representing everything I’ve been feeling in this thread. Steve…you do us an injustice by painting us all with the same “damaged” brush. Please do stay and learn more about each of us and you’ll see that there is no “one size fits all” for MLM survivors. Or rather, there isn’t any one dysfunctional thing we all have in common that made us susceptible to MLMs.
Even though I’ve been online for 15 years, 10 years ago when I first fell, there just wasn’t the supportive community and information available today.
And I think that’s what I was saying in my very first response here, that if MLMs were required to hand over the truth along with their hype, there’d be a lot less folks getting involved.
This all makes me think of my Management days before having kids. Prior to running the daily operations of multi million dollar companies AND staffing the places, I used to think I was a good judge of character. Okay, so I’m still a good judge of character BUT I learned from the years of hiring that if someone really wants to get one over on you, THEY CAN AND WILL. Some people are just darn good actors in their pursuit of their agenda, whatever that may be.
If anything, I think maybe one common thread I might see in MLM Survivors is the ability to trust. They trust others to not lie their pants off (though even with this said, I realize that many MLMers are not outwardly lying but being mislead/lied to). Just a thought.
I’m sure that like PW, a lot of the members here are active in their anti MLM practices. I’m amazed at how many people I know are doing it and they aren’t even aware. My next door neighbors for example, I’ve had many talks with them about how much they hate MLMs and yet I’ve later discovered they do both Stampin’ Up and Prepaid Legal. Even if only buying product (as was the case with PPL). My personal trainer does a nutrition line. Other neighbors do a variety of home party crap. All of them KNOW my stand on MLMs and will only reluctantly talk to me about them because while I won’t preach to those who don’t want to hear, I also won’t listen and certainly won’t attend any functions.
Anyhow….that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂