Matt Morris – WorldVentures Top Earner Interview

by Ted Nuyten on November 26, 2011

Matt Morris WorldVentures Interview

 

Matt Morris is an International Marketing Director and the Nr.1 Worldwide Money Earner in WorldVentures. He is married to Rhonda Morris, living in Dallas, Texas, USA and they have 2 children, Zara and Angelina.

In his network marketing career, he has built organizations totaling over 170,000 representatives earning him $3,5+ million.  He has been the Nr. 1 money earner for three separate companies in his 17-year career as well as the owner of his own personal development network marketing company which became the #1 most visited personal development website on the internet.

Matt joined forces with WorldVentures in June of 2009 after the company had been in business for 3 ½ years. WorldVentures, after less than six years in business, has now grown to one of the top 100 Direct Selling Companies worldwide enrolling over 100,000 customers in approximately 20 countries.

Matt is a corporate trainer, Presidents Advisory Council Member, featured presenter on the company’s marketing tools, and his organization makes up approximately 90% of the representative base outside the United States.

Matt, how did you got involved in MLM, who "pitched you'" and is he/she still involved?

I was 18 years old, in college, and working as a banquet waiter for minimum wage. A cute waitress I worked with one night asked me if I ever thought about being in business for myself. Because I wanted to build “rapport” with her, I said yes and she told me to give her my number so we could talk business sometime. A couple days later Mary Beth called and invited me out to a hotel one night to meet some of her business partners. I got shown the Amway business and for the next couple nights couldn’t sleep.

For about two years I attended all the training events, weekly meetings, listened to the weekly cassette tapes and enrolled three people! Two of which I paid for to get in. J The one guy who enrolled quit right away so at the end of two years I had one person in my organization – me!

I lost contact with Mary Beth for almost 15 years and thought I might not ever see her again. Until one night when I was doing a business presentation in Austin Texas (where I got sponsored into Amway) and was getting to know one of the new members on our team before the event. She told me where she worked and I remembered that Mary Beth also worked there so I asked her if she ever worked with her. She replied, “Oh my gosh, she’s one of my best friends!” I had her immediately get me on the phone with Mary Beth and after meeting for lunch and re-connecting, she ended up joining our WorldVentures business!

Matt Morris Family Matt Morris in Peru Matto Morris Ferrari
The Morris Family Traveling in Peru "Toys for Boys"

 

What is the size of your team, in which countries are they?

In the past 2 ½ years, we’ve built an organization of over 30,000 representatives. We’re doing business in the United States, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, United Kingdom, Israel, Cyprus, Malta, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Russia, Austria, Hungary, Norway, Greece, Hong Kong and Slovenia.

Who have been your mentors or inspirators?

When I was homeless and living out of my car selling above ground swimming pools in Southern Louisiana, Tony Robbins made a huge impact in my life. One night when I was in a little town in the middle of nowhere, there was no gas station with an open bathroom for me to bathe in. It was about midnight and I had an appointment the next morning. It had been a couple days since my last “bath” and I really needed to bathe myself. I pulled in to a church parking lot and tried to sleep while the rain poured down. But I couldn’t sleep because I could smell myself so I decided to shower in the church parking lot!

After getting back in my car that night, I popped in a Tony Robbins cassette tape that talked about modeling other successful people and his story of reading over 700 books. I decided to model him and start reading everything I could get my hands on as it related to success. Tony was a huge inspiration as well as Les Brown, who wrote the forward to my book, Richard Brooke, Dexter Yager, and many others.

When I was 24 I met Wayne Nugent who became my mentor in Network Marketing. After meeting Wayne and following his mentorship, with almost no previous success, I built an organization of 10,000 people within a two-year timeframe. Wayne is the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of WorldVentures.

Did you enroll massive members in WorldVentures or do you have a more selective strategy?

Matt and Rhonda Salah MorrisIn the past 2 ½ years I’ve enrolled just over 60 people personally. I’ve never been the top personal recruiter but always know that I can turn 30 into thousands when you properly follow a system of duplication. When I enroll someone I never baby them or try to make them run when they want to crawl. I’ve found that if you try to turn a chicken into an eagle, you just end up with chicken shit all over you.

But if they’re an eagle or an eagle in training, I let them know immediately that I’m here to be their wing-man… that they can call me every day, or even several times a day if they’re serious. I let them know that if they give me 100%, I’ll give them 100% and teach them everything I know.

If I’m showing the business to someone personally, you might say I’m pretty selective and almost turn people away who are not serious. I let them know that I’m really only looking for “the one”.  The guy or girl who is ready to step up and make a change in their life… Someone who has a huge desire to change their life and willing to go out and work for it. I never paint a picture in their mind that it’s going to be easy – but it will be worth it.

Are you still sponsoring members or are you in retirement modus?

I’m very much still “in the game”. This year I’ve flown over 120,000 miles building teams around the US and around the world. I get asked all the time why I don’t just retire and stop building my business so aggressively. I always reply saying that I’m still building hard for the same reason a professional athlete still plays the game even thought they’ve made millions of dollars and don’t have to. We do it because we LOVE the game!

There’s not much in life more fulfilling than pouring your energy into someone to help them achieve total and complete financial freedom. Personal production is one of my keys to success. If I want my team to go out and sponsor, the best way for me to do that is for me to go out and sponsor.  The speed of the team is determined by the speed of the leader.

While I spend most of my time supporting my existing leadership through events, conference calls, webinars, etc, I am always looking for “the one” to enroll personally that I can go to work with and create a huge success story.

You have an international down-line. Is there a cultural difference in MLM entrepreneurship in the USA and abroad?

I would say there are a lot more similarities than differences. Building strategies may be very different but the nature of people is always the same. I have different “how to” strategies based on different markets but the core message is always a foundation in personal development. My philosophy is that if you build your people through personal development, they will build the business. When you get your mind right, the results will follow.

Matt Morris as Corporate Presenter
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How do you generate your leads?

With 7 billion people on the planet and 300 million in the United States alone, there is definitely no shortage of people to talk to. Over 17 years in network marketing I’ve kept a very strong database of leaders and leaders in training so even in my current business, I have a lot of people I haven’t even called yet for WorldVentures because I’ve been so busy working with current teams.

My radar is also always up so if I’m out and about, I make it a point to dress sharp (no, not a suit and tie) and keep an eye out for anyone who might be ready to change their life. I simply find out about them and see if there’s an opening. If so, I tell them to write their number down and I’ll get in touch with them for coffee to talk business sometime soon. Having a Ferrari with the license plate, “NO JOB” doesn’t hurt the recruiting process either. ;)

Any type of personal development events or business networking type events have always been a great place for me to meet smart, ambitious people. And while I don’t prospect much through internet marketing, I have developed a pretty decent following through Facebook and Twitter. So from time to time, I’ll have people reach out to me that may have seen me online or read one of my books.

Matt Morris The Unemployed MillionaireWhich countries / territories do you think will have the largest growth rate in the near future, USA, Asia, Russia, Europe ect.

If you were to listen to the experts, the emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China would be the markets to bet on for the largest percentage growth rate. But from my personal experiences, you can’t rely on “the experts” to predict which markets will be the biggest home run. This is a business of leadership and heart more than statistical trends.

I’ve had massive growth in markets that most experts would say you’re crazy to even be in. I’ve had dismal results from major markets that the experts say are the best.

What I look for is one word – leadership. Everything rises and falls on leadership. Put a great leader in a small market and she will outperform a mediocre leader in a huge market. 

You are a very successful distributor. Do you still get rejection?  If so, how do you emotionally handle this? Or is recruiting easier if you are a MLM millionaire?

The day a leader stops getting rejected is the day he is no longer a leader. I get rejected all the time.

While rejection is never the easiest thing in the world to receive, I don’t look at it as personal rejection, but rather them rejecting themselves to create a better life. I consider our job as networkers similar to being a waiter. After a table is through with their meal, the waiter asks if they would like dessert. If the table doesn’t want dessert, a waiter has no reason to feel personally rejected. I look at my business as dessert for life. If someone doesn’t want dessert for life, why should I feel bad?

They just don’t want dessert! There are plenty of others out there who do!

I love a quick rejection because it leads me closer to a yes. The way I look at it is that I get paid for the no’s. When I calculate how much money I’ve made from every no I’ve gotten, it’s thousands of dollars in residual income for each and every no. So the quicker the no, the better. The more no’s I receive, the more financial freedom I achieve!

What would be your advice to a MLM "newbie" in general.

Matt Morris In ItalyConsider this business a profession just like becoming a doctor or a lawyer. There will be a learning curve and it may not be easy, but if there is anything worth getting good at, it’s this. Nowhere else can you make this kind of money, have this kind of time freedom, and help this many people change their life. Commit to learning the art and science of network marketing like a doctor has to learn medicine.  Read everything you can on network marketing, communication skills, leadership and mindset.

Create short-term goals but also create a long-term vision for your life. Most people over-estimate what they can do in one year but they grossly under-estimate what they can do in ten years. When I got into network marketing I thought I was going to be making a six-figure income in a year. (it took me six years). But I never imagined I would make millions of dollars over the next 15, become a bestselling author, speak to thousands of people at a time, visit over 60 countries, and have people all over the world tell me how much I have made a difference in their lives.

Psychologically, burn the bridges that would allow you to go back and live a life of mediocrity. Good is the enemy of Great. Commit that whatever it takes, you will become a massive success in this industry and live the life of your dreams. This is a BIG game with BIG rewards for those willing to make a BIG commitment.

What is the greatest advantage of MLM?

Most people get involved in MLM for the money. And while the money is great, the time freedom is great, what I love most about the business is the people. This business is like my family. We have a “work hard – play hard” philosophy because we know that the team that plays together, stays together. Through the forging of relationships over the years, those bonds are much more meaningful than the money. When my company gave me a ring encrusted with 60 diamonds for earning over a million dollars in a year I was delighted. When I bought a Ferrari it was cool. But when I see the leaders on my team getting recognized on stage for their accomplishments, it’s a thousand times more meaningful. The greatest joy that network marketing allows for me is being able to spend my life being able to help transform the lives of others.

About Matt Morris

Matt is also a generic trainer speaking to many entrepreneurial groups outside of his WorldVentures business. He is the author of two #1 bestselling books, The Unemployed Millionaire and The Art & Science of Success. To learn more about Matt, visit his personal website at www.MattMorris.com or email him directly at matt (at) mattmorris (dot)com

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Ted Nuyten November 26, 2011 at 11:27 am
Great Story, from Zero to Hero!

Anita Vroonland November 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm
You sure went from Zero to Hero, Matt, Great interview, great business, great working with you!

Anita Vroonland November 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Great interview, guys. See you again in Slovenia, Matt!

Johnny Wimbrey November 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm
Matt Morris you are a rock star brother! You are incredible friend, business partner, & mentor. Thanks for helping me create record breaking "Unemployed Millionaires" world-wide! You are a legend my friend!

Efrosyni Adamides November 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Wow! We are so lucky to have you Matt - you are such an inspiration to all of us, you a true leader and I feel very blessed to have you as my mentor and friend.

John Heerhold November 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm
Matt...I consider it a honor to be able to work with you on a day to day basis. Your leadership and mentorship has helped our team create fun, freedom and fulfillment. Thanks my friend!!!

Nakis Theocharides November 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm
Thank Matt Morris for the knowledge and the wisdom I got form you the last 2.5 years!!! Thank you for the inspiration and for showing me the way!!!

Alexis Petrides November 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Matt, you set the benchmark for success!! You are a true inspiration for all of us. See you in Slovenia!!!

Mary Beth Bruton November 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Thanks Matt for mentoring me! I'm sooooooo thankful our paths crossed again! You inspire me to do great things with my life!

Loucas Partali November 27, 2011 at 1:24 am
What a great inspiring interview Matt. I am super excited to be part of your international team and I am looking forward to sharing my story with you soon.

erlend November 27, 2011 at 1:28 am
Matt's the Real Deal. I can't think of a better mentor, friend, and network marketing professional. As the article above states, his sucesses have been many, but watch out folks, he's just getting started! :-) Thanks Matt for all that you do and for being an inspiration to thousands...... including me! :-)

Jim Shuffield November 27, 2011 at 1:48 am
Great video Matt!! You are an inspiration to many people...including me! Thanks for all you do for this industry and company!!!!

James Lee November 27, 2011 at 1:48 am
Thank you, Matt! You are a great leader and you inspired me and my team to keep growing and building! You teach us to believe in ourselves and we have everything inside each of us to make things happen... See you at the TOP and beaches of the world!

Gordon Attard @ VacationsTreasure November 27, 2011 at 2:06 am
Mighty Matt! I spent 3 days with Matt Morris recently... eating, partying, learning & developing. This is what I call a true gentleman that shows everyone that when we make a change in our lives we can turn around to become successful. Life will never be the same again thanks Matt! No Sleep Team :)

franco Buhagiar November 27, 2011 at 2:09 am
Dear Matt you are a great leader and motivated person. Thanks for being there when we need you. A friend in need is a friend indeed. the key is believing in yourself and that is the reason why we are still here. See you on the beaches of the world.

Danny Michau November 27, 2011 at 5:22 am
Thank You Ted This is Brilliant

Matt Morris November 27, 2011 at 8:40 am
Hey Everyone, really appreciate the comments. Ted didn't ask me what my REAL secret is though... and that's just to find great leaders like many of you who are a lot better than I am. That's the secret! Lots of love, Matt

Valerie Fenech November 27, 2011 at 8:48 am
Awesome interview Matt - you continue to be an inspiration in my life, as Tony Robbins has been in the beginning of my path in personal development! We're so proud to have had you with us in Malta in the past days - we continue building on what you've taught us. See you again soon my friend!

Franco Villarreal November 27, 2011 at 9:11 am
Matt, this is amazing! Thanks for being an incredible mentor and a great friend! Keep rockin'! We are a part of something huge brother!

Rhyker November 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

Great interview! Thank you Ted and Matt!

Rafal Kaczmarek November 27, 2011 at 11:05 am
Matt you are the star :) and we so Glad to be part of Your Team :D

christos varnavas November 27, 2011 at 11:35 am
Thanks for your inspiration Matt!! Can't wait bring new people meet you and hear your story.

Ildar Bakaev November 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm
It is a really good interview. Very roomy, efficient, motivating. Thank you Matt and Ted! This is a great company, great business, great life!

George Adamides November 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm
HUGE congrats Matt on this achievement. You are an awesome leader with a big vision.. and that is why you attract like minded people. I've known you for almost 4 years now, and it's incredible watching you grow as a person, thus pulling everyone around you forward also. Thank you for all you do!!!!

Justin November 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Heya Matt thanks for showing me that dreaming Big is the only way to go...And not something to be ashamed of. Dream on there dude.

kimwillis November 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Matt Morris is a giant of the industry - in more ways than one. From his days running Success University to now, he still has that definable magic about him. He is made of the right stuff and anyone who hears him speak, or even reads this interview can sense he is 'da bomb'

Anders Nordgård November 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm
We love you here in Norway. And I know you're much appreciated all round the world:) Great interview. I've had to start reading books too:) And What a blessing and giving reward it is to step out of the comfort zone and broaden my life. Everybody should do that. (expand, expand expand) You inspire everyone that has the ability to listen and learn. Great meeting you, and hope to see and hear you again in Slovenia. Jeg elsker min nye familie. P&L: Andy & Lena.

Sean Sturrock November 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Matt, everyone on your team should read this. That was a great interview!!! You ARE an Incredible Leader, Mentor and most of all a great friend. Thanks for all you do to not only show us how to live the dream but to help each of us create the fun, freedom and fulfillment we're all looking for. Love you bro, Sean

Randy Ostrom November 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm
Matt...Thanks for all you do...we'll keep building around the globe with ya...our team is quite appreciative of your committment...the best is yet to come! http://www.RandyO.tv

Eric Allen November 28, 2011 at 2:05 am
Matt, proud to call you a friend, mentor, and business partner, my man! Thanks for all that you do to transform many lives!

James Billingsley November 28, 2011 at 2:34 am
Matt, you are a great inspiration to me and my Worldventures team!!! Thank you for your being my mentor, friend and leader. You are a Rock Star! I am so proud to be part of this company and proud that YOU are the number 1 income earner. You epitomize what this company is about: INTEGRITY AND HONESTY!!! Rock on my brother!! I will join you at the top soon! James

Kara Buchann November 28, 2011 at 3:39 am
Matt you are an amazing leader, mentor and great friend and super proud to know you for (eek) so long and experience this fabulous company that is WorldVentures. Fun, freedom and fulfillment baby! To the Empire! (: Kara

Edward Kinyanjui November 28, 2011 at 8:55 am
My greatest lesson is: Most people over-estimate what they can do in one year but they grossly under-estimate what they can do in ten years. Consistency and have a written down goal is the key to success Edward

Jon Majeika November 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Great interview Matt and great to be working with you.

Zoltan Szalai November 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm
It is an inspirational interview Matt, a meaningful lesson for me. Thank you very much!

Briarley November 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Wow Matt, you walk your talk and you're a true inspiration --- I want to help more people become like you...... thank you for sharing. :)

Makunja Mulegi December 1, 2011 at 1:30 am
You are greatness leader brother - looking forward to meet you physically - Coming saturday Tanzania is going to join the movement!!!

Johnna Carter December 1, 2011 at 4:53 am
Matt, awesome article and inspiring story for everyone to keep moving forward with your dreams no matter what !!!!!

Jason Cardamone December 1, 2011 at 6:57 am
Matt - Just as Tony Robbins was a huge inspiration in your life, you have made a huge impact on mine. The lessons on personal development that you helped to "pass on" to myself...I've in turn passed onto thousands of others. (and I remember Jim Rohn speaking of this same model from him -> Tony Robbins -> Matt Morris -> Jason Cardamone) :) Just earlier today I was being grateful for your contribution to my life...and this evening I randomly find a post of you online. I appreciate your contribution to this planet...and I look forward to all of the positive impact you will continue to make brother!

Jason Fraser December 18, 2011 at 6:53 am
Matt that was incredibly authentic, open, and real. I enjoyed everything you have written here. I am so happy to call you a friend. Jason Fraser

Joeph Karanja February 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm
MATT .Thank you Kenya HAS Joined the movement  hope meeting you in upcoming events in Africa.Am so happy to call you a friend and partner  

Kevin Brown May 1, 2012 at 6:52 am
Matt, Thanks for sharing your heart and life to inspiration to suceed with WorldVentures. I had a chance to joint WV the summer of 2009.I came across it on the internet. And I talked my self out of it thinking it was a scam. I got 2nd chance !! I'm so glad to be signing up with WV this friday. I have a few friends in Chicago doing WV. Their very pasionate about WV and I can't wait to join the team. Kevin Brown

James Lee July 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm
Thank you Matt for your leadership and inspirations. You have impacted thousands of lives around the word and I am proud to call you my mentor, my friend and my brother! You are amazing!!! Following your footsteps!

Bernard Peacocke September 24, 2013 at 10:13 am
Matt you are a legend! Just started listening to "Unemployed Millionaire" from Audible.com - it's fantastic! I'll need to listen to the nuggets of gold in there over and over and incorporate the wisdom into my life. Anyone want to join World Ventures you cannot go wrong - just have to "Never Quit" and you WILL succeed. Go to www.travelrich10.worldventures.biz and sign up today!! From Cape Town, South Africa - come join me here!