Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
I don't subscribe to a newspaper (not because of the inherent evils of the media as those crossing the stage for Quixtar would have you believe) but instead read the headlines online at MSN, CNN, and ESPN. I ran across something quite interesting at MSN Money this morning that I thought was worthy of sharing.
The article, "How to Make a Million Dollars" details nine different ways in which various people have made their fortunes. These are common folks like you and me. A couple of key points jump out in this article that are valuable pieces of information for anyone but especially important I think if you are one of the struggling masses in the IBO community who is beginning to see that something isn't quite right with your business opportunity.
First, the numbers that are provided in the beginning of the article as they pertain to growth in the millionaire population seem to contradict the statistics thrown out by the Quixtar 'brass'. According to the survey by TNS financial services the number of U.S. Millionaires is at an all-time high and a 33% increase over the previous year. Not exactly the horror stories I've heard in the BSMs.
Also interesting to note is that the last of the nine examples of producing a million dollars comes from an MLM (the lady who started Pampered Chef). I think that what separates this type of MLM from the Quixtar 'opportunity' is that it is a true product-based opportunity. They have found a true product and have stuck to it, their consultants adhere to a strict ethics policy, and most importantly, are true to themselves by staying forthcoming with their customer base as to who they are and what they are about.
As a musician, I was somewhat inspired by the story of the guy who wrote the song 'Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer." I can totally write a better song than that!