Hey everyone, my name is Mondez, but people call me “Dez” for short. I have been a network marketer / business development consultant for the past 20 years. During this time I have started, built, and then stopped several MLM “opportunities” for various reasons.
I have had very little success, to some success, to ultimately becoming a top producing million-dollar earner featured in major magazines, so I have had my fair share of ups and downs and seen and heard it all. Throughout the journey I always wondered what I would do if my company went out of business. What would be my retirement plan or for that matter what would be my Plan B for my Plan B, if you know what I mean.
The MLM world can be very exciting and lucrative for some, but the general consensus felt by many is it was either “not what they thought it would be” or “it is just not for them anymore”. Regardless of what category you fall in, whether you loved or hated your experience, the reason I created this site was to create a platform or resource to help prepare, guide, or support current or former mlm’ers / network marketers / direct marketers (you know we all have different names for it) like yourself for a productive and prosperous life during and after mlm.
To do this, I am going to share my personal educational, professional, and entrepreneurial experiences I’ve had over the years and what I have discovered throughout the journey. If anything I have to say interests you, I welcome you to get involved within my site. I love to talk about business, planning, strategy, risk, and restructuring along with many other aspects of life in general. If you have any interesting thoughts or opinions you would like to share about the content on my site, please do. I welcome and embrace feedback from everyone.
So now on to my journey……
I am currently a 42 year husband and father of one with one on the way. As a matter of fact, by the time you read this, my little girl should be here. Yah! I spent the early part of my life racking up degrees, licenses, and certifications to be competitive and climb that good ole corporate latter. According to societies standards I was considered a success, but like many who took that route, success was quickly defined differently. My Corporate America experience wasn’t all bad if you take out the long hours, demanding boss, unpredictable economy, and the ongoing fear of the mighty pink slip. I guess you could say, those were some of the reasons I kept looking at MLM as a way out.
To me it wasn’t about the flashy lifestyle, recognition, or retirement pitch. It was about the opportunity to generate more passive income coming in than I had residual bills going out. Simple concept right? Yeah I thought so as well. My first two swings in the MLM industry were very challenging and like most, I was spending more money than I was bringing in. I knew what I wanted, but I just couldn’t get the business to work right. It wasn’t until my third try that I experienced phenomenal success, went full-time, earned a heck of a lot of money and experienced the true MLM lifestyle.
I began to realize things I did in my 20’s and 30’s were not things I was willing to do in my 40’s. In addition to the changes that were happening in me, unfortunately there were massive changes with the MLM company. I worked through many of the company changes, some good, some ehhh not so good. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, I was not really in control of my “business” and at any point in time I could be out of business. Not to mention my success was not being duplicated and people were quitting left and right to no fault of my own. Some say that 95% of people who join MLM’s eventually quit. It was at that point I began to think about my life after my MLM career was over.
Like many others, I poured everything into building my business and making money, but something was missing. The same financial security I couldn’t get from Corporate America was eluding me in my MLM business even though I was a top income earner. Then the light bulb went off. It may sound like a simple revelation, but to me it was life changing. My life was out of balance physically, mentally and financially. When I looked up, I was defined as being “overweight” at 6ft, 240lbs, debt was on the high side, and I wasn’t reading as much or connecting spiritually with my family.
It was at that point I decided to diversify my streams of income to take the stress out of only having one, along with some aggressive financial planning. I made a lifestyle change and focused more attention on my health. Although I didn’t feel “fat” at the time, I look back at pictures of me then and I think “OMG, who was that?”. I began reading more consistently because outside of reciting the same presentation and training, I had basically stopped learning. Lastly I intentionally focused more time and attention on my family, because now that I am married with children, I want to stay a family. As a result I feel more successful today than I ever did when I made the most money and it’s because I made a decision to design my own life.. There are other measurements of the term “success” outside of income that should be used to define your quality of life. If you can find a balance mentally, physically and financially you can work toward achieving a lifestyle you control and one you ultimately deserve.
You have to decide to build your business with the right fundamental principals and profit is an important one. You have to commit to your health, because your mental and physical state depends on it. What good is it to have all the money in the world and not be here to enjoy it? You have to commit to ongoing financially responsible self-development, because learning never stops and lastly connecting spiritually brings everything else into perspective.
If you ever need any feedback or support regarding business, health, self-development and ways to connect more spiritually with people you love, I would be more than happy to connect. Simply leave your comment below and make sure you visit my site regularly as I am always updating it with the crazy “ideas” and “information” I come across I know you will find interesting.
Anyways, I wish you all the best with designing your incredible life and thank you for dropping by!
Live Life By Design not by Default,
Founder of Life After MLM
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