How Amway Helped Me Become Successful in Life and Business

Today, I want to share how Amway helped me become successful in life and in business.  I understand that everyone has a different experience.  This is just a summary of how Amway impacted my life.

I spent 2.5 years in Amway and enjoyed the experience.  I was part of the World Wide Dream Builders line of sponsorship from 2002 to early 2005.  I was in my early 20’s and fresh out of college when I first joined the company as a distributor.  At the time I was a young Army officer stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.

I achieved moderate success in the company and built up a decent income.  No, I never went Diamond and I never became a six figure earner, but I did have a profitable business.  I also feel like it was the best business school I could have ever attended.

I learned tons of valuable lessons about life, business, sales, marketing, business finances, people skills and much more.  Of all the lessons I learned in Amway, three really stand out and still guide me today. These three lessons have shaped my life and helped me become successful in life and in business. In the paragraphs below I am going to explain each lesson in greater detail.

I hope they can help you as much as they helped me.

Lesson # 1: The Importance of Goal Setting

Prior to joining Amway I knew NOTHING about setting written goals.  No one in school or college ever gave me even one hour of instruction on how to set written goals.  No one taught me how important it was to have written goals.  Right from my first weeks in the Amway business my upline sat me down and educated me about goals.  He helped me set some business and life goals. He had me WRITE DOWN my goals and taught me to read them out loud to myself every morning.

Since then (2002) I have set written goals every single month.  I also set yearly written goals. If I had to credit one thing to my success of being a high achiever, it’s my goals.  My goals keep me on track and keep me focused.  They give me something to work for and stretch me out of my comfort zone.  They give me purpose and direction.

All businesses need goals.  All people need goals.  Goals can change your life.  Most people just float through life and take things as they come.  Successful people decide what they want, they create a game plan to make it happen, and they get after it.  To succeed in life, you need to learn how to set goals.

Lesson # 2: The Power of Association

Anyone who has kids understands the power of association.  You don’t want your kids hanging around bad influences, because it might affect YOUR child’s behavior.  As adults, the power of association is equally important.

It’s important to rub elbows with other achievers and successful people.  It’s important to hang around others who have a good attitude.  It’s important to hang around others who are supporting and encouraging.  It’s important to hang around people who want more out of life.

Now, I’m not saying you should avoid or ignore anyone else.  You can’t always choose the people that are close to you in life, specifically your family.

However, make sure you spend MOST of your time around positive people, with big goals, who want more out of life.  Make sure you spend time around people who lift you up, not people who bring you down.

Amway taught me this lesson and I am extremely grateful.

Lesson # 3: The Power of Personal Development

Probably the biggest and most important lesson I learned during my time in Amway was the power of personal development.  Up until that point in life, no one had ever taught me about personal development.  I never read books, went to seminars, listened to tapes or did anything to improve myself.

Yes, I went to college to get a degree and yes, I went to some Army classes, but that was it.

Amway helped me start my personal development journey.  They helped me fall in love with reading.  They challenged me to grow as a person a little bit each day.  They challenged me to enroll in auto-university and re-program the way I think.  They challenged me to attend personal development and business seminars.

I look back at the person I was when I first joined Amway 13 years ago and there is NO comparison with whom I am today.  I am a completely different person.  And because of my personal growth journey I will continue to learn, improve and develop.  I look forward to the person I will become in the future.

To succeed in life, make sure you have a personal development plan.  It won’t happen by accident.

Final Thoughts

No, I am no longer an Amway distributor.  But, the lessons I learned during my time in Amway completely changed my life for the better.  I have no idea where I would be in life right now had I not found Amway when I did.  Even though I never become a top earner in that company, every dollar and every second I spent in Amway felt like an investment in my own future. And that’s why I am grateful.

What are your thoughts?  If you spent any amount of time in Amway, I would love to hear about some of the valuable lessons you learned.  To share your thoughts, just leave a comment below.  Have a great day!

Disclaimer: Amway is a registered trademark.  I am in no way affiliated with the company.

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23 thoughts on “How Amway Helped Me Become Successful in Life and Business

  1. Dan Marshall

    Chuck, I really appreciate your positive perspective on the things you gained from Amway. I had 4 separate times I joined Amway (beginning in 1976) and as I look back on them, I too gained from the lessons I learned there. I had the same opportunities to learn and grow that you had, but I’m a slower learner than you are. It is an amazing company but it is not the company but the person that makes the difference. If you have a stable, established and proven company you are perhaps much better off than building your business with a risky startup. Though startups are exciting (and yes Amway was once a startup). When it comes down to it, it’s the person not the company that you are building.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      I personally believe that Amway prepared me for long term success in this industry. Learning how to set goals, associate with positive minded people and work on my personal development are still a big part of my core beliefs today. I am eternally grateful for Amway.

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      1. Rachel LeClair

        I find this rather interesting. My up line got me to quit my job and take a $70k pay cut. As soon as I disconnected from my up line they have not reached out to me whatsoever. Horrible business model! You can start your own business without pitching people & lying about what you do

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        1. chuckholmes Post author

          Rachel,

          I am really sorry you had that awful experience. One of the biggest mistakes people make in our industry is going full time WAY to soon. I always tell people to wait until their MLM Income is three times their job income AND they have 6-12 months worth of living expenses saved up. Going full time before that is a recipe for disaster.

          This business model does have good and bad people in it, just like any other profession. I can assure you that there are lots of professionals in our industry who don’t pitch or lie to people. Yes, some do, but you could say that about any profession.

          I hope you can move forward from the experience and have a happy, prosperous and fulfilling life. Here’s to your success!

          Chuck

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  2. Rachel LeClair

    You gave some great pointers that my upline has given me since I started in January 2015 but the business has not taken off for me whatsoever. I will say I’ve grown as a person and matured a little bit more but financially the business has not put any money in my pocket. its hurt me if anything. I’ve been incredibly discouraged the last couple of months with Amway. To the point I disconnected my Communikate and I have not ordered product. I have no contact with my upline since i have disconnected my communikate. The products are great and the people you meet are amazing as well as the seminars but paying out $450.00 a month or more is quite expensive if you do not have enough income coming in anymore.

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    1. Johnny Wu

      Rachel: How’s your business since then? I am curious, because I was told that depending how hard your work, your business should show sign of return at about 11 month to 2 years mark.

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  3. Tristan H.

    I like that you referred to your experience with Amway as the “best business school you could have attended”. This reflects the idea that what you learn is not meaningful of anything unless you apply it. I attended an actual business school and while I did learn a lot, I still haven’t applied most of it in the real world and will eventually forget how to use all the tools I developed in college. I would exchange four years of being LECTURED about business for four years work experience in a heartbeat.

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  4. Liz

    Without goals, you often lose ambition and drive. Although education is important and necessary, most people learn more practical and useful business knowledge through experience, from a reputable company like Amway and with credible mentors who teach and you grow. I agree that point #3 is key to becoming successful at any business but especially MLM.

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  5. Diamond Grant

    Lesson #3 really strikes a cord with me. I do believe that personal development is essential no matter how successful you become. As much as you may know, you don’t know it all and there is always someone out there that you can learn from. I love evaluating myself to see where my strengths and weaknesses are periodically and then locating resources and/or individuals that can help me improve. It’s one of the best things I can do for the business, my team, and myself.

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    1. S.J.

      I agree! You have to lead by example and so when you are focused on developing and bettering yourself you can inspire others to also work to make themselves better and more productive. It is so very important to the success of any individual and any business!

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  6. S.J.

    There are plenty of places a person can turn to for help, inspiration, and guidance with their business. I personally have never had any dealings with Amway but I can see how it can be a great aid to some. This is great information I will have to save away in my MLM folder.

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  7. Faye

    I spent a brief time with Amway decades ago. I did not put much thought into joining the company, and my recruiter was no mentor, but I did learn some lessons also. Those being: research an opportunity before you seize it, and know the person you are signing up to work with. Now, many years later, I have had the opportunity to work with people that I did know (and had positive relationships with) before forming a business relationship, and the experiences have been vastly different: far more successful.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      I’m glad you learned some valuable lessons during your time in Amway. I enjoyed my experience and am truly grateful for all the valuable lessons I learned during that time.

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  8. Chris Parson

    It is never too late to improve and work on your personal development. If you wish to achieve your full potential, personal development is the pioneer step towards it where you are groomed to set your goals and plan your activities. Thanks for sharing your experience with Amway for personal development. Great post!

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Glad you liked it Chris. Probably my favorite thing about the network marketing industry is the personal development. No where in high school or college did any teacher or professor teach me anything about setting goals, reading every day, the importance of mentors, the power of association, the power of incremental growth, or anything like that. So many Americans are just floating through life, not developing their potential or doing what they love, in many cases because no one has ever taught them about personal development. I wish everyone could get exposed to MLM, if for nothing else, just to learn about personal development.

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