I recently saw a movie that I need to talk about. This movie got me fired up and left me inspired, passionate, and even pissed off. The movie was The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman. It’s an incredible musical about P.T. Barnum starting his career and creating the circus.
Now, why did this elicit so much emotion? Here’s what got me… In the movie, Hugh Jackman, playing P.T. Barnum, forgets what made him great. He forgets his community and is ashamed of his scrappy upbringing. And he attempts to “go legit.” He leaves his true family behind and desires to obtain the respect of people who are never going to respect him. All the while, his true family were making people happy and making the world a better place.
I understand this desire to go legit. Being in this profession for 30 years, there were times when I wanted to go beyond Network Marketing and go legit. But I found how empty it was to try and gain the respect of people who weren’t ever going to respect me. It just felt empty to try to get the attention of a community that didn’t care versus being focused on the community and family that I was passionately connected to—you.
And I’ve watched some of my friends, some of the top earners in the profession, go down this empty pathway to go legit. They want to write a book that’s not about Network Marketing. They want to go on a news show and talk about leadership, sales, or marketing, but never Network Marketing. They see Network Marketing as kind of beneath them and distasteful now.
There are even companies inside this profession that are embarrassed to be Network Marketing companies. They don’t even call themselves Network Marketing companies. They call themselves direct selling and every other version in the world.
But we are a hundred million distributors strong. We generate $200 billion a year in revenue around the world with valuable products and services. We are Network Marketing professionals, and we are giving people a better option. Network Marketing isn’t better, but if you have an entrepreneurial bone in your body, it’s better.
Don’t let somebody make you ashamed of what it is that you do and the value that you’re bringing. And if you’re a company executive or owner, don’t run away from being called Network Marketing. When you do, you’re telling your distributors that you’re not really associated with them and don’t have their back.
I love you all, and I’m not mad at you. I’m just patiently waiting for you to see for yourself that your attempt to “go legit” does you no good. Hugh Jackman’s character realized that his attempt took him down a dead-end road. And eventually you will realize that this attempt to distance yourself from Network Marketing is a dead-end road too.
This profession is important and provides a valuable service to the world. So, put your chin up, put your shoulders back. And realize that there’s nothing to be ashamed of inside the Network Marketing profession. We have the greatest profession for the average person to flex their entrepreneurial muscles on earth. It’s not perfect, but it’s better.
My wish for you is that you put your shoulders back, put your chin up, put your chest out, and you tell the world “I’m a NM professional.”