So often we get comments from Mary Kay consultants pointing out that you have to work to make Mary Kay, or any venture, successful. They argue frequently that most people are lazy or give up.
It does seem true that most people do the bare minimums to get by. They are content to put in their hours at their job and go home. There is a small percentage of the population that excels. They don’t give up. They persist where others would throw in the towel.
And this is true in sales positions like Mary Kay, even more than regular positions. No one ever said sales was the easiest thing to do. It takes a special personality, I think, to plug ahead and shrug off the rejection, to do the actions necessary to make connections and make the sale.
But from all the information I’ve gleaned over the years, MLM still seems to be a losing proposition for the majority of people. I’ve seen people work their tails off in various MLM companies with very little success. Yet I’ve seen this same effort put forth by others in what I would call “real” sales positions and do very well, thank you. And they don’t necessarily have to believe whole-heartedly in their product either. Lots of people in sales work for companies whose product they don’t necessarily think is the best out there, but they are doing their job to promote it.
So while most people may be lazy, it doesn’t follow that MK, or other MLMs, are necessarily a good idea.