Cisco BalbontinKuala Lumpur February 13th, 2020, 

Almost on the date some 26 years ago, I started my journey into direct sales. I joined Herbalife and was excited about the possibilities the business and industry offered to an average young kid like me. I learned a lot in the following 13 years, travelled to many countries and was able to help thousands of people lose weight and become financially independent.

In 2004 I moved to Asia, and as I continued to grow as a person and direct sales distributor, I realized that no matter how hard I was working with Herbalife I wasn’t going anywhere or advancing in rank.

Nevertheless, I continued working on myself and remained open to opportunities. Then, one day, while I was in Germany, a friend of mine called and pitched me for Xango, a US company with a mangosteen based beverage. He said the opportunity was massive as the company just launched in SEA. I asked him for more information and couldn’t believe how fantastic the product sounded and how simple the compensation plan seemed. By the time I returned to Malaysia, I had made up my mind to go all-in with XanGo.

By December 2007, I decided to leave my successful Herbalife business after 13 years and embark on a new journey with Xango. My friends and team members thought I was crazy to leave a six-figure a year income behind and start all over again. But I was committed, Xango was my new home. I fell in love with the product and leadership. It was much simpler to help people become successful and impact more people faster. Over the next ten years, I managed to build a worldwide organization with 40000 distributors and multiple millions of dollars in sales per year. I had one of the largest organizations in Malaysia, Europe and South Africa.

Things were out of control, and it was great.

Then a few years ago, Xango folded and was taken over by another direct sales company, my business started falling apart with the takeover of the new company.

The compensation plan changed it became more difficult for my team to maintain their income and oh well, politics.
I lost interest and believe in the direct sales industry, an industry I once loved so much and which allowed me to travel and live all over the world. An Industry which I always believed to be the averages persons best opportunity to make an above-average income.

I was “pitched” several deals over the past years, but nothing caught my interest or got me excited to roll up my sleeves again and go at it.

Nevertheless, I keep my eyes open for opportunities and a product that has the potential to change peoples life’s, a product I can fall in love with and give it another go.

So here I am, another 13 years have passed since I joined XanGo, and it’s time for me to say goodbye, again, and embark on a new journey. Not saying goodbye to Network Marketing though as I still believe that it is the average persons best opportunity to make an above average income. 

I wanted to thank all of you who have supported me over the past 26 years, team members, customers, friends, mentors, corporate friends and founders. All of you have contributed in some way to the person I am today. With some of you, I go way back in time and with others I have just met recently.

I am sorry if I let you down in the past as upline, leader or friend. My heart just wasn’t in the right place anymore, and instead of throwing a lot of business rah-rah and fake excitement at you, I decided to go quiet.
Hopefully, our path may cross again in the future on this short journey called life.

Until we meet, be well.
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight”;

Cisco Balbontin

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