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MLM and Network Marketing: The Gift and the Curse!


I have been in MLM or muliti level marketing for almost 3 months now with 5LINX.  Many know and many don’t know about this company, but I am sure in all of our lives, we have all either heard about Network Marketing or been a part of Network Marketing or MLM.  

If you ask around, you will get mixed reviews.  More negative than positive, so I wanted to research the industry and see if I could find out why such mixed reviews, and why did most of them swing more toward the negative side, than the positive.  

I came into 5LINX with a goal, a plan, a vision, and a reason as to why I wanted to even venture into this industry.  I knew that Network Marketing or MLM was one of the top ways to gain wealth.  I have seen time and time again, top leaders in their field saying, “Anyone can do this deal!”  Or “If I can do it, so can you!”  I don’t disagree with any of those statements, but what isn’t told most of the time up front is what it will take to make it to the top.  The same sacrifices that you have to make in any business venture, you have to make with MLM or Network Marketing.  No matter what the company is, or how simple the deal looks, or how great the compensation plan is, or the carrots they dangle in front of you as incentives such as cars, trips, bonus pools etc, you have to put all of that aside and formulate your plan.  You have to have a vision, and you have to set realistic goals.   

I am a young business owner.  I have been in business for myself for a little over 4 years now and I have learned a lot.  I know what it is like to make a million dollars, but it isn’t all that its cut out to be.  Its not how much you generate, but how much you keep.  Everyone wants to be on the other side of the table, but no one really truly knows what it takes to be the BOSS.  There are more responsibility and liability than one could ever imagine.  The expenses that are involved such as payroll, workers compensation, overhead or cost of doing business, insurance, printers, computers, supplies, TAXES, etc.  There is an old saying that says, “It cost to be the Boss!”  I am hear to tell you, that you are going to have to pay it.  There are no ways around it, under it, over it, but you have to pay it.  Its the cost of doing business.  

I have heard many trainings and I have heard the sayings like, “when you come into this deal, you have to be ignorance on fire.”  I totally disagree with that statement, b/c the only person that will make money is the up line.  You can’t have blind leading the blind, because you are leading them to nowhere.  I looked at many MLM’s and Network Marketing companies and what I have found is that LEADERSHIP is the key.  Success is only as good as the person leading you.  And that you have to take the learning curve very fast if you want to sustain in any MLM or Network Marketing company.  And I mean ANY!!!!  Look at the statistics that we have found.

I was talking to Mr. Kyle Freeman last night after he introduced me to Mr. Chris Oliver, and he told me there were  things that you had to do EXCELLENT!!!  Not good, or great, but EXCELLENT!  Those 4 things, I should put on a website and make people pay for it, because it is the like the Holy Grail of MLM and Network Marketing.  It was given to me, and being the giver that I am I will share with you.  You have to be EXCELLENT at:

1. Presenting the Oppertunity

2. Training

3. Finding and Developing Leaders

4. Overcoming the Objections

Sound simple enough, but executing takes a special kind of person.  Am I saying that you have to do all of these things to make money in MLM?  No, not at all.  Some MLM or Network Marketing companies and oppertunities are simple plug in or turnkey businesses that you can instantly start making money.  Key word to success of that company, “instantly!”  If not, the majority will quit because they are W2 minded and that is fine.  Being the Boss isn’t for everyone.  But to be a leader and one of the top money earners in the company, you HAVE to be EXCELLENT at all of those things.  

The Edwards Group, has created and have made quite a name for ourselves in 5LINX.  We have broken company records,and have been on the top of the charts numerous occasions consistently.  My wife and I are on track to hit SVP, which is Senior Vice President and we are very proud of this accomplishment, but we are more proud about our team members under us who are on track to doing the same in 90 to 180 days. That is POWERFUL!!!  That is because of the system we have followed.  We don’t mass recruit now because of the staggering statistics that we have found to be true.  We are very selective in who we bring into our organization and because of that, it has increased our ability to attract Super Reds, or very influential and affluent people into our organization.  

This is what helps us stand apart from other organizations.  This is what we attribute to our success.  Recruiting people who understand business, and put a system in place that can be followed.  In any business, you face objections, but it is how you react to those objections is what separates a true leader from someone who thinks they are a leader.

The Edwards Group will continue to blaze a path being super, super, super selective in who we bring into our organization.  We are headed to the top, and we ARE bringing others with us!  We encourage individuality, because this is “your” business.  We have put together tools to help brand and solidify and make known the leaders in our organization.  We have given many tools to help our team members succeed.  We have teamed up with Mr. Johnny Giles of Expert Business Presentations to provide these tools not only to our team members, but to all who desire to be successful in the industry of not only 5LINX, but any other MLM or Network Marketing company.

Check out the links to get an idea of what we do and some of our capabilities:



Organo Gold:

I want to congratulate a few partners who have been outstanding at following the system, understanding that it cost to be in business, and have proven their leadership:

1. Jennifer Edwards: Executive Director in 1 week in the business and on the verge of National Director.

2. Saint Paul & Wanda Edwards: Executive Director in less than 2 weeks in the business and on their way to National Director.

3. Jirah Wilkins: Executive Director in less than 2 weeks in the business and on the verge of National Director.

4. Brandy Smith: Executive Director in less than 2 weeks in the business and on the verge of National Director.

5. Tammy Rawlins: Executive Director in less than 3 weeks in the business and on her way to National Director.

6. Jauntee Wilkins: Executive Director in less than 3 weeks in the business and on her way to National Director.

7. FIHCO-Shannon Edwards: Executive Director in less than 4 weeks in the business and on her way to National Director.

8. Delors Monroe: Executive Director in less than 3 weeks in the business and on the verge of National Director.

9. Denise Harris: Executive Director in 4 days in the business. WOW!!!


Executive Trainers:

Cornell Edwards

Arminta “Pam” Smalls

Edwards Family Car Wash

Shannon Edwards

Clara Daniels

Clinton Wilkins

Thaddeus Wilkins

Mary Chesson

Mary Hooker

William Edwards

Johnny Price

Reginald Davis

Alesha Mclaurin

Darrell Monroe

David Bascombe

Dorris Whitfield

Congratulations to you all and I look forward to many many many more acknowledgements for my business partners.




The Shock and Awe..

Love and Family

Down this path of life we choose to take, there are people that we must help along the way.

I do not live by coincidence, nor do I believe in “conscious happenstance”, rather I simply believe in the power of purpose, or better yet the power of knowledge in ones purpose. I am no scholar by any means, simply a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur on fire if you will. With that being said, I have warmly been welcomed into a community unknown to me, quite ironic for sharks! 🙂 And in all respect, have learned more in two weeks than I have from any book or degree. A friend said the other day, “A degree doesn’t mean your smart, it means you were able to complete the program”. And bitterly speaking, I couldn’t agree more. Plagued by a box I had inadvertently placed myself in, I convinced myself as an educated and driven woman, that work was work, and my dreams were to be shelved until my next available vacation. While opportunity after opportunity knocked, I was busy being to busy (in my mind to reach a goal) yet continuing to run a rat race in reality. I can appreciate the patience of my husband for example, his mind is full of ideas and the potential in people, while I tend to float on clouds, teach and paint. And then it happened. Coming home one day from a meeting, Paul mentioned an incredible business investment. After admitting to myself that this was bigger than my simple pleasures, he caught my attention. From that day to this day, I am literally ignorant as to what happened, and while I sit here yet again trying to absorb it all in reality and in faith, I am suspended in awe. It’s interesting to say the least, I consider myself a virtuous woman, or I at least give it all I’ve got; and when I think about the recent manifested events, silent thanksgiving is all I can muster. Nothing seems worthy or comparable to accurately describe how I feel actually. Yet here I am sitting at my dining room table on a Sunday evening attempting to do so. Desperately absorbing all that I can as fast as I can has proven to be exhausting, yet the thrill continues, therefore, so do I. Often overwhelmed with mountains of information from people I’m humbled to have on speed dial, I slowly realized a pattern. Working hard is no longer necessary, yet working smart can triple the results! And this began with one comment..a dear friend said in the middle of a shopping mall, “dreamers don’t make you money”. And with this simple statement, an explosion of possibility, revelation, information and desire to know flooded my mind. It finally occurred to me that all of my dreams sitting on a shelf did absolutely nothing but collect dust, it did not benefit me, my family or anyone else for that matter. I began to think about graveyards, and all of the brilliant minds that died with that inside of many of them died with revolutionary ideas just sitting on their shelf while they were busy being busy; and convinced they had time to get there one day. It occurred to me at that moment, that my dreams weren’t important if there was no manifestation of them, if I did nothing to meet them halfway. Dreaming only led to sleeping..In about 5 seconds my priorities had now changed. I had spent all of these years teaching possibility, creativity, dreams and aspirations, and many times simply teaching people how to read. And through this journey my passion and desire to reach people from a platform that would elevate them effectively and consistently continued to grow. Yet, so did my frustration. It’s interesting how a person can live a life dreaming yet never lives a dream of a life. One step after another proved to be rewarding and in less that two months I have been transformed into a shark!! Lol! Well, not quite:) Again, my friend said that I could swim among sharky waters and avoid being bitten. And while I’m often terrified to jump in the water, I have realized it’s temperature only shocks for a moment, and as you acclimate yourself, the water becomes comfortable. It is here we often hear the cliche “sink or swim”. Or in my field, “bite or be bitten”:) And of course I only partially disagree:) I believe that it is possible to dance in the rain while somehow making money off of it! It isn’t that my life has changed because of the love or desire of money, it is attributed to the perspective in which I see it. Humbly being reminded of how little I actually know about particulars, I am loving the ride! It’s new, it’s innovative, it affects peoples lives (including my own) in ways I couldn’t imagine! Although I work hard, it is now because of my power of choice. My measure of “work” may be different from yours, yet there is a beauty and freedom in being whole. Again, I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, yet something inside of me was screaming to do and be better. Not because of any lack there of, but because I am my brothers keeper. And as long as my dreams included only me, my dreams weren’t big enough..The last time my husband said that, I truly understood..and could not be more grateful. It is imperative that we be the change we wanna see in the world and stop discussing it at our dinner tables! The power of financial freedom is different from simply loving money, and I am reminded that riches come and go, yet wealth is something no one can take from me..wealth isn’t limited to a dollar bill, it’s genres extend over information and knowledge. All of which are useless if it is not done in love. And what began as a shock and awe factor in one sense literally resounded in my own spirit, and as I continue this journey of listening, taking notes and asking questions, I am recognizing there are no limits! See, good friends know who you are and love you anyway:) and it is these friends that prove it is truly possible for iron to sharpen iron. Living it, breathing it, and loving this life of mine..So I encourage you today as I ramble, to do a self inventory check (and be honest lol), do your dreams sit on a shelf? What is inside of you right now that you know shouldn’t lay dormant? and in closing, what are you gonna do about it? It is time out for excuses, I would love to paint the world pink and sit on a beach while I’m doing it, but there is service and works to do, that includes more than you. And how incredible is God that your perk of service is living an abundant life?! And yes, this is an artist speaking lol, my point exactly! This journey i’m on is leading me somewhere and I could’t be more grateful to know that I know that I will not be there alone…:)

*Thinking, venting, sharing and grateful to those who take the time to teach me what I’ve never known..*

Jenny E.