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What Network Marketing Taught Me: Post #1


Have you ever been involved in network marketing (also known as multi-level marketing)? Many of you may not know this, but I have. While I was still in college, I was approached with a network marketing business plan, and it changed my life forever. 

How Network Marketing Changed My Life

Now, I wish I could say that I made millions of dollars within the MLM business, but quite honestly, I didn’t even come close. The most money I made per month was about $400. It wasn’t terrible, but the income was a little bit shy of what I had envisioned… Those Mercedes and yachts weren’t quite a reality with that income.

Even though my income was lower than I would have liked, I was fortunate enough to be involved with an MLM business that valued personal growth and leadership. Within my team of business owners, we often did something radical in our downtime as an alternative to television; we read books. These books taught me about personalities, sales, leadership, and communication.

“So what’s the big deal? How could these books affect your life in such an astronomical way?” you might ask. It was these books that allowed me to win the heart of my beautiful wife.

We met on a rainy evening, at a coffee shop downtown (yes, this was a blind-date – we were set up by a mutual friend). The moment I discovered her beauty, I distinctly remember saying to myself, “Don’t screw this up”… (and then I proceeded to ask the barista what I could order that didn’t have coffee in it…at a coffee shop…. but that story’s for another day).

You know what we talked about? All those books that I had read, because you know what? She had read them too. The Five Love Languages, Personality Plus, Love and Respect; we talked about them all. If I had not read those books or become interested in something other than The Golf Channel, we might not have hit it off in the same way. At this moment, a few years after that initial meeting, I certainly am glad that I picked up those books. My wife is an incredible woman, and I simply couldn’t imagine being with anyone else.

Network Marketing Taught Me to Read Books

Do you know how dumb our world is getting? We live in a world where every piece of information imaginable is at our fingertips, and we choose to play Farmville instead. I challenge you to pick up a book. Sure, it may be primitive, but you could learn some valuable nuggets from a man’s entire life in only one sitting. That is pretty powerful.

Try it! Take a chunk out from your TV time and head to the library. Pick up a book on something you’ve always wanted to learn about and read it cover to cover. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn and how little you’ll miss TV.

Can you relate to my story? Do you have any life-altering moments? Please share them!

Battle of the Mind

AUTHOR Derek Sall

Derek has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's in Business. As a finance manager in the corporate world, he regularly identified and solved problems at the C-suite level. Today, Derek isn't interested in helping big companies. Instead, he's helping individuals win financially--one email, one article, one person at a time.


  1. A couple years ago, I decided to increase my reading so I could improve my writing. One year later, I read nearly 100 books. What is interesting is I read so much on the Internet between reading other people’s blogs and looking for ideas to write about. I still read a book a week just for fun and a tremendous number of periodicals!

    • Sounds like a great idea krantcents! I bet those 100 books improved your writing dramatically!

  2. Great story. I met my wife as an exchange student, at Indiana University…it’s a long story. We both share a love of books, and a passion for lifelong learning.

    • I think many relationships seem to work better when there’s a common love (unless it’s TV…). I’m glad that you have a passion for reading. I’m guessing you’ll go far in life!

  3. Reading made me who I am, and for a few years I fell off. I got back into it, especially with my Kindle. I’m making time to read not only books, but also magazines and back to the blogs.

    • Yahoo for reading! btw, do you like your Kindle? Is there a reason why I shouldn’t just get an iPad or something like that instead?

  4. Great story! Wasting your time and youth on endeavors that do nothing but stunt your intelligence is dangerous. Our society lauds entertainment over intelligence. Unfortunately, what they don’t tell you is that no one can take from you your education nor the personal growth that accompanies it. Reading helps to abolish ignorance. It also helps to develop critical thinking skills that many in this day and age lack.

  5. I also got involved in network marketing. Unfortunately, I didn’t even come close to making any money or I might have stayed in it. But I did get to meet Danny Glover!

    • Network marketing is tough! I’ve seen it work for some, but you really need some massive persistence and talent to succeed. Ha, I like how you brought a positive out of it – Danny Glover! 🙂

  6. Great story! My interest in economics peaked after reading one book that will always be on my bookshelf – Free to Choose by Milton Friedman. It was the nudge that spurred my interest in reading more books last year than I have ever read in my life. It’s incredible how much value is written down…we just need to open the pages and become educated.

    • You got it Tim! There is so much knowledge in between those pages. All we have to do is open them! 🙂

  7. I remember how hot these things were a few years ago. There was this one program…it was an acronym, I think it was 3 letters and started with “S”–ehh, doesn’t matter.

    Anyway, I think there’s a lot to learn from experiences like these. Every time I look at MLM and network marketing products I realize that joining one is the wrong move to make. The real money is in crafting them!

    Either way, you’ve got a great story here. It’s amazing how one path that seems so focused toward one place can end up taking us on a whole new adventure elsewhere.

    • I haven’t heard of the “S” program, but you’re right, there were quite a few options when it came to network marketing. I’m glad I joined, for more reasons than just meeting my wife and not looking like a fool. Those posts are to come.

  8. Isn’t it amazing when you meet someone (whether friend or otherwise)and you just.. click?

    Those are the relationships that last forever, I think.

    I love reading pretty much anything readable so it’s hard for me the fathom that some people just don’t, they don’t care for it or just don’t do it. One of my siblings is like that, it’s incredible how much of a difference regular reading makes in vocabulary and just general knowledge.

    • This one definitely clicked, and I’m glad I held onto her. She truly is the best.

  9. I agree about the point re:TV. My mother stays at home and does housework (most of the kids are now gone), so this presents a brilliant opportunity for her get involved with something, to do something… yet she just spends 5-6 hours per day watching TV. It’s such a shame.

    Imagine what 2 hours per day of Piano practise would achieve after just 3 years? Or 2 hours per day writing a blog online as I do?

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