Its been quite the weekend thus far here in Portland at World Wide’s Free Enterprise Day. This is just a quick update however the overall message from this year’s FED seems to be focused on the “Why” of building this business. If your in business you should already have that why sorted out, if you don’t you should dig deep and find out exactly why you are building this business. If your going through an interview and qualification process then a why should be discussed before even launching. If your going to launch into business you need to be setup for success and that why is what leads to that. Really that “Why” can be applied to anything you do in life. Why do you do the things you do and are you getting what you want out of those things.
The biggest impact and talk of the night was our upline Founders Emeralds going diamond next FED, who received their $75,000 bonus check for holding a consistent Emerald business. There is money in this thing if you build it right and with the proper parameters. Slap it together and build it without a solid foundation or parameters and that’s why a lot of people who say they were such and such complained they made no money.
A new Diamond crossed stage however we were not sure if it was based on North American business or Korean business. A New Executive Diamond Club and Triple Diamond crossed stage as well, both unsure of what business they were representing. All three live in the US, either way it’s great regardless if it’s here or Korea as the work ethic is the same, the Koreans just have a better work ethic then us lazy North Americans and they understand this business then us thick headed, critical, sceptical, arrogant North Americans.
A picture says a thousand words and this one says Amway + Hard Work + Solid Foundation + Proper Parameters + CORE + a few other things = $75K.
We are on our way today to the Free Enterprise conference in Portland. On our way we are able to visit with my parents in Southern BC on either side of the event which works out perfect. W is going to spend the weekend there visiting with his grandparents and they are very excited since they don’t get to see him much. That works out perfect so that we can focus on the conference and W gets to visit with his grandparents who are always asking for more time with him. Win Win!
I’m quite excited to attend this year, as I was the previous year, coming out of a retirement party we had last night for our personal sponsor. Stepping away from a noble position as a Fire Fighter for the City of Edmonton is not an easy thing to do, however the ability to become a full time dad trumps that in a heartbeat. A man that stands on principal, integrity, courage, transparency, marriages, family and living with cashflow are just some of the many qualities that bare the “fruit on the tree” that we seek and I’ll seek out mentorship and coaching from a man like that.
I’m excited to see the growing Canadian leadership speak on a FED stage as we now have two founders emerald’s in Calgary and Edmonton both of which are twenty wide and on track to hit Diamond by next FED. That’s quite exciting as there have not been any new diamonds in awhile and this is just the start. All indications are showing Amway is continuing to grow from the number of founders platinum’s, to the growth in North America, and lastly hitting double digits in the billions of dollars last fiscal year (still waiting for the official announcement). Exciting times for sure despite what some may say.
There are a lot of things I’m looking to get out of this weekend of which I won’t share now, but will once it’s done. Have a great weekend!
Today starts our little vacation I’ll call it. We were able to attend Mike and Brandie Wagner’s Open last night at the Holiday Inn and it was ON FIRE. WOW. There is a reason why this market is on fire, because we invest time into people and build amazing relationships in and out of the business and we in succession are doing what the leaders before us have done. Every single person before us has built a successful business and we are literally riding the coat tails and soaking it all up. Just amazing. Last month another amazing couple entered their Emerald Qualification and it’s just leader after leader after leader. People wonder why there have not been many diamonds breaking in the last little while and that’s because people are just not wanting to step up. Well this market is, and you’ll see two new diamonds come from this market probably at FED 2011 and many more Emeralds including ourselves!
So Monday we fly to Seaside Oregon to attend moving up, I’ve talked a bit about it before and really I have no idea what to expect. I’ve heard some pretty amazing things come out of it from previous people that went and we are pumped to get the higher level of association and just get around people that are moving on in their business and see what it is they’ve done to create such success. I’m really excited to explore the Oregon coast though, I’ve heard it’s pretty amazing and cannot wait to get up and go for a run along the beach. Love it!
Friday we will head back inland to Portland where the Duncan Family Reunion will take place. This is where Lindsay went to her first function and where I almost didn’t let her go because of my stubbornness and scepticism. Now I’ll get to experience this function for the first time as official Eagles’ even though we are Double Eagles (we were not Double Eagle’s during qualification month for Family Reunion). Either way it will be nice to sit at the front of the stage and just be able to soak in the function from the front. I know we had a discussion earlier on this blog about it doesn’t matter where you sit its all the same information. That is 100% true it is the same information, however it’s how it’s delivered and for me personally I’d much rather be at the front where I can see the speaker live instead of via the screen and I get to feel more impacted because its like the speaker is talking to you. Same idea about concerts, why do people fight to get at the front of the row for a concert? They feel the experience is better right at the front where the musician is literally sweating over them. Same idea.
Its going to be a great weekend and week coming up and I could not be more excited to celebrate our growth but more importantly get as much information as we can coming out of Moving Up so we can share with our team and the leaders that are growing and riding our coat tails. We have a responsibility to our team to help build them into leaders so they can lead their own organization into greatness.
I love this market we are in and you betcha it’s different from anything you’ve seen. While others out there may have quit, or said it just didn’t work for them or what not, I’m sorry for that. However we’ve got something special out here which is why it’s catching the attention of World Wide Dreambuilders and even Amway Global Canada is saying “what are you guys doing out in Alberta??”. The answer really is being CORE and doing what other WWDB Leaders have done before us. Its working so why change it?