Then the cabby asked, "So, what do you do?"

An online marketer was in a cab this week…

The driver asked, “So sir, what do you do?”

Dave, the online marketer (not a network marketer) replied:

“I help people turn their passion, hobby or
knowledge into a 6 to 7 figure income stream.”

“How do you do that?”

Dave described his business – the information marketing business – and asked him:

“So, Maurice, what is your passion? What do you love to do?”

Cabby: “I want to make a lot of money.”

“No, Maurice, ‘What do you love to do? What are
you passionate about it? Tell me that and I’ll give you
ideas about how you can make a lot of money doing something related to that.’

Cabby: “Hmmm. I have never thought about that before.
I have just always worked.”

Is that you? Or are you doing network marketing because you figured it would make you some money? Only it isn’t yet?

Step back if that’s you. Ponder what it is about the business or product that you are REALLY passionate about. And then start focusing on doing THAT.

There is no other sane and enjoyable way to survive the trip to any financial success. This is a business and it takes time to build. The more you love what you’re doing ANYWAY, the better the chances that you will survive AND enjoy the trip.

And maybe, make a lot of money.


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Kim Klaver


  • I concur. People often get into Network Marketing because they think it can simply make them money.

    One truly has to enjoy working and teaching people in order to be able to stick with network marketing. Often times people join and just think the money will just come rolling in. It wont. You have to start giving in terms of training and helping others out (and enjoy it) in order to really be successful

  • Kim,

    Great thoughts on finding what it is about the business that fits our passion.

    Just making money is seldom enough motivation to stay in for the long haul. Few people think of how network marketing can help them find their passion. Fewer still actually find that passion within their business.

    Thanks for helping me think about that connection.

    Steve DeVane

  • I agree. Find your passion. Build a business around that. It doesn’t even have to be network marketing, but whatever you do should be fun for you. Oprah had a guy on recently who loved to blow bubbles (yes, the soap and water kind). He’s made a career out of it and even set a few world records. If someone can make a career out of BLOWING BUBBLES – you can make a career out of anything.

    Find your passion and the money will follow. If you’re doing it for the money and don’t love it, it won’t work. Find what you love.


  • I think this touches on the principal reason that Network Marketing has had such dismal statistics over the years. The vast majority of “business builders” have been approaching things from the standpoint of “leading with the opportunity” – almost to the exclusion of even mentioning the product or service involved until the prospect is already “sold” on the business itself. To me that’s putting the cart before the horse!

    The product/service is the critical core component of every business, and belief in the benefits it will provide customers is the driving force behind the sales that generate the money. So many people join NWM thinking that the product will somehow just “sell itself.”

    In my many years in the retail industry, I never saw a can of soup toss a dollar bill on the counter as it walked out the door!

    “Digital” Don Hill
    Google me sometime…

  • Thank you for the reminder, Kim.

    A friend who is in a couple of other NMs called me the other day – she is getting out of most of them to concentrate on a new one which has huge money potential. I told her I am not interested, but I was curious as to why a couple of NM “heavy hitters” had signed on.

    Thanks for the reminder that the product/service being sold does not spark my interest whatsoever, so I would probably be terrible at promoting it.

    I’ll just concentrate on building my existing business which I love, am passionate about, and fits my personality to a “T”.

  • Here we go with passion again. You don’t have to be passionate to make money. You have to have some skills and take some action. The benefit with network marketing is you can make more working 3 flexible hours a day from the comfort of home then you could working 8-10 pre-defined hours for some else. (Need help?)

    For all the people that talk about making money following their passion I would like to know what percentage is both happy and financially secure in their pursuit. It is very rare for a passionate pursuit to payoff. And it is always the rare exceptions that get put on the pedestal as an example of the possibility. Rarely if ever are the difficult challenges also shared because that is not what people want to think about. If you are marketing a product or service sure you should believe in it and if applicable you should be using it yourself – but you don’t have to be fanatical to be successful. Fanatics generally scare people away (If I have to be as crazy as you are I’ll have nothing to do with it).

  • Thanks, all.


    The Google founders were passionate about their little algorithm first, with little plan to get rich at the beginning. Their wonderful story is reported in the Google book.

    Steve Jobs – Apple’s founder, is (still) a fanatic. That sustained him until his products caught on. Fanatic in that he loved the challenge of what he was doing.

    Being passionate about something doesn’t mean one has to go into histrionics – that’s a turn off, because it comes across as fake.

    It means one is so taken with something that they will go the distance because they enjoy some part of the process and goal.

    Yes, there are people who don’t care much for their work and who do well. Trouble is, those are also usually the stressed out folks, who are really a pain to be around.

    They’re also among the first go get the physical ailments that come with working for just the money and not enjoying either what one does or the people one is around.

    I love the challenge of what I do. Thats why the “as long as it takes” is easier for me than for someone who doesn’t like much what they do, or just does it because they need the money.

    So when the money isn’t as quick as they were sold, or had hoped, there’s nothing to keep them going.

    So bye bye.

    I think the biggest reason people quit in NM is because they got in it for the quick money, not because they loved the challenge of building a business, the product, or anything else. They bought the fast dream.

    Geez, most of those who quit had no idea there WAS a challenge, given how it’s sold in the US…big money, easy money, anyone can do it…

    But hey, it’s a free country. Whatever works for you is obviously what you do.

    The big pitch for money, and the 95% drop out rate says it all. Money is not enough of a motivator to sustain a person’s efforts in this business.

    Why work this hard for potential income unless you really love it? It’s not fast money.

    Love of the game, the challenge, the product, the leadership, the money, whatever it is that someone IS passionate about – that will carry one through.

    However, chacun a son gout.

  • Dean,

    I think you are missing the point. Passion isn’t fanatic.

    You appear to be passionate about network marketing. So – there you have it. You have a passion. You do NOT have to be passionate about your product. That is the biggest thing that gets people stuck in a dead end MLM. However, if you are passionate about MLM, you will keep plugging away at it until you find the system and the company that is a fit for YOU. I failed for YEARS before I found the system that I use now. But for all of those years, I was PASSIONATE about MLM. I knew from the bottom of my heart that this is what I wanted to do. I just didn’t know how to go about doing it. Now I do.

    Roxanne Green

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