“Hang in there…sometimes life hands you lemons, but then you can make lemonade. Of course, sometimes life pulls down your pants runs a power sander across your naked butt, then pours lemon juice on your raw, abraded buttocks. In that case, a cool citrus drink wouldn’t really help but, darn it…you’ve got to hang in there anyway!” –Just being realistic – I know this sucks, Love you and can’t wait to see you in Tulsa. Judy.
That is why i work. So I can meet friends just like Judy, the one who sent me that card last year. You see, last June, my special needs son stole a gun and shot the end of his thumb off. It was an extremely traumatic experience for him and for our entire family. It was then that I reached out to my work associates from across the country to ask for prayers and support. I work for Usborne Books & More and have for almost 20 years. In Multilevel Marketing we often talk about sharing our “why.” Each person has a unique “why.” Why they got started in business, why it is important for them. Well, This is my why: When my son had his accident, my husband was working out of town. After the trip in the ambulance and preparing my son to go by helicopter to the children’s hospital, I held it together. I answered the questions (interrogations at times) & remained semi-calm. When I returned home that evening at about 3 a.m., I broke down. Sobs. I got on to facebook and saw another Usborne consultant from Colorado post, “Why am I unable to sleep?” I messaged Beth and said, “To keep me off the cliff!” She “talked” to me through the night and recruited other friends to pray for me and encourage me. A couple of weeks later, I was able to attend the National Convention in Tulsa, OK to receive the hugs and kind, caring words from my supportive friends. My roommate Susan listened to me & helped me process the whole ordeal. It also allowed me a legitimate excuse to travel away from my home which was still in a state of wound care and sensitive feelings.
Later that summer, a different son, made the announcement that he intended to ride his bike across the USA alone. (In case this Mom hadn’t had enough to worry about.) His plan was to couch surf (code for meet strangers on the internet and stay with them.) He traveled successfully quite a while, but was concerned about some routes that would take him through Ferguson, MO during the time of the riots. As my husband was on the phone with him, I got out my address book and started pointing to Charlene (another co-worker)’s address & phone number. “Call her! Call her! Call her!” He did and she was able to celebrate my son’s 25th Birthday with him.
These are just a few of the recent examples of how the people are my “WHY.” In the past, I met a woman at a home show, she later became a consultant and mentioned her husband was going on a mission trip to Haiti. My husband overheard me telling her that maybe he should go along. George said, “Be careful what you wish for.” My husband did go with her husband to Haiti (without even meeting him first!) & my son and husband joined him the following year! After adopting my daughter, I found that I was in need of some new friends….I needed moms who had younger daughters. Usborne allowed me to meet those moms and now my best friends are past consultants or hostesses. When I look at my contact list on my phone, it utterly amazes me how Usborne has introduced me to all of these quality people.
When I started with Usborne the CEO, Randall White, suggested I surround myself with successful people. My joke is that I do surround myself with successful people, I just didn’t become one of them. In reality, though, I have been extremely successful in my business. I have met all of these people and can call them true friends. Oftentimes, the Why is about so much more than the work.