Turning Down the Volume
Not much happening of note in the Amway/MonaVie world these days. It’s the same old thing year after year. Katee Larsen still isn’t talking in MonaVie videos, distributors are waiting for another product (EMV Lite) to come in an turbcharge their business, and Systems like WWDB are holding their annual Spring Leaderships. These Major Functions are where distributors — still high from an Open a week ago — will be driving long distances to be pumped up and motivated for a weekend. Shouldn’t one be spending time actually building the business instead of “learning” or being motivated to build the business? Haven’t we seen this before?
In his blog post on route to the Spokane Spring Leadership, Shaun makes a cogent point:
So I gotta ask, what are you doing this weekend to move your life forward?
I won’t criticize his desire to make a better life for himself and for his family. My point all along with this web site has been to point out that maybe, just maybe, a business like Amway or MonaVie — as it is taught by the majority of Systems in North America — isn’t the most effective at creating a long-term, sustainable income. My beef has always been with the success rate of the vehicle (MLM business) and the transparency and honesty of the teachers (System).
Is anybody listening? Am I preaching to the critics choir? Shaun and other supporters aren’t going to listen to me, an anonymous critical voice on the Internet. He’ll listen to his upline and his upline’s upline, who will tell him to work harder, show more plans, and buy more tools.
Returning to his question, I ask myself if writing this web site is helping me move my life forward? In all honesty, not really. It’s primarily a hobby and entertainment for me; I smile when I read some of the things that supporters write; I was once in their shoes, but now I know the reality — that most of these supporters will never succeed to any substantial level in their chosen MLM. As with Shaun, that’s not an indictment on them; it’s just the reality of being in an MLM.
To answer Shaun’s question more fully, yes, there are things that I could be doing instead of reading the MLM blogs that are more productive to achieving my personal and professional goals. With that in mind, I’ve made the decision to stop out in order to devote more time to these projects. If things go well, I’ll be back in several months to report.
I’ll drop in from time to time, but it won’t be as frequent as in the past. So, until then… signing off!