Arlene Lowy: Richest Mom at the Bus Stop
Arlene Lowy: At the "Top" in Business and Parenting
By Marian Head
Arlene Lowy is filled with passion about the role we play in shaping the future of our world through the way we raise our children. From her days as a Special Education teacher to financially supporting a research hospital, from growing a massive network organization to raising her own son, Arlene has always had a heart for giving all those she touches the most positive outlook possible.
Teaching and Learning
Before her son Jordan was born, Arlene lived a career in Special Education that was short in duration but long on life lessons.
"These children were told their whole lives what they couldn't do. From the time my son was born 19 years ago, I've told him time and again, 'You can do it, you can do it, you can do it.'" Speaking of her networking associates, she adds, "Anyone can become a leader--we all just need to be told over and over that we can do it."
Her teaching career taught her something else, too: how much she abhorred rigid rules and inflexible systems that stifle creativity. That, and how much she hated the chore of getting up at the wee hours in the morning.
Over the following decade, Arlene found out how it feels to dedicate one's life to building someone else's dream. She kept being asked to produce more and more, while her earnings remained the same.
"As a consumer sales representative for Sony, I was earning $36,000 a year; it felt like I should be earning $36,000 a month!"
At 28, she started working part-time ("fooling around" is how she describes it) with a network marketing company she learned about from a boyfriend. That year, sharing products she liked with people she knew, she earned $40,000--more than her full-time salary. She told her boss, "I'm sure as heck not going to stay here and make you rich on my talent. If I'm going to work this hard, I'm going to work this hard for myself. And I'm going to retire at 40."
Sure enough, before she reached the age of 40, Arlene was a multi-millionaire.
"I've never had to be told what to do; I've always been a self-starter. And I've always tended to be one who goes over the top. If you told me I had to make a quota of two million dollars, I'd do three."
When her boyfriend quit soon after she joined, Arlene took the initiative: in an altogether different approach to prospecting, she began interviewing network marketing millionaires and potential upline. She proceeded to work her way to the top of every networking company she joined...and for Arlene, "top" has a special meaning.
Proud Networker, Proud Mom
To Arlene, being at the top means Touching Other People.
"The key to developing leaders is to find people who want more out of life, who have a strong work ethic and are coachable, then to keep in touch with them as if you were living with them. Stay with them, monitor them, guide them in every principle in this business. Build the relationship and empower people to become leaders." Arlene loves doing this long distance, the only way she builds her business. This gives her the latitude to really stay at home, working primarily through the phone.
Arlene enjoys helping others have what she has found: a profession where she can own her life and make her own hours.
"Every person in my organization who's making serious income hails from a blue collar background. I love helping someone who cleans houses for a living become a millionaire!"
A single mom from the time her son was six months old, Arlene wanted more than anything in the world to raise Jordan herself, and she feels his accomplishments are due in large part to the fact that network marketing allowed her to do so.
"If all parents raised their children instead of shipping them off to others' care, I believe they would get along with them better. They would instill them with their own thought patterns, morals and ideals instead of someone else's."
She proudly recalls, "I'll never forget the time he tried out for the lead role in his eighth grade play. I never would have been able to do that when I was his age; I didn't have the self-confidence. When I picked him up from school the day of the tryouts, he and his friend were chuckling in the back seat. His friend said, 'Well, we're doing the props and scenery.' I told Jordan, 'I'm so proud of you for trying out,' and he replied, 'Mom, I'm Tevya; I'm the Fiddler on the Roof. If you can do it, I can do it!' He'd been watching me on stage his whole life.
"I was 'the mom at home.' All the working parents left their kids at my house--I didn't have to leave, because I had a home-based business.
Arlene adds, "I always wanted to be the highest paid mom at the bus stop!"
MARIAN HEAD is a contributing writer to Networking Times