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Eric Blomdahl’s Friends Were Right: It Was a Scam and a Pyramid

January 30, 2012

Eric Blomdahl is one of many TEAM leaders who has his own leadership blog. According to his bio, he was introduced to the business by Renee Oettinger around 2002, eleven years after graduating from college:

It was at this point in my life that Renee Oettinger introduced me to Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, the current #7 and #12 Leadership Gurus in the world, respectively. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was one of the biggest days of my life.

Now remember that in 2002, Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, and Renee Oettinger was part of Quixtar/Amway, not MonaVie and certainly not LIFE. Blomdahl goes on to describe how he was skeptical at first about this opportunity, but was convinced by Renee’s excitement and belief:

My friend and co-workers said how this was a scam and a pyramid and I almost let them convince me that they knew what they were talking about. Once again, I leaned on Renee’s excitement and belief and over time learned that all my naysaying friends and co-workers were totally wrong.

A few years later, Amway/Quixtar kicks Orrin Woodward and TEAM out of the business. What does Orrin Woodward and TEAM do? They called Amway/Quixtar a pyramid scheme! Here’s the quote from the original class action lawsuit:

Quixtar holds itself out as a legitimate, multi-level home-based business opportunity, but in fact operates as an illegal pyramid recruitment scheme. Quixtar leads participants to believe that they can build a viable business retailing Quixtar products; but once the participants sign up and pay their initial investment into the pyramid, it quickly becomes evident that Quixtar’s products cannot be retailed because they are hopelessly overpriced. Quixtar knows its products are impossible to sell, and that its business opportunity is therefore not viable except as an illegal recruitment pyramid.

Here we have Blomdahl’s “leadership gurus” agreeing with his friends and co-workers. Looks to me like they were totally right from the get-go, no?

What about MonaVie, the business opportunity that Blomdahl, Woodward, Brady, Oettinger, and others hawked for three years after their termination and exodus from Amway/Quixtar? How many bottles of MonaVie did you retail (at $40/bottle)? How’d that work out for you?

Of course today, Blomdahl is trying to sell LIFE. Let’s look at what you have to pay to succeed in LIFE:

  • LIFE Series: $50/month for 4 CD’s and a book. CD’s that were produced years ago and books that can be obtained at far lower prices (or even free)?
  • LLR Series: $50/month for 4 CD’s and another book.
  • AGO Series: $25/month for 1 CD and another book.
  • TEAM Tools and Meetings. More money each month to attend TEAM seminars and to purchase monthly tools.

How can anyone who knows the history behind TEAM — Amway, Quixtar, MonaVie, and LIFE — not tell me that they are doing the same thing over and over and over and over again? Products that are hopelessly overpriced. Products that are impossible to sell. A business opportunity that is therefore not viable except as an illegal recruitment pyramid?

Finally, at the end of Eric’s bio:

The difference is that they took the time to educate themselves with the truth about Orrin Woodward and this industry (not rumor, hearsay, and popular opinion) and in the process learned for themselves that this is the “real deal”.

Read the rest of this site for the truth about Orrin Woodward and this industry.

Eric Blomdahl. You should have listened to your friends.

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  1. das permalink
    January 30, 2012 2:56 pm

    Blomdahl…Just another man/liar with integrity eh. I saw many fakers in my team days. Most were crossing stage for recognition…fake recognition to give others belief that it was working.

  2. switch permalink
    January 30, 2012 7:22 pm

    Blomdahl,…..put…..down…..the…..pineapple….boat.

    Tell me something….would you like to see me stuffing my face with one of your pineapple boats on a m.v. diamond destination that I never earned?

    Not cool, eric.

  3. January 30, 2012 8:22 pm

    This truthfully is disgusting.

    This ‘business opportunity’ is fake. Been there, done it. I regrettably have family members 100% committed to this ’cause’, and I feel guilty for introducing them to this conspiracy of a ‘Lifestyle’. I shamefully recall my ten years experience with Team as a complete single minded pursuit of success, similar to a Honey Badger, my only concern in life was where my next meal was coming from. I too only focused on who I was ‘getting’ next. The system trained me to think this way. Plus, I hung out with my up line PC all the time and heard many private conversations I shouldn’t have heard. I’ve seen too many people turn a blind eye and after a while your conscience catches up with you.

    Intelligence is only as good in comparison as the next person in line who knows just as much.

    When a couple showed signs of non-configuring with the ‘TEAM’s Philosophy’ of being ‘plugged-in’ and the alarm bells started to sound in your head. An urgent phone call, email, txt, BBM or meeting was called to inform my upline leader/PC that a “Leader” is falling off the band-wagon and a strategy is implemented immediately to salvage the rest of the active team members and minimize the damage. No one cares if the leader is falling off, all they care about is capturing the rest of that leaders team. This is the truth. I’ve personally seen it happen dozens of times, even between my own up line PC’s.

    Truth Hurts. Not the searching after, but the running from!

    I ran from the truth for too long. I truly feel we were/are deceiving people with the pursuit of success by way of this opportunity. An organized effort to deceive the people. There are two great enemies of thought and progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold. We hunted for gold and where there was no gold we created it within our communities.

    Gradually I became aware of details, and I broke formation and realized my true gifts were going unnoticed, submerged, trapped like a caged cat without hope because I was told to stand in single file, march to the beat of a drum and was told to jump when commanded. My freedom was based on the attention of my leader and not the attention of my heart and mind. My gifts were dying and my soul was crying, it was truly a captive life, and I had no ‘REAL’ control of the decisions I made with my money. Unless of course I wasn’t the leader of my group. My gut feelings were right. I was constantly making wrong decisions with my money and time… and now I can live the rest of my life with a purpose. Truth.

    As my good friend Donald says, “Everything in LIFE is luck!”

  4. Freedomhaha permalink
    January 30, 2012 8:57 pm

    KC- Thanks a lot for sharing your story on here. I can echo a lot of those comments sadly. Any interesting in those conversations that you shouldn’t have heard? Keep up the fight for truth it is very much appreciated.

  5. das permalink
    January 30, 2012 10:18 pm

    Welcome KC and thanks for sharing your story. There are many more stories that need to get out.

  6. Enough! permalink
    January 31, 2012 4:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your story KC. You have a way with words! When I get a chance I will share my story, as well. I know the more stories shared, the more damage we do to LIEF! Keep up the good fight everyone!

  7. TruthSeeker permalink
    January 31, 2012 4:48 am

    Thanks KC, I have to disagree, everything in LIFE is not luck, everything in LIFE IS BULLSHIT.

  8. switch permalink
    January 31, 2012 5:41 am

    AND another one joining our team!

    Welcome KC!

  9. Vogel permalink
    January 31, 2012 8:40 am

    Welcome KC and thanks for sharing. Great post. This is THE place to revel in your new found freedom; a place where your conscience can be your guide instead of the pursuit of money; no need to ever bow down and kiss the feet of con artists again. The ball is in your court now. Feels good doesn’t it?

  10. I QUIT (and glad I did) permalink
    January 31, 2012 9:19 am

    Hey guys aint it great that our team is growing yet no-one is using the pattern? That says something about the “difference” we make huh?! Things that make ya go hmmmm…

  11. Speak Your Truth permalink
    January 31, 2012 11:54 am

    KC~

    Thanks and ‘deep’ post! I am glad you have found the site where you can be truly honest and more importantly I see through your post the painful recognition of regaining your true self back through this journey of excruciatingly painful experience. We welcome you with open arms.

    Webelieved~

    I agree and am more grateful than words can express to Vogel, Amthrax, you and all those on this site and off, who have supported (those you are reading 🙂 ), helped us heal and have allowed us to ramble, share, and forgiven us for our mistakes, and most important find ourselves again…through this most vunerable and painful journey.

  12. Vogel permalink
    January 31, 2012 12:34 pm

    Webelieved — Thank your for your kind words my friend. I can’t even begin to describe the emotions that well up when I read the posts on this site and reflect on the incredible community that’s emerged here. It often makes my eyes misty and puts a huge smile on my face.

    This has all happened organically too. No money changing hands; just good people looking out for each other and trying to make the world a better place — paying it forward. It’s been an honor to be at your side throughout this ordeal. We are foot soldiers and our weapons are honesty and compassion — isn’t it amazing to see how powerful they are?

    We are all our brother’s keepers, and on this site, we are upholding the biblical principles that the TEAM scammers paid lip service to but totally ignored when it mattered most.

    To those who are feeling strong and feisty, keep fighting the good fight; and for those that feel broken and still need time to heal, just know that you’ve found the right place to make it happen. Together, we can move mountains.

  13. switch permalink
    January 31, 2012 2:27 pm

    I totally agree. He’s one of a kind. What would we do without him?

    I also have to give a huge thanks for EVERYONE contributing to this blog. You’ve helped me see the truth for what it truly is.

    Please don’t get upset webelieved….. help is on the way.

  14. Freedomhaha permalink
    January 31, 2012 2:48 pm

    “We are all our brother’s keepers, and on this site, we are upholding the biblical principles that the TEAM scammers paid lip service to but totally ignored when it mattered most.”

    AMEN! Awesome way of saying what was on my heart. Even though I am fairly new on here I can’t thank you guys enough for helping me through this.

  15. Brent Hansen permalink
    January 31, 2012 5:51 pm

    Gees, you all left me feeling a bit heartless, I just want to kick some a**. Seriously though, I love the truth, and there is not better place to find it than here. Thank you all.

  16. Robin permalink
    January 31, 2012 6:34 pm

    Welcome KC! And as the others stated, what a deep and profound post. Thank you.

    To all the others: Vogel, Switch, Webelieved, Freedomhaha, Speak Your Truth, Brent Hanson, Amthrax, and everyone else that has posted: I just can’t thank you enough for the way your posts have helped me! I almost hated to mention names because if yours is not mentioned you still brought just as much to this site for me.

    And yes how awesome it is that with nothing financial to gain a community has been formed that truly CARES about people and are willing to invest their time -for free- to help others. Thank you all for your time.

    Keep on telling your stories and helping others get information from both sides and make a decision that is best for them.

  17. January 31, 2012 7:28 pm

    Keep up the good work here. I remember getting chased down at Wal-Mart by a guy swearing up and down that he knew me from Michigan State. After spending way too long trying to figure out how we knew each other and talking over my every sentence so I couldn’t politely escape he asked if I was interested in making more money. He was working with Orrin Woodward and Team of Destiny, blah, blah blah. This was about 2002-3. I told him I wasn’t interested in Amway, even though he never mentioned Amway or Quixtar. Since I wasn’t wearing any MSU gear that day he must have spotted my MSU license plate and chased me inside from the parking lot. Sounds like fun, where do I sign up?

    Anyway, I went online to search Team of Destiny and Orrin Woodward and found a site called Amway Memoryhole or Dreambook or something to that effect. There was a guy there claiming Orrin Woodward lived in this $2M house with no mortgage. A quick look at Genesee County online Register of Deeds showed there was indeed a mortgage on the property. I posted this to dreambook and got a quick response to the effect of “his financial advisor said it was the best move”. If I remember right the mortgage was discharged not too long after and all comments were removed from that website. I thought it was just a lowly IBO defending his hero but it looks like it may have been someone in the know. Looks like they’ve had web initiatives going on for years.

  18. Vogel permalink
    January 31, 2012 8:43 pm

    Group hug!

    Now let’s all kick some a$$!

  19. humiliated permalink
    February 1, 2012 5:42 am

    You guys are incredible. Your blatant honesty is drawing the wounded souls that have left TEAM and don’t know what to do with their pain out, like a mom bringing you into her bosom to keep you safe and warm. I just read this blog every day and watch you all help others navigate their pain and confusion, you really are remarkable people. You also still have a great deal of compassion and can recognize when someone is still fully entrenched in the cult, and come on here defending Orrin to the death. You don’t judge because you have all been there.

    It truly is a beautiful thing to watch and I encourage each and every one of you new people that are sharing. to keep exploring and learning about what you have endured, so that you can move past the pain, learn how to trust again and how to TRULY live and love life again.

    This is a cult war. You survived it. You are ALL heros.

  20. switch permalink
    February 1, 2012 8:34 am

    Robin-
    Not a problem. Glad to have you here and from the looks of it, the Amthrax team is growing as we speak.

    Some pretty interesting facts coming forward, isn’t there? And it’s only gonna get better. One just can’t ignore these facts that have been covered up for years. I’m sure there’s been plenty of questions asked towards these statements. AND the new people will get the same ol’ beat around the bush, bullshit answer we all got when they ask the same questions down the road.

    Try being honest from the “get go” team liefers….your foundation will last a lot longer.

  21. Freedomhaha permalink
    February 1, 2012 9:52 am

    I just hope we can do more to get this blog in front of new people. I am sending the link to everyone I can to spread the word, but this ship can’t sink fast enough. The longer the scam keeps going and Orrin and the rest of the PC scam artists are out there ruining our country the more people get hurt. Spread the word help people get free from the cult of TEAM/LIEf.

  22. Speak Your Truth permalink
    February 1, 2012 3:43 pm

    DH~

    Glad you found this site and Thanks for your testimony! Sounds like you were desperately chased down…lol. It is just one way; but commonly used tactic and another example of an old trick out of the book of MLM prospecting…(‘pretend’/deceptive that they know you from some where), this shows how desperate and deceiving they are to ‘contact’ someone, anyone and it doesn’t matter how even if they have to trick you.. You have them pegged!
    Thanks and I am glad you didn’t fall for it! 🙂

  23. Finally permalink
    February 1, 2012 5:12 pm

    Kick some butt!!!!! The one thing that they will never be able to hide from is the TRUTH!Until this and other sites like this the truth was what they said from stage or CD. They hate this site because they know deep down that the peeps on her are real and we know too many intimate details. That is what they can’t stand. People they thought would never speak out or do anything against them are. And we are not motivated by money but rather the truth. They do have deep pockets and are counting on the fact that no one will take them on………..I guess that is a strategy……….however……well i won’t go into however. Let orrin and Co. worry about when the hammer will fall on them and for what. He knows what he has done in the past was illegal and he banked on the fact that there was not the personal available to come after him. The money was worth the risk so to speak, and for awhile that may have been true……………..not anymore

  24. Speak Your Truth permalink
    February 6, 2012 11:11 pm

    Finally~

    Great Post! I must have missed this one. I agree with all you have said and am so glad this site is available for others to read, think, and decide for themselves. (Facts, Experience, and Success!)

    When I first came to this site and was trying to figure so much out of what had happened and the fog began to lift; this information wasn’t available, but started to unfold… but oh man…it would have made a huge difference, had all the comments, the stories, and facts together been here then…Wow, how can anyone not see it..Now?

    People are either choosing to not see it because they want to ‘believe’ the bill of goods they have been sold on their desires and have fallen for; it is their means to everything they currently lack or are fully brainwashed, getting paid a few cents to deceive themselves, or they are the PC and are not willing to give up their rock star image, money and power (control), no matter what the cost…even if; they sell their soul… the price the PC are willing to pay is to lie to others and themselves, steal, be fakers and posers, to deceive others. Not the life or legacy I want to live!

    I know this site does deliver truth and one only has to read all the comments from those with the Experience and Facts and then those who have said it themselves and have thanked Amthrax and all those on this site for validating the truth for them; of what they already knew to be true! 🙂

  25. Life's not Mea Culta permalink
    February 7, 2012 7:26 am

    This weekend I had a good friend come to my house touting the new business opportunity he had discovered and wanted to share with me. It turned out to be LIFE which smelled a lot like Amway to me, so I did a little research and here I am. I’d like to talk my friend out of this cult before he gets in too deep (he’s pretty far gone as far as believing in this crap goes). Any additional ammunition you can supply me with would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  26. February 7, 2012 8:47 am

    @Life’s not Mea Culta – Check out the Freedom of Mine BITE Model link for general information on how cults work. Read the LIFE TEAM Primer for information about the background and history of LIFE. You may also want to brush up on the LIFE Policies and Procedures to know what your friend has gotten himself into. Read the Forbes article on Orrin Woodward too, written when he had joined MonaVie.

    Let us know what happens after you talk to your friend.

  27. Life's not Mea Culta permalink
    February 7, 2012 9:52 am

    Thanks Amthrax, will follow those up!

  28. Life's not Mea Culta permalink
    February 7, 2012 2:44 pm

    Thank you webelieved. Many years ago my husband at the time was introduced briefly to Amway and I talked him out of it. He never got any further than buying a bunch of crap we didn’t need and couldn’t sell. Years later someone tried to introduce the boyfriend I had at the time to Quixtar and I talked him out of it. When my friend started to talk I thought I’ve heard this before. He is a little further entrenched though. He’s absolutely convinced he will be rich inside of a few months and expects to be able to “retire”. He has stars in his eyes and is already telling me I’m negative. Despite my earlier brushes with the various incarnations of this business I really don’t know enough to give him good solid reasons to run. Hopefully everything you and amthrax have pointed me towards will convince him.

  29. Kris permalink
    February 14, 2012 12:17 pm

    Wow, did I come to the right place or what?! I was invited to go (this coming Sunday) to a “motivational meeting” hosted by our best friends. I had spoke to them about this and they had told me how much better they are doing at home just by reading and listening to thses tapes. I called my friend today to get more info. I swear, it wasn’t him! He was so different. Not that change is bad. But, he just seemed like he had been brainwashed by someone or something. It was weird. We spoke a little about it. He said he didn’t want to tell me too much, I just needed to come and find out. But, I got the name of this company… and that was allI needed. He told me of this person ( whom I later find out was Orrin Woodward) who was shy and had nothing. But figured out what he was doing wrong in life and now is this multi millonaire. He spoke to me of all the money these people make etc..etc.. But, he said the name was either “Life” or “Team”. He said they use both. So, I researched. How many different names has this company used before? If there is so much money to be made… why have i found 3 big wigs that have filed for bancruptcy and one that went through foreclosure? I need some help and guidance before Sunday! I don’t want to see my friends already struggling,getting into something over their heads. This company sounds like it is ba news all around. I have read of people getting threats! Help! Please! Or direct me to the right place to go! Thanks!!

  30. February 14, 2012 1:35 pm

    @Kris – Start by reading the LIFE TEAM Primer and the LIFE Policies and Procedures document on the right-hand sidebar. You may also want to read some Ex-TEAM member and Reader Stories (also on the sidebar).

    Check out the Forbes article on Orrin Woodward as well. It was written back when TEAM was just joining TEAM. One question you could ask your friend is how they are promoting MonaVie TODAY, seeing that it was the thing to do for TEAM for the past three years.

  31. Vogel permalink
    February 14, 2012 8:14 pm

    Have any of you guys thought about becoming full-fledged counselors for MLM cult victims? You;re getting so good at this now and have gained so much insight and wisdom that I think you could perform a very valuable public service. Perhaps combine that experience with a diploma in social work or counselling/therapy. I wonder what kind of opportunities there are out there. Probably wouldn’t pay much but it would be rewarding work; maybe a good part-time volunteer position if one has the time to spare.

    Just a thought. I’m riffing.

  32. Speak Your Truth permalink
    February 14, 2012 8:26 pm

    Kris~

    “Wow, did I come to the right place or what?!”

    Welcome Kris! Thanks for the laughs! 🙂 And yes you came to the “right place” to get the full story and facts that they desperately try and hide with the name changes as webelieved stated!

    Amthrax and Webelieved gave some good advice, but I think for “fun”.. you should take advantage of the “opportunity” you have at your disposal by being “invited” to this “meeting” and have some fun with this. 🙂

    Print off the Policies & Procedures and the Analysis (brush up on the content) and for every
    “Promise” and statistic etc. (ask for a copy in writing on the “45 year plan..LOL or where you get it) Also the “promises” of such things as: “passive, residual, on-going, willable, for the rest of your life income.” Raise your hand and loudly point out the fact that would be a flat out lie, just read the P&P. Ask what the “attrition rate” is? LOL

    Ask what are the “odds” of each individual in this “meeting” of making a Return on their “investment”? If they give you the BS line of: “100% of those who decide”, then point out loudly again the ‘fact’ that in analysis that it is impossible because it is not about “effort or decision” it is that the failure rates (96%) are built into the comp plan and they will NEVER get a ROI; and that is a guarantee!

    Ask them why Orrin the fake (voted for by the masses being told to vote) guru sued Amway (BTW- everyone only has til March 1st to VOTE for him to be a “guru” haha); alleging Quixtar/Amway was a “pyramid scheme, with hopelessly overpriced products” after a DECADE of buying those products and having everyone else build those numbers… when in fact their comp plan and system is almost identical to Amway. Where in Fact Orrin himself learned everything from on how the ‘system’ works; so he created nothing! He also got paid millions off that copy-catted and parasitically attached himself and hide behind the Amway and Monavie business to sell his system (and still does from MV) products flowing from everyone else! Make sure you print out the “foreclosures”-Facts (from the credible sources) Forbes article that calls Orrin a pyramid on top of the pyramid and the Salt Lake City Tribune article that states Orrin got a 3 million dollar contingency “loan” from Dallin Larsen/ Monavie and then Why aren’t they “loyal to and promoting for others to buy the Monavie, “juice?”

    Play dumb and act “excited an interested” haha! Write down every “promise” they make in the “plan” they will be showing you at the “meeting”. It may take a couple attended “meetings” for you to point out all the lies and compare to the facts, but it will be informative and fun…hahaha!!

    Also loudly point out such things as; they will imply or tell you it is a “B–type” (Robert Kyiosaki) Lief business you will be building, not a “loser “E”mployee or “Self-employed” (trading time for money) business! Raise your hand and loudly ask: Who owns the “system-b-type” lief business?If they don’t answer YOU own it and give you that in writing, then loudly say: Do you mislead or lie to all these people in EVERY meeting by telling them they own and run a “B-type”, otherwise it is irrelevant to all of these people, when in FACT Orrin OWNs the b-type “system.” ( it would be impossible, then for anyone in the audience to have a ‘b-type’ business). And the P&P states they can take it at any time, then ask what they mean by if anyone in your family embarrasses them they also can take your team and money away. Ask for specific examples and you could ask if bankruptcies would be included in that embarrassment?

    Take your “brief case” full of (LOL…fun, fun, fun) copies to hand out that you can print off from Amthrax site! Oh what “Fun” you could have…haha..I think you get the picture…just have some fun, after all it is one of their “8-F’s” they will be blasting you with! And as with your ‘friend’ if he is already “sold out/all in and brainwashed”, he has already lost his critical thinking and probably won’t listen to you anyway and there would be a good possibility he will have to learn the lessons and loses the hard way, if this information and facts doesn’t faze him or he ‘believes’ the lies they tell. 😦 The good news is when he leaves the group, it won’t be permanent (the brainwashing at least eventually fades, but not without suffering, unfortunately depending on how long it takes and how much loss before he realizes it isn’t going to happen do him! Good luck and let us know how much fun you had! You could get some good understanding and what works from Steve Hassan’s website and books on cults. 🙂

  33. Speak Your Truth permalink
    February 14, 2012 8:35 pm

    Vogel~

    One of my great friends and I have talked about that very thing many times. And I do believe it would be very rewarding! Nothing would trump experience and the compassion we feel for those who have suffered because of this. That is why we personally quit, we could not sit back and watch people be destroyed.

  34. Robin permalink
    February 14, 2012 8:36 pm

    ditto on what Speak Your Truth said. Very well put. And that folks is called facts!

  35. Speak Your Truth permalink
    February 14, 2012 11:53 pm

    Kris~

    I should clarify, although Orrin “owns” the Team Lief business, and even though ‘owning’ it is a prerequisite for it to be a “b-type” business; Orrin doesn’t even have a true “b-type” business, he has to constantly be ‘working’ it for it to work!

    No? Well, remove him completely…and see how long it will sustain itself! And they have built in their P&P that if you don’t perform you don’t get Paid..of course this doesn’t apply to Orrin…but He can’t leave it ever, just like no one else can either because it is a build and replace business and is built on a Top heavy comp plan and flawed deceptive foundation. So, without him replacing and unduly influencing the mis-leaders that he (keeps in by deception, brainwashing and controlling them) it will not sustain itself because of the attrition rates, nor would anyone hold his cross-line groups in!

    They almost lost it all during the lawsuit with Quixtar/Amway and the judge put Orrin under a gag order that he deliberately and unlawfully violated;(integrity, honesty, Christian?) that is why the PC sold out everyone and anyone because they were Not willing no matter how unethical, immoral, or illegal the game had to be played. They were not going to do the right thing and lose their ill-gotten gains and their greedy lifestyles, period! But eventually they will pay the price for selling others out and especially for selling their souls.

  36. Kris permalink
    February 15, 2012 5:10 am

    I just wanted to say thank you to all of those who replied to me. I have a lot to read to get ready for Sunday. I know that there is no way that me and my husband will be signing up. But, for my friends… they are too far in already for them to willingly walk away now. We realized that our friends have been preyed upon, so to speak. They were going through a rough patch (like everyone else) and the tapes go to them. The heard what they wanted to hear and from that point on, stopped looking at the big picture. The oly thing they can see now… is where thy think (or were told) they would be soon. My friend even made the comment that they were gonna go to Home Depot to look at new appliences. He said that they have already recieved money in th amount of $10. He said that they did nothing! They did nothing and got a check because he said something about points.That they had enough points so, they got a check. I know I have read somewhere that when tehy issue a check, it costs you $7.50. Plus, all of the “earnings” are of course taxed as well. I have not found out too much about these points besides that when you become a memeber you need to “earn” 50 points eachmonth and they give you a 6 month grace period to do such. Question- How do you earn these points? And what happens if you don’t “earn” the 50 each month?

    What is the talk about this “juice”? I guess I haven’t read enough yet to figure it out. Actually, if it takes all of that to figure out about a company… it must be bad. So, with the “products” they offer, is that why no real legal action has taken place? Since, I think- not sure, that a pyramid scheme co does not offer products they just recruit. And since there are products offered, they get around it??

    I was scammed once back in the day by a “potential job” lol One thing I have learned… If it is too good to be true- it probably is! You just don’t become a millionaire by doing nothing. No, you work your ass off! You don’t go and get followers! Followers…hmm… cult! Which, because of my mother, I also have experience with due to her choices in churches. But, that is another story and I am just here to get facts.

    Again, thank you all for responding. I will begin reading all of the material. Too bad my friends are without internet right now or maybe this would not have happened. But,did I read somewhere that they DO NOT want you online? Anyways… THANKS!!! 🙂

  37. No Team For Me permalink
    February 15, 2012 7:17 am

    Kris – I agree with ‘Speak’. Think of how many people you could truly help. there are A LOT of people at those meetings that have no idea what is truly going on.

    I would seriously recommend doing what Speak sugggests. Go to a meeting. Don’t be malitious. But go in with the attitude of being able to help save the financial future of the kids & grandchildren of the people in that meeting.

    Print off the Life Primer on this site. Print off the foreclosure articles. Print off the Forbes article. Print off the Life Policies & Proceedures. Take them with you and ask some serious questions of the speaker during the presentation. Make them answer your questions for everyone to hear.

    You might literally save someone from ruining their kids financial future.

  38. switch permalink
    February 15, 2012 7:31 am

    Kris asks-
    “What is the talk about this “juice”?”

    Mona Vie was the juice company that team fronted to push their inspirational tool scheme after their huge fallout with Amway/Quixtar.

    Would you like to hear their ridiculous, illegal claims/testimonies they loved to tout about the “juice” (Mona Vie)??

    1. Cures cancer
    2. Cures heart disease
    3. Helps you sleep at night
    4. Gives you more energy

    Dallin Larsen (president/founder/ceo of Mona Vie) was a HUGE part of a previous company called Royal Tongan Limu that was shut down by the FDA for very similar bogus/illegal health claims.

  39. Kris permalink
    February 15, 2012 8:32 am

    Wow, all of this info is just… Really, I have no words. But, I will do my research, print out lots of things to take with me, take notes, write down questions that I already have checked on the answers for and on and on. I must say, I am fearful. Not of this company or what they may threaten. But, of how my friends will react to my questions etc. I have a bad feeling that after all of this, things will change. They will end up cutting us out of thier and their kids lives becuase we see it differently. They see it as a way out of poverty maybe. I see it as them just being nieve to say the very least. And the thing is… it was my friends own brother that ” bought their way in” So, it will be hard to get them to see it clearly when they have trust in their sibling. Hopefully, it won’t turn into the old “blood is thicker than water:. But, that all will be seen in time.

    And the juice!… They have not spoke a word yet about any “products” besides the CD’s and books. I had just heard people talk about it on here and was unclear as to where that came into play. Cures cancer, huh? Well, then… who got cured? And why isn’t it everywhere?

    Anyways… thanks again. You all are so very helpful, imformative and a pleasure to chat with. 🙂

  40. No Team For Me permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:19 am

    from Kris…”And the juice!… They have not spoke a word yet about any “products” besides the CD’s and books. I had just heard people talk about it on here and was unclear as to where that came into play.”

    This is very interesting. I wonder if Dallin Larsen and the executives at MonaVie are aware they were dupped? I’d be willing to be they honestly believe Orrin & Crew are still showing MonaVie plans with the Life business off to the side. And not aware they are only showing the Life business and barely ever mentioning MonaVie.

    any MonaVie executives reading this – pay attention to what this recent prospect said. Orrin has basically stopped promoting the company that paid him millions of dollars. Could it be that MonaVie was merely a front, to use until things quited down with the Amway/Quixtar lawsuit? Hmmmm

  41. switch permalink
    February 15, 2012 11:08 am

    LOL. Kris, welcome to team-mona vie!…..oh wait, I mean team LIEf.

  42. Kris permalink
    February 16, 2012 8:05 am

    Good morning everyone! I have been reading up on all of the articles, posts, policies and procedures etc… I have some questions… The P&P states that each “member” must reach 50 points each month from the products etc. It says that you have a 6 month grace peroid. So, what happens if you do no reach the set goal? I can’t seem to find ananswer for that.
    Also, I am having trouble trying to locate the Analysis stuff. I am sure it is right in front of me and I just haven’t noticed it yet.

    Reading through all of this stuff… I think I am more confused that before. How is it possible that they tell new “members” (or anyone) that they are business owners without getting ANY of the proper licenses or documentation?? To be a lega business owner whether it is an LLC, corporation or whatever… you need to go through the federal/local governments to ge all of the documents needed to have ANY type of business. So by them even stating that you are “operating a LIFE business” is by far false. They state very clearly that this is in no way a joint venture, partnership or that they are NOT your employer. Thye also state that if anything legal happens… you are on your own. When it states that you are just an “independent contractor” for them… doesn’t that mean that you ae contracted by them to perform some sort of servce? Ah, but I see now!! And I am sure they DO NOT tell ya… it states that YOU must abide by all laws (federal, state, local) So, by each person that does sell something… is that then illegal because they do not have proper licenses???

    I do agree with webelieved…I am sure that we will be shuned. But, since I now found out that they were able to talk the rest of our friends in coming… I HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING!!! One of my other friends had been in a horrible accident and has brain damage. He will listen and fall for anything! Especially if a good friend is leading the way. I have half a mind to call my friend that is setting it all up now, but, I will need to do more research first. I want to make sure I can answer and show proof of it al.

    Thanks again to all to you!! I see how this can ruin people so hopefully we have time to save them before it is too late!!

  43. switch permalink
    February 16, 2012 8:28 am

    “How is it possible that they tell new “members” (or anyone) that they are business owners without getting ANY of the proper licenses or documentation??”

    This is all part of the “game” they like to play. One of the biggest lies they love to spew to lure the innocent.

  44. Speak Your Truth permalink
    February 16, 2012 8:46 am

    Katie~

    I can relate, it can be overwhelming but you are smart to be prepared. Don’t be discouraged but they are very slick with their canned answers (handling objections) that they have been trained to shut you down with. I believe you are looking for the comp plan anaylsis and you could find that under the Life Primer on the right side bar (under #5). You are courageous and are doing the right thing…Cheers! 🙂

    [editor’s note – I believe Speak’s message was to Kris, not Katie]

  45. February 16, 2012 9:10 am

    @Kris – You could have a sole proprietorship in your own name which may not require you to fill out any paperwork with the local government (this may vary from state to state). You would be responsible, however, for filling out a Schedule C on your taxes for any profits/losses from your business. Read this article from Peter Reilly; while he talks about taxes and an Amway business, the information applies to most any MLM-type business such as TEAM LIFE.

    http://riles52.blogspot.com/2011/06/selling-soap-as-hobby-amway-ibos-in-tax.html

    Here is a link to one of the LIFE compensation plan analyses on this site:

    https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/reader-report-figures-dont-lie/

    Here’s a post on the One Time Cash Awards which they may refer to at the Sunday meeting:

    https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/life-one-time-cash-bonus-awards/

  46. Kris permalink
    February 17, 2012 5:13 am

    Hello all! Yesterday, I got an email from my friend. Guess she had gone back to work. I asked her if she was just as excited about things as her husband. I told her that now since she is sitting in front of a computer, to please use it. To do some research. I told her to read the Forbes article etc…I asked her to call me. She emailed me back with this video- http://youtu.be/4VmCYyNSkVU
    Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything yet. But, I did and now my ears are ringing. I didn’t tell her I thouhgt it was a scam. I didn’t tell her she was crazy for believing. No, I told her how much we care for them and do not want anything to happen to them so to please educate themselves. Guess they don’t want my help or input. But, then again, they were always looking for the easy way out. And they seem to think that they will sit back (for the most part) and watch as the money just rolls in. I am a realist. I look for facts and the big picture. I am feeling very down today because of all of this. Feeling like thay are already gone and do not want us as a part of thier lives.

  47. Kris permalink
    February 20, 2012 7:17 am

    Hello. Well, everyone wanted to know how it all went yesterday. The day started out… first thing, I found out that my email account had been blocked and I could no longer access it. I can not prove that it had anything to do with me posting the video but… seems funny to say the very least. I had a horrible migraine all day. But, we headed out the door anyway to the
    “meeting”. We pulled up and saw some people in suits going into our friends house. UGH! We sat in the car for a minute still debating if we were going in. We looked around for some of our other friends cars… we saw none! But, we gave our word we would be there. So, we got out of the car and knocked on the door. We were greeted by our friends, dressed in their Sunday best so to say. Also, we were greeted by “other members”. We were out numbered by far. My head was pounding. We listened to what we had to say. They outlined parts of the company, compensation and an overview of some products. (which, the only products they are pushing now, IS books and CD’s! ) My husband told them we didn’t want to sign up for anything. We were given some CD’s to listen to. They just make it seem like it is so easy. My friends are already going to other “members” homes (well mansions) to talk about this stuff. I told my husband, that of course this is how it works. You want people to see what you have and have them think it was so easy to get there. Anyways, it was just what I had expected. No one really pushed too much. I am sure they were told about my email to my friend. And I would have freaked if they really pushed (or were loud- with my head pounding!) It reminds me just of other scams. And to tell ya what… Yes, I think that everyone could use some motivation. But, the people on these CD’s well… amusing. LOL

  48. Kris permalink
    May 20, 2012 3:21 am

    Our “friends” no longer contact us. I hear bits and pieces from here and there… they are still going to the seminars, found themselves their own church and never got to walk across stage yet as they didn’t get enough appointments or whatever it is for the month. It has been a few months, at least. I figured it would end up like this. I told them (when they came to see if we would join) that changing our lives is great. That as soon as we get paid, putting 10% back is great. Paying off debt is great. Not wasting money on stupid little things all adds up. And by reading the one book they gave, we knew we didn’t need to spend money to join anything or buy any products or literature/ CD’s or whatever. I said that just didn’t make sense to give money for something like that. Especially when I can get any book cheaper then what they sell. So, we said they would do it their way, and we would do it our way. But, if they becomes milllionaires, we would sign up.Lol So, haven’t talked since. I guess we just are not… worthy. Thanks for checking in!!

  49. Kris permalink
    May 21, 2012 3:35 am

    Oh, one more thing… when we were talking about the whole TEAM thing with them, I did at one point get my friend a bit angry. I was TRYING to get them to see they didn’t need to PAY to improve their lives, situation, kids lives etc. ( since they say- “if it makes me a better person/father/mother etc…). They had asked about the CD’s they let us borrow . I had listened to all they had given while I did my work. But, when they asked they wanted to honestly know what I thought. I laughed and said that they CD’s had no real point to them. They do not teach. They do not show/ tell you any way to improve yourself etc. They are just story time, just “members” saying about fishing trips, yachts, big mansions,etc…Why [ay for that? And my friend got angry, I saw it in her. She said ” well, you buy products to sell, don’t you?” ” And you are spending money to do that” ” “That is exactly how this is, you have to put money out first, but then you make money” “We already got a check for doing NOTHING!” And her demeanor ticked me off by then and I told her- Yeah, I buy stuff. Yeah, I sell it. Yeah, it’s a business. BUT- I get a hefty return on my investments. A lot of stuff I get for free! Anything else, I never spend more than $10 on something and STILL get back well over what I paid. I make money. I don’t go and have to hustle my friends and family. No, I don’t have to do anything- just put it out there and people buy. I don’t sped every day, dressed up, going around to “seminars and meetings”. No, I sit in front of my computer for a few days and on weekends, I got “shopping ” for more products. ( At yard sales, markets, auctions etc…) And they got a check for $10. That was the end of our conversation, really. It ticked me off that they seem to think TEAM will save them and change their lives and give them all of this income because all they are told about is ” bringing their wives home so they do not have to work anymore” They can’t see past the glory to see the truth. Just hope they don’t fall too hard in the end.
    And, no, I am not surprised they have abandoned us. We watch tv, listen to music, don’t go to church and swear at times. They used to do all that and then on top of that, they were drunks. So, guess they are a bit better off in a sense. Not drinking up all their money anymore. But, oh well. It is their life. Just wish they still wanted us in their lives. I miss their kids. But, anyways… thanks to all!

  50. Kris permalink
    May 21, 2012 8:45 am

    Yes, selling on Ebay. My family is with me the whole time. We love it! We get to spend time together, find cool things to sell ( and to keep!) and we do it well. We make out good on what we do, I stay home. It’s great. So, no time is spent apart.We also sell at markets and by word of mouth, people find us. When we get home, we unload our new findings and usually spend the rest of the day doing whatever. And we do this on weekends. During the week, I put it out there, sell and ship. Only until everyone else is home from work/school. Then for the rest of the eve… all we have is time to do whatever. Unlike the, where the spend their week running here and there and on the phone, and this and that. Even going out of state for seminars to see Orrin. And I wonder where the kids were.
    I get that they have to have people under them to get a kickback of any sort. And they are trying to have their money make some money for them. But, it just doesn’t work like that. Or at least it shouldn’t the way they try to do it. And you said it right, belief. That is the purpose of most of it. To get you to believe if you do what they say…you will have what they appear to have. It’s all just a bunch of smoke and mirrors. When I asked them if they knew about the bankruptcies or foreclosures of some members, they said they had. They told me I see what I want to see because I am negative. So, of course I would see it that way. Really? It’s not just that I am not as gullible or naive?
    Hopefully, they will find out sooner than later. Since they were last here, we have paid off a good bit of debt, have a good amount in savings, have done a bunch of around our home and are now ahead of things. Not sure how it is for them.

  51. Tim Samuels permalink
    June 28, 2012 11:15 am

    why dont you spread more lies. why doesnt anyone ask Tim Samuels about wher his cosins loyalties lied, or how She hung him out to dry, or how Eric was the only one to keep his word and help the Samuels through there strugles.

    Oh ya this is not where you go to get the truith this is where you print crap!

  52. June 28, 2012 12:25 pm

    @Tim – Welcome to the discussion. I’m sure we’ll get some good responses to your inquiries. To all, let’s keep things as civil as possible.

  53. August 15, 2012 1:04 am

    Hi,
    I’m going to call my self Tony in hopes this article is printed. Fact Tony is not my name . We live in a small town and it is best to stay anonymous for the sake of getting along with neighbors.

    Lets just say the back round I’m about to share is real. I was affiliated with Team Monavie then Team Life concurrently for a year. In that time period I was so motivated to contact people and show the plan that I lost grips with the obvious. See I was a number one soldier motivated by my upline mentioned above to throw all certainty to the wind . I was told that I had to change my thinking. My wife and I bought it hook line and sinker. We followed our Team and dragged downline members around the country. We were first off going to be rich . Second nothing could stop us unless we quit.

    Facts We were sold. we constantly were given someones experience of how they dreamed then struggled then had a victory. This was so believable.! We just new we were going to succeed. Fact we were told the income disclosure was a mere reflection of the magnitude of new people joining.Another words if a thousand people joined today it would take them varied time to gain their spot on the disclosure statement. How ever it was printed so infrequently that it didn’t show any real pertinent information. Fact , Our diamond upline in a years time only showed less than ten personal plans. Fact our upline placed new members that I put in in new legs just for his personal gain. The team system was clear in that you were to have ten people in your first team before you started a second leg. Fact ,my diamond upline only signed one personal in that entire year! no kidding! The funny thing is it was a close relative.Fact the Team system is so promoted that you loose all sense that this is supposed to be a business. Money is no object to get you to your dream. The money oh my!

    My wife and I poured thousands into this business. Fact In Monavie we maid oo$ thats double goose eggs

    Fact in Team we made a couple hundred bucks.

    Fact I spent more than a thousand hours at this business.

    Fact , were so disposed to Amway that If they found out you were pushing them to join a MLM they would flat out slam the door in your face.

    Fact we would have calling sessions to solicit new members . In a years time I saw my upline make one call.

    Fact at our monthly majors my upline was never promoted .

    Fact no one in his teams were ever promoted.

    Fact the only promotions that were affiliated with my diamond upline were through other people that were put in through other people.

    Fact I saw what my upline spent , his life style, cars toys, etc. Fact is this this is the perfect description of a pyramid.! Fact he was in the right place at the right time period. Great for him . But the lives he ruined that were smack dab in front of me became to obvious .

    Fact his big motto was next. Can you believe it !

    Fact The light bulb finally went off in my head when Team switched from Monavie to Life. Monavie wasn’t discussed at any open meetings it was like it never existed. Fact If you build a business in Monavie .and all the members are required to hit certain levels before they make money . They all need to stay in Monavie to continue in hopes of making a dime. Fact after the change all prior Monavie members dropped out. Fact the speakers at all conventions are in one way or another paid a great deal of money to motivate you! It’s a good thing their only source of personal motivation is greed and not motivating the audience to do something drastic ,because with all certainty they would do any thing after major that they were told to do..

    I could go on and on of more very in depth personal knowledge of the underhanded things that went on within the Team organization. My warning is for any one approached by Team . Run! The old saying goes” like a wolf in sheep’s clothing” There is still the sheep and that’s why it’s so darn hard not to fall for !

    A couple happy to be free of Team !

    Tony

  54. August 15, 2012 8:10 am

    @Tony – Thanks for sharing your personal story. Looking forward to more of your contributions on this blog.

  55. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 15, 2012 8:42 am

    @Tony: thank you!!! This is EXACTLY the type of factual, informative story I was looking for….the information you provided will help me to deal with my son who has just forsaken us as LIFE rapidly takes over his own. If you have more details, would love to hear them!

  56. freedomhaha permalink
    August 15, 2012 10:08 am

    Tony- Thanks for finding this site. If possible could you talk about the contribution the this site played in you leaving TEAM?

  57. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 17, 2012 2:23 pm

    THE PLANNED SCHIZOPHRENIA OF IT ALL:

    Quote directly from Eric Blomdahl’s Web page: “When you find yourself so in love with the children that God blessed you with, you very quickly give up the selfish notion that you are the center of your world and they become the center of your world. You find yourself puting their needs in front of yours…making meals, eating last, changing diapers, picking up messes, afternoon tea parties, and crawling around on the floor playing “Tonka truck” (which is pretty fun actually). And the surprising thing is that you find yourself totally at peace with how your focus has shifted from self-centered to servanthood towards your children.”
    Indirect Fallout Victim’s Retort: That’s right, Mr. Blomdahl….and when the moment comes when I find that charlatan SCHIZOPHRENIC organizational members have hurt my grandchildren, I shall find a legal way to ‘thank you’.
    You pond scum floating on the top of your Round Table of Deceit may then be “living the life” many victims of your unethical, psychopathological scam have wanted you to live. Yes, Mr. Blohdahl, I remember playing with my son and his first Tonka truck…and now his kids have like things, too, but alas, you folks have your hooks so deep into my son that our family has been torn asunder.

    Quote from Eric Blomdahl’s same web page which is actually a quote from Orrin Woodward:
    “The Team is on its way to 1 million people through the LIFE Business because we keep Power-Player the main thing. The Mental Fitness Challenge, LIFE & LLR subscriptions, and the EDGE series are all amazing, but they are not the main thing. Only Power-Player ensures the community grows through depth which leads to numbers and then volume. LIFE has nearly 9,000 customers (not including the tens of thousands of members) since November 1, 2011, mainly because anyone out starting conversations about LIFE and the MFC will stumble across customers. Even so, the number one focus point for anyone desiring a long-term business plan for success should focus on Power-Player.”

    Indirect Fallout Victime’s Retort: I rest my case regarding intentional or unintentional SCHIZOPHRENIA problems in this organization. It’s nigh impossible to help a million people (never mind that at last count, about 60k were reported) make YOU elite few rich at the top if everyone needs to be/achieves by some miracle a hocus-pocus Power Player status.

    Being a POWER PLAYER might have one thing going for it: the temporary ability to pay your legal debts for a time as the house of cards collapses. It certainly won’t allow you time to play much with Tonka trucks as one scrambles for “the dream” . And by then, your own children may be ridiculing YOU, in return. What a just reward that would be!

  58. Speak Your Truth permalink
    August 17, 2012 4:36 pm

    Tony~

    Thanks for sharing, and share all you know, it will be no doubt help many others, including all of us! 🙂

    You have to have 10 people in your taproot now before you can even start your second leg? Hmm…lets see who does this really benefit because they know the percentages of anyone sticking to their scam and know they will go broke and quit before they will probably ever make a profit, they also know they only have about a 90 day window of someone else sponsoring others, (remembe: “The ONLY ones who sponsor people are new people or leaders”) so suck as many or all of their family and friends in and ‘hope’ like hell, 1 sticks to build it..They expect everyone to bring all 10 in for their own PP, what happened to “team approach?” That is worse than MV or Amway! What happened to 1 on the right 1 on the left, little song and dance?

    Clearly,these guys are desperate for SOMEONE to bring some growth they must be losing some numbers, hmm.. just sayin.. and Tony, your upline Diamond sounds more active than ours was…not that your’s is kicking any kind of butt..haha but as far as putting 1 person in…ours NEVER put 1 in our group EVER but blew out plenty, probably hundreds (whole legs) with his arrogant controlling ego! Like it wasn’t bad enough with the horrendous attrition rates, then you got a control freak blowing and controling. Geez…so glad I am gone!!

    They haven’t changed a iota and it is very clear the reason every other word coming out of their lying mouths currently; is Powerplayer! Clearly thousands have quit MV, and these guys are still having people be put into MV, but not “promoting” it.. WhY? Something shady goin on there 🙂

    To ‘pretend’ their ‘loyalty to Dallin when will that guy get it…To let someone else remain tied but dis-loyal to a Company that hope will continue to cover their arses legally (remember the millions ow got from Dallin & co?) and then let MV take the blame and or possibly to use it as a front Co…..somethings never changes!

    Just my lowly opinions from years of experiences.

  59. August 22, 2012 1:19 am

    Wow,
    I’m sorry I held back!
    I still run into people today that I approached with Team that I had put them into my organization. They ended up with all the same empty promises given to me by MR. Hated!
    My wife and I have coped and gotten past our time with Team, but at least once a week the subject comes up of how we hurt people around us.
    I was starting a new team for MR. Hated ! I was so dumb! . Likely most every one was starting a new team for him. I remember feeling so guilty when I didn’t show 15 plans a month. Lets face it after 3 straight months of showing 15 plans i was out of people . He had me into cold contacting people. Can you just imagine all the people that I contacted that looked at me with disgust and ran the other way. Oh and If I didn’t get the numbers I was flat out ignored by Eric! I remember being at a major with a couple of Team members We looked to MR. Hated like he was a God!. You know what happened he didn’t even bother to text and or call and or meet with us while we were there! Some leader ?
    There is an interesting topic I would like to talk about and thats the whole cross line communication TABOO. Eric would just about flip if he caught you talking outside of your Team. Lets face it you and your spouse are at a major you are the head of your team, even though you have a upline but, he is allowed to place people where ever he wants? The two of you are alone . Who are you supposed to talk to ? Certainly not Eric he was rarely there. The real reason is he didn’t want all his dirt to come out.I’ll never in a million years forget when Mr. Hated stepped into my bus. He decided that he was going to help a individual show some plans to drive depth. So Eric and this individual who has never shown a plan alone sit together as Eric shows the plans. What the HELL Eric I did that for him already. Now instead of this guy showing his own plans Eric shows them. You as a leader do that once. Then tells the guy to do all his own follow throughs . I got wind of this and told my wife that if this comes to play it will blow my guy out because he doesn’t have any know how to do a follow through. So I like a caring Leader I call this guy leaving him multiple messages. Of to call me. You know what happened. He did call me and told me very rudely that Eric said I can handle this and I’m going to do it on my own. Later he did all three follow throughs no body joined and he was out!Because I cared and MR. Hated left him hanging then blamed me because I cared enough to try to be there for him so if he failed he was supported.
    What an eye opener. In a six month period i showed over 80 plans contacted nearly a couple hundred people and now was left hanging by MR. Hated because I went to him and asked him why he let the other guy down.
    I remember being at calling sessions and calling random people.Then thinking why isn’t Eric calling any one? I was such a fool.
    Then there is the whole issue of Team being a cult ? How would you define a cult.?
    Sitting back right now it’s very similar to the Cult Charles Manson had . The women would do anything Charles requested. Now for those of you with Team have you ever been with any kind of organization that you would do anything for? This is my point with out a doubt this is very indeed a cult. People in Team are literally brain washed! While at a major I would see things that astonish any one outside of Team. People impulse buying and people spending hundreds and even thousands on single purchases. Frankly the Feds need to shut them down. They are leaving a huge wake of destructed families behind them with only one thought in mind NEXT!

    My direct upline was an interesting case. He was entered into MR. Hated Team even though he was actually on a different Team before the Team split from Amway. Mr. Hated told me he was doing Orrin a favor and had picked up satellite people with no team. This person was my direct upline, but he was able to put people where ever he wanted to as well.
    Holy crap today I sit back and think how many others Like the Peters were screwed over?I know in my case if there was ever a Team entry Eric followed his own set of rules.
    Another issue is the guilt that is pumped through you in the Cd’s. Everything they motivate you with is case scenarios of what your doing wrong. It’s like being in the military . You break them down then build back the way you want. CULT for sure and if you can go through this with Team and deny it take a look in the mirror and you will see the definition of mentally ill.

    I now why Mr. Hated keeps a bat by his door. I’m sure he has some radicals that would like to see him ?
    We are FREE !
    Best decision I made as an adult!
    Tony

  60. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 22, 2012 3:29 am

    Tony: thanks so much for sharing all of this!! This is what I was looking for…actual events and meetings and bad experiences during a failure episode….I really wanted to know what my son would be up against when I need there to be able to help pick up the pieces.

    If you have more stories, just type away!

  61. August 22, 2012 5:33 am

    I did not know the Peters . On a couple of occasions I asked Eric who put the Hawkins in. He said it was her wedding photographer and that she went nuts. I look at how this whole plot unfolded . It is truly sad . If the Peters are listening you have my wife’s and my empathy! Please do your self a favor. Don’t today screw up today with what was yesterday. You have a lot of potentially full filling memories to make.
    If your son is open I will answer away but will stay anonymous through here.
    My wife and I know what your going through in discouraging him. First off there are many things that the Team affiliate’s with that are great in life building skills the big however is when they are financially gaining from doing this. Ask your son this If a Jesus known prophet were in front of your son and with out a doubt it was John the Baptist. Your son and the whole world would be looking. Now on the other hand if John the Baptist is selling Bibles to support his multi million dollar estate how would you feel about him then? I’ll say it again ” like a wolf in sheeps clothing” They will take your money until it is gone and then say a quote from Eric Blomdahl ” NEXT”.
    To your son , I have been through the trenches . There is indeed alot of good you can learn with Team but realize you are sitting on the razors edge of adouble edge sword and finacially it’s near impossible not to personally get cut or at the very least cut many many other innocent trusting people.
    There isn’t a reputable organization that promotes a theme of goodness that isn’t non profit.
    They make their living off of us.
    Ok I’m getting carried away .One final inside known detail. Eric is bouncing high dollar checks . His house of cards is tumbling!
    Good luck with your son.
    Tony

  62. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 22, 2012 6:13 am

    Tony: once again, thanks. Right now, there is no talking to my son. I think he’s going to need at least 6 more months or so of this to begin to see through the darkness and back into the light of every-day living. Knowing him, I can surmise he won’t last as long as some of you here. The very first time he gets shunned for not meeting the untalked-about quota, he’s going to FINALLY sit back and take stock.

    And then, Chernobyl is going to occur somewhere in Wisconsin.

    The only way it’s not going to (as soon as I’d like it to) is because Dan Hawkins and my son have so much similarity to each other, at least on the surface. It is going to be hard for my son to see the idolatry he holds for Hawkins begin to fracture.

    What would be worse, is that because, perhaps, Hawkins (who seems like a personable, down-to-earth 36+ yr old) might like him (my son) so much, my son would be falsely rewarded in the beginning—-then we might be talking a longer time down the road to perdition before he “wakes up” and smells the financial/friendship ruinations at home.

  63. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:21 am

    @webelieved: what, exactly, will happen if my son does this, i.e., tell them he’s quitting?

  64. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:24 am

    @webelieved: oh, wait…I can just imagine…they’ll start making him feel inferior and felling guilty, like he’s too plebian, not enlightened enough to realize their truths, etc. Hope they do it to him nicer than he did it to me! (mother’s knowing smirk-ola)

  65. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:26 am

    @Tony: how do you know Eric is bouncing high-cost checks? Do you have what we do here in WI, i.e., Wisconsin Circuit Court Access?

  66. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:28 am

    Hey, @webelieved: you know what some other fallout might be? My son’s employer got him into LIFE in the first place! Oiy, I can’t imagine what all of the fallout might be….

  67. August 22, 2012 9:08 am

    When someone starts bouncing sizable checks in a small town word gets around . Lets just say the info . is extremely accurate.
    I have often wondered what Eric will do when this collapses. He might have a window of the good life but the mere fact that his checks are no good says the righting is on the wall and Humpty Dumpty your about to take a great big fall.
    I was asked who my direct upline is. I’m sorry but I would like to remain anonymous.
    Tony

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