It’s only after waking up when you realize how stupid these quotes sound when you share it for the sake of being an “entrepreneur”.
In my opinion, a real “entrepreneur” doesn’t actually call him or herself an entrepreneur. Someone who is actually out there, creating their own product and brand from scratch, works so hard that all they share is their progress or their product to people who ask. “Hey, what do you do?” “I sell homemade cupcakes” or “I design Snapchat filters”. You don’t really hear of people answering “I’m an entrepreneur”. Real entrepreneurs don’t have to post inspirational or motivational quotes or photos on their social media every day. Real “entrepreneurs” are out there making it happen because they are fueled by an inner drive and maybe just keep one or two quotes to themselves to irritate them enough to keep going. A real entrepreneur doesn’t give up because they think that their product is so good that it can change the world. They don’t need to refer to themselves as an entrepreneur. An “entrepreneur” is a term you call a friend who is an entrepreneur, and not a term that you self-label.
After waking up from this dream, whenever I see these motivational quotes on my social media feed, I cringe. I cringe because I know for a fact that was me two years ago when I was deep asleep and following mindlessly like a sheep.
That also goes to the point that if you are part of a network marketing company, you are not an “entrepreneur”. At most, you may be a marketer or advertising guru, but not an entrepreneur because you actually didn’t brainstorm, design, or make the product yourself. If you are part of a network marketing company, you are a distributor. No matter how the company labels you with fancy titles and rebrands you every couple of years, you are not a “business owner” nor an “entrepreneur”. They only want you to label yourself as that because it sounds much better than “distributor” — as if you are working for someone else because in reality, that’s what you really are.
As a product distributor, you have no say over what the product is, what its ingredients or contents are, where it’s manufactured, how much it costs to make the product, how much it is sold for, etc. If you were a real entrepreneur, wouldn’t you think that you would have a say in that? If I were to compare this to Elon Musk, you know for sure this mega-entrepreneur has fine-crafted his products down to the very detail so that he knows every single aspect of it. He is the CEO and can do whatever he wants at the drop of a hat.
Another example is the CEO of Velour Lashes (with whom I actually went to the same high school with). She doesn’t plaster everything she does for her company on social media; there’s no need to. Her results and actions show it clearly. You won’t see her posting pointless motivation points on her social media to make people think she’s working. She actually IS working. She is so busy that she doesn’t have time to “show off” — “Wow, look at my picture. I’m so busy with my “partners” sitting at a coffee shop “working” on my laptop to “build my business”. I am so busy!!” *rolls eyes* Instead, she’ll at most share anniversary posts or when her company has reached certain milestones to mark her success in those ways.
Ask yourself, as network marketing “entrepreneur”, can you do the same? Can you just change whatever your products are because you don’t like the product? The answer is probably no because you don’t actually get a say in the actual decision-making process.
Troubling quotes when used in a disrespectful context:
“I’d rather hustle than 24/7 than slave 9 to 5”.
- What a degrading comment to make! What is so wrong in our society now that we frown upon people who work a “9 to 5” job? Our economy isn’t doing so well nowadays that if you do have a stable 9 to 5 job, you are considered lucky. In the upcoming generations, there will be fewer and fewer 9 to 5 jobs and more part-time jobs which don’t offer any job security at all. This is a scary thought for those who want to own a house, grow a family, have retirement plans. Please don’t degrade those who are working so hard at a job that you *may* not want to work at. Everyone has a position in society. We need every single person to do their part in order to have society run smoothly. By judging someone else’s job, you are judging them in a really cruel way almost as if saying “hey look, good thing I’m not working a 9 to 5 job because that sucks” and implying “I’m better than you”. Now that I have woken up, it’s actually a very immature thing to say to someone.
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”
- I have to admit that this was one of the most “inspiring” quotes that got me going when I first started this venture. It really inspired me because it seemed so great and gave me a lot of belief. Who doesn’t like the theory of “working hard” so that we can later harvest the efforts that we put in? But life doesn’t work that way. There isn’t a formula for “success” no matter what someone may tell you. There are so many elements to being “successful”. It’s not just about blindly following a “formula”. Factors like personality, likeability, networks, communication skills, opportunity, luck, and so much more are causes for one’s “success”. Timing also matters too. Just because someone does the same thing that you do, doesn’t mean they will turn out like you. There would be a lot of millionaires running around that way if following a ” proven formula” worked. I say timing matters a lot because if the first “Rock Pet” was already invented and that guy is raking in millions of dollars each year, if you were to invent Pet Rock again, do you think you would get the same success? Of course not.
- Similarly, in network marketing, only those who started at the very beginning thrive and “succeed” because they got in early. It is so true. Don’t believe what “they” might tell you that it’s not about timing because if you started early before a lot of people got jaded about network marketing, the market wouldn’t be as saturated as it is now. Think of your “upline”. They probably started 5 or 6 years ago. If you literally duplicated everything that they did at this point in time, do you think you will be as successful as them? Personally, the answer is probably “no” because more than half of the Toronto market has already been exposed to the company.
- So no, it is not just about “working hard for a couple years of your life so that you can retire”. Life doesn’t work that way. Even the uplines that have built up their organizations still struggle at times to maintain their income levels if the partners in their organization leave. Why do you think they still stick around for meetings? Don’t believe about what they say about “I don’t need to be here but I want to help more people” because that’s not true. They have to stick around because if they don’t, the organization/team will fall apart and then their income is not guaranteed anymore.
- Again, no. You don’t just work for a couple of years and reap in the benefits. You still need to do a lot of work to keep the dream going.
“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
- First of all, I believe that this quote goes for the shock factor. “Oh no, if I don’t go for my dreams, then I have to be stuck helping build someone else’s!” We all have dreams. Not every dream can be fulfilled by ourselves. Sometimes we have to work together and fulfill our dreams together. Just like the above quote about not degrading other people’s work, there is nothing wrong with helping someone and being a team player in a company in order to move the entire project forward.
“If you can’t build with them, don’t chill with them.”
- Um, what?! This is herd mentality right here. Of course your upline doesn’t want you “chilling” with people not a part of your group. They don’t want you to start thinking independently or critically about the network company that you’re in!
- Frankly, this is just rude as well. So just because you don’t do business with your friends or family, you don’t spend time with them anymore? That is borderline abuse and controlling.
- Chill with whoever you want! If you want to learn and actually grow yourself as a person, you need to hang out with everyone and anyone. Just hanging out with the people who can bring you progress in financial or beneficial terms means you are taking advantage of them. Is that even considered a real friendship or relationship?!
- So, so wrong on many levels!
With all of these quotes that I shared, there is a big difference between motivation and shaming an idea (job, 9-5, way of living). There are so many so-called self-made “entrepreneurs” nowadays. To spot the real ones, see what products they are really selling and if they had a hand in making it. If it is not something you made but you think you are a “owner”, then perhaps you are really just a promoter or marketer… not an entrepreneur.
Share your thoughts below. I’d love to discuss critically… no negative or trolling comments. Fruitful discussions are always preferred.