Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Saying Farewell To Amway?

I was browsing the Quixtar Blog Forum recently and came across a thread where a long time contributor to the forum had stated he was "retiring" and leaving the group. Those of us who remained active on the blog wished him well. One Amway defender who uses the handle of "Captain Amway" left a comment mentioning that this long time contributor leaves the group and only a measly 6 or 7 people wished him farewell. Of course, Quixtar Blog was a highly popular blog/forum some years ago and membership has gone down. Critics who retired had much more fanfare in the past.

I later thought about the 6 or 7 people who wished him well and had a thought. What happens when someone leaves Amway? More often than not, the person who becomes a "former IBO" goes from winner to loser. People claim the person has lost their dream. They are now bitter or failures. It was their own fault for not succeeding. They did not work hard enough or didn't have the intestinal fortitude to stick it out. They are now destined to be broke losers.

This mindset comes from upline teaching. They teach you that your job is bad. That you can only win or succeed in Amway and any other option you choose is a poor one. They want you to believe that Amway is your only chance to become financially successful. That without Amway and their teaching system, you are basically doomed to failure and despair. As proof of their own success, uplines will show you pictures of someone's bonus check, pictures of mansions and cars, and other luxuries. I guess if you don't ask, you may never know who actually owns those luxuries.

In the real world, if someone came up to you on the street and showed you pictures of jets and mansions and said they could show you how to obtain these same luxuries if you forked over $100 bucks, you would keep walking or laugh your way home. But oddly enough, when you see it at an Amway meeting, somehow you believe it? I'm guilty as charged. I once believed it but because I was fooled, I now share my experience through this blog as a way to provide information to those who seek it for their benefit. At least with information available, prospects can make informed decisions about joining.


John said...

Most cults instill irrational fears about leaving the group. This acts as a safeguard against departures for those who begin to question their indoctrination. Amway is no different. Dexter Yager said on multiple occasions that those who opposed him "died a cancer death".

Ambots are conditioned to feel great shame if they were to leave and to believe their failure was all their fault. This has served to not only keep people in Amway longer than they should stay but also to keep them from reporting Amway to their state attorney general or filing for class action against them.

John said...

P.S. There is a Christian cult prominent in Texas and California whose members widely believe they will die or be financially ruined if they leave the church. False rumors are frequently spread about those who leave, claiming they were killed fiery crash. Since those who left severed ties with their church friends, these rumors can't be validated and they are generally believed.