Well, the F.E.D. swings are complete ending in Edmonton, AB this past weekend. It was a historical weekend as over 4,500 people sold out the first ever Free Enterprise Days hosted in a Canadian City. Historically, all F.E.D.’s have been located state side which led to some long road trips for the Canadian business builders. However, with the mentorship, guidance, example and growth set originally by David and Carolyn Payn, Mike and Brandi Wagner, and, of course our good friends and upline – a wave of leadership blew the doors off of the Edmonton Expo Centre this past weekend.
It was clear that the largest room in the whole centre won’t be able to hold the next major function next year and we’re moving onwards and upwards. Jeff Johnson who works for Amway did a talk as a voice for the Amway Corporation in Canada and told us that as little as a few years ago, W.W.D.B. IBO’s amounted to only 12% of the Canadian Amway market. Now that has jumped up to 35% and is climbing. And those numbers are coming directly from the servicing corporation. That’s a huge jump!
For the second year in a row, new Diamonds were celebrated as they walked the long red carpet, received their championship ring and placed their name on the W.W.D.B. Diamond trophy.
Ty and Vanessa Crandell were celebrated for their achievements and after watching and hearing them speak Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, it was no surprise that they were a diamond couple. All heart and fire, their team have in them an awesome example of work ethic and integrity.
As a surprise, long time Amway Diamonds, Leif and Bonnie Johnson were recognized as W.W.D.B. Diamonds – back under the W.W.D.B. banner after a long hiatus. While I am not familiar on the situation or the details, the Johnson’s are one of Ron and Georgia Lee Puyear’s Diamond Legs. So that was a cool surprise to hear of their experiences and story over their long storied IBO-ship.
Looking back on the weekend, there is also a solemnity that hangs over the memory of this function due to the unfortunate murder of one of our Canadian Soldiers in Ottawa. And only just a few days earlier in Edmonton we were celebrating our Armed Forces for their sacrifices in the past, the present and the future for allowing regular joe’s like us, the opportunity to live how we want, choose how we want, pray how we want, work how we want and love how we want. We celebrated them and honored them, as does every Free Enterprise function in the U.S. as well. And only days later, a grim reminder of the cost of our freedoms that we enjoy here in North America played out at the War Memorial in Ottawa.
F.E.D. had not only an excitement but some excellent speakers and teaching. New Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds continue to grow to bring more people to higher levels of success and Founder’s Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds continue to share new wisdom learned through their experiences. Lastly the Diamond speakers and above provided wisdom, heart, comedy and education based on their experiences and knowledge.
Aside from the multitude of Platinumships, Rubyships, Sapphireships and Emeraldships the Diamondships represented as speakers were from across World Wide: Integrated Diamonds – Ryder & Nicole Erickson, Integrated Diamonds David and Jaimee Felber, Diamonds – Norm & Pam Kizirian, Diamonds Leif & Bonnie Johnson, Diamonds Ty & Vanessa Crandell, Diamonds – Bob & Shelly Kummer, Founders Diamonds – Glen & Joya Baker, Our upline Diamonds, Founders Diamonds Tracy & Kimberly Eaton, Executive Diamonds Dan & Sandy Yuen, Double Diamond Leslie Wolgamott, Triple Diamonds Greg & Laurie Duncan, Crowns Brad & Julie Duncan, Crown Ambassadors Wonbo & Joyce Shim and Founders Crown Ambassador – Leonard Kim.
And that’s just Diamondships and above. Aside from that were two Emerald couples (one new, the other as Founders Emerald) and six new Double Eagle Ruby couples. Founders Double Eagle Ruby and existing Ruby’s, Sapphire’s and Emeralds didn’t get any stage time which easily could have been packed with many more impactful leaders.
Considering the cost of any other training convention out there – a $125.00 ticket goes a heck of a long way ESPECIALLY when you consider the fact that you can directly apply the teachings to a vehicle that you can access without going into debt to access.
Below are some quotes and lines that I found impacted me. There were many, many more, but everyone is impacted differently from what is said or shared. Ultimately, the opportunity is mentorship. It just happens to come with an asset that can be built on the side to create financial freedom, if a person chooses to work. Like anything in life, however, if you are being shown an opportunity that is Non-Traditional – like this or a Network Marketing opportunity – make sure you are taken through a 4 – 6 week education process.
The process may vary from person to person, or couple to couple – but there should be one. Starting first and foremost with building a bit of a friendship and a trust – on both sides! Over the course of the weeks make sure you ask questions and get answers – that way you will be able to make a solid choice based on information as opposed to making a choice based on emotion and random opinions from people who have no experience or knowledge of what you’re looking at. Anonymous internet blogs and forums are the worst to get information from. Every single one of them have agenda’s and bias! Mine included in case you couldn’t tell (At least I’m open and honest about it, eh?). As such, they are the least reliable source for information as all you’re getting is opinion and rhetoric on an individual’s experience – that does NOT = everyone’s experiences. And if anyone has an opinion on the opportunity but hasn’t met the people you’re working with, that experience is irrelevant unless they’ve worked with the people who are taking you through the process.
Thats why building a friendship first is important. Without that, whats the point in partnering up with those people? That’s why the process is so powerful and helpful to every party in the equation. It helps root out the people who may not fit with this opportunity, it also helps you root out people who may not be good mentors, or coaches. Those typically are the ones who will try to hype you up and sign you up – and that, friends, is a scary thing. Do your homework and make sure you get homework so you can empower yourself, and your decisions properly on a foundation of facts.
Enjoy the crisp autumn days and cozy evenings with friends and family.
“You won’t move ahead in life until you take your eyes off of yourself and put them on to others.”
“Be remembered for what you did. Not for what you didn’t do.”
“The pain of discipline always is outweighed by the pain of regret.”
“You can do it. I did it. Why not you?”
“In any business there’s room for one dream and if you aren’t the owner of the business, there isn’t going to be any room for your dream!”
“When it comes to this business you can be impressed from a distance, but at a major function, you’re impacted up close.”
“The testament of a good business is not only if the kids want to do what their parents are doing but if the parents want the kids to do what they’re doing.”
“I’ve never seen a positive result come from a negative mouth.”
“You can’t be disappointed with results that didn’t happen because of work you didn’t do.”
“It doesn’t matter whether the glass is half empty or half full. What matters is who is filling the glass.”
“In everyday life I’m judged daily of my shortcomings and failings. In here I’m reminded daily of my future victories.”
“Your team will grow only as big as your ability to lead.”
“You will have the best of the day or the day will have the best of you.”
“When you don’t believe, you compare yourself to others.”
“Work is measured in change. Not time.”
“Imagine if we graduated with a self image and not just a piece of paper.”
“How can we expect other people to trust us if we don’t trust ourselves?”
“There’s a huge difference between being emotional and showing emotion.”
“It’s better to have heart with no words than to have words with no heart.”
“Without empathy for others we become emotionally tone deaf.”
“True compassion demands action.”
“Minimum wage becomes minimum mindset.”
“When everyone else was playing the lottery, we were out building our own.”
“Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.”
“It is in serving each other that we become free.”