Jeffrey Chew: Firing His Boss and Using Social Media for MLM Recruiting
Jeffrey Chew fired his boss back in 2007, but the economy changed. In 2010, he rediscovered MLM, but this time he used social media. His powerful story is in our exclusive interview below.
I am honored that you accepted this interview, Jeffrey. I am excited to learn more about you. So, let’s get started with the interviewing process.
Where were you born and raised, what was childhood like, and what did you want to be when you ‘grew up?’
I am Jeffrey, born and grew up in Singapore. During my growing up years, I remember vividly that most of my time was spent studying to get good grades in school and I got C’s and D’s in almost all subjects.
Back then, I like to played video games and dream of becoming a video game programmer or a video game tester.
I was a member of my school computer club and was selected to participate in nationwide programming competition. My team and I came in 2nd in the nationwide programming competition.
What did your parents do for a living and was there any Entrepreneurship in the family?
My parents came from middle class and were brought up in an environment to go to school, get good grades, and then get a better job.
Although, my grandparents ran a business, there was little entrepreneurship passed down. Fortunately for me, I was able to “absorb” some entrepreneurship lessons from my grandma when she was around.
One of the advice she gave me that I still remember till today was “if you want to achieve financial freedom, set up your own business.”
What types of jobs were you doing before you discovered network marketing, and what was lacking from those jobs?
Before I got into network marketing, I did a couple of jobs after I got out from my stay with the air force.
My first job was mailroom clerk where I routinely had to deliver mails to various departments. It was from this job, I learned how political the corporate world is.
After that, I moved on to a supervisory role in cable tv. I stayed at this job for a 3 1/2 years and learn a great deal from it (especially soft skill) that I still use till today for my network marketing business.
I then moved on to my last job as a web designer where I was there for about 5 years. Even though this job didn’t give me great satisfaction, I learned a great deal like, how to do indoor sales, to presentation, to accounting and to learning how distribution channel works.
When did you discover network marketing, what was your first four years like, and can you tell us what you would change if you started over today?
Well, I get to know network marketing back in 2001 when I was still serving in the force. I was invited to this seminar about making a lot of money.
During the seminar, I see checks and sports car flashing and how people are able to turn their life around. The concept of passive income hooked me. But I didn’t join that time.
I only really got involved with a network company after I finished my term in the air force. Driven with the dream of passive income, I learn whatever I can with team and upline, put in a lot of money, time and burned a lot of friends, my result – zero.
During my 1st 4 years in the network marketing industry, I was like a bee doing busy work but nothing to show for but a lot of products in my bedroom.
If I were to start all over again, I would find a company that I can resonate with, a product that I can stand behind it and learn the mindset and skill set to be a professional in our industry.
In 2010, you rediscovered MLM, but this time you turned to social media prospecting instead of chasing your family and friends. How did you use social media to grow your MLM?
Well, many friends asked me why I got back to MLM and here is why, after putting in time and effort in my past network marketing ventures, I was discouraged and I was telling myself I am not cut out to do network marketing.
I then turned to internet marketing, learning and doing affiliate marketing and selling my own product. I gotten some success from there and moved on to set up my own digital agency.
It was during one business networking session that I met this kind couple who lead me to their opportunity professionally. I was mad of myself.
Mad in a way that, how can they do MLM so professionally without pushing their opportunity down people’s throat. That is how I fall in love with MLM once again and the rest is history.
Knowing that network marketing is a people attracting business, I turned to social media to provide value, connect with people, and to see who I can be of service to. This mindset of using social media allows me to build a team internationally.
What is the biggest mistake you see new internet marketers make, and how can they fix it?
The main mistake that most new internet marketers made is they need to understand their target audience. What kept them up in the middle of the night.
I can’t stress enough that one has to really understand their target audience more than they understand themselves so that they can market effectively to them.
I love your blog! How old is it, how many posts are on it, and what is your daily traffic like?
I started my blog in 2010, currently there are over hundred plus posts and have about on average 40 to 50 visitors daily. It is much higher now in 2023.
What is the hottest way to generate leads for you these days, and can you share a technique?
After learning the right skill set from various mentors (like Eric Worre, Big Al, Todd Falcone, Ray Higdon and Brian Carruthers and of course my current upline leadership), I connect people one-on-one using social media and placing ads on the internet.
Regardless which technique I used, I will still stick to the basic of understanding the other party’s needs and wants to see if there is a way that I can be of assistance to them.
You make statements on your blog about “the only constant in life is CHANGE, how can we keep growing in our MLM business?
Constantly review where you are at your network marketing business. Ask tough questions on yourself.
Then make changes of what doesn’t work in your business and do more of what works.
Read daily to improve various departments in yourself. This way, one will stay sharp, focus and always ahead.
In short, grow yourself, attract and serve other.
Why should people never give up on their dreams?
In Chinese, there is an old saying “humans succeed because of their dreams” – which I found out it is really true.
Think of it this way, a car needs fuel to power, same thing for humans. Humans need dreams to fuel and without dreams, they are walking dead.
Why people gave up on their dream is because after they start working, they realized the harsh reality, they then keep their dreams inside their pocket – forever. They are afraid to dream anymore.
As we only live once (YOLO), take out that dream of yours that is well hidden in your pocket and start dreaming so that when you are on your deathbed, you can say proudly to yourself that you have achieved your dreams or say why am I so stupid not chasing after my dream.
How can someone work with you, and do you offer any coaching?
That person must have the desire and be coachable. Currently, I am doing coaching for my team and also looking to offer coaching or courses to network marketers in the near future.
What is your favorite book right now, and why?
Brian Carruthers, Building an Empire.
This book is a blueprint for any network marketers who are serious in building their empire and I am in this to build an empire and helping others to build theirs too.
What are your goals for 2023?
Well, in fact, I have achieved my first goal which is I’m in the top 50 cycles in my current company and was invited to the company dinner.
Moving on, my goal in 2023 would to rank advance myself to director level and help 7 people to supplement their full time income.
What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is by Jim Rohn, “never wish life were easier, wish you were better.”
It is because in order to help others, we need to be stronger and better ourselves. This way, we have in our capacity to truly serve others.
Thank you so much for this interview Jeffrey!
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