May 23, 2008
The Amway IBO Chicken Flock
By Truth in Amway
I got my Believe DVD just the other day and thought the movie was great. It was funny, sadly true in so many ways and I thought it did a great job at taking a funny poke at some issues within the MLM industry including Amway. Interestingly enough the part I liked the most had nothing to do with the movie but rather one of the Special Features on the DVD. It was the interview with the "Industry Insider", not to be confused with our at times local Amway supporter who goes by the handle Insider or IBOFightBack.
Contrary to our local Amway supporter this Insider who was interviewed about this DVD was refreshingly honest about his industry. He was quite open in admitting that much of what is portrayed in the movie happens in the MLM industry, and unlike many IBOs who comment on this site (including Insider) he doesn’t try to make excuses by speculating on the numbers of actual abuses. Matter of fact he quite openly admits there are too many cases of abuse by uplines in the MLM industry.
My favorite part of the interview was when he was asked about what kind of reactions the movie would get. His answer was that they would get all kinds of reactions from all different kinds of individuals. When talking about those who would react with anger and offense he repeated a one-liner that his Grandma had told him many years ago: "If you throw a rock into a flock of chickens you know the one you hit because it comes out squawking." Basically stating that if you are angry about this movie it is most likely hitting a nerve about something you are doing in your business.
Not only do I feel like that is true with this movie, but it is also true with this blog. This blog in a metaphorical sense throws rocks into the Amway IBO Chicken flock at times, yet the reactions always seem to be different. Yes, we certainly get our share of IBOs that come out squawking, they like to tell us what a loser we are and how we just didn't have the backbone to make it to Diamond. They tell us to enjoy being broke, etc, etc, and on and on and on. On the other hand we also have those who come here and say "Wait a minute….I have never seen that, this is the way things are done in my organization." and usually go on to have a constructive conversation. Sadly the latter seems to comment here way less then the other type.
As far as I am concerned the squawkers just signal that what was written is true, one of my favorite lines has always been "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." For any of you who have the movie and have not watched the interview I would highly recommend it. Also, just to point out an interesting note about this movie, they didn't just take some playful pokes at IBOs, they also took some at "critics" which I found quite funny. The guy living in an underground basement doing a radio show (which I like to compare to the podcasts Qblog and I used to do) plotting his protests and just coming across as over the top obsessed with the destruction of the company Believe was some of the funniest scenes in the movie. However I don't see any "critics" squawking at this portrayal, I wonder why that is?