Orrin’s A-TEAM Plan B
There was a tweet by Orrin Woodward several weeks ago that bears commenting on:
A Plan B is just an admission that you have surrendered Plan A.
There’s a certain ambiguity in some of Orrin’s tweets which make them interesting to deconstruct and analyze. In this case, the question begs to whom is the quoted directed? Is it to those people who are leaving or recently left TEAM? Is he criticizing them for leaving TEAM and giving up on their dreams and goals? If the increase in comments on this blog, JuiceScam and LazyMan are any indication, some people realizing that it’s better to quit and run away from TEAM’s Plan A since it’s a quantifiable disaster. Maybe they would tell Orrin to his face something like:
You’re right that my Plan B is an admission that I’ve surrendered your Plan A. That’s because your Plan A sucks big-time!
Maybe the tweet is a reflection on Orrin’s own shifting goals. He’s certainly had his fair share of Plan A, B, C, D, E and F over the years. You could say his time in Amway — yes I know Orrin doesn’t want you to know that he was in Amway — was the original Plan A. Or maybe it was Plan B, with Plan A being the old college and working thing1. Nevertheless, Plan C turned out to be creating the Walmart of the Internet. No, wasn’t it trying to start a bonafide leadership and training organization? If that’s Plan D, what was/is MonaVie? Plan E? What about the rumors that TEAM might be reducing its involvement in MonaVie in favor of… get this… a Leadership and Training MLM? Plan D comes back to become Plan F?
The truth of the matter is, Orrin is fine with having multiple plans for himself, but not for his distributor force. By encouraging his flock to solely focused on TEAM, he keeps them dependent on him, which means more guaranteed tool and function money each month.
Here’s the scary thing out of all this. If Orrin does in fact move away from MonaVie, he’s removing the large obstacle in his path that prevents him from saying TEAM builds success stories. Back in 2009, he made a speech wherein he talks about how TEAM helps you in these five areas of your life:
In his speech, he says TEAM helps people in four of these five areas. Guess which one he excluded? That’s right, economic. That’s because he knows and we know that succeeding in MonaVie is a mathematically proven, losing proposition for the majority of distributors. Getting rid of the purple albatross allows Orrin to re-categorize success as being successful in your spiritual life, social life, economic life, political life or mental life.
It’ll no longer be bait and switch… the bait becomes, “Look how good a person you’ll become by being a part of TEAM.” Pay (monthly) for Orrin’s wisdom, and you will be better than you’ve ever been before.
Is this Orrin’s new plan? Will people fall for this? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
1 Orrin does like to thumb his nose at college and jobs, but it’s interesting to note that the first paragraph on his orrinwoodward.com web site states, “Orrin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from GMI and Business Administration training from the University of Michigan. He holds four United States Patents and an exclusive National Benchmark Award for technical product analysis.” So much for education!