A Conversation about MLM

mlmWhat do you think about Multi Level Marketing?  It is interesting isn’t it, that invariably I find 85% of those to whom I mention MLM to will give a dismissive or negative response.  I too am in that league and have, after a few miserable attempts made derisive comments about the impossible odds of succeeding.

The reason I have been in opposition to this type of marketing has been the hype, the outrageous claims of mansions, limousines and travel including ridiculous amounts of money, along with reflective disbelief of how easy it all is. We have all heard that saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is”.  I personally was involved with Amway, 24 years ago in Perth. I was pressured into joining.  I did not succeed.amway

Upon my return in 1998 to Australia, after living in Europe for a few years, I found myself on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, where connections from life prior to Europe were all excited, enthused and full of zeal about mannatechMannatech.  Again I was pressured and joined. It was a given right? Health supplements, vitamins of all shapes and sizes, especially glyco-nutrients.  This was the way the world was heading.

I am not knocking product here, just illustrating the world of MLM from my perspective. I did not succeed.  I remember attending one of their conventions in Sydney. There was everything but rodeo at this convention.  (The Head office was in Texas, USA).  Hoopla, the likes I have seen before or since. I was out of there. I did not succeed in making my millions.

Next I was approached by a Usana Representative.  I declined.  What is it about me? Do I have “pick me for MLM!” flashing on my forehead that only others can see?

One evening at a Zonta Meeting, July 2011, we had a guest speaker who spoke about Essential Oils.  I remember being mildly interested in the topic as I had oils at home and was a qualified massage therapist, but not actually practising at the time.  A small bottle of oil was passed around for the women attending to smell. I put my nose to the bottle, took a big whiff and Wow!

I was transported to another realm!

That smell.  It was unlike anything I had ever smelt before.  Whole,  rich, intense,   pure,   clean,   deep, untainted.

“What is this?” I ask.  The response  ”dōTERRA ‘s Wild Orange!”wild orange

I had died and gone to heaven.  In all the years of using essential oils I had never smelt any oil like this.  It was the deep, pureness that assailed my senses. So I began using these oils and guess what?   I had to join and become a Wellness Consultant and again I found myself caught up in Network Marketing. The lure? The product!  No promises of anything in my introduction, other than free product if I ordered over a certain amount, no get rich quick scheme, simply the product, at least that is my recollection.  It did it for me.

Over the next five years I found myself reconnecting with my profession as a massage therapist and working daily with these oils.  I learned a special technique (courtesy of Dr Hill from dōTERRA) called AromaTouch.  It is a treatment whereby four pairs of oils are used in sequence which address stress, the immune system, inflammation and lastly correcting autonomic imbalances.

Over the years I have often been asked what perfume I wear, even from strangers passing me in the street. My response of course is that I don’t, I only use oils.   I began to wear oils as ‘perfume’ more than 25 years ago.  The amount of people telling me I smell really nice these days, endorses the fact that dōTERRA Essential Oils have such an amazing aroma.  What makes them different is they contain no fillers and no chemicals.  When I have completed a massage, the client has asked on occasion, where they could get the oils from.  I explain if they join dōTERRA for $35 they can buy the oils wholesale when they want, how they want and as often as they want.  Some do, some don’t.

doterra loveAfter four years of using dōTERRA oils, I was in awe when my upline informed me one day that I had commissions sitting in my back office that remained untouched.  Was I aware of it?  My answer was No.

I had been aware of the free product I got every month when I placed my order, but had no idea there was commission as well.  You see, this time my Network Marketing business was growing organically. I lived every day (still do) using these oils.  I use them on my body, on my clients, I diffuse them and I ingest them. A few drops of lemon in the bottom of the glass and fill with water is so refreshing.  I do that with Peppermint too, when my body feels sluggish.

You often hear through media circles all of us being encouraged to take our health into our own hands.  What I love about dōTERRA oils is that they assist my body in ongoing wellbeing.  In raising my spirits, in helping me sleep, in keeping me calm, in assisting digestion and managing mood.  They are amazing.

So, am I rich with this attempt at MLM? No.

What drives me is the product. My order pays for itself each month (with change), so I am happy to continue.  Will I push, hunt, assault people with sale pitches and generally piss people off in an attempt to get them to join dōTERRA? No, I won’t.doterra symbol

Am I willing to share the product – you bet.  I respect dōTERRA, it is an Essential Oil Company that has integrity, looks after its members and has the best Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils I have ever used.  Looks like I finally found a Multi Level Marketing scheme that works for me.

As a footnote, I would like to add, I believe I understand why this networking method was chosen to get these oils out to the world.  Even though there is a goldmine of information available in relation to dōTERRA oils. I am not sure a young shop assistant would be educated and au fait with all the oils, uses, compositions and the countries from where they are sourced and why. Hell even I am still learning, learning, learning.   Hence why those of us, who genuinely wish to encourage and support others in the use of essential oils in the home and workplace, make ourselves available to those who make it known they are interested in knowing more.

Conversation regarding MLM is now concluded.


Compassion Required Australia

What are we doing Australia? Really, I mean it.  What the hell have we come to? What are we allowing to happen in this country?Mojgan Shamsalipoor4

Hon Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection enforcing laws that do not see anyone as an individual. That separate a wedded couple and force a young woman to complete her schooling being driven from detention with an armed guard, after being originally released on a bridging visa.  Does anyone in Government care that this 22 year old woman studying at a school who was a prized pupil?  A woman who wanted/wants to become a midwife?

Men in high places, wearing suits, passing down their verdicts, will never know what it is like to be a woman, raped and torn apart by a step-father in Iran. Will never know or understand how it feels when  other males abuse and rape you again when in confinement.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor3Mojgan Shamsalipoor, my heart and many other Australian hearts cry out in despair as you remain separated from your husband Milad Jafari and in detention.  I am so sorry this government has no compassion. So, so sorry.

What I don’t understand is, what purpose does destroying two people’s lives, both of whom are not a threat to any living person in this country serve?  Can anyone tell me?

It is sickening, outrageous even, this continual, ongoing bias we have from and about each other as human beings. What is illegal about running away from tyranny, from dictatorship AND especially if you are female running away from beatings, abuse, rape and torture?

What I clearly do not understand is this.  If you have already proved your willingness to get ahead, educated yourself,  have set your sights on becoming a midwife, have blended into society, fallen in love and got married, then what the hell is this all about?  Does it really matter that this woman came here by boat?  That, in itself, would have been a terrifying journey.  It shows her stamina, her inner resolve, her respect for herself and the fact she was even born, to reach out and seek the best she can give herself in this life.Mojgan Shamsalipoor2

She arrives on Christmas Island.  She is released on a bridging visa. The bridging visa expires and the best we can do after she sets a life up for herself, is to tear her away from her husband and schooling and put her back in detention?  Come on!  Then to top it off, take her from Brisbane (where her husband could at least visit her) and fly her to the Northern Territory.  What is the sense in all of this? She is a human being!

When will we as a people have a government that shows compassion?  A government prepared to build bridges instead of lumping all immigrants (legal or so called ‘illegal’) together as terrorists because of how they came to this country.  The people at the top are so fear driven, their mindset so far removed from any sense of humility and understanding. Totally disconnected from what it is like to be human with any compassion whatsoever. Such arrogance!

I want those in high places to recognise all humans as sentient beings.  Hell, even New Zealand recognises animals as sentient beings.  This country is falling so far behind the rest of the world in so many ways, it is an embarrassment to us all.

Now about those young human beings being detained in the Northern Territory and sprayed with tear gas!   Bloody hell, time to build an ark and make our escape!

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