn £30 000 from my business. The person above me in the network earns £3000 as a result of my success. Would I benefit by complaining?

Certainly not. The only way I can earn the money is for that other person to teach me what he knows and help me find freedom. The point is, if that other person did not earn the £3000, he would not help me to earn £30 000.

Hopefully you will be in the same position in the future.

In network marketing you are largely self dependent as a business entrepreneur, but you are not alone. The support should be there to help you in breaking free to find freedom. After all, is it better to learn from the mistakes others made or to make them all over again yourself?

There are a great deal myths spread about network marketing, but the truth is the most effective businesses are those that do everything they can to help those who want to find freedom achieve everything they want.

Imagine how productive it would be if everyone in the organization was breaking free to chase their dreams.


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Product Presentation At A Conference

In this short series of articles on network marketing/multi level marketing/direct selling we have so far examined understanding the people already running such businesses and how to discover if they are the sort of people with whom you can find freedom.

You want to be going alone as a business entrepreneur but also as a part of a network so you need products to promote too.

All businesses in all walks of life need products to sell: whether it is a solid item you can touch or a service.

80% of all businesses fail and this is true in direct selling. Often the reason is the products do not sell.

Of course it all depends on you but to find freedom it is always better to have a diverse range of products so if one does not sell well in a situation, you have another one to promote. The expression ‘not having all your eggs in one basket’ is especially relevant to people breaking free from the job market to find freedom.

In direct selling therefore diversification means strength: having one product is weak, two products are better but the ideal is a range of many products.

I repeat: any business has to have a product. This product has to be sold at a profit for an enterprise to survive and for you to find freedom.

It is essential you understand how any network marketing company makes money and how any bonus structure works. If the product is not specified and certainly if it does not even exist, make your way to the exit otherwise you may be entering into the dangerous world of money trees or chain letters.

The truth is there are widely varied ranges of products to be found in direct selling and it depends on you to find the ones that suit you and will help you find freedom.

Always avoid schemes where there are not benefits to everyone involved or there are no products.

Two businessmen in a friendly handshake

It depends on you to be responsible for You Inc. or You Limited so you must be clear if it is worth tying your budding enterprise to the one offered. Are they really worth your valuable time and effort?

As with all businesses you have stakeholders to satisfy: your family. Act like the business entrepreneur you are.

But the benefits need not necessarily financial. Good direct selling companies will offer training, which can be valuable in its own right.

Are you clear how the training works? Is it good quality and well structured? Can you see how it can help you find freedom?

The principles of success are timeless and universal: they have been taught since at least the time of the Bible. They work if applied in the right way and will improve your self worth and help you in going it alone so ensure any training system teaches them.

Also satisfy yourself that the organization will stand behind you and support you all the way.

In his interesting book, ‘Why We Want You To Be Rich,’ Robert Kiyosaki puts it this way:

“Donald Trump and I recommend and support the network marketing or direct sales industry primarily because of the education aspect of the industry. Not only do most of these businesses focus on training people to be business owners, many of these businesses also have great personal development and sales-training programs. Select an organization for the education aspect more than for the compensation.”

Another benefit to be sought in direct selling is the social side. I learned a lot from the success systems but have also made many friends too. That may be important to you and useful as a business entrepreneur. Once again it would be worth getting to as many meetings as appropriate where you can meet others breaking free to find freedom and ask their opinions.

Undoubtedly there will be a cost to the meetings and education system as no one can reasonably be expected to provide books, audio programmes, video programmes and meeting venues for nothing. But again it depends on you to assess if the costs are reasonable.

People have told me they were persuaded into parting £12 000 for support materials. Be self dependent : no-one can force you to part with large amounts of money without your permission. Keep aware and know when to get out when things are simply not worth the cost involved.

Be hard when assessing a network marketing business and understand if what is being offered really works and is of benefit to you.

Act like the business entrepreneur you are and you will find freedom.

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It you are breaking free to find freedom, you will want to follow those who have succeeded before.

This is a wonderful interview with a self dependent man who is well worth the listen.



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A popular way to break free and find freedom is going it alone as a professional photographer.

Here, photographer Anthony Maddaloni gives tips on how to become self dependent as a freelance photographer.

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Getting It All Together

Nov-29-2010 By admin

I am aware that this blog was intended to be a journal by me on my attempts to break free and find freedom from the job market. I have done little of this, really passing on what I have learned, which I am sure is still useful.

Perhaps now I should bring you up to date with the challenges I am finding in going it alone at the moment in the hope you might identify with them and perhaps might find the answers at the same time.

The challenges I am finding are based on that perennial problem – self-discipline.

I am still having challenges getting to bed on time. This hinges on several influences. Firstly, I must not work too late, also I need to avoid eating too late and I do need to find time to relax before going to bed: to wind down. A hot bath often helps I find.

Equally, I am having challenges getting up early enough in the morning. This may not come as a surprise as it is so nice to be self dependent and not have to rush around to go to a job. However, this means I need to discipline myself more to get the work done. Oh dear.

As I have mentioned before, I can avoid using alarm clocks if I allow myself eight hours sleep a night. I find I naturally sleep that long. Mind you, there are temptations to stay in bed a bit longer, especially on cold mornings like they are now and also if I have got to bed too late the night before.

For this reason I have resorted to temporarily using alarm clocks. At present I have one set to bleep at ten at night to tell me I should wind down and relax ready for bed at twelve and the radio comes on at 8.30 in the morning to get me up. This generally works well except I have just worked through the first one now and it is still too easy to lie in bed thinking in the morning!

The other problems I have probably impact on this situation so I will continue.

Once I do get up I have a set morning routine so I can do what needs to be done before I start work.

Bear in mind one of my goals is to have a healthier lifestyle too, so I need sleep and exercise. In the morning therefore I have some set exercises I work to (eventually I would like to add Tai Chi, but one stage at a time), I listen to a hypnosis tape from Paul McKenna to set my thinking for the day (and it does work, I think) and then go for a thirty minute cycle ride before having breakfast and starting work on breaking free.

Well, that’s the idea anyway! I do tend to be slow going through this routine and, again, I think it is influenced by being lax in other areas. I am realising that a weakness in one area can upset the whole routine and remove the sense of urgency once set by the need to be at a job.

In breaking free we need to provide our own discipline or someone else will do it for us – and we won’t find freedom.

In the evening, once the alarm sounds at ten I should have another session of hypnosis, relax, think and meditate and make my way to bed. But too often I work too late so I go to bed still in work mode.

The reason for this is again related to something else. I have mentioned before that I have a ‘base acceptable bottom,’ or a level of work I MUST at least complete every day. This involves publishing a post to each of my four websites each day. I am achieving this I am glad to say but sometimes at the cost of running over my ten o’clock deadline.

The other problem is I am achieving this goal but I now need to do more. Often the posts I publish on breaking free and other subjects are not original but articles or videos from other sites (with the correct backlinks and credits), which is fine but I need to post more original articles of my own. In other words, to improve the quality.

At the same time, I am not moving forward in terms of learning about the websites I use, about online advertising, about more ways of promoting my sites. Equally I am not planning ahead or writing articles for other sites to promote my own. Clearly I need to impose better time discipline as per a previous article on this site or I will not find freedom as I want.

This time discipline must ensure it does not impact on my sleep either. Obviously tiredness would impact on my ability to work at my best.

Another reason for ensuring good time discipline is I want to temporarily start twelve hour working days to move forward. Clearly this needs a better routine.

Another area I am better at now is curiously my food shopping. This may seem a strange consideration but to go shopping during the week disrupts my break free work routine. Saturday is generally my day off (but I do try and get some posts online if I can) so I have been trying to get the shopping done then. Recently I have been achieving this and so minimizing distractions from my goal of breaking free.

There are other specific areas already discussed on this site that I still need to get right – and these also impact on other areas of my drive to find freedom.

As I have missed my goals too often I have let slip the idea of giving myself rewards for work done. This is something I need to work on.

Equally I need to take my breaks at set times. I tend to panic or get too involved in an article and forget to take the break. I do have a timer on my desk which goes off after 60 minutes so I need to get in the habit of jumping up and away from my desk when this goes off so I can have a ten minute break.

As said before, the breaks help me come back to work with a fresh mind.

Not enough breaks can cause me to spend too long in bed on having lunch.

Conclusion

The truth is the whole process of breaking free to find freedom can seem overwhelming. I need to refocus on my goal, which is to break free and find freedom.

One of the advantages of writing a blog like this is I have discovered what it is I need to do. The articles on this site really have given me some ideas about how to find freedom. I hope they have helped you too.

The key is finding how to apply what I have learned regularly and consistently.

That is an interesting point and one I have not seen mentioned very often; how to fit into your daily routine all the techniques required to become self dependent and successful without becoming overwhelmed.

There, I have set out my situation in fairly frank terms. One of my priorities now is simply to earn money so I can find freedom and not return to the job market next year. Solving the above challenges should ensure my success.

I will come back to these problems in later posts on breaking free to find freedom and am interested in your comments regarding your ideas and experiences.



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Kevin Spacey Inspirational (Video)

Nov-12-2010 By admin

This is not specifically useful to anyone breaking free or going it alone but is generally inspiring, so I thought I would post it anyway. Kevin Spacey talking to aspiring actors. Well, I like it.

“There is no prize out there. The only prize is this one and what you feel and what you want to accomplish.

If you can as you start out these what could be lean years, what could be fat years…

I very often watch a lot of young people meander around without any idea about why they are doing what they are doing. I mean to want and to be ambitious and to want to be successful is not enough. That’s just desire. To know what you want, to understand why you are doing it, to dedicate every breath in your body to achieve.

If you feel you have something to give, if you feel your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for then there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

You’re going to grow up with your colleagues, you’re going to watch them have success and watch them have failure and you’re going to watch how they deal with it and they can be as much a teacher for you as anybody here or anyone who is privileged enough to come here and speak to you. “

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