Table of Contents
- What Is World Wide Dream Builders?
- Company Overview
- When Was World Wide Dream Builders Founded?
- How Does World Wide Dream Builders Work?
- Cons (WWDB Lawsuit)
- WWDB Compensation Plan and Income Disclosure
- Bottom Line
What Is World Wide Dream Builders? (WTF is WWDB?)
You gotta admit that even in 2018, the name “World Wide Dream Builders” is super-catchy.
Sounds like something Disney and the Make-A-Wish Foundation would come up with if they joined forces.
But in reality, World Wide Dream Builders (aka “WWDB” from now on cuz I’m lazy) is simply an offshoot of the colossal, original gangster of MLM: Amway.
Let’s start off with some basics.
WWDB is often referred to as an “Amway Motivational Organization” (AMO).
Which basically means that they’re a group of Amway distributors who sell their own products that teach you how to succeed as an Amway distributor.
Simply put: WWDB = Amway.
If you’re brand spanking new to network marketing, Amway is an MLM company that rakes in almost $9 billion a year and has been around since 1959.
That’s long enough to earn a stellar reputation with some folks, and a horrible reputation with many others.
(Check out my full Amway review here.)
So WWDB is essentially like an Amway mastermind group.
They teach you “how-to” strategies on developing a winning mindset, selling Amway products, and recruiting your own distributors.
In other words, all the skills you’re gonna need if you’re serious about becoming a network marketing pro.
But let’s go back a few decades to see how it all started.
When Was World Wide Dream Builders Founded?
WWDB started thanks to the vision of one of Amway’s biggest superstars.
Backed in 1972, Ron Puryear joined Amway with his wife Georgia and together they became “Diamond” level distributors within just four years.
That’s a big deal.
Long story short, the Puryears were experts in knowing how to sell Amway products and recruit other aspiring entrepreneurs into their downline.
But they also wanted to create a systematic way of training other Amway recruits to become Diamond level distributors, too.
So Ron sat down with legendary Amway distributor Bill Britt, to get his advice on how to make Ron’s dream a reality.
The seed was planted for what soon would become WWDB.
World Wide Dream Builders was founded back in the late 1970’s but was officially incorporated as a company (World Wide Group, LLC) in 1995.
Fast forward to today, World Wide Dream Builders (https://www.wwdb.com) has grown into Amway’s largest training and motivational platform.
According to Amway Wikipedia, the Puryears and WWDB have helped over 500 Amway distributors become qualified Diamonds worldwide.
In 2016, Ron Puryear passed away at the age of 75, but WWDB continues to thrive with his son Jim Puryear at the helm.
But let’s take a closer look at what WWDB actually provides.
How Does World Wide Dream Builders Work?
Before you decide to join WWDB, you first need to become an Amway Independent Business Owner (IBO) which costs less than $100 per year.
Then if you wanna sign up with WWDB, it’ll cost you around $112 per month.
That includes your WWDB Premiere Membership ($50/mo), CommuniKate ($37/mo), and Digital Downloads ($25/mo).
(You can check out the official WWDB brochure here.)
All of these give you access to motivational audio programs (CDs & MP3s), book recommendations, as well as the company’s communication platform and mobile app (CommuniKate).
There’s also live training events held throughout the year (WWDB Major Functions) that cost anywhere from $75 to $250 per person to attend.
Here’s an actual sheet of the cost breakdown from someone who was being recruited by a WWDB member (read about their experience here):
Which ain’t half bad.
Especially when you consider the average start up cost of a U.S. small business is normally around $30,000.
But there’s two main issues that many folks have with Amway/WWDB or MLM companies in general:
- The recruiting aspect of hitting up your friends, family, and perfect strangers to join your business.
- The constant encouragement to attend (and pay for) all the “rah-rah” events and motivational material.
Recruiting issues aside (for now), I’m all for developing a winning mindset and am a big believer that “your network is your net worth.”
In other words, if you wanna become a successful entrepreneur, you better get around other successful entrepreneurs (online and/or offline).
But there’s a world of difference between nourishing your mind with positive mentors vs. feeling like you’re being brainwashed into becoming an “Ambot”.
Which is exactly what some peeps feel like after being in an MLM for a while.
For example, here’s the second half of that sheet above from a WWDB recruiter:
Now to be fair, I completely understand that they’re just trying to instill successful habits/routines into the lives of their new recruits.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
But I can also see why the massive commitment level that’s recommended above, can turn a lotta people off.
Bottom line is, becoming a successful network marketer in 2018 is a full-time lifestyle — it’s not for part-time dabblers.
So you better be willing and able to invest a LOT of time and money if you want to make your Amway/WWDB business work.
✓ Amway is the largest and most successful MLM company on the planet.
Joining WWDB means joining Amway.
Which means that you’re hooking up with a company that’s been around for 60 years and does $9 billion a year in sales.
You could do a lot worse.
✓ WWDB is the largest and most successful Amway Motivational Organization.
This group is apparently responsible for helping over 500 distributors reach Diamond status in Amway.
WWDB has a ton of motivational resources that can help get you to the next level of your MLM business.
They also hold multiple events throughout the year to keep you motivated and inspired (if you’re into that kind of thing).
Their communication platform is also highly rated as an effective way to send and receive messages within your team.
✓ World Wide Dream Builders has a decent reputation with the Better Business Bureau.
World Wide Group, LLC has an “A” rating on the BBB, although they are not officially a BBB accredited company.
Considering that I’ve seen some MLMs with literally hundreds of complaints on the BBB (WWDB has only a few), it’s a good sign.
✗ Because you’re really joining Amway, it can be difficult to overcome the negative stigma associated with this MLM giant.
It’s hard enough to build a successful home business without having to overcome a bad reputation from the start.
Like any (honest) MLM veteran will tell you, it’s an uphill battle when you start to prospect and recruit new distributors.
You’ll hear things like: “Isn’t that a pyramid scheme or scam?” or “I know someone who tried that kinda business and they hated it.”
Which is exactly why you’ll be encouraged NOT to use the term “MLM” or the name “Amway” when you first start approaching potential recruits.
Some might say that’s a lil’ deceptive or dishonest, but I think that building some curiosity and qualifying prospects up-front is just smart marketing.
Not to mention that it weeds out the idiots and time-wasters straight away.
✗ The rah-rah culture and recommended commitment level isn’t for everyone.
Make no mistake:
If you wanna be a WWDB success story, you better be ready to eat, drink, sleep, and sh*t this business.
While it’s definitely possible to do it “part-time”, that ain’t gonna be enough to get in the 1% of MLMers who actually make it.
✗ World Wide Dream Builders and the Puryears were involved in a class action lawsuit filed against Amway/Quixtar.
Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Amway briefly changed its name to “Quixtar” in an attempt to rebrand and take advantage of online purchases.
In 2007, two former Quixtar distributors filed a class action lawsuit against World Wide Dream Builders, the Puryears, Quixtar Inc., and other high-level Amway distributors.
The allegations claimed that Quixtar was a fraudulent pyramid scheme and that new distributors were being recruited by using false and misleading statements.
Amway eventually settled the case for $56 million, in exchange for not having to admit any guilt or wrongdoing.
I bring this up to simply illustrate that it’s not all roses when it comes to WWDB, Amway, or the MLM industry in general.
But we all have our skeletons in the closet.
WWDB Compensation Plan and Income Disclosure
As a member of WWDB, you’re gonna be using Amway’s compensation plan.
(Which I explain in depth here and go over their income disclosure.)
Long story short, you have to generate a minimum monthly “PV” (personal volume in dollars) before you can qualify for commission.
This is typical in many MLM companies.
As of this writing, Amway’s minimum PV is 100 a month which gets you a 3% commission.
That’s how much Amway product you have to personally buy or sell, every month, just to qualify for commissions.
But wait, there’s more!
You’re also encouraged to recruit other Amway reps and if each one of them buys at least 100 PV a month, it can boost your commission rate up to 25%.
I’m not gonna bore you with all the details, but to sum it up:
No matter what anyone tells you, success in network marketing all comes down to building a huge team of distributors aka recruiting.
But this is where knowing yourself is critical.
Before you start any home business, always ask yourself what you’re willing (and not willing) to do in order to achieve your goals.
In other words, know where you draw the line.
Doing so could save you literally years of wasted time and energy.
(Take my word for it.)
WWDB Bottom Line
|WWDB is Amway's number one training and motivational organization with over 500 Diamonds to show for it (allegedly).||WWDB = Amway which means you're joining an MLM with a controversial reputation.|
|The group has a long track record of knowing how build successful Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs).||Like in any MLM, Amway has a very low success rate (around 1%), so the odds of you making it work are slim at best.|
|WWDB does an excellent job of keeping IBOs motivated and inspired with their digital communication platform and frequent meetings and events.||The high commitment level, rah-rah culture, and over-the-top motivational meetings can turn many people off.|
|Amway sells high quality products and has a decent compensation plan with the ability to make up to 30% commission on products sold.||It's an MLM which means you need to become great at recruiting other folks into your downline if you wanna become really successful.|
So is World Wide Dream Builders just another scam?
Well, that depends on your opinion about MLMs in general.
Personally, I’m not a fan of the business model but don’t think they’re a scam either.
Success leaves clues and if it ain’t broke, don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Or something like that.
And World Wide Dream Builders has a long track record of shortening the Amway learning curve to help IBOs become successful.
But that’s not really saying much since you still have a 99% chance of failure.
(Don’t hate the messenger, Pal.)
That said, in my opinion if you DO want to pursue network marketing as a career path, joining a group like WWDB is probably the way to go.
It’s still a long shot but at least you’re putting the odds a little more in your favor.
But don’t believe anyone who tells you that becoming successful in Amway/WWDB is “easy”.
There’s no miracle formula in MLM or any home business.
It’s ALL hard.
You just gotta pick the right fit for you.