If you asked me when I was in law school if I would ever consider a career in direct sales, I would most definitely have said no.
I thought I was on a path that would lead me to my dreams of financial independence, professional fulfillment, and helping others. These were the aspirations I wrote about in my law school entrance essay, and when I got into the University of Virginia School of Law, I thought I was on my way to having it all.
My early dreams soon came into conflict with the reality of the corporate world and the changing priorities I experienced when I became a parent. Yes, being a lawyer gave me financial independence. When I decided to transition into PR, the knowledge was transferrable and opened a world of opportunities. I even helped some people along the way—although most of the time my corporate clients weren't the ones most in need, but simply those fortunate enough to be able to afford my services.
Yet, what was missing in my life was a sense of control over my time and fulfillment with the work I was doing. I was always trying to get ahead, and never feeling I made a positive impact on people's lives.
For most professionals—lawyers, marketing executives, doctors—the more successful you are, the busier you become. When I was a lawyer, and later a PR executive, my income depended on billable hours. This also meant I had less and less time for myself and my family as I advanced in my career. According to the University of Michigan's Generation X Report, 70 percent of Gen X-ers with advanced degrees work fifty or more hours a week.
I felt trapped, unfulfilled professionally, spiritually, and emotionally. I knew my income would cease the moment I stopped billing clients, and when the Great Recession hit, I felt I had to work even harder for fear of losing accounts.
I longed for a new career that would be financially rewarding and where I could use all my talents and experiences to finally become who I always believed I was meant to be: a catalyst for others' success, the change agent my college-senior self had written about.
That's exactly what I found through network marketing. In less time than it took me to get through law school, I earned a million dollars. I'm also earning the best education of my life, without a cent of student debt. This time I get paid to learn what a top-ten law school failed to teach me: how to become a better version of myself.
With residual income, I am no longer a slave to the billable hour and I have more time to spend on the things that make me happy and fulfilled: my family, traveling, and helping others design professional lives in harmony with their personal lives.
ROMI NEUSTADT is a top earner in her network
marketing company. She retired her husband,
John, from his clinical practice so he could focus
on his passion to build his own healthcare company.
Together, they work from home around their two
young kids' schedules and are dreaming big about
how to make the world a better place.