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“The more we help others succeed, the more we succeed. And it takes a team to win because together we all achieve more.”
It was October 28, 1994 when I began my Arbonne business. I had taken the summer off to be home and spend time with my daughters. The summer ended and they went back to school and I could not bring myself to call dentists in the area and offer my talents as a dental hygienist.
My sponsor Patricia Bauder had placed a career opportunity ad in the dental hygiene journal that I take. I answered her ad and embraced this opportunity with such enthusiasm that in 18 months I became a Regional Vice President with Arbonne. I was presented with my white Mercedes and more than doubled my previous income as a dental hygienist. Three years later, I promoted to National Vice President.
Business is booming! It?s now January of 2004 and I have promoted three National Vice Presidents, giving me the title of Executive National Vice President. This business is a wonderful journey. It is not so much what we have in life as it is what we become because of our journey and what we are still becoming. We attract success to us by the person we have become.
Here is a day in the life of Carol Bowdell before Arbonne:
I used to dread Sunday evenings because I knew it meant Monday morning was just around the corner and for the next five days, my life was not my own. My weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. were spent in hospital scrubs as a dental hygienist, giving 100% of myself. I felt overworked, underpaid and unappreciated. Evenings at home were spent preparing a fast dinner, doing homework with our four daughters, throwing in a load of laundry and going to bed exhausted ? not wanting to do it over again the next day.
A day in the life of Carol Bowdell as an Executive National Vice President with Arbonne International:
Today, my life is very different. My mornings begin in workout clothes, enjoying an Arbonne nutritional shake. After working out, I spend the remainder of the morning making and returning phone calls. Some days, I?ll schedule a business lunch with a friend. I leave the house in a Mercedes-Benz, dressed in a designer suit. At 3 p.m., Kelly (my 16-year-old) runs in the door from school. We have a snack and visit together before whisking her off to soccer practice. Back home again, our CPA calls to discuss the advantages of our home-based business and also places an order for the Arbonne Skin Fitness® for Men product line (the result of a sample pack I gave him). Seconds later, one of my new Consultants is at the door for her ?Getting Started? appointment. Thankfully Gordon, my husband is making dinner tonight. After dinner, it?s family time ? no business (well, maybe a phone call or two). The following night, I teach a class for my newest Consultant. She sells $1,000 in product and we sponsor her friend. What a powerful team we make; we are so excited! I go to bed thanking God and looking forward to tomorrow and all the opportunities it will bring. As a result of the Arbonne opportunity, my life has been enriched in more ways than I can count.
Today I am an Executive National Vice President with Arbonne International. That is a title I have because I made the decision to step outside the box of my 20-year career in dental hygiene to pursue what I think is ?The perfect career.? The Arbonne business provides us the opportunity to design our lifestyle. It?s about having choices, working when I choose, havingunlimited income potential and advancement opportunities. The best part is not having a boss ? I am the boss! I could never work for and put my security in someone else?s hands again! I now operate a lucrative business from the most ideal corporate headquarters in the world ? my home! I have a 30-second commute to my office and I have to admit to you that I love my life! Every single day I rejoice in the joy of living my dreams. And I consider every moment that I spend in my new beautiful home-office as the most precious present that I could ever give to my family, my friends, myself or to anyone else. Thanks to Arbonne, I am living my dreams. It is the perfect career.
With Arbonne you create true residual income ? that is a business that makes money and continues to grow whether or not you are working! I can?t think of a better retirement income. By building a strong business foundation from the effort that you put in the beginning, you create an income stream that is almost unstoppable?you are making money even when you are on vacation, entertaining others or spending time with your family. That is called time leveraging, and I leverage my time with the efforts of many others. Arbonne allows us to design a lifestyle where we have time freedom and the money to enjoy it!
It?s about learning to dream big and achieving goals and helping others to do the same. It is about becoming a better person tomorrow than I am today. We are people builders; we help people reach a potential that they did not realize they had. We show them how to conquer negative beliefs and turn them into positive action. We pray together, play together, cry together and celebrate each other?s successes.
To become a National Vice President with Arbonne you must learn and earn your way to the top. There are no secret strategies or magic formulas for success. We teach a simple, proven, duplicable system for success. In addition to that it takes great focus, persistence, determination and 100% commitment ? a commitment that means, ?No matter what obstacles I encounter along my journey, I will not quit!?
It also takes a leader ? someone who is willing to show the way by reaching out a hand to help guide others to the top. The more we help others succeed, the more we succeed. And it takes a team to win because together we all achieve more. It is impossible to achieve a goal like this without a team. The view from the top is made possible by the united efforts of many. I am surrounded by the most fun, positive, hard working and committed women and men I have ever known and they are the reason for my success.
To all of the Consultants and Managers in the ?Born to Win? Nation, I am most grateful. You are the ?Wind Beneath My Wings?. To my Regional Vice Presidents Andrea VanderVeen, Kimberly McCarthy, Kathe Ray, Miriam Mercier and Cindy Esterly: Knowing you and working alongside of you has enriched my life! And special thanks to my promoted out National Vice President leaders Sharon Pope, Carol Kirken and Maxine King and their Vice Presidents Cheryl Luzod, Lynn Hughes, Linda Krol, Debbie Brewer and Trisha Dezenski: How proud and blessed I am to know and have you in my life. You are my Aces!
Among the many people I want to thank for their support is my wonderful friend, and mentor ENVP Cecilia Stoll: Thank you for being the example of the leader that I wanted to become. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Rita Davenport our President, who enriches all of our lives and inspires us to greatness. And thank you to Petter Mørck, our Founder and the man with the vision big enough that it became ours, too. To Stian: Thanks for your commitment to us and for keeping Arbonne true to its original statement of purpose. Thank you Candee, for our cutting edge products and business tools. And to VP Support: We are forever grateful for what you do for us in the Field and your long hours of dedication to our success.
To my daughters Erin, Brigid, Lauren and Kelly: Thank you for all the help and sacrifices that you made in the early years of our business. To you I will leave a legacy. To Gordon ? I am truly blessed to have a husband who has believed in me and supported me 100% from day one. You have shared in my dreams, encouraged me to achieve them and have become the best business partner I could ever have. Thank you!
I truly believe that Arbonne is a vehicle that allows us to make a profound difference in our own lives and in other people?s lives as well ? financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Arbonne has allowed our family not only to experience an abundant lifestyle but to share it with so many others. What a joy it is to go through life knowing that you too, can help change people?s lives. Arbonne can be your vehicle too. Life is too short to be ordinary so make it extraordinary. You are ?Born to Win!?
I?d like to leave you with a poem about what success means to me:
Success is a Journey
It is the process of becoming more
tomorrow than we are today,
to become extraordinary.
It is not so much what we have
as it is what we have become, and
what we are becoming.
Success is striving for something bigger
than oneself and then achieving it.
It is setting a goal and reaching it,
then another and another
over and over again.
It is a process, a journey.
We attract success to us by the person
we have become.
As Napoleon Hill says,
?What the mind can conceive and
believe, it can achieve?.
To me the ultimate success is choosing
to live life the way you want to,
on your own terms.
We are born to win, but we must choose to win.
That is Success.
? By Carol Ann Bowdell
The Arbonne Independent Consultant featured in this EOA has achieved the rank of Regional Vice President. The average number of active Arbonne Independent Consultants who achieved this rank and average compensation is described further in the Independent Consultant Compensation Summary (ICCS) available at arbonne.com > The Company > Corporate Information > 2011 Independent Consultant Compensation Summary. The testimonial in this EOA is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent income projections. The results discussed in this EOA by the featured Arbonne Independent Consultant are not typical and should not be relied upon by prospective or current Arbonne Independent Consultants as an indication of what they should expect to earn. Actual results for each Arbonne Independent Consultant will vary depending upon individual effort, time, skills and resources. Arbonne makes no guarantees regarding income.
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