how to overcome obstacles in MLM

Obstacles are Part of Life

Life is full of ‘life-defining moments’ and ‘opportunities of a lifetime’, really.

My Dad was killed in Korea in 1953, I was 4, never knew him.   Don’t feel bad, I gotta be one of the luckiest people on the planet.

I was raised by a single Mom and two of her brothers …and a brother that was 10 years older than me.

I had 3 dads.

They were very different but all carried the same message in the key elements of living a successful life.

Uncle Mo was a mega-successful entrepreneur, self-made millionaire.  Uncle Dan was an IRS agent and my brother, Joe, was a mega-successful corporate guy for Mobil.

All three won because they knew life was going to throw curves from time to time …and they dealt with them.

Even Gumby Had Challenges to Overcome
Even Gumby Had Challenges to Overcome

While the language they used was different, the principle for dealing with obstacles, setbacks, betrayals and ‘office politics’ was the same.

And their walk matched their talk.

Building a long term, residual income is challenging.  Companies would not pay what they pay if they could hire people at 10 bucks an hour to do it.   Ever really think about that?   Do you really think a corporation would pay out 10 million a month – 30 million a month – or the case of billion-dollar companies, a HALF BILLION in commissions if they could get it done for minimum wage?

We’ve got to understand and accept ‘crap happens’ and embrace it.

If we do, we define the moment, if we do not, the moment, the obstacle defines us.  We’ve got to be ‘prepared,’

Here’s what I mean.

The big three taught one simple principle

So all three of these wonderful men taught me this simple principle.

Decide what you want and stay focused on what you can control.

I’ve seen this simple idea make or break people, including myself, for over 20 years.

Knowing that we are dealing with people, lots of them, that have fear, egos, anger, are short on time and money; well, clearly, all the nonsense that happened in High School is going to raise its ugly head from time to time.

The company is not ALWAYS going to make decisions you THINK are the right ones.

Companies, in the last 20 years have, unfortunately, surrendered to speed and volume, giving reps a stronger voice… and of course, every rep knows what would be in the best interest of the company.  Good grief!  While this may seem like a good idea, it is not, as it leads to confusion and fractioning and, eventually, factions… oh, boy.

Now, this is not bad news or good news… it just is.

The real question is NOT if these things and hundreds of others, betrayals, line jumping, groups rolling over and playing dead are going to happen.  The real question is will you let it distract and define you …or will you stay focused and define these moments?  For this, in today’s MLM world is where the money is made… just like it always has been and always will be in any business.

He or she, those 3 great men taught me in their own ways who identifies and solves the problems fastest with a great attitude wins.  Always has, always will.   We see it in sports, biz and art.  It’s just the way it is.

So will you develop a real purpose, not a mail-it-in ‘why’…and build a burning desire around it?

It’s really important to understand this is the short cut, for the burning desire you build around your Definiteness of Purpose  (right out of Think and Grow Rich), is what will afford you the ability to stay focused and direct your thoughts to the things you can control instead of doing what most MLMers do –  obsess about the things they cannot control.

The only thing you can control?

Your thoughts?

I’d love to know what you think… below

Oh, by the way, here is a 3 question survey about what today’s prospect really wants.  We’ll publish the results next week and do 2 live webcasts to show you how to take advantage of ‘what today’s MLMer really wants’

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mark januszewski

world’s laziest networker

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  • Astonishing! Don’t let crap define me…control what I can control. This is timely and I am a 30 year corporate guy gone NWM 4 years ago…I am going to crush it knowing what I know now. Ty.

  • Hi Mark!

    Thank you so much for your encouragement here! Our success is in our mindset; how we “respond” to these obstacles, not our “reaction”…

  • Hi Mark:

    I really appreciated this post (and others as well). Thank you so very much. Yes, I am interested in learning how to build teams for my mlm company. I have been in a mlm company on part-time basis since 2011 or so, I have 100 plus customers but the two teammates I had already quit.

    Please let me know how to do that. Thank you ahead of time.

    John H

  • Mark, I am beginning to like you my friend, it is so refreshing to hear the truth rather than all the Bubble Sh one T that comes from mindless MLM drones. Thank you Keith

  • A Burning desire is absolutely necessary for success. As the saying goes–be on fire and others will come and watch you burn:)

    Think & Grow Rich is an incredible tool. We have everything we need to succeed, and it comes from within us.

    Thanks Mark

  • Thank you for blazing the trail for the rest of us Mark.
    I will control my thoughts…brilliant.

  • Mark:

    My original hero was Art Williams. You won my heart when you gave him the credit. Thank you and I’m glad I found you.

    Thoughts have the power to accomplish that which they dwell on.

    As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

  • The amazing thing about your message Mark is that when you practice shifting your focus the stuff that cripples most will not effect you. I can say, from first hand experience, it is miraculous, what we can do, when we shift our focus onto some worthy, life-changing definite major purpose and keep our concentration on this task at hand.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • I had more than 200 people in my team.I BUILT THE TEAM with the burning desires in my heart and written DMP.But due to my uplines and down lines member dragging and line jumping my team collpsed and my BURNING DESIRES were burned my thought-process itself is stopped and depression takesover.Need guidance

  • Mark! After spending time at a ‘Trojan Horse’ system and investing a series of books on success and failures, I saw a pattern to how they both leave clues.

    Your training system takes the designed failure of the majority of MLM/network marketing and doubles the success rates. AWESOME!! Not enough in my view… BUT there is hope for significantly better.

    Having had success of the uber unreal kind and many of the horrible crash and burns I am clear what is required. Now is the time to demonstrate. I’ll keep you informed! Let’s talk soon while it is all fresh.

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