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Fifty+ Questions for TEAM LIFE

Update June 3, 2013: LIFE has updated its Compensation Plan and included an Income Disclosure Statement for 2012-2013. This statement should be presented along with any income claims made during a TEAM/LIFE presentation. Read our analysis of the IDS here.

In the second of this two-part series, we cover the questions a prospect should ask a TEAM LIFE member following a TEAM LIFE Business Presentation. These are legitimate questions to ask when investigating the TEAM LIFE business.

Thanks to Mesha for submitting the first-batch of questions. Future updates to this page will have additional questions to ask. In addition, many of these questions are applicable to other MLM business opportunities.

  1. What does financially free specifically mean? Does this just mean job optional or rich? [In TEAM they would sometimes go back and forth, saying that in 3-5 years I could be ‘rich’ beyond my biggest dreams, then other times claiming that in 3-5 years I could replace my current job’s income with TEAM.]
  2. How much time will TEAM/LIFE Business take to pursue? Can it really be only a ten hour a week business if I add up meetings, showing the plan, seminars, majors, follow ups, mentoring, driving time, listening, reading, etc.? If this business will eventually take up as much time as a job with the slim chance of making enough money to replace my job then is that really any better than having a job?
  3. Just how many people have become ‘financially free’ through TEAM/MV/LIFE?
  4. What is TEAM’s relationship with MonaVie today?
  5. How many members does TEAM have?
  6. How many people total are in my upline’s downline?
  7. If I sign up for this TEAM/LIFE thing and quit after signing up my friends, family, and/or coworkers, how will that impact my relationship with them?
  8. Does this claim of a passive, residual “B”-type income apply to TEAM profit sharing as well or only LIFE?
  9. Where are all the TEAM members who created their passive, residual B-type income and who retired from building their business? TEAM may tell you that everyone who has been successful has decided to come back and ‘help’ those who are just starting out of the goodness of their heart but, ask yourself why there are still Round Table members who have been in the business for years — some even ten years — and still haven’t hit Policy Council?
  10. Have you heard of anyone who quit the business still getting checks in the mail from the PV of their former downline?
  11. TEAM says that in a traditional business you are at a disadvantage because you have to rely upon others you hired to get the work done — and they may not get it done right. Plus if you run your own “S” business you are still trading time for money. But, in the LIFE business don’t you still have to rely upon your downline to recruit others? If you work TEAM for years are you not still trading time for money (or perhaps even nothing?)
  12. Why doesn’t TEAM talk more about investments when they show the plan?
  13. They say it’s important to own your own B-type business, BUT why does it say in the LIFE P&P that LIFE is not a franchise opportunity, but instead a membership? What, then, do you own?
  14. Why is the LIFE P&P so restrictive?
  15. What led to TEAM’s expulsion from Amway?
  16. When Orrin and company tried to sue Amway, he claimed that Amway was operating as an illegal pyramid scheme because the prices on Quixtar items where so high that he claimed it would create an internal consumption model. After Amway Orrin choose TEAM’s next MLM to be a $40/bottle fruit juice company during an economic turndown. Could his decision have been influenced by that $3 million dollar ‘loan’ he received from MonaVie?
  17. Why did Orrin participate in anonymous blogging when he encourages those in TEAM to stay away from negative critics?
  18. Why are there so few Policy Council and Round Table members? Why have only two new PC couples been added since Amway (Hawkins and MacNamara)?
  19. They say that Orrin and The PC are only working to make your business better. The attitude is that they have already made it and are only helping those at the bottom out of benevolence, BUT ask yourself what they could gain out of this. Surely they are making at least some profit.
  20. Why is the system promoted like the Holy Bible at these meetings and on CD’s? How could this benefit Orrin and The PC?
  21. Why does Orrin Woodward still use the Top Ten Leadership Guru’s award to add to his credibility when this award was proven to be a sham? Why does he use the IAB award when this organization has a shady history? If Orrin Woodward is really a ‘leadership guru’ then why is he not mentioned more in mainstream media or even on non-TEAM websites?
  22. Someone may hear in TEAM that in this business you are building a community of consumers who act as a pipeline through which goods flow. BUT, a company cannot sustain itself by paying people to market their products if there are little or few retail customers. If the model is not focusing enough on outside consumption then this would be the equivalent of Wal-Mart paying for a community of loyal shoppers to shop there. Either the customers are only getting a percentage of their money back that they spent or the company is going to go bankrupt by paying customers more than what they all spent. How is LIFE any different?
  23. How many retail customers are there in LIFE (and I mean those who are not involved in ‘business’ building)?
  24. They say that your upline has a vested interest in your success because they don’t make money until you do but think about this. Okay, your upline doesn’t make money until you do. Now you are going to recruit friends and you won’t make money until they do, but they won’t make money until their friend’s do — on until infinity! How does this make any sense?
  25. If they say that they will help you build your team by putting people under you, ask yourself if that is that is for all your legs, or just below you on your upline’s leg that you joined? Do they really have anyone to put under you? Did they promise someone else you would be under them?
  26. They say this business is recession proof, but how are $50 a piece “self-help” subscription books and CD’s recession proof? It’s not a necessity.
  27. How come a lot of the LIFE subscriptions are recycled TEAM systems CD’s?
  28. They say that TEAM having its own MLM will allow the community to have more control over its business operations but could there also be a financial advantage to the top doing so?
  29. What qualifies anyone upline on TEAM to be a life coach?
  30. What is the difference between networking and community building?
  31. They say that the LIFE Business has the fairest compensation package in the industry but what percentages of people in the business are even able to break even after all expenses? How many people is it actually mathematically possible for to get the bonus checks?
  32. Yes, the ‘new person’ will most likely get a $7 check in the mail from their business, but how much did they spend to get that?
  33. Why on Earth is one of the ‘8 F’s’ ‘following’? What the hell? Why is TEAM’s logo two pyramids? Are they trying to be funny?
  34. How come the LIFE IDS and IDS for MonaVie is so sorry looking?
  35. You say this business pays for itself if you hit Power Player once, but what you really mean is the $50 dollar subscription fee. If I factor in all the other business costs (opens, seminars, majors, materials to hand out to prospects, personal systems and subscription costs, cell phone, and gas money) then how does this business really pay for itself?
  36. How can this be a multi-billion dollar business if it has just started?
  37. Why were the LIFE testimonials up before the business even began?
  38. Where did the statistic that 90 percent of all businesses fail within the first few years come from? Does this stat-if true- make the LIFE business any better?
  39. If you can make more money than the person above you, then why would it be so important for one to hold their spot of ‘virtual real estate’?
  40. They say that those at the top had to start someplace [implying at the bottom, and therefore you can make it from the bottom too] but how does this make sense when those at the top who started first didn’t climb up but placed people below them?
  41. They say a job is a pyramid because usually your managers make more than you but does a job fit the FTC’s definition of a pyramid? Does a job focus more on recruitment that sale of actual products? Does one’s ability to earn money end when the population has saturated?
  42. In TEAM-world it appears that Orrin and Chris have developed a leadership development company as a mere provider of training information for those who want to build an MLM business, but is that really how it is? In Amway, TEAM got in trouble for advertising that they, instead of Amway, were the business opportunity. What percentage of money advertised is from the system or from the business opportunity TEAM is supporting?
  43. How can TEAM preach ‘meeting people where they are at’ — leadership, and Christian values — all while having the attitude that everyone who quit the business or has concerns with it is a broke, cynical loser?
  44. Why does TEAM say that your friends and family may think you have joined a cult? Is there any truth to it maybe?
  45. Why do things cost what they do? Why are seminars, opens, majors, books, and CD’s so expensive?
  46. They say that the speakers on the LIFE CD’s have decided to not take any royalties for being on the CD’s but is that the same as not profiting from them? When the leaders were in MonaVie they didn’t take any royalties from the creation of the juice but they still made a lot of money.
  47. Why does everything have to be so black and white? Why is it implied that your only choices are ‘the system’ or TV? How about neither?
  48. I may not ask my boss what their income is but then again I am not looking into opening a business with my boss either. If what TEAM teaches is true about your up line being more of a partner in helping you build your business, then wouldn’t it make more sense to see what their progress and results are?
  49. Also, if I am going to be an independent business owner and therefore legally responsible for any claims I make about the business then wouldn’t it make sense for me to want to find out as much as I could about the business that I was an owner of?
  50. TEAM teaches that in order to get the results that you want in life you should look for those who have “fruit on the tree” and learn how to do what they did. Well then, wouldn’t it make sense to see if ones up line had the fruit on the tree?
  51. One’s upline might genuinely have your best interest at heart but is it possible that they could be deceived as well?
  52. Is what you see really ‘fruit on the tree’? Are upline houses and cars really the result of money made from the business or are they from loans or credit cards??
  53. Does someone really have “fruit on the tree” if their fruit is coming from you in the form of systems profits? That would be like me taking money from someone and then claiming that since I had their money they should invest with me because obviously I had results.
  54. Is it moral to claim to someone that you are successful in this business when your success depends on the people you are recruiting?
  55. How do they have fruit on the tree with MV or LIFE when most of that money the PC has was made in Amway?
  56. How come there are a number of RT members are going bankrupt?
  57. Why do they say they don’t need you when it’s clear that they need someone? The attitude seems to be that every person who doesn’t join is stupid but if your business isn’t big then the blame is on you.
  58. Why are you told not to crossline in the business?
  59. Why is it that we shouldn’t watch the negative news? How can we “Take Back America” do that if we are sticking our heads in the sand?
  60. Why do all the TEAM leadership blogs say the same things?
  61. Why does Orrin Woodward and members of the Policy Council have all these different companies registered?
  62. How can TEAM go to a million people without saturating the market?

Readers, do you have additional questions to add to the list?

241 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 12:05 pm

    I have heard from reliable sources that quite a few of the big leaders in Team that were retired from their jobs are no longer involved with this organization. To name a few Abrahams, Granger, Dickies, Rau, Morgan, Ratz, Freeze, Foos, Tom Cullen, Smith et al. Why are these leaders gone and what if anything happened to their downlines? This is just one of many more questions that should be asked at a given team function

  2. switch permalink
    February 23, 2012 1:52 pm

    I have some questions…

    …If I truly own my own business here, why are you and your wife still ordering/commanding me around? And why are your eyes so big? You look like you’re constipated,….do you need some more of the “regular” blend?

    [Editor’s note: Let’s keep the questions on a more serious note. Edited out snarky questions.]

  3. February 24, 2012 10:13 am

    The one question I saw asked a lot that never EVER got a straight answer was “How much do YOU make?” The answer was always, “Oh, it’s possible to make a LOT of money in this,” or something along those lines. No one ever EVER answered this question with a number.

  4. webelieved permalink
    February 24, 2012 10:21 am

    Katie- Ask to see their tax returns with expenses, I bet even the higher levels are not claiming much if any profit.

  5. webelieved permalink
    February 24, 2012 10:23 am

    I forgot one of the rules in the LIFE P&P’s is they are NOT ALLOWED to show their tax returns! LOL!

  6. switch permalink
    February 24, 2012 12:25 pm

    oh, my bad…..sorry Amthrax.

  7. Freedomhaha permalink
    February 24, 2012 4:40 pm

    I asked TEAM/LIFER a question of my own: Has TEAM ever been associated with Amway and this was the response I received: “I think a couple of them have yes but like 15 years ago or so. So it’s as in the past as in the past can be. I’m looking forward to what we’re doing!! 🙂 :)”

    There is TEAM/LIEf for you!

  8. Mesha permalink
    February 24, 2012 6:20 pm

    I remember when I asked how much money people upline were making and how many teams someone upline had and the response I got was that those were ‘personal questions’ and ‘none of my business’. haha!

  9. TruthSeeker permalink
    February 24, 2012 7:40 pm

    Mesha, Its interesting how they ask you to partner with them in business yet refuse to discuss the very things that business is all about. What business partnership hides financials from each other? What business partnership doesn’t discuss the bottom line? A good arrangement would include full disclosure to both parties, wouldn’t you agree?

  10. Freedomhaha permalink
    February 24, 2012 9:31 pm

    Another question: If TEAM is a business can I sell it?

  11. Mesha permalink
    February 24, 2012 9:45 pm

    Very good question freedomhaha- I didn’t even think about that. With how absurd the P&P is, I guessing probably not.

  12. Mesha permalink
    February 24, 2012 9:56 pm

    @ TruthSeeker
    Yes, absolutely. Thats why it always seemed kinda fishy to me that no one seemed willing to when those were not even ‘personal questions’.

  13. ExAmbot permalink
    February 25, 2012 10:18 am

    @Katie

    The way we were taught to answer this question was thus, if i told you, you won’t believe it (answered with pomposity obviously implying one is doing so so well). Then quickly ask back a question or move on to something else.

    That answer is actually true for the overwhelming majority of MLMers. Think about it if an MLMbot has been in for 6mos, 2, 6 or 13 years, and all they manage to scam others is a pittance like the famous $9 scAmway monthly bonus of course you wouldn’t believe it! Guess what most prospects would promptly decide about MLM scams. NO!

  14. Mesha permalink
    February 25, 2012 10:05 pm

    I’ve got another question- if money is supposed to go ‘up the line’ then how is it possible that I could make more money than my upline? And, when reading the comp plan it looked like either I could make more than my upline or he could make more than me , but it couldn’t be both ways. I never quite understood that.

  15. Speak Your Truth permalink
    February 26, 2012 9:29 pm

    Great Job and questions Mesha, thanks for all your efforts! 🙂

  16. Mesha permalink
    February 27, 2012 8:23 am

    Thanks Speak:)

  17. William permalink
    March 22, 2012 9:44 pm

    Seems like a lot of people on here are ready to hate and criticize and congratulate themselves on doing so. So tell me, what are you doing to save marriages, improve relationships, develop leaders, help people manage their finances better so they can actually have a shot at retiring some day even if they don’t make it big with Team LIFE, improve their parenting, etc? There are many questions and concerns about amount of time spent in doing these above things (helping people in these areas), yet all I would say your blog is doing is helping people believe achieving residual income, actually having some hope for a better life, and maybe helping others improve their lives isn’t a worthy pursuit. You can spend $50+ easy on cable & many other useless entertainments in a month, but God forbid I or anyone spend that much on something that might actually improve the way I live. I mean, all cable does is influence me to spend more money I don’t have. Yup, that’s the sound logic of critics. Hmmm, let’s rethink this, shall we?

  18. April 5, 2012 8:40 pm

    You’ve certainly been doing a great job listening to cd’s, and I mean that seriously. The information that you are absorbing is effectively fighting off the media (most of which is horrid) that you have been subject to your whole life. My husband and I also quit watching tv about 7 years ago, not long after our FRIENDS introduced us to TEAM.

    I still remember what a breath of fresh air that we thought we had experienced at our first Major. We both grew up in homes with broken marriages, abusive controlling fathers, addictions, etc. So, it was really nice to see people talking that way to one another from stage and around the room. We began making great friends with people that really loved their families, the Lord, other people, pursuing excellence.

    It was exactly the thought that TEAM was the tool for all of that, which kept us involved for almost 5 years. So, first I want to directly answer your questions, then I would like to share our story, if you are willing to read all of it. I want to make you aware ahead of time, that I am going to include a lot of scripture reference, which I believe you will be okay with if you have, as you seem to, listened to very much TEAM/LIFE system. Since any PC member will openly say that they believe this to be the Supreme Authority on Truth, I think it is appropriate to use it for much of my response.

    You asked:
    “So tell me, what are you doing to save marriages, improve relationships, develop leaders, help people manage their finances better so they can actually have a shot at retiring some day even if they don’t make it big with Team LIFE, improve their parenting, etc? ”

    1) To Save Marriages…Jesus, The Author and Finisher of our faith, clearly states in Matthew 19 that He(God), HATES divorce, that two people once joined become one flesh and to break that union is to tear asunder that one flesh that He has joined together in that covenant. He is, however, the only one that truly “save marriages,” NOT the TEAM, not you or me or anyone else. He designed the whole COVENANT institution of marriage, and the best thing that we can do to HELP one another in our marriages is to study His Word and spend time in a communing relationship with Him. As we grow IN HIM, our marriages will become stronger and we will have better discernment in encouraging others in their own.

    Yes, there are many good marriage books that can help break down what the Bible says for practical application, and the TEAM system offers many of them, OR you can go to your local Christian Bookstore, or ask a minister you trust, or BEST YET seek the LORD in prayer. James 1 tells us that God gives wisdom to ALL that ask for it, “Liberally and without reproach (KJV)” I believe that the promises of God are true for everyone regardless of how long they have been a Christian.

    So, short answer the BEST thing you or I can do to “save marriages” is to live by example and to be an intercessor and encourager for those around us. (Hebrews 3, 1 Thessalonians 5)

    2) Improve Relationships/Parenting…Really the same answer as above. ALL of Paul’s writings in the New Testament tell us how to build strong relationships, but a GREAT place to start is 1 Corinthians. Paul is the ultimate testimony of the transformation from a non-people person (he was a religious zealot who LITERALLY killed people that disagreed with him at first) to a person who would ultimately give his own life so that others could have better lives – here yes, but his focus was more eternal.

    3) Develop Leaders…Again, the greatest teaching came from the GREATEST leader, who literally changed the way we measured time even. The whole New Testament really speaks to this directly, while the Old Testament is chocked full of examples of great leaders and terrible ones for us to learn from.

    4a) Help People Manage Their Finances Better…To this I have to respond with a question…Outside of books that you could find at Crown Financial Ministry or Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace system, how much REAL financial management are you actually getting from the TEAM? In fact, while I agree that life should not be purely made of focusing on finances, this seems to be a short coming of the “business” of TEAM, and while I appreciate your Cable example and you can MOST DEFINITELY find better things to spend $50 on each month, I think if you keep a running total of your direct expenses, including tools, tickets, food on the road, etc. you will find that $50 will not even cover your cd costs for a month.

    4b) A Shot at Retirement…Again I’m going to ask this question – What does that mean? Retirement? Even assuming that you will one day be able to kick back in Hawaii on a whim, buy all your clothes when you get there, own your dream home, Car, etc. all on a residual income – Is that really what the Bible teaches should be our aspiration? Read Luke 12, specifically verses 13-21 and think on that for a moment.

    Now, I think it would be safe to remove the assumption that through the TEAM, you would even have that option, as once you begin to calculate your monthly expenses, it won’t take long for the math break down.

  19. Over and Out permalink
    April 9, 2012 4:51 am

    AMEN!!!

  20. Freedomhaha permalink
    April 9, 2012 6:27 am

    Inloveserve- I missed your comment earlier, but what an outstanding post! I can echo the first part of your statement when you talked about TEAM being a “breath of fresh air”. I felt the same way the first time I came to a seminar. I would be around people reading and listening to success principals while talking about a Christ centered approach. All of those things hit me at the core and I thought I had found something unique in TEAM that I wanted to share. Well, as you stated turns out it was all a massive lie. My point is that I think a lot of people feel that “aha” moment when they find TEAM. Current TEAM member reading this understand this point: Leaving TEAM/LIEf is not turning your back on success, or your faith. Get out now to save your reputation and money.

  21. I QUIT (and glad I did) permalink
    April 10, 2012 6:45 am

    Oh William, oh William. Wherefor art thou William?

  22. Speak Your Truth permalink
    April 10, 2012 3:26 pm

    inloveserve~

    Excellent comments! Thanks!

    IQ~ hilarious!

  23. Frustrated permalink
    April 21, 2012 7:26 pm

    I can learn from the bible by ….. Oh gees I don’t know ….. GO TO CHURCH! TEAM/LIFE play on people’s hope, and people buy into it because they coat everything with sugar.

  24. webelieved permalink
    April 24, 2012 5:01 am

    Team LIFE Sugar coating……….you bet! They create a fake dellusional world to live in by Love bombing etc. a fake, I love you man, happy happy environment, meanwhile stabbing people in their backs, behind the scenes!
    Welcome Frustrated! Can I ask why you picked the name Frustrated?

  25. webelieved permalink
    April 24, 2012 5:06 am

    Inloveserve- I am sorry I missed your beautiful, truthfilled post! Welcome!

  26. Frustrated permalink
    April 24, 2012 5:56 am

    To answer why I picked the name Frustrated…My best friend in the world has been brainwashed by the LIFE group, and she won’t listen to reason! She battles a nerve disease and has a young daughter so being caught up in this huge waste is the last thing she needs. It hurts to watch her fall deeper and deeper into their lies. I keep trying to open her eyes but nothing has worked 😦

  27. webelieved permalink
    April 24, 2012 6:14 am

    Frustrated- I can relate to that. I once was where she is at and the way people tried to reason with me didn’t work as I was indoctrinated by the Cult think.
    I would recommend you read Combatting Cult Mind Control, by Steve Hassan. It will tell you how you can help your friend. You have to learn how to go around what they have taught her. She feels loved and special by the fake love bombing and promise of a better life and e “purpose” she believes she is working for. Read it before you say anything to her. They have messed with her mind to get her to not listen to anyone outside the group and they made anyone outside the group the ignorant “enemy” in her mind. You no longer have any credibility to her now that she is in the group.

    I am sorry you are going through this. Please know your friend will really need you when she can see clearly again. It is devastating coming out of a destructive group that you didn’t know messed with your mind. She will need your love and support, not I told you so. You can do an intervention, but read the book first.
    Let us know what happens.Good luck.

    * All my comments are my opinions from my years of experience with Team and Orrin Woodward and his cronies.

  28. Frustrated permalink
    April 24, 2012 6:43 am

    Thanks webelieved, I have come to realize that the only way I can reach her is through love I will look at that book. My goal now is to give her positive support and reassurance that she can do anything all by herself. Also that we are there for her and we always have been. My hope is that if I can give her the “happy, happy, I love you man” reactions and that she will realize she doesnt need them. It’s hard to do without her thinking that I am “ok” with the “business”.

  29. Frustrated permalink
    April 24, 2012 6:52 am

    To webelieved,
    I would be interested in talking more with you about a project I’m starting. I will give you the full details via email.
    My email is:
    lydia420hi@hotmail.com

    I would really enjoy hearing from you!

  30. webelieved permalink
    April 24, 2012 8:05 am

    Of course she wants to recruit you as she most likely believes you need the “business”. You know it has all the answers.

  31. webelieved permalink
    April 24, 2012 8:06 am

    Unfortunately she is believing part lies, or all lies.

  32. Freedomhaha permalink
    April 24, 2012 11:07 am

    Love to see a community working together to help people!

  33. webelieved permalink
    April 24, 2012 4:02 pm

    Frustrated- you can send an email to Amthrax and he will get it to me. thanks.

  34. Gordon Freeman permalink
    May 3, 2012 8:41 pm

    What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  35. Mesha permalink
    May 4, 2012 5:43 pm

    What?

  36. Gordon Freeman permalink
    May 4, 2012 11:59 pm

    It would be a funny question to ask, especially if one used the Bridgekeeper’s voice.

  37. Brent Hansen permalink
    May 5, 2012 4:04 pm

    Funny Gordon, but what do you mean? An African or European swallow? Sorry, can’t do the voice.

  38. Mesha permalink
    May 5, 2012 7:55 pm

    Don’t think I could pull it off either, though it would be funny.

  39. Mesha permalink
    May 5, 2012 7:58 pm

    @Gordon
    Don’t think I’ve seen you here before… welcome!:)

  40. Frustrated permalink
    May 5, 2012 8:18 pm

    I watched one of Orin’s speeches on you tube and he states you have to fail, and maybe you’ll fail a thousand times before your successful, how is that motivating? If I want to be successful I make sure I know how to succeed. Plus for the Christians out there don’t forget:
    Phil 4:13
    We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us!

  41. Freedomhaha permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:14 am

    Gordon- It is great to have to you on here!

  42. Gaven Sashidharan permalink
    May 7, 2012 10:45 am

    It’s quite clear that none of you own a business. Go ahead and do some research on owning a business and then preach about how you can make money in it.

    Or maybe you enjoy sitting in your office/cube at your job and truly enjoy it.

    Brainwashed by TEAM. Hmmm…but isn’t this blog site doing the exact same thing. Think about it for a second, if the blogger will allow you to, and look at what AMTHRAX is doing. They are preaching how one is not better and they go on and on and on. And yet it’s just the same handful of responders that are on here. WeBelieved seems to be the one badly burned (so sorry to hear that), and he/she continues to wallow in their self pity. It’s really pathetic to see that someone spends that much time on….nothing.

    And I read the touching story of inloveserve. That was very touching that…..oh wait there wasn’t a story. Hmmm. That’s too bad. I really wanted to be touched by the story. As for your quotes from the scripture to rebut Williams statements, yes one can believe in God and trust in Him and in Jesus Christ. They are not trying to replace the Almighty. They offer counsel as do the people in your team. So you mean to say that if a marriage is having problems, the couple should not seek a marriage counselor of some sort? Of if their kids are behaving badly that they shouldn’t seek a psychologist?

    The people that create negativity have only that in their lives. ~ Gaven Sashidharan

    Go do something positive instead of spreading more negativity in this world. You are taking up our space and breathing my air.

    Here’s a question you should add AMTHRAX, and it’s a question for the prospect. Are you a better person/friend/husband/father/wife/mother, etc?

    As for these questions above, ask me. I’ll give you an honest answer. But don’t sit there and complain after I give you an answer.

    Here’s my name and email address (something that none of your followers seem to put on here). Email me with your information and tell me what you were like before and after team and how you truly are a better person now.
    Gaven Sashidharan
    gsashidharan07@yahoo.com

    And unlike inloveserve, I will tell you more instead of hiding behind scripture. And more importantly I want WeBelieved to email me.
    Have a blessed day everyone

  43. Frustrated permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:54 am

    Are you part of TEAM/LIFE? Have you read the P&P?

  44. Gaven Sashidharan permalink
    May 7, 2012 12:28 pm

    Frustrated permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:54 am

    Are you part of TEAM/LIFE? Have you read the P&P?
    ————————————————————————–

    Yes and yes. Do you work for a company and/or own a large corporation?

    It’s funny how that’s the only thing you would point out. And please don’t pollute your friend with the same propaganda delivered here at this blog site. I gave my email out there. I’m free for a discussion. Just not on this site.

    And for those that will clearly point out after a week or so of me not responding “Where is Gaven”, I do have things to do. Some day I will come by on this site and read back on your comments.

  45. webelieved permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:57 am

    Gaven-
    We are brainwashed by Amthrax? I think NOT! Amthrax doesn’t control information like Orrin. In example he allows your comments. He doesn’t have copy cat sites out there to hide disenting opinions, like Orrin and his cronies. Amthrax doesn’t tell you how to feel or what to believe, in fact he promotes discussions. He doesn’t tell your family members how they need to act etc. like Orrin’s P & P’s. There is not a group pressure environment and love bombing used here. The environment isn’t fake. There is no deception used. All opinions are welcomed, unlike the Team/LIFE leaders sites! Amthrax doesn’t have anyone listening to propaganda cds all day long and isn’t being paid in anyway to moderate the site, unlike the so called leaders you are following. I can tell you know nothing of cults or mind control, you may want to read up on it, so you don’t sound so ignorant.
    According to you Gaven, I am wallowing in self pity? No, Just a survivor telling the truth, saving others from the lies that Orrin and others are telling in my opinion. A whistle blower like Erin Brokovich and other good people who stand up against lies and evil! I volunteer my time, telling my experience with Team PC and others, over an over if I have to. Saving others from the financial pilage, and spiritual rape of the soul that I and others here have endured.
    We do believe people who are hurting should seek help from TRAINED PROFFESIONALS, not con men, engineers, mechanics, physical therapists etc. calling themselves proffesional life coaches etc. How dare them try to take some type of authoritarian, counseling role in other people’s lives when they have no right or training to do so!
    “The people that create negativity have only that in their lives.” ~ Gaven Sashidharan
    Actually we didn’t create the negativity, we had it forced upon us. So talk to your masters who created the negativity. The ones who must have only negativity in their lives according to your quote?
    “Go do something positive instead of spreading more negativity in this world. You are taking up our space and breathing my air.”- Gaven
    Wow who said you owned the air and this is your space? Pretty obnoxious, Gaven!
    You have demonstrated with your words how rude, arrogant and obnoxious you are, that I would be a fool to contact you privately! I’m not impressed by any title or anything else you may throw out there. You have not earned any influence in my life. However, if you would like to have a real discussion, have it here in public. If you can’t have it in public, than I am not interested!
    By the way, I find it interesting you are on this site, breaking your P & P’s and yet you say you work for an attorneys office! Very interesting!
    Webelieved

  46. webelieved permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:59 am

    Gaven- What are you hiding that you won’t have conversation on this site?

  47. webelieved permalink
    May 9, 2012 12:01 pm

    Frustrated- Did you see, I asked you to contact me through Amthrax?

  48. G.S. permalink
    May 9, 2012 1:05 pm

    WeBelieved, I’m pretty sure this post won’t make it as I have posted 2 other things on AMTHRAX today, neither of which have been cleared by AMTHRAX. So talk about controlling….

    And as far as breaking my company’s P&P, I said I don’t want to have them involved. I’m not breaking anything. It’s so pathetic to see people like you on here. I spent some time with one of your cronies, Scott Johnson, today. He did go on to call you guys idiots by the way. It was pretty funny. He said that he didn’t really agree with everyone on AMTHRAX. Then he went on to call me an idiot and at the same time calling all of you idiots. lol. Your own follower! Funny stuff.

    Anyway WeStillCan’tPostOurRealName, if I was hiding, why am I using my name and you aren’t? I’ve wasted my time here.

  49. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 9, 2012 3:07 pm

    Webelieved & Gaven~

    Great points! I was wondering the same. If gaven works for a “law firm” and makes light of the LIEf P&P as if it is (just common practice, P&P language protecting the companies) as if no one else is smart enough to know that one. “It’s funny how that’s the only thing (he) would point out.”

    But most interesting is how he failed to address the real issues with the P&P, that have been brought up on this blog such as; ‘controlling’ the Independent LIEf business owner (haha) and your immediate families opinions, thoughts, and feelings, what websites you can or cannot go to and comment on; such as Amthrax etc..

    I find that very telling of his character that he doesn’t think anything of violating the LIEf P&P when he works for a “law firm”? Could you explain that, gaven?

    BTW Gaven, along with the violation of the P&P, I was curious about your motive for showing up on this site, basically soliciting people to contact you for a private conversation? Why would you want to contact anyone privately outside of this site? Are you here representing the “law firm” you work for, perhaps, trying to solicit some clients or are you paid for by orrin/team/life/signature management team or any entity related and have a specific task for them that caused you to come here or are you on here because you felt the need to share your wealth of ‘opinions’ from a liefer perspective and telling people how they should respond? I am looking for your honest answers Gaven.

    Gaven, How long have you been in Team or LIEf or both? How long have you know orrin woodard and or the other PC? Have they hired you or your firm for a specific task to do with Amthrax? If so what came first, the hiring or you becoming a member?

    Gaven says: ” WeBelieved seems to be the one badly burned (so sorry to hear that), and he/she continues to wallow in their self pity.”

    Gaven there is something you should know about the commenter’s on here, most if not all have been “badly burnt” to some degree and there isn’t one that is as stupid as your condescending comments imply; of course we couldn’t be as smart as you. There is also something else you should know that there won’t be anyone who falls for your superficial concern “(so sorry to hear that)” bs. Please if you don’t mean it don’t say it. Otherwise I will just chalk it up to the school of orrin you are attending and to add to this, to make my point, in another comment you stated;

    “I don’t know how you reached here, nor do I really care, but look at yourself in the mirror, look at your wife and kids eyes (if you have them) and ask yourself if you have actually made a difference in this world.”

    Gaven, it wasn’t hard to figure out you don’t give a sh*t but thanks for admitting it. But don’t expect anyone to “care” about you either, that is elementary “people skills” and perhaps you should have read “How to win friends and influence people,” (before you got here) that is if you were seriously trying to solicit people to contact you. I hate to rain on your parade but pretty sure that blew it for ya, gavey…just saying.

    And the last question about looking in your wife and children’s eyes is ridiculous, and you should answer it for yourself Gaven. Remember you don’t “care” so never mind about our children and families. You must not understand the depth or the difference parents make in their children’s lives (with and then without) the Team. Read the rest of the blog before you spout off a question like that. If you talked to our children it could crush you (that is if you had a heart), at what a negative “difference” orrin and Co’s cronies made in their lives…but then you really don’t give a sh*t anyway, do ya gaven?

  50. Freedomhaha permalink
    May 9, 2012 3:57 pm

    Speak and WeBelieved- Awesome post- thanks so much. For those not in TEAM/LIEF lets celebrate another day of freedom.

  51. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 9, 2012 6:39 pm

    Freedom~

    Celebrate freedom…Yes! 🙂

  52. Frustrated permalink
    May 9, 2012 6:44 pm

    Sorry, we had a melt down at church this last week I have been SUPER busy plus with my book getting started but I will figure out how this next week because I really would like some more info

  53. webelieved permalink
    May 9, 2012 7:16 pm

    Frustrated- No problem, just thought you may have missed my post.

  54. Frustrated permalink
    May 9, 2012 8:25 pm

    Does anyone else find it interesting that you cannot comment on the YouTube videos for TEAM/LIFE?

  55. freedomhaha permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:07 pm

    Frustrated- I just checked and you are able to comment on the “Something Right” video. My guess is that it wouldn’t last long up there though.

  56. Frustrated permalink
    May 10, 2012 5:34 am

    How come when I google news for team/life I only find self published articles?

  57. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 8:17 am

    Because they are only self promoted. In the real world, outside the group, they are unknown. In fact Forbes called Team a pyramid on top of a pyramid. Of course Orrin never told us about that article. LOL!

  58. Frustrated permalink
    May 10, 2012 8:47 am

    I know some of you have been badly hurt by them but I personally can’t figure out why people get involved

  59. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:04 am

    You think it is a group of people with integrity, Christians, who want to help others. That is the pitch. You also are led to believe you can get your time back, earn an income that will help your family and that you can use to help others. IF you are an optimist and looking for something to do that is good, you will really be sucked in. They lied to us so much. Now it is more straight forward. When we got in it was a bait and switch. I had no idea they were making most of their income from the tools. Now they cannot lie as much so it will sink or swim, because people know they are making the money off sale of books, cds, etc. Also you are love bombed and under group pressure when you get around the group, so you feel like you met some great friends with the same ideals as you. YOu have no idea they are faking it, and that they are taught to do it. You have no idea 95% of the room has been sitting there year after year hoping, but not making any money. The group pressure is strong. Than they give you cds picked for your personality, and you are manipulated over and over. Once you are listening to their propaganda and indoctrinated, it is hard to see the truth.

  60. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:08 am

    Then your sense of self worth is attacked over and over by the messages, if your team isn’t growing you aren’t a good enough leader, or you haven’t read enough, worked enough. etc. Subtle messages. You need to check in with your upline, they are all knowing and successful and your friends outside the group are not. They lose credibility with you as you have these so called rich, great guys who are willing to help you. Why would you take advice from a broke guy who has a job? YOu find the guy with success that you want and listen to them. What they don’t tell you is, the guy who has success probably misled a lot of people to get it. That he is working all of the time and that only 7 families have got that income over a 20 year period! That they will control who you are, what you say, what you do, how much time you spend with your family. That you will be at their beck and call.

  61. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:09 am

    The higher up you go the more you will be forced to conform who you are to their ideals to keep what you worked for. You will need to become an mini Orrin or Chris, you will start talking like cds, looking like Orrin etc. YOu do what they say, or else. Just like a cult.

  62. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:10 am

    Of course when you get in you have NO IDEA the sacrifice of your life, personality, time, uniqueness you will have to make to stay a part of the group.

  63. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:12 am

    Basically you are promised one thing, and delivered another. By the time you see what you got, you cannot recognize it because you are so confused by the indoctrination and propaganda. So you are trapped. IF anyone tells you anything against the group you have been indoctrinated/brainwashed you cannot even hear it. So sad.

  64. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:03 am

    Thanks Webelieved…you explained what happens to you through the process.

    Frustrated~ A very simple answer to your question is: No one really gets ‘started’ they get “recruited” usually by someone (family, friend etc.) they TRUST based on making a lot of money and what they either know about your specific desires or find out about them. But These basic human desires they promise and promote as if they are the answer for you to get them all.

    In other words people don’t seek the scam out, the scammers seek you out and then it becomes a very systematic process unbenounced to you, which then follows what webelieved explained with deception and how great everyone and everything is. Just like webelieved said they lead to believe it is the answer to all your problems that you have been looking for.The recruiters have been trained to feed on your desires and know how to manipultate your personality.

  65. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:05 am

    A step by step process happens you believe is all spontaneous and natural….but simply is manipulation!

  66. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:15 am

    Your upline will do favors for you so you feel like you owe them. Pick you up, do meetings for you, etc. You feel like you made new friends and eventually they become like your family. You work together, and slowly the business takes over almost everyday of your life. You will be invited to meeting after meeting, promotions with your successful upline, coffee- confession sessions, etc. Your upline will slowly invade every personal area of your life as your mentor/counselor. You are led slowly through the process and never are told up front how much time away from your family,money etc it will really take away from your life. They even teach followers not to tell prospects up front all that is entailed, only just get them to the next step, the next meeting. So you commit to the next step, not knowing there is another one, coming. Once you are commited and going power player/showing 15 plans, listening to cds everyday, it is hard to change your mind. You have bought into it. You will be so busy you hardly have time to think, and you hardly have time for your old life or your old friends. You will be on a mission to go out and help the next guy. You are living in a fake, manipulated environment ( unknown to you), and you will go out and sell it to the next guy. You believe you are making a difference, and you are so busy you cannot even see the amount of people you have hurt, the majority quit etc. They got you to believe they are just lazy quitters who don’t have a dream, etc. ( You can see that from the pro team commenters on the site). You are living in a delusional world, that isn’t what it appears. Except they will never let you see the real them. You will only see what is on stage, not the fits Orrin throws or the pig he was on the Qrush blog, or how he manipulated the pay behind the scenes and won’t give people their contracts, or the many companies he kept in Utah, perhaps to not pay taxes, or the leaders who filed bankruptcy, or were forclosing on their property. etc. You will only see the nicey, nicey side of them all. It is all based on deception and hiding the full truth.

    *all my comments are my opinions based on years of experience in Team.

  67. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:20 am

    The leaders are trained in personalities and sales and could sell ice to an eskimo. They know how to challenge a strong personality, that a laid back person won’t say no if you tell them you are picking them up. They promise a detailed person graphs and charts, and a fun person a party. They are amazing at manipulating people to get them to do what they want to hit their goals. Also people will report in on what you are doing, how you are thinking to the upline. Nothing is private on team or confidential. Your guru has already heard about you and knows just what to say to make you feel good. They will ask you questions to know your desires and dreams and use that to entice you. It is really sick. Then get you on they system, cds, books etc. so you will be brainwashed by their propaganda.

  68. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:25 am

    Your downline and your upline will report in on you, everything you do to run your business. If your upline doesn’t approve of what you are doing he will make it a generic topic for a meeting. Unkown to you , he is doing it to send a message to you and everyone else that you are doing something wrong, they call it not following the system. This is only one way they control your behavior. Another way is using rewards and punishments, but that comes after you have been in awhile and are a leader. You want to hang out with your ‘friends’ you have to show so many plans or buy so much stuff. That is how they get you performing. Once you do that you don’t want to miss the next event so you go to work, over and over. You don’t even know, now you are trapped working for the groups goals, not really your own, like you think.

  69. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:29 am

    They run promotions to get with your upline, Orrin or whoever. So you go to work to get there. Once you get there it is just more meetings, etc. Constant work, you never take any time off, to rest, vacation etc. You believe you will do that in a few years when you make it, yet that never happens. The higher up you go the more work you will be expected to do, the more money you will spend running your business. You will NEVER really get your time back like they promise, you do not have residual income either. Now it says it right in their p and p’s. By now you don’t believe the outside world has any credibility due to the propaganda of the group, so you are trapped to continue trying, believing it is not working because something is wrong with you.

  70. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 10:43 am

    You will see contradictary things, but will make excuses for them. You will be told one thing and see another and yet you can hardly put it into words, because your language has been reduced to cult language. It has been proven if a group can dumb down your use of language to cliches they can dumb down your ability to think, and that is what I believe happened in Team. When I came out I couldn’t even hardly understand much less explain what happened to me. I didn’t have the words. Now I do.
    That is why I recommend the Combatting Cult Mind Control book to anyone trying to help a loved one out or anyone previously involved in a destructive group, it gives you the words and understanding to process it and move beyond it.

  71. May 10, 2012 11:08 am

    Gaven: Your comments are going into moderation because you keep using different names (G.S., Gaven Sashidharan, and Gaven YouShouldKnowMeByNow) when leaving your comments. Stick with one consistent name, and your comments won’t go into moderation in the future.

  72. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:46 am

    Thanks Amthrax! :)…..Hmm…another standard MO approach! How maannnyyy times do these shysters have to do this before they learn…Yawn?! There went your crediblity Gaven?….Now try and tell us someone else is sharing your computer…thats been tried and tested too.. but hasn’t been effective or believed! So we can’t even say “nice try” gavey…then you have the audacity to say Amthrax is “controlling.”…pfft!

    Just another example…Follower…. of those great guru…”leeeaders” who are just ooozing with “integrity!

  73. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:52 am

    You know what is “pathetic” gaven….is your lack of integrity, arrogance, ignorance, and condescending attitude. BTW~ Who is Scott Johnson?

  74. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 12:49 pm

    Speak – I was going to ask the same question, never heard of Scott Johnson. Gaven using one name is not too much to ask and I don’t think Amthrax cares to take up every single second of his day to moderate this site. So have a bit of patience, isn’t that what the team/lief teaches?

  75. May 10, 2012 12:56 pm

    @Scott Johnson is also known as Tex, who is an opponent of Amway Motivational Organizations (i.e. WWDB, N21, etc.). He’s been banned from this site because he constantly belittles people and tries to get them to call his conference line (which few people want to do).

  76. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 10, 2012 4:07 pm

    Thx again Amthrax…haha…now that is funny still don’t “know” or care to know Scott Johnson/ Tex… other than have heard of Tex. One other thing..where could I find the comment(s) listed under the 3rd alias “YouShouldKnowMeByNow?” I don’t recall seeing that moniker.

  77. webelieved permalink
    May 10, 2012 4:27 pm

    Scott Johnson is Tex? Oh that expains a lot! LOL! Gaven try again, or should I say GS or youshouldknowmebynow…..it would fit better if it said….. youshouldknowmebymyrudeness, LOL!
    Speak that is under LIEF Policy and Procedures I believe.

  78. Frustrated permalink
    May 10, 2012 7:33 pm

    @G.S. Thanks Buh-dy
    @Scott Johnson I walk with god, is it hot where you live?

    It is so sad to see people trying to take advantage of good honest people

  79. May 10, 2012 11:03 pm

    He used it in this comment. You didn’t see it because it had been moderated for a couple of days (which I approved this afternoon).

  80. kwp73 permalink
    July 28, 2012 7:46 pm

    I am a member of life been one for less then a year and was thinking about getting out. I have many questions with no answers….mmmm Has anyone ever herd of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing/

  81. July 28, 2012 8:21 pm

    @kwp73 – Here’s an article about Fortune from USA Today back in 2010:

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/2010-10-15-multilevelmarketing14_CV_N.htm

    I would avoid Fortune. Can you talk about your experience with LIFE over the past year? What kind of questions do you have which have not been answered?

  82. kwp73 permalink
    July 28, 2012 9:47 pm

    Well I know someone who has hit power player and still not making what I feel is worth what he is spending. I am spending 100 per month and have not made over 20 dollars and the guy who mad power player is just a little over that. I am not even close to power player????

  83. Brent Hansen permalink
    July 29, 2012 1:49 am

    Sounds about right, keep doing what your doing, your right on track. Success is just around the next corner, just go Power Player and everything will change, that is the key to success. Pfffftt! And don’t forget the ticket to the next major function huh? The significant problems we face in live can’t be changed if we remain at the level of thinking we were at when we created the problem. HAHAHA! You need to get “ALL – IN”.

  84. Brent Hansen permalink
    July 29, 2012 2:12 am

    “Virtually no negative on the internet in regards to Network 21”, said david steadson. david, FYI, there are thousands of negatives, what planet are you from? Check this one out, sound familiar to all you Teamers? They must have picked up this one listening to Team/Orrin.

    “Any questions about Amway are answered with lies. I was told several times in the last session I endured that they had a casual relationship with Amway (the words used were “Amway is one of our suppliers”) but the real link was continually denied.” “One of our suppliers” hmmm….I wonder who else they are getting supplies from. Melaleuca? Shaklee? And if Amway was merely their supplier, shouldn’t they be finding a more cost-effective source for their supplies?

    Ah, the old “they are our supplier” rhetoric. First Amway is their supplier, then Monavie is their supplier, and now Life is their supplier.

    No your honor, I don’t work at McDonalds, they merely “supply” me with the food I need to assemble hamburgers. I am not in the Amway business, they “supply” me with the laundry soap I need to wash my clothes, and attach my tool selling money grab to.

    So one of my 50 questions is why do they do that? Do they really think that trying to place distance between them and their…..wink, wink,…..supplier gives them credibility? Ridiculous!

  85. webelieved permalink
    July 29, 2012 4:39 am

    kwp- I am sure you get Brent’s humor. You will have to continue to go power player over and over to get anywhere, and are they still promoting residual income? That is a lie. You will always have to work, you never really get your time back, you just switch from a day job to a night and weekend job.

  86. webelieved permalink
    July 29, 2012 4:43 am

    I am sure you are seeing it is a build and replace business and you own NOTHING, so it is truthfully a job. It is disturbing the small amount of money people are making. Can you tell us more? I would guess the 100 doesn’t include the costs of building the business, just the subscription? We went power player over and over when Life was called Team. What they don’t tell you is you basically will give up your life as you know it to do it and then have to keep doing it ,over and over. Have you read the LIFE PRIMER?

  87. kwp73 permalink
    July 29, 2012 5:30 pm

    no I have not where is it located for me to read. I really wanted to make extra money but having second thoughts. And yes that was just for tools not the major and or road cost.

  88. Brent Hansen permalink
    July 29, 2012 5:50 pm

    @kwp73, The former Power Player program required that you build one team 10 deep with 4 on the system, and the other team 5 deep with 2 on the system, correct?

    Since everyone who signs up with Life is essentially “on the system”, have the qualifications changed? What exactly does it take to become a “Power Player”?

  89. webelieved permalink
    July 30, 2012 8:02 am

    kwp- You can see the LIFE PRIMER in a box on the top right of this site. Lots of good info there. Check out the comp plan analysis videos as well. You are better off to get a second job or start your own small business that you own and control for extra income. At least you won’t have to mislead people.

    In Team in my experience it took many years to just break even, and we were killing ourselves, giving up our lives to do it. Then we find out we own nothing, and Orrin can take it from us and did.

    If you could even “make it” as your chances are so slim, it says in their rules now, you have to keep working and spending to get paid so it is not residual and they are misleading/lying to you in my opinion.

    Do you have any customers outside of your downline? How do they teach you to do it?

  90. kwp73 permalink
    July 30, 2012 2:55 pm

    @ brent power player is the same
    @ webelieved no i have no customers

  91. webelieved permalink
    July 30, 2012 3:34 pm

    Kp- how do they go on system? Does that means buy the cds on a monthly subscription?

  92. webelieved permalink
    July 30, 2012 3:35 pm

    Kwp- I would imagine it is hard to get customers to stay long term?

  93. Arthur permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:07 am

    What a bunch of bullcrap!! I am a proud member of Team/LIFE and I just left my job on April 4 2012, which was my birthday present. Team/LIFE has changed my life in so many ways. For people to say you can not make a profit have no idea what they are talking about. I will admit for the first 7 months, we made no profit. Month 8 we finally broke even and today, 29 months after we signed up, we are making a huge profit. I will tell you guys how much I spend, and how much I make a month because I want to shut u all up. We spend $648 a month(not because we have to but because we CHOOSE to) on books, CDs, opens seminars, etc. and for the month of July we received a check for $14,936. Pretty good investment if u ask me. Before LIFE launched we were only making half of that with Monavie. LIFE has truly been a life changer for my family.

  94. August 22, 2012 8:06 am

    @Arthur – How much are your downline making? How many people in your organization are where you were during your first 7 months?

  95. Former Round Table permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:16 am

    Hey Arthur, I suggest you stash as much of that monthly Life income as you possibly can, and do not assume it will continue for long. Also, don’t burn your bridges in your former career. Take it from one who once was where you are now. You might think you have found the goose that laid the golden egg, but after awhile those eggs go rotten.

  96. John permalink
    August 22, 2012 11:09 am

    Congratulations Arthur! You just made one of the worst decisions you could possible make by quitting your job. Nearly everyone I know over the past number of years who did what you just did have deep regrets. This decision will come back to haunt you. It won’t be too long before most of those you convince to join Team will realize that the Three to Five year plan actually means it takes three to five years to realize what a terrible mistake they made in getting involved with Team. For you to tell the people here that they do not know what they are talking about is an arrogant and ignorant comment. You don’t have all the facts about how bad this business really is. You have landed in Oz and have been fooled by the smoke and mirrors of the great wizard.

    How can you honestly tell the new person you are getting in that this is a great opportunity for them? How can you do that and not feel you are deceiving them? Just do the math. How many have passed through the Team the past few years? They don’t tell you how many drop out do they? The success rate is dismal. The cost is excessive. The failure rate is shockingly high. You are not close enough to the top leaders to see the real life that they live. They are work-a-holics who live lives full of stress and anxiety. They present their trips and life styles as something that is great but it is not what they pretend. It won’t get any better for you Arthur. It only gets more painful from here on as you will slowly learn what a bad mistake you have made.

    People on this site not only feel this way themselves but also know many who are heart broken over the wasted years in Team. When someone like you has the opportunity to hear the truth but rejects it because of all the propaganda it is very disappointing. We are not insulted by your comments we are actually hurting for you because we know what is in store for you.

    [editor’s note: minor grammatical changes for clarity]

  97. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 12:49 pm

    Arthur don’t mislead people. Why don’t you give your real name and show us your back office? How many teams were you given from other leader’s groups from Team, Ameay, and or Mv? Do you know you signed a contract saying Orrin can take your team for ANY reason and you have no recourse? Why would a legitimate company need to write that in their policy? Do you tell your prospects that before they sign? Have you called Pastor Dickie or anyone screwed over by team and Orrin? Also Life only started in Nov. So how can you lie like that?
    I bet we will hear crickets chirping…..

  98. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 22, 2012 1:25 pm

    someone help me! I got messed up with avatars…ended up with a bazillion wordpress names/accounts and spent the rest of the day trying to figure this all out!

  99. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 22, 2012 1:28 pm

    Okay, I see something finally went through from me…when I tried a 3rd email account, I finally got back on from this morning’s mess.

    BTW, did you see where Bill Lewis, on his Team leadership blog made the absolutely reprehensible statement that children are essentially born evil in sin? I left a message for him on his wordpress blog…gee, I wonder if they’ll print it?

  100. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 22, 2012 1:32 pm

    @former round table: hey, if “Arthur” is really making that much in a month, he must be getting hefty bonuses based upon downliner productivity. And perhaps by now, he/she is not bringing in that much on his/her own?

  101. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 22, 2012 1:59 pm

    Hey, webelieved: I wonder if Arthur is really Bill Lewis, the baby/born as evil sinner sermonizer….I left a rather chilly note for him on his religious blather today…

  102. Arthur permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:22 pm

    John, you say I’m ignorant but most everybody here are bashing the people who are trying to change there lives.

    @Amthrax, you want to know how much my downline is making? I won’t give you numbers but I will say the people that are doing the work are being compensated rather well. It’s paid on performance.

    The reason why people quit and say its a “scam” is because they sign up, and do NOTHING. They expect the upline to add people to the team, and then expect the downline to build it for them. If you don’t do the work, you don’t get paid.

    @webelieved, You have my real name and quite frankly, my back office is none of your business. Either you believe it or you don’t.

    You will not see me here anymore. If people don’t bash your business adventures, please don’t bash there’s. They are trying to make a difference in there lives so instead of being so negative, if you have nothing encouraging to say, don’t say anything at all.

  103. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:43 pm

    Notice how “Arthur” didn’t answer any of our questions? The same ole rhetoric and then run away. Gee I am suprised…….not.

  104. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:50 pm

    And by the way Arthur isn’t your real or full name. Don’t treat the readers like they are dumb, it isn’t becoming. By the way who are you saying did nothing? It is obvious you have an adgenda or you haven’t read the site. Clearly if you did you wouldn’t use your nonsensical rhetoric! Another drive by.

  105. Arthur permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:09 pm

    webelieved, I am saying the people that did nothing are the people who quit. Read my post again. If they did work, they would have been compensated for it.

    If you think Arthur isn’t my real name, thats fine. I’m not going to waste my time trying to convince somebody who sits with his computer all day being negative and making fun of people. I hope you’re proud of who you have become.

  106. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:22 pm

    Arthur- Do you know Orrin rearranged Teams and stole residual income from his own leaders? The ones who did do the work for years.

  107. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:23 pm

    Do you think lying to people and then later stealing their income is ethical and right?

  108. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:24 pm

    Do you believe it is ethical to lie to a judge? How about go against a judges order? Orrin did.

  109. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:26 pm

    Do you think it is ethical to withhold information from prospects?
    Do you believe it is ethical to not tell prospects up front what the Whole cost in time and money will be to build the business…ie Power Player.
    Do you think it is ethical for Orrin to tell his followers that he did a benchmarking award on MV and then behind the scenes accept a 3 million dollar bonus?

  110. webelieved permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:27 pm

    Arthur- I am very proud of who I have become. It is called a whistle blower. I thank God everyday for saving me from this lie.

  111. August 22, 2012 10:13 pm

    Mother,

    While I have appreciated much of your analysis of the team biz, and even your passion for the truth, I would (kindly) ask that you try and refrain from commenting on certain doctrine(s) that a team member brings up, esp since this blog isn’t geared towards religious debate. For example, while I clearly disagree with Bill Lewis on so many things, I happen to agree with him on the sinful condition of children. But to debate that point on here is not, as far as I can tell, relevant to the goal of this blog.
    My goal isn’t to censor free speech, but I am considering the sensitivities of those of us who agree with you in your criticisms of the Team/Life scam but part ways with you on matters of Theology. I’m not even trying to say that religion shouldn’t be discussed here. For clearly Team leaders, I believe, have used it to their own ends to woo undiscerning Christians and religious folk into the fold. For I was one of them.
    But I see attacking Team leaders for using religion to their own deceptive ends as…well…fair game. However, being critical of a particular doctrine that a team leader happens to hold is…well…not in the scope and purpose of this blog (Amthrax, correct me if I’m wrong here).
    I absolutely respect your right to believe whatever you want regarding religion…even if it’s a belief that is diametrically opposite my beliefs. For that is what freedom of religion is all about. And I celebrate that freedom. (If I remember correctly, you discussed this issue of freedom of religion quite well recently on another thread).
    However, I don’t think Amthrax is really interested in religious debate on this blog, and out of respect for him that’s why I have refrained thus far in challenging you on the very few disagreements I’ve had in your posts discussing religious issues.
    Lastly, please don’t mistake this as an attack on you or an effort to censor you. I just want to make sure we keep our criticisms narrowed towards those who abuse religion to evil ends and away from the religious beliefs/doctrines held by the people that many on here, like yourself, are warning others about on a daily basis.

    Thanks, and keep up the good work!!

  112. August 22, 2012 10:14 pm

    Amthrax, I apologize in advance if you feel my attempts to correct Mother… are out of line. For that is not my intention.

  113. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:21 am

    @mattjer22: Hon, I hope the “22” doesn’t stand for age or life experience here. I’m not going to rant too severely back on you, nor your silly, sophomoric, Un-American statement to AMTHRAX re: “attempts to correct me” from an opinion founded in fact. You can’t squelch the truth. Perhaps AMTHRAX can take care of him/herself?

    I’ll only say this to you: TEAM/LIFE, A MISERABLE MLM SCAM, VIA WHOMEVER CHOOSES TO TEACH ON WHATEVER SUBJECT THEY CHOOSE AS THEY SCRAMBLE TO REACH THE NEXT RUNG ON THE UPLINE: IS TEACHING deluded disciples despicable concepts like this:

    DRUMROLL PLEASE…………………BILL LEWIS CLAIMS BABIES ARE BORN SINFUL!

    We’re not talking about lewd, disrespectful teenagers here. I rest my case.

    I do NOT believe I have ever disrespected AMTHRAX, who well may be a minister of some sort. That’s not why I’m here. I see Amthrax being quite able to manage this site, so I’m not quite sure why you are cloaking your attack of me as concern over something else. We all know better.

    What you need to understand: I don’t care one hoot about earthly religion and who subscribes to it on a personal level.

    I DO mind my grandchildren being dragged into a borderline HATE/THOUGHT CRIME business pushing this kind of Medieval poppycock. This is how children get bashed and beaten and burned–I know this from firsthand experience.

    You are the one who has missed the point: all religion, but especially this type of skewed acid religion does not belong in a so-called MLM sales business. They are using it as leverage to make people their slaves while covering up their own crimes. Just sick.

    Signed: raised an ULTRA strict Catholic and all of the horrors that came with it; National Jesuit University Scholar; past student of Theology, AND who made a conscious choice to let the myth go, BUT who stands in NO judgment of believers, AND ALSO, HOWEVER who will point out potentially dangerous religious fallacies in a business selling paper products, floor cleaners, and juice that my family is being drawn into, etc. as long as AMTHRAX lets me.

    Peace to ya mattjer22.

  114. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:30 am

    CLARIFICATION to mattjer22: An upline leader in a business pushing paper and CDs is actually PREACHING one specific religion’s belief that babies are born sinful….are we so egocentric ourselves in America to not see that there are other religions in America and the world and that Christianity should not be pushed on them by upliners in a sales business motivating others to sell, sell, sell? These freaks (Amway to Life) are in 80 countries in the world….and we have American upliners claiming babies are born sinful? This, obviously has nothing to do with you going to mass or services on Sunday mornings.

  115. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:34 am

    I think you both actually agree that religion shouldn’t be used to bring people into a business/scam IMHO. Unfortunately we are all a bit emotional on the subject of Team/LIFE since it has impacted all of our families in a negative way. Mother, mattjer22 is on our side.

  116. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:36 am

    Mother- They actually hold services on Sunday mornings at the Major Leadership weekends. Many times Orrin or a PC actually do the service!

  117. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:37 am

    PS: to mattjer22: if AMTHRAX would discount particular tactics of what LIFE is doing as “taboo on this discussion board” well… when it comes to religion and propaganda to members thereof in order to indoctrinate them deeper…….then AMTHRAX would also be committing the same “sins” in reverse–because this site is dedicated to exposing the truth about the iterations of LIFE. The truth hurts and the zealous cannot sometimes step back and see that millions in the world (and by the way, even in the USA) do not hold the same beliefs they, themselves do.

  118. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:37 am

    PC= Policy Counsel. Orrin Woodward, George Guzzardo, Tim Marks or Chris Brady have all done service on Sundays.

  119. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:09 am

    @webelieved and mattjer22: You know, you guys might think I’m sitting here, steaming or something. I’m actually not. I realize mattjer22 is on our “side.”

    Let me explain why religion came up, from me: because I kept finding string threads of one belief sect, i.e., Christianity, infused in a business where the teaching/conversion to it does not belong.

    Now, admittedly, I have bias. Example: Catholocism tore our family asunder from crimes punishable by law to divorce. Completely torn asunder.

    The children (2 of us) were caught in the crossfire.

    In the 1950’s, I had been, and this is no joke: poked with opened wire hangers down to my bones, breaking right through the skin; burned with matches; thrown into dark closets for hours on end; kicked in the groin and pubic area and told I was so sinful, I did not deserve to live; beaten with thick barbershop metal-buckled leather razor straps, etc., all for committing minor infractions like: snickering at something funny my brother did in church. The repercussions were severe Catholic dogma forms of “spare the rod/spoil the child”. (later, one of my adopted parents would be diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia which did not get treated medically until the 1970’s)

    That’s my admitted background. So yes, I firmly believe people selling paper and plastic as they do in LIFE have no place preaching THEIR OWN version/belief system of what they believe Christianity is composed of to gullible, potentially distraught followers. My past did not, however, just leave me bitter without investigation–I studied it at a heavily Christian University to see how/why such things could happen to children. (The funny aside here is: many Christians think the Jesuits are some kind of evil Knights Templar, too—LOL!!)

    I made every effort in my life to NOT do such things to my child/children. This doesn’t mean I didn’t get the urge, at times, to lightly slap a sassy, defiant teenager upside the head behind the proverbial woodshed.

    My son is now in LIFE. If I ever see repercussions with attitudes like “babies are born sinful” used against my grandchildren, I would not hesitate to legally have those children removed from that home. I would not hesitate to sue those in LIFE if a connection could be proven.

    From where I stand, this all has nothing to do with what each one of you do in your own life and belief system. But on this blog site and in these threads, having potentially thousands of folks indoctrinating newbie downliners with their views on a particular faith is, well, rather frightening, like a case of playing “religious post office”, especially when it comes to the so-called “Leadership Blog” kingpins.

  120. Former Round Table permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:09 am

    Hey Mom, I happen to think that MattJer22 said it exactly right, and I applaud him for saying what he did.

    I support you 100% on the evils of Team/Life. Orrin and Laurie Woodward were once my best friends, I have seen first hand how Orrin has slid into a pit of narsicism and egotism. When I realized he was perverting the religion I believe in to further his own personal gains, I quit. My family will never recover financially from our folly in leaving very lucrative careers to pursue Orrin’s dreams.

    It breaks my heart to see so many unsuspecting families mesmerized by this charlatan. I am sorry for people like Arthur, who one day will wake up and realize that to continue to earn money from Team/Life, he will literally have to sell his soul to Orrin.

    But, please do not bring religion into this. Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and Tim Marks have abused Christianity to an appalling degree. That is reprehensible. But it does not make Christianity wrong. I once heard Ravi Zacharias say, “Do not judge a religion by those who abuse it.”

    I was once an atheist with the same horror at hearing babies were born into sin (amoung other things). I thank God every day that He opened my eyes to my need of Him. Please, when you equate Christian biblical beliefs with hate crimes, you are not serving yourself well.

  121. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:22 am

    @round table: what?? Sorry, I am not following you very well here. I said: LIFE people were doing the equivalent of this (spewing one large faith’s belief) against children. I did NOT equate Christian Biblical beliefs with hate crime in general–that’s absurd.

    Answer me one thing: how does one NOT bring “religion into it” when one is reading the in-depth teatises and leadership blogs that are spewing it? That’s what I don’t get.

    So, my friends: you want censorship here, too, eh? You want it because you believe in somehting on your particular belief system–even though what LIFE is doing with ONE religion and it’s dogma, is germaine to dissecting HOW they are indoctrinating others on a cult level?

    You cannot keep yelling that this is a cult, without pointing out the religious underpinnings, etc.

    Also, I do not appreciate you, in turn, “looking down” on me in one of your last sentences, as if I am some sort of a deluded Atheist who has not discovered an absolute truth—in this case, being your version of a supposed absolute Christian God you take to be fact. I never did this to you or anyone else on this board, but evidently, you believe and feel it’s okay to do it to me? I am more than proud to be an Atheist who has a strong, moral compass, and who spent her life caring for others.

    This is how fights start, and it was never my intention. If your God helps you in your personal life—hey, more power to ya! What I object to, and want to redirect to where my comments belong: it does not belong in a damaging cult as a stong thread with which to bind their victims.

  122. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:44 am

    Claification for Round Table: wait, you said it yourself: Woodward, etal, have abused religion.

    I think some of the problem you have with me is this: I actually made a very conscious choice to study theology and the history and development of Christianity–and I may come across wrong, perhaps erroneously as I see now :)))) when I said things like: there is no written proof, aboslutely none, in any writing of early non-Christian chroniclers of that 33 yr period, that Jesus of Nazareth ever existed. This is just historic fact.

    It was NOT MEANT to blow your belief system for yourself.

    WHY DID I DO WHAT I DID WHEN I WROTE THAT? I use such facts, basically, against Orrin Woodward who seems to deem himself as an expert on everything from Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the founding of America, the loss of culture in America and the entire Westernized world, the entire Federal Banking system, Religion, Warfare, the Progressive Movement of the early 20th Century, etc., as a HISTORIAN (in his mind). I merely spewed some historical facts back at him, thinking all of YOU would understand. Oops, wrong.

    From here on in if I ever decide to post again, I will be very careful to distinguish whatever I am saying as a counterpoint. And hey: I would NEVER say there are no good things about religion, and if you want to go back to search my posts, I even said: “the good things about religions” in sentences.

    Here’s one good thing about organized religions from some good friends: their sense of community and what they as individuals do with it. I also have a religious nursing friend who started a hospital in Guatemala and who got caught in guerilla warfare. I, myself, have served food to the homeless at a church (even though it is wrong to make people pray your religion’s prayers to get a hot meal).

    Do we at least understand each other better now?

  123. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 8:49 am

    Arthur- It IS our business because you made it our business! Do you know it is ILLEGAL to make income claims about your MLM LIFE, without backing it up with proof? Why don’t you use your full name? Why don’t you post your check and show us your back office.
    Also so you say only people who didn’t do the work quit? Hilarious! Why don’t you read Tony’s post. HE did the work and DID NOT get paid, and then he quit.
    OR how about “leaders” like Guzzardo and Woodward who didn’t do the work and stole teams from people who did the major majority of the work while they sat back. How about Hawkins, Blomdahl, Martins who were given some of those teams and don’t disclose it? That’s integrity right there. How about you Arthur how many groups were given to you?
    Thanks for coming here and confirming what we have been saying all along! More proof.

    This is typical behavior of Team/LIFE promoters: Don’t answer questions then run and hide, make crazy income claims without proof, and say everybody wants something for nothing and they didn’t do the work if their a critic of the business, blah blah blah.

  124. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 9:03 am

    Arthur- You fail to mention that your check most likely came from a month that had a major in it! Which means it is inflated. You also didn’t mention your other expenses, gas, travel, hotels, food. etc. which is a major expense. How about the health insurance you need to buy now because you gave it up from your job, or are you making your wife work? Home expenses, heat, office, etc. You are hiding much of the truth. How many hours are you on the phone, driving, showing the plan, checking your back office, mentoring etc. What is your time worth? We want to see your taxes at the end of the year because magically the bottom line is there will be not much left of spendable income or profit after expenses. We know the deal we did it!
    So don’t come here and pretend your only spending $648 a month. We know your expenses are lot more!
    By the way what are you hiding did you get a special deal, ( something for nothing) like some other leaders? Deals that the new guy will never get, never be told about and never realize people parading across stage were given groups that would take YEARS to build!
    I find it hard to believe you are using your real name as we have never heard of you. A Round Table or PC with a name of Arthur ? Hmm….. I have a suspicion you are either lying about you income or your name.

  125. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 9:47 am

    Mother- I think you are right. We do need to address the use of religion to trap people in this group. I agree with your post above on this point. I do not want any censorship here as listening to Orrin while he was withholding information is what got us in trouble in the first place. I believe Orrin and company are abusing religion to keep people trapped. If they didn’t use religion, their psuedo business wouldn’t work nearly as well or not at all. Now I can see they only shared the religious ideas that fit their agenda at the moment, while leaving out the rest of the story. After being abused spiritually in this group for many years, many ex-followers question their Christian faith and want nothing to do with groups or people that spew their strong religious beliefs about.(even though they believe they have a right to have them) This is normal and actually healthy to feel when coming out of an abusive group. I also strongly believe it is important not to have censorship here and we should be able to have free discussions about any subject, that is what makes us free thinkers again. I for one will not come here if it is censored.
    I think we can all be civil while debating topics and can agree to disagree on some specific issues. In team we were not allowed to disagree with anything or really think or act on our own. We had to follow the group and leaders. The higher up you went the worse the conformity gets.
    I am not here to point out how Orrin and Co are using religion and cult tactics to abuse people and I believe religion needs to be discussed. I hope you all come back and keep sharing your beliefs.

  126. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 9:54 am

    Correction- I am here to point out how Orrin and Co are using religion and cult tactics to abuse people. I believe religion needs to be discussed.

  127. August 23, 2012 1:06 pm

    Everyone – Many MLM companies and their training organizations use religion as a tool for control and coercion. Religion is used as a hook to lure people into the business, and it’s used as a means to keep people in the business (which in turn becomes a pseudo-religion in of itself).

    Personally, I think that religion (and politics) should be kept out of the business, and I’ve stated this numerous times in either the comments section or in posts on this blog.

    In the context of discussion here, it’s fine if we discuss how the use of religion (and politics) is abused in MLMs.

    What is out of scope is discussion whether one religion (or another) is valid or not. There are many places on the Net where you can debate this topic; this blog is not that place.

  128. webelieved permalink
    August 23, 2012 1:28 pm

    Mother- Orrin would LOVE it if you don’t come back and comment, because you’re smart and can pick apart what he’s doing.

  129. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 3:33 pm

    Okay. Time to regroup.

    TREATISE ON ORRIN WOODWARD’S PHILOSOPHY LEADING TO INDOCTRINATION

    Remember how I began reading the myriad of subjects that interested Orrin Woodward and which he had written opinions on? (Basically, they all had to do with Western Civilization, in general and the application of mankind’s mistakes through the ages, some of which seem to be repeated today)

    Orrin Woodward in his writings at times almost appears as if somewhere along the line he got the “V8” the rest of the world never got—he is steeped in everything from Socrates to Polypenesian war to current day welfare recipients as “lazy.”

    And today, he believes if he can wipe the slate clean [acid wash brains], as he enters the second year of his LIFE quest and weath to: hammer it home that he’s correct with all of the ONLY correct answers [this includes everything under the sun in their 8F’s ship captain’s wheel logo on their compensation structure–with some of the more shocking ones being Family and Faith]—for not just you, BUT the entire Western culture/Civilzation–yes, these words were used in sunshine up the patooty meetings.

    From a very simple copy/paste from Wikipedia, in everyday language, you will be able to glean below WHY all of the subjects that interst Orrin also “force” him to write on them. Why?

    Because they want/desire LIFE to not only cause a Revolution, they want to change Western Civilization at home and abroad. They said it. Not me.

    They want the anarchy to begin at home when no one wants to buy their inductees worthless product. They want it to start at home–divide and conquer and get full attention. Think about it: you are not supposed to talk to a cross-liner but people are using technology to get the word OUT almost as it happens.

    __________________________________
    From Wikipedia:on the subject of Western Culture:

    “Western culture, sometimes equated with Western civilization, Western lifestyle or European civilization, is a term used very broadly to refer to a heritage of social norms, ethical values, traditional customs, belief systems, political systems, and specific artifacts and technologies. The term has come to apply to countries whose history is strongly marked by European immigration, such as the countries of The Americas, and the countries of Australasia, and is not restricted to the continent of Europe.

    Western culture stems from two sources: the Classical Period of the Greco-Roman era,

    and the influence of Christianity,

    which have both played an important part in the shaping of Western civilization, since at least the 4th century”

    End of quote on Wiki’s Western Culture page
    _______________________________________

    Christianity, and more specifically what evolved into the Catholic Church, was a main source of influence in this cultural development.

    When one looks at Orrin Woodward, and the little treatises he hands down the downline and across the upliners, it’s very clear: they must indoctrinate on all areas of culture in order to achieve the greeg-goal…..but more importantly, to keep it going!

    But here’s some of the flaws in Orrin Woodward’s plan:

    1) in modern culture, you can’t get 12 people in a room together to agree on much of anything–there will always be resistors–so you really need to target those “in need” of something lacking, probably more so than those who describe themselves happy or content; and then, of course, you need to “domesticate them” (he warned all of you ahead of time with THAT one on WWII–holy smokes)

    3) we’re kind of a long way down the millenial-pike here, with old AND new sets of evolved problems—just take population and waste for two topics and technology with rapid technological advances.

    4) there is a form of terrible “Orrin Speak” ego-and-ethnocentricity in his very calculated approach with the “team” aspect here. This is one reason why I rail against what looks like subverted Catholocism and Lutheranism. Should he succeed, you would RE-marginalize previously (and some currently) oppressed peoples, even your neighbor with the “evil baby” who may be hungry.

    5) Humanity has bred many independent thinkers and scholars world-wide in the last two thousand and twelve years—if he doesn’t convert those elites in all of those different topics from family discipline to religious dogma, there isn’t, as they say, much of a hope in Hades he’d succeed to make LIFE the latest religion, for that’s what he wants.

    6) And then, there’s the multitudes he screws over and over–thats where you use either intimidation or shunning and like a dark magician, you say it never happened, etc…..and then the mud-slinging starts

    ….so that’s why I say: get his true philosophies out in the open, what he spreads to his leaders for their blogs, etc., and I believe the exposure will be more concrete and irrefutable…..um, I’ll be waiting to see changes made to some of the sites and the disappearance of videos and blogs (that restore culture to ALL of Western Civilzation will always live on in my mind as the day of infamy in realizing just who and what LIFE was all about).

    And I’m sorry, but there’s more about religion going on that I think most of us would want to admit (me: I’m horrified—not because I am a non-believer–but because it is being used to bastardize all of the good that certain tenets of religion, if followed, could achieve.)

    Ergo: ask yourself the last time you sat through a hellfire and brimstone sermon, or even a mild one, where the minister actually stated something like “babies being born evil and in sin.”

    Hit the Catholic Church steps in 1953 on my own two feet….I never recall this being said, even when the priest in 1967 starting screaming from the pulpit that we hippy generation were doomed to fire. YET: here we are in 2012, now hearing lay persons sermonize to their downlines, using this as if it were a scientifically provable fact and “common talk” in the very religion’s pulpits and homes that started this concept.

    This is where the danger lies, because, in essence: ORRIN WOODWARD IS USING RELIGION TO DOMESTICATE…TO MAKE SURE FAMILY FOLLOW THE HUSBAND IN HIS ENDEAVORS AND/OR COUPLE FOLLOW EACH OTHER—BUT SOME HOW, SOME WAY, ORDER AND THOUGHT MUST BE CONTROLLED.

    What better way than to promulgate, i.e., make a doctrine of, HIS version of Christianity and mainstream religious sect ideas in as the gravy binder as he woos one to the poison Cool-Aide.

    You’ve just suffered through a Treatise on the Subject of Orrin Woodward’s LIFE He does this on myriad topics spanning thousands of years. Where’s he get the time? LOL!

  130. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 3:41 pm

    couple of typos–sorry. Weath=wealth, etc.

  131. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 23, 2012 3:59 pm

    Quick clarification of “sin” from Catholic indoctrination: in general and for the sake of brevity, children are supposedly born with the “original sin” of parents that came before them, all the way back to Adam and Eve and the only way to get into heaven is to have it absolved via Baptism; otherwise, folks, these babies are doomed to Limbo. Baptism for adults is different: they must actively approved and practice all doctrine/dogma of this faith (well, not that too many do, but you get the technical drift here).

    But this doesn’t mean, as a blanket out-loud statement that the individual baby spoken of as evil and in sin as we speak of newborns today—-sometimes, it’s a matter of semantics as to how people TAKE what they read, or how/what/when/where it’s said. Do you think that if Baptisms didn’t bring in money/gratuities, they’d continue with them for anything OTHER than tradition sake? My grandson just got baptised a few weeks ago–fun time; nice minister.

  132. Cali permalink
    August 23, 2012 8:56 pm

    Terrible Mother, what you are saying about Orrin is very insightful, and it makes sense with what is going on politically and socially in this country and the world, that an ego-driven sociopathic type person who thought they had the ultimate solution to everything would eventually pop up in the form of a kid from a nowhere town in the midwest. Anyway have you ever read Aimee Cesaire? This notion of changing Western Culture, wiping the slate clean and using religion is not new. It’s scary that I was ever in that man’s house. I have been reading about your son and I am sorry for what you are going through. It’s heartbreaking. I remember having the relationship problems I had with my own mother exploited for “the business” and believed that she didn’t want to be a part because she didn’t love me and she wanted to be unhappy (because she was but now that I am a mother I can see her side a little more clearly). I already had those feelings and this was just one more reason. I also believed she just didn’t understand (most people who were opposed didn’t know the full scope, I think they just had a rightful bad feeling about it) and if I could help her understand she would be happy. I was quite young.

    What evil this is.

  133. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 24, 2012 3:35 am

    @Cali: Are you talking about the founder of the Black Negritude movement in the 1930’s? No, have never read anything. Was he trying to say that this is what was done to South African indigenous peoples? Tell us more as to how you think what he had to say applies to LIFE.

    Thanks for your comments regarding child/parent and how it was for you. As for me: I’m sitting here, still just blind-sided amazed that it could happen to an almost 40-something and his almost 62 yr old mom—it seems bizarre at this age to wonder if my son would now petulantly think I don’t love him over something like this.

    HOW are they getting people sucked in so completely, SO FAST?

    The rapidity with which it occurred was stupendous—-because of reading a few books, listening to a few CDs and going to a few meetings? Say what? Man, my grown child must have been “desperately seeking Susan while looking for Mr. Goodbar” (reference to some old flicks).

  134. Cali permalink
    August 24, 2012 8:04 am

    Yes, that’s the guy. I realize he was quite radical and may be a bit of a stretch for many people, but whenever I try to answer the question how how people can be manipulated so easily I think of a book this guy wrote. It was more of a long rant about how there’s an overall trend in Western Culture to alienate, take credit for something you didn’t do alone, blame groups of people for interrupting progress and to amass a lot of wealth (because to be poor is hate yourself)- when someone comes along that embodies all of this and something terrible happens people are sctatching their heads and asking why.

    I have a sociology background that’s why I am reminded of this type of thing whenever Orrin and his methods of using collective feelings of disappointment because we are told to feel bad about ourselves come up. If we don’t have enough money or stuff to make us better there must be something wrong with us, yet we tell ourselves that it’s not money that makes you happy or a good person. I don’t think most people really beleive that even though they are supposed to say it out loud. Another thing is that parents get blamed when their children have low self-esteem. So my theory is that experienced Lifers can identify where someone isn’t feeling good about themselves, link it to how the people in their life have failed them and use it to further alienate them. For many people this ends up being their parents. I remember my whole life thinking I had to do better than my parents, do things differently because they were always struggling. When Team came along they told me it was their stinkin thinkin that was to blame and some people just want to be unhappy (=have no money) when really they were unhappy for other reasons and were doing the best they could. So thankfully I am more mature now to understand this. And it’s not like they came out and said “your parents suck and blah blah blah” it was more like, “just forgive your parents, they were taught by their parents and their generation to be this way…”

    Really shady people. I just went and read Orrin’s blog/website and I’m sorry but all I think about are really evil people who have used what resonates with so many people as the truth to get them to do things that aren’t good for them or anyone else but the dudes at the top.

  135. musthavebeenterriblemother permalink
    August 24, 2012 8:35 am

    @Cali: BRAVO! on your post!

  136. LugiaChan permalink
    October 25, 2012 1:32 am

    “Doubts in your mind are a much greater roadblock to success than obstacles on the journey.”
    ― Orrin Woodward, L.I.F.E. Living Intentionally For Excellence

  137. LugiaChan permalink
    October 25, 2012 1:39 am

    @webelieved
    Do you think lying to people and then later stealing their income is ethical and right?/quote

    Do you believe that stealing people’s time and making profits off all the people employed in a pyramid (a job) while they work 45+ years and sometimes unable to retire is ethical and right?

  138. October 25, 2012 10:40 am

    @LugiaChan – A job is not a pyramid scheme.

    http://www.mlmmyth.org/corporate-america-is-not-a-pyramid-scheme/

  139. Melanie Morgan permalink
    October 25, 2012 12:50 pm

    LugiaChan~

    Please answer the question you quoted from webelieved.

    Leave everyone’s “JOB” that would be a red herring. This is a free country and you may start a blog; you may talk about JOBS and the structure all day long, but this site is not about the structure of companies or JOBS. You are confusing structure with fraud, there is a difference. 🙂

  140. freedomhaha permalink
    October 25, 2012 12:52 pm

    Lugia Chan- What percentage of your Team is making a profit?

  141. Melanie Morgan permalink
    October 25, 2012 12:52 pm

    Pyramid in Structure vs Pyramid Scheme legitimate and legal the other is not….2 different things, LugiaChan.

    Gotta love the same old arguments

  142. freedomhaha permalink
    October 25, 2012 12:55 pm

    It makes me happy that we have all these new posters on the blog today. Even though they come in defense I know that they have seeds of doubt planted that will (hopefully) lead them to the truth. I just hope it is sooner rather than later to limit the destruction that follows the wake of TeamCult.

  143. Brent Hansen permalink
    October 25, 2012 6:53 pm

    @LugiaChan wrote, “Do you believe that stealing people’s time and making profits off all the people employed in a pyramid (a job) while they work 45+ years and sometimes unable to retire is ethical and right?”

    Do you work a job Lugia? I bet that there is a very high chance that you do. Over 99% of the people involved with LIFE will always have to work a job otherwise there would be no money coming in to finance the lifestyles of those at the top. A job will pay most who have one a “living wage” (I have included a definition so that you can learn before looking so stupid), in LIFE, no more than 96% can even earn enough for their subscription, not to mention actually earning a living wage.

    Blah, blah, blah….same rhetoric from the same schmucks, over and over….sigh…..I can see nothing has changed while I have been gone for a month.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_wage

  144. Raquel Peters permalink
    October 25, 2012 7:00 pm

    Brent- LOL! 😀
    Good to see you’re back!

  145. MyFriendsAreBeingDuped permalink
    January 18, 2013 6:36 am

    What about the books? Tax returns? Do not businesses have to have them in order and be ready to show them within a reasonable time when requested? Do not even politicians release personal tax returns just to run for office? If they are so Bible based, then where is accountability? Continuing on, if this is a business, why is it each member does not keep a set of books? Does not the IRS require a “business” to keep books?

  146. Ken A permalink
    January 22, 2013 3:33 pm

    I own several traditional businesses and have a national reputation for what I do. I ran across this blog while checking out the Life business. I must say that what i have read by the contributors of this blog are simply unimpressive. It must be said that the contributors do not do themselves any favors, and frankly come across as whiney know-it-alls who are more impressed with their own knowledge bank than what is traditionally out there, applicable for business owners.

    There are two types of mentalities out there. Business owner/employER mentalities and employEE mentalities. The employer mentality does not usually degrade the employee mentality, as it sees a need to harness loyalty and the willingness to work for the good of the employer (whether that is a corporation or a family owned business). However, it is very typical for employee based thinking to degrade and belittle an employer mentality for the simple reason is that they can not relate to it. The employer mentality is more forward and long term thinking, while the employee is more short term and needs or requires more immediate returns.

    Most of what you demonstrate is employee mentalities. There is nothing wrong with that, other than it seems as though you should not have gotten involved with business ownership to begin with.

    I do not belong to Life. But I can not help but shake my head over some of the comments. The list of questions presented in this blog are excessive. While they seem good, you would never succeed at anything if you asked so many damned questions for all your endeavors. Entrepeneurship is about risk taking. And if jumping into the Life business is something you don’t or didn’t like then get out…quickly. But to point fingers at others and to blame them for your regrets is a sad reflection of you. Not the perpetrator.

    What I see are the offerings of the products. Which seem pretty mainstreamed.
    I have paid thousands of dollars to get the same information and attend seminars run by other leadership gurus and schools. It all seems like the same material, and the exact same books (which i already own and have read).

    As a business owner, I have learned to not listen to the ignorance of those who are educated beyond their intelligence, especially those who are educated in the liberal arts (of which I am one). These people do not know how to think critically in a business, and I would not trust them with my family’s fortunes, nor advice on business.

    Just letting you know my opinion of what I see from all of you.

  147. January 22, 2013 5:54 pm

    @Ken – If you analyzed the success rates of TEAM/LIFE businesses, you might change your tune as to the effectiveness of the LIFE Business.

    I personally encourage current TEAM/LIFE members to take stock of their business’ health each month. If expenses outstrip revenue month after month after month… does it make business sense to stay in? The truth of the matter is, the majority of people who participate in whatever business TEAM is aligned with at the time (i.e. Amway, Quixtar, MonaVie, LIFE), are not making money. While they might think they are engaged in a legitimate business, in reality, they are hobbyists that are funding the lifestyles of those at the top of the TEAM/LIFE pyramid.

    I would argue that TEAM and The LIFE Business fosters a follower’s mentality in their membership rather than a business owner’s mentality. One only needs to peruse the various blogs to see the follower mentality is pervasive within the TEAM/LIFE organization.

  148. freedomhaha permalink
    January 22, 2013 7:17 pm

    Ken A- 98% of people will lose money from this business. To me that is an open and shut case.

  149. Melanie Morgan permalink
    January 22, 2013 8:18 pm

    Ken A~

    First Ken, if you came here to be impressed, you came to the wrong place, we aren’t here to “impress” anyone. Although you say you aren’t a Team/LIEf member and that may be true, I personally doubt it.

    Interesting Ken, you seemed to be the one who is trying to “impress.” You also appear to be very proud of your business “reputation” and if that is as important to you as it seems, then I would recommend taking those “questions” on here very seriously, before going into “business” with or as an “employee-independent contractor” with Team/LIEf.

    Ken you won’t “own” your own business when you join Team/LIef? And since you own “several business” and are intelligent, I would think it safe to assume you Ken would read the contracts and Policy & Procedures before getting started. Don’t take the word of people here, find out for yourself. That is what we encourage, Let us know if you are encourage the same from the Team Liefers.

    Do you understand and know the difference between a “traditional business” and an “MLM?” Have you built an MLM? And if not then do you think that those questions and those on here who have “built it”, might know something about “business” ?

    Orrin Woodward IS the “owner” of team, so Ken, what does that make everyone else? (He named it Team of Destiny in the Yager “system” with Amway, (1993) then in 1999 he became the owner and changed the name to Team w/ Quixtar, because he too cares more about his “reputation”, so with the name change he was hoping to keep that “negative TRUTH” from people like you, who search the internet, Is this “traditional business” practices Ken or is this what you would do running all your business? Or do you let your character and business practices earn your reputation?

    Then Orrin was paid 3 million dollars to take (solicit) the downline into Monavie, which btw got him kicked out of Amway and lost a 25 million dollar lawsuit against them with an undisclosed settlement amount in arbitration. Since they have nothing shy of dumped Monavie, to become now Team/LIEF ) the “new name” again, which is their very own MLM; far from being a “traditional business”, though. But you are obviously intelligent enough to know about the risks of business.

    Ken, a smart “business owner”, asks questions, wants to know about who they will be going into business with (FOR) and then “weighs the risks.” With ALL your businesses Ken, do you make the important decisions and do you think this is what “business owners”, do?

    I would recommend doing a lot more research on the reputations of those you are defending. What are the names of your “several traditional businesses with your national reputation?” Btw, do you pay others for reputation management?

    While you have taken the liberty to judge, criticize, and then assume you know that people on here don’t have a business “mentality” or own a business, without knowing a thing about them shows your “mentality.” You are certainly entitled to voice your opinion on this blog unlike the Team blogs.

    While on the subject of reputation, you ought to read this top right link on this page:

    Read how the IAB, the organization that “awarded” Orrin a Top Leader award, was recently shut down and called a scam by the Federal Trade Commission.

  150. Frustrated permalink
    January 22, 2013 8:26 pm

    Found some websites I thought I would share …
    http://www.sec.gov/answers/pyramid.htm

    http://www.michigan.gov/mobi/ag/0,,7-164-17337_20942-201450–,00.html

    I realize the second is for Michigan specifically but it has to say something that the outline of the bussiness plan they have outlawed fits the team/life model.

    Also I am happy to report that after six months of wasting her time and money my friend has started to figure out that she is NOT making money, and cannot afford to keep throwing her own money into the LIFE plan. She was unable to meet their demands for numbers of participants and made only $36 in six months. She has spent thousands trying to get people to join and for nothing.

    I thank god that she has given up and is finally concentrating on her daughter instead of this scheme.

  151. Melanie Morgan permalink
    January 22, 2013 8:47 pm

    Frustated~

    Great victory, for your friend and especially her daughter! The mass majority eventually figure this out that they the masses will never make any money! This would be as we know risky and those guaranteed 97%plus who get nothing but losses shows that it is not profitable and therefore “risky- business.” Thanks for sharing.

    Was wondering if you could fb message Raquel, your friends experience would be helpful to her case. Thank YOU!

  152. January 22, 2013 9:18 pm

    @Frustrated – Thanks for the update on your friend. It seems like your friend quit because of financial reasons. Were there any other reasons that contributed to her departure?

  153. Melanie Morgan permalink
    January 22, 2013 10:54 pm

    Ken~

    Oops, I thought I copied this too but it didn’t and thought you might read this:

    Also read how Leadership Gurus noticed irregularities with the votes for Orrin and Chris. They have since removed and disqualified Orrin and Chris from appearing on the list.

  154. Melanie Morgan permalink
    January 22, 2013 11:16 pm

    Ken~

    One last and most important thing; study the Life comp plan and video provided on here.

    After all that would be the number one reason for getting In “business” wouldn’t it…To Make A Profit? Oh and just so you know the 6- PC are from Orrin’s Amway line of sponsorship, Claude was from a cross-line group. 7 PC with another one that just got recognized, out of what are they saying the total numbers in Team/LIEf are now?…10,000-20,000.

    Ken this could give you a realistic idea of “how many make-it” and ask everyone of the PC if any of them ever got given other people’s teams to hit that level or any other ranks or if when in Quixtar/Amway where they all came from, or if they ever bought any teams to hit Diamond/PC?

    Also, better yet ask them if the playing field is level for YOU and all the rest of the 10-20,000 and how will everyone be given others teams? Let us know if you get those questions answered.

  155. Frustrated permalink
    January 23, 2013 4:23 am

    I wish I could say she “saw the light” but she hasn’t. She still thinks that “the business” is a good thing and she kinda blames herself for her failure.

    While this is completely false I am just happy she’s starting to see the light. Hopefully in time she will see through the brainwashing and come back to reality.

    I will take every win I can get and face one little battle at a time instead of trying to fight the whole war by myself.

    I am the only REAL friend she has left after all the others ran from her persistent sales pitches.

  156. Melanie Morgan permalink
    January 23, 2013 7:15 pm

    Frustrated~

    I hope your friend realizes how much of a true friend you are! No worries it is just a matter of time, the glasses are already cracked. 🙂

  157. laura permalink
    February 11, 2013 1:36 pm

    I don’t think its anybody’s business how much money they make and you shouldnt be asking to see tax returns. Do you ask people you work with how much they make, that’s just rude. I am in the business and its great if you are truly interested in learning more and would like to join contact me

    Laura

  158. freedomhaha permalink
    February 11, 2013 3:51 pm

    Laura- I am in fact interested in learning more about the business. If I have a Team that is 100 people in size how many of those downline of me can expect to earn a profit?

  159. TruthSeeker permalink
    February 11, 2013 7:43 pm

    @Laura, seriously? If someone offered you a business, wouldn’t you want to know two things? 1. How do I make money, and 2. are you making any yourself?

    Your “co-worker” analogy is totally irrelevant comparison. Get real!

  160. noteam permalink
    February 11, 2013 9:56 pm

    Laura – I beg your pardon, but I think anyone asking you to be a partner in business should expect to be asked to show their tax returns. It is presented as a business, not a job. You are correct, you would not ask your co-workers for their tax returns. However, it would be foolish to not ask to see tax returns of someone trying to sell you on becoming a partner in a business venture.
    This brings to light one of the biggest concerns with Teamscam – all the normal rules for business are thrown out the window. Why do they not teach profit/loss and balance sheets like normal business? Why do they not teach everyone to do a statistical analysis of their profit/loss records from month to month or year to year? Why do they not recommend to see and accountant or an attorney before beginning in business or at least have them analyze your progress each year.

  161. MemoryLame permalink
    February 11, 2013 10:04 pm

    Laura,

    YOU said it is a business, so based on that statement, I have one very simple question you should answer for yourself- what kind of business is it?

    If it is a partnership, one ABSOLUTELY has the right to ask partners and leadership to show their tax returns.

    Unless, you aren’t talking partners per se, but colleagues and co-workers which means there is a boss somewhere, and he certainly doesn’t have to show his because he is the boss and he signs your check for the work you do for him, so he doesn’t owe you the right to see his paycheck then. In this business is that you? Is that Orrin?

    What? Orrin doesn’t sign a check to you. You don’t write your own check either. Oh, the LIFE company does, that Orrin controls.

    What? Orrin doesn’t control LIFE? Then what did he mean here, when he single-handedly “tapped” Rob to be COO? http://orrinwoodwardblog.com/2011/12/05/rob-hallstrand-life-founder/

    (While you’re reading, why not dig deeper to find out what “cost-per-field-service” means)

    So anyway, Orrin’s company pays you and all of your working downline a lot right? For the sale of books, CDs, tickets, etc? Who is paying for that? Oh, what? You and your downline are? And other “partners” and their downline? Doesn’t that make you all customers?

    Oh, well, I guess you’re right then. If you’re just a customer then you don’t have the right to ask anyone for their tax returns.

    Glad we cleared that up.

  162. TruthSeeker permalink
    February 12, 2013 4:36 am

    @MemoryLame, your response to Laura is way too logical…good stuff! In hindsight….if we had all only done what we are now telling others to do……Overcoming hype is a pretty difficult thing to do, after all the rhetoric they spew seems to make so much sense doesn’t it?

    MLM scumbags become expert manipulators of emotions. Emotions override common sense, judgement and critical thinking.

  163. freedomhaha permalink
    February 12, 2013 4:39 am

    For those of your keeping track at home I have asked 22 posters on this blog that have described themselves as a form of current Team (LIEf Training), and no one has responded yet.

    Amthax- Is it possible that I am writing in invisible ink? This seems like a really simple straightforward question that any business owner would be able to answer.

  164. Former Round Table permalink
    February 12, 2013 6:05 am

    Laura, I have an additional comment. No I don’t ask to see my co-workers tax returns, but you better believe I asked how much my job was paying BEFORE I accepted it. And my paycheck better line up with what I was promised, or I am out of here.

    Laura, either it’s a business or it’s not. If it’s a business, then treat it like a business. It’s called Due Diligence, and it is the prospective business owner’s responsibility to investigate the business opportunity and likelihood of profitability.

    Most of us on this site wish we had done proper Due Diligence before we got involved with Orrin Woodward. We didn’t; we trusted Orrin; and we are sorry now.

  165. ItsaPauling permalink
    February 12, 2013 7:45 am

    Amthrax, do you think we could have some kind of window or sidebar that keeps track of all the responses we are waiting for from the LifeTraining members/victims?

  166. Frustrated permalink
    February 12, 2013 2:10 pm

    I would just like to add the legality of a partnership…

    In a business the sole proprietors are responsible LEGALLY for their actions, this expands to partners. If for some reason you are sued both parties could lose everything. That being said if I were to enter a partnership I would want to know the other person is responsible enough to pull their weight, and that thy were not pulling me in to take a fall. I would absolutely be asking about their finances!

  167. February 12, 2013 11:10 pm

    It’s possible to create a post page to track this in the future.

  168. February 14, 2013 4:13 pm

    I’d like to thank all of those that have posted on here giving the truth about “Lief”, run by TEAM. Their use of the name TEAM is an oxymoon as not everyone achieves more as most lose money, time & relationships. I was by a woman in McDonald’s who was signing up an unsuspecting victim. The woman running things noticed I was somewhat interested in what the three of them were talking about. She came over & introduced herself & explained it was a leadership development company & they’d also just came back from a meeting in Louisville, KY the previous weekend. I agreed to hea what they had to say after my trip out of town to Atlanta the following weekend. I postponed it until the Wed. of the following week. She brought a younge guy with her, while she explained the whole concept of their program called LIFE. The minute I saw that it was something offered by TEAM, flags went up as I knew they’d been involved with a scam called MonaVie, which is bogus as a three dollar bill. I’d been to one of their local meetings at a high school because an Amish kid paid for the very over priced ticket. I’d had a taste of MV once, & couldn’t swallow it. Strawberry moonshine, on the other hand, I could swallow even though it’s really hot at first. I got that from Tim of “Moonshiners” on the way back through Virginia. There to that than MV. Selling moonshine won’t make you rich, as Tim lives in a double wide out in the country, but it sure won’t leave you broke, or bankrupt

    Anyway, the Amish kid bought what I had, for the same price as a bottle of MV, & he gave me the ticket to the event on top of it. The people running the thing didn’t like the fact I had a bag with me that had the name of something else that would’ve had a major impact on their over priced juice business, as what I had wasn’t a fruit juice, but rather the extracts of the bark, leaves & roots of 7 plants from the Amazon Rainforest. That’s another story in & of itself. Anyway, the Amish kid said he really liked what I had, but, he was going to stick with the MV. They did the front end loading like I’ve read about here, where the person on the bottom orders a lot, for less, so everyone gets volume.com just that it’s illegal to do so

    This past Wed, I met with the woman & her male partner, & told them the news that I had done my homework, which I told them the week prior I would do, & had uncovered tons of negative stuff about Orrin Woodward, & TEAM. I’d been informed there would some negative stuff on the internet, & to not pay too much attention to it. After about 40 minutes or so, they realized I was not going to be one of their “victims”. They sat & listened to me & then it was their turn to explain things. They didn’t and could debate any of the facts & didn’t want to argue about it. They weren’t happy at all. Yes, I did listen to the 2 CD’s & thought the guy, Orrin, should be doing comedy. I was nice enough to give her the information she gave me to read & listen to, back all nice & neat

    If it wasn’t for this website, & others like it, I too would’ve been sucked into their scam. What I learned a couple of years ago was there are 2 things you can use to determine if it’s a good company, or a scam. The first is are the products reasonably priced & would you continue to buy them even if you never got a discount? The second thing is, would you still tell people even if you never got paid for doing so? Sort of like all those people that told others about Jurassic Park that never got paid

    Anyway, that’s my story, I’m sticking to it. Besides, I’ve already got 3 things going from reputable companies that have been around for 20 plus years that have quality products at reasonable prices. A distributor of one, & a discounted customer of the other two.

    [Editor’s note: Commenter link goes to First Fitness Nutrition, an MLM company that sells nutrition and health/wellness products.]

  169. February 14, 2013 8:43 pm

    Thanks for allowing my post to be posted. I didn’t expect anyone to know what company I was involved with as a distributor, as that was not my intention. Some of the words and phrases used at TEAM & LIFE functions are some I’ve also heard at First Fitness Nutition corporate events, & I’ve come to learn that it’s the integrity of the corporate leaders as well as distributors involved most directly with the company that is what’s important as well. It doesn’t take much digging to find the negative stuff about “TEAM”, Orrin Woodward, MonaVie, or any of the other players in TEAM that are at the top. I still haven’t found anything other than daylilies or the company associated with Lee Causey, who’s first name is Brookwood. He’s a man of extreme integrity & has been that way as long as I’ve known him personally since 1996. Anyway, because of a motorcyle trip I took from DC to Dallas in 1996, which is when I first met him, everyone in the company knows my name & I’m the only Garth in the company too

    I explained that I couldn’t find anything negative about the founders of First Fitness, yet it didn’t take much to find that Orrin Woodward only cares about himself, based on the P&P of TEAM & LIFE, in that you own nothing. When a company allows people to violate their policies with regards to advertising, recruiting, & claims made, then it’s a company that lacks integrity as well as one to stay away from. Without integrity, you’ve don’t have much to offer at all. Thanks again. I have read most of the posts as its not only fascinating to read, it’s sad as well as appalling that people would stoop to the depths they have to rob hard working people of their dreams, money & in some cases, destroying families. Whether one believes in God or not is up to them, just that any company that doesn’t trully honor God, & instead gives lip service as well as using that as a way to get people involved, will eventually pay the piper for serving mammon. I don’t know about anyone else, I want to be able to sleep at night knowing I’ve done what’s right, not in my eyes, but the eyes of God when it comes to business relationships

    Too bad there’s not a way to make a MLM out of Tim’s strawberry moonshine!

  170. February 14, 2013 8:50 pm

    Forgot to add, I wished I’d had these 50 plus questions in front of me when I met the people either the first or last time I’d met them. Maybe it would’ve opened their eyes to what they were doing to people. Don’t know, just I wouldn’t have felt so awkward saying no to them this past Wed evening. At least now I know the next time I’m approached by someone about it! Then I’m going to have some fun. The fact they have all the characteristics of cult, makes it hard to talk to them about anything else. Sort of like they have blinders on & can’t think for themselves

    Nobody has ever made a bad decision about anything, really. They’ve just made the best decision they can with the information they have at hand & presented to them.

  171. TruthSeeker permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:28 pm

    @Amthrax, where do these guys come from? Utterly amazing!

  172. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:01 pm

    Bhealthyagain~

    Congrats on doing your due diligence. Thanks for sharing and what a great idea i.e. ” Tim & his Moonshiners-MLM” hahahaha! Thanks for the laughs. But Leave the MLM out and I might be open to trying Tim’s Moonshine!

    You summed it up here:

    “After about 40 minutes or so, they realized I was not going to be one of their “victims”. They sat & listened to me & then it was their turn to explain things. They didn’t and could debate any of the facts & didn’t want to argue about it. They weren’t happy at all. ”

    They must have be fairly “new” to the game…Funny isn’t it…they couldn’t debate the facts, hmm…must be frustrating for them.. and then how their “positive” attitude immediately turns sour.

    I’m still waiting to hear from anyone how ANYTHING has “changed” from when they were in Amway? Can anyone tell me what is “different?” From Team of Destiny, Team, Team Monavie, Team LIEF, LIEf or what-ever..

    Doesn’t matter how polite you are in saying NO…most can’t take the rejection or accept it politely. Just can’t see through their black and white brainwashed thinking that all those people who say NO, thank you, I am not interested in your ..losing scam… ARE able to….. critically think and have done their own research nor could they entertain the truth that perhaps God called others to do something else.

    It isn’t rocket science to the folks in the real world, when they sit down to hear their spiel, they have already done their research about the People & company they are being “sold-on”, as they should… it’s called due diligence, perhaps they ought put a cd out on: how to accept that people are able to see the past they try desperately to silence and that than their manipulative and deceptive tactics are useless.

  173. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:06 pm

    Truthseeker~

    It keeps it interesting… %)

  174. ageofwisdom51 permalink
    February 15, 2013 4:40 am

    @Melanie: you said: “Doesn’t matter how polite you are in saying NO…most can’t take the rejection or accept it politely..”

    This was exactly the problem when my enormously ignorant (not stupid, but ignorant in the ways of cajoling as a salesman, and about the “product”) grown child nearing age 40 reacted when we said we were absolutely NOT getting involved (you know how ignorant he was? At first, we thought our duped newbie was trying to just sell us a book–the newbie didn’t even make sense in “the pitch”) ……this is what caused the downfall of family relationships. The grown child got downright snotty, demeaning,etc., because we would not get involved.

    Here’s a big problem: folks getting into it are sincere and gung-ho, which is fine, as long as they, too, know what they are dealing with and have some savvy salesmanship. Our grown child did not have a clue, which was very obvious to us.

    Newbies to these types of cultish inculcations can also possibly mis-understand their CD baloney, too, or they’d know better than to, for a specific example in our family: tell Jesuit University valedictorians that they had a mediocre education (which, of course, was used in the real world to support the very “brat” now trying to sell Life/Team, with said “brat” mistakenly telling his/her own parents what losers they are educationally and otherwise (for refusing to get in on such a “good deal”, etc., even though said “brat” had just in that past year gotten 10 grand worth of financial help from the “losers”, etc.) ; and instead of realizing that OW was serving his own selfish distortions in pushing his belief that education was lacking in how to make money in rip-offs out of pyramid-type schemes, which is what OW’s big issue truly is, along with wanting unfettered free enterprise –meaning they don’t want to get caught or have sanctions, etc..) You see the ironic humor here? Their very teachings can tear families asunder….so much for the “8 F’s”, eh?

    The inculcation is so distorted and deep, that the hawkers of dreams get flummoxed when the rehearsed spiel doesn’t work, and then all of the adages-to-con-by hit the sewer when the prospected/prospective victim says “no, I won’t get involved”.

    Man, we were/are a classic case of it in this family.

    @ABhealthyagain: you have a good story, too!

  175. February 15, 2013 10:56 am

    @Bhealthyagain – Comments that promote another MLM business are generally frowned upon here. Because you did not overtly promote your business (i.e. “TEAM is bad, come look at my business!”), however, I only made mention of the link to your First Fitness business, in the interest of full disclosure to those reading.

  176. switch permalink
    February 15, 2013 11:03 am

    2:12- “Mona Vie product users for life…”

    2:26- “When you wrap it around a community of people…”

    2:38- “The best opportunity….losing jobs/businesses and here we have one of the lowest cost businesses with the highest return in the industry”

    2:54- Tim Marks- “Mona Vie is the plan A….”

    4:31- “Hittin’ black diamond to us was our first major goal entering into Mona Vie, man, what a company that we go out there and stretch and do the work to accomplish a goal and Dallen and Mona Vie make sure that we’re AMPLY rewarded for the efforts…”

    5:43- Terry Brady says “I would say orrin and laurie are very “others focused” and never think of themselves and are continually thinking of serving other people…”

    He did the work???…..that’s news to me.

    1:25- Laurie says- “I feel so blessed and honored to be a part of this family, it feels like we are home”….

    Laurie….were you about to cry????….

    2:50- “….Propose a toast….”….” they hold a meeting….your meetings are typically 7,000….” Orrin…”yep, yep ****nodding head, yes”

    ummm….I could’ve sworn you gave a much higher number than this….?

    I’m in the mood for giving toasts too….I’m at a loss for words, team.

  177. February 15, 2013 11:10 am

    @Switch – I hadn’t seen the second video before; thanks for posting that. At the end, Dallin talks about the “rest of the story” that’s yet to be told about Orrin and Laurie. Guess he didn’t want to mention the $3 million “loan” MonaVie gave to them?

  178. Raquel Peters permalink
    February 15, 2013 11:12 am

    Here is a link to filing a complaint about Team to the Dept of Consumer Protection in Wisconsin. Since Team operates

    in Wisconsin and one of the largest populations of Team members come from here, it appears anyone can file a complaint, no matter what state you live in. Please send them in! Amthrax can you post the link?

    http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/consumercomplaints/index.jsp

  179. Raquel Peters permalink
    February 15, 2013 11:14 am

    Here is a better link

    http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/consumercomplaints/CPComplaintForm.jsp

  180. February 15, 2013 11:14 am

    I’ll post a link in the FTC complaint assistant post.

  181. February 15, 2013 2:01 pm

    Thanks for pointing that out to me. I wasn’t looking to recruit anyone at all as I understand that’s not what this about. I do believe that any legitimate MLM should stand serious scrutiny if they want to be taken seriously, would you and others agree? The first I do is check out the company’s leaders to see if there’s any negative press online about. Plenty of it with the founders of MV which OW brought his “team” too. If there’s anything negative, there’s usually a good reason for it, the negativity. I’ve had several opportunities presented to me, such as FHTM, which is about as bad as TEAM/LIEF, as well as another one that was pomoting the sale of electricity to people. You made the money recruiting people, not necessarily from the services they were buying. In the yellow pages,, (does anyone still use them?) there are only 2 things sold, & they are goods & services. More money is made from consumable goods than anything else. It’s the only thing I remember from my 11th grade economics class, a very long time ago. The number two selling product is aspirin, right after weight loss shakes. Can’t imagine either of those two being first & second, can you? LOL As always, it’s a buyer beware when it comes to checking out any non taditional way of making money outside of a job, or having your own business where you pesonally are providing the service, or the goods

    On another note, for the women who’ve seen the commecials for the “Genie Bra” stay away from it as that’s another scam as those bras are worthless. I know as I got 6 of them for my wife & they were worse than a bad sports bra! Had I done my due diligence with that, I’d have more money in my bank account as there’s plenty of info on how it’s a rip off.

  182. February 15, 2013 2:39 pm

    @Melanie

    “…they couldn’t debate the facts, hmm…must be frustrating for them.. and then how their “positive” attitude immediately turns sour.”

    You killed me with that comment! In the face of ideas foreign to their MLM dogma MLMbots are so tight they squeak. They’d rather turn sour than at least say hey look here bud…just something, jeez! Another bunch of proud products of Orrin Woodward’s TEAM / LIFE / Training something. Orrin Woodward must be proud!

  183. February 15, 2013 2:56 pm

    @Bhealthyagain

    “After about 40 minutes or so, they realized I was not going to be one of their “victims”. They sat & listened to me & then it was their turn to explain things. They didn’t and could debate any of the facts & didn’t want to argue about it. They weren’t happy at all. ”

    Nothing like facts to mess up a good story, huh? Darn!, not.

  184. afutureseeker permalink
    February 21, 2013 10:25 am

    I’m curious to know if those posting the negatives on this blog believe Network Marketing works, or, are just pointing out Orrin, Life, Team etc… And also, how many here have actually built a highly successful Network Marketing business? Credibility will go way up if the commenters here have built huge, sustainable organizations other than with Orrin. In this way they would be comparing appropriately. If most were unsuccessful at organizations outside of “Orrin” then there is a different question being raised.

  185. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 21, 2013 12:20 pm

    afutureseeker~

    First to answer your specific question you need to clarify what YOU mean by a “successful Network Marketing sustainable business” then be specific if you are clumping ALL direct selling, network marking together as almost all do.

    Do you think there is a difference between “Network Marketing” (recruitment only focused) and Direct Selling product =sales focused? If you ask me about “Network Marketing” that is what you mean, it will be interpreted that way from most everyone that has been in one.

    Interesting you say “Credibility will go way up if the commenters here have built huge, sustainable organizations other than with Orrin.” I could share details the size of our organization in numbers but won’t, but I will say this it is laughable that you put “sustainable” when referring to Network Marketing.

    Tell me any “Network Marketing” company that is “sustainable”. Funny in the “industry” if you build thousands of people on your team while you are in, they are all over promoting you as “successful” but if a person leaves or is kicked out, strong armed out or whatever, then they are a critic, their previous success is now you a quitter, hater, loser,.etc.

    Here’s the thing, whether you build one or ten, it is irrelevant, and there is enough information put out by all the MLM media promoters to see the facts. MOST (not all but it would be so small of a percentage) every person you see bragged about on all the MLM media sites, built the business including the majority in the “Network Marketing Industry” from one LOS or one Company and then solicate as many as they could persuade to follow into the next. NO different with Orrin. Why all the lawsuits on “who owns who?”

    You rarely ever find a “Network Marketer” who builds one MLM without hopping into the next one who willing leaves their group behind, even though some of them are the ones who try and own you in the own contracts! Especially if they are at the TOP or as I will assume those you call who were “successful in building a sustainable organization,outside of Orrin”

    Please don’t try and tell me any different,or that it is “different” in yours. it would be a waist of time. You can find this by reading about all the TOP people being sued for taking their teams, and they make it “top news” in the MLM-MEDIA who is leaving who and going where, it’s plastered all over the place about the “highly successful”TOP MLM’ers in Many different MLM’s who hop to the next one when they no longer like the previous one. Of course they like it to be said with a positive spin.

    It is obviously standard and accepted in the industry as a whole, just read some of the attorneys in the industry, it seems that it is acceptable and the way the “business” is done.

    So what is the “different” question?

  186. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 21, 2013 1:00 pm

    Do I think “network marketing” works? Yes, I know it works from my experience and speaking to and reading up from many others, not without deception, unfairness, hype, gaming, secrecy, and many destructive things.

  187. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 21, 2013 1:35 pm

    I also believe it “works” but not without the lack of transparency, special deals, faking many things, ignoring your boundaries, denying who you are and ignoring your true feelings, all your resources, including you time and money.

    You will be expected to give up any future quality time with your family, friends, and associates “outside” the “business”, succumb to the “us vs them” world view, you have to be unquestioning, willing to change to someone you may not want to and to their standards.

    You must be submissive to the Hierarchy (dictators),and treat them as gods who are smarter than anyone on the planet, accept the fact you own nothing, be willing to give it all up including your retirement, savings, and even be willing to Rob peter to pay Paul to pay your bills and be “all in”.

    You must have undying and unhealthy loyalty to your upline and the TOP whether that conflicts with your, spouse, children, parents, Pastor, church, boss, friends etc..you have to give up your children’s sporting events any and all important memory creating events that would conflict with ANY meeting, and The most important thing…your time, they will expect you to miss weddings, funerals, and any other event that is important to you if there is Any kind of meeting they are putting on. Otherwise, you will not be “loyal or successful” by their standards. You might be asked to sell out your downline, and possibly do unethical, unfair and things that you wouldn’t do or become who you don’t want to become.

    You will be expected to “edify,” “follow” and “emulate” the “leaders” even if they have proven undeserving and you don’t trust them!

    This is NOT who I am, ever want to be, do, or have.

  188. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 21, 2013 1:50 pm

    You might have to and maybe asked to Violate your own contracts over and over with the company or companies you are suppose to be promoting and selling their products for, such as inventory loading, use of deceptive recruiting techniques, income claims etc.. you will continue be expecting your downline to go broke because the pay-plan guarantees it; to satisfy the ridiculously low percentage at the top, and all kinds of other dubious activities and things that go against your gut, that the Top will ask of you. You will be expected to tell your group how dumb you were and how smart the “system” and your upline is.

    You will have to ignore that 99 plus % of your team will never make it to the “TOP” and will only continue to lose money on a false belief in the riches at the end of the rainbow lifestyle.

    They will make it appear EVERYONE can and will “make it” to (PC) when they know beyond of shadow of doubt that is NOT the truth. You will be asked to repeat what ever is said whether it is the right thing to do or not all the while they are telling you they have attorneys they are working directly with and you can “trust them, trust them, trust them!”

  189. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 21, 2013 2:56 pm

    Or you might be asked or helped in purchasing a house you know you can’t afford; that would obviously be a predetermined foreclose and then in turn it will be your problem to deal with and your credit ruined.

  190. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 21, 2013 3:13 pm

    You might devote years on a false pretense and lies of owning your own business, while building your Network Marketing company to multiple thousands of “business partners” and then have it all “taken” without an explanation only to hear many rumors, hearsay and popular opinions (spread FROM the TOP) to the sublieutenants to falsely be spread of how that could even possibly happen.

    These rumors could change from person to person, or perhaps the old rumor needed to change because people didn’t fall for it or because it is a different day, week, month, or year…what-ever-it-takes to spin it and make it sound legit, even if there is only a thin thread of fact to any of it.

  191. FromAfar permalink
    February 23, 2013 6:29 pm

    Hi everyone, I’ve gone through the comments in this section and the stories have really opened my eyes to what is going on here. I’m really glad to say that it saved me, but unfortunately I didn’t stumble onto this soon enough.

    A few days ago my boyfriend brought up the be-all-to-end-all for his financial troubles. He told me he talked to someone about this LIFE program. He was told that he could quit his job by the time he’s 24 (only 1 and a half years? hmmm), no longer would he have to swing a hammer! We could have a house, go on vacations, buy some quads and go mudding whenever we wanted…it all seemed so shiny. So perfect.

    Too perfect.

    Yesterday he asked if I wanted to chat with the person he talked to. He said because I was a student and had more connections than him we would make a great team. He wanted to do this together to spend more time with me, to make our relationship better. I didn’t think anything was wrong with us. Not doing any research into it (and not wanting to hurt his feelings), I agreed. After doing some quick research into this madness I have told him I won’t be meeting with that guy tomorrow. His reaction was surprising, it was like I had stabbed him right in the ego. He said that there will always be bad things said about good things, that all I had to do was to go to this meeting and listen. That no matter what I said or how I felt he was going through with this. It’s almost as if the guy he talked to preyed on his insecurities: oh, you don’t OWN a house? You can’t afford to travel? You work far away from your girlfriend? Don’t you think that negatively affects your relationship? Now I’m worried.

    I don’t know how long he’s been talking to this guy, maybe a few weeks. I also don’t know how long it takes for a rep to get their lies set in someone’s mind. Judging from my boyfriend, it doesn’t take long. I suppose my question for you all is this: how long does it take someone to be stuck in this and how long does it take to get someone out? The last thing I want to happen is for him to get burned by this scam. I don’t want to lose him to a cult.

  192. Frustrated permalink
    February 24, 2013 5:18 am

    @FarAway

    Thanks for sharing, and I am really glad you could see through the foggy LIEF cloud.

    I wish I could tell you there was an easy way to make him see the light. That there was one trick to open his eyes. Unfortunately if there is I haven’t found it yet.

    My friend has been in LIEF for a year and she still thinks its a good thing. She has lost all her “normal” (meaning non LIEF member) friends, but I refuse to give up hope. I love her like a sister and will be there when she hits rock bottom. enough depressing news,
    onto how I might be able to help.

    Some useful tools: (based solely on my own research, you might need to double check the facts)

    A) if you go to the LIEF website -or- Amthrax might have a link to it here there is a printable copy of the Contract members must sign to join LIEF. This “contract” violates some contract laws, and also has some very questionable conditions. Read it carefully!

    B) Income in LIEF is mainly based on getting people to subscribe to the material mailings.

    This is/was $50/month.

    1)people don’t even subscribe to magazines anymore ($5/month)
    2)as a “leader” (Independent business owner) you must meet a minimum # of
    subscriptions before you “might” qualify to receive income.
    (subscription term is also considered)
    3)when a customer cancels their subscription you need to find a new subscriber to
    stay above the minimum subscription level.

    C) Most people over $1000 each month just to fuel their business.
    1) these expenses include the materials needed to keep up with LIEF, gas,
    meeting fees, and other entertainment costs accrued in face to face meetings
    with “potential” customers.
    2) the weekly meetings are free but all others must be paid for, and they make
    you feel like they are necessary for your success.

    D) Most people spend much more time trying to make thier “business” a success than
    they would in a normal job. (without making enough income per hour)

    E) This company (Monavie/TEAM/LIEF/Amway) has had a dark history and many of their
    ventures are/were sued/being sued for unethical business conduct. Parts of the
    contract have recently been examined by the court and have been found unethical
    because the terms favor the company. By law contracts must be balanced so that
    both the sides have equal rights.

    I hope this helps.

    And ALWAYS remember that these LIEF members are known to say whatever it takes to pull emotional strings.

    My best friend called me stupid for getting a degree and that I was wasting my money on college. I am educated enough to know a degree in accounting will be more useful than leadership material, but being understanding enough to know that it wasn’t her talking . . .
    That took time.

    I refuse to let them have her and I will fight to get my friend back. It has been a horrible year but there are days when I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    They are approaching with supposedly kind hearts so showing him anger, distrust, or empathy will most likely drive him closer to their trap. I think the best defense is a good loving offense. He needs to know that he is good enough just the way he is and that while swinging a hammer is not making him a millionaire it’s good honest work.

    Help us end the brain washing and report them to the FTC.

  193. Frustrated permalink
    February 24, 2013 5:24 am

    @ afutureseeker

    Look at tupperware, or avon they have basic MLM setups and have been very successful. There are many (PureRomance, Home Interiors, etc.) that are honest and have been successful but TEAM/LIEF is not one of them.

  194. Raquel Peters permalink
    February 24, 2013 7:07 am

    Fromafar- great comments!
    I was involved in Team for 6 years at high levels. My family didn’t know what to do to help. Here’s an article that may help you.
    Feel free to check out other articles on our FB page.

  195. Raquel Peters permalink
    February 24, 2013 7:12 am

    Here is some advice given to a mom whose daughters peraonality has changed due to involvement in Team/Life. the thread started here.

    https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/reader-story-jackie-freys-teamlife-statement/#comment-24136

  196. Charline permalink
    February 24, 2013 8:06 am

    @Frustrated. Here in Canada they want you to be on 3 subscriptions which is around $200.00 a month and new members are encouraged to do so also. In order to qualify for any contest i.e. go getter, power player the 200 pv is a requirement. Also, the weekly meetings are not free; it is $5.00 per member.

  197. MemoryLame permalink
    February 24, 2013 11:36 am

    Fee calculations should also include $25 monthly seminar and Major seminars that ranged $75-125 and happen 3-4 times per year depending on how they feel like working that angle in a given year, plus stadium food, hotel, gas and/or bus, “tools”, promo items, etc….oh, let’s not forget hospital/doctor bills after the crappy food and lack of sleep over time 🙂

    Frustrated,

    Lots of great advice in your post! One thing, I don’t entirely disagree with is the point about an accounting degree versus studying leadership. You’re definitely smart for getting your degree. However, I want to point out that it is important to study great leaders and have a better understanding of the history that has shaped our society today, and it is something that our culture as a whole could use more of.

    This is a truth that the TEAM uses to wrap around a bunch of lies for the benefit of a few and the loss of many.

    Ironically, if more people would take that notion and begin to study history and leadership for themselves. (NOTE: NOT as guided by a phoney “guru” and his cronies), it would help them better recognize the lies from guys like this when they see them.

    I like Mike Bickel’s approach for friends and family especially – go to a meeting with them, armed with the information you have here. Your friend/family/spouse will have an upline present at the weekly meeting. Tell your loved one that you will go for them, but you really want to have some questions answered by “the guy that got them in,” because you care about them and want to make sure this is not deception. Grill that upline using the questions from this article and watch them dance. A spouse/friend that loves you may be irritated with you at first, (depending on how much you smile as you ask questions), but I promise you those questions will gnaw at them too, once you’ve asked them. After awhile the gnawing will be too much.

  198. freedomhaha permalink
    February 24, 2013 2:56 pm

    FromaFar- You should be lucky that you found this site before the TEAM really gets their hooks in your boyfriend. He could be in a lot deeper than he is right now. That being said every day of 4-5 CDs the brainwashing continues. I really wish you the best in this process. While you are going through it know that we will be here for you.

  199. MAYRA permalink
    February 28, 2013 1:56 am

    You should see what the LIFE training business is doing!! Youre missing out buddy! We now get paid for seminars, opens, subscriptions we also have 3 new policy councils! Total of 7 PC and i went to 2 retirement parties! In California in the same day and it was super duper fun what you wrote is real detailed and it looks like your questions need to be answered you should reconnect your self with ur upline .I believe that you can even be a policy council and when you decide to get good you will be good . The life business is just getting better & better & better Orrin Woodward is going mainstream ..You watch! and very soon too godbless

    [Editor’s note: converted comment from all UPPERCASE. Please don’t post everything in ALL CAPS]

  200. freedomhaha permalink
    February 28, 2013 10:04 am

    Mayra- Thanks for taking the time to post. I am curious though as to what percentage of your downline is making a profit?

  201. Former Round Table permalink
    February 28, 2013 11:01 am

    Mayra,

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! Hahahhahahahahahahaha!

    BTW, from one who DID make it, Orrin Woodward was going mainstream back in 1999. Let’s see, it’s 2013. Just when is this mainstream thing going to happen?

  202. Frustrated permalink
    February 28, 2013 1:04 pm

    I have a question . . .
    Once you earn PV (the point system in LIEF) do you always keep those points? Do they expire? If a subscription cancels do you lose those points?

  203. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 28, 2013 2:55 pm

    Mayra~

    I don’t know what made me crack up more, your comments or Former Round Table laughing!

    Oh you are very naive, you haven’t said anything ‘new’..people have been being paid of the pyramid scam tool company, beginning clear back in the Yager “system” in Amway, Where almost ALL of those 7 came from..Where do you think the & PC have gotten that lifestyle and income they entice you with, Mayra?

    I will say I read they are coming out with a ‘new bonus-chart’,Mayra, so could you do yourself a favor ask the “7-PC” why those results are so poor and why there are ONLY “7” out of what 20,000 people like you, Mayra? But more the truth would be 7 out of probably 100,000 churned through?

    How do they have 3 new PC but still only have 7 PC?? Something is not adding up,are you using MLM mathematics? lol When did you get started, Mayra?

    Do us a favor, Mayra ask the PC WHY or what prompted, the changing the bonus chart? hahahahaha

    Seems like changes happen very slow and then fast, with them, usually when ‘fear’ is present, after all they have been running their own pyramid scheme for 14 years this way!

    Could this have anything to do with the new change you THINK is new and are soooooo excited about? 🙂

  204. Melanie Morgan permalink
    February 28, 2013 3:58 pm

    I actually pity Mayra, based on experience almost all, if not all get so naively excited because everything sounds sooooo good until you see the ‘result’ of whatever they have over promoted as a “great thing for everyone!”…and if not then it will be like a sledge hammer when get that ‘check’ for $7.50 for killing yourself. T

    They call this “selling hope?… I call it deception and leading others off the cliff into despair!”…they intentionally deliver “their messages”..about ‘change’ as if they are gods who do it for the good of all, obviously that works for the masses in keeping them handing over their hard earned money to the TOP.

    I remember Orrin feeding us a total line of BS about how “When You go 1000 PV-in Amway, you are going to be making SO much money, but when we got there (try building Amway, that had already “blew through town”,the cost & effort it took…in a state with more animals than prospects, When we got that pittance of 1000 PV-check, I wanted to throw up!

    I thought big liar, (Clue:that is NOT how you build trust) especially after adding up the accumulated LOSES. They would tell you it doesn’t matter cuz that is “proof it works”…yea it works, alright.. in trapping others. pfft!

    Needless to say, I was jacked, that we took from our families income just to build it to that point and confronted Orrin, he thought it was funny!…then continued with the next lie, oh wait til you go “4000” you won’t believe how much money you will make and you will be able to pay for all your business expenses!

    Again,clearly lied to, didn’t even come close at this point to pay for what we had lost in expenses, system, and meetings but he needed us to do that work so Guzzardo’s could go silver. Guess what he said after we hit 4000?…

    *This sums it ALL up for me: “I can’t stand liars, I’d rather be told the hurtful truth, deal with it and move on than to be told a blind lie and be ignorantly happy.

    So I pity Mayra and all the others who will get trapped by the deception and lies which happens slowly and then BOOM!

  205. March 19, 2013 12:05 pm

    My husband and I have been looking into this, and I being from the goth/punk subcultures am always liry of scams and such… to beat the system to trust systems…. He has bought in I fear hook, line and sinker… I on the other hand am thinking, “It walks like a duck, talks like a duck, therefor it must be a duck. And you just Quaked!” Help?

    He wants to do this not to so much quit his job (he is working to become a full time horse shoer) or me quit mine, I am in school to do holistic health and nutrition, but as a supplemental to that… as both of those fields are our passions.

  206. March 19, 2013 12:53 pm

    Whether you’re looking at any business as a full-time replacement or a part-time thing, you need a clear understand of how the money is made and how much time commitment will be involved. If you read the stories of other people who have been in the business, you’ll know exactly how much it’s going to cost you:

    1) You’re going to be spending several hours each week attending meetings, prospecting, and holding meetings of your own.
    2) Each month, you’ll be encouraged to attend a monthly meeting.
    3) Every 3-4 months, you’ll be asked to attend one of the major conventions.
    4) You’ll be asked to buy products from the LIFE business.
    5) You’ll be asked to “invest” in TEAM/LIFE Training tools that you “need to succeed” in this business.

    How do you make money? You get people to do steps 1-5 like you. You can also try retailing products (4), but good luck with that!

  207. Melanie Morgan permalink
    March 19, 2013 8:04 pm

    MMorria Nickles~

    You are onto it, so stick to your gut..it will save you way more than you can imagine! Thanks for sharing.

  208. March 20, 2013 6:40 am

    @MMorria Nickles

    In a scheme that requires you to introduce somebody else in order to advance in making money incomes are made in one way only: from the newly introduced person’s loses. To make a whole lotta cash then you have to get a whole lotta people to loose their cash.

    The way the cash is lost is through purchases of items in monthly quotas, meeting attendance ticket costs, etc. The money circulating in the scheme comes from the pockets of the participating members and it flows generally up the pyramid from bottom members. There’s hardly any sales by those members to non-members as required by law-this is illegal. Contrast this from a real business – it has real customers (other than the owners operating it) whose purchases provide the bulk of it’s revenue.

    You might have heard the members say that if this business illegal how come the government hasn’t shut it down, after all it’s been in operation for x years. Well these schemes owners’ crafty deftness do a very good job of obfuscating the illegal process by introducing products in this setup. Obviously the authorities can’t verify every month that each member is re-selling 70%+ of their purchases to non-members. They rely on them to police themselves. The operators know this so they, together with well paid lawyers, DSA and yes some of our congressmen, all help the former to keep the scheme going until the authorities catch up with them (Google FHTM shutdown).

    You and your boyfriend should stop, back up a step and Google how to perform due diligence while considering a business. Every business person does that-due diligence. Then execute those steps regarding this scheme. If someone tells you that they are the only good source of information on a business that should be red flag for you – are they afraid you might find something from other sources that they would rather you did not find out?

    Good Luck!

  209. March 20, 2013 6:42 am

    I should have also said that money is also obviously made from existing members continued loses.

  210. Freedomhaha permalink
    March 20, 2013 10:05 am

    Run far, far away MMorria!!

  211. MiniatureGiantSpaceHampster permalink
    March 28, 2013 4:52 am

    “18: Why are there so few Policy Council and Round Table members? Why has only one new PC couple been added since Amway?”

    Perhaps this question should be updated. If people are going to ask questions then it stands to reason the question should be up to date. I recall there being new PC members at the recent Ontario major in January. While I don’t specifically remember their names a quick google search seems to point to Wayne and Raylene MacNamara.

  212. March 28, 2013 7:45 am

    I’ll make the update.

  213. Benjamin permalink
    March 31, 2013 9:29 pm

    I see some of u have the understanding that the L.I.F.E./ TEAM business is a scam. Haha. I’ve been doing this for almost 4 years. IM FULLY JOB OPTIONAL. do not let some one that didn’t do the work make your decision on wether this business works or not. It will work for you. If you can find it in you to do what is recommended ie. Stp 15 times a month (no excuses) go to 4 opens a month and 1 seminar. Speaking of that. The open will be at the Hyatt on washington center road at 8 pm on Tuesday. I dare u to come. Go ahead and ask for me.
    Feel free to email me. I will respond.

  214. April 1, 2013 7:47 am

    Benjamin – Most of the people commenting here have already been in TEAM/LIFE, so there’s really no point for them to attend a meeting; after all, they know pretty much what’s going to happen and be said.

    Some questions:

    Is your job optional status a result of selling LIFE materials to legitimate retail customers or is it a result of those people in your team who are paying upwards of $300/month for TEAM/LIFE products?

    If the latter, how many people are in your organization that support your job optional lifestyle?

    Is this a sustainable business? Are you constantly having to replace people who leave the business? What’s the attrition rate like in your group?

  215. Melanie Morgan permalink
    April 1, 2013 10:08 am

    Benjamin~

    I dare you to prove you are “Job Optional” do you think we are impressed? That doesn’t mean squat.What is your net income,monthly, or yearly from Team & LIFE,,(after ALL your expenses, you know the ones you are claiming on your taxes), Benjamin? Also provide the legal document(s) to prove you own your own business showing “your business”, cannot be taken away from you, for any reason or you cannot be voted out at anytime at the whim of someone else.

    Hahahahaha! Go to a meeting eh?,Oh dear, Benjamin… others, including us are the ones who were the “speakers” at those Tuesday opens that told you…you needed to go to 4 Tues & 1 seminar a month!

    Lastly, who told you we didn’t do the work? What makes you tell those lies? They have you hook, line, and sinker… You are repeating the lies they tell you.

  216. Melanie Morgan permalink
    April 1, 2013 10:14 am

    Do your due diligence, Benjamin, keep reading and THINK on your own. We on here fell for the same trap you are and repeated the same garbage you do because we were under the same deceptive greedy “leadership” you are.

  217. MiniatureGiantSpaceHampster permalink
    April 1, 2013 11:16 am

    “Stp 15 times a month (no excuses) go to 4 opens a month and 1 seminar. Speaking of that.”

    Showing the plan X number of times a month does make sense to me. Where I get puzzled is how going to opens, seminars, and majors over and over help a person make it. In my experience it was just the same thing over and over. Nowhere before I made my first phone call to a prospect was I sat down to make a business plan. At no time was I sat down to project my income and expenses for the next five-ten plus years.

    Starting a business is a big decision. One that should not be made lightly.

  218. Melanie Morgan permalink
    April 1, 2013 11:49 am

    The intent of meetings are to indoctrinate and hold you in the “group-think”, it doesn’t provide for person to “make it.” STP 15 x per month is what they believe is the ‘majic number’ to grow your business…it is done to specifically and solely to recruit others to go recruit others.. to get them to those meetings, buy/ listen to cd’s & read books…it is how the top less than 1% have become millionaires, while the masses go broke and continue to pay to play in the “business-opportunity” or lose money.

  219. Melanie Morgan permalink
    April 1, 2013 11:51 am

    The meetings provide the new recruits and others to bring new recruits and provide them with the line for line what to repeat, say and “stp”…how to recruit and lure others in.

  220. MemoryLame permalink
    April 1, 2013 1:53 pm

    Benjamin, there are more accurate break downs of the numbers that can be found on this site (I think Mike Collins was one that described it best, wasn’t it Amthrax?). However, here is a simple math version for you.

    Let’s say you only purchase $300 monthly in product, training, and seminars combined (we all know we spent way more in time, labor, travel, etc, but roll with me here, since approximately $300 seemed to be a number commonly quoted in regards to “business expenses” when I was there).

    Depending on the actual number of people on system 10,000-20,000, the total revenue would equal $36,000,000-72,000,000. Orrin Woodward, in an interview with Forbes quoted the revenue at approximately $42,000,000, so I don’t think I’m far off here.

    Several PC members have alluded to their personal income by stating FROM STAGE things like a $500,000 Coach was a month’s earnings, or a $3,000,000 home was about what they made in 6 months. So, why don’t we guess they each make $6-8 Million per year?

    You’re job optional, so you’re close enough to them to know that’s about right.

    So, finish the math – 8 PC members x $6-8 Million = $48,000,000-$64,000,000. Even if they are bringing in $72,000,000 in revenue, that is a HUGE chunk being paid to 8, maybe 9 guys now (add another $6-8Mil if there is a 9th now).

    No other LEGAL stockholder owned or employee owned companies pay that disproportionate in America, and they know it!

    No “partnership” would last at those proportions without serious manipulation, and that is what we know to be exactly the case with LIFE.

  221. MemoryLame permalink
    April 1, 2013 1:55 pm

    Benjamin,

    The only question any of you LIFE “servant leaders” really need to ask yourself and answer here, however is this:

    What percentage of your downline is profitable?

  222. noteam permalink
    April 1, 2013 3:57 pm

    Benjamin – what city are you in that you are offering for us to all show up at an open?

    I’d love for a bunch of us to take him up on that offer sometime. Man would it be fun for a group of people to show up and challenge the speakers with the true facts 🙂

  223. MemoryLame permalink
    April 1, 2013 6:46 pm

    Noteam: Love it!

  224. MemoryLame permalink
    April 1, 2013 6:55 pm

    This is probably not very nice, but I sort of wish we had a page for the end of a LIFEr’s rant. Like a grave yard where all the garbage comments go to die, and the smoking gun is the question, “how many or what percentage of your downline are profitable?”

    Was it Freedomhaha that first started asking that? I love this question, because it completely blows all the false niceties about servant leadership in this group, out of the water. NO ONE makes money without hundreds losing it underneath them. There is no way around that fact, and the more you ask it, the more the answer becomes clear.

  225. April 1, 2013 7:06 pm

    @MemoryLame – In his LIFE First Year Results post, Orrin mentioned that TEAM/LIFE combined had over $50 million in sales between 2011-2012. He also said that 20% of sales were to outside customers.

    $50,000,000 * 80% = $40,000,000 sales via internal consumption model

    $40,000,000 / ($300/month * 12 months) = 11,111 people

    Some will spend more each month and some will spend less each month. This figure is right in the ballpark for how many people are probably a part of TEAM/LIFE today.

  226. MemoryLame permalink
    April 1, 2013 7:12 pm

    That is much more succinct, Amthrax. Thanks! 🙂

    20% of sales to outside customers certainly doesn’t seem to meet the FTC rule does it?

  227. MemoryLame permalink
    April 1, 2013 7:15 pm

    Sounds like only 1 in 5 LIFEr’s are selling to anyone except themselves. Doesn’t the FTC Amway law state that each IBO should have 3 outside customers on average.

  228. Freedomhaha permalink
    April 2, 2013 5:43 am

    Memory Lame- I started asking that question about 10 months ago and so far TEAM is 0 for 28 in answering it. However, I will give Benjamin a shot.

    Benjamin- What percentage of your downline LIFE Training Team is making a profit? Simple question.

  229. MemoryLame permalink
    April 5, 2013 1:50 pm

    0 for 29, Freedom 😉

    Bye, Benjamin. I look forward to hearing your exit story one day.

  230. MiniatureGiantSpaceHampster permalink
    April 5, 2013 2:55 pm

    Has there been many LIFE praisers on here return as Ex-LIFErs?

  231. April 5, 2013 6:45 pm

    Chris used to be commenting here (with some reservations) as a LIFE proponent. He recently left and is more or less an ex-TEAM/LIFE member.

  232. Dale Hansen permalink
    May 3, 2013 10:25 pm

    If it took over 10 years to get to 10,000 people at seminars, how many decades would it take to get to 1,000,000 people? It would take 10,000 NEW people EVERY year for 10 years to just get to 100,000. It would take 100,000 NEW people EVERY year for 10 years to get to 1 million. How about 100 years with 10,000 new people EVERY year? Hopefully you get the point. Wake up Team.

  233. MemoryLame permalink
    May 4, 2013 8:38 am

    Dale, great post!

    When you consider that Orrin has been “team building” since 1993 in Amway, it has taken him 20 years to get 10,000 to a seminar.

    The sad part is that if he is as smart as they say he is, those 20 years in the car industry might have helped him do something truly great – and maybe honest – and he could be speaking and selling books to much larger crowds.

    Ironically, he could truly be changing lives for the better.

  234. Frustrated permalink
    November 7, 2013 3:19 pm

    I thought of a good question…

    If LIEF is supposed to help my relationships grow, how have your friends and family seen a positive change in your life?

    Would they tell us that they cut ties with most everyone. That they have more turmoil in their relationships now more than ever.

    I can hear their programmed lies now…

    “I have more support through the business than I ever had from my so called friends. Anyone that wouldn’t join and support me in my decision to be free from the failing business system weren’t worth my precious time.”

  235. SpaceHamster permalink
    November 8, 2013 5:37 am

    Well, one of the main reasons I left LIFE after six weeks was I felt it would build a wall between myself and my family. This is the exact opposite of what I wanted. Since I left I’m happy to say we’ve gotten closer than ever.

  236. Phill permalink
    January 7, 2014 8:26 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks from reading this blog it stopped me and my wife from buying into this scam. I was draw to it cause the person how apporaoched me say they were big into history but the more I listened they were just trying to get as much money from me as possible . I’ll admit a few books they mentioned were good but why buy what they want when I can buy them off Amazon for pennies of the retail price.

  237. noteam permalink
    January 8, 2014 8:22 am

    Phill, So glad to hear you were saved from years of lost memories with your family and from tens of thousands of dollars on this scam. I wish I had seen this site sooner myself.

    Please, please, please printout some of the important pages from this site and share them with the person who tried to scam you. Chances are, they have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes. They are probably an innocent victim themselves. Please pay it forward and share this info with as many people as you can.

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