Pyramid Scheme? Do You Even Know What That Is?
As a small business entrepreneur, sometime I have some interesting dialog with potential business partners that I am interviewing. For some reason, people think that if you are in Zija, you are operating a pyramid. I think that is funny. When un-informed people mistakenly classify my business as one – I simply ask them: What exactly do you mean by pyramid? You mean like your job?
First of all, pyramids are illegal. The US Government cracked down 20 years ago on scammers who were passing money around to develop profit without a product involved. For some reason, people have the mis-conception that any business that someone is running from home is a pyramid. So back to my question. You mean like your job?
See every corporation and government entity is set up in a hierarchical structure. A private that enters the US Army cannot earn more income than his Sargent no matter how ever more talented a soldier that Private is. A Captain can never make more than their General. A General cannot earn more income than the Secretary of Defense, no matter how many campaigns he has won.
Here’s a first hand example. Many years ago I spent a portion of my career working in the hospitality industry at one of the biggest hotel companies in the world. I worked at the corporate headquarters in Tennessee. As a member of the information technology staff, my team was sent out to “Mr. M’s” house in Nashville on one occasion to setup his office chair and desk. After finishing our work, “Mrs. M” asked if we had an interest in checking out his “Mr. M’s” car collection out in the garage.
As I walked into the garage, I almost had to squint my eyes because of the massive collection of metal, glass, and steel. I was in a museum, or I thought. See this was no ordinary garage, it was at least 50 yards long, gleaming white floors, lights everywhere, and not a spot of grease. Oh, it contained AT LEAST 20 exotic cars. In one section was a Mercedes Benz that Hitler had given some actress back in the 40’s. She had a crazy story about half of the cars in there – I wish I had my camera with me!
As I rounded the corner, suddenly appeared a row of 7 or 8 BRIGHT RED FERRARIS. One or two from the 60’s, one from the 70’s, two from the 80’s, a couple from the 90’s and 2000’s. Every single one of them looked as though it had never, ever, been driven. It was a wave of red so clean and bright that I will never, ever, ever forget it.
See in Mr. M’s corporation, there must be 400,000 or so employees worldwide. NOT ONE, I repeat, NOT ONE OF THEM, even owns ONE Ferrari. None. Nada. Ziltch. That my friends, is a pyramid. There is no possible way that the President of a corporation and can ever make more in that company than that Owner/Chairman of the Board. It is IMPOSSIBLE, for anyone of the dozen or so Executive VP’s to make more than the President. None of the Sr. VP’s make more than the Executive VP’s. The couple hundreds VP’s could no way in heck make more than the Sr. VP’s…shall I go on? How about the managers, supervisors, department heads, cubicle workers? You’ve got it…it’s a hierarchical structure in which you can never, ever outearn the person you report to.
Home based business is completely the opposite. Zija gets such a bad wrap but provides a level playing field. See even in Zija you can outearn the person who set you up in business. It’s true. Although that person would take a slice of your commission forever, if YOU are the only person they set up, their “one-leg”, but you have two o”legs” that you’ve developed, you are compensated more. You could have 12 or more income streams coming in earning you a higher percentage of the overall business profit than the person above you who only brought in one person. Trust me, it’s a fact. So a person that got into MLM 25 years ago, but only registered ONE associate, and 20 years later than one associate led to you, who registered hundreds of personal associates, you would be compensated more that the guy who got in 20 years ago. Look into any of the Federal Trade Commission rules that stipulate how a multi-level compensation plan must work. Believe it.
Zija is even more brilliant. See we set up people in business for themselves, but never by themselves. You’re taught by all those who came before you who have a sincere desire to see you succeed
Your job is a pyramid because you can never outearn your boss. That is not a bad thing, unless you want to make more than your boss. My old job was a pyramid because no one there earned enough money to own even ONE red Ferrari, let alone EIGHT. Educating your potential business partners using this example will help them understand how silly they sound when they call your business a pyramid. Educate, inform, provide answers, and be a problem solver.