Tuesday, February 20, 2018

An American Tragedy

While my blog is centered on the URA, I came across this post a few years ago from a fellow blogger. This person was involved in Britt Worldwide, the group which the URA splintered from. He documents his entire journey in BWW through a journal.The further you read, the more depressed you get. However, THIS is about as accurate of a journey through these CULTS as you can find.


Link: http://bwwsot.blogspot.com/2005/09/effects-of-britt-world-wide.html

Monday, February 19, 2018

Compound "W".....TF

So evidently my blog must be reaching the mASSes of the URA. Since I started this blog, several of "NSBonTV's" vids have mysteriously disappeared. The video featuring our good buddy Tracey Eaton (See "Fight, Kick, Scratch, Crawl" post) has been removed from the channel as well as a few others. A couple vids that were online featuring Mr. Prince (not on NSB's channel) are gone as well. Way to "keep it pure" (See "Purity Through Anonymity) fellas! :D

However, to quote Sean Hannity, "let not your heart be troubled." More vids still exist for my venting pleasure and your information.

I'm still facebook friends with a couple of our upline emeralds. One was kicked out for allegedly screwing around on his wife (damn shame, she's hot!), but the other is still active and is the one who reached out to me after my fallout with Matthew (See "The Shot Heard 'Round the Upline). Our upline Emerald has vids of him and his time with several URA big shots, namely Mr. Prince. There's even a video of him golfing his alarm clock once he achieved his "freedom."

This vid that I'm going to talk about would've been a HUGE red flag for me should I have seen it before I joined. The video features our upline Emerald driving into Mr. Prince's gated estate. The estate features the homes of Mr. Prince, Prince's dad (Takin' care of the old man. Good on him!), and Mr. King. The property features a golf course (not a full 18, but you get the picture), a basketball court and of course a giant swimming pool with a cave structure to dive off and a water slide.

This place dubbed "Legacy Estates" is where Mr. Prince will hold pool parties for all the URA sheep to flock to, be in awe of his wealth and get "motivated" to buy more CONference tickets, tools, etc. The IBO's on my team that had been there would talk about how amazing the place was, and EVEN HOW Mr. Prince would play pool basketball with them showing off his "alpha male" defense by aggressively dunking players heads underwater, tackling them and even putting sleeper holds on players (I saw video footage at CONference). I don't know about you, but I TOTALLY wanna be like  a guy who resembles Bradley Cooper in Wedding Crashers. Nothing I'd love to do to prospective IBO's who pay $100 for CONference tickets, than physically throw them around to show off how badass I am at their expense. THAT'S A TRUE LEADER/MAN RIGHT THERE!

But I digress...where were we?

Oh yeah, my upline emerald is showing off the property as he's driving in and then he says "this is what life's all about. Having your own COMPOUND."

URA really needs to work on its vernacular.

COMPOUND? Poor choice of words there buddy. You know who refers to their property as a compound? CULT LEADERS....and the Kennedy's. Compound is a term commonly associated with cults. The Branch Davidian's (Waco), Warren Jeffs, Heavens Gate, White supremacist Bill Riccio, even Osama Bin Laden had a "compound." Ironically, Jonestown was a COMMUNE.

Speak for yourself my emerald friend, but life is NOT all about having a "compound." Maybe for the brainwashed Ambots you've become, but rational thinkers like myself see more to life than having a "compound." While we DO agree that we need to create a great future for our children and those that follow and that being able to achieve financial freedom is great, the way in which we see things doesn't mesh.

I don't believe in sending mixed messages to people. I don't believe that convincing people that they can easily be successful in a "business," when in reality, it's statistically IMPOSSIBLE they can't! I don't believe in telling people to buy books/tapes/other materials that are ONLY approved by the powers that be will be the ONLY way to succeed when in reality there are several ways and methods one can use outside of your little box. I REALLY believe that making people pay hundreds of dollars and travel like vagabonds to CONferences 4 times a year to hear the same old "mindset" bullshit and tell them that's the only way they can succeed is FLAT OUT IMMORAL. I REALLY believe the fact that you even incorporate GOD into it is SICK and DISGRACEFUL.

And you know what else I believe? That using the term "compound" to describe your leaders home is all one would need to realize you're a cult.

But you know what? It's appropriate. Because the herd of IBO sheep use the term as well. COMPOUND my finances in the ass one more time!

*Inhales deeply*

Thursday, February 8, 2018

How to speak "URA"

They actually did this...the URA has THEIR OWN WEBSITE.

Not the super secret login website either...no, they actually have a website that gives you "information" about "who they are.

Here's the link: https://urassociation.info/

When I first started in the "business," my sponsor Matthew and I would go over how to talk with prospective IBO's on the phone. We would go over the "right way" to say things. Surprisingly, we were NOT supposed to tell them that it was "Amway." Even though it WAS AMWAY, the amazing products we sold were from AMWAY, and we get our money from AMWAY. We couldn't tell people it was AMWAY.

*Smacks self in the head repeatedly with cleats...the metal kind* STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!

Ok I'm back..had a moment of self-loathing/regret. Where was I? Oh yeah...HOW could I possibly not see the shadiness of it all? It may have been in part to the vernacular of how we presented ourselves as "professionals" for a "marketing group." If you go to the LinkedIn pages of some of the URA (or any other AMO big shots), they never say they work for AMWAY. If I was Amway, I'd be pissed if someone was using my company but too ashamed to say it. I guess if you're margins are fat, who gives a shit?

So yeah, the conversation with prospective IBO's would go something like this: Well I've just gotten involved with a group of professionals with a marketing team. We're looking to expand with a few people (would usually insert an adjective such as "sharp"), and I thought you would be perfect.

The translation would sound something like this: I've gotten involved with some people selling Amway. They haven't made any significant amount of money, but our rich upline keeps encouraging us to do so. We're looking for a few gullible people to convince that they can become financially independent by going to four CONferences a year and buying a shitload of CD's/Tapes that basically regurgitate the shit you hear at CONferences, and all the while it's all a giant pep rally rather than a training session. You'll have to pay hundreds of dollars throughout the year and won't recoup shit, but we're all gonna suck each other off about how our team is growing and then we'll switch the motive from making money, to developing great new leaders for the free world. YOU'LL LOVE IT!

Well the URA's website is an echo of that sentiment. First of all, I put better web pages together for college projects than this hunk of shit. The URA is making millions of dollars off seminar revenue/tools alone, but they can't afford a decent web designer.

The vagueness is ALL OVER what little of this "website" there is. There's NO mention of Mr. King, Mr. Prince, Jax and Tara, or any other big shots in the company. No profiles, no specific mentioning of what they do or who they work for, and as for CONTACT INFO: An 866 number and an address in Ohio (which is weird since Mr. King/Prince are from Virginia and several emeralds come from Pennsylvania).

Here's some excerpts from their site and a translation of what it really means:

URA Website: "We are a marketing arm for dozens of major retailers. We work with some of the largest companies on the web in order to help them continue to develop a greater market share in the competitive and ever-changing world of e-commerce."

Translation: It's Amway.

URA Website: "We understand that "high touch" is just as important as "high tech." As a result, we focus on building long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with both customers and team members." 

Translation: We're a cult...that sells Amway. (High touch?)

URA Website: "The large amount of professionals have affiliated with this mentorship team have limited time outside their full-time employment and family life. This is why thousands of our team members around the country have found our system of creating passive income to be beneficial as a means of generating a secondary revenue stream around a flexible schedule."

Translation: And that limited time better be spent with us or you're a LOSER! Fuck your free time!

URA Website: "Our track record of success is a direct reflection of the qualities of individuals we have selected to join our team."

Translation: We got rich because we "selected" people with money who were dumb enough to literally buy in to our bullshit. KEEP IT COMIN!

URA Website: "At our core team of entrepreneurs, we continue to expand with credible individuals of character and integrity who are tired of the status quo."

Translation: Hate your job? COME ON DOWWWWN! But we can't pick up any criminals or thugs. They have street smarts and will know a scam when they see one! 

Once you sift though all the bullshit, they have a "blog" with a grand total of THREE entries. One from a diamond and two from emeralds. None of which I have talked about on here. The blogs, much like the website are very vague and uninformative, but to be fair...they have to "keep it pure." (See "Purity Through Anonymity.")

The fishiest part about this is there is NO info on King, Prince, or anybody else I've mentioned in this blog. How is ANY legitimate professional going to look at that site and say "boy, I want to get involved with these guys/gals!"

What's even funnier/fishier is that regardless of their reputation, Amway is a BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY with their names on ARENAS. WHY would the URA not want to mention they're AFFILIATED with them? I had a detractor comment on here arguing URA's legitimacy by saying they're partnered with Google, Apple and Nike. THEN WHY NOT MENTION THAT YOU'RE AFFILIATED WITH AMWAY??? The company that would actually LAND YOU SOME LEGITIMACY. 

Because the fact is, just like the website, just like the seminars, just like the URA on the whole. There IS NO LEGITIMACY.

URA even has the cute "LLC" at the end of their name. We all know what it stands for: Limitless Lying CULT.

*Shut down.*

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cultism on YouTube: The "Suck" Zone

"The 'suck zone'...basically the part where the twister sucks you up...into the tornado. That's not the technical term for it obviously."

Ah the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman. His humble beginnings talking about the "suck zone" in the movie Twister. Well URA has a "suck" zone of it's own, and unfortunately, it's not anywhere near as pleasant or entertaining as that underrated classic was. 

In this clip from the NSBonTV channel (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEtpHi-q4Yo ) this guy talks about how a couple from the URA going diamond is a big thing. Not only for the URA but for their "personal finances" as well. He encourages the minions to get caught in the "suck zone" so they can (paraphrasing) escalate their place in the business as well.

Here's my list of observations: 

1. How the hell can we take this clown seriously when the camera guy can't even hold it correctly???

2. UH OH! He mentioned NAMES! You're not keeping it very "pure" young man! (See "Purity Through Anonymity")

3. HOW is it going to benefit MY personal finances??? Someone in my UPLINE going diamond isn't going to help MY finances if I'm in the DOWNLINE ya dipshit! Who's this video supposed to be addressed to? Mr. King? Mr. Prince? The couple they mentioned? I thought these vids were targeted for the downline peasants to get them encouraged. Whoops! It'll help the UPLINES personal finances...and that's what it's all about. 

4. This video was made in 2013, the couple that he mentions going diamond were still emeralds a year later at summer CONference when I went. 

5. The OTHER couple he mentioned DID go diamond to be fair. That's the couple I mentioned in "Come to my Seminar" where the wife told the story about raccoons and glazed donuts (not lying). 

6. Of course, the same "URA is growing" blah blah blah is mentioned. It doesn't mean the URA is legit...it means there's a sucker born every minute. To be fair, I was one.

7. The title is "It's an NSB Diehard Team Diamond for the Riders and Everyone Knows It!" Ummmm, if everybody knows it...once again, you're not "keeping it pure." (See "Purity Through Anonymity" on this blog). 

8. This guy encourages the members to "get it done" and do what they can to help this couple reach diamond status. Now if I was an IBO receiving great mentorshp/leadership and was seeing an ACTUAL, LUCRATIVE PROFIT from this "business" I would've been more than motivated. But what it really means is "operate at a loss like a boss. You'll lose money, friends, pride, etc. But I'll be rich so screw you!" Of course he encourages you to keep sponsoring people because hey...that's more ticket revenue in the pockets of this couple! 

9. All the "growth" that came out of the last couple going diamond? What growth? I'll tell ya what "growth" SEMINAR REVENUE!!!! 

Yeah they want you to get in the "suck zone" alright and to quote Wayne Campbell..."It certainly does SUCK." SUCKS your bank account dry, SUCKS your energy, SUCKS your life and the WHOLE purpose of it is so you can SUCK OFF the Executive Douchebag Committee and the few (and I mean VERY FEW) people who find a way to make it work. 

Mr. King was famous for a saying that my sponsor Matthew always used: 

"Either build your dream, or you're going to help somebody else build theirs." 

Does anyone NOT see the BLATANT hypocrisy in this??? 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Successful IBO's and "Losers Lunch": A Look at the Art of Mixed Messages.

URAssociation uplines used to always talk about "growth" all over the place, and "this team is on fire!" On and on and on and on......my naive ass was thinking "people are making money in this business! Can't wait until I get going!" Now if you ready my very first blog "Come to my Seminar"you'll see some similarities. This post is kind of a spin-off of sorts.

The URA's premise was clear: You can make lots of money, and THIS TEAM is making lots of money. My sponsor Matthew even told me that URA was the #1 AMO for IBO's making money in their first six months. In "Come to my Seminar" I wrote how the year I went to my first summer CONference (before I joined). We rented a couple vans. The only drawback to the conference was that six of us were staying in a two bed hotel room. But other than that, it was ok. We went to a nice restaurant for lunch on the Baltimore harbor. Everyone was self-sufficient. We were good. It definitely accomplished its purpose.

Fast forward a year later. I'm active. A month in, a decent grand opening, and even a good friend of mine was on the brink of joining. Business was good. But all of the sudden, things were taken a turn for the 'holy shit, this isn't making sense.' We got an unpleasant voice mail from our upline platinum about being frugal with our money and not going out to eat. Making sure we chipped in for gas and went on the hotel room.

I was working part time for minimum wage at the time. I had my snacks, gas covered but I didn't have enough to chip in for the hotel room. Matter of fact, none of us did because there was going to be six of us in the room again! Another issue was the encouragement...check that...DEMAND that we pack lunchmeat, peanut butter and jelly, bread, fruit, and OF COURSE your lovely Amway products INSTEAD of eating proper food. However, for lunch we DID eat out....we chipped in for Pizza's and sat outside in 90 degree weather making phone calls to prospective IBO's while we ate.

So picture this scenario: We're at a CONference for a business that is supposedly VERY successful and making big money. Yet we have IBO's who can't afford hotel rooms, almost forbidden to go have a decent meal, and spend a whole weekend eating peanut butter and jelly. To the average cultist, that may seem reasonable. To the rest of the rational world: It's BULLSHIT. Go to any successful business that has weekend conferences (note: no CON in all caps) and ask if THEY pack lunchmeat and eat like peasants.

During the CONference there was a couple that spoke. They were known as "arrows." It's some kind of leadership position. Anyways, during the church service I saw the man closing a bag he was carrying. Inside, it contained a loaf of bread, some mustard, lunch meat and miracle whip. The first thing I thought was "yuck!" Not much on mustard and miracle whip together. Blegh. But then it hit me, even THIS guy who had done well enough to speak on stage was eating JUST LIKE THE REST OF US! It made no sense! It's like "once I work my way up, I'll be able to eat at Applebees next CONference!"

Word of advice to AMO higher ups: If people can't afford to go, don't make them. And if they DO go, it doesn't set the right impression to pack half a dozen people into a hotel room and eat sandwiches all weekend. That's one of the reasons my friend decided not to join. It didn't send a good message.

My other advice to AMO higher ups would be to tell the TRUTH to your downlines about how you make all that money. I know...hilarious!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

We Didn't Start the Fire

Disclaimer: The thoughts in this blog are my own opinions. Names (if any) have been changed in order to protect everyone's privacy. The thoughts in this blog do not address Amway directly, but rather the motivational organization known as URAssociation (URA).

As time has progressed since my departure from URA, I've reached out to a couple people from the team that have left as well. EVERY person from that team has either left, or I'm confident has left. Whatever their status, the pictures of hopeful smiles at CONferences, and inspirational quotes about success have disappeared. Our upline emerald is still active however, but he can afford to be with the ticket commissions. Matthew and I saw each other at a friends funeral, but neither of us went out of our way to speak. I still hold no ill will.

One person that I've talked to fairly regularly since my departure is a girl named "Leigh." Leigh joined after I left URA but was still active in Amway. I left URA in October of 2014, but renewed my license in hopes that I could sell the product on my own, with no success. Leigh however was having a HUGE start to her business. She was friends with our upline platinum's fiancee (now wife) and came out swinging! She was selling the product like hotcakes and reached 6% very early.

She was placed on my downline, so I reaped the "benefits" of her success, though I didn't make squat because I wasn't selling enough product. But over time in my last few months in the "business" I noticed her numbers fell off a cliff. We had become friends on facebook and had been talking about her sales when she started, so I messaged her the rhetorical question of why she had fallen off. She first stated she was "taking a break" like so many people say, but I eventually got it out of her that the "business" was too much for her to handle. Leigh had a job, school and was engaged. The time that the platinum's fiancee and others were demanding out of her, like everybody else, just became irritating.

We talked about the problem with Amway's prices, the time they demanded interfering with work, and then Leigh finally dropped a bombshell on me.

Turns out she was listening to one of the CD's, you know the ones that if you don't listen to you'll fail at the "business" (LOL) and the speaker (she couldn't remember the name) said. "I drove by the firehouse one time and I see all these people just wasting their time."

This speaker was talking about the FIREFIGHTERS working a job that isn't going to make them financially free.

That was the last straw for Leigh, as she is a volunteer firefighter/EMT. That was a WTF moment for ME! FIREFIGHTERS WASTING THEIR TIME?????????

So let me get this straight...

If this speakers' big expensive mansion catches on fire, WHO is he going to rely on to put it out? Because firefighters don't need to be working that job when they can be pushing Amway products. I guess he must think Mr. King or Mr. Prince is going to Superman on over to their house, and put out the flames with perfect water!

What a dipshit!

The URA cult has reached a point where evidently we don't need firefighters, cops, military, etc. Amway is going to save the world! We'll fight ISIS with Rhodiola in our veins and we'll pelt them with full XS cans! And we'll bankrupt them by making them buy $18 shampoo! BUT OF COURSE, I'm surely mistaken as to what that speaker was saying as there is always some rationalized bullshit they'll use to cover up what they really meant.

Firefighters don't waste their time. They save lives. URA and other AMO big shots waste YOUR time, and ruin YOUR life.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fantasy Football: The Anti-Amway!

Disclaimer: The thoughts in this blog are my own opinions. Names (if any) have been changed in order to protect everyone's privacy. The thoughts in this blog do not address Amway directly, but rather the motivational organization known as URAssociation (URA).

Been a while. But sometimes you just gotta take some time off and wait until the right inspiration hits you. And boy, did it EVER! 

When I wanted to start my "Cultism on YouTube" series, one of the videos I wanted to show was a young couple that was in Emerald Qualification being interviewed from the same guy who interviewed our good friend Tracey Eaton (See: Fight, Kick, Scratch and Crawl post) for his YouTube channel. Sadly, the video isn't on his channel anymore. Guess they wanted to "keep it pure" (See" Purity Through Anonymity") as well. Hey ho! 

Luckily your dude remembered most of their interview. Now this couple, we'll call em Jax and Tara (LOVE Sons of Anarchy!) do their interview and go through the same 'we need to get focused' blah blah blah.  Then he eerily says "don't worry about what's going on in the world." And "eliminate all distractions." And you WONDER why I call this blog the Financial Jonestown. How much more cultish can you sound???

I actually saw their interview before I joined and while they DID give me a bad vibe, they also proposed an interesting feature. They were both young and on their way up the ladder QUICKLY! Much like our upline Emerald they had propelled to URA stardom in a very short time so obviously if THEY could do it? Why not you? I got my first dose of Jax and Tara when they kicked off the Friday Night session of Summer CONference. I was interested to hear their story and then they dropped a bombshell when they mentioned who their sponsors were: 

Mr. and Mrs. Prince. 


That was another one of the many red flags I endured that weekend. The vibe I got was that they were INSIDERS getting the best advice from the big wigs while the rest of us lived off the table scraps. Now, in their interview, Jax was asked the BLATANTLY RHETORICAL question: "Do you play fantasy football?" Of course, the 'focused' and 'non-distracted' Jax quickly replied "nope. No fantasy football, no XBox, no nothing. I love them, but they don't put me ahead financially." And HERE is where we arrive at my point for this blog.

I played in two fantasy football leagues this year. One was for a cash prize of $200, the other was for a trophy that you get to keep all year, plus $40 that was left over from the trophy purchase. I won BOTH leagues. Yes, awesome I know you don't have to tell me. NOW it's time for a famous number crunch:

In Amway, I paid $150 for my startup kit. $100 for a Summer CONference ticket, $50 for gas, plus another $50 for expenses. I spent around $300 for personal volume/samples/etc. The money I MADE in Amway? Probably in the neighborhood of $250. So $250 profit with an expense total of around $650, I netted a whopping total of -$450. This of course is just coming off the dome, but you get the picture.

Now, this year in Fantasy Football, my league fee total for both leagues was $40. I made $240 PLUS a trophy. That nets me $200 and a 365 day reminder sitting in my room of how much of a Fantasy Football badass I am. Much nicer looking than those cracker jack rings the diamonds wear. I even get to DECORATE it how I please.

So you have a net profit of -$450 from reading books, listening to tapes, wasting a weekend with little sleep packed in a hotel room with six men, weekly business briefings, conference calls, showing plans, team get togethers, etc. etc. etc. OR you get a POSITIVE $200 net from setting your lineup with the occasional research. At the most EXTREME 2 hours a week. Seems like a no brainer.

And there's always the argument: Well you got a point, but WHAT IF YOU DON'T WIN??? Ok, that's a fair point. In which case I would've had a net profit of -$40. Less than 10% of what I lost in Amway! Also, if you play in a Fantasy money league, you have probably 8-12 teams so you have a 1 in 8-12 of winning the grand prize and an even better odds to win money if they give prizes to 2nd/3rd place. Forget the odds of making Platinum/Emerald/Diamond....try to find the odds where at the end of the year, you've netted a PROFIT. Just go look up THOSE odds and tell me how you would fare!

So now I totally understand why Jax, Tara, Mr. Prince, and the rest of the Executive Douchebag Committee look down on Fantasy Football: IT'S BETTER COMPETITION. Is it gambling? Yeah, but at least it's honest. At least you know how much you can gain/lose. With the URA and their counterparts, it's thievery. Thievery of your trust, your confidence, your money, YOUR SOUL.

In closing, Jax and Tara referred to a saying they have in their home state of Texas: "Let er' rip tater chip." It really should've been "rip em' off jagoff."

Word of advice: If you're low in the draft, draft two receivers.