Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Who's The "Loser"?

One of the things I recall as an IBO was thinking how sorry I felt for people who were not IBOs because we were all going to be rich and everyone else was a loser. Our upline used to tell us that we were winners - and if you weren't a winner, then obviously, you are a loser. Many times, the term "broke" was attached to the term loser. That was my mindset back then, but having been out of the system more than ten years, I can look back and laugh, realizing that the losers were the ones buying stuff they don't need, stalking people at malls and bookstores, and wasting their time and money on tapes (cds), books and functions.

What goes unnoticed in many cases, is how much time and money really goes down the drain for IBOs who work the system. Your life revolves around the business if you are dedicated and hard core. You are always looking for prospects and people to show the plan to, and you have to rearrange your schedules, or outright skip social or family gatherings because of the neverending number of meetings and functions, many of which teach you nothing about running a profitable business. When I first left the Amway business, I was sort of angry at the time and effort that was wasted, along with the cahs I threw down the crapper.

But after I did finally cut ties with the business and the people associated with it, I got back into a routine of sorts. I focused on my job and after some years of gaining experience and working my way up the corporate ladder, I received some promotions and I am scheduled to be retired before the age of 60 with a decent retirement income and will likely have my home paid off by then. So while I did have to work a dreaded job to be able to retire, pretty much all IBOs are also working a job or business PLUS having to expend their time and money to run their Amway business which has little to no chance of providing a long term stable and significant income. And if I may add, it is the systems such as WWDB or N21 that usually end up costing the IBOs the most money because of things like the functions.

So I will ask the question. Who's the real loser? The person diligently working and saving for their future or the person chasing a dream that is unlikely to materialize? Factoring in the expenditure of time also makes the systems even more costly than it appears on the surface.


Anonymous said...

If retiring was one of your objectives, you did right to quit amway. I dont know of anyone who retired in amway

Joecool said...

That's a question I always have. Where are the Amway retirees? Why do crown ambassadors work until their deaths? Is there anyone who's actually walked away from Amway to enjoy untold wealth?

Steve said...

Hey Joecool,

I come at it from a little different angle in that I don't get the retirement mindset at all. Most people, especially those who are highly successful in their careers, have a hard time sitting on their ass all day and just get old, fat, and bored silly with no purpose or passion in their lives.

That said, I had a diamond tell me he got in Amway 'cause he was ambitiously lazy - that he joined so that he could work for a couple years and take the rest of his life off.

That was supposed to be attractive!

Why on earth I ever decided to be in business with people who are admittedly lazy, who don't really enjoy the process, and can't wait to get big enough to quit all together, is beyond me. The year we went Q12 was the year my eyes started to open. Even then, it took a number of years to formally leave.

Today, I am happily and truly living my dream, in a business from which I hope to NEVER retire...