For 20 years, Stephen Weinstein has worked as an unusual sort of health care worker: as a hospital CEO, his job is to turn around financially troubled hospitals—in essence, he’s a doctor to ailing medical institutions. But two and a half years ago, Stephen and his wife Sharon, who has been in nursing for over 35 years, unexpectedly became practitioners in an entirely different world of healing.

At the time, Stephen was spending time in Washington DC running some hospitals there. He and Sharon held onto their home in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bought a second home in Annapolis—a beautiful house on the water that would serve as their dream vacation home. In the course of buying the house, they became friendly with the Realtor® and her husband.

“Sharon was traveling a lot,” recalls Stephen. “She was setting up health care partnerships all over the former Soviet Union, going back and forth between the US and overseas and between Lake Forest and Annapolis. I was on my own quite a bit, and our Realtor and her husband kind of felt sorry for me.”

Soon the couple was inviting Stephen to dinner several times a week.

A Mysterious Career

Before long Stephen noticed that the Realtor’s husband seemed to have an interesting and varied career.

“He would have people over whom he’d introduce as his ‘business partners,’ but I didn’t understand what that meant.”

Stephen finally asked the friend what it was all about. He explained the business in a nutshell—and pointed out that it had paid for his car and a portion of his mortgage, as well as providing a handsome monthly residual check.

Stephen was fascinated.

“I knew he had worked in this business for three or four years, but he wasn’t putting much time into it now. I thought, ‘Isn’t that nice, to have that much passive income!’ ”

A series of product experiences finally piqued Stephen’s interest to the tipping point; he approached the friend and said he was considering joining him.

“I told him, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll join on one condition: that you show me exactly what you did to build this.’ ”

The friend was too busy with other projects to train Stephen—but he turned him over to two mentors in his upline, and they started Stephen’s education in this new world.

“I made a list of people I knew; then I began to call them, one by one, for appointments. And that’s all I had to do! One of these two guys would pick me up and go make the presentation. It was a good couple months before I could talk about these products—but I never had to worry: one of them was always there to do the talking.”

Today, two and a half years later, the Weinsteins’ group includes over 3000 people in 42 states and seven countries.

Too Intriguing Not to Join

At first, Sharon kept her distance from Stephen’s new business.

“I could see this was a computer-based business; Steve didn’t know how to power on or power off a computer! I knew that if I showed any interest, I would end up being the secretary, something I had no interest in doing. I decided to wait and watch.”

By the third month, Sharon was too intrigued not to join in.

“I run a not-for-profit company called The Global Education Development Institute that helps to develop nurse leaders in developing countries. I started thinking this might be a way to fund my not-for-profit.”

She was also intrigued with the company’s concept of health.

“I tried the products with one of my colleagues; she got such good results, I knew it had to be real. I also thought about all the nurses I knew. Nurses are undervalued, underappreciated, underpaid, underrespected—and I thought this might be a way for them to increase their income and have something else to fall back on.”

Today Sharon estimates that about one-third of the reps in their organization are from some aspect of the health care profession.

Physiological and Economic Wellness

As it did for Sharon, the business also grew on Stephen: he soon found himself impressed in ways he’d never expected.

“I started simply because I believed in the income—but before long I found I’d discovered a whole new world in relation to health and wellness that I’d never believed in before. I always knew there were plenty of pitfalls in Western medicine, because they all fell on my doorstep. Now I saw a different way of dealing with health. I realized that I could help many more people here than I ever could running a hospital.”

Today, the man who used to help ailing hospitals spends his time showing people how to take charge of their own wellness—both physiological and economic.

“I’ve seen people get their lives back using these products, which I never saw in Western medicine. It’s so amazing to look into someone’s eyes, see them smile and realize that they feel better than they ever have before.”

And the economic turnarounds are just as fulfilling.

“Most people simply aren’t happy with their jobs. Everyone wants time and money freedom. I used to work 80 hours a week. People don’t want to work 80 hours a week. They want a more balanced life. We can show them how to do that.

“We try to make it very simple. I can draw it on a board, or if I’m sitting in a restaurant, I’ll show it with sugar packets. It’s a very simple business. In fact, it’s the simplest thing we’ve ever done.

“All we have to do is talk to people.”