New WWDB Diamonds

Wow, what a hot summer it’s been up here in BC. Summer has hit us pretty hard with what feels like half of our province burning down with a lot of wildfires throughout. It looks like its slowly being brought under control though, which is good. Hopefully we’ll be getting a little more rain or damp weather. Now that’s funny. A BC guy looking forward to some rain!

Anyhow, a few posts back I had mentioned Trevor and Lexi Baker were in Diamond Qualification. Well, I just wanted to take a few quick minutes to share that from what I’ve heard a few months ago (yeah I’m not very on point with these “updates”)is that they’ve made it! Another new Diamond couple to get their names on the WWDB trophy. That’s also the 3rd year in a row now that new Diamonds have been celebrated within World Wide.

The cool thing is that they went out and did it themselves. It is very possible for Diamondships to be integrated with the business’ of their children or family members. I’m not a very good source on how that works as I’m not in a position to be doing that but World Wide has a few examples of this where a second generation has built a business to the Ruby or Emerald level and then they integrate as Diamonds with their parents. A few examples of this would be David and Jaimee Felber, Jim Puryear and Ryder & Nicole Erickson.

Normally these people would need to show they can have the ability to create their own organization before their parents integrate their business’ together so they can then be considered ‘integrated Diamonds’. That’s what I’ve seen anyhow.

Well, in Trevor and Lexi’s situation, Glen and Joya haven’t integrated their Diamondship. At least there’s been no mention of that at all – which means, they went Diamond with their own team of 6 Platinum legs and however many non-platinum legs outside of that.

From some of the Kate’s and audio’s I’ve heard, both the organizations of Glen and Joya as well as Trevor and Lexi have really taken ownership of their version of an education and qualification process to help new people learn about this opportunity properly before they even launch.

That’s why I’ve been excited to be a part of World Wide this second time around. When I was taken through a process before I even was allowed to get started, I was able to really learn about this thing before I jumped in. More importantly, I was able to build that friendship and trust with my coaches so that I knew what their side of the partnership looked like and what mine was. Sure, I was friends with my coach for many years but before I had gotten back in the business, but I had already quit on him once before and it had been a few years since we had chatted last before he showed me his retirement day.

Building a trust ahead of time is so imperative for both parties because it starts a foundation for a partnership. Without any trust or friendship, a partnership can’t be built and without a partnership, you have no way of knowing how your upline will help you or what their commitment to you is. You also, don’t know what you’re committing to, yourself. And without that, you won’t be able to form a work habit to be able to start succeeding.

It all starts with a foundation. And that foundation for many business owners, at least many of those who are mentored through World Wide, come with a 3 – 6 week education process where you can learn about the opportunity. More importantly than that, though, is the opportunity to learn about your potential sponsors. Who are they really? What are they committing to do to help you? What can you expect from them? Do you like them and the people they are mentored by? That’s where the real opportunity lies. In the people and the relationships that are built. The opportunity is not necessarily to join Amway. Anyone can do that any time they want. It’s having a mentor, a coach, and a friend who is committed to you to help you that can help you succeed.

Its the same in any business or venture in life. People who have succeeded in any arena have had people in their corner cheering them on, providing perspective and giving advice and/or coaching to help them move on in their craft. It could be in the sporting world, business fields, performers etc. You hear it all the time from people who have succeeded in any arena. They give thanks to so many people and are the first to say that.

This is why I always end most of my posts stating that it is imperative that if someone is trying to show you a non-traditional business opportunity, be sure to educate yourself on the business by going through a 3 – 6 week process. But more importantly, go through that process to educate yourself on your potential upline. Get to know them and build a trust with them. Your process should take anywhere from 3 – 6 weeks to really learn about this properly. You could get a blitzkrieg course on Amway and learn all the details in one sitting but if you do, you’ll miss out on the most important details of all. Who is helping you? Who is coaching you? Who is giving you advice; and what results do they have to be offering said advice? If they do not have results you can respect yet, who is coaching them and can you get to know them? Are they consistant? Do they follow through on what they say they will do? This takes time to learn. And it is far more important than any details on PV and BV you’ll learn from a business overview.

This is ultimately a people business. Go through the process to learn about the asset (Amway) but make sure you take the time to evaluate the people. Because they will be evaluating you as well. Are you trustworthy? Are you consistant? Are you going to be worth the time they will be committing to you? They want to build a trust and friendship with you as well. It’s a two way street. And a hype up, sign up situation will never offer anything like that. Which is why if you get “prospected” for a non-traditional opportunity and they’re just trying to sign you up and don’t have a process to go through for a few weeks. Walk Away. Run, in fact. You’d end up better for it in that scenario.

Happy Summer!

– C

Who Partners With A Scam?

Ahh spring is in the air! After having a +20 degree day a few days back and some sunny days here, as a ginger I can tell you, I may have to break out the sun screen a bit early!

A lot of stuff has gone by since my last post. I might get into some of the others in other posts but one of the cool situations is the huge addition of a multitude of partner stores that we, as IBO’s get access to. In the US, this has been going on for quite some time, but Amway Canada stepped their game up even more and had partner stores lined up to contract with them. Some of them Amway sought out as they saw it as a benfit to their clientelle and business owners and others sought Amway out for the sheer number of customers and volume Amway runs.

And that ties in directly with the title of this post. What business would knowingly and willingly partner up with a scam operation or an illegal pyramid scheme that abuses their userbase and steals from them? Well, quite a lot actually. As I said, in the US there’s been a huge amount of partner stores that connected themselves with Amway for many years now. Which kind of makes one think…in this day and age, when customer perception and company brand reputation is a HUGE issue and can determine how well a company improves their image and sales or loses sales and customer respect, why would any company risk that? If that is a big concern, what companies would dare partner with a scam? That would make them look pretty bad.

Which is exactly the point….these companies can see the sheer numbers of business owners and customers that Amway has access to. With an over 50 year track record and many other accolades, why wouldn’t a company want to partner up with them? It also goes to show that with all of the P/R departments and marketing departments these companies have, they sure as heck would have done their research about a corporation that they would sign off on partnering with.

So….if all of these companies were willing to connect their name and reputation on partnering with Amway – would it be safe to say they know something that a random blogger doesn’t? Do these professionals whose careers are on the line when they sign off on these things, have more invested than an online forum commentor? Just food for thought. These companies did a lot of thinking too…..and they found that partnering with Amway was a good thing. If its good enough for them, why not you? Check out which companies became partner stores a few months ago at the end of the post.

The cool part is, I use many of these stores and products regularly. So not only can I earn PV (= bonus cheques) by shopping for my consumables, but I can get paid just for buying parts to build my new PC; to get coffee or a new belt. My baby needs diapers and baby toys for the bath so I can get paid for buying those too. And thats just barely scratching the surface. Why wouldn’t you want to get paid to buy things that you already buy or need to buy regularly?

As always, if you’re learning about this opportunity from someone, whether friend, family member or stranger – make sure that you’re taken through a process to learn. Take the time to learn about the person showing this to you to see if they have your best interest in mind and don’t want to rush you into signing up into something. If you’re being pressured or rushed with no process that takes a few weeks? Walk away. There’s plenty of great business owners out there who will be happy to show you this opportunity the right way – with integrity and over the course of a few weeks so that a trust can be built. If that isn’t done, how can you trust the person to help you? How can they trust you to follow through on what you said you would? Its a two way street and it can be a fun one to drive. Just make sure you’re driving with the right people.

I’m off to Spring Leadership in Calgary tomorrow. Going to be an awesome weekend!

Enjoy your spring!

– C

Canadian Partner Stores (Some are IBO only for savings – others are for both IBO’s and Customers)

* Addition Elle
* Amazing Print
* Avis
* Apple
* Backcountry
* Bed, Bath & Beyond
* Banana Republic
* Bloomingdales Canada
* Bowflex
* Bass Pro Shops
* Bluefly
* Budget Rent A Car
* The Bay
* Bogs Footwear Canada
* Buffalo David Bitton
* Canada Post
* Columbia Sportswear
* Corner Stork Baby Gifts
* Choice Hotels Canada
* Conair
* Crocs Canada
* Dell Computers Canada
* The Disney Store
* Dyson Canada
* Discover Channel Store
* Dynamite Clothing
* Esso
* Express
* Eddie Bauer
* Expedia
* Florsheim
* Footlocker
* Forever 21
* GAP Canada
* Guess
* Guess Factory
* Garage Clothing
* Groupon
* Globosshoes
* Hireko Golf
* Hewlett Packard (
* Home Depot
* HP Snapfish
* Indigo Books & Music
* Isabella Oliver
* Jos. A Bank Canada
* Kenneth Cole
* Keurig
* Lacoste Canada
* Lego
* Lord & Taylor
* Leftlane Sports
* Loft
* Lowes Canada
* Macys Canada
* Microsoft
* McAfee
* Newegg Canada
* Neiman Marcus
* Nunn Bush
* Old Navy
* Paul Frederick
* Penningtons
* Primus Canada
* Roots Canada
* Royal Canadian Mint
* Saks Fifth Avenue
* Shopbop
* Starbucks
* Sears Canada
* Sony
* Sunglass Hut
* Toms Canada
* Turbotax
* Tiger
* Travelocity
* Under Armour
* Urban Outfitters
* USI Affinity Insurance
* Villeroy & Boch
* Vistaprint
* What A Bloom Florist
* Wyndham Resorts & Hotels
* XS Gear

Another WWDB Diamond Couple Pending

Its exciting to learn about another WWDB couple entering their Diamond Qualification. As of now, they’re probably in month 2 of 6 but wherever they’re at in their qualification run, new potential diamonds are always exciting to learn about. Trevor and Lexi Baker in the California Market are the newest WWDB team to hit the mark after Ty and Vanessa Crandell hit Diamond this past half year.

To hit Diamond, a lot of people need to be making money in that organization or else it wouldn’t grow the way it has. Couple that with solid mentorship and coaching and you get this awesome couple. A big congratulations go out to them as they continue in their qualifying run.

Best Wishes

– C

Free Enterprise Aftermath

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Well, the F.E.D. swings are complete ending in Edmonton, AB this past weekend. It was a historical weekend as over 4,500 people sold out the first ever Free Enterprise Days hosted in a Canadian City. Historically, all F.E.D.’s have been located state side which led to some long road trips for the Canadian business builders. However, with the mentorship, guidance, example and growth set originally by David and Carolyn Payn, Mike and Brandi Wagner, and, of course our good friends and upline – a wave of leadership blew the doors off of the Edmonton Expo Centre this past weekend.

It was clear that the largest room in the whole centre won’t be able to hold the next major function next year and we’re moving onwards and upwards. Jeff Johnson who works for Amway did a talk as a voice for the Amway Corporation in Canada and told us that as little as a few years ago, W.W.D.B. IBO’s amounted to only 12% of the Canadian Amway market. Now that has jumped up to 35% and is climbing. And those numbers are coming directly from the servicing corporation. That’s a huge jump!

For the second year in a row, new Diamonds were celebrated as they walked the long red carpet, received their championship ring and placed their name on the W.W.D.B. Diamond trophy.

Ty and Vanessa Crandell were celebrated for their achievements and after watching and hearing them speak Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, it was no surprise that they were a diamond couple. All heart and fire, their team have in them an awesome example of work ethic and integrity.

As a surprise, long time Amway Diamonds, Leif and Bonnie Johnson were recognized as W.W.D.B. Diamonds – back under the W.W.D.B. banner after a long hiatus. While I am not familiar on the situation or the details, the Johnson’s are one of Ron and Georgia Lee Puyear’s Diamond Legs. So that was a cool surprise to hear of their experiences and story over their long storied IBO-ship.

Looking back on the weekend, there is also a solemnity that hangs over the memory of this function due to the unfortunate murder of one of our Canadian Soldiers in Ottawa. And only just a few days earlier in Edmonton we were celebrating our Armed Forces for their sacrifices in the past, the present and the future for allowing regular joe’s like us, the opportunity to live how we want, choose how we want, pray how we want, work how we want and love how we want. We celebrated them and honored them, as does every Free Enterprise function in the U.S. as well. And only days later, a grim reminder of the cost of our freedoms that we enjoy here in North America played out at the War Memorial in Ottawa.

F.E.D. had not only an excitement but some excellent speakers and teaching. New Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds continue to grow to bring more people to higher levels of success and Founder’s Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds continue to share new wisdom learned through their experiences. Lastly the Diamond speakers and above provided wisdom, heart, comedy and education based on their experiences and knowledge.

Aside from the multitude of Platinumships, Rubyships, Sapphireships and Emeraldships the Diamondships represented as speakers were from across World Wide: Integrated Diamonds – Ryder & Nicole Erickson, Integrated Diamonds David and Jaimee Felber, Diamonds – Norm & Pam Kizirian, Diamonds Leif & Bonnie Johnson, Diamonds Ty & Vanessa Crandell, Diamonds – Bob & Shelly Kummer, Founders Diamonds – Glen & Joya Baker, Our upline Diamonds, Founders Diamonds Tracy & Kimberly Eaton, Executive Diamonds Dan & Sandy Yuen, Double Diamond Leslie Wolgamott, Triple Diamonds Greg & Laurie Duncan, Crowns Brad & Julie Duncan, Crown Ambassadors Wonbo & Joyce Shim and Founders Crown Ambassador – Leonard Kim.

And that’s just Diamondships and above. Aside from that were two Emerald couples (one new, the other as Founders Emerald) and six new Double Eagle Ruby couples. Founders Double Eagle Ruby and existing Ruby’s, Sapphire’s and Emeralds didn’t get any stage time which easily could have been packed with many more impactful leaders.

Considering the cost of any other training convention out there – a $125.00 ticket goes a heck of a long way ESPECIALLY when you consider the fact that you can directly apply the teachings to a vehicle that you can access without going into debt to access.

Below are some quotes and lines that I found impacted me. There were many, many more, but everyone is impacted differently from what is said or shared. Ultimately, the opportunity is mentorship. It just happens to come with an asset that can be built on the side to create financial freedom, if a person chooses to work. Like anything in life, however, if you are being shown an opportunity that is Non-Traditional – like this or a Network Marketing opportunity – make sure you are taken through a 4 – 6 week education process.

The process may vary from person to person, or couple to couple – but there should be one. Starting first and foremost with building a bit of a friendship and a trust – on both sides! Over the course of the weeks make sure you ask questions and get answers – that way you will be able to make a solid choice based on information as opposed to making a choice based on emotion and random opinions from people who have no experience or knowledge of what you’re looking at. Anonymous internet blogs and forums are the worst to get information from. Every single one of them have agenda’s and bias! Mine included in case you couldn’t tell (At least I’m open and honest about it, eh?). As such, they are the least reliable source for information as all you’re getting is opinion and rhetoric on an individual’s experience – that does NOT = everyone’s experiences. And if anyone has an opinion on the opportunity but hasn’t met the people you’re working with, that experience is irrelevant unless they’ve worked with the people who are taking you through the process.

Thats why building a friendship first is important. Without that, whats the point in partnering up with those people? That’s why the process is so powerful and helpful to every party in the equation. It helps root out the people who may not fit with this opportunity, it also helps you root out people who may not be good mentors, or coaches. Those typically are the ones who will try to hype you up and sign you up – and that, friends, is a scary thing. Do your homework and make sure you get homework so you can empower yourself, and your decisions properly on a foundation of facts.

Enjoy the crisp autumn days and cozy evenings with friends and family.

~ C

“You won’t move ahead in life until you take your eyes off of yourself and put them on to others.”

“Be remembered for what you did. Not for what you didn’t do.”

“The pain of discipline always is outweighed by the pain of regret.”

“You can do it. I did it. Why not you?”

“In any business there’s room for one dream and if you aren’t the owner of the business, there isn’t going to be any room for your dream!”

“When it comes to this business you can be impressed from a distance, but at a major function, you’re impacted up close.”

“The testament of a good business is not only if the kids want to do what their parents are doing but if the parents want the kids to do what they’re doing.”

“I’ve never seen a positive result come from a negative mouth.”

“You can’t be disappointed with results that didn’t happen because of work you didn’t do.”

“It doesn’t matter whether the glass is half empty or half full. What matters is who is filling the glass.”

“In everyday life I’m judged daily of my shortcomings and failings. In here I’m reminded daily of my future victories.”

“Your team will grow only as big as your ability to lead.”

“You will have the best of the day or the day will have the best of you.”

“When you don’t believe, you compare yourself to others.”

“Work is measured in change. Not time.”

“Imagine if we graduated with a self image and not just a piece of paper.”

“How can we expect other people to trust us if we don’t trust ourselves?”

“There’s a huge difference between being emotional and showing emotion.”

“It’s better to have heart with no words than to have words with no heart.”

“Without empathy for others we become emotionally tone deaf.”

“True compassion demands action.”

“Minimum wage becomes minimum mindset.”

“When everyone else was playing the lottery, we were out building our own.”

“Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.”

“It is in serving each other that we become free.”


Would You Join An MLM For Retirement Income?

I didn’t really have any plans of posting so soon after my previous post, but I had a Facebook friend share this article / opinion / experience from a Forbes article posted this past August. The author actually has an interesting experience and point of view of what they learned from asking some questions of business owners around the Network Marketing industry. While there is no mention as to what companies or products the Business Owners contract with, there’s some solid advice given that works with any business in order to succeed. Cool stuff.

Always interesting to get an outside view of the industry.

Happy Autumn To All!
~ C

Author: Robert Laura
Title: Forbes Contributor
Original Article: Would You Join An MLM For Retirement Income @ Forbes  ( )

At some point in your life you’ve been pitched a multi-level marketing (MLM), direct selling, or network marketing business opportunity. While the pitch varies from company to company, it basically promises a chance to ditch your 9-5 work schedule, be your own boss, and make lots of money while making new friends in the process.

It all sounds good on paper, yet there is a seemingly endless debate over whether these companies and programs are legitimate business opportunities or not, so I dug in and got the real scoop. As a result, I believe that the entire industry is poised for explosive growth and can be one of the most significant solutions to America’s current retirement savings crisis.

Initially, that may sound like a bold statement, but it’s not if you understand retirement the way I do. The reality is, making a successful transition into retirement has more to do with psychology than with money… and the same may hold true for multi-level and network marketing.

Don’t get me wrong, money has a role in retirement, but it’s not the primary one every one gives it. Combine that concept with eye-opening statistics like AARP’s estimate that half of all baby boomers (76 million) are interested in starting a business and the makings of a massive trend are in place.

As far as the retirement saving crisis is concerned, more and more people are coming to terms with the fact that they probably aren’t going to be able to save enough money to just sit around and slowly deplete their nest egg from age 62 to 100. With the average 50 year-old estimated to have less than $50,000 in retirement savings, there is an obvious need to find alternative ways to either save more or generate supplemental income starting now, and continuing throughout retirement. Moving beyond just the dollars and cents, boomers are growing tired of feeling guilty or bad about their past savings habits and are interested in moving towards possible solutions.

Another growing reality that could benefit MLM and related businesses is the increasing number of baby boomers who are disenchanted with their current careers. They’re worn-out from years of the corporate grind and don’t feel the connection between their job and the people it impacts outside their office walls or company grounds. They’re shifting their focus from accumulating a giant nest egg to a desire to be part of something bigger and better… to have a positive effect on others… and working in retirement. Facets of life that can be fulfilled with specific types of products and service available through some MLM or Direct selling opportunities.

MLM and direct selling programs also offer very low barriers into entrepreneurship, often providing training, support, and ample encouragement along the way. As retirees begin to realize they need activities that keep them busy, relevant, in good health, and connected to others, the time, energy and cost to participate in these kinds of companies make them very appealing to large segments of the population caught up in these dynamics.

This is not a ringing endorsement for the entire industry. Like any investment of time, money, and energy, people need to be aware of what they are getting into and do their homework. That’s the primary reasons I began researching the topic by reaching out to regular everyday people involved in these types of businesses and who were willing to skip the hype and offer a transparent view of the programs and give their opinions as to whether this can be a realistic source of retirement income.

I initially spoke to a retired friend who said she joined a health and beauty direct selling company as a means of meeting new people. She had recently remarried and moved to a new location, so she combined the practice of meeting new people with making extra money. After almost a decade in the business, she’s built a small niche business with family and friends despite switching to from one company to another competitor after three years.

She admits she doesn’t attend all of the company’s local meetings and goal-setting sessions because she’s not interested in becoming a top producer. She just likes to use the business activity to keep busy (particularly in the winter) and use the extra money she earns to travel and spoil the grand kids.

Having studied the psychology and behavior of boomers, this example represents a major shift in my thinking about the industry. I no longer perceive these types of opportunities as money-making pyramid schemes. Instead, I now see it as a way to enhance many of the personal aspects of retirement that are rarely discussed let alone planned for, with the added benefit of supplementing other popular retirement income sources such as pension and social security.

Daria M. Brezinski Ph.D, a practicing psychologist and former marketing director for a multi-level marketing magazine, echoes these sentiments. “Many people don’t realize that multi-level marketing companies are successful because they help people satisfy a number of important human needs, including feeling significant, having connections, learning something new, and making a difference. I have heard people in network marketing say again and again, ‘I’m doing this because I’m meeting amazing people … making so many connections … and I feel so good about myself.’”

Dr. Brezinski’s point is well taken and easy to see practiced by popular network marketing companies. Many MLM and NM companies tout a three-to-five year plan to attain freedom and wealth, yet many of the people running company meetings have been in the business for five or ten years and still haven’t left their full-time job or landed on easy street. “As it turns out,” Dr. Brezinski notes, “when other human needs are being met, the members and consultants don’t focus solely on the financial aspects.”

Continuing my interviews, I challenged three others who are in the business to be straightforward, and prove to me that the process really works. What I found was good, consistent business advice applicable to any new business.

Lorene Hochstetler, from Ohio, recommends keeping your current job while slowly making the transition into MLM. She’s been able to replace her full-time income but explains, “It didn’t happen overnight, and I still work every day. I am very disciplined with my business and wake up every day knowing what I have to do in order to succeed at this. You have to treat it like a business and be willing to follow advice from others who have made it.”

Tracy Willard of California began her MLM career out of necessity. “Prior to getting involved in my business, I told my friends to never let me join one of those things… but when our family was hit by the mortgage crisis I had to do something different.” She started her business with the intention some retirees may also find themselves. “I started with the idea that I just needed to make my month easier. My company helped me figure out what I needed to do in order to make an extra $500 per month.”

She reiterated a common theme I heard throughout the interviews. “If you treat it like a hobby it won’t pay you like a business.” She also acknowledged that, in spite of her success, she doesn’t sit around eating bonbons every day waiting for residual checks to hit the mailbox. “That’s a common misconception,” she said. “I work hard at my business every day, although it doesn’t always feel like work. Similar to other entrepreneurs who profit from their passion, she says “It’s rewarding because I found a product that has made in difference in how I look and feel… and I love selling it and helping other people start a business.”

Staci Cahill runs her Washington MLM company in a way many people can appreciate. She keeps her personal life separate from her business life by avoiding home parties, offering instead workshops that educate prospects on the products she offers. “I didn’t want to be that person others hid from because they thought I was going to ask them to host a party. I like to keep my business life and personal life separate.”

When I asked her if she was successful at her craft, she pointed out an MLM approach different from what many might expect. “Yes, I am very successful given what I wanted to get out of it. I’m a single mother who used to work 50 hours per week outside the home. Now I’ve cut it to 20 hours, which is a major upgrade for me and my family.”

As a five-year veteran of MLM, she attributes her success to the fact that, “I switched companies a few years ago once I realized that pots and pans don’t change people lives. The products I now offer has changed my life and that of others… and I find a lot of value in waking up and going to bed knowing that.”

The interviews and psychological connections lead me to conclude that MLM and NM companies, along with other small businesses opportunities, are important considerations for anyone entering retirement. In fact, I believe the concept of starting a business for retirement income will become one of the most significant trends impacting retirement in the 21st century. But it has to start with redefining entrepreneurship and framing it into a retirement lifestyle. That means helping people find ways to turn a passion, hobby, or personal desire into extra money in their pocket… not to mention helping people see the importance of planning for the non-financial aspects of retirement such as replacing a work identity, staying relevant and connected, as well as keeping mentally and physically fit.
Something multi-level marketing as well as network marketing companies are poised to capitalize on. As a result, the industry could soon experience larger than life growth, spurred by baby boomers looking to adjust their retirement feelings and plans.


New WWDB Diamonds

A quick update from an active W.W.D.B. – Amway business Owner. Active being the important word in regards to internet people posting on the subject of W.W.D.B. and Amway vs any who may have “used” to deal with the companies years ago.

A few posts back I had mentioned that there was another W.W.D.B. / Amway Diamond couple in Diamond qualification. After maintaining the required parameters for a minimum of 6 months straight, Ty and Vanessa Crandell are the newest confirmed Diamonds from the World Wide Dream Builder training and mentorship system.

This past weekend they began their F.E.D. (Free Enterprise Days) swing across North America. Starting in Irvine, CA this past weekend they will continue their journey to Portland, OR – Denver, CO and Edmonton, AB Canada later in October. Being new Diamonds in the W.W.D.B. system they will probably be asked to speak in other markets around the world on how they were able to build their organization.

Many people or internet posters will say that this is an individual victory. “Barely anyone goes Diamond and they had to scam people to get there!“

Well, what does a Diamondship represent?

6 Platinums.

Ron Puryear said it in one of his many talks: “3 you’re free – 6 you’re rich!” 3 referring to 3 Platinums. If you help 3 people create a business that reaches the platinum / founders platinum level  – you’ll be an Emerald. Within the W.W.D.B. system – if you go Emerald with the parameters that is taught, thats a hefty amount of income. There are many ways to reach Emerald, but only with the correct parameters can some of the higher figures really be earned. Thats why WWG teaches to paramters – not just a PV level. The PV comes with the correct parameters automatically.

There are many in Amway who go Emerald. To “Amway ” only  people, Emerald is simply a Pin level. Nothing more. There are many ways to go Emerald. You can have a business that has 4 legs. 3 of those 4 legs can go Platinum and technically, you could be an Emerald if you had the PV that meets the Pin level. W.W.D.B teaches to have a minimum foundation of having 12 legs of personal width for your Platinumship, let alone Emeraldship. Sure – you could go Platinum with fewer legs. Heck – that only takes 7,500 PV. You can do that on one leg! Matt Tsuruda from Hawaii did that. He had one leg at 7,500 PV. So, technically – he was a Platinum – with one leg only who earned that 7,500 PV for him. But it was his one downline who created that volume – so who do you think earned the money/bonus? Not him! So Matt had to work to get width and earn his own platinumship and ultimately a Diamondship many years ago. He ended up being the youngest Diamond in W.W.D.B. years ago until our good friend’s and upline went Diamond.

Pin levels don’t gaurantee a certain income. It’s the parameter’s that earn the income. That’s why the highest Founders Diamond’s income in Amway was documented at $2,500,000 in the past year(shown on a W.W.D.B. business overview – cleared by legal teams at Amway – it cannot be reported publicly unless it was done). While the highest Founders Diamond is documented to be at $2,500,00 (as per business overviews approved by legal teams) – a standard board plan from a W.W.D.B. business owner will show the correct parameters on how to reach that as opposed to just teaching PV and sales and hype up / sign up.

The difference between W.W.D.B. and Amway is that W.W.D.B. leaders teach other business owners the importance of parameters. A one legged Platinum at 7,500 PV vs a 12 legged Platinum at 7,500 PV and on to 10,500 PV and 12,000 PV.

More legs = better differential overall = more profit = helping more people create volume (AKA bonus cheques) to get that better differential.

Ty and Vanessa Crandell have done just that. Created an organization that has created a minimum of 6 platinumships. That’s helping at least a minimum of 6 couples or singles to create a significant business that earns them a solid side income and a yearly trip from Amway. That organization has multiple singles and couples who have reached the 2,500, and 4,000 Pin level over hundreds of people.

Ultimately – hundreds of people had to profit and benefit or else Ty and Vanessa Crandell would not have earned and created a Diamondhip. Because that’s what a Diamondship is. An organization of people who are creating and producing to earn an income. Ty and Vanessa just happen to be just one of many examples of people who have helped many others succeed and earn an income in the Amway business. Because of that, they earn a great reward and will be a greater example to those who also wish to become more than just their job title.

The success and knowledge of the W.W.D.B. teachings on how to build the Amway business are growing and increasing. Ty and Vanessa are just another beginning as was, our upline were last year. There was yet another retirement party for Vlado Milic as a 31 year old husband a few months ago here in the Vancouver market. As a Sapphire, he is now free to live life full time with his wife – they also entered into Emerald qualification this past month. Ian and Crystal Walker just hit Silver and have entered their Platinum qualification. Conner Yuen, son of W.W.D.B. Executive Diamonds Dan and Sandy Yuen became a Platinum many months ago. Our upline coach’s mentors – the orchestrators of the W.W.D.B. Alberta market, mentors to Founders Emeralds Mike and Brandi Wagner and our upline who are founder’s diamonds and everyone down from those couples entered their Emerald qualification as well! Chris and Lauren Tripi in Florida are extending the W.W.D.B. banner as founders Platinum’s and they may have passed that already. Ben and Trista McNally out of Alberta electrified Las Vegas a few months ago with their Emerald Rally.

Ultimately World Wide is growing. But more importantly, it is growing with business owners full of heart, full of integrity, and full of desire to help others create the lives of their choosing through mentorship.

There’s a lot of crazy stories out there about how the Amway business was built back in the day – my wife’s mom included – I’m sure glad I haven’t experienced any of that. Getting an education and going through a trust building process is awesome. Knowledge is power – once you get through a process you’ll have all of the information you’ll need to know. Don’t get through a process and well, you’ll be making a choice based on partial information. But make sure you’re being offered a chance to go through a process to learn. If someone is trying to hype you up and sign you up into some random Amway or even another MLM thing – be careful! Do your research with the BBB, the FTC and Revenue Canada (if you’re Canadian).

More and more people are making this opportunity work. When your turn is, is up to you.

Here’s to a warm, happy autumn to all.

~ C


Function Aftermath

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What an amazing function. I just got back from Spokane, WA a few days ago where I enjoyed Leslie Wolgamott’s 2014 Family Reunion Major Function. The weather was absolutely fantastic! It made for a really smooth drive with a lot of great tunes and great views on the road.

More importantly, the speakers were ridiculous. Completely, utterly amazing. Family Reunion’s tend focus’ more on Platinum – Emerald speakers as it allows some of the up and coming leaders a chance to grow and experience more larger audiences to share their experiences, their hardships, their challenges – how they overcame those challenges and their victories.

The caliber of the Platinums and Rubies were simply fantastic and were significantly impressive up from last year.  Each year there are more new IBO’s who are showcased at the platinum level and above. Its awesome to hear their views and their mindsets in how they have grown. The platinums – Emeralds were followed up with some great insight as well as teaching from Diamonds Scott and Cris Harimoto, Tracy and Kimberly Eaton andd, of course, our upline Diamonds. Crowns Brad and Julie Duncan were guest speakers and Leslie Wolgamott finished up and was nothing but heart.

I’ll share some great thoughts I got from some of these amazing speakers to finish the post. However, as always – I’ll remind everyone who is looking at this opportunity not to trust random people on the internet that you have never met – me included! You don’t know anonymous sources and bloggers personally – as such anonymous people shouldn’t get your trust – period unless you meet them personally and they earn that trust. That goes for opinions about WWDB/Amway as it goes for anything on the internet. But most importantly, get educated first and make sure your potential sponsor takes you through a qualification and education process. If they’re trying to hype you up and sign you up, don’t do it! You can find many other potential mentors who will be happy to educate you correctly and put your goals first.

Hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer and not getting too sunburnt out there!

– C

“The basics of the business are easy. Consume your own products? Thats easy. Earning a few customers? After learning and getting coaching, it’s easy. Once you have done this, you can effectively teach it! That’s it! That’s very easy to do. What is hard is that life stuff / financial issues / time management / relationship issues / employment issues / life distractions knock people off track. WWG is in the business of helping people fix that so they can focus on the easy stuff to make their business work. Amway doesn’t help with that! They help with the products, paycheques and warrantees! We help with the life stuff so that people can make the Amway business work. ”


“When you make a choice, all other choices need to fall under that original vision. If those subsequent choices do not fall under the original choice / vision, then that’s a character issue. The person is saying one thing but not following through. To be successful in any business, venture or even in life, you must be consistent!”


“You don’t choose your future. Your habits choose your future for you.”


“We’re here to show you and tell you you can do something versus everyone out there who is telling you that you can’t!”


“I’ve seen too many victories on this stage to let defeat have the last word in my life.”


“I’d rather have freedom than be let go by my employer for free.”


“You are a product of your past but not a prisoner of your future.”


“You are not your vocation. Stop setting your self worth and value based on what it is that you do instead of who you are.”


“Wouldn’t you want to do more than just live for your days off?”


“The program from K – 12 and beyond teaches you to have a full time job and a part time life.”


“You’re always fighting in life. There’s no way around it. You’re either fighting for something, or against something. Which is it for you?”


“I wanted to be a door opener. Not a doormat.”


“God / The Universe doesn’t put adversity in your life to victimize you. They put you in a position to overcome so that you are then equipped and able to help others to overcome.”


“You must have something in your life that you would die for. Once you know what that is, live for it every single day.”


“Faith is taking the first step when you can’t see the entire staircase.”


“We are all ordinary people dedicated to living extraordinary lives.”


“Whenever we hear about someone who is handcuffed in life (figuratively) its almost always because of lack of time, lack of money – or both.”


“You don’t go Diamond. Nobody “goes” Diamond. You become Diamond.”


“One of the biggest challenges for anyone starting up in this business is changes and re-prioritization.”


“When you start with ‘why’ you’re doing something, all of your decisions from then on become easy.”


“‘Why’ defines a clear decision making filter.”


“Material can motivate. A cause can unify.”


“‘Stuff happens in everyone’s life. What’s important to remember is that it’s just a setback – not a go back.”


“You can’t help everybody. But everybody can help somebody.”


“I didn’t want to just increase my standard of living. I wanted to increase my standard of giving!”


“Triumph is simply the ‘umph’ before the ‘try’.”


“There are two driving forces in everyone’s life. When the driving force is a need – a person will do just enough to meet that need and get by. However, when the driving force is a vision or a passion, that person will do whatever it takes to reach their goal.”


“I don’t know one single person who ever woke up in a cold sweat wanting to build the Amway business. I do know that there are tens of thousands of people if not more who wake up in the middle of the night wishing they were free.”