Yesterday, three of my friends and I ran off our local mountain and immediately gained altitude in some really kick-butt thermals. It was a beautiful Sunday and from several thousand feet we could see two golf courses and a lake full of sailboats beneath us.

We were flying with bald eagles and red-tailed hawks and stayed up until our arms were tired from coring thermals, that is, catching updrafts and carving tight turns in their centers in order to gain more altitude. From that height it was easy to see thousands of people enjoying their weekend activities.

As I flew out over the lake and hovered above the dozens of sailboats, a predictable number of people waved and took pictures of us. As always, I waved back and couldn’t help wonder what they were thinking.

Given the choice between floating around on a boat in a lake, driving around in an electric cart on a well-mowed pasture, or soaring through the air with eagles, how could anyone choose either of the first two? Why were only four of us in the air and thousands of them on the ground, especially when the cost of paragliding is less than one-tenth that of sailing and there are no fees or tee times required to run off a mountain?

Three words: Fear Of Heights.

That’s also what causes otherwise rational adults to avoid legitimate multi-level marketing…fear of heights. Most people never join our industry for the same reason that most never consider paragliding. They refuse to bet on their own courage and effort.

Once you leave the mountaintop and the ground slowly drops away, you’re on your own. Remain calm and do what you’ve learned and you’ll have a wonderful experience. Freeze up, freak out or forget what you’ve learned and it could become a horrifying experience.

It’s the same in MLM. Most people never join our industry because they lack confidence in themselves. And most will never paraglide.

Then there are those who see us soaring with the eagles and immediately sign up for lessons. They’ll never run off the mountain, but they’ll dabble with a few lessons in order to tell everyone that they’ve tried it. It’s one step closer to the dream, but a long way from soaring. It’s like the thousands of prospects I’ve met over the years who claim they’ve tried our industry, but it wasn’t for then.

I have a few words of caution for those who think they can dabble in multilevel or paragliding: Don’t even try. Either find a great coach and do it right or don’t do it at all.

Finally, there are those who are the most likely to die. In paragliding they die physically. In MLM they die financially. They’re the rare folks who have no fear of heights or lack of confidence. They’re the folks who think they’re so brilliant and competent that they can read a book or two and teach themselves.

There’s no one more dangerous to himself in paragliding than the experienced airline pilot, mountain climber or skydiver who has no fear and a pile of confidence.

And there’s no one more likely to crash and burn in Networking than the successful professional who believes competencies are transferable. Just like the airbus pilot who selects the wrong wing, refuses lessons and ends up being airlifted to a trauma center after crashing into a cliff, the MLM hot shot who usually fails, picks the wrong company, a pseudo-upline leader or worse…reads a book and then runs off the financial cliff.

I’ve been paragliding and Network Marketing since the 80s so I speak with authority. I’ve earned millions in MLM in only two companies and I’ve completed thousands of paragliding flights without even a sprained ankle.

How? It’s really simple. I picked a winning instructor, bought the technology he recommended, and did exactly what I was taught without exception.

Paragliding and Network marketing are serious endeavors if you value your finances and personal safety. So permit me to offer a bit of friendly advice.
Unless you’re willing to take the time to sign up directly under a mentor who has significant skills in MLM, don’t waste your time in my profession.

And unless you’re willing to sign up under an expert and learn the intricacies of paragliding, please buy an electric cart and stay on the ground. When you get the courage to soar with the eagles either financially or literally…call me. I’ve got the time and skill set to teach you both.

Just remember one important fact: I won’t teach you to paraglide if you insist on flying an inappropriate wing and I can’t teach you to prosper in a goofy money game.

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