Introduction to Legends Network MLM Compensation Plan
Imagine the Internet as a map of the world, with the sites devoted to vitriolic debate, where the trolls make their first appearance even above the “Comments” heading, marked blue like oceans, and the rest marked green for land. If we represented the Internet this way, it would more closely resemble Micronesia than any other geographic region. If you restrict your map to a representation of sites about multilevel marketing (MLM), it will look more like the open sea. It is for this reason that I have envisioned Notebook Crazy, the thinking man’s MLM blog, as an island paradise.
Take, for example, the subject of high-heeled shoes. There are plenty of sites on the Internet devoted to singing the praises of high-heeled shoes, whether those shoes are for sale for exorbitant prices, or whether they are ensuring that celebrities’ feet remain four inches or more above the red carpet. On the other hand, there are sites that decry high-heeled shoes as wholly incompatible for human anatomy and tell stories about the dangers of high heels that are as full of scaremongering as the tales MLM sales reps tell you about what will happen to your body if you don’t take the nutritional supplement they are trying to sell you. Meanwhile, there are sites that lament that the new generation’s abandonment of high heels in favor of shoes in which you can safely run after a moving bus is a symptom of the fact that today’s women are just too self-centered to even bother trying to be pretty. And then there are sites that revile the high-heeled shoe as a sign of oppression of women and sites that reclaim it as a symbol of liberation.
Here at Notebook Crazy, our purpose is to add some historical anecdotes to the mix that will, it is our hope, provide our readers an enjoyable respite from all the name calling and pre-packaged ideologies one usually finds on the Internet. This is Notebook Crazy, I am Brad, and I say: Who says high-heeled shoes are just for women? And who says they are impractical?
According to Wikipedia, people have been wearing raised shoes since ancient times and for reasons that had nothing whatsoever to do with fashion. In ancient Egypt, butchers wore shoes with high heels in order to keep from getting their feet dirty with blood. In ancient Greece, actors in the theater wore shoes that made them taller, the higher the social status of the character the actor was playing, the higher the shoe. But the direct ancestor of the type of high-heeled shoe that made you miss the best trailers last time you went to see a movie in the theater because your wife, in her high heels, could not keep up with your walking pace, came from the Persian cavalry. The cavalrymen (soldiers who fought on horseback) would wear riding boots with a heel about two inches high. These shoes easily kept a good grip on the stirrups, whereas if you ride with ordinary shoes on, your feet have a tendency to slip forward. Artwork from the ninth century depicts Persian cavalry as wearing these boots. Sure, they were a bit impractical for walking, but in the cavalry, your success depends on how well you ride, not how fast you run.
The fashion of wearing high-heeled shoes began in Europe when Shah Abbas, the Safavid king of Persia, sent a delegation to Spain and what is now Germany in 1599. The gentlemen in the delegation wore their cavalry boots, as the connection between horsemanship and gentlemanliness seems to exist in many cultures. Their gentlemanliness was not lost on their European hosts, and soon the gentlemen of Europe adopted the same style of riding shoes, except that they wore them for gentlemanly social occasions instead of to ride their horses into battle. European women began to wear high heels in the early 17th century when two fashion trends that were popular at that time overlapped, Europeans borrowing clothing fashions from the Middle East and women’s fashions that were adapted from men’s fashions. European men and women found that their take on the Persian riding boot was not very practical for walking but was great for dancing. Any 17th or 18th century formal dance party would have been attended by both gentlemen and ladies in shoes that made them a bit taller than their natural height. The person who started the trend toward shoes without an elevated heel was, of all people, Napoleon, as he found them unprofessional. Thus, beginning in the Napoleonic era, men began to wear flat shoes for going about their gentlemanly business, and they saved the high heels for the dance floor. In fact, the custom of men wearing high-heeled shoes to formal dance parties lasted until the 1930s; even the First World War couldn’t really stamp out the fashion. (To all the ballroom dancers out there: Are there any ballroom dances for which dudes still wear high heels?)
A slightly different form of high-heeled footwear for men came into fashion in the English-speaking world on the heels of British Invasion rock music. As fashion trends go, the Beatles are best remembered today for their mop-top hairstyles, but they actually made a fashion statement from head to toes. They wore a variation of a type of shoe called the Chelsea boot, except theirs had a slightly elevated heel like that of the shoes worn by male flamenco dancers; their particular style of footwear became known as the Beatle boot. Another identifiable feature of the Beatle boot was its pointy toe. During their visits to the U.S., the Fab Four were frequently photographed leaping and kicking up their fashionable heels. The list of male musicians who have known, as the ancients knew, that high heels increase your stage presence include Elton John, my fellow Midwesterner Prince, Roy Orbison, the Midwest’s own Michael Jackson, and many more.
All this is to say that high heels are a lot more practical than one might think, given the current state of discussion on the Internet. There is almost no such thing as pointless footwear. I say almost, because if there is such a thing, you can bet your last pinky toe that someone is going to try to sell it through an MLM business model. I’m sure you can guess where my Legends Network review is going next.
The Legends Network: The Company and Its Products
The first thing I noticed when I started doing research for this Legends Network review of mine was how many conflicting reports there were out there about the Legends Network business opportunity and the Legends Network products. All the Legends Network reviewers seem to agree that The Legends Network was founded in early 2014 by several MLM veterans and that its original flagship product was exclusive access to a series of motivational lectures by people who had been successful in business and sales. You can probably guess that it is not very easy to get people to pay for access to self-help audio materials and that it is even harder to recruit other people to sell access to self-help audio materials. It sounds like those “digital age equivalent of a coupon book” MLM business opportunities, except that self-help speeches do not even pretend to give you discounts on things that you would normally buy.
Thus, it only makes sense that The Legends Network would start to diversify its product line, but each of its new products seems more hare-brained than the last. Bob Bremner (several other spellings of his name also appear in other Legends Network reviews) , one of the founders of Legends Network business opportunity had previously been a leader of an MLM company that sold a line of nutraceuticals called Nutronix, and soon he brought Nutronix into the Legends Network business opportunity. At ssome point, the Legends Network started selling a device that alkalizes water. (Don’t get me started on how silly the “drink alkaline water” fad is. Just drink the water you normally drink; your intestines will make it alkaline no matter what. If you really need something alkaline in the pre-intestinal part of your digestive system, take some antacids.) But the most incredible of the Legends Network products are the detox foot pads.
Detox foot pads are absorbent pads that you stick onto the soles of your feet overnight, and they supposedly draw the toxins out of your body through your skin. Of course, there is nothing you can put on your skin that will draw out toxins. Your skin does eliminate some waste products, no matter what you do; this is called sweating. You have other organs the entire function of which is to eliminate waste products from your body, and I assure you that they are much more efficient than anything you can buy from an MLM company. The detox foot pads turn a dark color after you wear them, but that is just from moisture, not because they are removing toxins.
The Legends Network Compensation Plan
To join the Legends Network compensation plan requires a single payment of $129.95, and after that, you pay a monthly membership fee. A basic membership costs $24.95 per month, and a pro membership costs $49.95 per month. The leadership levels in the Legends Network compensation plan do not even have names; they just have levels. Since the people at the Legends Network could not be bothered to name the leadership ranks in their business opportunity. I shall call them Ballet Slipper, Kitten Heel, Mule, Clog, Pump, Stiletto, and Pinball Wizard.
The Legends Network compensation plan offers commissions and bonuses for sales and recruitment, but it makes you wait even longer than most MLM compensation plans before you ever see your first commission check. The first two commissions you make get paid to the person who recruited you. If there is anything more demoralizing than selling detox foot pads and exclusive access to self-help speeches, that has to be it.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- I am almost sure (to the extent that one can be sure of anything in the MLM world) that it is not possible to hold an MLM sales party for the purpose of selling exclusive access to self-help speeches.
- I imagine that detox food pads would make pretty good packing material if you need to ship a fragile Christmas gift, even though they sound like they would be a lot less fun than bubble wrap.
- I have a hard time believing that anyone would stick around in the Legends Network business opportunity to earn three commissions and finally get to put one of them in his pocket. If a person like that actually does exist, send him to me. I have some Bradonium I would like to sell him.
- The only thing I can think of that would be more demoralizing than paying your first two commissions to your upline sponsors is having a basement full of detox foot pads.
High heels are not pointless, whether your purpose for wearing them is to make yourself feel like you have stage presence both on and off the stage or whether you simply want to avoid falling off your horse when it charges into battle. Detox foot pads are pointless, and they are probably the least pointless of the Legends Network products. If you have read all the way to the end of my Legends Network review, then you know that we have reached a time where a world of information is available at your fingertips, absolutely free. This is not the place to debate how much formal education should cost (the Internet has plenty of name-calling and mean-spirited debate on that subject), but only fools pay for information that they can just as easily figure out through common sense.
Hey, sure-footed dudes! Did I miss any important chapters in the history of high-heeled footwear for men? Schedule a call with me, and fill me in on all the details.