I know, I know…you rolled your eyes HARD at the title.
I get it, I would too.
Then I’d click the link to read on to continue the eye rolling and laughter.
We live in an anti-MLM world these days, after all. A world where people believe MLM is a pyramid scheme, full of blood sucking parasites (I mean…reps), and are added to new Facebook groups for whatever product their friends are shilling this week. It’s overwhelming and annoying and I get that.
Whichever side of the MLM coin you personally land on, I can only speak from my personal experience.
And, a simple $13 nail strip has changed my life.
Selling anything is work and, as such, I work it…HARD.
After all, I have bills to pay and a teeny mouth to feed and Color Street has been able to solely provide that for us.
I’ve built a team of strong women who can sell too.
No one is cold messaging people, or preying on their friends, or looking to do anything shady or underhanded to my knowledge….something that I know a LOT of anti-MLMers have experienced. (I’ve experienced it too. Particularly with weight loss products and, while I’m courteous, I am completely offended).
Yes, I earn money through both my personal sales and my team every month BUT these women are more than a paycheck to me (which I’ll double back to in a few minutes). And, I don’t earn money unless they are earning money so I do my best to answer questions, messages, provide graphics, and information. Anything I can think of to help them along the way.
The greatest gifts of this experience, however, have not been monetary.
Being a mom can be lonely.
Being a single mom can be downright isolating.
There’s no one to watch my kids on the weekends so I can go out with the girls on a regular basis. I don’t frivolously go out on dates for this same reason. And, these women have become a lifeline to me. People to share stories with, vent with, laugh with, and cry with. In fact, most of our conversations have NOTHING to do with the product we sell and, because of this, I know that we’ll remain friends long after nail strips. The nail strips put us all in the same place but real connections and commonalities brought us all together.
I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to meet these women in real life. I’ve been able to explore the world outside of what I know and build real, tangible support systems across the country.
Selling a $13 nail strip has shown me that I have a focus and a drive that I didn’t know I had.
I spent the better part of my 30-something years being a total slacker. I did the minimum and was content in my own mediocrity.
But, unlike a traditional office job, if I didn’t show up and work, and get creative while doing it, I wasn’t going to get paid. I get up, don’t necessarily dress up (jammies are my dress code), and show up every single day. I work off of lists, am often answering questions or typing something up while fixing Aria’s afternoon snack but, we get it done.
A nail strip has also helped me find my voice again.
Through our groups, our teams, and our connections, everyone is afforded a platform to have a legitimate voice.
No. A nail strip isn’t solving world hunger. It does, however, give us all an outlet for whatever topics we choose to address. I get to speak on things that fascinate me like social media, algorithms, visibility, and relationship building.
On a more personal level, I hope to use these blog posts to share my own stories and tidbits for all they may be worth to someone.
All of this has helped me discover that I have a love for public speaking.
Public speaking used to TERRIFY me.
I can remember about 8 years ago, I was asked to come up with an action plan at the job I was working at the time. Then, I was to share it at a team meeting in front of maybe 10 people. I was DYING on the inside. Yes, I saw these people every day and talked to them one on one but I couldn’t bear the thought of speaking in front of all of them at once. I did it and survived (and took a few doses of Pepto prior) but I NEVER wanted anything to do with public speaking again.
Now, I want to discover my own passions and share them.
And, I finally got the opportunity as a Regional Training Leader for the company. I get to plan our a meeting space and motivate and inspire and share company info every month for a crowd much larger than 10 people.
My point in all of this is that maybe MLM isn’t for everyone. And it really isn’t. But, you’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try. And, all those people showing off new cars, expensive purses, fancy vacations and whatever else they may have bought from their fancy diet shakes and what not, that’s not the most important thing in all of this. It’s the materialistic, superficial nonsense that really won’t matter when you’re looking back in another 50 years.
What matters is the stuff that cannot be taught or bought. It’s the things you learn about who you are, what you want, where you want to go, how to rebound from mistakes and failure (because you will fumble here and there…it’s inevitable), and what you’re capable of that will make you feel fulfilled at the end of the day.
All I know is that the confidence, shift in self assurance, decision making and my overall quality of life emotionally and monetarily are all a direct result of one simple, $13 nail strip.