One of the things Amway IBOs are taught is to blame themselves for is not working the business hard enough or not doing things right, exactly as upline advised. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. It's just that uplines want to be absolved from any responsibility so they teach downline that failure in Amway is their own (The downline's) fault. Upline is also quick to take credit for any success, of course. Why shouldn't these same leaders be held accountable for their downline's results? And I would argue that the numbers of failures (the vast majority) would suggest that upline advice is suspect at best and terribly ineffective at worst. To compound the problem, uplines can make significant money from the sale of tools and functions so they should be taken to task for the results. However, most IBOs just quit and then fade away, often blaming themselves for failure.
The reason why hard work doesn't equal success is because an Amway IBO is basically a commissioned sales person. In commissioned sales, one can work hard for no reward and at times, little effort may reap large rewards. But in Amway, with a bad reputation, Amway IBOs are dealt a handicap that most simply cannot overcome. Getting new people to recruitment meetings is hard enough, not even factoring in the ability to sponsor others. Then you toss in the high and non-competitive prices of products and when factoring in these tidbits, it's easy to see why uplines teach buy from yourself and selling is not needed or emphasized in a serious manner. Selling products average in quality and premium in price is not an easy task. For that reason, it's easy to see why Amway is a difficult business to navigate.
The work involved is very simple. Sell products and get other IBOs in your downline to be able to leverage your volume. Many IBOs work hard and attend all of the functions and do all of the steps as outlined by upline, but very few reap rewards and most quit when they realize that the system just doesn't work. It is sad that on top of losing money, that IBOs are also taught to blame themselves for their demise. Where is the upline when IBOs bust their butts working hard and get no rewards? On top of that, to make it worse, uplines profit from selling training and motivation to their downlines. Why aren't they held accountable?
I've read comments by some Amway defenders wanting to sue Amway critics for a potential loss of business. What loss of business? Most IBOs do nothing and quit to begin with. Most critics, like myself are simply stating our experiences and opinions. Many of which are true and still happening today. So I will ask, what about the millions of former IBOs who may have lost billions of dollars because of false claims which led them to believe that they would get rich following upline advice? Maybe former IBOs should unite and file claims against unethical upline leaders who led them astray? Why not hold these leaders accountable?
In any case, hard work doesn't equate success in Amway and I dare anyone to try to prove me wrong.