Remember, a setup like AW/QS plays to people’s desires to be the big cheese without giving them the responsibilities someone in charge has. They tell you that you own your own business, but they own it in reality. They say you’re independent, but your upline tells you what to do, how to speak, how to act, what to wear, and so on. They use the term IBO, but it’s not a real business (does not pay taxes, have it’s on existence on paper as a separate entity), it’s not independent and the person “running” it doesn’t own a damn thing. (There have been many examples of the upline taking a business from the downline if it’s working well.)
I can make my point best with an example. A long time ago I used to subscribe to Writer’s Digest and after a few issues, I realized that most of what it said was stuff I had figured out or knew and the reason I kept up my subscription was because of one column by a screenwriter I deeply respected. I dropped my subscription when he stopped writing for them.
Later I was reading a story somewhere on targeting your market. The author had asked a group, “What is the market for Writer’s Digest?” A would-be editor said, “Writers!” and the response was, “No, it’s for people that think they’re writers or who want to be writers. People who are writers don’t need it.” (Other than for getting Writer’s Market when it comes out, that is.)
It’s a subtle but important point. It’s for people that think they’re writers and like the “lifestyle.” They like having nice pens or a special pen to write with and being able to cultivate habits associated with a writer, but it’s not for actual writers who are at their keyboards pounding out work and dealing with editors to get their work published so they can make a living at it.
Can you see where this is leading? An MLM like AW/QS is not always for true entrepreneurs (boy do I hate typing and trying to spell that word!). It is for people who want to be entrepreneurs, people who want to say, “I own my own business,” or people who want to feel important by handing out their own business cards and such. I admit, when I started, it was a thrill to do that, but now I tend to downplay it — especially on dating occasions since I’ve noticed the words “my own business” can trigger responses in gold diggers that make them seem interested in parts of my life that mean a lot to me that they don’t care for.
It may be that this young man has a true entrepreneurial spirit, but I’m not so sure. Such people want to be independent. They are often the ones that don’t do well in groups that demand conformity. I know if I, or my friends that run their own businesses, tried QS, we’d be trying to debate and argue from the beginning about if other ways might work — not out of stubbornness, but out of a need or drive to explore and see what works.