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.”

 

Function Aftermath

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What an amazing function. I just got back from Spokane, WA a few days ago where I enjoyed Leslie Wolgamott’s 2014 Family Reunion Major Function. The weather was absolutely fantastic! It made for a really smooth drive with a lot of great tunes and great views on the road.

More importantly, the speakers were ridiculous. Completely, utterly amazing. Family Reunion’s tend focus’ more on Platinum – Emerald speakers as it allows some of the up and coming leaders a chance to grow and experience more larger audiences to share their experiences, their hardships, their challenges – how they overcame those challenges and their victories.

The caliber of the Platinums and Rubies were simply fantastic and were significantly impressive up from last year.  Each year there are more new IBO’s who are showcased at the platinum level and above. Its awesome to hear their views and their mindsets in how they have grown. The platinums – Emeralds were followed up with some great insight as well as teaching from Diamonds Scott and Cris Harimoto, Tracy and Kimberly Eaton andd, of course, our upline Diamonds. Crowns Brad and Julie Duncan were guest speakers and Leslie Wolgamott finished up and was nothing but heart.

I’ll share some great thoughts I got from some of these amazing speakers to finish the post. However, as always – I’ll remind everyone who is looking at this opportunity not to trust random people on the internet that you have never met – me included! You don’t know anonymous sources and bloggers personally – as such anonymous people shouldn’t get your trust – period unless you meet them personally and they earn that trust. That goes for opinions about WWDB/Amway as it goes for anything on the internet. But most importantly, get educated first and make sure your potential sponsor takes you through a qualification and education process. If they’re trying to hype you up and sign you up, don’t do it! You can find many other potential mentors who will be happy to educate you correctly and put your goals first.

Hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer and not getting too sunburnt out there!

Cheers!
– C

“The basics of the business are easy. Consume your own products? Thats easy. Earning a few customers? After learning and getting coaching, it’s easy. Once you have done this, you can effectively teach it! That’s it! That’s very easy to do. What is hard is that life stuff / financial issues / time management / relationship issues / employment issues / life distractions knock people off track. WWG is in the business of helping people fix that so they can focus on the easy stuff to make their business work. Amway doesn’t help with that! They help with the products, paycheques and warrantees! We help with the life stuff so that people can make the Amway business work. ”

 

“When you make a choice, all other choices need to fall under that original vision. If those subsequent choices do not fall under the original choice / vision, then that’s a character issue. The person is saying one thing but not following through. To be successful in any business, venture or even in life, you must be consistent!”

 

“You don’t choose your future. Your habits choose your future for you.”

 

“We’re here to show you and tell you you can do something versus everyone out there who is telling you that you can’t!”

 

“I’ve seen too many victories on this stage to let defeat have the last word in my life.”

 

“I’d rather have freedom than be let go by my employer for free.”

 

“You are a product of your past but not a prisoner of your future.”

 

“You are not your vocation. Stop setting your self worth and value based on what it is that you do instead of who you are.”

 

“Wouldn’t you want to do more than just live for your days off?”

 

“The program from K – 12 and beyond teaches you to have a full time job and a part time life.”

 

“You’re always fighting in life. There’s no way around it. You’re either fighting for something, or against something. Which is it for you?”

 

“I wanted to be a door opener. Not a doormat.”

 

“God / The Universe doesn’t put adversity in your life to victimize you. They put you in a position to overcome so that you are then equipped and able to help others to overcome.”

 

“You must have something in your life that you would die for. Once you know what that is, live for it every single day.”

 

“Faith is taking the first step when you can’t see the entire staircase.”

 

“We are all ordinary people dedicated to living extraordinary lives.”

 

“Whenever we hear about someone who is handcuffed in life (figuratively) its almost always because of lack of time, lack of money – or both.”

 

“You don’t go Diamond. Nobody “goes” Diamond. You become Diamond.”

 

“One of the biggest challenges for anyone starting up in this business is changes and re-prioritization.”

 

“When you start with ‘why’ you’re doing something, all of your decisions from then on become easy.”

 

“‘Why’ defines a clear decision making filter.”

 

“Material can motivate. A cause can unify.”

 

“‘Stuff happens in everyone’s life. What’s important to remember is that it’s just a setback – not a go back.”

 

“You can’t help everybody. But everybody can help somebody.”

 

“I didn’t want to just increase my standard of living. I wanted to increase my standard of giving!”

 

“Triumph is simply the ‘umph’ before the ‘try’.”

 

“There are two driving forces in everyone’s life. When the driving force is a need – a person will do just enough to meet that need and get by. However, when the driving force is a vision or a passion, that person will do whatever it takes to reach their goal.”

 

“I don’t know one single person who ever woke up in a cold sweat wanting to build the Amway business. I do know that there are tens of thousands of people if not more who wake up in the middle of the night wishing they were free.”

 

Wolgamott Family Reunion 2013

Another Family Reunion has come and gone. It will have been my 3rd so far and what a fun, impactful environment to be in.

We started our drive down nice and early Friday morning and got into Spokane, WA at around 12:00pm local time from Vancouver. Unfortunately after enjoying a full month of sun up in BC, we ran into our first rain. Thankfully, Spokane got more beautiful as the weekend went on.

I have to say, World Wide keeps getting better and better. They are significantly improving the WWDB apps that are available to all IBO’s. Access to all audio, function calendar, streaming directly from the phone apps on iOS and Android will be implemented within the next month. So not only do they provide everything, but they keep giving us free stuff to help build our business and my premier membership has not gone up in price. More free stuff – no increase in cost. That’s awesome. They keep improving the tools they provide us, adding more features and functionality and have not increased costs at all. Pretty cool, folks. I wish cell phone companies and other places took a page out of World Wide’s book.

All in all, we had a great weekend. Even with jam packed days and a night owl, we got lots of good sleep and just got slammed with great speakers starting with some awesome input from Platinum pins on Saturday. The night finished off with Scott and Cris Harimoto, our friend’s and upline Diamonds, Tracy and Kimberly Eaton and the night finished off with Brad and Julie Duncan. Sunday was all Diamonds and Brad Duncan with some solid teaching to finish off the Function. Leslie Wolgamott sent us out and the way things are going, they’ll be using more of the Spokane Arena next year. The attendance year over year has steadily gone up and up. Indeed,last year the Spokane Opera house was sold out and they had to move us into a bigger venue. There’s a lot of great things happening, a lot of people recognizing this opportunity and moving on and making it work. Hopefully you’ll have done credible research and not trusted a random blog online if this opportunity is legitimate or not.

I’ll finish off with some points I took away from the function that really hit home for me and I’ll have some pictures taken from the trip as well.

Here’s to another awesome 90 days!

~ C

  • Time is the most expensive thing I’ve ever purchased.
  • The broker people are, the bigger temper they seem to have and the more skeptical they are.
  • You need to get around people are wanting to help you move forward instead of getting around people who want to help you get drunk.
  • “Can’t” is the brokest word in the dictionary. Why not look into why or how you can.
  • Be stubborn with the vision and flexible with the path. Not the other way around.
  • A lack of money provides selfishness.
  • The most costly advice is always given for free.
  • What’s the point of doing good work if the work doesn’t do any good?
  • Your old thinking will not get you to a new place.
  • We should all try to live before we get too old to.
  • In a relationship you can be right or you can be happy.
  • It is belief that powers your dreams. Without belief, your dreams will never be realized.
  • When I got together with my partner it wasn’t my goal to spend more time with my job than with her.
  • Winners never quit, quitters never win.
  • Why are riches only measured in money? What about association? What about marriage quality? What about time?
  • Challenges are relevant to your self image. Your self image will help determine what challenges you can overcome.
  • As your vision grows, your options shrink and your choices to accomplish your visions become easy to identify.
  • Higher pins quit because they’re in the business for money. They aren’t doing it for time. When life happens and their double eagleship, platinumship etc loses a leg, when the money goes, so do they instead of putting in the correct parameters to have a solid foundation so that they aren’t depending on one or two legs.
  • This business is built at the speed of trust.
  • We do not prospect, we impact.

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Success Input

Just coming off a really solid weekend. Nikki and I had a chance to drive down to Lynwood, WA for a Tracy & Kimberly Eaton Regional training seminar/rally yesterday.
Anyone who is successful will confirm that input is almost everything. Any success book, success speaker or other successful source will agree that power of association and input is key.
We’re taught such: Input leads to Thoughts—->Words—->Action—>Habits—->Lifestyle—>Legacy.
What input do you take in and let affect you on a daily basis? Its a challenge out there to constantly avoid negative input. Negative news sells. And with online access so easily available, we’re bombarded day in and day out with negative garbage. Gossip, war, money….at some point you will hear about something bad going on in the world or with someone you know.

The solution to pollution is dilution. Tracy mentioned this the other night. Now I’m not saying plug your ears, and yell “La,la,la,la,la!!” and ignore life. My concern is the influence it has on your life. What positive are you putting in? What success principle are you adding to your life? What are your friends and family adding to your input to add hope to you? To add value to you? Is that important as well?  Because yes, the bad junk will always be happening. We cannot stop it. But are we going to be part of the negative? Or part of a solution? What can we offer that can help others?

Nikki and I have some great coaches in our life and we love speaking with them daily because they add value to us. They add positive. Thats why we made the drive down to Lynwood to get a chance to get around some awesome people in Kim and Tracy.
Say what you will about any athelete stereotypes, the man’s experience allows him to speak straight and with a passion you won’t get from your office buddies around a water cooler.

A main focus was that success is hidden in our daily routines. As above, habits will breed a lifestyle.There was so much great input that I was able to take away. I’ll just point to point this except for one statement Tracy mentioned: Lifestyle Evangelism. Now this isnt menat to be a religious focussed blog at all. But what it means is: live your life as an example to others. Be an example of what you wish for others and what you want to see in the world. When Nikki and I retire, we will be leading by example that these results ARE possible. We will be bringing other people with us. We will be leading by example. So I’m super excited to get started on building myself and our business to be an example of what others can achieve.

Here’s some other bullet points of what I gleaned from these great leaders. And some pics of our sick seats as well.

* When you start to believe in yourself, you can then start believing in others. If you don’t or find that you cannot believe in others, you may need to raise your belief in you.

* Dont go throwing out expectations of others. Raise the bar in your own life first. Once you can do this successfully to a point then you can raise the bar for others. Failure to do this simply will come across as cockiness.

* If you don’t know where you’re going in life then you are an employee for someone who knows where they’re going. Doors open in the world for those who know where they are going. Make your decisions based on where you want to go. Not on how fun the drive will be.

* Get your belief level of yourself higher than the doubts others have of you.

* The Elevator To Success Is Broken. We’ll have to take it one step at a time.

* Attempt to be bold. Bold enough to scare away those who have common thinking. You will attract the uncommon people and from those you will build a legacy and lifestyle that is totally uncommon to the 98% of people out there.

* Over the last three generations: of the wealth that has been created / accumulated – how much of that is being passed on to you? If you received anything, is it ongoing? Or a one time shot? Compare your results to a Ray Crock and his future generations. If you’re being out-earned by a dead guy, you need to change the way you look at your future.

* We are either going to set a standard of mediocrity or raise the standard to excellence. What is the outcome we want? this will determine the actions we take.

This last point actually flows into a teaching my buddy and mentor talks about: We’re taught through high school to pick a job we want to do for the rest of our lives (Assuming thats even normally possible these days with all the layoffs/funding cuts etc. happening). This is done without little concern for the final outcome on our lives. What happens is, we choose our occupation, from there that chooses our association(co-workers/possibly friends), it chooses our lifestyle via how much we’re paid and finally it determines how our kids will be raised (daycare?), and how we will end our days.

Why is it never taught the other way around. How do you want to live? Not what do you want to do. When we want to go on a trip the fundamental decision that needs to be made is WHERE ARE WE GOING!? Only AFTER this has been decided can we then best choose the right way to get there ie: car / flight etc. So why is this not done in life? I can gaurantee you someone’s dream is not to end up living in a cheap nursing home alone because their kids are too busy and tired to take care of them. If these people chose FIRST how they wanted to live, the outcome would have been far different.

But we’re not taught forward thinking. We’re taught to find something we love for the next 40 – 50 years because thats how we’ll get by. Its hard to love something that can’t love you back. And from what I see in the real world….jobs are definitely NOT loving people back. Thank goodness for great leaders and coaches like Tracy and Kimberly and our direct upline mentors.

~ Cameron

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