Nobody ever says: “I want to be in network marketing when I grow up”.mlm

At least I didn’t.
Quite the contrary to be exact.You see in my little part of the world, network marketing, MLM’s, whatever you want to call them, well, they were comparable to curse words. BLEEP!  Companies like Amway or any MLM involving a gas card and a big check in the mail for no work were talked down upon when I was a kid. And I remembered ANYTHING and EVVVVVERYTHING my dad talked poorly about in ANY way. I didn’t want to upset the sleeping giant.

I wasn’t crazy.

If it sounds too good to be true, ______________________.
That was my natural assumption surrounding whatever the heck network marketing even was…and that was the extent of my knowledge of the industry, as well. I did actually tutor the kids of one of the highest paid guys EVER in network marketing, though, when I was in middle school. He seemed nice enough. But, I just went with the consensus. For the most part, MLM’s must be
shady, and
something to steer clear of.
Then one day I became a Beachbody coach. I didn’t even really know what a coach was (which was totally out of my character). I knew a lady would reach out to me every now and then to help me get results in my workout. She was nice and helpful and she was a coach. She told me I would be a good coach since I was so into my workout. Then she finally convinced me when she told me I could get a discount on some things I had decided to buy.

I am the money saving QUEEN. If I can figure out a way, I’m all ears and the next day, I was a “coach”.

I just wanted to save some money.

Welp, about a month later, I wondered if that helpful lady was somehow getting paid to do what she was doing. She was always there when I needed fitness advice. Now she was encouraging me to read some books to work on the inner me too. Dang..her job seemed to be a LOT more fun than mine. So, I started reading the fine print to see just HOW could I possibly make some money doing this. I’ve always wanted to get paid to do what I love…MAYBE this was IT!

Then, right there in the fine print, right in front of me, the words…THOSE WORDS were staring back at me. It was as if I transformed into one of those cartoon characters that would see something shocking and their eyes would blow up real big, popping off their face…

*shock and awe*
How was this POSSIBLE?
Had I been duped?Omg…do other people KNOW that I’m in Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)?
I immediately wanted to take cover. Ha!
Where could I hide?
I was most likely to succeed in high school and I’m already a waitress (which was bad enough). NOW THIS?

What was I going to do? It was if I had been punched in the stomach.

I was ENJOYING being a coach. I was getting crazy amazing results from my workout after having spent hours a day FOR YEARS in the gym. I had sworn I would NEVER be a shake person and I don’t know how, but this shakeology stuff literally made a night and day difference in the way I felt. My body would go “AHHhhhhhhhhhhh”. Sometimes OUTLOUD! HA!

And now, now I’d been working on ME.
The real me.
I was rediscovering my potential in life.
I was gaining confidence.
I was coming out of the dark hole that I had felt trapped in for so long.
And now THIS?? CRAP! But how could something that was doing such GOOD be so bad? Or be a scam? Or be shady?

To MLM or not to MLM that was the question.mlm

Something deep in my gut said I HAD to keep going. I HAD TO.
WHAT IF this was a GOOD thing?
WHAT IF this was the “thing” I’d been looking for?
WHY NOW did I care so much of what other people thought?
And how often would I wonder what COULD have been had I stuck it out.

I was staying.

And I vowed 2 things to myself that day:

  1. I wasn’t going to tell anyone I knew about this discovery. Ha! (which can be super tough in building a network marketing business).
  2. I was going to give it my all. I didn’t know what that would entail or what I was doing AT ALL, but I knew that anything I’ve ever wanted or gone for required going all in and I was going to give THIS that same chance.
I will say there was a lot of power in making THAT decision THAT day.

I had drawn my line in the sand. It was all or nothing in my book and in my experience, when you give something your ALL, when you have NO PLAN B, when there’s no TURNING BACK, or just dipping your toe in or just “trying it out”…THAT’S when you succeed. AT ANYTHING.

Has it been smooth sailing? HECK NO.
Has it been hard work? HECK YES.
Have I made mistakes? ABSOLUTELY.
Have I embarrassed myself, second guessed myself, doubted myself and wanted to give up? FOR SURE.

But I had made a decision.

Winners go all in.
Winners show up when they don’t feel like it.
Winners get knocked down but get back up.
I wanted to win.

Do you?

P.S. Not only did I stay, but I stuck to my commitment. Five years later, I am a 7 figure annual earner in MULTI LEVEL MARKETING (AHHHH!) chasing my dreams, in the best shape of my life, but most importantly, I’m living life with intention. I’m not depressed, searching for a way out anymore wishing there was more. Instead, I’m passionately facing each day searching for other people that felt stuck like I did but have a glimmer of hope left in their gut that they TOO can make a difference. My team: Dare 2 Dream is a whole bunch of like minded, super positive, amazing people that has decided to ignore what society thinks, to go against the status quo because we want to feel better. We want to leave a mark and we want to matter. The business is a bonus. Want more info on what exactly I do and if it could be a good fit for you? Shoot me a message at

*Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.

Digging Deeper,

Jessica Bowser Nelson


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