Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Believing The Amway Illusion?

One of the things my upline taught us ad nauseum was that we needed to have faith in our business and in our upline. That we needed to believe that we were going to be successful. IBOs are told that they should act successful even if they are still working their way up the ranks in the business. It is why they ask (require) IBOs to wear suits and business attire to all meetings and functions. This is one of the weird quirks about the business in my opinion. I live in Hawaii and I remember a function they held in the middle of July in a high school auditorium and there was no air conditioning. I think my suit needed special cleaning because it was completely saturated with perspiration.

Anyway, with this part of the year, soon there will be thousands of IBOs shuffling off to a function called leadership, or in some cases, spring conference. The tickets are about $150 or so and might require travel plus hotels and rental cars depending on where you live. What IBOs are often unaware of is that many venues will allow you to run these conferences for $25 to $50 per person. The rest of that ticket prices goes directly into your upline's pockets. Anyway, the function will feature slide shows of mansions, yachts, jet skis, sports cars, fabulous vacations and other trappings of wealth. The speakers will generally be new platinums and/or emeralds.

What many IBOs don't realize is that this display of wealth is just that. There is no bonafide evidence to indicate that these diamonds actually own all of those toys and goodies. The diamonds probably won't verbally confirm it either, because these toys and goodies may not really be owned by them. It could be rented, or maybe some upline crown ambassador may own the mansion, but IBOs will assume that these trappings of wealth are common once you reach diamond. As an IBO, I never actually knew how much a diamond really earned. I just assumed it was a lot because we were shown all of these luxuries and just assumed all diamonds had these kinds of lifestyles. It was certainly implied that all diamonds were "free" with fabulous lifestyles.

If I posted a picture of a mansion and a jet and said I owe it all to my earnings as a blogger, people would cry foul, that I am lying or making things up. And they would be right. Well, I would guess that many diamonds are doing the very same thing if they appear on stage and implying that they have jets and mansions. As I said, someone may own a mansion and a jet, but to imply that this is a part of the typical diamond lifestyle is a stretch. The evidence is there. Some diamonds have lost their homes to foreclosure. My old LOS diamonds (WWDB) taught us that diamonds pay cash for everything, including homes. Now confirmed as a blatant lie. Who knows what else they may have misrepresented?

I ask IBOs and prospects who may be attending any big and hyped function, to watch with a critical eye. What is being implied with the display of wealth? Analyze if those luxuries can be purchased with a diamond income ($150,000 plus some tool income). Ask yourself if this lifestyle is truly sustainable? Ask yourself if you can live with yourself if deception is a part of earning your diamond lifestyle?


Anonymous said...

I've been reading your posts for over a month now, and you are very accurate. Keep up the good work.

Joecool said...

Thanks for the nice comments,

Anonymous said...

The 'illusion' can keep some people motivated for decades! I know people who have been involved over 15 years, haven't even sponsored people....yet STILL believe they will RETIRE on their Amway income....EVENTUALLY...all the while life is passing them by.