Hello Network Marketing Professionals,
Today’s blog post is the final installment in a week-long series we’ve been running, where we have addressed the three major pitfalls or booby-traps that network marketers often fall into. Pitfalls are dangerous because once you fall victim to them, it’s awfully hard to get back out.
This is how Tim defines The Velvet Rut:
“The final trap is what I call the VELVET RUT. It’s when you’re making between $3,000 and $7,000 a month and the thought of going back to recruiting again is daunting.
The reason I call it the velvet rut is because you’re making just enough money to keep you in the game. It’s kind of comfortable, but because you’re not making the money you’ve dreamed of, it’s still a rut. It’s a trap!”
You’re probably reading this thinking – “Man, I wish that was me!” I know that most networkers would love to be in the velvet rut. Bringing in $3,000 per month of residual income isn’t too bad! Reaching this milestone is something to be proud of and if you’ve reached it, well done to you.”
It’s also worth noting that Tim’s definition says you’re in the velvet rut if you’re making $3,000 to $7,000 per month – but in reality – your velvet rut, as far as I’m concerned, is any level of income that you’re stuck in. If you’re stuck at making less than $100 per month, $500 per month and want to be making more – you are stuck in a rut and need to get out of it.
It’s worthwhile for everyone in the industry to be aware of the velvet rut. Even if you feel like you’re a long ways out from achieving such a milestone, you can avoid this rut altogether. Do what’s been discussed in the previous posts in this series which are:
- Stay away from being an introvert. Even successful leaders can introvert at times and retreat from the business or even leading the team. Choosing to actively be engaged in your business on a daily basis not only builds solid income, but it builds lasting and trusting relationships with your associates.
- Don’t fall into the trap of “Doing it All.” Doesn’t matter if you have a team of 1 or 1,000 – the moment you fall into the trap of doing it all you are stuck in the trap. Start now by developing good training habits for your team. Train them correctly and train them to be leaders. Do this enough times and you’ll soon create solid leaders. You’ll never fall into the velvet rut.
So, just how do you get out of the velvet rut if you’re stuck there?
Tim’s advice would be this: Go back to work and sponsor three or four more people. Build them into leaders. GET YOUR DREAM.
Just be make sure that when you bring those new people into your business and you train them to be leaders, that you train them correctly. That’s why we released Network Marketing 101. If you’re looking for a solid training solution, check out Tim’s newest training tool for the industry here.
And as we draw this series to a conclusion I’d love your feedback in the comments section. Now that you’re aware of all three booby-traps – are you stuck in one of the traps? How can we help you get out? I look forward to reading your comments.