If you are involved in Network Marketing, like I am, you might have heard the phrase “Network Marketing is modeled after Christianity”. After listening to an Audio CD “Building Your Network Marketing Business” by Jim Rohn a few hundred times, Mr Rohn speaks of how from the Bible, the “Master Teacher” was asked the question “How can we achieve greatness”? And the answer quite simply was “Find a way to serve the many, for service to many leads to greatness”.
In Network Marketing we have the way to serve the many. Whether we use it to its full ability is decided by each and every one of us depending on how ambitious we are. We can directly or indirectly affect the lives of hundreds, even thousands of people. The more people we help, the bigger our pay is as well. If you stop and think about this for a minute, it’s just amazing!!
“If you help enough people get what they want, you can have everything that you want” – Zig Ziglar
In a book I read a while back, a person called Dr. Robert Neff was devastated and depressed whilst being an active Network Marketer, because the people he most loved and respected were arguably telling him that Network Marketing was “taking advantage of others for your own personal gain”. However the salvation of Dr. Neff’s sole, and business, came to life again when he woke up one morning and had an astounding realization that Network Marketing was modeled after Christianity.
While writing down the similarities of Christianity and Network Marketing, he knew at that moment that the industry that his loved ones once disputed, was a good industry that revolved around helping others help themselves.
I would like to share with you the similarities Dr. Neff wrote down:
(1) It is very unlikely you’ll learn about it unless someone else invites you to see it.
(2) You are shown something that initially sounds too good to be true.
(3) You are given support for its validity, but mostly through personal stories, and hence your belief is based mostly on faith.
(4) You are told that you must first believe before you can experience the incredible benefits.
(5) You can measure your belief by the amount of good that goes on around you.
(6) You are given a manual to guide you.
(7) While you may not understand it at first, you are asked to be teachable and follow those who have already experienced what still lies ahead for you.
(8) Along the way, you will encounter difficulties and you will need to ask for assistance.
(9) When up, you’re asked to help others beneath you; and when down, you’re able to get help from above.
(10) That assistance will be given in a form that will make you stronger and more self-sufficient.
(11) You will not be perfect along the way, but as long as you believe, you will reach your destination.
(12) You are asked to delay gratification by putting your own needs aside for the time being, so you can help others first.
(13) Providing this help will require dedication, persistence and hard work.
(14) Do not fear people, but instead offer a hand to them even though many will say they do not need your help.
(15) By surrounding yourself with other good people who also carry the same beliefs and commitments, you are protected from negatives that can hurt you.
(16) You are invited to come together on a regular basis to renew your vision.
(17) As a result, you will learn more about yourself, about others, and about life.
(18) In the end, you will have directly or indirectly helped thousands of people to live better lives and move on to a better place.
Dr. Neff has justified what I sometimes say at our gatherings in that “the person who has been invited, must say thank you to the person who invited them, as they have offered them a gift – a gift of opportunity and choice.
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