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.
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.