A Recap of a LIFE Leadership Opportunity Meeting in Canada
Holmes is a first-time commenter who posted his story about going to a LIFE opportunity meeting this past week. He gave me permission to re-post the story in a separate post.
Minor spelling corrections have been made, and paragraph breaks have been added for clarity.
I went to a presentation at Claude Hamilton’s house recently for this LIFE Leadership “business”. I have to say, the person that brought me to the meeting made the business sound full of opportunity and had me intrigued, though it sounded like a pyramid scheme right off the bat. But I was assured it wasn’t and I was interested enough to go to the meeting. Now this Claude guy is definitely rich. The first thing that came to mind is if someone owns a business that is successful why would they want to bring more people into it that would simply be competition to them? Nonetheless I sat there waiting for this presentation in his beautiful home, and I actually felt a little self-conscious because I dressed casual and didn’t wear a business suit as most others had.
What I expected was an overview of the business, with perhaps charts, financial information and statements, how much the business was making, who the business owners were and how they started the business, maybe some future projections of where the company was headed or at least how the hell it worked and what the hell it was that they were selling. Did Claude talk about any of that at all? No most definitely not. Instead I sat through an hour of what I could best describe as some sort of motivational speech with a crap ton of promises and no real substance to how though promises could ever be kept or made, other than of course to pay $230 a month to be a part of it.
The next thing that got me was how you would “own your own business”. For me I suppose that takes a different meaning, because for me unless you are paying yourself and your employees you do not own your business. It is actual quite laughable for them to talk about owning your own business or how your actual job is a pyramid when at least you boss at work isn’t getting loaded rich from your own hard earned money. The other thing that made me chuckle was how Claude said not to quit your job at first, because then how would you pay for subscription fee of course right?
Sadly I left the meeting almost as excited as everyone else, but luckily for me all that excitement quickly faded. I got home and realized how much bullshit he was spewing from his mouth and then I started to get angry and how rich he is and how great he has it preying on other peoples hopes and dreams. See LIFE leadership isn’t even really selling a product whatsoever. They are selling hopes and dreams to people that will never get fulfilled, and it pains me to see so many hardworking people giving their hard earned dollars to these parasites such as Claude and Lana Hamilton, Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward.
I did some minor research later that night, and haven’t really stopped since, and that’s when I came across this website and am some glad I did. All I really had to do though was search Orrin Woodward’s name in Google and my suspicions of the LIFE leadership scam were confirmed. It is almost unfathomable to me that people are actually being fooled with this stuff. But I’m a skeptic by nature that likes to ask a lot of questions, and I tend not to trust people whatsoever until I have good reason to.
I can see how people could trust Claude Hamilton though, he seems like a very good person at first. He is charismatic, cheerful, and I could see how he could easily gain someones trust. But the first question I asked myself when I pulled up to his house was: “how did he become so rich?”, and all you have to do is ask yourself that question and think long and hard. All successful business people have had to step all over other people, stab people in the back and at times at least be dishonest and untruthful to get where they are at. That is unfortunately just how business works.
Like The Frugal Nexus, who concluded that LIFE “is one of the worst business decisions you could ever make,” Holmes saw through the motivational speeches and promises and determined that LIFE is in the business of “selling hopes and dreams to people that will never get fulfilled.” Recall the Forbes article on Orrin Woodward back in 2008 when they were hawking MonaVie juice:
“What I try to give most of all is hope and encouragement,” says Woodward.
Hope is an expensive commodity. Most Team members spend more buying its motivational aids and MonaVie’s juice than they ever take in. Roger Lareau, a Michigan alarm company employee, says his wife has rung up $20,000 in debt buying Team sales tools and Amway products and is now on to selling MonaVie juice. Their marriage has fallen apart as a result. “She still thinks Team is going to set her free one day,” he says.
Our analysis of the LIFE Income Disclosure Statement (IDS) from 2012-2013 showed that the majority of money was made by only a select few. Our upcoming analysis of the 2014-2015 IDS will show that this remains the case — something like 0.5% of the membership make 60% of the available income to the field. Read the fine print in the new IDS, and you’ll learn that 42% of members received no income from the compensation plan in 2014. This is up from 31% in the previous IDS.
Thank you to Holmes for sharing his story, and I hope others will do what he and The Frugal Nexus did. They didn’t take the LIFE presenter’s words at face value. They conducted their own independent research. They analyzed the numbers from the IDS themselves. They asked and sought answers to those nagging questions in the back of their mind regarding the business. And, after deciding what to do (i.e. not participate in LIFE), they took the time to write about their experience so that others can learn from them.