James Warren "Jim" Jones was the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple, which is best known for the November 18, 1978 mass suicide of more than 900 Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana.
Some network marketers have behaviors that are eerily similar to those Temple members that committed suicide by drinking the poison kool-aid. If you are a network marketer, this article will discuss 3 signs to be aware of so you won’t end up drinking poison kool-aid.
Three Signs That You May be a Jim Jones Network Marketer
1.You think your company, products, and services are the best things since sliced bread.- The Jim Jones Temple members did not really think at all. They were just programmed by their leader to believe what he wanted them to believe.
Are you are you making prudent business decisions, because you take the time to think about the pros and cons of each business decision that you make?
Are you paying attention to your business cash flow, or are you spending money blindly on your business, because you just “gotta be at the next event”… or are you spending money on this course or that book, just to prove that you are “serious” about your business?
There is no need to go deeply into debt, just to prove that you are “serious” about your business. The reason that most people start a business is to make money.
You do not have to run out and buy every book or course that your upline recommends. Use free resources like the library and the internet until you get a positive cash flow in your business. Then reinvest the profits from your business to buy additional tools and resources.
There are thousands of network marketing companies. In each of these companies there are thousands of distributors, who are programmed by their company and their upline to run out and tell everyone how super fantastic their compensation plan, and/or products are.
Sure there are some good companies, products, and compensation plans out there, but realize that yours isn’t the best. That is just an opinion that your company and your upline will benefit from financially, if you run out like a mindless Temple member, talking about your business to everybody who comes within three feet of you.
2. You make all of your business decisions when you are in a heightened emotional state- Network Marketing events are designed to use tools of influence like, social proof, to get you to spend your money.
Most people make not only bad financial decisions, but bad decisions period when they are very emotional.
Plan out all of your business expenses ahead of time, and don’t run and buy more products and tools, just because you get overly excited at your network marketing event.
Think about who it is really benefiting when your company or your upline is encouraging you to spend more money.
3. You ignore warning signs that may be obvious to everyone else. Most people could see the warning signs before those Jim Jones temple members drank the poison kool-aid, and committed mass suicide.
Pay attention to the people that keep telling you that you need to buy this product or resource, or go to this event, or to run around like a chicken with your head cut off if you want to be successful in your network marketing business.
Sure people have “gotten rich” in network marketing by making a list of their friends and family, and by doing countless in-home presentations.
However, this strategy does not work for the average person, because making a list of your friends and family, and then running out and asking them “Do you keep your business options open” is not marketing.

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