Before network marketing came into my life at the age of seven, I watched my mom run her three daycare centers. She worked seventy to eighty hours a week, and when it was time for us to go home, she stayed with the other kids.
When she discovered network marketing, I didn't realize the impact it would have on my life. All of a sudden she started coming home from work with a newfound energy. Even though she was on the phone or computer, she was home and I liked it. Now, more than ten years later, I can look back and understand how passionate she was about what she was doing; she was helping people.
My life was forever changed. Growing up with parents in network marketing has shown me that I can love my work and have options in my future.
Only network marketing could have provided the lifestyle my parents have given me and my sister and little brother.
There were downsides, of course. They sacrificed a lot of time to build their business and missed many of my baseball and basketball games when I was in middle school. I didn't know if they were going to show up, or just Grandma and Grandpa. There were many times that I was upset and even mad at them for not coming to a game during my teenage years.
But the upside is that now they go to every event of mine, even on the road trips, and they provide the food for the entire team. Once my mom even offered to take the basketball team to their game in a limo! (The coach said no.)
Today, I have options. I know that I can clock in and out every day for someone else to build their business, as I did when I was sixteen, working for a pizza place, or when I was seventeen, working for a sandwich shop—or I can be my own boss. My high school counselor just asked me if I was going to college, and I told him yes. He asked me what I was going to major in, and I said I didn't know, because I'm an entrepreneur and already make more money than my teachers. I told him about my BMW that I drive for free through my company. He told me I was lucky. I said, yes I was, because I have great parents!
My friends love my car and are interested in my business; they love the products and occasionally come to my parties. I'm known at school as "the guy with the black BMW." I'm sure there are some who are jealous, but so far, so good. I still have my black paint!
I really never felt different or found it hard to fit in, because my mom taught me to treat everyone with respect and I would get it back.
At our company's national event last summer I saw just how important and popular my parents were, because throughout the weekend they kept being stopped by thousands of people asking for their autographs. That was a proud moment for me, my sister and little brother.
KALEB YOUNG, 18, is a senior in high school
and lives with his family in Lincoln, Nebraska;
next year he plans to attend the University of Nebraska.
He likes traveling with his family, and every ninety days
they go somewhere tropical. Kaleb has always dreamed
of being a personal trainer or physical therapist, but is now
leaning towards network marketing full time, since he is
already making great money bringing people to his parents'
home for their challenge parties.