Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fighting For Your Amway Dreams?

One of the things that many IBOs are badly misguided on is the concept of dreams and fighting for dreams. A dream is basically a long term goal. Someone might dream about playing in the National Football League. To accomplish that dream, one might play high school and/or college level football. For most, the dream will end. No matter how much someone wants to play in the NFL, only so many people are proficient enough to be able to make the team. Even fewer are elite players that become stars. So while you might fight for your dreams, there is also an alternate reality.

In the Amway business, via the "systems" such as WWDB or Network 21, the leaders will often sell hopes and dreams to the downline. That the downline can be retired at the age of 29, walking the beaches of the world while the income just rolls in forever and ever. These kinds of "dreams" would be the same as hoping to win the powerball lottery. You may have seen a few who did it but the chance of you duplicating it is very unlikely. Slim to none is your chance in reality.

Another things uplines will often do is tell anecdotal stories about crabs keeping each other in a bucket when one tries to escape, or about monkeys preventing each other from grabbing bananas at the top of the pole. While the stories may be interesting and even true, it doesn't necessarily apply to the Amway business. While it is true that an IBO may have friends and family who are skeptical about Amway, it is with good reason. Many people have gone through the Amway business with no success. Many people have lost money doing everyting they were advised to do by upline. There is a track record of financial disasters associated with Amway and the attached "systems". It's not like there's a long list of people who have walked away from Amway with the cash rolling in and not a care in the world. Ever wonder why none of the crown ambassadors have exercised the option to "walk away"?

I think people should have dreams. I think people should pursue their dreams. I also think people need to know that certain dreams can come true. There also needs to be a degree of reality in their dreams. There will always be some inspirational person such as a "Rudy" who overcame great odds to accomplish a dream, but the untold reality is that there were probably many many young men who dreamed of playing for Notre Dame that year. Likely, no one else accomplished the unlikely dream like a Rudy. What I am saying is that earning a nice income and having the option of early retirement can be acomplished in many ways. You might be choosing to use Amway to accomplish your financial dreams and that is your right. But the reality is that very few people have made all their financial dreams come true due to the Amway opportunity, as compared to the tens of millions who have tried.

Keep fighting for your dreams, but keep in mind that you might need a plan B and a dose of reality.


Anonymous said...

Joe, i was debating with a friend who's a ibo. Told him his wwdb diamond is giving him bogus advice. The collecting phone numbers and once in a blue moon show a plan. From what I read and mlm high earners. Its all about being efficient at showing the plan. With wwdb there's way to many steps before circles is drawn. What's your experience with sponsoring? For me i never reached 100pv or bought any tools. Most of these systems seems like no retailing, rarely any plans shown,and tons of tools. Friend who's made the high level said 1-2 plans daily on a napkin or online video....that's the bare minimal to make any money. Not this garbage of collecting numbers and never showing any products or plans.

Joecool said...

As an IBO, I sponsored people but I believe I sponsored them because they were people who trusted me and believed I could teach them what I was preaching. Just as my sponsor was a trusted friend who said he could teach me to go platinum. The tools are the problem. They are sold as the key to success but the opposite is usually true. The tools will be the reason why most tool buyers lose money.

If you show the plan, after a short while, you will run out of people to show the plan to. For that reason you see stories of people being stalked in malls or shopping centers by Amway IBOs.