Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Amway "Losers"?

One of the things that my upline taught, and I believe is still taught today in various groups is that winners join Amway and losers do not. Or that you were a winner because you were doing something to better your financial future and those who didn't were losers. or broke minded. Of course the upline who said this had no knowledge about those who were not in Amway. Some of them may already have been financially sound or may have been doing something to better their financial future. I'm not sure why these uplines, who promote "positive", had to resort to calling people losers simpy because they did not agree that Amway was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

In many games or sporting events, there will be someone or a team that wins the game and someone or a team that loses the game. Losing a game doesn't make you a loser and certainly, a team that wins the game would not say the losing team were losers. Can you imagine a pro football team's coach taking the podium after a game and saying his team won because the other team was a bunch or broke minded gutless losers? That would never happen, yet we see that frequently in the Amway/IBO world. The owner of Amway, Rich DeVos had once said in a recorded message that just because people do not agree with you (paraphrased) about Amway, does not make them losers and that IBOs should not call people losers.

In all of this, people's jobs are also criticized. That a job stand for "just over broke" or "jackass of the boss" and other blurbs. Many IBO's goals and dreams consist of ditching their job so they can sleep all day and live a life of luxury. Ironically, it is most IBO's jobs that continue to produce income so they can pay their bills and feed their family. It is also an IBO's job that funds their Amway and AMO expenses such as product purchases and functions and voicemail, etc. Without having a job, most people could not even join Amway or pay for any tools. Sadly, most IBOs won't make any money in Amway either, and will have to continue to work at their jobs. I do not believe that someone earning an honest living working a job is a loser. Ironically, the folks calling people losers are often not even netting a profit from their Amway business!

Yes, in this business or the sports world, there will be winners and there will be losers. The question is whether you are the one who is allowed to be the judge of who is and who isn't. I would also suggest that IBOs are completely shutting down potential future business by their behavior. What if I went to a store to purchase something but the item was not available on that particular day, so I don't purchase anything and leave. As I leave, the store owner says I am a loser for not buying something there. Will I go back? Very unlikely. If an IBO truly sees themselves as a store owner, all prospects should be seen as potential business, whether future or present. If your upline tells you that people not interested are losers, you should hand him a mirror.


Anonymous said...

In the Superman comics, there is a place called "Bizarro World". The motto of the inhabitants is "Us do the opposite of all earthly things!"

The folks living in the brainwashed Bizarro World of Amway seem to see things in much the "opposite" way that the cartoon inhabitants in the comics seem to do. They sneer at the world outside of Amway as being filled with "broke losers" who are slaves to their boss, going nowhere and will die broke and alone. Regardless of how much money those folks are making, how many benefits they have and how happy they are doing what they are doing.

The reality, of course, is that outside the minuscule .02% of those in the Bizarro Amway World who will actually make some kind of money, the rest will be the ones living the life of being broke, having bank accounts emptied, credit cards maxed to the limit, avoiding bill collectors, driving shitmobiles, being a slave to their upline who control every aspect of their lives, having real friends replaced by phony ones who will ostracize them the moment they step out of line, working for a "business" that provides no health benefits, no pension, praying they don't get audited by the IRS and the only "freedom" they experience is being free of their own critical thinking and personality.

In the Bizarro World, that is what they call being a "winner". In the real world, however... well, I won't say it. I won't stoop to their level and call anyone a loser. Let's just say they are sadly "misguided".


Joecool said...

Good post Dave. As an IBO, I saw people being taught to think positive about everything so they did speak in opposites at times. Thus if someone had a "cold", they would say they had a "warm". Really weird stuff.

Anonymous said...

Exhibit 1 for a real to life Bizarro World: