One of the things I distinctly remember being taught at an Amway WWDB function was to "fake it till you make it". I suppose this was to give the impression of being successful. It was said that you are going to be successful so you may as well act the part in advance. I believe this is taught today as well. IBOs like to make an impression on prospects so the want to appear uber successful. I found it humorous when these same IBOs were seen driving into functions with clunkers of cars.
Faking it is also a part of why Amway IBOs wear suits. They want everyone to be under the impression that they are in a multi million dollar business. Guess what? WalMart is a multi billion dollar business but their employees don't wear suits! The suits, particularly in Hawaii where I live, were impractical. I recall a function in an auditorium in August with no air conditioning, 90 degree weather and a close to 100% humidity. Well, you can imagine what that function was like. We had to fake it to pretend we weren't dying of heat stroke.
What I find really interesting about this is that I honestly believe the biggest fakers are probably the diamonds. This past year, all over the country, there were WWDB functions called "Dream Night". A function with a sit down dinner where the diamonds and other Amway heroes show off slide shows of mansions, jets skis, sports cars, exclusive golf club memberships, fabulous vacations, and shopping sprees. I honestly believe that many of the diamonds are the biggest fakers out there. A diamond income, which seems big, and supplemented with tools income, most likely cannot sustain the lifestyles portrayed in these functions. Simple math bears it out.
A diamond income, even with tool income might be $250 or $300K gross. While that mey seem huge compared to a working stiff who earns %40K or $50K per year, keep in mind that a diamond business has many expenses. How much do you think it would cost a (diamond) family of four (4) to travel to say 5 or 6 functions, first class? How much of that income goes to taxes? I challenge IBOs to sit down and figure this out. After taxes, medical insurance and business expenses are taken into consideration, I would guess that a diamond lives at best, a middle class lifestyle. Amway advocates will argue that this is sans a 9-5 job, but an Amway business needs constant attention as IBOs up and quit every day. Some who do sign up never do a thing. Replacing IBOs is a neverending task. It is why you do not see or hear of any diamonds who "walked away" to collect residual income forever and ever.
Diamonds may talk about all the "freedom" they have but I also believe they are faking it also. They are simply working the night and graveyard shift because they are working to help their groups recruit people into Amway and since many people work 9-5, the diamonds end up working 7 (pm) to 3 (am). My former upline diamond claimed he worked to help people succeed, but looking back, I believe he was working the night shift, because he had to. He needed to work to maintain his group, lest he fall out of diamond qualification. I can imagine the stress and pressure a diamond might feel if one of his downline platinum legs are close to dropping out of qualification. A majority of a diamond's income is in an annual diamond bonus which they would not receive without qualifying. The stress but be just like a job!
Here's another take on fake it till you make it. Isn't this simply lying and hoping you will one day succeed?