Following The Black Sheep

Over the past couple of years, it’s become pretty apparent that I’m the “Black Sheep” of the industry.

I’m ok with it…

I thought you should know it, though.

(Just in case, you’re not into following a black sheep) ;   )

So here’s the deal.

As business owners, we have choices to make in how we conduct our business.  Here are some of those choices:

• Using Company or Product Trademark names in violation of Trademark law.

• Showing bank accounts (accurate or PhotoShopped)

• Buying “likes” and “comments” on Fiverr or other outsource sites, to increase your Edge Rank or “social” proof.

• Buying “likes” or “comments” to win contests

• Knowingly violate advertising platform policies because “it works”

• Teaching others to violate advertising platform policies because you can make money teaching people that stuff.

• Using “black hat” methods to beat search engine algorithms.

• Promoting systems that engage in deceptive advertising just because it’s the “in” thing to do (and you can get paid well)

• Telling only “part” of the story about a successful marketing strategy, because, the truth would not be nearly as “sexy”. (i.e, “Learn how I generated 1,000 leads on Facebook” but conveniently forgetting to mention that you paid $6,000 to get those leads).

• Quoting how much money you made in a month, but “leaving out” the amount of money that has to be paid out to affiliates, etc.

Now some of you may be completely shocked to learn that these are things that some of the leaders that you have followed have chosen to do.  But it’s true and you deserve to know the truth.

Many of them have made a lot of money in a short amount of time as a result of engaging in these practices.

They’ll tell you it’s just clever “marketing”.

Which is probably why Seth Godin wrote a book entitled “All Marketers Are Liars”.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Two very important reasons:

Objects in the mirror are much smaller than they appear.

In other words, you’re not getting the whole story a lot of the time.

I’ve seen a lot of very talented entrepreneurs getting extremely discouraged (and almost quitting) because they aren’t making money as fast as “So-and-So”. Expectations in our industry have gotten insanely unrealistic, and someone needs to speak out about it.  It’s exactly WHY online businesses, home businesses, network marketing businesses get a bad rep.  

I believe aspiring and beginning entrepreneurs should be told the truth about what it takes to succeed on or offline. That’s why you’ll never hear me promising success in a short amount of time or with very little effort.

It takes hard work- but the rewards are SO worth it!  (I’m living proof!)

My brutal honesty and unwillingness to engage in “sketchy” business practices has cost me quite a few sales, I’m sure.

But, I don’t care.

I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and most importantly, I have to answer to God and I want to make Him proud.

I’m a rule follower.

If you’re looking for the promise of quick riches, I’m not your gal. I only teach sustainable business practices, so if you’re looking for the next “black hat” trick to cheat the system, I’m not your gal.

I’m picky as hell about what I promote, because I don’t want to steer my readers, customers and clients down the wrong path.  Rich and I have foregone a lot of opportunities to make a lot of money in a short amount of time, just because we know that products/services won’t deliver on their promises.

For me, slow, steady and acting in integrity wins the race.

With all of that said, if you’re looking for information that’s not full of BS and hype on how to build a sustainable business, I’ve put together a 4-video “tell-all” series that you need to watch.

In the 1st video you’ll learn the mistake I made that caused me to have to flush 18 months of business building down the drain.

In the 2nd video you’ll discover the big myth that could cost you your entire business.

In the 3rd video, I’ll help you get rid of the trash that is causing you to unknowingly sabotage your business and help you uncover the hidden gold you’ve been sitting on that you may have forgotten.

In the 4th video, you’ll learn how to build an authentic brand even if you’re brand new. You will also learn about the new course I just launched called Branded, which is my blueprint for building a sustainable business which allowed me to quit my full-time job as an attorney.

No fluff. No hype. No B.S.

Just good, solid, potentially life-altering information.

You can get all 4 videos here.

PS  I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below and make sure you share this article if you know someone who can benefit from what you’ve just learned : )

About Rich and Natasha Hazlett

Natasha Nassar Hazlett is a practicing attorney, international internet marketing consultant and author. Rich Hazlett has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, brand management, advertising production management and sales. He is currently a full-time internet marketer. Thousands of entrepreneurs have been through our course: The Ultimate Attraction Marketing Crash Course. We are also the authors of The Lead Whisperer’s Guide to Attraction Marketing, The Lead Whisperer 2.0 and The Fast Forward Guide To Social Media PPC. Natasha is also the author of Slapped: Lessons from the Internet Marketing Graveyard. We have worked with (and continue to work with) industry leaders like Ann Sieg, Mike Klingler, DiDi Alcheva, Jim (the “Traffic Monster”) Yaghi and others to bring the best information possible to our fellow entrepreneurs. When we’re not helping our fellow entrepreneurs, we enjoy the beautiful Idaho outdoors and on any given weekday or weekend in the winter, you’ll find us on the ski slopes by our house.

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2 Responses to “Following The Black Sheep”

  1. Meghan Mackintosh Says:

    Hi Natasha!
    I loved this post and thanks for the 4 videos.
    Nothing wrong with being a black sheep and telling it as it is.
    You go girl!
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2013!
    Meg
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  2. James Brown Says:

    Loved the post. It spoke to my heart. For years, the “Winners” in the Network Marketing Industry, have been deceiving US into believing the lies that everything is easy, and if it isn’t, then you just need one more product.

    I want to be completely honest and teach the truths about Network Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing … and every other marketing medium I decide to use.

    As you said … we must stand up at the end of our days and be held accountable to God for what we have done. I have found that if you help others then eventually it comes back to you.

    Natashia, I really enjoyed your Irresistible Brand Blueprint.

    Hey … gotta go read more posts …

    Jim Brown

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