Is It Real?

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Here’s what I know about you.  Right now you’re facing one of two scenarios.  And they both spring from one of the deadliest threats to our business:  Doubt.

Scenario number one is when you doubt the business.  You doubt whether it’s real, whether people really do make money, whether duplication really works, whether it can all work for you.

The truth is, there are lots of people struggling in our profession.  People face rejection, people drop out, and there are always new challenges.

Another truth (though not well known) is, a lot of the “successful” people in our business got sweetheart deals that you don’t have.  And others don’t really earn much money from the actual business, but “mine the miners” and get their income that way.

And that creates doubt.  Big doubts for a lot of people.  Maybe even you.

But I want you to know, the dream is real.

Yes there are challenges, people struggle, and there are people with questionable ethics in our business.  Just like there are challenges, people struggle, and there are people with questionable ethics in every business.

But our business is different…

Because we really are the last bastion left in the free enterprise system where someone without degrees, connections or money can still become free.   I know because that is my story.  I didn’t get a deal, I didn’t have those degrees, connections or money, but now I am free.

What we have to offer is better.  And the dream is real.  I just wanted you to know.

Next post we’ll look at the second scenario…


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41 Comments on “Is It Real?”

  1. Excellent Randy! Thank you for being so candid.

  2. I can attest to the fact that the dream is real and worth pursuing even with the setbacks that will sometimes come, even for successful distributors. It’s hard and frustrating work at times. You really do need to somewhat detach your emotions from your business, but I know that it can become really emotional for people when you put all of your energy into your business.

    If you are feeling extraordinarily frustrated, take a break and do something fun. Give yourself a day or two. Spend a little time reviewing your strategy… don’t just keep doing the same thing over and over… although you need to set a direction and stay with it a while, then review and make tweaks, then try again. Get feedback from people when you can, but don’t take serious negativity to heart.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Its’ simple but not easy… there are ups and downs but we need to stick through
    it…. the dream is real,

  4. Jack LaCava says:

    Randy: Oneof the worst things that happens in our profession is when someone gets a sweetheart deal but doesn’t owe up to it. Example: You’re at your annual conference and some hot shot is introduced as one of the top earners. You find out later that the hot shot was recruited away from another company, got $$$$ for making the move and took his best people with him/her. Another example is if you’re in a nutritional company and you meet someone who rose throught the ranks quickly only to learn that he/she is a doctor or chiropractor. The person has a built in dedicated audience – of course they are going to rise to the top!

    The rest of us – like me – realize that those types of situations are the smoke and mirrors of our profession and not the reality. The reality is that you have to work smart, hard and take consistent action. This is an wonderful profession with fantastic opportunites. JL

  5. William Lee says:

    Thanks Randy. Couldn’t have come at a better time. It was one of those doubtul days. Take care, Bill

  6. Gina Koinski says:

    Great post! Short & to the point! Thank you!


  7. Ivan Sisco says:

    THE DREAM IS REAL! Thanks Randy!

  8. Zoe Morris says:

    What is left if we do not have our DREAMS…. The DREAM is real and thanks for reminding us. I appreciate all you do to keep us on track.

  9. Anette Nilsson says:

    Thank you Randy! We all have these thoughts or feelings from time to time so thank you for the encouragement! The dream is real and alive! Take care…

  10. Thanks for the message of hope Randy. It helps to have a mentor who has gone through all of the trials, that we can identify with and learn from, so that we know that if we continue to learn and grow, we too will realize our dreams. David

  11. Vicki says:

    I for one know its real! Not only for me but for many people working with me. There are many, many success stories…and we do have to remember that success comes in different sizes and shapes for each person.

    There are sweetheart deals in every profession. Life is NOT fair. But in our profession they are not taking away our opportunities….that’s the difference…there is room for everyone’s success. The system will work for those who persevere. I think one of the most frustrating things a leader can go through is when you see someone giving up on their dreams, when you KNOW that just a little more effort and persistence and they would have been THERE! You try to tell them : Nooooooooooooo! You’ve nearly made it. Dont stop now!
    So go for it you doubters…Its real!

  12. Tomoe Cooper says:

    The more time I spend learning and doing this business, the more I appreciate it and love the human drama that we all experience. It is real as we make it to be. I am so grateful to be in MLM.

  13. Nick says:

    I’ve met you before in Cleveland and think what you teach is great.But If you our a straight shooter,let me ask you this what made more money? Consulting and training,your book deals or your Mlm business, I know you struggled at first you’ve stated that in the past. Companies folding right at the 2 year mark.So what really made you stick with it? You know what with a mortgage and all the bills to pay .
    Sorry I’m trying very hard to stay optimistic.Trying to let the tools talk etc. And after two years still haven’t made it to the break even point.

  14. Peter Wright says:

    Great thoughts, a good message, thanks

  15. Margaret Hockaday says:

    Having your dream keeps you going and alive. There will always be doubt, but you must believe in yourself and what you are doing. Seek advice from the ones who struggled and succeeded.

  16. Carol says:

    Great Post!!! As always. Carol

  17. ROBERT says:

    Hi randy

    The more time I spend learning and doing this business with my friends the easy become, yes I now is real and I am train to get peaple their dream back
    explaining the business as something fun no just a JOB.

    I am so grateful to be a MLM professional .


  18. corina says:

    range, thank you for this beautiful dream to purchase money, but I am very confused with those many methodes to do them. so for the moment I just dreaming.

  19. Ronald Cheek says:

    Most people don’t realize it actually takes work to make it in Network Marketing. Most quit before they make it. But some have figured out the way to make it and replaced their full time paycheck with a bigger one, part time. The dream is real like Randy said, we just have to be willing to get. Great insight Randy

  20. Steve Kostoff says:

    If it was that Simple everybody would be doing it. You have to Believe in order to Achieve. Thanks Randy.

  21. Enrique says:

    I don’t doubt the business, and I question myself if I deserve so much wealth. I have seen people in Mejico be in the top 25 worlwide earners in the company I am with.

  22. Dena says:

    Thank you for a short but powerful post.
    I believe you, btw.

  23. lea sedan says:

    Hey Randy gage
    here is the answer for “is It Real?” From a wize man:
    “Sometimes the pain may be the reason why people change. Getting failed
    Grades make us realize we need to learn. Remind us of our obligations
    Inability to find a source of income. Let us be humiliated
    The ‘push’ to fight for ourselves to save our face
    Next embarrassments. This may be the bitter experience of a friend
    Tragic story, a great movie or a book of inspiration that will help us
    Get only the right amount of motivation we need to
    To improve ourselves.

    With countless Negativities brings the world, how we
    Maintain motivation? Try the tips I prepared from A to Z. ..

    – Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places.
    Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those
    Believe in the beauty of their dreams. ”

    B – Believe in your self, and what you can do.

    C – Consider things on every aspect angle. The motivation comes
    Determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the
    The sun from both sides.

    D – Do not give up and gave Thomas Edison failed once,
    Twice, three times more than he came with his invention
    Refine the bulb clarification. Make motivation as your
    Steering wheel.

    E – Enjoy. Work like you do not need money. Dance like no one
    Viewing. Love like you never cried. Learn as if you’ll live
    Forever. Motivation occurs when people are happy.

    F – Family and friends – are the greatest “life of F ‘treasures. Not
    Shows free of them.

    G – Give more than what he was enough. Where self-motivation
    Improvement will take place at work? Home? At school? When you activate
    Special effort to do things.

    H – hold on to your dreams. They can dangle there for a moment,
    But these little stars will be your driving force.

    I – Ignore those who try to destroy you. Do not let other people
    Make the most of you. Stay out of toxic people – the type of friends
    Who hates to hear about your success.

    J – Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And
    The key to failure is trying to please everyone.

    K – trying to keep living no matter how hard it may seem. When
    Motivated, eventually he sees a harsh life finally Elimination,
    Pave the way for self-improvement. L – Learn to love your self. Now
    Is not so easy?

    M – make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put
    Work clothes.

    N – Never lie, cheat or steal. Always play fair.

    O – Open your eyes. People should learn the horse attitude horse
    Sense. They see things in 2 ways – some things they want to be, and
    How they should be.

    P – Practice makes perfect. Practice is the motivation. It also allows us
    Repertoire of ways to learn about how we recover from our mistakes.

    Q – Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate
    – You’re going to be leaving? Or winning?

    R – Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. Us
    Hear the little voice within us telling us to start before
    Others will be on their feet, trying to push us around. Remember,
    It was not raining when Noah built the ark.

    S – Stop Procrastinating.

    T – Take control of your life. Jives discipline or self control
    Synonymously with motivation. Both key factors in self –

    U – for others to understand. If you know very well how to talk, you should
    Also learn to listen. Eager to understand first, and be
    Understand the other.

    V – Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on dry

    W – Want it more than anything else. Dream is to believe. And
    He believes that something is rooted out from the roots of motivation

    X – Factor X is what makes you different from the others. When
    You’re motivated, you tend to put on “extras” like your life
    More time for family, extra help at work, care about friends,
    And so on.

    Y – You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like
    You. Value your life and existence, because you just go
    Spend it once.

    Z – Zero on your dreams go for it! ”

    For optimal Your Mind,

    Stephen Pierce

    • Wong YS says:

      Very good list of words of wisdom from A to Z. I can pick any of it to be more aware of each day and then put it into practice when there is chance.

      Wong YS

  24. Yvonne Hudson says:

    Thank you, Randy for keepin’ it real as always. You’re the best!

  25. Edward says:

    Thanks Randy! The dream is alive and so real in this great business of Network Marketing!
    Glad to be part of it.
    Make it a great day!
    God Bless!

  26. Alive365 says:

    Randy Gage for President!!!

  27. Dwight Rose says:

    Concise and to the point. I have seen so many persons give up on their dream in this business. They just needed to persevere!

  28. For beginners it always looks magic how the leaders built this big teams.

    What really helps is to ask one of the leaders in your upline to show you exactly how he developed his business beginning at the first guy who joined his team.

    I did it and it was a really great experience!

    Now I have an exact picture how it can happen and that there is no miracle, no hidden trick or some secret that our upline doesn´t tell us.

    It is only work and mindset!

    Best regards

    Volker Schaefer

  29. Jeffery Yong says:

    Randy, after spending 6 hours with you at the Malaysia Leadership Session, my biggest takeaway was your rock-solid INTEGRITY. Thank you for anchoring my belief, even stronger, in the industry, our company and the leadership. Have a safe trip home!

  30. KH Koh says:

    Thank you, Randy, for saying what needed to be said!


  31. Wong YS says:

    Many a times I can see IT is real for many others around me who have achieve successes. And many a times, I hope I can see it being real from myself real soon. And very often, I just can’t see how it can be real from me. And that leads me to doubt myself. I trust you, Gage. So I choose to believe, ‘Because we really are the last bastion left in the free enterprise system where someone without degrees, connections or money can still become free.’ Very well said. I shall press on, aspire to be a network marketing professional.

  32. Joe says:

    Still holding on to the dream. Lost faith in my company (XXX). How do you know when to make a change?
    God bless us, every one.

  33. I agree the dream is real. The doubts will always appear. If you have a real commitment to keep you moving through what YOU have to go through the journey will be more important that any mornings set of doubts. If what you have is a wish or a good idea the doubts will disappear any chance there is in accomplishing what has to be accomplished for your dreams to be fulfilled.

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  35. Marvel Langa says:

    Excellent Randy.The dream is real there are ups and downs but we need to stick through coz its a wonderfull profession with fantastic opportunities.Thanks for reminding us,l appreciate all you do to keep us on track.

  36. Anonymous says:

    I know the dream is real. But wont fool myself. Ive been in 5 MLM’s in thee past fifteen years and my list? Everyone that sees my name on caller id about every 2 years know why Im calling. And they run!!! I guess cold market is my only choice. I dont have much free time with 4 kids all about to start collage and I work shift work.. What now???

  37. Mike says:

    That’s EXACTLY where I’m at right now. I’m at the end of month one, no sign-ups. Been really training and learning as much as I can, and am now approaching people daily. Gets frustrating as I constantly ask myself “is this real?”


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