I used to HATE recruiting. Loved the idea of it; build a team of people that shared a common goal and leveraging my time by helping others become successful… but the process never jived with me. Talking to people about about how to change their lives through a business that I hadn’t yet witnessed a life change with yet, and getting these people to come in at $500, $1,000 or eveen $50.. I don’t think so. I lacked belief and conviction like nobody’s business.

The idea of pursuing a rank and a bonus check got me hyped up, listening to others’ success stories brought forth more hopeful tears than I can count, and on the rare occasion that I actually signed up a customer, I gained a little bit of hope that it would start momentum and explode into the 6-figure business my heart had been set on.

But my lack of belief held me back more than words can explain.

Fear crippled and paralyzed me into avoiding any kind of Income Producing Activities.

So there I sat. Day after day. Fearful, yet knowing that when it comes to building a team ANYwhere, you have to get lots of NO’s before you get a yes. I’d run an ad, generate some leads, sit there and stare at the leads with my script next to me. I’d go over the possible conversation in my head and attempt to prepare myself for any objection that might lie ahead. I was desperate to be prepared for ANYTHING that came my way. Being faced with an objection I couldn’t answer on the spot was not acceptable. Mistakes HAD to be avoided.

If I ever got to calling these leads, the script went out the window, my voice shook and I threw up my information all over them. Call ruined.  Lead lost.  Failure achieved.

All of this because I lacked belief in whatever I was promoting and even worse, I lacked belief in myself. But why? I had the experience and knowledge. My passion for helping others be able to work from home was evident. Anybody who has ever paid attention to my social media posts knows how I feel about the trap known as the “American Dream,” so what was my problem?

Notice up above I said I lacked belief in what I was promoting.

When you don’t believe in what you’re doing, people can tell. When you DO believe in it, you can’t be stopped.

When I was promoting these other ventures, it was all based on HOPE. Hope feels good, right? But in my time selling these other high ticket business oppportunities, I felt like I was ripping people off telling them to invest x amount of dollars for the starter kit and autoship, get x amount of people and you’ll be set. After all, that’s what I was told, that’s what EVERYone was told. But I hadn’t achieved that goal, and what I found was that if I hadn’t personally achieved something that I was telling somebody else to do, they were very hesitant. They wanted to hear about MY success. And they could hear it in my voice that I hadn’t gotten there yet.

My entire “belief” system in these companies was fueled by nothing more than hopeful success stories.

That all changed when I found the company I work with now, in 2013. Working part time outside of the home in a job that I was okay with and trying so hard to excel at, promoting a front end business training program as a hobby, with constant thoughts of different businesses I could start or fields of work I could get into. When I found this e-commerce company, I wasn’t looking for anything; in fact I was ready to completely give up on the dream of working from anywhere that I’d had for SO LONG. But when a friend from a previous company showed me this training, I knew I had to take a chance for $20. And so I did.

The rest is history. I was slow getting started because at the time, I was out of work from injuries sustained in a car accident and feeling like life was pounding me into the dirt. But after a month, I hunkered down and got through the training, and in my first WEEK of implementing the training, I had sold my first item. In one month, I made my $20 back and it just snowballed from there. But I didn’t choose to promote it publicly for a few months. On the day I did, I took a screenshot of the results I’d gotten so far and posted online as social proof. People started asking me about it and as time went on, I’d post more screenshots of sales or limit increases; anything that showed I was actually DOing something and having success with it.

In previous companies, the maximum number of people I recruited was 2. That’s about the average for the MLM profession. With this company, I’ve built a team of 13 people. That’s an over 600% increase, JUST because I found something I could believe in and take action on.

I credit this success to the fact that this is a customer based company… because I was able to PROVE to myself FIRST that it works.  No recruiting required, no ranks to achieve, nobody else to rely on but YOU. Nobody wants to be REQUIRED to build a team, especially if their paycheck is going to rely on it.

I don’t know where you’re at in your work-where-you-want journey, or what you’re looking for specifically, but what I do know is that a lot of people who want to work from home are hurting and just want to be able to do something simple. Team building comes naturally when you find the right fit, the right business that you fall in love with and get real results with. When you find that thing that WORKS for YOU, you can’t help but shout it from the roof tops that THERE IS HOPE, afterall… that working from home – or wherever – is really possible. You just have to belief in YOURSELF and in what YOU DO.

Now I’m proud to say that I recruit.  I’m proud to say that I’m developing a team of individuals who are committed to changing the lives of others.  Recruiting doesn’t have to be painful.  It can actually be…. FUN!

From Complete MLM FAILURE, to Successful Leader

7 thoughts on “From Complete MLM FAILURE, to Successful Leader

  • July 28, 2015 at 4:44 am

    you are a champion! Keep at it, don’t give up!

    • July 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you! So much appreciated 🙂

  • July 28, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Great post, Ashley. I can identify with this with regards to orher companies I was with. It makes a difference when you believe in what you’re doing.

    • July 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you!

  • July 28, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Yes Yes Yes!! This Right Here is What its all about! You Always Rocked it, You Deserve This and MORE!! Big Love Ashleigh!!

    • July 28, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Girl you were right there with me through so much of it you know EXACTLY what I’m talkin’ about! I’ve seen your posts, too! ROCK ON! Thank you so much for your friendship all this time.

  • September 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I simply cannot even say how very proud I am of you Ashleigh!!! You are an amazing leader and incredible friend!!


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