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What Network Marketing Taught Me: Post #2


When I was 20 years old, I was introduced to an idea called, “Network Marketing” or “Multi-Level Marketing”. Initially, I brushed off the idea and decided that it wasn’t for me, but a few months later, a similar idea was presented to me by my brother (and he’s a pretty intelligent guy). This time, I jumped on board, and while the income never reached a substantial level, the lessons I learned while taking this journey were priceless.

The initial post of the series, “What Network Marketing Taught Me”, was a reflection on the Personal Growth and Leadership that I was taught while I was involved in the business. Today, I wish to share with you the second most important lesson I learned from the MLM business.

What is the Opposite of Success?

How would you answer this question? “What is the opposite of success?” Immediately, without much thought whatsoever, many of us would blurt out, “failure”, but this answer couldn’t be farther from the truth. For those that have a mind for success, they would say that quitting is the opposite of success. Failure is actually part of the journey to success.

What in the World Does That Mean?

Very few people succeed on the first try. If you can remember your youth, think back to the time when you were learning to ride a bike (if you can’t think back this far, perhaps you have children that are currently learning this skill). The expectations were high as those training wheels were loosened from your bicycle. You’ve seen your older brothers and sisters ride around on their two-wheelers so many times; this was going to be a piece of cake!

….About 100 spills later, you threw your bike on the ground, observed your bloody scapes and bruises, and you stormed into the house proclaiming that you would never ride that two-wheeler again!

You may have thought of this event as a failure, but I imagine that a few days later, you tried your luck at that two-wheeler again. It was probably a little wobbly, but without anyone’s help, you conquered that bicycle and had your taste of success! The failures were merely a portion of the journey to that successful ride. Without those failures, success never would have occurred.

Now, what if you would have quit entirely? What if you never tried to ride that bike again? That would truely have been the opposite of success, because through quitting, you would have never again had the opportunity to succeed.

Apply This Concept to Your Life Today

Do you feel like you are failing at something today? Do you feel like giving up? Just remember that if you quit, your chances of success will be 0%.

This website hasn’t been a piece of cake. For the first 2 or 3 months, I never received a comment! My subscriber numbers never got higher than 6. That’s right, I had only 6 subscribers, and they were all part of my close family! It didn’t seem like anyone was reading; nobody would have noticed if I just stopped writing. But, because of my MLM training, I knew that my failures were an essential ingredient in my journey to success!

Today, I have over 170 subscribers and can always count on my readers to comment on my posts. The failures were tough, and they still continue at times, but I am beginning to see signs of success. Thank goodness I stuck with it. Now, I’m having a blast! 🙂

Don’t be afraid of failure. Embrace it and learn from it. Soon, you will have your success!

Have you gone through failures, but later found success? Tell me about it! I love hearing your comments!

Battle of the Mind


My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Very insightful. How true that failure is simply one of the first steps to success. I am surprised that you would have gone that long without a comment since your content is great. Glad you stuck with it.

    • It seemed like it took forever to get a comment! I am glad that I stuck with it now. My site is now becoming one of the most popular on the web, and readers are benefiting from my content! 🙂

  2. Quitting can be part of success, too, though. For example, in order to start a new job that promises greater success, it will usually be necessary to quit a previous job. To make your blog successful, you might have had to quit certain approaches as well as adopting new, more successful approaches. In fact, quitting certain approaches is an integral part of learning from failures. In many cases, there is little point in persisting for the mere sake of persisting if the journey to success doesn’t include necessary course adjustments.

    • I understand your point, Dee. Course correction is often needed in business (or with anything for that matter). As long as you continue to focus on your end goal, then it might be necessary to drop a few things in order to make it happen. However, if you quit what is necessary in order to reach your goal, that is the point where you will faulter and never reach that goal.

      It’s ok to quit what is unimportant, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your defined success.

      Thanks for the comment Dee!

  3. To paraphrase Edison, failure is just learning ways it ain’t gonna work.

    • I actually meant to put that in the article! Thanks for including it in the comments. Each failure brings us a little closer to success. 🙂

  4. If you want to increase your rate of success, you need to increase the number of times you fail. Success stems from failure.

    Great post!

    • You got it right on the money! Thanks for the comment Dar. If you could ever find someone that never failed at anything, I would guess that they never truly succeeded in anything either. 🙂

  5. Great post. Yes failure is necessary. It helps us develop stamina and endurance. It also teaches us new lessons and new wisdom. I think this learning experience is invaluable.

    • You got it Miss T! As long as we respond positively to our failures, success is almost guaranteed. If, however, we forget to get back up from our failure, that lesson will go to waste and success won’t come our way.

  6. Network marketing is really great for teaching positive attitudes and perseverance. Unfortunately when I got into it, I didn’t make any money but I learned lots!

    • I think the main benefit from getting involved in an MLM is the knowledge that you attain from it. Also, it allows you to think differently about the world of business. I don’t know if I would have tried to develop a website if I weren’t in the MLM.

  7. I love your embrace of failure as a step to success … it reminds me of all the stories you hear about entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, actors, etc., failing again and again before they made it big. (Most recently I heard that singer Katy Perry was dropped from 4 potential record deals before she finally cinched one).

  8. I love these posts! I recently blogged about my experience with direct sales/network marketing too.

    Great insights here. I’m going to include these posts in my roundup tomorrow.

    • Thanks Julie! Looking forward to see the mention in your post tomorrow! 🙂

  9. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have bookmarked your site to check out the new stuff you post.

    • Thanks Geraldine! When I was part of an MLM, I was so focused on making money that I didn’t realize I was learning life lessons! Now that I’m pursuing other ventures, these lessons are really coming in handy! 🙂

  10. thank for your posting cause this kind of blog one of what i looking for.thanks also for the reader that share of their idea by this topic cause by this i learn also.

  11. You completed some good points there. I did a search on the subject and found most folks will consent with your blog.

    • Thanks Demz. Appreciate the comment!

  12. I really love the information reveal on this blog its really useful to us specially.frankly i am looking this kind of topic thanks why thanks for posting this Derek.

  13. Derek, I’ve been self-employed most of my adult life, and have found that failure nearly always precedes success. Just part of the process. Those who give up early will never succeed in business. Good post.

    • You’ve got it! I’ve had my failures, but it might give me a great idea for my future success! Thanks for the comment.

  14. Hey Derek,

    Sorry to comment on an older post, but I am new to the site and this one caught my eye. I also was pitched MLM a few times by smart people, and did some further investigations into the whole business methodology. It’s no surprise everyone who tried it here didn’t make money – it’s actually a scheme to take money. Check out my post Why Network marketing is Evil

    I am glad you learned something from MLM at least, and it sounds like the lessons were good! I just don’t want other people (like one of my close friends) to get sucked into what is sentimentally a sales tactic masquerading as a business.

    • I wouldn’t call MLM evil, but it’s definitely tough work, and quite unconventional. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with it. I think if I was shown a great product that I enjoyed, I might hop on the MLM wagon again. I guess I won’t be calling you though…. 😉

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