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.”

 

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!

Cheers!
– 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.”

 

Spring Leadership 2013

Just a quick little post here with some pictures from one of eight Spring Leaderships. Its absolutely great to see the growth that’s happening. Calgary (which is where we attended) saw its attendance rise for the third year in a row and the overall amount of Major Function locations also saw an increase.

This year Spring Leadership was held in Calgary, AB – Spokane, WA – Las Vegas, NV – Denver, CO – Minneapolis, MN – Washington DC – Honolulu, HI and lastly Jamaica!
The overall growth is exciting. The only way there are more function sites are if there is growth. More and more people seem to be grabbing hold of this opportunity and making it work which is fantastic to see.

Considering it was May we were blown away to have a freak snowstorm roll through Friday evening – Saturday. It was coming down hard! It was crazy for us because we had come from Vancouver where it was 26+ degrees the whole previous week. We got a good laugh from it.

Below you’ll see a couple of pictures from our experience at the Calgary Spring Leadership. As I finish up I’ll state what I always do – if you’re looking at this opportunity make sure you’re being taken through an education and qualification process. Build a bit of a trust and friendship with the person taking their time to go over everything with you. The basis for any partnership is a trust and this opportunity is no different. If your potential upline is trying to rush you or not go through a process that takes anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks, chances are you won’t be prepared properly at all – which is where you hear a lot of those horror stories from from your Aunt Anna Or Uncle Joe. Hype up / sign up is never a good thing. So, get to know the person showing you this opportunity, get your questions answered and be prepared to answer theirs as well because should you earn an offer, they’ll be putting their time and resources into helping you grow your asset.

Best wishes in the upcoming summer!
– C

 

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“How Many People Really Make It?”

“Whats the real percentage of making money in that thing?”

Well, if those doom and gloom blogs are correct, you’ll hear 99% failure rate over and over and over and over again. Because they have said it,typed it, delivered in some form of communication (They’d probably show you in sign language if they could), it must be totally, unabashedly true and as such you might as well forget about it, kid. No one makes it big in that deal.

I didn’t make it, I know of a lot of people who told me they didn’t make it (I’ve never met most of them of course…), their Aunt Jenny didn’t make it and everyone got conned and lost thousands of dollars!

The general idea of this “Its a 99% failure rate! Run away! It can’t work! It can’t be done!” is an interesting concern.  Its basically warning you that low amounts of people really make the good money and that it is ridiculously, insanely hard to not go into debt and you are being lied to.

So lets look at this “concern” in a bit more in depth. The concern basically says this:

“Because there is a perceived high failure rate in this industry / activity / business / job – it is therefore a waste of your time, your money and your resources. Do not attempt to succeed in that industry / activity / business / job – most people fail! (Insinuating that you already will without even knowing you) Most people lose out or don’t make it!

In other words do not try anything that has a perceived high failure rate. They can’t do it, they aren’t doing it, why will it be different for others? If that was the mentality in everything – everyone would be average. There would be no “professionals”. Only amateurs and mediocre’s.

So, with that concern in mind I would challenge those who have this type of concern to keep the same mindset towards all challenges; To all fields that have a high “perceived” failure rate just to be consistent. And with that consistency in mind, I hope they tell their nieces and nephews or their children to never aspire to be anything more than average just as often as they post on their blogs about how most will never make it in the business.

I would hope that they tell their niece or daughter that most little girls don’t make much money by being in Ballet. There are very few ballet stars. The work is hard! Oh so hard! And the money! You’ll go backwards every month paying for your extra schooling and teachers and studio fees and costumes! And there’s a high percentage of failure rate – so chances are, sweetie – you’ll fail too. So just forget about trying to make anything out of your little hobby and have fun for now.

Uncomfortable thought isn’t it? Saying that to a child who wants to really be successful at their activity or sport. Sorry….but there’s more points to be had….

NCAA.org gives us some straight up numbers. Lets start with basketball since I’m a hoops  player and fan.

Men’s Basketball

* High school senior players who go on to play NCAA men`s basketball: Less than one in 35, or 2.9 percent.

* NCAA senior players drafted by an NBA team: Less than one in 75, or 1.3 percent.

* High school senior players eventually drafted by an NBA team: About three in 10,000, or 0.03 percent. That’s roughly the chance of getting four of a kind in the first round of draw poker.

0.03% – 2.9% Based on these numbers and the mentality discussed above – it is INSANE to ever allow your child to dream about making the NBA. ” Now Kevin, only 2.9% make it to the NBA – thats a 97.1% failure rate. With those odds you’ll never make it. Spending money for you to go to basketball camps in the summer, new basketball shoes, driving you to practices and games – we would lose a lot of money. Those developmental camps are scams! There’s no guarantee you’ll make the NBA but they charge hundreds of dollars to help you “develop”. What scammers!” 

Football
* High school senior players who go on to play NCAA men’s football: About one in 17, or 5.8 percent.

* NCAA senior players drafted by an NFL team: About one in 50, or 2.0 percent.

* High school senior players eventually drafted by an NFL team: About nine in 10,000, or 0.09 percent.

That’s about the chance you have an IQ above 150, as measured by the Stanford-Binet test. The average IQ of Ph.D. students is 130.

With a 5.8% chance of playing College ball doing that alone in itself is a victory. But when you get there you go down to a 2% chance you’ll make it to the NFL….with the above mentality this dream would be insanely, totally nuts! “Don’t even try! So many kids fail! They never make it! Its too hard!” Are you starting to see where I’m going with this?

I’m a Canucks fan so lets go with the NHL. Source from CBC – The Fifth Estate – Jim Parcels:

It amazes me of the stories that I have heard about organizations attempting to acquire the services of minor hockey players, some as young as the age of 7 or 8 living in communities 1-3 hours from those teams.  Perks such as guaranteed ice time, video games, bicycles, jackets, track suits and that never ending “exposure” term that gets parents heads spinning.  Those organizations will tell you anything to get your services just to fill a roster spot on their team because there are dozens of other teams out there competing to tell you the same thing.

Recruiters love painting the rosy picture at the “front door” with promises of exposure and elite instruction.  What very few people think of is the not so rosy picture at “back door” of the development process for the 99.999% that pass through minor or junior hockey systems without guaranteed financial returns.

Using the birth year 1975 and registration information from the Ontario Hockey League:
*There were approximately 30,000 players who played minor hockey in Ontario up until the draft from the development ages to the NCAA / OHL (minor league) draft in 1991/1992.

Of that 30,000:

A
* 41 were drafted to NCAA Div 1 teams (0.001%). 
* 23 played at least 1 game (56%)
B
* 232 were drafted to an OHL team when they became eligible (0.008%).  
* Of those players drafted, only 105 played at least 1 game (45.3%).
* Only 90 of these made it through their full 3 – 4 years of eligibility (86%). 

Through these two avenues, 48 players were drafted to the NHL. That is a 0.002% rate of success. The birth year of 1975 was considered to be the best NHL draft year for Ontario players as of 1999. 

And that’s just from one province. We’re not talking the rest of Canada, the US or overseas players.

So where am I going with all of this? Well, if the negative blogs are to believed and the Amway business has a “high failure rate” then no one should do it. In fact they should run away! However you will NEVER see any of these people posting negative blogs about how pro sports are a scam. How very little people who try really end up making it. You will never see these people talking to parents about how they and their child are being scammed! How their child or friend tried to make it pro but failed and many other failed so their kid will fail too.

Oh, but sports are different. Its all about team building and having fun and making friends and learning life skills. Its not about competition. Its just to have fun. Please go say that to a high level athlete’s family. Right to their faces. I dare ya. They have a dream, they have a vision, they have a focus. They know the chances and they are pushing forward to greatness. They know how much it will cost in sporting equipment, how much time in driving to practices and games and out of town tournaments and registration fees. They know the sacrifices.

Is that family dumb? Are they stupid? The failure rates are so high! Why would they put their kid through that? Why would they put themselves through that?

Because others have done it. Every – single – year others are doing it. They’re making it happen. They aren’t listening to the people who snicker at them or tell them its a waste of time.

Now compare becoming a pro athlete to the Amway business. Athlete = talent + hard work. Business = Hard work + ability to learn new skills. Talent is an X factor in pro sports. Its God and/or genetically given (depending on your beliefs). You can’t learn that. Everyone can work hard and put in time. Everyone can learn new skill sets. Everyone can extend their comfort zone.

Alright….rant over. I just get annoyed when I see a common message stating that the failure rate is high (I’ve personally witnessed a lot of pin crossings and retirees in my last 2.5 years of business) which automatically means they believe you aren’t good enough and you can never achieve anything aside from what you have now or what a university degree will give you (or not give you….no guarantees of a job in your field of study by the way).

I’ve shared my numbers to be clear that if you’re partnered up with a solid line of sponsorship that teaches you and coaches you well (and you follow the coaching) in your worst scenario (doing nothing at all except personal use) you’ll break even or at least be pretty damn close. You will not get that in any other business startup.

You may be a part time athlete like myself with no chance of making the NBA or NHL but from what I’ve experienced and seen – people can make it. They are making it. And for someone who wants more, all they need to know is if it’s been done before. And if it has, its doable.

Unless of course you’re a real leader like Roger Bannister. That English fellow who broke the 4 minute mile in 1954. The time that no one had ever beaten before. He pulled it off and now under 4 minutes is expected. Its almost a standard for competitive runners to start at. After he did it, many, many more did it. At least in the Amway business you already have examples to learn from and follow.

Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are aspiring to and are doing it.

~ C