I found this last week on Facebook, written by a woman who was “successful” in Xyngular (a nutritional supplement MLM). She’s been in their “presidents club” for years. Think of this like Mary Kay’s $650,000 unit club, and the sales director gets to go on the top director trip. This writing demonstrates how all MLMs are virtually the same. They may have different products, call the ranks different names, provide slightly different prizes…. but they’re all the same at the core.
Her comments are so on point:
- You are constantly hustling for a goal in MLM. Once you qualify for something, you have to start all over again from zero and hustle for that thing again. You’re constantly trying to maintain your rank.
- You sacrifice your family, your friends and any outside life for your MLM.
- When you don’t meet that goal (i.e. recruit the person who buys an inventory package), it is because YOU failed. Any failure in MLM is always your fault. (Of course, they can’t tell you that the pyramid schemes guarantee the failure of 99%, they have to make you believe it was a personal failing.)
The most interesting comment from Kaylin is the cover-up. If she was successful in MLM, then that covered up other shortfalls in her life. I look at these women like Chelsea Adkins, Jamie Taylor, Kelly Brock, etc. and I see it through and through. They are looking for outside validation that they are good and successful people, and you can see how heavily they crave this. I think it’s very common in MLM.
Signs point to Kaylin officially quitting Xyngular, but I can’t be certain. No more mention of it on her Facebook bio.
The Xyngular piece about her no longer exists.
It’s great when people finally start telling the truth about their scammy MLM. I can’t help but still be a little bitter that they didn’t start telling the truth sooner. Remember how fantastic it was for years while you were swindling unsuspecting recruits out of their money?
Change just a few words in each comment, and you’ve got Mary Kay. Swap out “diet” for talk of “skin care.” Tell them it’s not expensive, it’s department store quality at a lower price. There’s a money back guarantee. I don’t sell, I share. I don’t recruit, I just offer the opportunity. You only need a few hours a week….