The Magic of Success
With a successful pharmaceutical sales career, a happy marriage and two wonderful children, Toronto, Ontario’s Lori Andrews had it all — at least on paper. Reality was more complicated. As she gave more time to her employer, Lori’s career benefited — but her family life suffered. She was losing patience with it all, when her friend Maggie Easton suggested an alternative.
It was a dreary day in spring and a cold rain splattered dismally against my windshield while a curtain of endless clouds hung low in the sky. Driving to work, I had to keep reminding myself to hang in there. “It’s bound to get better!” I kept telling myself. But I had my doubts. As a successful Toronto-based pharmaceutical rep I was at the height of my career. With 18 years of experience behind me, I was well paid and I was respected in my company, and among my clients, as a skilled professional. My job came with many perks and I was living “The Good Life.”
How could I possibly be unhappy?
Despite the apparent glamour of my job, I was exhausted and frustrated by the constant need to balance the relentless demands of a successful career with the devotional commitment of a wife and mother. I had to be ready at a moment’s notice to answer my employer’s call, and I spent far too many weekends in service to the company that signed my cheques. I was wired to work. But my family needed me too.
When my friend Maggie Easton started her Arbonne business that year, I had no concept of what network marketing was, but when I looked at the opportunity, I decided to jump in and make it work.
Seven-and-a-half years later, I am happier than I could possibly imagine, and I am grateful beyond belief for the adventure my life has become. I have regained that starry-eyed passion for life that I felt as a kid, and every member of my family is thriving. What’s more, I have the privilege of bringing the Arbonne advantage to the lives of other people who, just like me, have decided to stop dragging themselves through a life that falls far short of what they desire and deserve.
It is an honour to be part of the transformational work in which this company is engaged. Our products are the best on the market, for sure, but the changes that sweep through the lives of an Arbonne consultant are so much more than skin-deep: We walk in a world of endless possibility and make our dreams come true. And we get to work beside people who, just like us, are committed to creating a legacy that will touch our families for generations to come.
My life with Arbonne hasn`t always been easy. I`ve learned that the magic of success generally happens outside of my comfort zone. It has sometimes taken an awful lot of courage to consistently put one foot in front of the other on a path that leads into the Unknown. This was especially true in the early years, when there was no evidence that I could succeed at this business. But faith drives everything in this world: Faith in yourself, the products, the company and the process. If you trust in the Arbonne system, it will inevitably pay off. But it does take time and persistence.
The rewards are not just about the income, the cars and the trips, however. They`re also about working relationships that turn into profound friendships, personal growth that leads to lasting fulfillment and, in my case, the fundamental joy that comes from helping people exchange a life of uncertainty for one that is alive with possibility.
I am privileged to help people take that journey from “employee” to “entrepreneur.” It takes a big shift in mindset to go from being at the mercy of someone else`s agenda to confidently driving your own, but I love helping my team first see their potential, and then lean into it. That was actually quite a big shift for me in the beginning. Having come from a corporate environment, I was accustomed to a regular pay cheque and an established set of expectations around what I was supposed to be doing at any given time. Making the switch to a world where I had complete control over my own life was a little intimidating at first.
There was also the issue of confidence. In any sales job you can expect to hear “no” a certain percentage of the time. While we may know, intellectually, that it isn’t personal, a “no” can still feel like a rejection; it can take some time to see a “no” as just one step along the road to a “yes.”
I think, too, that a lot of the growth that I’ve experienced with Arbonne has been about leadership. When I started with the company, I didn’t see myself as a leader, even though I had held a responsible job and I had felt respected in my work. With Arbonne, though, somewhere along the way, I grew into a bigger version of myself. I realized how good it made me feel to be helpful. To teach members of my team what I knew about building their businesses. To share insights I had picked up about work-life balance. To brainstorm ways my team could increase efficiency or have more fun. Ultimately, I realized that I’d been leading almost by default, and that the real essence of leadership is service. I never would have enjoyed the thrill that this and other discoveries have given me if I had not quit my job and committed to the Arbonne experience.
If you are considering the Arbonne opportunity, may I suggest you ask yourself this: What is the change you want to see in your life? And is that change likely to evolve out of what you are currently doing? Or will it require you to walk through a different doorway, one that leads to a world where you design your life in the company of a team of people that is dedicated to success? You can unleash your potential! What’s stopping you?
Building success with Arbonne takes dedication and determination. Like any business, there is no such thing as an “overnight success” in this company. You have to do the work. But one of the things I love is how easy it is to figure out how to create that success. For example, a lot of entrepreneurs I’ve met have had to learn the hard way all the steps they need to take in order to generate a solid income. They’ve had to invest heavily in training, and hire in the expertise they don’t have time to acquire for themselves. At Arbonne, all of that information has been provided by the company and by the team around me. If I’ve had a question about something, I’ve simply picked up the phone and called someone, or sent them a quick email. There’s been no guesswork. How many businesses can you start where that’s all provided for you?
While I’m amazed that I’ve been able to create a thriving business that supports my goals for me and my family, I haven`t done it alone and that’s typical of the Arbonne experience: We’re all in this together! While it’s important to remember we are each responsible for our own results, and nobody can do the work for us, the number of resources available to us for generating a strong business is almost limitless. I like that word: Limitless. It hints at the promise unfolding around all of us in the Arbonne community, and it suggests we need to dream bigger than we ever dared dream.
I am full of gratitude:
Special thanks go to my husband, John: Your love and support has sustained and encouraged me, and you are my very best cheerleader.
To my son, Cameron, and my daughter, Alex: I love you both dearly. I do this to show you what is possible in life and so you will always know that dreams really do come true.
To my beautiful mom, Bev: You are the best testimonial for Arbonne on my team!
To ENVPs Maggie Easton and Val Darien: Maggie, thank you for sharing your massive belief and vision of what is possible. Your belief in me has changed my life. And Val¸ thank you for being the lightning rod that started us on this journey. It has changed my life forever.
To ERVPs Danielle Larice, Carla Lupo, Santina and Frank Cuconato, Daniela Altomare and RVP Katherine Macri: Thank you for being brave enough to say yes, for having a vision that is larger than life, and for loving what you do as much as I do.
To AMs Jamie Draves and Judy Mitchell: I cannot wait to be celebrating with each of you along the next stages of your Arbonne journey!
To my DMs Michelle Scrimgeour-Brown, Darla Khawaja, Marnie Geerlinks, Serena Shah, Pam Coville, Charlene Dupasquier, Marlene Sibbald, Christine Irwin, Trace Noonan, Tina Simms, Dynette Simm; Sherri Whitworth: This journey only gets better and better. Thank you for your dedication, your commitment and your passion. Your belief and vision will take you a long way in this business.
To all of my Consultants: Dream big, because the possibilities are endless with Arbonne.