Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Avoid All Negatives In Amway?

 One of the silly things many Amway IBOs are taught is to avoid all negatives.  I believe this is taught today by uplines and it was certainly a point of emphasis even in my days as an IBO in the WWDB line of sponsorship. The upline diamond would say that the world of full of negatives and that we as people take in too much of these negatives. Therefore, the IBOs were told to avoid television, newspapers and other forms of communication with the outside world. The group was also told to avoid people who speak negatively about Amway. For this reason, many people have considered Amway groups such as WWDB or N21 as cultish or cult-like. (information deprivation or information control).

I can agree that you surely don't want to only take in negatives as it can wear you down, but not seeing the news or reading about current events in the paper simply makes you apathetic and uninformed. For example, wouldn't you want and need to know if there was a storm heading your way? I live in Hawaii and we occasionally have hurricanes. Avoiding news could be very detrimental to your family and home. If you lived in the mid-west of the US, wouldn't you want and need to know if a tornado was headed your way? Do you avoid the doctor because his assessment of your health might not be "positive"? For these reasons, I believe that many Amwayers walk around wearing a mask with a false smile, trying to appear overly positive.

Another important thing that many IBOs cannot distinguish is the difference between negative and the truth. If your wife asks you if her new dress makes her look fat, the truth might be that the new dress indeed makes her appear fat. That answer may be uncomfortable for you to deliver, but the truth is the truth. The truth at times can be positive or negative but it is still the truth.

Most IBOs earn less than $100 a month. That is the truth. Most IBOs lose money if they participate in functions and standing orders and such. That is the truth. Most IBOs will never even sponsor a downline. That is the truth. Most IBOs, filled with motivation and dreams, will never see those dreams fulfilled. That is the truth. Many upline diamonds, who advise IBOs to purchase tools and attend functions, and fill the IBO's heads full of dreams, make significant incomes from the sale of tools and functions. That is also the truth. In a 1 year time span, approximately 50% of IBOs will quit in the first year. That is the truth.

Is it negative to tell the truth? Or can IBOs not handle the truth?


Anonymous said...

Amway is a cult, and as in any cult there is a completely bizarre definition of "truth" and "falsehood." Truth is what supports and glorifies the cult and its beliefs; falsehood is whatever denies or denigrates the cult and its beliefs. So even if we all know the plain truth that most IBOs in Amway make no money or go broke, it is "false" to say it in the Amway cult, since the fact goes against the Amway religion.

Anonymous said...

American businessmen are completely indifferent to truth or falsity, because they are concerned solely with what makes them a profit. The will happily suppress the truth if the truth cuts into their bottom line.

After the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed San Francisco, the businessmen in that city put immense pressure on the municipal government to cover up the extent of the death and destruction. They insisted it would be "bad publicity," and that it would discourage investment. As a result, we have never had a clear figures as to the number of persons killed or the extent of damage to property in that major earthquake. The San Francisco business community lied through their teeth about it.