Sunday, December 23, 2012

MLM: The Pied Piper of Dreams

The Pied Piper luring the children away
Most of us, if not all, have heard about the Pied Piper. The Pied Piper is the subject of a legend concerning the departure or death of many children from the town of Hamelin , Germany, in the Middle Ages. He is dressed in multicolored clothing, leading the children away from the town never to return. In the 16th century the story was expanded into a full narrative, in which the piper is a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizenry refuses to pay for this service, he retaliates by turning his magic on their children, leading them away as he had the rats.

The Pied Piper became a symbol of death to the youth, and it’s all because these unsuspecting children are lured with the beautiful music that he was playing. The children are like the people of today – unaware, unsuspecting and clueless of the perils of the Pied Piper of the moment --the MLM. Like a beautiful music, MLM keeps attracting people on their scheme with false promises of wealth and security. These promises filled the head of their prospects that followed the system blindly. A never-ending journey of seeking the financial freedom, which later on turned out to be devastating as one falls deep in the pit of debt.
Financial woes, distant friends, unfulfilled love; scarred relationships are the results of years of hanging on with MLM. There’s nothing to gain, but more to lose. MLM sells hope, and when you gladly buy on it you will be trapped and will be amongst those who drowned themselves in this cult. In one of the numerous seminars that I have attended before, one leader made a graphic example of selling hope to its prospect. He drew a mark, and specifically asked the audience of what they are going to do if for example he buries a pot of gold very deep down the dirt while the audience is still on the room. He said that whoever shall dig the treasure first, he shall own it. Most in the audience replied that they will do their best to dig the treasure no matter what it takes. The leader then again asked, what if I asked you to leave before I bury the gold. Will you still dig if you are unsure if there’s any wealth in there? Most became skeptic, some replied they will try and the rest says they won’t do anything. The leader points out that MLM was the hidden treasure. And it depends on how the members will dig their way to success. Even if it means unconsciously tiring themselves because they will never see the treasure unless they try. And one should never quit because you will never know how close you are to the treasure!

MLM plays and cons with people dreams just like how the Pied Piper plays with his magic pipe. They continuously tempt people to join so they will benefit from their sign-up fees and unlimited product purchases. Let no one defraud you and snatch your logical self into taking part on a scheme that won’t give you anything but liabilities. Be aware, be informed and be vigilant. Never fall prey to the Pied Piper of today – which is the MLM.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Is There Something Wrong?

Phone calls, BBMs, chats – these are the mediums used by my former fellow distributors to reach me and ask this question over and over… "Is there something wrong?" My reply to this was, "There is NOTHING wrong, in fact I feel GREAT!"  What is wrong when I decided not to attend the meetings, rallies and events that they are holding? What is wrong when I decided not to spend money in paying for these activities? What is wrong when I decided not to buy their products just to qualify for their "so-called" prestigious stair-steps title? What is wrong when I decided not to waste my time on something that won't give me any income? What is wrong when I decided to spend my time with my real friends again instead of loitering around till past midnight being motivated by these leaders for nothing? Is there something wrong about that???

I don't see anything wrong about this, and I don't see anything wrong about my decision. I think what is wrong is that I have not decided early enough. They could be bashing from that moment on that I was a quitter. Oh yeah, I am a quitter. I quit doing unnecessary things that eats up my time. I quit hanging around with people who have emotional and moral issues. I quit being deceived. I quit being used by other people for their own benefits. I quit being an embarrassment to people that I pestered randomly just to find for a prospect. I quit doing these crazy things but I want to make myself clear… I never quit on my dreams! I was far better reaching my dreams now when I liberate myself from MLM. MLM is not the key to reach your dreams. It's only the hype that keeps its members going. Motivational quotes of success that they keep on sharing just to project that they are wise. When the truth of the matter is they know nothing of how to manage their finances. Most of the leaders that I knew are swamped with huge loans and are having issues with their job because they could hardly concentrate with their responsibilities for this "business" sucks up all their time and energy. It even reached to me that my then upline was having a travel ban just because he's been passing up with his installments for his financial obligations. Uh-oh, someone's in a big trouble now! I wonder where all the income has gone. Or maybe the income was just another case of window dressing just to lure more prospects. Something is really wrong now. I think I'll drop him a message and ask, "Is there something wrong?"

Everything seems right when I decided to quit MLM and carry-on with my life. It was then I realized how much extra time I have in my hands. I could now spend time with my loved ones and friends and have a better savings on the side. I don't have to deal with difficult people and I don't need to make cold calls to random strangers. I have a sense of relief that I can have real conversations with people without trying to introduce them the business. I feel so unnatural whenever I do that! I don't need to pretend to like someone that gets into my nerves just for the sake of this "business". It is quite liberating. I feel free. I feel good!

Is there something wrong with me? Well, I feel sorry to disappoint them that I was doing GREAT than ever! All smiles – ExMLMjunkie J