I had a good chuckle recently when some Amway apologists spoke about looking at the "fruit on the tree" as a way to confirm that various diamonds were successful. One commentator said his parents were broke and he looked at his diamond since the diamond apparently had fruit on the tree. I thought about this concept and I agree, that perhaps we should look at fruit on the tree. First of all, what is fruit? Is it pictures of lavish things or is it looking at bonafide and verified financial statements? How would you know if your diamond was wealthy just because he shows you a picture of a porsche? What if that same diamond was carrying credit card debt and was just creating an illusion of success? Impossible you say? There are verified accounts of diamonds having their homes foreclosed, declaring bankruptcy and other issues.
What if I posted pictures of yachts and a mansion and said Joe Cool paid cash for them? You'd say I was lying or making up stuff. And you know what? You'd be right. I don't own a mansion or a yacht or a Porsche. But when your diamond shows you these pictures, you whoop it up and accept that they are telling the truth. The only difference between them and me is basically our opinion on the Amway business. But think critically for a minute. Your diamond has a financial interest in keeping you fired up. Joe Cool is only interested in sharing information and real life Amway experiences so information seekers can find the truth.
IBOs and Amway prospects, please ask your upline platinum or diamond to show you the fruit on their tree. Ask them to see their (business) financial statements. This is actually a common practice in real business. When a friend of mine sold his business a few years back, he made three year's worth of income tax returns to show prospective buyers. He showed his business and personal tax returns. If someone is asking you to do business with them which will require your investment of time and money, you have every right to ask for information/actual evidence. If your upline won't share this information or evades your questions, why would you believe his slideshow?
As far as I know, not one single bigger pin has ever shown their business financials except for those who had their finances revealed in public documments such as a bankruptcy. In fact, if it made certain bigger pins look good, why wouldn't they want to "show their fruit". They certainly don't mind showing off diamond rings, fancy clothes, sports cars and the like. What many IBOs don't understand is that fancy cars and other toys is no evidence of fruit on the tree. For all you know the cars are rented and the diamond might be drowning in debt. You can also rent jewelry and sports cars.
It has been discussed that some diamonds may rent cars or fancy homes and try to imply that they own these items. Some diamonds, possibly many diamonds in the past have lied or embellished the truth about paying for everything in cash, including their homes and cars. They also at times, have given the audience the impression that these luxuries are all purchased with Amway income, and we know that many diamonds have had supplemental income from the systems, or other business ventures outside of Amway.
We also know that some diamonds are in debt, but simply try to portray an excessive lifestyle. (See Ruth Carter's Book: Amway Motivational Organizations, Behind the Smoke and Mirrors). Some diamonds may have a substantial income, but it doesn't mean they are financially free and able to live a jetset lifestyle that many portray. It is an illusion, possibly to be able to attract new prospects into the business. Do you really believe that you can live a diamond lifestyle on diamond income? DO the math. Even a half million dollar a year income after taxes and business expenses is nowhere near enough to buy mansions in cash. And keep in mind that only about 1 in 20,000 IBO ever reach diamond.
So yes, let us actually see the fruit on the tree. Where is the fruit?