One of the big myths that upline used, and likely still perpetuate is the claim that you can build an Amway mega empire on 8-12 hours per week (Some say 10-15). I'm venturing an educated guess that this number is used because while it still represents time, it is probably less hours than working a part time job or anything else that might require real effort. But let's take a closer look at this 8-12 hours per week.
If you listen to one (1) cd per day (approximately one hour per CD) as recommended by upline and read one of their "success" books 15 minutes each day, you are already close to nine hours of time used and neither of these activities produces any income for your Amway business. In fact, both activities cost you money and produce no income. If you spend another 15 minutes a day contacting people, you are close to 12 hours per week. Where will you find additional time to show the plan and to expand your name and contact list? What about servicing customers, at least for IBOs who actually may have some customers? Again, prospects need to think about which activities will make you money or cost you money.
What about attending meetings and functions? These are also non income producing activities. It's no wonder the vast majority of IBOs don't make money. Their upline has them running around participating in activities that produce no income for their businesses. Ironically, these non income producing activities such as listening to a cd, produces a lot of income for certain uplines who produce and sell them. To me, it is just an elaborate game of bait and switch played by upline. They tell you that their system is foolproof and that you will make it if you don't give up. Not true. The longer you "play" Amway, the more you will lose.
You sell the prospect the dream of financial freedom. You tell that that Amway is their best chance. You tell them that you can help them and that the tools of the business (standing order, voicemail, books, functions) are the key to their success. Those who are serious enough to commit to the system likely won't quit without making some effort and will allow uplines to earn some nice profits before these downline eventually realize they aren't profitable and quit. Because many IBOs are sponsored by family and friends, you don't see too many formal complaints about the business and upline. Most people chalk it up as a life lesson and do not complain or are so ashamed that they fell for the scam that they slink away and never speak about it again.
But IBOs and information seekers, do not be fooled into thinking that you will create a financial empire by working 8-12 hours a week. That would be very far fetched. The number of highly successful Amway IBOs versus the number who sign up can be compared to lottery winners. And to win the lottery, you just buy a ticket. You don't have to deceive other people, including your family and friends.