Blog   Old School vs. New School? Don’t Get Conned

Somehow, slick copy I guess, ‘old school’ seems to mean dinosaur ~ bound for extinction.  Let’s take a look at ‘Old School’ and ‘New School’ and don’t worry, I am not some octogenarian who is going to hit you with some ‘back in my day…..’whinning.

I get the scope of the internet and I love the new technologies but I also know a thing or two about building large organizations.

The ‘old school’ is being presented in a negative light.  It  is done in a way to make the ‘new school’ seem like a common sense.

The fear of loss, of being left behind coupled with promises of riches  and a recruiting world so spectacular urge us to follow these pied-pipers to the promise land ~ of course you can do this ONLY after ~ ahem ~ placing your credit card purchase.

Don’t confuse technology, the internet and manipulating your subconscious with success.

Who doesn’t want to be in the ‘new school’ you think.  Since we read about people making lots of money and these people say they made it on line and it fits our motives we say “Sure……let’s buy it!”

Kiss your cash good-bye folks.

Let’s get this Old School/New School thing settled right now. I am all about leverage and great new things are developed everyday.  Got a iPhone, love it.  New iMac.  Amazing.  Signing people in online instead of using paper, getting a check and mailing it in ~ then ~ waiting for a week or more are thing I sure do not miss.

Being able to put trainings up online for free for my team, webinars…well, you get the point.  I’m not drawing marketing plans out on napkins any more.  There is some great stuff out there that makes things better, faster and easier.  Is that ‘new school’ or just progress?

John Wooden, UCLA basketball icon, explains ‘You need change to make progress but not all change is progress.’ Coach Wooden is correct.   Og Mandino , author of ‘The Greatest Salesman in the World [10 Million plus copies], is even more pointed about this issue, “Fashion comes and goes, only principles endure.”

Using Wooden’s and Og’s principles we’ve been blessed and succeeded while integrating ‘progress’ into our business plan.

The bottom line is there is no Old School versus New School, just some people trying to take advantage of new, inexperienced people and their hopes.

How do you know what to add to your arsenal and what to pass on if you are new?  And want to grow fast?  Mark Twain seemed to have an answer that is powerful in both schools, “Common sense isn’t so common.”

If you had a big organization would you put them in competition with every line in your company and every distributor with every company in the world?  I don’t think so.

As good friend Jim Bartlett like to ask, “if your leads [system, whatever] is so good, why are you selling them instead of working them?”

They always have  cute answers about helping others, wanting to give back  but to this point in time, when I call or email these folks and ask  3 simple questions, the truth is easy to see.  Well, its easy to see if we exercise common sense.

I let them know I have a group of over 10,000 and I want to triple it…..then I ask

“What company are you currently working with and what is your check?”

“How much did you make from MLMs, not tools,  in the past year?”

“If I like what you have to offer my group, I will open your offer to all of them and recommend it as long as you can provide evidence to the first 2 questions, OK?”

No one from ‘New School’s’ has called me, emailed me or attempted to contact me.  hmmmmm.  Old School was no different, con men were a dime a dozen in the early going too.

Folks, there are no new games, just different players so do your homework, ask the tough questions and use some common sense.

Don’t let people mentally manipulate you.  The old vs. new is a subconscious ploy.  The subconscious has been conditioned to ‘belong’ ~ it has a compulsion to belong.  Con men know this so they paint one good and one bad so your subconscious chooses the one they want you to choose.  From there, fear of loss and the promise of unmatched success further leverages this dynamic.

The courses these guys sell about ‘writing copy’ are not about writing copy, its about minipulation.  Realize who you are and what they are doing.

We are blessed.  We have 20 year olds in the group teaching us great stuff and 60 year olds teaching great stuff.  Mostly, the people who grow fastest are the ones that learn what to say so the prospect agrees to take a look with an open mind.  Is that ‘Old School?’ Is that ‘New School?’  I think it’s just good manners, common sense and a little skill.  It transcends both schools so we can get the best out of each and ourselves.


mark j

World’s Laziest Networker

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