I shared yesterday what the greatest lesson was that I learnt whilst doing network marketing; if you have to say that you are then you aren’t. Well today I share with you the other lesson that I learnt and that is that network marketing is modelled upon Christianity. Now of course I’m not talking about the negative aspects of network marketing (like greed, covetousness, etc). But if you take a moment and think about it, there are many similarities between network marketing and Christianity. Let me elaborate with a few points.
Christianity is about connecting with people and sharing with them the Good News, and encouraging them to tell others about it (see 2 Timothy 2:2). This is done primarily through word of mouth and preferably through relationship (see John 1:41). Network marketing follows the same principle of word of mouth marketing, believing too that their product and method of making money, is good news. Read the rest of this entry
That’s right! I did a stint in network marketing. I was in Telkom at the time and hoping to retire at age 30 with that all elusive “passive income” sustaining me for the rest of my life. Well I’m closer to 40, still not retired, and very far from any sort of passive income. Needless to say, I’m not doing network marketing anymore.
Whilst there are a lot of negatives that I could hold against network marketing (or rather my particular experience), there were some positives too. One of the best positives was how they got us to read books to develop ourselves. As a result I was introduced to many great titles and authors.
One particular book that I read (I cannot remember the title or author) had a statement in it that has stuck with me ever since I read it more than a decade ago. The statement was: Read the rest of this entry
“Ha ha ha! That was a good one guys. Thanks for the free publicity. Now let me show you what really happened.” And He’d wisk them off back in time to the raging Sea of Galilee, put them in the tossing boat, lob them a Red Bull each and say, “Okay. Off you go then. Let’s see if it really gives you wings.” (See Matthew 14:23-33).
Let me give my non-South African readers a little bit of context. Earlier this week Red Bull launched an advert in South Africa with Jesus and two of His disciples sitting in a fishing boat. They get bored fishing so Jesus gets up and starts walking on the water. His disciples ask Him how is it that He can perform such a miracle, to which Jesus responds that there’s no real miracle, but that they just needed to know where the stepping stones were. Now I didn’t see the advert myself (I don’t watch TV) and I’m working off a newspaper article that I read, so my details may be a bit off. But this was the jist of the advert.
Rightfully Read the rest of this entry