To be sure, it is possible for some people to make money in a pyramid scheme. If you are one of the earliest “investors” and if you are very good at recruiting large numbers of people to become subinvestors, you may be able to make money. Nevertheless, you should ask yourself two sets of questions about this potential way to make money:
Do you want to be the kind of person who recruits friends and relatives to get involved in a pyramid scheme in which they face a serious risk of losing their “investment” and their savings? Is that the kind of person you want to be? If so, you are the problem, and you don’t need to read the rest of this article.
How do you know that you really are one of the first investors and that you will be the kind of person who can successfully set aside moral concerns for the large number of others you will have to recruit to join the pyramid structure at a point where they face a much greater risk of loss?
If you are the kind of person whom people trust — a vital job skill for bringing many new “investors” into a pyramid scheme — you don’t need the pyramid scheme to make money; there are plenty of businesses in which you can succeed. You’ll make more money, you’ll feel better about yourself, you won’t hurt anyone close to you, and those who love you will be proud of you. Friends and loved ones won’t flee the room whenever you enter because they fear that you are, yet again, going to try to recruit them as “investors.” When people follow Rule No. 1 because you enter the room, it is long past time to think outside the pyramid and pursue better options.