A Skeptical Dose of Health

I did something yesterday that I didn’t think I would ever do again – I attended a presentation for a network marketing presentation.

Mary and RandiAbout 7 or 8 years ago, I was in network marketing up to my eyeballs. I was part of more than one company. I sold children’s books, beauty products, nutritional supplements, food, household items, an online auction, and I don’t even remember what else.

I was attending a lot of personal development conferences, and of course, everyone had their own product that they were pushing. The conferences also promoted MLM as a way to become financially free. Top names in the financial field like Robert Kiyosaki were advocating network marketing as a viable means to get rich.

All of the companies sell the same features – that it is easy, anyone can be successful, it’s not really selling, it’s sharing.

And there’s a part of me that honestly believes it is a viable vehicle toward financial and time freedom.

For extroverts.

As an introvert, it is not in my nature to throw parties for products, or to push my friends and family to support me in my venture by spending lots of money on this or that miracle thing.

So I gave it all up, every single one. And I’ve been extremely gun-shy about any network marketing company ever since.

However, I’ve been seeing the posts of a friend of mine, and I’ve seen the remarkable change that she has experienced over the last year and a half. To be honest, for a very long time, every time I saw her post about her product experience, I scrolled past it.

And then I watched one of her videos. And chatted with her – she didn’t push anything at me at all, and I’m super grateful for that. If she had, I would have run the other way. Because we hadn’t seen each other for a long time, she told me about the low point to which her health had dropped, and how she had come to feel healthier, lose quite a bit of weight, and have a ton of energy once again.

I’ll admit, it got me curious. Not enough to buy the product, just enough to keep watching.

So when she asked for friends to allow her to post on their wall, I said sure. I’m happy to see her happy, healthy and successful. She sent me a trial of the product, and invited me to a presentation. And I went.

I’m still extremely skeptical. Part of me wants to believe all the testimonials that I heard at the presentation. I want to believe that it can be that simple to feel better, to have more energy, release toxins and even shed some extra weight. I want to believe that it could be that easy to earn extra money. And I’m still skeptical.

I’m willing to test this product and see if it will make a difference for me. If you are at all curious, and would like to learn more, or maybe test it out with me, click here to learn about Thrive. For full disclosure, if you order anything, I will benefit.

UPDATE: When I wrote this after attending the presentation, I didn’t really feel any different. I had sat through the presentation yawning (because I was still tired) and holding tightly to my skepticism. I stayed up until 1 am this morning. I’m usually exhausted by 10 pm. I was up to get the boys up for school at the normal time, without too much effort. I did yoga and felt more energy than normal. I’m yawning again now, probably because of the shorter night’s rest, however it’s not the “Can I hibernate, please?” kind of yawning. I’m starting to think there might be something to Thrive. Maybe.

Oh, and I promise that I won’t let this blog become one of those “buy my product” blogs.



How Do You Know if it is the Right Opportunity?

This week my mentor contacted me about a new opportunity to learn from her mentor. He’s involved with a new company that is launching a new service in about a month. To assist people that join his team, he is offering all of his training materials for free to those who sign up.

Tough DecisionNow, I have a very healthy skepticism when it comes to any network marketing. I’ve put it my time, in quite a number of different companies. At one point, I was involved in something like 4 or 5 different MLM companies at the same time! I hosted parties, I paid for training, I bought leads and did cold calling, all of it, and with very little success.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe network marketing is a viable system, and I don’t knock the people who have found success with it. I also think that I am not the right kind of person to really do well with network marketing. All the attempts and failures have really jaded me that it will work for me. And all the hype that tends to go with MLM opportunities? It kind of makes my skin crawl.

Theoretically, that’s not what I would be joining this particular opportunity for. I would be joining it for the access to my mentor’s mentor. And what a fantastic opportunity that is – he never offers his training this inexpensively.

Unfortunately, and especially after talking things over with my husband, I cannot justify the expense right now, even for the training. No matter how much I want to. I tell myself that if I worked just a little and signed up a few people, it would pay for my training, and hey, maybe even earn me a little extra money, too!

In meditation this morning, a song lyric kept going through my mind:

You leave a lot to be desired,

But I still desire you.

To me that says even though part of me wants to accept this offer, there is still something missing.

I also have to honor my husband’s opinion. And when I really check in with myself, my heart isn’t in it. But is that just the regret of having to pass up a good opportunity? I don’t have the sales skills to do this again. It would take me away from creating the course I want to create and share with you. On the other hand, this would help me learn more of the sales skills I need to be able to share the course with you.


What do you think? If you are in the US (its not available in Canada yet, another strike against it for me at the moment), would you be interested in an opportunity to get unlimited mobile service, data and text for $49/month, with the possibility for being paid back for referring your friends? If so, send me an email and I will invite you to the opportunity. I’d give you a direct link, but you have to invite people individually. If no one emails, I totally understand – this isn’t the right time for me to enter this opportunity.