Hey there. You are reading the words of a former cult magnet. I’d be walking along innocently and just fall right into one. Oops.
**hangs head in bewilderment**
I have already posted about my Mormon experience. Now, for your consideration, I give a nutshell depiction of my 12 month stint as an Amway distributor in Provo, Utah (upline diamond Hal Golden if you must know).
I got pitched by a good friend who had this friend who was a millionaire (Hal). Being young and dumb (25ish) I gave the “millionaire” a thumbs up and joined on the spot.
I distinctly recall being profoundly confused as to why everyone did not join this Amway organization. We could all be millionaires in 6 to 18 months! Wha? Why would anyone turn this down? The fact that my my friend declined to join was irrelevant. I saw the potential, he didn’t. My upline confirmed and praised me for having such “vision” and “wisdom” at such a young age.
**laughs** Sucker. (Who me?)
Full steam ahead. I did everything by the book. Tapes, books, seminars, out of state functions, mega functions. I pined away for the time that I too would be financially free.
Turns out, I was the only one I talked to for the next 12 months that also saw this vast and great potential. No one bought into the Amway ideal… or excuse me… we were forbidden to call it Amway… it was to be referred as Britt Worldwide. Not a soul bought into the Britt Worldwide Eutopia I was selling.
(I hear they call it Quixar now. Reinvention, call it whatever, it is still an unethical scam.)
Regardless, I was taught how to troll for recruits and did so in the Provo grocery stores, hardware stores… you name it. It was pathetic. I was taught how to be predatory, deceptive, and manipulative. I was committed to talk to at least 5-10 people a day and I excelled at that.
Each person I came in contact with said no. But my upline sure admired my stamina. At one point, he accidentally said he was amazed I kept at it for as long as I was. And he mumbled something to express how most don’t make it past the first 3 to 6 months of rejection. That only galvanized my resolve. I combatted my doubts with constant indoctrination. I was encouraged to quit talking or associating with the “dream stealers” as they would not understand my goals and one had to remain faithful to these goals. I listened to Amway taped seminars every single day in my car on the way to work.
About those tapes and seminars. The money culled from them goes into the upline’s pockets. That is the bulk of their profit structure not the actual product. Now I understand why all that bullshit was emphasized so heavily.
Heavy indoctrination meant I formed a new filter with which I viewed even my family. Looking back, I can see how they quickly changed in my eyes as I became all things Amway. It is shocking and disgusting to see, in hindsight, how my upline preyed upon me and the others in their groups.
In this case, Amway is also a religion in part. At every event there was religious overtones and fundie christian speak. There were sunday Amway church services that, if you were “hardcore” and serious about growing your Amway “business”, you would attend. Those were creepy. A major emphasis was placed on Jesus helping their “businesses” to grow and set them free from their financial troubles. Scriptures like “And the truth shall set you free” were warped into Amway parallels. The Truth of Amway would set one free financially.
There was euphoric absolution at these major event functions. Grown men openly crying in front of their wives. Men hugging men and rededicating themselves to contacting even more people the next month. People openly praising and crediting god for the reason their business was succeeding. But my “business” was failing… so what did that mean? Oh yes, that’s right… god is proving me… god is putting me through the refiner’s fire… think of how powerfully motivating you will be when you finally make it to the top!
Aw come on already.
Amway is a business cult and a religion.. or at least taps into the brainwashing effects of religion to further the tendrels ability to latch onto an innocent persons very soul. I think any organization that has a skewed insider’s view of the world.. an Us vs Them mentality… and a heavy handed over reaching attempt to control what one thinks and who he associates with is a cult. That Amway crossed this line for cult and religion amazes me that it still flourishes.
I think that is enough for now.