Got fueled by a series of very bad attempts by “friends” who try to suck me into their MLM Network. I posted this status on Facebook and was shocked by the tsunami of responses and likes: Dear networkers, it’s ok to eye me for recruitment, you eye everyone for recruitment after all. But don’t insult what I do and the path I chose in the hopes that I’ll arrive with the same conclusion and think of joining your group as you deem yourselves Messianic.
So yeah, I decided to dedicate a blog entry about it. Here are my thoughts about networking:
Networking. Been, there, hated that. Although this blog entry isn’t about hating networking–and networkers– in general, let me tell you stories about the loathsome networking practices that I have come across with. I will use this entry to tell off all bad networkers and their famous MOs. Let me start.
Dear bad networkers,
First of all, you must know that networking is not for everyone. You might try to convince me that earning through recruitment may be a walk in the park and one just needs to “get used to it and wait for the income to increase”, most of the time, people just have better things to do. For example, since college graduates studied and trained for the jobs that they want to pursue, do not tell them to automatically drop everything just to earn “passive income”. Accept the fact that there are better things in life than an exponentially fat bank account. There are dreams, leaderships, family honor and career fulfillment too. Remember when you used to work hard for those? No? Remember.
Also, please do not insult us if we try to tell you nicely that we are not up for it. Well, if we did not do it very nicely, I encourage you to be the bigger person and walk away with gratitude for not wasting your time. Do not tell us that we are pitiful, that we can do so much better, that we are missing a lot out of life, that we can make other dreams happen, et cetera. Did it ever occur to you that we have choices too? And we chose these paths because we feel fulfilled in it. So he’s a call center agent? She owns a small business? They’re carrying on their parent’s legacy? Do not insult us by looking down on what we do in the hopes of thinking that your company is the one stop solution. And never, ever be skeptic about our happiness. Tsk tsk, trust me, we’ll only hate you more if you go that route. (I’ve had one Facebook contact who kept questioning me about my happiness in what I do and kept saying things like “sayang, matalino ka pa naman.” What a douche.)
Do not act as if networking is THE SALVATION. Sure, we may all go through rough financial paths in life but don’t advertise it as the ultimate answer to all our problems. Be an actual friend for once and forget about your commission. Also, if we are really tight with money, don’t encourage us to take huge risks just so we can join you. I know of many networkers who convince people to pawn some valuables just so they can have the money for registration. The bigger the amount, the worse.
Do not think that we don’t know when you’re being insincere. Yes, we know there’s commission for you at the end of the line. We know that for every recruit, your income will increase. Sometimes, networkers promise a lot of things just so they can make the sale. They can use your family, their families, position in the society, your latest downfall or maybe even their bodies! Or they try to appeal to your emotion just to convince you that networking is the next best thing since Paracetamol. Cut the crap, guys. And let me get back to eating cake. At least that dollop of sweetness staring back at me from the plate is sincere.
Lastly, don’t be
overly persistent annoying. Which part of “no” did you not understand, dear networker? Stop tagging us on your Facebook announcements, checks of people we don’t care about, and most of all, if we already had our talk and we told you we’re not up for it, just.fucking.stop.it. Don’t you have any other friends to pester?! Oh wait, maybe you actually lost all your friends because of that. And don’t think these “former friends” don’t talk about you.
So that’s it, dear networker, get out of our lives if we tell you to do so. Don’t make us turn to black magic.
For those who are making good money and good friends out of networking, then hats off to you.
PS There are authentic, working vitamin supplements sold in reputable pharmacies that cost a tenth of what you sell. Just so you know, we know exactly where the extra money goes.