When successful British model Kim Mellor longed for something more meaningful in life, she found personal growth and her life’s work in Arbonne.
It may sound dramatic, but in August 2012 my life changed forever, when someone approached me about a business opportunity. I had been approached with different ‘business opportunities’ in the past, all of which had amounted to nothing, so I was quite reluctant to listen to another one. However, this time, it was Sean Hopwood, a good friend and successful businessman in his own right, so I was poised to listen.
Sean knew I was a university graduate and a successful model. He knew that I was a go-getter and very outgoing, but what he didn’t know was that at 28, I had no security and my life lacked direction. I was self-employed and it was great not having a boss, but the modelling industry can be fickle and unpredictable. I wasn’t sure what the future held and I had even considered taking a 9–5 job with more stability.
I remember thinking, ‘There must be more to life’. I was desperate to make something more of my life, but I didn’t know quite how to do it. I never would have thought that my meeting with Sean would bring me the thing I had been searching for all along — my Arbonne business.
I was asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time, especially financially?” and “If the unforeseen was to happen, how long could you live on your life savings?” When I heard this, something clicked. I didn’t have any savings, so I had no insurance in place in case anything went awry. I suddenly realised that I had to take responsibility for my life, for my future, for my dreams, and take action!
Sean’s clear vision and passion made me jump in with both feet; there was nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain. Though I was afraid, I decided to ignore my fears. I realised that the only way to fail was to quit. Quitting was not an option.
The journey truly is everything. The greatest gift that Arbonne has bestowed upon me is the person that I have become. When I started my business, I knew that I needed to grow, so I immersed myself in personal development. I was coachable and attended every meeting and training. After only one person showed up to my launch, and 40 people told me no, I wasn’t deterred. I learned that failure is a part of success, and to be successful, I simply had to fail the fastest and learn from my mistakes. I had a long term vision and knew that success was inevitable; it’s just a decision, following through and never quitting.
Arbonne has changed my life for the better as it forced me to be a better person. We sell products and provide a service, but our purpose is much deeper. At its core, this company is an incubator for personal growth; you learn to face your fears, you learn how to solve problems, you learn to feed your mind with positivity and protect it from negativity, and you learn how to lead.
Have 100% belief, be consistent, and have fun. Treat Arbonne like a successful business, and it will pay you like one. Share the opportunity and products with love, passion and the conviction they deserve and you won’t go wrong. Arbonne is not only a company made up of products, but also people. This is a relationship business and I would not be where I am without my incredible team.
To the most amazing sponsor, friend and brother, ERVP Sean Hopwood, thank you for always being there and never giving up on me. I truly believe I would not be where I am today without your guidance and support. I will be forever thankful to you for giving me freedom. You are "ACE".
To my incredible upline, ENVP Iain Pritchard, NVP Yvonne Dixon and ERVP Nicola Smithson: Thank you for being the bar and for showing us all what’s possible. You are true leaders and have all cast a clear vision of teamwork, leadership and friendship that’s unparalleled to any experience in my life.
To my first ever Consultant, EAM Kelly Brearley: Thank you for saying yes! You’re like the sister I never had. So many amazing memories, I can't wait for the next chapter.
To my sideline friends ENVP Sarah Dunning, AM Johnny Higgins, and DM Emma Higgins: Thank you for the positive influence you have had in my life. I don't think you will ever truly understand what a huge part you have played in my journey.
To all my District Managers and Consultants: You are my dream team! Thank you for your ongoing commitment; it’s a joy to see you fulfilling your full potential and achieving your dreams. I can't wait to be sitting on the beach in Maui with you and your families in the years to come.
To my mum and dad: Thank you for always believing in me, no matter what, and for always being there. Mum, you are the best mum in the world, and I can't wait to take you on some more incentive trips over the coming years.