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Ummm, no.

When I was new to network marketing, I spent far too much time on a few people that weren’t sure whether or not they wanted to join my business.  This was in direct contradiction to what my upline had instructed me to do.  They told me that network marketing was a “sorting” business, and that I could not waste valuable time on people who were waffling on the business; you had to get past those people to find the ones that wanted to change their lives through owning their own business.  But for some reason, I could not, or would not, adopt that mindset, especially when it came to certain friends.

We’ve all introduced a friend or acquaintance to the business, knowing that without a doubt they would see the vision and jump on board.  Or we knew someone that would be absolutely perfect for this business.  When they told me no, or that they had to think about it, or any other answer other than yes, I was flabbergasted.  If I saw the brilliance of this company and of this industry, surely everyone had to see it.

I had only one option:  I had to convince them that I was right and that, if they were smart, they would stop hesitating and join the business so that we could get rich together.  As you can imagine, or as you’ve already experienced, my friends had one of the following reactions – 1) they avoided me like the plague; 2) they got angry; or 3) they finally signed into the business.  Those that eventually joined my business usually only lasted a few months before they quit.  Oops.

Finally, I understood why my mentors had told me not to spend too much time with any one person.  Not only did I waste precious time that could have been used more effectively in building my business, I alienated a lot of people.  Looking back, I could see that the people that finally relented and joined my business never really had their hearts into it.  They had been convinced or badgered into joining, but never really did share the “vision.”

You just can’t put yourself in a position of thinking you need to convince someone to join your business, no matter how certain you are that they’d be perfect for it.  If joining a business is more your idea than it is theirs, not only will you find yourself trying to convince them to get on autoship, convince them to make phone calls, convince them to set up their website, or convince them to go to training, they will more than likely bail out as soon as things get a little difficult.  They have to have their own “Why,” and yours won’t necessarily fit them.

It took a while, but I did learn my lesson.  Now, it’s so much easier to say, “Next!”

P.S. Of course, having the right product has a lot of effect on whether some people will “gut it out” and stay with a business.  For what is the best product available (in my opinion), click here.  It’s extremely informative.