Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pyramids vs. Pyramids

The image shared above represents the traditional corporate organizational chart. Located at the very top of the chart is the company's Chief Executive Officer. The man/woman in this position generally earns millions of dollars each year in salary, stock options, and performance bonuses.

The next tier in this organizational chart represents the various Vice-Presidents within the company.  Individuals serving in this position generally earn between $500,000-$1,000,000 anually. The Chief Executive Officer focuses exclusively upon creating the vision of the company, and implementing strategic plans for growth, while the Vice-Presidents generally work more hands on with middle management.

The third tier in this image represents middle management. Individuals serving in this position typically earn between $60,000-$150,000 annually, depending upon job speciality, and levels of responsibility.  The middle managers oversee the employees, and/or general laborers, and report directly to the Vice-Presidents.

The fourth and final tier in this image represents most Americans. At this level, the average salary is $45,000 per year, and individuals at this level are often broke, busted, and disgusted. In fact, research shows that 75% of the American population lives paycheck to paycheck.

Individuals serving at this level are generally thought to be of very little value to the major corporations. Thus, when companies focus on making budget cuts, these are the individuals who are usually downsized, outsourced, reorganized, etc: all fancy words for FIRED!

So how does network marketing fit into this equation? Network marketing is the wave of the future.  Individuals who are tired of smashing their heads into glass ceilings, which are very common in many corporate environments, are taking control of their own destinies by joining various network marketing organizations, and by doing so, are completely stepping away from the traditional corporate methods of operations.

One of the more common objections to network marketing is that, "It is a pyramid scheme." Does network marketing utilize a pyramid format? Absolutely. The one major difference in network marketing when compared to a corporate pyramid, however, is that upon joining a network marketing operation, YOU are strategically placed at the TOP of the organizational chart.

As YOU build YOUR organization, YOU are then in position to strategically place your vice-presidents, middle-managers, and general laborers within your organization. You also have the power to set other Chief Executive Officers in place, and to assist them with establishing their own organizations and organizational charts.

In network marketing, as opposed to waiting for annual performance reviews, and praying that someone in middle management finds you worthy of receiving a 5% raise, you can dictate your own income, by your levels of activity, in terms of: selling your products and services, recruiting individuals into your organization, and retaining your customers with extensive follow-up.

Harriet Tubman was once complimented for freeing as many as 900 slaves. Upon receiving the compliment, Tubman responded by stating that she could have freed thousands more, if only they had realized that they were slaves.

The dictionary defines the word "SLAVE" as-A person who works very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation: A person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something.

The term SLAVE has an EXTREMELY harsh ring to it. Thus, if you were to ask most Americans if they were slaves, they would likely respond with a resounding, "NO!!!!" However, if you were to ask these same individuals if they believed that they were receiving proper remuneration or appreciation on the job, or if they were excessively dependent upon their employers, I can assure you that the response would be considerably different.

By no means am I knocking full-time employment, and those of us who work full-time positions are truly blessed to have consistent paychecks in today's economy. However, the time has come for us to take charge of our own futures (on a part-time basis), and to take back SOME of the control that we have yielded in our lives over the years. We can do this through network marketing.

“Network marketing is the big wave of the future. It’s taking the place of franchising, which now requires too much capital for the average person.”Jim Rohn, best-selling author, and motivational speaker.

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