HARMFUL IDEAS, TRICKS, UNTRUTHS, HALF-TRUTHS,
HARMFUL IDEA: Fighting with your spouse over
Amway issues is part of the necessary struggle for success. THE HARM
: This idea creates an attritional situation that destabilizes and
in some cases even destroys marriages and families. Especially those couples
who have been struggling with finances and cannot afford the functions and
other motivational things the AMO's tell them they must pay for in order
to succeed in Amway. This is where the nightmare of the Amway/AMO experience
originates. The pervasive and relentless financial stress put on families
through AMO pressure to shell out or pay the price for success.
UNTRUTH : Those who quit Amway and then complain
about being harmed, tricked, scammed, deceived, used, and manipulated are
simply trying to blame Amway and/or AMO's for their own failures. TRUTH:
AMO's do real harm to individuals and families. This is the cult abuse known
as "blame the victim". Most of those harmed try to forget and
move on with their lives. Some seek to save others from the same fate.
MISREPRESENTATION: The amassing of wealth is
REALITY: Only by the most far-fetched (and self-serving) interpretations of scripture can this belief have even the slightest credibility. The vast majority of Christian scholars consider scripturally supported amassing of wealth an oxymoron.
UNTRUTH : You have to get right with
God (i.e., accept Christ as your Lord and Savior) before you can succeed
in Amway. Wealth attained through Amway is God's reward for helping others.
TRUTH: Some non-Christians have succeeded in Away (seldom in AMO's, however).
HARMFUL IDEA/TRICK: If you don't do the Amway business you will always be broke.
THE HARM: If you do the Amway business your chances of NOT ending up broke are one in several thousand.
HARMFUL IDEA/TRICK: Amway is the only way to have all the money and free time you want.
THE HARM: an MLM is not the only vehicle for generating a residual income. For example some people live well off royalties from various enterprises. A person can be detoured from his real purpose in life if he or she believes this garbage. This trick is perpetuated simply for better recruitment results.
UNTRUTH : Amway distributors are better
than everyone else.
TRUTH: Those who use deception certainly are not.
UNTRUTH : Amway products are far superior to all similar products on the market. Non-Amway products are evil or negative. TRUTH: Promotion of this idea is a psychological manipulation tactic that makes Amway and their top distributors a great deal of money.
MISREPRESENTATION: Amway Diamond Distributors are just below God in their purpose and status. REALITY : This idea is perpetrated by top diamond distributors. As far as I know, infinite arrogance is not on God's list of approved traits.
UNTRUTH/HARMFUL IDEA: Emphasis on recruiting distributors rather than selling products is okay. THE HARM : This is illegal according to FTC regulations against illegal pyramids. Any illegal business activity will cause a cave-in somewhere along the line for those involved, especially the naive and unsuspecting.
UNTRUTH: Success in the business is impossible without being core.
showing the Amway Sales and Marketing Plan at least 10 times a month
attending all functions (large and small)
being on standing order audio tapes
buying personal items through your own distributorship (personal use)
reading recommended books
have 10 retail customers every month (however this requirement is essentially ignored)
counseling with your upline (being teachable)
being on Amvox voice mail (optional but highly recommended)
The idea of core was contrived to be the main vehicle in the success
of the sale of motivational materials and rallies to the vast organizations
under the control of top Amway distributors. Without a widespread commitment
to being core in their organizations ,top distributors simply would not
make their millions. There is no proof that distributors cannot succeed
outside of the motivational and training environment of an AMO.
HARMFUL IDEA: Women should always defer to
men in conflicts and matters calling for major decisions. THE HARM :
This degrades women by objectifying them as having no ability for cognition
and insight. Kind of like treating them as children. Why, even children
should be given some freedom to make their own choices.
HARMFUL IDEA: Fear and anger are negative and
should never be shown or validated. What you speak or express is what you
get. THE HARM : CONSTRUCTIVE expression of emotion (including
fear and anger) is essential to mental health. Blocking, detouring, denying
or impeding constructive emotion can lead to chronic mental anguish.
HARMFUL IDEA : If you can't have the
lifestyle of an Amway diamond, i.e., sleep until noon, buy anything you
want and walk the beaches everyday with your upline idols, you can't be
happy. THE HARM: A psychologically manipulative idea perpetuated
to shift and solidify a distributor's loyalty to the Amway business and
the AMO cult. Part of the programming that destroys life long friendships,
marriages and families.
HARMFUL IDEA: Your workplace is a prison and
J.O.B. is a swear word.
THE HARM : Another psychologically manipulative idea persistently planted in distributors' minds to shift loyalty from their employer to Amway. Most of us have some dissatisfaction with our jobs but don't feel imprisoned by it. Many people lose promotions and sometimes their jobs because of the job apathy instilled in them by the AMO disparagement of jobs. Equally as important, the world would not function without the millions of non-Amway services provided by the work force. And, I ask, who would fill the needs of the many thousands of diamonds that, according to Bill Britt, will come from within his organization?
MISREPRESENTATION: Most people die or go broke not long after retirement.
REALITY : Some die. Some go broke. But the reality is most retirees live on reduced incomes which doesn't mean they're broke or any way diminished in their capacity to live comfortably and be happy. The perpetuation of this half-truth is simply a tactic used often by distributors to scare prospects into the Amway business which promises retirement in a state of wealth and security.
HARMFUL IDEA: Products that are not sold through the Amway or Personal Shoppers catalogs are negative and that if you buy them you are a "traitor".
THE HARM : Endless repetition of this idea conditions distributors to always buy Amway products or other products through their own business using the Amway Personal shoppers catalog. The family conflict this creates is pervasive and destabilizing. It can get to the point where the sight of something from the neighborhood grocery can cause internal bleeding. Of course, the real purpose of this idea is so top Amway distributors can get huge bonus checks without selling anything (but an idea ) to their vast organizations of downline distributors.
UNTRUTH: Creating the apparency of being more successful in the Amway business than you really are is not deceiving prospects, it's simply thinking diamond or dressing for success.
TRUTH : This is deception and misrepresentation in its most insidious form - a "let's fake it" tactic utilized for the purpose of luring people into Amway and getting them excited.
HARMFUL IDEA: The more you suffer building
your Amway business the greater your rewards will be. THE HARM :
The pain and suffering means your inner being is trying to tell you something
is wrong. If you don't listen you may end up in the nut house. You are being
made into an AMCLONE and it hurts. Get out of the cult before it's too late.
HARMFUL IDEA : It's okay to not see much of your children while building the business because you can walk the beaches with them when you succeed.
THE HARM : A very dangerous idea. Younger children need their parents NOW not at some unknown point down the time track of their lives. They don't understand the concept "wait until we succeed, then we'll be with you." And if they did, they'd sure differ with their parents on the issue because their needs can't be put off until some potential condition develops. If parents really REALLY want to be with their children then they are WITH them.
HALF TRUTH: Building the business is simple but not easy .
REALITY : The reality is that the road to diamond is severely difficult for most who travel it. And it gets very complicated in terms of having to become a leader and motivate, educate, counsel, mentor, coddle, placate, entertain, assist, and generally manage a downline organization as it grows to where a distributor has helped six or more distributors below him to the DIRECT DISTRIBUTOR level. Most diamonds have to put in 60 to 80 hours per week of effort into their business for many many years to reach the diamond level. This is the rule, not the exception. Distributors who say otherwise are deliberately hiding the reality so distributors won't quit. Most quit, however, when they become aware of the truth.
UNTRUTH: Distributors help their downline become successful out of the goodness of their heart and love and obligation as Christians (not the money).
TRUTH : One of the biggest lies distributors are conditioned to tell themselves and new recruits. A repulsive one at that. Mother Teresa helps others out of the goodness of her heart. Until they reach a level of wealth they feel is unshakable, Amway Distributors help their downline primarily out of greed. If there was no promise of improved income or wealth from their efforts they wouldn't help a soul. Ask any distributor who didn't show excitement or perform to the expectations of his or her upline how much help he or she got. Asked them. I dare you.
UNTRUTH: It's the people in the business, not the money, that's important.
TRUTH : Part of the previous untruth. The people become more important than the money only after there is a certainty of success, that the business is working, that the people are doing what they're supposed to do, i.e, make money for their upline. Who wouldn't feel love for someone who was working hard to make money for them? Income-production is what's at the core of this affinity between distributors, not some altruistic, unconditional love among associates.
HALF TRUTH: Those who quit just had some deep personal fear they didn't want to face.
REALITY: I won't say unequivocally that this might not be true for some. But those this idea might apply to usually get back into the business at some point after they've faced their fears and grown enough to succeed in Amway. The point is, contrary to what some AMO's repeat ad nausea in their propaganda, not everyone is cut out to be or should be an Amway distributor. Some just plain don't want to be for their own good reasons and this is as it should be. Guilt trips on prospects who say no to the opportunity or who quit are common occurrences in the self-righteous, cultish environment of many AMO's.
HARMFUL IDEA : There are no real excuses for not succeeding in Amway.
THE HARM : This is one of the most cruel of motivational tactics. It's effectiveness rests on a distributor suckering into the game of semantics subtly used to the advantage of distributors who are moving up. There may be no excuses from the self-serving perspective of greedy, impatient distributors but there are plenty of reasons people "fail" in their attempts to succeed. One of the biggest reasons is the vast majority of those involved get fed up with the cultism of AMO's and leave in disgust and/or they get disgusted with the tricks they are expected to perform. AMO's take away excuses for failure and create many reasons.
The guild a person can suffer from this notion can be immense.
UNTRUTH: Amway is now and always has been a
corporation with the highest standards of business ethics. TRUTH :
research Amway on the internet and find abundant evidence to the contrary.
MYTH: Top level Amway distributors echo the same high standards of ethics as "the corporation".
REALITY : So are top distributors facing enormous class-action law-suits because their actions are ethically impeccable? (yea, and snakes have hips).
MISREPRESENTATION: The cost of building an
Amway business is minimal and less than any other opportunity. REALITY
: This is a deliberate downplaying of the virtual costs of Amway
business expenses. Just to reach the Direct Distributor level in Amway as
a member of an AMO you would have to spend into the thousands a year on
motivational materials and functions. The farther you want to go in Amway
in the AMO vehicle the more it costs and the more you have to make to have
MISREPRESENTATION: A distributor's bonus check
is an accurate indication of profit.
REALITY : The use of bonus check amounts to show the profitability of the Amway business is pervasive in informational and motivational meetings held by distributors in AMO's. It is also highly (and deliberately) misleading since many prospects and new distributors aren't familiar enough with the Amway Sales and Marketing Plan to know that distributors have to pay their downline's bonus checks out of their bonus checks. A huge portion of the check, consequently, goes to pay other bonus checks and so only a fraction of the amount is profit.
TRICK: You make a list of prospects when you first sign on as a distributor so that your sponsor can show them the Amway marketing plan and get your business going.
THE PURPOSE : A new distributor is pressured to make a list of prospects just as much for the sponsors own ulterior motives as for the sponsorees' benefit. This is because the sponsorees' list is actually regarded as an extension of the sponsor's list and the sponsor has free reign to use contacts made from this list even if the sponsoree quits. Distributors feed on their downline's prospecting lists like vultures on a carcass because they know that somewhere in the rotting scraps there could be a gem or two of great value to their business.
UNTRUTH: Diamond distributors give equal consideration and assistance to all their downline distributors who are seriously building the business.
TRUTH: Diamonds choose specific downline distributors to be given special consideration and assistance. In choosing who will be the object of their favoritism, diamonds consistently use criteria based on arbitraries and/or what they have been programmed to believe is diamond material. So the chosen benefit immensely from the momentum, assistance, special treatment and reputation of their upline diamond and move up expeditiously while the unchosen are left in their wake wondering what happened. Or perhaps, like me, they KNOW what happened and exit in a state of nauseousness.
HALF TRUTH: Amway has changed.
REALITY : Amway has changed in that it has moved into scores of foreign (read: populated, naive and unsuspecting) countries and benefited enormously from the attendant increase in profits. Amway has changed in that it now offers a few thousand products from hundreds of companies through its Personal Shoppers Catalog. These, however, are not changes of substance.
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