How do I talk to a friend who's just signed on as an Herbalife rep?
September 3, 2014 12:09 PM Subscribe
A friend has just informed me that she and her boyfriend have started up a new health-food company. That's great, I said, what's it called? Turns out it's Herbalife.
posted by Dr. Wu to Human Relations (22 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am worried. Should I be worried? Last time I checked, Herbalife was still a pyramid scheme.
This young woman, R., is a former student of mine. She is smart and mature. She is also a bit impulsive, and has a history of making decisions that are not so great for her emotional well-being.
She has come to me in the past to seek advice, and I see this as a potential opportunity to talk to her about making unwise choices -- such as, you know, signing up for a pyramid scheme. I do not want to be pushy, though, and am aware of the fact that I am not her "boss," nor that she did not specifically seek advice from me on this subject.
I care about R., and sincerely wish to see her succeed in whatever she tries. I just worry that this venture will not be a good one for her -- neither financially, emotionally, nor for her self-confidence (which is already somewhat fragile).
Really, this is two questions:
1. Is Herbalife as bad as all that? I don't know all the info.
2. Should I even say anything to her about this subject? Again, she did not solicit my advice, and I do not want to be a buttinsky.