How to deal with rejection in your network marketing business


Have you ever felt the pain of rejection in your network marketing business?

It is a feeling that brand new network marketers need to understand and learn how to deal with as soon as possible.

It’s often easy to forget that behind every successful Network Marketing Leader is a story of rejection, struggles and challenges.

We see the glory but we often don’t know the story.

The reason why they became successful is because they learned how to deal with the feeling of rejection and moved forward through it without giving up.

Even to this very day, top leaders experience rejection, it’s what you do with it that matters.

The Network Marketing industry can be rewarding, exciting and inspiring or it can be filled with the pain of rejection and ultimately quitting.

The choice is always yours.


As a professional dancer myself, one of the main traits of one that “makes it” is whether or not they were able to deal with the constant rejection.

If I hadn’t persisted and continued to show up to audition after audition after audition, I never would have lived my dream traveling the world performing in shows.




If you’re in a traditional network marketing business you’ve more than likely been told to make a list of your family and friends.

You’ve just started your business and you’re pumped up about it!

Unfortunately your family and friends more than likely don’t feel the same way.

You’re so sure that everyone is going to jump on board your new opportunity and be sold on it the way that you were.

Their skeptical and not really sure that you’ve made the right decision.

Then….the rejection starts.

When it comes from your family and friends – the people closest to you, it can hurt a little more than feeling it from someone you don’t know.

This situation usually evolves from a lack of training as a newbie, which is not your fault at all.

Approaching your warm market is always best when you have some selling skills under your belt.

Unfortunately some network marketing opportunities don’t provide training or don’t provide the right training.

That’s a whole other topic for another day! πŸ˜‰

The best way to approach your warm market in general is to just let them know what you’re doing ,like you would for a new job.

If anyone sounds interested in learning more, give them a sample or further information.

The last thing you want to do is shove the “deal” down the throats of the people closest to you, it will cause more harm than you realize.




When we are rejected in anything in life we usually take it personally.

What you need to realize is that if you are going to become successful in the network marketing industry you are going to be rejected over and over and over again.

It is the nature of the beast.

The key is what you do with that feeling.

Instead of taking it personally, understand that it is not you as a person that’s being rejected.

It also doesn’t mean that that person won’t be interested some time in the near future.

We have people on our list that have made a decision and joined after reading our emails for over a year!

Every person is different, having different mind sets and situations going on in their life at that particular time.

Things can always change over time.

It’s a number’s game.

The more “no”s or “not right now”s you get, the closer you are to your next “YES”.

It’s the law of numbers.

If you keep persisting and moving forward, getting eye balls on what you have to offer, the more likely and closer you are to your next yes.

This is difficult and time consuming when you’re running around hosting home parties, hotel meetings and cold calling.

There is a more automated way where online systems are leveraged allowing you to not have to be there when someone’s eye balls are on your products and services.

We’ll get to that later πŸ˜‰




Don’t become attached to the end result.

Often we can get our hopes up so high to only have it all come crashing down when someone says no.

If you learn to detach yourself from the outcome, it wont affect you.

We can spend hours wandering what we did wrong and how we could have presented our products and services better, when we could have already used that time more efficiently to move on to the next person who could say yes.

Take the feeling of rejection by the horns and use it to light a fire inside you to succeed.

This builds strength of character and courage to move forward even in the face of severe adversity.




More than likely you will be dealing with rejection from the people closest to you and you may also be dealing with them telling you that you’ve made the wrong decision.

“It doesn’t work!”

“It’s a pyramid scheme!”

“Why haven’t you made any money yet?”

“How long are you going to do this?”

“Why don’t you go and get a job?”

People generally fear what they don’t understand and you must remember that they really do have your best interests at heart.

They want to see you succeed but when people don’t understand the world of network marketing they can seem frustrated and angry with you, especially if it takes you time to hit your goals.

Understand this and just roll with it.

The best way to quash all of this is to PRODUCE!


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Block out the nay sayers, poverty mindsets and job mentality people.

Surround yourself with like minded people and educational training that will grow your business and your mind in an honest and integral manner.

Be smart and realize that you are able to serve your audience on a global scale through the power of online systems.

Your goal is to reach as many people across the globe and solve their problems with what you have to offer.

If you’re limiting yourself to phone calls and local parties and meetings, you’re doing yourself and your products a huge dis service.


I truly hope that I have helped you today with these network marketing rejection dealing tips.

The network marketing journey is not for the faint hearted.

It takes a DARING heart and an overwhelming desire to succeed.

38 thoughts on “How to deal with rejection in your network marketing business

  1. Point on Alesha, once you are able to overcome objection… Sky’s the limit in what your mindset can accomplish. I was once into selling life insurance door to door and had doors slammed in my face all the time. But you must be able to turn that objection into a positive and just show the true value of why they need a particular product.

    The no answers you get…The closer to a yes answer you are. FACT!

  2. Alesha. Great post. Really like the part where you say, “We see the glory but often we don’t know the story.” Dave Wood went years doing things the old school fashion; home meeting and hotel presentations, that why he is so good at what he does today.

  3. Hi Alesha, rejection is tough and as you say well, we need to learn to detach ourselves from it. Obviously easier said than done… I really appreciate your post. Thanks

  4. Oh Dear Alesha, I need this post. Thank you for sharing. I found the right thing at right time. Great post. After reading your post. I had self talk and Woohoo Now Rejection is nothing for me. I finally successfully Detached with it. YES..

  5. So very true. I have come to understand that others not seeing the vision is NOT a reflection of me and I march on towards my goals and dreams and strive to inspire others to follow. Always their choice. πŸ™‚

  6. Great post Alesha! This is why most people will quit network marketing. I especially like your comment “every No brings us closer to a Yes”. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for pointing this major fear of rejection out. A lot of people don’t realize that people are saying no to the opportunity not to you. It’s great to know that there is a way of dealing and erasing this fear of rejection.

  8. You said quite a mouthful in this blog, Alesha. The three points that jumped out at me are “We see the glory but we often don’t know the story.” Be able to detach ourselves from the outcome. And “Screw the Naysayers.” Yes indeed to all!

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