Hey!! I appreciate all the nominations to post pics & engage on/in certain fb groups etc. My inactivity is not personal. Fb is a tremendous source of anxiety. It’s not any one person, place or thing…
I can’t do the constant covid19 information.(factual or not) .the political stuff (Democrat or Republican or _)
Please don’t be offended If I don’t participate in multi level/network marketing events /groups. I’ve been invited to a bunch of virtual groups/ parties….as of late, and I totally understand why people are doing this.* You are trying to support your friends/self/family and I understand this, in the depths of my soul and recess of my eye sockets.. I was in one for two years and tried to support everyone I knew that where in one as well, bc I believed in ‘The Dream.’* I have a plethora of items (31/pampered chef etc) that I still use. I’m not a hatah’.
Here is the thing…During quarantine I have been doing a ton of research on multi level/network marketing and it’s truly not what I thought it was/is
….even as a discount market partner or associate or whatever “name” they utilize, if you are participating for the discount, bc you like the product.
I know all corporations are built in a way that makes money for the top. I get the concept of business.
However after doing research (outside of my own echo chamber) , it’s so clear that the majority of the money for the top level bossbabes in their forever mansions, comes from the forever bottom/forever customer ..simply trying to make extra money and/or stay at home with their kids.
They prey on the vulnerable. The reason I started this research on multilevel/network marketing is how egregiously and ferociously..the MLM/network/direct sales companies went after unemployed people during a global pandemic. To sell to other unemployed people during a global pandemic..and build a team of unemployed people. (Logistically it’s not feasible ).
I’m sure some of you are reading this and makes you angry. This is not my intention. Maybe I’m making an amends for my time* in one..my amends to friends, family and myself. Maybe I’m just writing what’s on my mind bc its cathartic. I also try to use my words for good. Inspiration. Hope. Laughter.
So instead of going on and on (which I already have 🤦♀️.). I’ll list some resources with actual facts for assistance:
FTC . GOV search multi level marketing
Wikipedia search multi level marketing
(Multi level marketing refers to network marking and direct sales within the business model.)
On Instagram :
Americans Against MLM
There are many many more, but these seem to be the most informative and not as “angry/volatile “, as some of the other ones I have reviewed..Anger and rage solve nothing unless channeled towards a solution.
I know there is a FB Group which is anti-mlm but I heard it’s pretty brutal. ‘Sounds like an mlm but ok’ , is the name of it. I don’t know much about it other than what a few people told me. I have heard that people have been attacked for trying to find their way out of an mlm or looking for support from guilt after leaving one or to gather info to help a family member who is in one.. Some are scared bc their upline is also a mean girl hiding beneath her toxic positivity leggings. So if this group is Bullying someone who is being bullied or their family member is being bullied in an MLM? Hmmmmm. Sounds more like high school, but ok. And I really disliked hi skoole. A lot.
And bullying (as mentioned above )is loosely defined as the insane love bombing then shaming tactics.. that these companies excel within.
… For ex) if you raise ANY OBJECTIONs to BUSINESS PRACTICES OR FACTUAL STATISTICS ..they shame you and call you negative, Excuse maker and that you are NOT WORKING YOUR BUSINESS model correctly. After telling you were/are a “leader of leaders.” 🤯 (this happened to me on several occasions. Not isolated either. )*
*In closing, I was a beachbody coach for two years, while I taught fitness classes. I did EVERYTHING they told me to do. I lost money. I lost time. I didn’t spend more time with my family bc I was “working from home.” I yelled at my husband about the poison in cheez its.. But I had a 4 pack of abs!(highly/highly overrated btw )
People unfollowed me (I don’t blame them!!) My friends stuck by me, bc I was so “committed” and they loved me & they knew my heart. Thank You.. Maybe I made money per BBody’s “compensation plan” -🤦♀️. (No one could EVER explain to me how that actually worked ..Which should have been a HUGE RED FLAG but alas I was good at avoidance !! )
Finally,. I completed a true profit and loss statement, and it was scary to see how much product I had purchased in my own inventory (which they tell you that you don’t have to do but then tell you have to do it in order to succeed, which is classic mlm leadership= Double speak and confusion.)
I want to seriously apologize for anyone I “invited” to be a beachbody coach or be in my challenge groups. The cold messages, the lovebombing and the bizarre-tone-deaf-extreme-chamber which I echoed throughout my life during my “time” in all of it.. I was extremely vulnerable when they recruited me and it worked. I was smitten with my upline and her mean- girl-adjacent cheerleading-squad-of-dance fighters. ( I still loved/love that dance fighting format tho ) I don’t regret it anymore and I am profusely sorry if I hurt anyone in the process.
And no. This isn’t an isolated incident. There are thousands of stories which resonate within this “isolated” story of mine. I have read and heard them with my own eyes.
I say this bc I have also heard “I’m sorry you had that experience.. my mlm company/upline is not like that.” If you’re “working” for an mlm, and you’re not getting a paycheck unless you purchase mandatory MONTHLY product AND recruit people to do the same exact thing and “duplicate yourself” (another fun mlm term used in “leadership””…. ..then yes..it is like “that.” Your upline just might be less mean girl adjacent and better at lovebombing.
Also… Google BITE model. Alllllll of this and more was utilized on me in Beachbody.
Thanks for reading my not thesis/ thesis.
I hope to dabble more on facebook/word press I’m dipping my toe back in with a long one….