The Importance of a Gut Check

How many times have you felt uneasy about a decision and you feel it in your gut? There is evidence that we actually have a ‘gut brain’ and that when we have a ‘gut feeling’ about something, it’s super important to listen to it. This is a skill that’s essential for all of us to learn from a young age.

Gratitude Tip: That feeling you get in the pit of your stomach? Be grateful for it, it’s likely warning you about impending danger or risk that you should potentially avoid. Is it always correct? In my experience, I’ve never said to myself, ‘oh I shouldn’t have listened to my intuition or gut feeling,’ I’m much more likely to say I should have listened to my gut on this one.

Why is this the topic for today’s blog? It’s actually a little bit of a public service announcement. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term pyramid scheme before, but just in case, here’s what it means:

Wikipedia – A pyramid scheme is an unsustainable and often illegal business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public. Such schemes may try to downplay their pyramid nature by referring to themselves as “gifting circles” with money being “gifted”.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of gifting circles being posted on Facebook. It’s either the request for children’s books – all you have to do it get send 6 books to the others above you and get 6 more to do the same. Or the newest one is that it’s a holiday gift exchange. These are examples of pyramid schemes and although you’re not investing a large sum of money, chances are you’re never going to get the 36 books you have been promised because these types of pyramids quickly fizzle out and the ones who get into later have a harder time recruiting more people to gift. These types of schemes are illegal.

A gut check is important in this case, does it seems too easy or too good to be true? If yes, then there’s probably something that’s not right about it.

Now, some of you may believe that what I do with USANA is a pyramid scheme. There are many reasons why it’s not and rest assured that as distributors, we are audited on a regular basis to make sure that we are compliant with the business policies of USANA (and our industry) that require us to also have retail or preferred customers along with building a team. One of the key differences between a legitimate business model and a pyramid scheme is whether or not the product is purchased by those outside of the team – i.e. does the product have value for those who are not earning commissions from it.

If you’re up for a laugh, I recommend watching this little animated short about whether or not it’s a pyramid scheme.

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