In the past ten years, network marketing has become far more readily accepted as a profession. High-integrity companies have changed the way the rest of the business world sees our industry. The core of integrity is less questioned, more clearly established.

Most of the people in our organization had never done network marketing before; in its own little way, our group has had an impact on the makeup of our industry's population. I'm sure that same demographic shift has happened hundreds and thousands of times over in other groups and other companies. These are honest, wonderful people entering the business; as they talk to more people, the world's view of what we are all about has gone through a transformation.
September 11th has made people really look deeply at their values. Friendships, family, what really matters in life, have all come more to the forefront.

I look at the Enron scandal and see that such things are always exposed for what they are; sooner or later, integrity always prevails. I think we're going to weed out those enterprises that are not tenable and strengthen the ones that follow the highest principles-- and those are the companies that people are hearing more about.

September 11th has made people really look deeply at their values. Friendships, family, what really matters in life, have all come more to the fore-front. There is a more prevalent sense that every day is precious. There is so much more awareness of the uncertainty in the world; people are looking for what has meaning, where can they make a contribution. People who have had jobs that were not so meaningful for them are starting to reevaluate that; they're saying,

"You never know what's going to happen. I'd better make sure I'm doing what I love--and I'd better be doing it with the people I love."

I see it as having actually had a very positive impact: people are asking what matters in life and making it a priority to make sure their actions are in alignment with their answers to that question. Although the impetus for this shift grew out of tragedy, I feel that the result, the shift itself, is very good for our industry, because we are making a huge contribution to people's lives.

Marion Culhane is on the Board of Directors of Gabriel Media Group