To participate in the scheme, you have to fork out a sum of money, called it capital, membership fee, etc (it does not matter). And the way to make your money back (or the outrageous returns they promised) has always to do with recruiting the downliners. Regardless it is by horizontal or vertical channel, your role is to get more "passionate, enthusiastic entrepreneurs" to come on board. Only when you are able to do that, you can see a certain cut of your commission come back to you.
Think about it. From the time your capital leaves you to receiving your first commission (credits, points, etc ), the company would have taken the sum of money and invest or redistribute to others in the system. The business model can only works if a continuous flow of downliners or recruits keep coming in to support the guys on top. You see, the selling of products/services was nothing but a disguise. Nobody in the business is keen to sell , know how to or have a full time job on hand. That makes the recruiting game sexy, interesting so to speak. Imagine if you and I could just get 2 persons each month to sell and we just wait to take a cut from it. How nice , isn't it ?
So, nobody wants to sell and everybody think somebody will do the selling. See the flaws ?
The lure of the recruits are the same, 20 years ago and is still applicable today. They will show you testimonials - successful members who had made a substantial amount of money from it , usually 4-5 figures sum and it appears easy, relaxed and definitely very doable.
At this juncture, if you are the participant sitting in the auditorium listening to the talk, your mind begins to conjure images like :- wouldn't it be nice if I could do the same as him? With the money, we could go visit Japan, USA, etc or we could buy a property of our own. The more you start thinking of the benefits and the more you are sold on the system. But , naturally you have reservations , doubts and sceptical if it is really true.
That is when the networking begins. Successful business owners from different industries tell you about their good fortune, the success stories you wished the roles were reversed, you being the one enjoying the fruits and sharing with the newcomers.
Such temptations abound in this material world of ours, especially when we lived in a fast paced society like here. People compare with each other, career, housing, cars, even the schools the kids attend. Such unhealthy barometers of success are used to gauge if one has make it in life, often portraying a distorted image of what life should be. Sadly, have we succumb to the things that are made and forgotten who is the maker (God)?
The seen (material wealth, status, recognition, etc) are what people clamoured and they have little or no patience to wait for their wealth to come. The fear, psychological fear of missing out a good opportunity supersedes the rational thoughts going through in the mind. It's too good to be true or simply one does not want to lose out. (exacerbated by current thinking that one is already suffering, not doing well financially,etc).
I had made such mistakes not once but several times , losing both time and hard earned money. But this time, I wise up. Was I tempted? Of course I am but I am glad that I speak to my spouse about it and we had an open communication and she agrees that I did the right thing to reject the business offer.
Thank you Lord!