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Article Published in The Central New York Business Journal

Since The Central New York Business Journal is no longer posting this article we have attached a copy below.

Friends, recently I responded to a self-righteous financial planner who attempted to trash our profession in The Central New York Business Journal.

Check it out:

Best Regards,

Another MLM Fairy Tale from an Industry Outsider

By Mark Yarnell


I’ve had about enough self-righteous opinions from financial sector capitalists who, perhaps embarrassed about their own performance, insist on criticizing legitimate professions.

One such asset manager, David John Marotta, took a shot at multi-level marketing (MLM) or network marketing recently in this journal and his analysis was so flawed, unsubstantiated and preposterous that I simply couldn’t let it slide. Like so many other self-appointed pseudo-experts, Mr. Marotta evidently decided to hold court outside his own domain and, in so doing, embarrassed himself and his profession.

David is probably a wonderful asset manager, but I humbly suggest that he focus his energy on rehabilitating his “Madoff World” and leave multilevel marketing to the experts.

In case you missed his editorial, here are a few of his bits of wisdom.

“MLM is a non-sustainable business model because it simply provides a product that has been marked up in price.”

Sorry David but last year alone, as a matter of public record, Amway did 8.2 billion in sales and Mary Kay, Herbalife and Primerica each did in excess of 2 billion. Those are just a few examples of companies that have been extremely profitable for dozens of decades. So much for non-sustainability.

Oh, and by the way, on planet earth every product that is for sale has been “marked up in price.” You see David, that’s how capitalism works. According to your bio, you do fee-only financial planning. Your fee, David, is a mark-up. Instead of anything tangible, you mark up a service that may help people or wipe them out financially. Either way you make money.

Among other things, David goes on to assert that MLM is “not really a business,” “we offend our friends and families,” create “no real value,” and “endlessly recruit hopefuls who churn at the bottom of a pyramid,” while “only those positioned at the top” collect big checks. He closes by calling our profession a “distraction from a genuine vocational calling.”

Although the editorial rules in this journal request substantiation, Mr. Marotto offered not one shred of support for his Wikipedia-style distortions. Why? Because his ramblings lack credible research and support.

As a best selling author I’ve met thousands of wonderful men and women since 1986 who, like me, joined established MLM companies at the very bottom and became wealthy through hard work and perseverance. We started with no money, special skills, or credentials and delivered superior products and services to people all over the world by word-of-mouth advertising. Many of us have earned millions over the years and given huge amounts to charities and multiple worthy causes.

My international MLM business has taken me to every continent. Unlike financial planners, we don’t just sit at home and collect fees by moving money around, we build international distribution organizations that allow common people with very little capital to prosper based on their own hard work and character. Many of our products and services are far superior to the crap from overseas that people purchase from big-box superstores.

David closed with the following delusional comment, “There are hundreds of legitimate business opportunities available for entrepreneurs who want to build companies that provide real value.” Sorry David, but you need to read a few books by legitimate writers. There are no options for millions of boomers who have been hammered relentlessly into horrible debt loads by unconscionable casino capitalism just in time for retirement. Others have worked diligently for decades only to have their assets “managed” into oblivion by people in your world.

Many have seen their assets converted from 401Ks to 201Ks by people in your profession. The only time I turned over $300,000 to an asset manager it was down the toilet in 3 years thanks to stupid, high-risk investments. Fortunately, I’ve managed the bulk of my MLM income over the years and have been comfortably semi-retired since the late 1980s.

There are good people and bad people in every profession. I’m going to assume that David is more like Warren Buffet than Bernie Madoff because ignorance is not always an indication of malice. So, David why don’t you pick up the phone and ask Mr. Buffet why he calls MLM a great field. Better yet, ask him why he owns The Pampered Chef. He might be able to teach you why so many experienced asset managers regard MLM with respect.

If you are going to offer bogus advice about any additional profession, may I humbly suggest that you do so on blogs and Twitter where everyone expects to read irrelevant minutiae from clueless writers. Why embarrass yourself, your clients and others in your profession by writing in a legitimate journal when you can spread inaccuracies online and even fabricate your identity?

If you enjoy concocting inaccuracies about MLM, think of the fun you can have online by pretending to be any expert in law or medicine. The possibilities are endless. You could write one week about dangerous surgical techniques secretly used by pediatric cardiologists, and the next about legislative challenges in tort reform.

I’d like to end by thanking Adam Rombel, editor of the Central New York Business Journal for his professional integrity. In an age when many periodicals pander only to special interests, his journal is obviously engaged in presenting both sides of issues. It’s refreshing to have access to a legitimate journal with no hidden agenda or stereotypical biases.

Mark Yarnell is author of the Random House bestseller, Your First Year in Network Marketing and former Contributing Editor to Success magazine. Contact him with questions at or 250-769-3214.







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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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