Judy Robbins was clearly meant to be a recruiter. Entering college at the young age of 17, she was assigned to the Admissions office for her work-study program and given the job of recruiting prospective college students. Unbeknownst to her, that was the beginning of a 23-year career.


Corporate Employee and Employer

Visiting a job placement service fresh out of college, Judy was taken by surprise when a man told her, “You’re hired.” Hired to do what? she wondered. “You’re going to be a recruiter!” the man replied. Judy didn’t know what that was; he said, “Don’t worry, we’ll teach you.”

Ten years later Judy left that recruiting company to start her own. Focused on providing teams of contractors to high-technology companies, she eventually built a successful half-million dollar business with 40 employees.

“Most people think if they had a half-million dollars a year they’d be happy,” says Judy. “Not if they felt like they were weighted down with a ball and chain! Not if they were playing catch-up all the time, having to start all over again after each good month. Not if they knew they had the ability to do more, if someone would only teach them how!”

 

Creating a Paycheck

That someone showed up in Judy’s life in the form of Paul Orberson. Having established himself as a genuine network marketing legend (and earning over a million dollars a month in the process), Paul left his distributorship to start his own networking company. His story and his new company intrigued Judy.

“My husband encouraged me to look at it closely,” says Judy. Knowing how miserable she was in the corporate world, he told her, “At least you could have some fun playing around and hanging out with your girlfriends! And you’ll make money at it; you make money with everything you do.”

Judy recalls early discussions about the possibility of not getting a paycheck right away. She couldn’t imagine such a thing.

“If you do work for a company, they’re supposed to pay you!” she told them. She asked what to do and was told that she needed three people to get started. “I signed up those three people that first day, and then said ‘Okay, now what do I do?’ “ They told her to help those three each get three people. She did.

“I had several women friends like me who had their own successful businesses,” said Judy. “I told them, ‘I don’t know what it is, but they tell me if we work for it, we can make some serious money and have fun doing it!’”

 

Rewards

Judy loves to have fun. When she received her first check of $100, she and her friends—all used to earning sizeable sums—laughed and said, “We’re going to get rich!”

They also egg each other on with friendly competition. After three years, Judy is the only woman of nine National Managers in the US—and her friends aren’t far behind.

“We all help each other,” says Judy. “The objective is that we all finish the race.”

Judy gives the lion’s share of credit to her teacher, the CEO of her company.

“I had only been in business 10 or 12 days when I drove to headquarters to meet Paul. I wanted to know, ‘Who is this guy?’ I was so impressed; I had never met anyone like Paul Orberson in my life.

“When we met, I listened carefully to everything he said. He is brilliant; he has tremendous vision and optimism and he instills both into the leaders in his company.

“I really love to see people make money,” she explains. “It’s so satisfying. I get to see people buy cars who couldn’t before; whose lifestyle improves with as little as $700 or $800 extra a month.”

As an example, Judy talks about the day a gentleman called her on the phone and said, “Judy, I wanted you to know that after losing my job, I had to move out of my house; the residual income I had built up pays for my apartment rent, utility and phone bill. Without this company, I would be homeless.”

 

What It’s All About

Judy doesn’t restrict her delight in other’s financial victories to her organization. Inspired by Paul’s example, she finds herself putting money into people’s hands in the oddest places.

“I flew into Atlanta the day before yesterday,” she says, “and saw a woman standing in front of a McDonald’s with her two kids. She kept looking up at the McDonald’s menu and down into her purse. I could tell she didn’t have the money to buy those kids something to eat. I walked over and said, ‘Hi, I found this $20 bill and maybe it’s yours.’ And she said, ‘No, it’s not mine.’ So I said, ‘Yeah, it’s yours. You just take it.’

“I learned from Paul to get lost in other people’s successes—to take the focus off myself and put it on others, especially those who are working to become successful. This wasn’t easy for me at first. Coming from the corporate world, where it’s all ‘me, me, me,’ you can get eaten up if you don’t watch out for yourself. In network marketing, your business grows when you help everyone else get a little success.

“I probably have more fun than most people,” she says with a grin. “If I want to work tomorrow, I do; if I don’t want to work tomorrow, I don’t. When people see me having fun and traveling, it interests them.”

Looking forward eagerly to playing heartily with the great new friends she’s making in networking and to giving freely and abundantly to others less fortunate than herself, Judy has come a long way from that first $100 check, and an even longer way from her high-tech, high-stress, no-fun contractor business.

Today, Judy Robbins is having some serious fun.