Sugar coating truth – good or bad?
Last year I had Donna Johnson on a call. She’s been multi-million dollar/year earner for almost two decades – #1 in Arbonne. She decried the way some parents had sugar-coated the success challenges their children would face – the “trophy generation” – some of whom were now in her business:
“The trophy generation wants to earn money, but they don’t want to be inconvenienced,” she said. (!?!) “The trophy generation is young people up through our college age kids – we over did the self-esteem – everyone is a winner, you don’t have to work harder than anyone else. They want to earn big income, but not if it means being inconvenienced in any way.” See ‘Watch Out for the Trophy Generation’ here.
Hear Donna say it here…“Does the ‘Secret’ movie cause do-nothingness? Part TWO.
The self-esteem movement too, got beat up in a recent piece. Self-esteem is a good thing, says the author. But by itself, it’s not enough for success. Interesting data from the church as well. His conclusion:
“I’m all for motivation and inspiration. But truth is truth. Maybe it’s time we stopped candy coating it and give it to them straight.” See here.
Your take? Are we candy coating the truth of life’s challenges – income, relationships, happiness – too much?
How would we un-candy coat say, the challenge of building an NM business?
If they told people the truth, they would not make any money off of the sign-up fees.
I would rather work with a few good people who get it, than waste my time with the masses who will eventually give up. I probably am too truthful. I tell them that the big bucks are out there, but it will take hard work and consistant effort. And if they do that, in three to five years they might have a good return on their investment. I love NM so I think it's worth the effort.