Dangers of Network Marketing

dangers_networkmarketingSometimes it’s as simple as bumping ones head on the car door, leaving a lump and a bruise and wondering at the level of distraction. Network marketing as a professional carries with it, many dangers. As the black and blue bump so aptly illustrates, engaging in a business model so filled with excitement and demands at any waking moment of the day, causes one to become less focused on the mundane and ordinary.

Involving oneself in network marketing means opening ones mind to possibilities that before were outside any realm of thought. You cannot actively and passionately pursue network marketing success without being forced to confront a variety of structures that once were taken at face value and now are questioned from every angle. In doing so, your mind re-examines paradigms, people and presumptions.

Anytime the human mind is motivated or instigated to rethink previously held ideas and beliefs, everything begins to change. One cannot explore their world view without that viewpoint shifting in the process. As one of the most egalitarian business structures in capitalistic society, network marketing is dangerous for those who previously relied on excuses and a victim mentality. There is no place to place the blame, if the road to financial freedom is based 100% on effort and determination.

The caveat of course is that blame can be placed on inadequate products, unfair compensation programs or greedy corporate owners. And yes, that does happen in this industry as it does in many. But most of the time, lack of success and the reasons fall squarely on the shoulders of the individual who didn’t take the action, make the sacrifices and drive relentlessly towards the goal. And this is where the dangers of network marketing truly are revealed. Because money is made based on amount of hard work, those who are used to getting paid just for showing up are lost. People who believe the “join now and we’ll build under you” headlines are rudely awakened from their dream state, when no instant money shows up on their doorstep. The danger of network marketing for many Americans is that doing well financially in this industry requires that one face the truth of a nationwide business model and a worn out economic paradigm that is no longer working for the majority.

There are other dangers as well, as evidenced by the large bruise from the car door. Network marketing can become consuming because it is fun! Talking to people from all over the country and the world; creating business relationships along with tools and trainings; motivating others to reach for their dream and then giving them the means with which to do it, can become intoxicating. In that mindset, it becomes easy to to miss details that are not related to the spinning, rapidly expanding world of ones network marketing organization. Thus, one has to consciously be aware and reign in those thoughts so as to remain both safe and engaged in the world outside of business. Whether you are an MLM professional or this is your first year in network marketing, what a wonderful problem to have.


Deborah Tutnauer

Entrepreneur Business Success Coach at Deborah Tutnauer, LLC
Inspiring change in people for over 25 years, Deborah Tutnauer, MEd, MSWdigs deep to help authentic entrepreneurs move away from the stories that no longer serve them while clarifying and solidifying those that really do! Deborah helps frustrated entrepreneurs get exquisitely clear about meaning, purpose and expertise, then facilitates the creation of a financially sustainable and joyfully structured framework in which business and business people thrive.

Coaching both privately and in groups, Deborah is also a speaker, author, event leader and consultant. Creator of the Foundation and Framework Intensive, Question Master and Leader of the Entrepreneur Business Success Club, Deborah has been called an “Architect of Magical Business and Soul Structure”by her clients because she has a powerful ability to perform alchemy, changing passions and dreams into money and time by design.

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  1. says


    We as network marketers are unique people.
    Not too many want to own their own business.

    Failure can be caused by laziness, it is hard
    on some days but you should be working really.

    Thanks for the post,

  2. says

    Hi Deborah, great post and you’ve really got to the core of this industry. It definitely is a lot of work, with many benefits along the way. It’s the same with anything in life, as in, we must take full responsibility for how we do. There is no lesson learned or growth to be had by blaming someone else. We just have to roll up our sleeves & do the work :)
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    Hey Deborah,I just wanted to let you know that your ‘tweet this’ feature doesn’t seem to be working. I tried several times with no luck.

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