Shaklee Success: No Longer a Prisoner to the Economy
By Sharon See, Shaklee Fast Track Sr. Director, Connecticut When I was first introduced to Shaklee, I was a young single woman trying to make ends meet on my own. I was working a full-time job and a part-time job. I did not have a college degree and found it difficult to find a job where I would earn enough to survive on my own. My goals were very simple in the beginning: I wanted to earn enough money to supplement my full-time income in such a way that would allow me to continue to support myself and be independent while still having a decent quality of life. I wanted to have enough money to go out with my friends and take a vacation, with a little left for saving.
About 5 or 6 years ago I experienced a period of significant life change and decided to pursue another career and put my Shaklee business on hold. I became the Business Manager of a small law firm and earned a very comfortable salary, with a 401k, paid health insurance, paid vacation and other perks that I enjoyed. Then the firm partners decided to part ways and all the employees including myself stayed with one of the partners in his new firm knowing that things would be tight initially. Our law firm was dependent upon the construction industry for a large percentage of our business and the fallout from the mortgage crisis and the sudden stop in building and construction hit us very hard. After two years of feeling like a prisoner to the economy and tired of the uncertainty of an economic recovery, I realized that it was time to take back control of my life.
I began looking at new business opportunities and was seriously considering one in particular, until I spoke with an old Shaklee friend who had just returned from the Global Conference in St. Louis. He encouraged me to take another look at Shaklee and not to a commit to another business until I could hear Roger speak at the September 2009 EXCITE program in New York. When Roger spoke that Friday night, I felt as though he was speaking both to me and about me all at the same time. He spoke of all the folks that were just like me, who were beaten up and beaten down by recession. But most importantly, he helped me to see that I had an option and I had choices. He gave me hope that I could take back control of my life and change the course of it. Roger also helped me to see that I have an obligation to share this wonderful opportunity, especially the FastTRACK incentive program, with everyone. With nothing more than raw enthusiasm and excitement, I did just what Roger said: I started talking to everyone that I could get in front of and sponsoring everyone! I reached the rank of Director in October, Senior Director in November, completed phase one of the GOLD Ambassador Program and was recognized as one of the top performers in sponsoring for my region. I am still working to be at a place of financial freedom, and have a ways to go. But, my life is profoundly better because I now feel as though I have a purpose and I have a destiny in mind. I am excited to get up in the morning and can’t wait to start my day. I now have a vehicle that will carry me out of the financial hole that I find myself in while allowing me to help others to change their lives for the better. My advice to anyone who wants to build a Shaklee business is to never give up. Always believe in yourself and your ability to change your circumstances, and then pay it forward to the next person by showing them how to do what you have just done. Learn more about becoming financially free with The WomanWize Team