Wow, great question.
When I started in or became acquainted with MLM/NWM in 1995 I was quite fortunate to be in a company with someone who I call my first ever mentor. His name is Dale Calvert.
Dale was the lead distributor and trainer in the company. What I have always appreciated about Dale is how he trained we the distributors' on the "IMPORTANCE" of having a big why.
Most new distributors will want to learn the how to's of building a business and team first, but you will need a strong why to persevere in this industry.
As stated by others, I too came into MLM and entrepreneurship for that matter, for the opportunity to gain personal freedom/life choice, Time and Financial.
Also, the NWM industry has some of the best products.