Hart to Hart
Received this reader email last week. He talks about his second exposure to Brig Hart after being in Hart’s Amway organization back in the late 1990s (in which he rose up to be a Pearl Direct Distributor). He was recently invited to a MonaVie tasting and was surprised to see his former upline now hawking the purple jungle juice. Here are his thoughts reflecting on his past with Amway and Hart. Suffice it to say, he’s not joining the purple bandwagon.
Enjoying your website. I got out of the scam in the late 1990’s after spending close to 8 years in Brig Hart’s Amway downline in Nebraska.
Got in through a business associate of my wife who came from over 150 miles away with his upline Direct Distributor. Fell hook line and sinker.
Believed in everything the Direct taught me and did everything the “right way”.
Rose to a direct distributor myself in relatively short time. Less then 6 months.
Meanwhile my direct was rapidly working his way to Emerald and before you could say sign up another I had 4 Emeralds in my upline from Brig Hart’s Nebraska “group”.
My own business after many miles, dollars and countless sleepless nights had hit a wall and I couldn’t advance past the Pearl level.
My downline and upline blamed our lack of advancement on my unwillingness to become a born again distributor and wouldn’t attend the Sunday morning worship sessions and that end up giving more money to whatever cause Brig was promoting for that gathering.
I’m an accountant by trade and kept very good records of everything. When I finally lifted the fog from my eyes and quit going to meetings and buying all the tools it came to $100,000.00 in business expenses after my bonus check income for all the years I was “building my business”.
I really don’t know what it was that finally made the light come on about the tool portion of the business being the really big money maker. I liked the Amway products. I liked the idea of buying stuff that I used and getting a check for doing so and convincing others to do the same.
It took me a long time to get over the guilt I felt for getting other people to buy into this scam. I don’t believe I’m totally over it yet over 15 years since getting out.
Funny, I still buy the Amway products. Where the bonus goes for those products and to what upline today I got no idea. Further more I no longer care.
I hadn’t thought about my Amway days until someone contacted me last week about a “Business Opportunity” they wanted to share with me and invited me a tasting party. I owed this guy a favor and went only as a friend to help him out to meet his quota. All other such invites these many years were always turned down.
At the tasting party as an old MLMer I could see right through the presentation, but you can imagine my surprise when the speaker started talking about Brig Hart and got on his computer and started showing Brig, “showing the plan”. I can still spin the circles with the best of them.
Nothing had changed except the product.
So I came home tonight and goggled my old friend Brig and eventually came across your website.
It still saddens me so many people fall for these scams and lose money they can’t afford. And to read responses people make attacking you for trying to shed some light on it is almost comical.
Anyway just wanted to share my story and thank you for what you do. Like I said I still have guilt about what I did to others.
From such a large organization that I had, I no longer am friends or associate with any of them. Worst of all, my old friends that I had prior to Amway that chose not to get in are also no longer my friends.
I can truly say Amway changed my life. But sadly just like 99% of the folks, not in a positive way.
Feel free to use any of this in anyway you feel fit.
You could say that Hart is a “success story” in the world of MLM. I would qualify success, however, in that he has succeeded off the failures of thousands of distributors. Hart recently stated himself that he constantly needs new distributor blood to replace those that have quit:
“I have nothing to lose or gain in telling the truth. I love this industry,” Hart said. “But our industry is all about sponsoring them faster than they quit. So you have to put them in faster than they get out.”
There you have it. It’s not about helping your fellow man (or woman) or showing them the 8 virtues of the leadership guru; it’s about building sandcastles.