Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Results Speak For Themselves

Well hello again.  It's been a while since my last post and I was going through some old files on my computer.  All's well with me and Mrs. Rocket and life is carrying on much as we anticipated it would and our plans for our future continue in the right direction.

Speaking of future plans, I've sporadically made attempts to say hello to everyone's favourite Amway IBO from Edmonton Alberta, Shaun Guthrie.  Remember him?  He had some rather grandiose future plans yet his fired up blogging has since grown cold and dissolved into the nether regions of the internet.

Unfortunately he either isn't getting my emails asking how things are going, or chooses to ignore them.  I suspect it's the latter.

We'd made a wager about 5 years ago that if he got free, he'd be the recipient of a steak dinner with all the trimmings courtesy of your friendly neighbourhood rocket.  He knew I threw this out there as is evidenced by this screen capture:

I emailed him recently as I may be in the Edmonton area and was assuming a steak dinner would be waiting for me since I think I won.  Crickets.  I guess I kinda understand.  He kinda came to live what he stated many times was the wrong lifestyle.  The dreaded Jay-Oh-Bee.  Giving your first best to someone else at a job.  Having kids in daycare instead of being there for them all the time.  Skiing on weekdays instead of on the weekend when it's packed.  

He was going to be free, period.  They were going all in and nothing was going to stop them.  

They listened to the motivation, attended the rallies, and proudly displayed their dreams and goals for all to see.

So what happened?  I dunno.  He has since moved on to a different job in Edmonton and seems to spend his free time woodworking.

I point this out not to be an asshole to Shaun, nor to make him out to be a failure because I don't believe that to be true.  Au Contraire, he seems to be living a decent life with his family and working hard at it.  He's managed to get himself an I.T. Director Job and is working for a living like the rest of us.  My only point here is that I doubt he would be considered a failure by anyone.  Yet that's how Amway IBO's characterize people who don't make it, or aren't free.

So what was gained by his experience?  I don't know.  I wish I did.  Anyway, just seeing how it all turned out for him reminds me of all the people who come and go in Amway.  good people with good intentions that get caught up in this nonsense that instills the belief that what he has now is somehow wrong because it isn't Amway.  

It doesn't make me mad anymore, it makes me sad for people who aren't necessarily being led by people with their best interest at heart.

I guess it just reminds me of myself a long time ago when I was less worldly and more trusting than I am now.  When I would believe nonsense like this:


Anyway.  That's it.  Thanks for popping by.  This isn't really my thing anymore.  Got my career and family to focus on and I am looking forward to retirement relatively soon and then moving on to my other interests.  I might say hey from time to time, but I'm not really feeling this anymore.

Partly because what this type of thing does to good people isn't why they joined, and I think it's easier to know now before getting involved thanks to the internet.  The results are predictable and incredibly discouraging, especially when you already know the outcome for these good people that want to believe.

I'll see ya when I see ya.  

Be Excellent.