If you’re around people for any length of time, and in network marketing, that’s pretty much a given, you’re going to run into those people who always see the worst in everything. They’ll find something wrong, in any circumstance in which they may find themselves. These “Glass Half Empty” people mystify me. I simply don’t understand them. The world is ALWAYS out to get them. Nothing EVER goes right for them. They’re not happy unless they have something to complain about. What an unhappy way to live! It’s sad, really. Now, I’m not the type of person to ostracize others just because I don’t like them or the way they behave. I’m a bit on the codependent side so in the past I would’ve tried to fix them. I suppose that tendency comes from all my years working in the Healthcare industry. Truth is though, they’re usually not fixable, not by me, at least.
In Network Marketing, these people will be a detriment to your team and death to your business. They will destroy your morale and the morale of your team in a very short time with the poison that comes out of their mouth. It’s their objective to bring other people down so they can have company to share in their misery. If this is allowed to go on, negativity will spread like a cancer throughout your entire downline. Really, it’s best to avoid these negative people altogether and you certainly should never try to recruit one of them. You don’t want them on your team. They won’t be teachable. In fact, they will find fault in whatever you do try to teach them. And they won’t hesitate to voice their disagreement in your team conference calls, no matter who may be present. You don’t need them spewing their venom all over your new distributors or on prospects you may have invited to listen in on the call.
I have a name for these negative people. It’s fairly descriptive of the kind of damage they can do to your business. I call them “Dream Killers.” They will suck the life out of you. Experienced Network Marketers understand the value of surrounding themselves with positive people who will encourage and edify them and their team. They know to avoid the negative crowd. If your Network Marketing Business is going to to be successful, you must surround yourself with positive, successful people and avoid the “Dream Killers.” It’s as simple as that.
Now I do however, enjoy encountering one of them when doing a training call with a new recruit. I want my trainee to see how I handle the situation. I want them to see that I don’t let that “Negative Nellie” get the best of me and that I DO NOT let THEM control the conversation. This accomplished, I then end the call with a comment like “you’re right, Network Marketing isn’t for you,” or “no, you’re not a fit for my business and my team.” I thank them for their time and hang up. It only takes one call like that to get the point across to my trainee that under no circumstances do they want someone like that on their team! It’s a great training lesson. I suggest making good use of it when it presents itself. Better they experience it first, with you, in a controlled environment, than on their own where it can discourage them.
My point is this, negativity breeds negativity. It’s counter productive and will destroy anyone who spends much time under it’s influence, no matter how experienced they are. It certainly has no place in Network Marketing and if you want your business and team to flourish, it’s best to avoid negative people, altogether. Weed them out from the beginning if you can and don’t have them as a part of your team. You’ll be much better off, for it. Better to surround yourself with “Dream Builders” instead, people who will build you up and want to be built up, themselves. Fill your downline with positive, goal oriented, “Glass Half Full” people and you will grow a successful and profitable Network Marketing Business.