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The Greatest Networker in the World
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 5, 2004
The industry's most popular "success fable". Should have given it more stars but Amazon's system wouldn't let me edit my original click.

If you enjoyed Mark Fisher's "Instant Millionaire" and yet you're looking for something in the network marketing vein....this is it.

The book is essentially the story of a young networker who's frustrated with his business and is about to quit. He meets a famous and wealthy network marketer at a hotel meeting who invites him to come to his mansion so they can mastermind about what it takes to create a large income in network marketing.

But it's not what the young man thinks. Rather than getting instruction on scripts, presentations, etc.....he learns the REAL secret to success: knowing who you are, what you want and why you want it.

I particularly enjoyed the "movie scene" where the young man is instructed to visualize his ideal life. It's a good exercise for prosperity. I still get chill bumps when I get to the last paragraph of that chapter.

TGNITW is not a a "how to" book on building a downline. Instead, it's focused on larger concepts and principles. But, if you're involved in network marketing, you should definitely have a copy.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2000
I call this book as my "down book" because I always turn to its pages whenever I encounter difficulties in my MLM undertakings. I first heard about this book from my upline when he was counseling one of my downlines. As I was listening to them, I thought that this book was just a mere way to cajole a networker who's losing interest or not succeeding quite enough. I bought the book just to show my downline that I heed upline advice. Voila! This book has helped me more with only one chapter than three to five full books on MLM that I've read. If it won't help you in your MLM career, it will definitely help you as a person. Highly recommended!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2005
This may be the most overrated book in network marketing.

Don't get me wrong. John Milton Fogg is a heck of a writer. This "fable" is truly an extraordinary read, filled with wonderful images and seemingly heart-felt sentiment. A page-turner, the reader whisks through the story of a novice networker's breath-taking encounter with the Greatest Networker in the World. From a Japanese Restaurant to a hot bath to a baseball diamond to an opportunity meeting, the reader really believes that he (or she) is learning the secret to true networking success.

As such, this book has been heralded as the "classic" for the industry. (I must confess that I once was a believer.)

It's easy to come away from this book after a first reading thinking, "so this is what I'm missing." Fogg has a gift.

The problem, however, is that there is nothing that Fogg presents that truly helps someone "do" the networking business, and do it well. There is nothing written in the book that justifies the feeling of discovery that the first reading bestows.

Moreover, Fogg presents no authentic insight.

Instead, this book is empty. It promises a "secret," almost Gnostic, knowledge of the inner-game of MLM, but never delivers.

It certainly leaves the reader hungry for more; but hungry because there was no food in the first place.

This book, instead, permitted Fogg to craft for himself a self-styled persona of "networking expert," with his finger on the pulse beat of the industry. What Dexter Yager did with Amway, Fogg tried to do with the industry as a whole. Take a look at his greatestnetwork community. (Yager, to his credit however, actually built a downline. I don't think Fogg can say the same.)

The Emperor has no clothes. There is little, if anything, in this book which is new or thought provoking. It gives the appearance of substance, but appearances are deceiving.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 1997
It was something we had not done in nearly twenty years; My wife and I actually read this book together! We were both so intrigued by the first chapter of "The Greatest Networker in the World" that neither of us was willing to yield the book to the other to read first. So, we took turns, alternating chapters, and read the story to each other over the course of two evenings.
John Milton Fogg so masterfully draws his readers into this "first-person" account of one man's discovery of the real secrets of success in network marketing that we were genuinely disappointed to find, at the end, that the caharacter was fictional and not autobiographical. Our hearts were touched by the "narrator's" personal struggle to find the solution that would bring he and his family the success and financial security he so deeply wished to provide for them. Fogg evokes genuine emotion from the reader, revealing the real-life success secrets in this business as the main character learns "what he doesn't know that he doesn't know."

Highly recommended for anyone seeking success in sales or simply looking for practical advice and encouragement on rediscovering your dreams and renewing your belief that they CAN really come true! Inspiring and "Amazing!"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2004
This book is so wonderful. It reminds me of the books: "Illusions" by Richard Bach and "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. These books take you through a story, a life experience.
Learning is not about facts and figures, but the journey through life. "The Greatest Networker in the World" takes you through a journey to set you free of your old beliefs, teaches you how to create better habits and shows you some wonderful techniques and strategies for not just building a successful Network Marketing business but to creating a better YOU!
I loved this book and I will be reading it again and again. In fact I think everyone who gets in involved w/ Network Marketing should read it and when they start doing well, give it away to their downline as a part of a bonus program. :)
I only wish that John Milton Fogg expanded on the "Changing your beliefs, Changing your habit" section.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 1999
This book is a great book to read if you want to expand your way of thinking in approaching your Network Distribution business. I learned how to improve my listening skills, and motivation skills. This book will definitely help you get ready to start your Network Distribution business, or just expand your current business. Great book, you owe it to yourself to read it. It's a quick read as well because of the smooth flow of the book. Get it, read it, and good luck with all your endeavors!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2002
I've read it twice and I'm now reading it again! For those who believe network marketing is just plain 'sales', think again. Since reading this and some of his other works on TGN, I've become more focused on helping people and that in turn grows my business.
You gotta read this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 1997
On vacation two and a half years ago I found this book in a used bookstore available for a dollar. I bought it. Best dollar I ever spent. Worth a hundred times that. Read it in a few hours. Got into network marketing because of it. Now I own a network marketing company. I have been an entrepreneur, have a patent, taught entrepreneurship in a university and I would say, for the would-be entrepreneur, this is a must read about life. If you are a networker, even more-so is this a library requisite. It is a pleasureful read and will get you thinking. I hope you enjoy it as much as I. I also hope it changes your life as it did mine.
John W. Helander
President & CEO, Commission Direct Ltd.
P.S. I have bought many copies since that used one and have given them to many friends. I recommend you check the bulk prices. This is a giver.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 1998
So many of the challenges we face as network marketers are in our own minds. Generally, people are their own worst enemy in this industry. This book can teach you (and your downline) how to adjust your attitude for SUCCESS. But instead of reading like a cliched self-help book, this thing is reads like a fabulous intrigue. I could NOT put it down. If you are interested in producing a powerful change in your attitude and your business, there is no better tool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2009
This is one of my new favorite books, I cannot believe how much different my perspective is after reading it. This is not just a book about network marketing, it is a wonderful book for life. I have had really mixed feelings about MLM's and am finding myself understanding more and more that life is all about relationship marketing and there is nothing at all wrong with MLM's. The only problems are with the people who run them and that is no different than any other sector of business. If you find good values at the top, have good values yourself, then recuit like minded people your business will flourish.

Read this book. Then read the next one about his conversations. Not only will you learn, but you will feel great about life and its possibilities.

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