#1 Most FAQ by Prospects: “Does MLM Work for Average People?” by Mark J

This question is the most commonly asked question by people looking for network marketing help. Over 1000 people a day Google this question in one form or another.

Can you blame them?

Between all the ‘high ticket’ programs ripping MLM (multi-level marketing), the ‘new school’ bashing for MLM and the promises riches for doing little …..it’s not hard to figure out why this ended up in the #1 spot.
When we add to it the general humility most people have, mnay people think they have a skill or two, and nice part of their personality…..but most people consider themselves average.

Makes perfect sense folks would want to know if ‘average’ people can make it.


If you’re like most people, and I am like most people, you want the bad news first.

No, the average person cannot make it in network marketing.

Don’t get your panties in a bunch….there is good news too.


Hey, don’t get mad at me…… Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, made the same point after studying success for 25 years.

As disappointing as it is, I know, after 20 years of success in MLM, Hill is right about the average person. The reason average doesn’t work for average people is that they behave like average people, refuse to change their routine……same reason 95% of Americans are dead [5], flat broke [62], or still working [28], at age 65.

It was not about lack of opportunity for the 90 out of 100 still working or flat broke at age 65, it’s about willingness.

The average person is simply not willing to do the things they need to do.  They’re not willing to alter their behavior, challenge themselves, learn, practice, or learn from failures…..

They sign up and are excited…..but….

Successful or average?

“The Red Sox are on TV tonight, I’ll start tomorrow.”
“I haven’t had a chance to view the training.”
“I don’t need to practice.”
Get up-go to work-come home….then….same nightly routine.

With challenge comes change, two things, [Hill’s book and my 20+ years experience prove], the average person simply is not willing to do…..mostly because it ‘interupts’ his or her average routine.
A few beers with friends.
Going to the mall.
Laying on the couch after a day of work.

Study? No.
Learn new skills? No.
Practice? Fuggetabouttit.
Write out goal statement and read is several times a day instead of fantasy baseball, sports center or shopping at the mall? Never.


95% of the substantial check cashers in network marketing are average people. Just like me.

They simply made a decision to no longer behave like the average person does when they get home from work.

The very good news is that network marketing is so simple….that any old average person can learn a couple new skills, apply them and make money.

Lot’s of it.

They may not be “Think and Grow Rich” educated but somehow, with or without that great document, they realized that great achievement was already within them.

The very cool thing about MLM is that the requirements in terms of talent or resouces ….is nothing. Every average person already has more than they need to make $100,000 plus a year. Easily. MLM does not require talent, money, lots of time or massive resources.

The signficant difference is they decided to not behave like the average person a couple hours a day for about a year.

Somewhere within….they decided the old saying, “If you’re not willing to pay the price for success now, you must pay the price of failure later,” and they decided to pay the price now.


The mechanisim to move ourselves from ‘average’ to above average is available and free.


mark januszewski

Author: Kathy Zimmer

I'm a Success Coach and anti-hunger advocate for children. I love travel, photography and helping others succeed. Health and wellness, and the creation of wealth are favorite pastimes of mine.

4 thoughts on “#1 Most FAQ by Prospects: “Does MLM Work for Average People?” by Mark J”

  1. Mark did a great job on this post. I think everyone I know in network marketing has been advised to read “Think and Grow Rich.” I have found that NWM is work and if you don’t get skills and are determined, you will fail.

  2. Hello Mark,

    Thank you very much for sharing with others. I am a networker who enjoys your videos so much. I would like to talk to prospects professionally as you do. Do you have any DVD’S or phone scripts that you sell? I hope you do, as I cannot write down what you say as fast as you talk and the way you say the things to your prospects is the best I have ever seen.

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