Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Amway - The Problem With IBOs, No Business Mentality?

One of the things IBOs "think" they posssess, but in reality they are far from it, is "Business Mentality". It is not necessarily the fault of the IBOs. Many are sponsored into Amway by trusted friends and lacking business experience, they will "submit" to upline as they are advised and will try to learn about the Amway business. The problem is that many upline leaders teach self serving business practices such as hard core dedication to their tools system, from which they often handsomely profit. Let's examine some of the questionabley practices.

"Buy from yourself". If you have a business owner mentality, you only buy from yourself if it's beneficial to your business. Many IBOs talk about ridiculous things like a McDonald's owner would never eat at Burger King. That's bull crap. Just because I own a McDonald's doesn't mean I am eating Big Macs the rest of my life. You cannot spend yourself to prosperity. If I sold pens for $1.00 and my cost was .50, and my competitor had a special on the same pens at 3 for $1.00, I'm buying them from my competition. Also, buying from yourself makes you a customer, not a business owner.

"Ignore facts if you have a dream". This is probably the biggest heap of bull crap taught by some upline. I have seen this spouted in particular by IBOs downline from WWDB and BWW leaders. A business owner studies the facts, not ignores them. Any REAL business owner wants to know how much he is bringing in and how much is going out. That's how you detect the heartbeat of your business. A site visitor named Gina on this site, recently posted a profit/loss statement from her real business. Naturally, IBOs were at a loss to discuss it because it was foreign material to them.

"Submit to upline" Another load of hogwash. Why should someone submit to upline simply because they "sponsored me" or whatever? A real business owner would think independently and make business decisions based on facts and numbers, not on the advice of someone upline who hasn't taken the time to assess each IBO on a personal level to be able to give advice on an IBO's "Indepdendent Business", or worse, advice on their personal lives".

"Dedication to the system". Silly advice as well. What dedication does the system have for an IBO? If an IBO succeeds (which is very rare), the system takes credit, but for the more than 99% of people who never make a significant income, it is their own fault if they don't make it. Amway apologists will defend this by saying that many may not have signed up wanting a significant income. While that may be partially true, tell me where people show "plans" designed for the guy who wants an extra $100 a month? The plans shown are always (AFAIK) to go platinum or diamond.

IBOs and information seekers, does any of this sound familiar? Is this a part of your experience? If so, I encourage you to ask questions here and get more information before proceeding with any more "business" activity.


mrmaximum said...

That's the issue with the system. We know that a recent IBO had stated that the problem with the very low success rate is a lack of an effecient(sp?) training system. Uh....there is a training system, but it isn't designed to teach and train IBO's in how to successfully run their businesses. It seems more successful in creating a possibly endless income stream for the larger King Pins in the business.

If you do not sell out to the system you can forget any upline help as they have been taught to assist only their downline if they are serious (read; ON THE SYSTEM).

It has been designed in a way to slowly permeate your mind and get you hooked. It's scary how similar the system is to how cults work.

Joecool said...

If I am a teacher, and for the sake of argument, had a classroom of 25 students. And in 4 years, only 1 student passed my class. Does the school or the parents of the kids think the students are the problem - or the teacher?

Pretty simple to answer isn't it?

mrmaximum said...

To continue, let's also say that you are a tenured teacher with quite a few years at this school and many past students which have taken this class with similar results. If there is a ratio of 5:1 who have nothing good to say about you on top of your wonderful passing rate, what else does that say about your accumen? Can you honestly say that you have had years with a bad rap because you keep getting the 'lazy' students? Who choose not to learn and therefore pass?

Agreed that you would be hard pressed to keep your job after results such as that.