Growing up, having network marketers for parents was the only thing I knew. Until I started high school, I didn't really get a feel for how different my life was compared to most everybody else's. I learned that for most families, money was a stressful topic of conversation, and that most are trading their time for money. For the Zalucki family, it was a little bit different.
When I was a little boy growing up in Texas, my father and mother would leave for two or three weeks at a time. I wasn't sure what they were doing, and I certainly didn't know that they were laying a foundation for our future that would one day lead them to financial freedom.
By the time I got into high school, my father was the top-producing distributor in the company. That's when I realized how different my life was from most everyone I knew.
During the four years in high school, all I wanted to do was fit in. We had just moved to Michigan and I was the new kid. Being the wealthiest new kid in the high school, and also excelling in athletics, did not make me a likable person in the community. My parents were always telling me, "Just keep developing yourself and don't care what other people think."
From the day I could walk, my father was teaching me about life, about being a "five percenter." In high school I had this knowledge but didn't want to accept it, because I just wanted to be like everyone else. I didn't want people to be jealous of my family's wealth.
It wasn't until I got into college when my thinking really kicked in. Looking back now, it feels like as I got older, my parents got smarter. Of course what really happened was that as I got smarter, I started to realize that what my parents had been telling me all along wasn't just another speech, it was genuine knowledge!
I feel it is a major positive that my parents are network marketers. My father George is considered to be a top motivational speaker, and he is the wisest person I know.
I feel that my thinking about decisions and consequences is much different than that of most people my age. Through my parents' teachings, I can look down the road from a decision to see if what I am going to do will benefit me or not.
I am so thankful for my parents, for all they have done for me, and for all they continue to do for me. My father has been the biggest teacher in my life. My mother has been my rock. Because of network marketing and the great company my parents trusted their future with, I am a better person. My parents had time to spend with me, to go to my basketball games, and to just sit around and talk.
Now that I am getting older, while I am still not ready to settle down, when that time comes I will do whatever it takes to be able to provide for my family the way my parents have with theirs.
ROBERT ZALUCKI, 23, lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
His occupations are reading, exercising and athletics,
boating, playing the piano, and acting. In high school he
was picked first team all conference, All-State, and was
nominated McDonald's All-American high school basketball
team. He went to college on a basketball scholarship. He is
currently building a network marketing business and recently
signed with an acting agent in LA.