I find it humorous when so many Amway IBOs talk about their anecdotal stories of success, or talk about how their system teaches a foolproof way of succeeding in Amway. Yet I have not seen a single IBO who was willing to describe their business structure or talk about how they progressed from zero PV into a profitable structure. Amway's biggest defender, David Steadson AKA IBOfightback is a good example of someone who can talk a good game but cannot back it up with evidence of any success in Amway. In fact, where is David Steadson these days? Looks like he's finally dropped out of the Amway debate.
Back in my IBO days, WWDB leaders would teach that someone who could talk a good game was a teacher, and not a doer. Many IBOs may have a good theory about how to build a business but evidence clearly shows that it is talk and not action. One specific example is how an IBO is supposed to find 20 customers who each buy 20 PV from an IBO. Nobody I know of or heard of has ever had 20 customers who regularly purchase the equivalent of 20 PV each month consistently. Sure, there might be some rare IBO who does a lot of sales, but given Amway's less than competitive prices, most IBOs likely have sympathetic family and friends as their primary customers, if they have any customers. It's difficult to sell generic types of products for premium prices.
Based on my observations, most IBOs have a small business, unable to sponsor enough downline to move any significant volume. They faithfully self consume 100 PV and do most of the CORE steps, except for being able to consistently show the plan and sponsor downline. Why is this? It is because the Amway reputation is stained and getting people to see the plan is an enormous challenge by itself, not taking into consideration that sponsoring is even harder. If you are reading this blog and you can relate to what you see here, perhaps you need to re-think your business situation and ask your sponsor some tough questions. If your Amway business is not progressing as they show in the plan, when will it ever? Or what will you change if your upline's teaching is not helping you progress? Your upline might say "never quit", but sometimes a wise business decision is to quit and do something else. That's not quitting on your dreams, but simply finding a better venue to achieve them.
Now this leads to another question. Other than flashing a photocopy of someone's diamond bonus or the like, has your sponsor or anyone upline actually showed evidence of a profit in Amway? If you asked, what response did you receive? When I asked my sponsor about profit, I was told it was "none of my business". I believe that someone who is asking you to follow their system, which is not free, should be tasked with providing this information. If your upline teaches submission to upline, even more so you should demand to see results. If your upline refuses to show evidence of a profit, why should you follow their advice?
If your upline or sponsor refuses to show you evidence of profit, it should send up red flags all over the place. Maybe, just maybe, the critics of Amway are onto something.