Blog   Network Marketer’s #1 Mistake & 4 Small Steps to Avoid It


Admit it.  Come on, it’s OK.

You enrolled and along with the doubt, visions of a better life, more money, more time to enjoy yourself, firing your boss…..and lot’s of other cool things started dancing in your head.

Sure was that way for me.

It might as well have been a 24 screen Cineplex.


What if I fail?

Debt free.

What if I could make $10,000 a month by Christmas.

All these movies and others running at the same time in my head.


I was raising 2 kids on my own.  Delivering seafood out of a van wasn’t hard work but it took 60-70 hours a week.  And all the other stuff.

Ever thought about the irony we create when we join a company and go for it?

We join to have more time with the family…..but…..the business takes 10 hours or more a week and we can’t take it from work.

So where does it come from?

Yup.  The family.  Ironic?  Yup.

But that irony actually sets up the biggest mistake we make, all of us.


We can work, [that’s another blog, a long one.  geez, why do people have the idea building a residual income takes no work?]……anyway we can work our business full-time or part time but we simply cannot work our business in our spare time.

And that is the mistake.  Right there.  Spare time.

We don’t have spare time, no one has ‘spare time.’

Adding 10 Hours In Weekly is An Adjustment

What happens in real life is during the ‘adjustment’ period of adding the business into our hectic lives…..and the uncertainty of what to do…..most of our ‘spare time’ is spent on non-income producing activities.

Like…..surfing the net for short cuts……buying tools that ‘promise’ to find ‘hot prospects’ [there really is a sucker born every minute], and learning about the product or compensation plan…..or some other nonsense we engage in to avoid the 1 thing we need to do.  Talk to people.

Look, don’t get sucked into the speed factor, like it’s got to be built now and built big now… one needs that kind of stress……no one makes good decisions under stress.

If you do, and most people do…..feel the stress…..along with running our lives…..we decide to do the 1 thing, talk to people,  that will make a difference …….in our ‘spare time’ and since we never really have any spare time, we never do what really needs to be done.  


  1. DECIDE Understand a nice 2-3 year plan, at about 10 hours a week is enough to help anyone double their income from their job.  If you are making $45,000 at your job, decide if you want to double that in 2 or 3 years.  It will take about 8-10 hours weekly for 3 years….or 12 hours a week for 2 years.  That’s a helluva raise.  Decide.  2 year plan?  3 year plan?  Be realistic with regard to your current life demands.
  2. STORE HOURS Once you’ve chosen a 2 or 3 year plan, decided which hours you will work your business – every week.  Let your family know what you are doing and why.  KEY:  Before setting your schedule up every week for the following week, make simple dates with them.  Let them know they are most important to you and these little dates [catch with your son, a walk with your spouse] mount up week after week into support.  When the ‘store’ is closed…..DO NOT WORK OR TALK BUSINESS.
  3. FOCUS ON THE MAIN THING During the hours your ‘store’ is open, focus exclusively on The Main Thing.  The Main Thing is talking to people about your business.  The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.  Focus on income producing activities for yourself and people you enroll.  Period.
  4. SKILLS Network marketing is just like any other business.  We need to learn the network marketing skills, talking to people, that will keep advancing our business.
mark januszewski



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