New WWDB Diamonds

Wow, what a hot summer it’s been up here in BC. Summer has hit us pretty hard with what feels like half of our province burning down with a lot of wildfires throughout. It looks like its slowly being brought under control though, which is good. Hopefully we’ll be getting a little more rain or damp weather. Now that’s funny. A BC guy looking forward to some rain!

Anyhow, a few posts back I had mentioned Trevor and Lexi Baker were in Diamond Qualification. Well, I just wanted to take a few quick minutes to share that from what I’ve heard a few months ago (yeah I’m not very on point with these “updates”)is that they’ve made it! Another new Diamond couple to get their names on the WWDB trophy. That’s also the 3rd year in a row now that new Diamonds have been celebrated within World Wide.

The cool thing is that they went out and did it themselves. It is very possible for Diamondships to be integrated with the business’ of their children or family members. I’m not a very good source on how that works as I’m not in a position to be doing that but World Wide has a few examples of this where a second generation has built a business to the Ruby or Emerald level and then they integrate as Diamonds with their parents.

Normally these people would need to show they can have the ability to create their own organization before their parents integrate their business’ together so they can then be considered ‘integrated Diamonds’. That’s what I’ve seen anyhow.

Well, in Trevor and Lexi’s situation, Glen and Joya haven’t integrated their Diamondship. At least there’s been no mention of that at all – which means, they went Diamond with their own team of 6 Platinum legs and however many non-platinum legs outside of that.

From some of the Kate’s and audio’s I’ve heard, both the organizations of Glen and Joya as well as Trevor and Lexi have really taken ownership of their version of an education and qualification process to help new people learn about this opportunity properly before they even launch.

That’s why I’ve been excited to be a part of World Wide this second time around. When I was taken through a process before I even was allowed to get started, I was able to really learn about this thing before I jumped in. More importantly, I was able to build that friendship and trust with my coaches so that I knew what their side of the partnership looked like and what mine was. Sure, I was friends with my coach for many years but before I had gotten back in the business, but I had already quit on him once before and it had been a few years since we had chatted last before he showed me his retirement day.

Building a trust ahead of time is so imperative for both parties because it starts a foundation for a partnership. Without any trust or friendship, a partnership can’t be built and without a partnership, you have no way of knowing how your upline will help you or what their commitment to you is. You also, don’t know what you’re committing to, yourself. And without that, you won’t be able to form a work habit to be able to start succeeding.

It all starts with a foundation. And that foundation for many business owners, at least many of those who are mentored through World Wide, come with a 3 – 6 week education process where you can learn about the opportunity. More importantly than that, though, is the opportunity to learn about your potential sponsors. Who are they really? What are they committing to do to help you? What can you expect from them? Do you like them and the people they are mentored by? That’s where the real opportunity lies. In the people and the relationships that are built. The opportunity is not necessarily to join Amway. Anyone can do that any time they want. It’s having a mentor, a coach, and a friend who is committed to you to help you that can help you succeed.

Its the same in any business or venture in life. People who have succeeded in any arena have had people in their corner cheering them on, providing perspective and giving advice and/or coaching to help them move on in their craft. It could be in the sporting world, business fields, performers etc. You hear it all the time from people who have succeeded in any arena. They give thanks to so many people and are the first to say that.

This is why I always end most of my posts stating that it is imperative that if someone is trying to show you a non-traditional business opportunity, be sure to educate yourself on the business by going through a 3 – 6 week process. But more importantly, go through that process to educate yourself on your potential upline. Get to know them and build a trust with them. Your process should take anywhere from 3 – 6 weeks to really learn about this properly. You could get a blitzkrieg course on Amway and learn all the details in one sitting but if you do, you’ll miss out on the most important details of all. Who is helping you? Who is coaching you? Who is giving you advice; and what results do they have to be offering said advice? If they do not have results you can respect yet, who is coaching them and can you get to know them? Are they consistant? Do they follow through on what they say they will do? This takes time to learn. And it is far more important than any details on PV and BV you’ll learn from a business overview.

This is ultimately a people business. Go through the process to learn about the asset (Amway) but make sure you take the time to evaluate the people. Because they will be evaluating you as well. Are you trustworthy? Are you consistant? Are you going to be worth the time they will be committing to you? They want to build a trust and friendship with you as well. It’s a two way street. And a hype up, sign up situation will never offer anything like that. Which is why if you get “prospected” for a non-traditional opportunity and they’re just trying to sign you up and don’t have a process to go through for a few weeks. Walk Away. Run, in fact. You’d end up better for it in that scenario.

Happy Summer!

– C

Free Enterprise Aftermath

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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.

~ C

“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.”