Success. It's something that is talked about quite often in the IBO world. But what is success? Is it going diamond, or is it going platinum? Or is going broke a success? IBOs who drop in to read this article might wonder how going broke can be seen as success. The answer to that depends on what side of the table you are sitting on. If you are profitng from the sale of cds, books, voicemail and seminars, it is likely that you are successful!
But the majority of IBOs who register see the plan. Many drop out without doing anything, but the IBOs that put in an earnest effort are the ones who usually end up getting blindsided by the tools expenses. These are the IBOs who show the plan, get on standing order, get the voicemail, and attend functions. As long as a core group of these IBOs exist, the diamonds are able to fund their lifestyles. Now these core groups have interchangeable IBOs, meaning there will be IBOs who drop out frequently, thus they must be replaced. This is why there is so much emphasis on recruiting and showing the plan, to maintain the core group.
All you need to do is sit down with a pencil and a sheet of paper and you can figure out how much it costs a diamond to live his or her lifestyle. Then figure out how much a diamond actually earns versus the expneses associated with the business. You obviously won't get an exact number, but you can get a pretty good idea. It became obvious to me that most diamonds probably live off tool monies and Amway income is a side thought.
For this reason, a diamond will tell anyone that they are successful. You show up at a meeting or function, you will be called "winners" who are succeeding. IBOs who stay in for years but never sponsor anyone is "successful". IBOs who listen to cds and read books and "awesome". True IBO success may be "not quitting". But if you sit down and really think about what I have written here, one can conclude that participating in the "system" generates success, but unfortunately, that success is not the IBO's, but the upline diamond's.