Where is network marketing today--and where is it heading?" Great question. My answer: The network marketing industry is in the same place today it has always been--and it's heading where it has always been headed.
If you and I are living our visions, would it not hold that the whole business-bundle of network marketing worldwide is living our collective vision?

By which I mean: the industry is where you are today, and it is headed precisely where you will be tomorrow. No more, no less--because you are the industry.

Have you ever wondered why some people succeed in this business and others fail? Let me offer a one-word answer: Vision.

If you really want to know what your vision is, just look at your life. It's all there: the circumstances, feelings, people, places, things... the successes, and nots. We are all always living our vision. That's just the way it is. You are living (and working) your vision of network marketing today. If those thoughts, feelings and myriad manifestations (yes, including the size of your organization and its reflective check) are not what you really want, you will have to change your vision. Otherwise, you'll have more of the same tomorrow, too.

If you and I are living our visions, would it not hold that the whole business-bundle of network marketing worldwide is living our collective vision? And in an industry where we know that 95 percent of the people involved are struggling-- i.e., achieving less than the dream of success they had when they first got involved-- what would that mean, in terms of vision?

Would it mean that the pre-dominant vision networkers have in their minds is dysfunctional, doesn't work and needs changing?

Stop, look and listen to what your vision is: notice how your network marketing life and work are going. That, your life and work, is where the network marketing "industry" is today.

Where is it heading? That's up to you.

If your results--today, right now--are less than you want, it's time to go to work on creating a new and improved version of your vision. You don't have to be saddled with the one you have now. Make a new one. The one you really want. One that empowers you.

You might start with a copy of network marketing master Richard Brooke's Mach II With Your Hair On Fire. It is the best book on vision ever written. (Buy one--or read it for free online, at the greatestnetworker.comUnity.) We cannot change where network marketing is today-- but we can create a powerful vision of where it's going to be tomorrow. Then all we have to do is what we're already doing: live the vision.

John Milton Fogg is Editor in Chief of Networking Times.