Sunday, April 30, 2006

Who Knows?

I was reading over at, and was checking out the growth of Quixtar over the past 30 or so years.

If you go here and go about a third of the way down, you'll see it.

You can see based on that data, Amway spiked hard and up in 1979, then petered out.

If you go to the early-mid 90's, you see a more subdued version of that spike.

Can anyone shed some light on these spikes in growth? I seem to recall Bo Short saying that he had a theory for this, but I have yet to see it.

Any speculation, theory, or suppostition is welcome. I guess I'm really stupid, because I can't account for the spikes.

Thanks for any thoughts, in advance. Still busy, I'll get back to y'all when I can.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

IBO Chronicles Comment

I posted this comment in response to the ridiculous shoebox warehouse analogy made by the IBO of IBO Chronicles fame.

It's under the "Empty Shoebox Mentality" post. Here's my thoughts on it, and what I posted about it. You may want to read the original post before my comments. It will likely make more sense that way:

Yes, if it were only that easy.

For a true comparison you should also include the fact that you need to pay money out of your pocket to pay for tapes & CD's to motivate you to continue looking through those boxes.

You would have to include the fact that in order to find 6, you need to go through more than a few hundred thousand boxes.

You would need to include the fact that for each box, you would have to drive a few miles to get to, you are paying for the gas. Sometimes you get home just in time to go to work, having only looked in 1 box that night.
Sometimes you get there to look in the box, and it's a no show.

You would have to pay more money than usual on your household goods while you are searching for these boxes. That's part of it.

You would have to attend meetings every week, associating with other people who are also searching for those boxes. You are not the exclusive person looking in the boxes.

Some of the boxes have already been looked in several times, and they are getting tired of it.

People are not just warehoused by the hundreds of thousands, you have to go out to get them.

Quixtar/Amway is not the only path to success.

I forgot to add the fact that you need to sign an agreement that you will go to the Shoebox Committee if you end up having a dispute with the other shoebox searchers. Their decision will both shut you up and bind you to that decision.

When it gets smacked with a solid dose of reality, it doesn't look that good. Typical upline simplification and minimization.

I doubt he's going to approve it to be left on his blog. I guess we'll soon see.

Coming update as to where I've been.........

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Dingbat of the Month - April

Here is the first installment of the Dingbat of the Month. The Dingbat of the Month award goes to a person, who in my opinion, said or did something that I personally feel is the actions or words of a dingbat.

The award can be presented for any number of reasons, past and present. To nominate someone for the Dingbat of the Month award, check out my profile page and send me an email, with an explanation as to why your candidate is deserving of this cherished honour.

This month's winner is Larry Winters. Larry sent a voice mail to his leaders in his organization about the Dateline story.

You can hear the message here.

In the message, Larry says that the report is the same old junk , negative stuff, but it's harmless stuff and tells the downline to not discuss the Dateline story with their downline.

He then goes on to say that it's Dateline's job to get TV ratings , and "our job is to fill seats for our Lord and Saviour and that's why they're after us". He also advises that it's a "Satanic Attack"

Well Larry, if it's harmless stuff, then how can it also be Satanic? Harmless and Satanic really doesn't go together.

Join me in congratulating Larry for his well earned reward.

PS Once I learn how to add pictures, I'll add the Dingbat picture to the monthly award.