snailonturtleWhat do you do if you have a useless upline who doesn’t help you?  Here’s a fresh take on the problem by Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter:

“Most leaders are sponsored by someone who isn’t a leader.

Interesting, eh? That means that if we want to be a leader, chances are that we won’t have much upline support. If we do get any upline support, just consider that as a lucky break.

Also, if we don’t intend to be a leader, it probably doesn’t matter if we have upline support or not.

We have to ask ourselves:

What is it that I want my upline to do that I am unwilling to do myself?

The answer is obvious. We should do the work ourselves.

It’s tough – but if we don’t take this viewpoint, here is what happens:

If we mistakenly believe that our upline is  necessary to build us into a leader, that means we also must hold the hands of our unmotivated distributors and do their work for them too.

Ouch! Not a pleasant picture.

So remember, most leaders are sponsored by someone who isn’t a leader. Becoming a leader is up to us.

Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter”

[You can also read our article  ‘Are You Duplicating Dependence or Independence?’

If you’re tired of waiting for your upline to hold your hand and help you succeed, you’re ready to learn some skills and do the work yourself.  The best place to start is with the free list of Big Al’s 25 Essential Skills for Networkers.  Then, you can take his free skills test to see where you need to concentrate.  Both the list and the test are available free at

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Do you have any other advice for MLMers with lousy uplines?  How about for leaders with dependent downlines?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section.  Thanks!

Bob and Anna Bassett

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it’s a bad investment!”
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