Friday, January 21, 2011

The Reality Of Being An IBO?

One of the things that keeps some IBOs going is the "harsh reality". What I mean by that is for some IBOs, once you have been in Amway for a while, it can be hard to quit. You were possibly recruited with dreams of lifelong residual income and walking on all of the exotic beaches of the world. Retiring young and spending that time with your wife and family. To quit means an IBO would have to face the reality that these dreams will not come true, at least not with the Amway busines. The fact is that the Amway opportunity probably would not have delivered those dreams anyway. Even a diamond more than likely cannot afford those dreams. In fact I would estimate that most diamonds, if they flaunt some excessive lifestyle, are near broke or in heavy debt as a diamond income cannot sustain a jetset lifestyle, save for a founders crown ambassador or something similar. I believe the prominent WWDB triple diamond bankruptcy shed a lot of light into the finances of an upper level pin and it wasn't as impressive as I would have thought.

But what really is the harsh reality? It's working hard only to drift between 100 and 500 PV. It's finally sponsoring a new IBO only to have a downline quit. It's talking to people about Amway and getting laughed at or getting rejected. It's your upline or sponsor pushing you to do more. Possibly your upline is one who questions your manhood if you aren't working hard enough. It's your upline or sponsor reminding you that a winner doesn't miss functions, especially the major ones. It's staying up late for team meetings or nite owls when you need a good nite's rest to do your job the next day. It's driving the miles to show a plan, only to have your prospect not show up. It's having to be deceptive about what you are doing. It's skipping functions with family and friends so you can be core to the business.

As IBOs, do you see any of this? I saw some of this during my involvement. While I have not been an IBO in some years now, I still see many testimonies and comments by more current and even some active IBOs to indicate that a lot of this still goes on. While Amway defenders will deny it, I see no reason why any of this would have changed over the years since Amway has made no significant changes to stop abusive uplines. If Amway did make any changes, they are not immediately apparent and the continuous string of comments and testimonies do not confirm that any clean up has been done.

For active IBOs or prospects, these are the harsh realities that may be attached with the Amway oppportunity. Much of it is because of motivational groups such as WWDB, but if you are seeing these traits in your group, ask the tough questions. If you happen to decide that the Amway opportunity is not for you, take heart! There are other ways to achieve your financial goals and dreams and there are moe efficent ways out there. Sometimes, quitting something that isn't working is a wise business decisions and sometimes you can lose more by not quitting. Good luck in whatever you decide.


Anonymous said...

decided to walk away and not regretting that decision!

countdown to another insult from that insidious anon from canada: 5,4,3,2...

Anonymous said...

Actually friend, I only feel remorse for anyone brought uncomfortably into a situation they felt forced or trapped because of. I am only a new IBO and just tonight did I spend my first initial investment into this advantageous reality im pursuing with great passion. I had the honor of receiving a generous yet pursuing mentor 'upline' who purchased by FED ticket for me to attend a major conference. Because of this, I was able to further grasp the reality that is how much the majority care, want you to succeed, and want to be there while we all succeed. There are wonderful people apart WorldWideDreamBuilders WWDB Amway IBO's and it does take patience with a certain extra MPH of persistence to get real results. I won't tell you it's not hard, but the idea is quite simple and beyond that American way & American Way Made products are upmost in quality and control.

Joecool said...

Your spline purchased your ticket to FED? Nice. Guess what, if you sponsor someone, you will be expected to do the same and your business expenses will skyrocket. Do your research. WWDB has old diamonds from the 1990's. There are few new diamonds in WWDB. There is very little "fruit on the tree" as they say.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 6:07 PM

You're living in a dream world, pal. Wake up fast, before you lose your shirt.