Amway Tapes

Over the weekend I was digging through some boxes in my storage building and came across a box of old Amway audiocassette tapes.

Most were produced by the various uplines and motivational organizations that are prevalent today.

But, I also found some tapes produced by Amway Corporation.

During the time I was deciding whether to stay with Amway or not, I had begun purchasing tapes from the corporation, rather than my upline. It was my desire then, as it is now, to duplicate what the company had to say, rather than falling in “lock-step” with the so-called “leaders” that I was affiliated with.

My way of thinking is, duplicate the founders, rather than those that followed.

Anyway, came across a tape by Amway founder, Richard DeVos, entitled “Ten Points“.

The tape was recorded in 1974 in my present hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

DeVos explains that the Amway Sales and Marketing Plan contained 10 unique points, but they are all tied to the fact that the concept of Amway was built upon the individual. That an individual could access a business of their own, with minimal expense, and no specialized knowledge, or expensive training.

And that training was not only given freely by an upline, but given gladly, in order to help another person succeed.

Amway was a simple business of selling “soap”, because people bought soap. A usable product that needed to be reordered.

Amway has come far since 1974, new changes, new names, new people. And some of those changes have been for the better.

But I can’t help wonder, if the concept has changed too much.

I believe there is a country song with the lyrics, “lost in the seventies tonight”.

And as I listened to the tape, I thought, 1974 was a really good year.

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7 Responses to Amway Tapes

  1. Brad says:

    That’s pretty cool. I like to old amway tapes. I got my hands on a couple VanAndel tapes myself. Are you currenlty with AmwayQuixtar? Who is your upline? I am part of the Winters Team my upline Diamond is Alan Leineger

  2. Howdy Brad,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Yep, I’m a Quixtar IBO.

    My diamond upline is Louie Carrillo.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Would be cool to get hands on some of these tapes indeed…heck those were before I was born.

    My upline Double is B. Wolgamott…im very far in depth. heh.

  4. jay says:

    Hi, Dave.
    I’m looking for a tape recorded by Doug Wead called “The Reluctant Diamond.” Any chance you might find it in that box you pulled out of storage and might part with???
    Please let me know.
    Thanks, JB.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I was in Amway years ago an am looking for a poem that was recorded on a tape about how you’ll tell your kids not to do thing and all the things they will do as the years go by and how you will miss it all when they grow up and are gone…I know its not much info but if anyone knows the name of the poem or which tape its one I would really like to know.
    Any info to.

  6. Gil says:

    Hello, I am searching for a cassette made by Bob and Kay Goshen. Would you have any?

  7. Dave Robison says:

    I do remember the names. But I have not been in possession of Amway tapes in many years. Maybe someone will see your comment and respond with a lead on where you might find them.

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