In today’s post, I want to share some of my favorite takeaways from Fellowship of the 2%, a famous speech by Amway Diamond Gary Newell.
As a quick disclaimer, I am in no way affiliated with Amway, although I was an independent distributor from 2002 to 2004. During my two and a half years in Amway I listened to more than 1,000 tapes and CDs. They inspired me, motivated me and trained me. Most were good, some were boring and a few were exceptional. This tape by Gary Newell was one of the exceptional ones.
The Fellowship of the 2% is a recording of a speech by Gary Newell, a successful Amway Diamond. He and his wife, Tammy, went Diamond in 2006. They participate in the LTD (Leadership Team Development) Amway Motivational Organization. Gary has been in the business many years, and from what I could find online, he still actively builds his Amway business.
Fellowship of the 2% Summary
You can hear part of the recording in the video below. If it doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.
Here are a few notes I took while listening to it. Keep in mind most of this is paraphrased into my own words.
In 1950 General Douglas MacArthur is called out of retirement to meet with UN forces concerning issues in Korea. He advised them that they have two choices: fight it out and lose millions of soldiers or let him move around the peninsula and invade the enemy from the rear with his own force.
He was advised not to land in Incheon, because of the strong defenses and it was difficult to navigate. His advisors told him all of the reasons he would not be able to invade the harbor.
On July 25th, General MacArthur announced to the Pentagon where he would strike: Incheon. His advisors spent 9-hours trying to talk him out of it. They told him it would not work.
MacArthur responded “contingency plans unnecessary, we shall not lose one ship. I am not making plans for failure, because I am not planning to fail!”
He and his 261 warships headed to Incheon. The rest is history.
Gary Newell then goes on to explain how this story applies to the Amway business.
The DIAMOND mentality is very simple. Contingency plans are unnecessary. You cannot let anyone steal your dream. You are in a battle. People want to keep you where you are at. You must be willing to fight for your dreams.
If you want to be understood by the 2% of this nation you will be misunderstood by the 98%.
I am part of the fellowship of the 2%. The die has been cast. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. The decision has been made. I won’t look back, slow down or quit. I am a DIAMOND. I won’t back away. My past is forgotten. My present is focused. My future is secured. I am finished and down with low living, side walking, cheap excuses and dwarf goals.
I don’t have to be first, right, recognized, praised or rewarded. I live by faith, learn by submitting, labor by love, lead by example and lift by prayer. My dream is developed. My decision is determined. My pace is fast. My mission is clear. I cannot be denied or bought. I will not flinch in the faith of sacrifice.
This speech is so powerful. My take is that if you want something in life you need to get focused, set your goal and get to work. Do not worry about what others say, think or do. Be willing to pay the price. Put in the work, learn from your mistakes and do not quit. Press on! Most people will not understand you and that is perfectly okay. You are on YOUR journey. As long as you know what you want, and you are focused and working toward it, nothing else really matters.
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Three Key Lessons from Gary Newell
Here are a few things I learned from the speech.
# 1: Contingency Plans are Not Necessary
When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you don’t need a back-up plan. Instead, you need to draw a line in the sand, get committed, make a plan, and follow it until you achieve success. He says “I am not making a back-up plan for failure because I am not planning to fail.”
# 2: Don’t Let Anybody Steal Your Dream
You have to protect your goals and dreams at all costs. Sometimes your friends and family will be your biggest critics. In addition, you will stumble across others who will do everything and anything to talk you out of your dreams. Do not let them win! Keep your why and vision in front of you at all times and let your haters be your inspiration, not a reason to quit.
# 3: If You Want to Be Understood by the 2%, You Will be Misunderstood by the 98%.
Don’t worry about what others think! No one cares about your future as much as you do. Surround yourself with people who have what you want in life, and listen to their advice. Do not take advice from people not qualified to give it to you. If someone isn’t paying your bills or sleeping in your bed with you at night, why worry about what they think?
These lessons can be applied in an Amway business or any other business venture.
If you enjoyed this speech, The Fellowship of the 2%, or have ever met Amway Diamond Gary Newell personally, please leave a comment below and share your story. I would love to hear from you. Thanks. Have a great day.