If I woke up in the middle of the night 6 weeks ago, needing to go to the bathroom, I could barely walk. The pain in my feet was excruciating.
Getting up in the morning was the same: in both cases, just in order to get out of the bedroom I had to lean my hand against the wall for support.
And, during the day, being on my feet for any length of time (whether walking or standing around) resulted in serious discomfort – which got worse if I sat down to take a rest.
My problem was that I suffered from Plantar Fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the tendon that links the ball of the foot to the heel.
Walking from one place to another, or moving around at home or the office once I was warmed up, was generally no problem, but as soon as I had to stand anywhere for any length of time I knew I was in for some serious pain.
And, like many men, I figured that if I ignored the problem it would go away.
Here’s what happened next
A little over a month ago, now, I met someone at a business meet-up who was looking for people to join his direct selling business.
Now, having been burnt by one of these types of business some years ago, I was seriously sceptical, and ignored the pitch on the business opportunity. I wanted to know what the actual product was.
By an absolute coincidence, the product is a cactus juice that reduces inflammation. It’s also an anti-oxidant.
He assured me it was excellent, and if all I wanted to do was use the product there would be no pressure to get involved with the business itself.
So I thought ‘what the heck’ – I may as well, considering that I could hardly walk most mornings!
It’s produced by a company called Trivita – the product itself is called Nopalea which, I understand, is familiar to US residents but very new here in Asia.
So here’s what I found:
I started taking the Nopalea, in the dosage recommended on the accompanying leaflet, and I noticed an improvement after about 4 days. Don’t get me wrong – I still had the pain, particularly in the mornings, but not as severe as before.
But then the improvement levelled off and there was no further improvement for, roughly, the next 10 days.
I persisted with the recommended dosage and was just beginning to think it was all hokey, when I quite quickly noticed a much larger improvement: much less pain in the mornings, and still some pain after a lot of walking or standing around, but it was getting a LOT better.
By around 20 days after I started taking Nopalea I was not yet pain-free, but the improvement was astonishing. It was clearly working for me.
My next question: do I take up the business opportunity?
So my next step was to work out what I wanted to do with the business opportunity.
When I’ve talked about these direct selling business opportunities in the past I have always said, ever since being burnt by that business I tried some years ago, that they must be product-led.
I will not go anywhere near a direct selling business opportunity where the sales pitch leads with the business opportunity – it must be led by the product.
Anyway, the improvement in my pain levels caused by the plantar fasciitis was so good that, clearly, the product was working for me. So I did decide to get involved in the business and become an affiliate.
And I will happily lead all my sales activities with the product.
If people who try it experience the same improvement I did (and do remember that not everyone will – everyone reacts differently!) and, as a result, they want to become an affiliate as well, then that’s great.
What I’ve discovered so far with the business is that it is not, primarily, an Internet based business – at least not if you’re leading with the product.
Sure, you order online and your order is delivered to you. But I’ve been introducing the product to people face-to-face.
In fact this article is the first thing I’ve done online as far as this business opportunity goes.
I do recommend this product-led approach, because there’s nothing worse than getting someone involved in a business that doesn’t work out for them.
Far better that they try (and like) the product and then decide to get into the business in their own time and without any pressure. After all, if the business doesn’t work out they’re still benefitting from using the product.
So here’s the pitch: if you’re suffering from pain caused by inflammation (plantar fasciitis, Fibromyalgia, even digestive disorders), try taking Nopalea. See if it works for you.
If it does, and you like it, and you’re interested, then let’s talk about the business opportunity.
Importantly, unlike many of these direct selling programs, there’s no up-front investment at all, and you do not have to buy and hold stock.
All stock is held by Trivita and they deliver to people who order. You simply receive commission on purchases made by your customers and the customers of people in your team.
Now, as I said, I have signed up as an affiliate for Trivita products and so I do ask you (please!) to access the website via my affiliate link which is:
That way, if you do decide to become an affiliate you will be placed in my team, which means I will be able to help you as you develop your business.
And if the Nopalea doesn’t work for you there’s a 60 day money-back guarantee – so your risk is taken care of. You’ve nothing to lose but your pain.