Network Marketing: Red or Blue Pill?

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I was laying in my bed last night masterminding with my multiple personalities(true story). We were going over all the reasons why most network marketers fail in their attempt to make any real money online or offline. One major problem new networker marketers face is they have their normal, complacent life to fall back on. Most of them are tire kickers and when they don’t make a million dollars their first month they bitch and moan. Two months go by, still no results and the next thing you know their screaming SCAM!!

I started to think about the “outside” world and how it operates. I don’t know of such a world anymore. It really is like a hazy dream now. It’s crazy how many people have no idea what network marketing is or the internet for that matter. I remember almost 4 years ago now when I first was introduced to the internet. It was like looking at Playboy magazine for the first time as a kid. My eyes wide open, jaw dropped to the floor and instantly aroused(get your head out of the gutter folks!). It felt like the Matrix and I was Neo. A young man hating the 9-5 grind that possessed a special skill that agents already in the Matrix wanted. At that moment I was given a choice.

For those of you reading this who live in caves and you’re like “what the hell is the matrix” I got you covered. The Matrix is a film about philosophical symbolism. It supposes that in the near future, humans will be fed with false sensory information by a “godly” virtual computer which is the Matrix. During this time, machines will use humans as source of power.

Neo, the central character of the film, is a loner who is searching for Morpheus -named after the Greek GOD of sleep and dreams. He is also looking for answers to his longtime question – what is the Matrix? So to translate for my analogy, I was Neo searching for the one who could help me make sense what this new world I discovered called The Internet.

Morpheus contacts Neo just as the machines (posing as sinister ‘agents’) are trying to keep Neo from finding out any more. The right time comes for Morpheus and Neo to meet. Upon their meeting, Morpheus offers Neo two pills – one red and one blue. Neo is to choose only one pill. The red pill answers the question “what is the Matrix?” while the blue pill is just another affirmation to live the life that he’s used to. Neo was quick to reach for the red pill but Morpheus cuts him with a reminder “All that I’m offering is the truth. Be careful.”

The real question here is not mainly about pills or which pill you choose. The question starts with “how do you choose?” Choosing between what we already know and believe in, and the unknown truth can be very fascinating. The blue pill is everything that you have built your life upon. Here, you have everyone and everything you love and all the comforts that you have been used to. The red pill is the promise of truth – of better life but bigger risks and discomfort. With the blue pill, you go on with your routines – wake up at 7AM every day, go to work, overtime for 2 hours, back at home by 9PM, sleep. And this goes on and on. With the red pill, you have the chance to discover the truth that every individual is capable of being better than what other people think, that you can forget the routines, break conventions, and earn more! You can be whatever you put your mind to.

For a thirsty man like Neo, choosing the red pill was easy. It does not promise you good life but it gives you the chance to explore yourself more and become a better individual and not simply be one that society wants you to be. However, for most people who want to live in their comfort zones, the blue pill is simply the choice to live an ordinary life. Mere security. Nothing special. Absolutely scared to take any chance at freedom and abundance for the fear of failing deludes them.

So how do you make a choice?

We go to work everyday. We become robots of society. By limiting ourselves as such, we get our paychecks every month. We use our monthly income to sustain our daily needs – buy food, pay for the rent, send our kids to school, etc. – Clearly enough, these are the ones who choose the blue pill.

The red pill, as mentioned, does not always promise something good. However, it guarantees you the truth. These are people who are not scared to break the rules to try something new. They do not want to be stuck and so they explore better opportunities. Network marketers are individuals who choose the red pill. They take a risk, push themselves to discomfort, just so they could discover that one truth – that everybody is capable of being better if he or she chooses to push themselves further out of their comfort zone.

The rewards of those who choose the red. – The red pill is not a choice of huge risks for nothing. If you work hard, it can offer you a better and more comfortable lifestyle. More importantly, it gives you the chance to break the rules of society that limit you as a person. Individuals who get into network marketing are not only happy for their opportunity to make phat pay checks but possess the gift of serving. What makes them even happier is the fact that they are able to prove to themselves that they do not need to be slaves of Corporate America forever to build a good future for their loved ones.

What if we all had to choose the red pill when making the decision to become an entrepreneur(network marketer)? There would be no turning back to our normal life to use as a crutch to fall back on and your reason to fail(give up). The failure rate would be 3% instead of 97%. If you make a decision that you are sick and tired of your normal life and are looking for the true answer then you can’t give up. As long as you don’t give up, you won’t fail, you won’t be another statistic. Worse case taking the red pill and you have agents following you around trying to kill you for they don’t want you to find the truth to happiness and freedom. Those agents are your subconscious. Like I said there are some risk with your decision…but trust me the reward is grand.

For Neo and myself, the red pill completes our being because it provides the answer to a lifelong question. For individuals in network marketing, the red pill is an affirmation that they can break what the society dictates. You can earn more, and live a life of abundance.

Which one do you choose?

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It is a choice

No Matter how Great or not so Great your Opportunity is It will take REAL work (true Story)You can use the slight edge it will work. Or you can take massive action once you decide to Break free. To have lasting success you must be in the flow. (that takes training) be willing to Grow as a Person and your income will grow either WAy. No Personal growth no money. Great Story Tim! Freedom is awesome

Juanita Waterman — Fri, 05/21/2010 - 10:49pm

Juanita you are so correct.

Juanita you are so correct. Thanks for the comment, and adding value to the post. Talk soon

Tim Atkinson — Sat, 05/22/2010 - 1:19pm

There's no turning back

Awesome article Tim.

You're right too. Once you take the entrepreneurial "pill" your life is never the same. :-)

Jason Better — Sun, 05/23/2010 - 10:02am

Thanks Jason, thanks for

Thanks Jason, thanks for letting me share this with the Better Networker community.


Tim Atkinson — Sun, 05/23/2010 - 5:21pm

Choosing the red pill

Whether you decide to become an entrepreneur or you were one from childhood [I for one never fit the mold of a model student], you now have an share with others what you have received.

If you don't give from what you have, there is no room to get more. Give from what you have, and more will be given to you.

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Paul-Eugene Miller — Sun, 05/23/2010 - 7:54pm

I know this feeling very

I know this feeling very well. I chose the red pill about 6 years ago and I struggled. My childhood friends moved up the ladder in corporate America and I was still struggling to buy groceries while pursuing the life of the entrepreneur. I don't regret my decision one bit. No matter how hard things got I couldn't go back to the 40 year lie of working for someone else. Because of the internet and because of my own personal growth things have turned around for me in a big way and I'm finally seeing the big payoff. Thank you for posting this article that provides fresh and unique insight.

Timothy Norton — Sun, 05/23/2010 - 8:14pm

Creatively artistic

Tim, I just love the creative way you wrote this in relationship to The Matrix story line. I also wanted to thank you for inadvertently leading me here. Currently reading the eBook and finding out how giving that Jason and the others are, I think being here is a perfect fit of personalities being that you all believe in "Givers Gain" a remarkable post and remarkable website, now if you'll excuse me I must get back to this fascinating eBook. I am amazed that I have been implementing 2.0 tactics on my blog ever since I started it 2 years ago...

Arthur Morehead — Sun, 05/23/2010 - 9:02pm

Just never give up!

I really wanted to stress with this article that if you make a decision from the beginning that there is no turning back. It's important that everyone understand that massive growth in your business and in life happens when you decide to step outside your comfort zone. Thanks for adding value to this article and discussion

Tim Atkinson — Sun, 05/23/2010 - 9:26pm

The Decision is Critical

It's funny how small decisions over the course of our lives lead us to where we are today. Every small decision even the simple choice of taking one pill or the other can mean the difference between one life and another.

Something that I like to tell myself everyday is that "successful people do things that unsuccessful people don't want to do".

What I mean by this is that most successful people go the extra mile and do the little bit more than others to get what they want out of life.

Mark Gubuan — Mon, 05/24/2010 - 1:16am

thanks for the comment

Hey Mark you are wise and thank you for your comment and adding value to the conversation

Tim Atkinson — Wed, 05/26/2010 - 5:26pm

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