Several years ago I made the case for Moms providing the best Training For Network Marketers.  I really didn’t think much of it, just kind of writing a tribute to my Mom years ago.

And every year, about 2 weeks before Mother’s Day, we get lots of requests about reposting it and explaining, once again, why all Moms are the top Network Marketing trainers and render the best Training For Network Marketers.   Always has been, always will be… so thanks to all you Moms for asking us to update this and run it on Mother’s Day.

Mahalo for all the kind words and emails each year… Mom my cried when she read this, years ago. She’s gone now but I get to cry a few tears of joy each year that I repost it… and it reminds me each year that, like all Moms, my Mom was the best trainer for network marketers on the planet.

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MOMS and A Gentle Reminder

I’m in that group that believes Mother’s Day, each year, gives all of us a gentle reminder that we should appreciate those wonderful people who support us daily and not just one day a year.  It’s a chance, each year, to begin honoring the sacrifice this remarkable legion of #GoGivers who, despite their styles, all have one objective… that we become the best version of ourselves.  Think about that.  While gurus may claim that, it’s a hollow minipulative lie.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there… Believe me, despite all the awards, honors, and other accolades I’ve received over the last 30 years, including being named Network Marketing Trainer of the Year and inducted into the Hall of Fame… I pale in comparison to my Mom.

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My Mom doesn’t know anything about Network Marketing or so I thought when she asks me how my business is going.

I think she doesn’t understand it; maybe it’s me that doesn’t understand.

MOM taught me everything I needed to know to build a network marketing business. She gave me network marketing skills.  Turns out, after all these years, I realize, hands down, Mom was the top Network Marketing trainer, ever.


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Hands on help, just like Mom did with you

Mother’s Day. Don’t we all feel like we should do a little more all year for Mom?

Would it really kill us to go to Mom’s house and leave the cell phone in the car, have a cup of coffee and just be ‘present’?

Can’t make up for the past, you know, all those times we’re a ‘little too busy’ to just visit?

She was never too busy for me. Never.

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Don’t we all feel like we could all do a little more recruiting?

Would it really kill us to sit at our desk an hour a night and dial the phone and be ‘present’?

Can’t make up for the past, you know, all those times we were making ourselves “little too busy” to just dial?

Why are we always too busy to actually do the business?


She encouraged me to dream.

She knew my dreams and encouraged them and me.

She asked me about them.

She found places, like where to get me signed up for Little League, and got me there. So many countless things.

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It’s our duty to encourage others to dream.

We tell them they have to have a “why”

Tell them to write it down.

But do we know their dreams like Mom knew ours?

Do we find articles, pictures, and events that support them?

After they do write it down, do we ever, like Mom, ask them about it again?

Let’s be honest, gurus and up-teams fail here.  Their hearts are not in it, just the wallet.


Mom was a hands-on-teacher. Not a school teacher.

She was patient. Persistent. Insistent.

She never quit when I struggled. Never.

Yeah, she made me read the directions, sat there while I read them and answered a lot of the same questions over and over.

Asked me if I understood them and then she showed me how to do things right… no matter how many times it took.

She taught me skills.

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Am I a hands-on teacher or do I just “plug” them in?

Training for network marketers is getting lost in short-cuts and hacks… Mom took none of those

Is it right to quit on them when they struggle and rationalize it as ‘they don’t want it bad enough’?

Do I make sure they get the directions and make sure they understand them?

Could I be a lot more patient when I have a rep on the phone and they are not ‘up to speed’?

Am I as willing to answer the same questions over and over?

Should I teach skills or just keep selling the dream?


Mom never quit setting an example of excellence, even when people were not looking.


She never asked me to do anything she was not doing herself.

She was never a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ Mom.

She never quit on me.

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Is it better that I set an example of excellence?

even when others are not looking?

Do I dog it and tell others what to do even though I am not doing it myself?

Am I a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ managing Network Marketer?

Do I quit on myself and others with the lie that tomorrow I will double up?


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My Mom

My Mom had to quit school and take care of her brothers and sisters when her Mom died.

Got her GED in her 50s.

Went to college, studied hard, and graduated with the highest honors in her 60s.

She was excused from her finals her last year.

Took them anyway, wanted to test herself.

All A’s, of course.

She knew she’d Ace the tests.

Always prepared. Well in advance.


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Am I staying a student?  Continuing to grow as a person and learn about people and my trade?

Or am I surfing the web for short cuts?

Do I have pride in my profession and performance or do I look for the easier, softer way and pretend I am ‘working smarter, not harder’?

Am I ready for the daily test of growing a business?

Do my actions show I am prepared to be a top Network Marketing trainer?

Am I prepared to succeed to the point that I know that I will?



Please and thank you and no elbows the table.

Listen first. Ask for permission to speak, don’t take it.

Respect their needs, forget your wants.

Never talk about people that are not present.

It’s OK to disagree but don’t be disagreeable.

Honesty is the greatest of all manners.

Stop comparing [ego] and start identifying with people doing it successfully now.

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Do I have manners?

Do I belittle people mentally or with other reps who do not join?

Do I tell people why I am calling or ‘pretend to be their friend’ so I can use their words against them later to look?

Do I ask if it is OK to tell them about my business?

Am I focused on their needs or just trying to scare them about the future?

Do I listen? Do I take a ‘no’ as graciously as a ‘yes’?

Am I honest?


She never hesitated to go the extra mile for us.

Never stopped looking for the extra mile.

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We have a chance to do this for others every day AND get paid for it.

Do we look for it? Take it?


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Mom Hiking in Kauai at 89 years-old

My Mom is 89, legally blind and needs help.

Told her she has 2 choices.

Assisted living or move 6000 miles from Massachusetts to Kauai, HI and live with us.

She’s was living in the town she was born in.

Mom says she’s scared. Says she’s used to where she lives. Knows where everything is and it’s comforting.

She packed and she’s here in Kauai.

Courage. Mom’s have courage.  Training for network marketers takes courage.  Unlike the con-artists and gurus, you’ve got to tell them the truth… they’ll need to practice, pick up the phone and improve by taking pride in their profession.

Picking up the phone takes some courage. At least we like to pretend it does.
 Not as much as moving 6000 miles to a place you’ve never been to… at 89… and blind.

Do I lack courage or am I just lazy? Mom’s are not lazy.

Rejection? Mom never accepted any obstacle as a reason to let fear determine her life.

Santa Januszewski turned 89 on October 12, 2010. 
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 She still had the guts to explore.

Networking allowed me to step up and doing something special for myself and our Mom.  See, she turned me and by extension, my team, into great training for network marketers.

I wonder how much sooner great things would have happened in the lives of others if I had not made the mistake of thinking Mom knew nothing about Network Marketing and realized she knew intuitively how to be a top Network Marketing trainer?

Like a little boy, I foolishly thought my business was so different that Mom never understand it.

Turns out she knew everything IMPORTANT about it before I was born.

Happy Mother’s Day, to all you Moms…

UPDATE from 2012. Mom’s up in New England now, turned 90, still checking up to make sure I’m doing the right things and brushing my teeth… she wanted to see her brothers and sisters.

Hoping she’ll be back in a few months… I need my top Network Marketing trainer back :-).

UPDATE 2018.  Thanks to the great Network Marketing industry, I was able to bring her to Kauai and spend time daily to giving a fraction of what she had given me… attention.  I’m grateful to the industry for that.

At 92, a few years back, she packed it in, moved on to the next adventure.  Buried her next to my Dad.  Great day because we ran the service like she ran her life, a celebration.  My Dad died in 1953.   Mom never remarried, Joe was the love of her life.  When she went back in 2012 the first order of business was visiting the grave, as always… with flowers and gratitude.

Moms are loyal to people.  Maybe networkers could learn something there, founders of companies surely could.

Lot’s of great advice I could share with you but the best advice she ever gave me about networking came at her kitchen table, long before Kauai.  I was just getting started and showing her a magazine the company put out.  I was telling her about all the top pin levels, the big checks people were earning, pointing them out to her.  I’d shown her, I’d guess, about 2-3 pages of achievers, had about 4 pages to go.  She slams her hand on the magazine as I was turning a page.

“You’ve heard enough success stories Markie… isn’t it time become one?”

Update: 2021.  Each year we get more requests to repost this, just want to express our gratitude for all the kindness and love.

So, if you would, 2 tiny favors…

I’d love two things here… love to know your “best wisdom” you ever learned from your Mom.  Is your Mom a stud at Training for Network Marketers you overlooked too?

And I’d love to know you’re going to be “mother’s day nice” more often during the year.   When they are gone, they are gone.


Mark Januszewski

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  • This was a nice story. I don’t know anything about networks or marketing but I do know how to be a Mom. All because of how my Mom taught me to respect my elders, To say Please and Thank You. To try and do my best at whatever I was doing. She was everything to me and I miss her dearly. Everyday not just on Mother’s Day.

  • My Mom understood that her customers liked to be remembered and rewarded on anniversaries and “Navidad.” She always gave significant gifts. Thanks, Mark. Great post.

  • Thank you for this, Mark. My mother died too soon at 70 with unsung music left in her heart. This is a wakeup call to let *my* heart sing and it’s only too late when I’ve drawn my last breath.

  • My mother was a leader, doing the ‘hard things first’, always gracious and giving to those who had less, no matter how little she had. She taught by example as well as giving good advice. One of them was always celebrate the small wins.

  • My Mom (one of my aunts who raised me), Lorenza taught me to always do what is right at all times. She helped create a foundation of righteousness and most of all gratefulness always.

    Every day, I endeavor to be that “mother’s day nice” daily. That is also one of the things I learned from my Mom Lorenza. I agree totally to this.

  • I love this Blog! I shall always read it like I heard it for the first time! Over and Over again. Thank you for sharing an touchy, uplifting and caring blog.

  • Awesome job Mark. My mom was a giver. We didn’t have much, and she sometimes would give that away. I couldn’t understand it at the time but every time we needed something it showed up. I would ask her where this came from, and she would say “whenever you give you get back in 10-fold!” Took me a long time to understand that but now I get it! It’s about being kind and sharing with others. She was my rock star! And she would always say smile because it’s free and you never know who may need to be uplifted at any time. Thanks for what you do!

  • I was head strong and thought I knew everything. When I got older I realized I knew nothing. My mom never told me I was wrong when I really wasn’t. And she was there to guide me when I grew older and asked for answers and guidance. She is now 85 yrs. old and still she teaches me new things everytime I’m with her. Love you mom. Thank you for you mom story. Very inspiring. I’m a mom also and never realized how I am a natural Networker myself. Wow. Thanks man.

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