What Have You Done Since Amway?
NOTE: Here’s a post from the beginning of this year that I’d like to feature again.
I’ve read a number of web comments from gung-ho IBOs who call people who leave the Amway business opportunity as losers and quitters. They’ll say things like, “Quitters never win,” or “Winners never quit.”
I laugh when I read these comments, because I know in a few years, many of those people will have quit. Yet, I’m here to tell the “quitters” that they don’t have to be down on themselves. There are many opportunities beyond the Amway/Quixtar/MonaVie business where you can be successful. Sometimes, the business doesn’t work out, but quitting doesn’t mean that you are a quitter nor loser.
My advice is to find something that you love, and you won’t worry so much about money, fancy cars and big mansions. These things may come as a result of following your passion, but they won’t be the goal. This could mean finding a job that aligns with your interests; contrary to what is said on stage, a job doesn’t have to be a bad thing!
If you’re entrepreneurially inclined, take advantages of the efficiencies brought by the 21st century economy. Use the Internet to really take out the middleman and connect with the customer directly. Amway and MonaVie say they do this, but the truth is, your entire upline is the middleman between you and maximum profits. Sell products or services that last beyond a month… consumables are the backbone of many MLM companies — use it over a month, buy it the next month. What about selling something that people can use over and over again?
One thing that I agree with what’s frequently said on stage is to be a lifelong learner. Learn a new skill or set of skills and see what opportunities they’ll lead you to. I’ve applied this to my own life… constantly learning new skills to apply to a changing market and economy.
Ex-IBOs, what have you done since Amway? What advice would you give to people who have left recently or are thinking of quitting?