Freedom – I’m off the hamster wheel
On September 27, 2023, I fired my boss. The biggest promise of multilevel marketing is freedom. Yes, for most people it remains a promise. If you’re interested in what makes one person succeed and another fail, stay and read on!
How did the desire for freedom come about?
I’m an analyst type, I try to perceive, observe, analyze and learn from everything. I was only interested in Ganoderma coffee. The normal annual leave for employees was enough for me and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I loved my job, which paid outrageously well. At that time, I was at the top of my profession, driving oversized loads on the roads of Europe. My wife was looking for this business – for herself. She didn’t have much experience with networking, but that was a negative. But there is that situation in life where you have to do things you don’t like. And then this moment came for her.
At first I just listened. The people in our upline, their attitude, their determination and their intelligence. I recognized the opportunity and wanted to be part of it not only administratively, but also emotionally. Today, networking is my hobby, my bread and butter, my passion and the source of my success. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I think I can be proud of what I have achieved. And when I look back from here, it doesn’t seem so hard anymore. And with the mentality I inherited, it would have been easy to fail.
We started from here
I grew up thinking that you only have money if you cheat others or the state, if you steal and lie. My father brought me up in such a way that he often said that the people in our family were good at buying things, but selling them… Well, we can’t do that. I would like to add that my maternal grandfather was a wholesaler of coffee and colonial goods before 1945, selling coffee and spices by the truckload, but the communists took the business away from him. So he had to be good at selling.
Our beliefs are nothing more than oft-repeated ideas. So be careful with the tape that keeps running in your head. While I was convinced that the wealthy were villains, I subconsciously didn’t want to be one of them. So my brain worked in such a way that I didn’t have much money. As long as I thought I couldn’t sell anything, I couldn’t sell anything. Neither a product nor an idea.
It took me a lot of work to override the old program in my brain. My father believed it was impossible to get rich through honest, hard work. Since 2011, I’ve been working with enthusiasm, focus and – most importantly – honesty. I have never talked anyone into anything. I don’t use psychological tricks, I hate it myself when others try to manipulate me. Nevertheless, I can say that I am successful. But more on that later.
Where do you start?
No one starts from scratch when they join an MLM company with the promise of freedom. There are people who already have customer service experience, who can communicate well, who are easy to connect with, who have great empathy. He or she has a huge advantage over someone who is introspective, impatient, or has had particularly bad experiences with previous MLM companies. Their starting line is not at ground zero, but much further back.
Social media is full of “smart people” communicating from the top down and telling the many fools how to live. This is something you will certainly be confronted with and probably suffer from too. It’s the worst mistake you can make. With a few exceptions, everyone is dead certain that they know their stuff. No one should tell him what to do! It is inherently despicable to try to convince someone of something.
Before you get involved in such a business, you should ask yourself whether you are capable of doing so. The promised freedom can only be achieved if you learn certain things. Can you pass on information without judging others, respect their decisions, be empathetic and helpful? I am convinced that people who fail get stuck at exactly this point. They are not willing to step out of their comfort zone, they do not acquire the knowledge they should have. To avoid misunderstandings, anyone can learn it, because it’s nothing special. In fact, what you need to learn here is very useful in all areas of life. This knowledge brings the best interest in life.
Freedom is a wonderful gift
The greater the gift, the higher the price you have to pay for it. Many people are not prepared to pay this price. And there are people for whom freedom is not the most important thing in life. That’s absolutely fine, because we’re not all the same. For me, my strongest motivator is the “free spirit”. (If you haven’t heard of it, you can read about it here.) You should also consider how important freedom is to you before you start. Is it really worth stepping out of your comfort zone and doing things you’ve never done before?
What do you need to learn?
Let’s say you’ve thought about it and believe this is your path. You commit to years of focused work so you can fire your boss. An important characteristic of adult people is their ability to postpone their desires. They are able to wait a long time for a desired reward. Not by doing nothing, of course, but by working towards the desired goal. This is very important, you have to master it to be free.
The next task is to find a way to reach as many people as possible. The more people you reach, the more effective you are. In my opinion, the internet is the best place to do this nowadays. But that’s not all, because it’s not enough just to reach them.
You also have to learn how to get and keep people’s attention. Nowadays, attention, interest, is the most valuable currency. I’ve always said: if you want interest, go to kindergarten, because 3-year-olds are still interested. It’s much harder to get the interest of adults, but you can learn it.
Once you have gained their attention and managed to give them the information they are curious about, you have to gain their trust. Without trust there is no business, that is the iron law. Most people try to sell before they have established trust. So you can enroll people in your consumer network who only buy once so you leave them alone and then never again. There are countless examples of this.
I think this is a characteristic of networkers, this obsessive, persuasive technique that many say they are not “like that”. And that is exactly what is not necessary. There is no need, or even a need, to be “that kind of person” who talks people into joining a consumer network.
But when you have finally gained their attention and trust and they buy from you, you still have to treat them like human beings. You have to help them, answer their questions, listen to their complaints and sometimes even cheer them up a little. Of course, it’s important to find the happy medium, because you can’t be their slave. Freedom is something else… Some people would like to have their nose wiped with us, but everyone has to draw their own boundaries. I’m empathetic, but if I see someone who wants to be at my mercy, I’m not prepared to do that.
Success in 2023 – the path to freedom
My upline once told me that I shouldn’t fire my boss until my monthly bonus was double my employee salary. In January 2023, my bonus was about 60% of my truck driver salary. At the end of the year, it was three times that. My full employee salary. Somehow we managed to switch to light speed and have members on our own team on this “journey”. A total of 382 new people were personally enrolled over the course of the year. That’s an average of 31,8 people per month who have placed their trust in us and become our customers. Fortunately, DXN’s products are so good that most of these people are still buying because they feel the benefits of medicinal mushrooms.
We have leapfrogged four career stages. On July 17 we became Double Diamonds, a week later we became Executive Double Diamonds. We then became Triple Diamonds on September 13th and finally Executive Triple Diamond on December 19th. The coveted Crown Diamond level is just a stone’s throw away, only 3 steps from here.
The condition of freedom
Freedom came for me after the Triple Diamond level. At that point, our income reached double the amount of my salary. However, the commission does not depend on the business level, but primarily on the consumption of the network. We have a modest network of about 2,500 people, but it is so well built that it can generate so much revenue. Because there are no customers who are talked into it, let alone forced into it. And that is the most important thing.
In November, DXN launched the ASP program in Hungary, in December in many other countries, and from January almost all of Europe will be part of it, so that my wife will also be free from January 2024 and can fire her boss as a full-time networker.
Sometimes it’s still unusual not to be woken up by the alarm clock in the morning, but when I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I have time to do yoga, go for a run or, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, ride my indoor bike for an hour. If we feel like it, we cook something, if not, we go to a restaurant for lunch. We search for cheap flights on Google Flight and can easily spend a long weekend or even a whole week somewhere in Europe.
As my working method is based on social media posts, I also have a lot of time to make videos every day. But learning and training is also part of my daily routine, as I can’t miss out on new developments. My current love is artificial intelligence in the field of image and video editing. It’s very exciting, perhaps even a little scary, what is possible with it.
Looking back at the early days, I both believed and didn’t believe that freedom was within my reach. But as my grandmother used to say: if you wear the bell around your neck, little boy, shake it! I mean, when I do it, I do it right and proper. I think that’s my secret. I’ve learned to do it right, and I’m relentless about it.
I don’t think you can’t do everything I’ve learned. Just think about what freedom means to you. I don’t care if you do it or not. Believe it or not, I can do this without you, you don’t have to sign up to do good with me. Do good for yourself.
All the best for 2024.