As the popularity of network marketing continues to expand, I believe we are the change the world needs to see. People are starting to associate our profession with hope for a better future.

At age thirty-two I sold my traditional business of ten years and finally landed my dream job of stay-at-home mom. It didn’t pay well—no paid vacations and no sick leave—but it was exactly what I thought I wanted.

Approximately two years later I was introduced to network marketing.

“Oh no, is this one of those things?” I said quietly to myself.

I politely attended the small party my friend had invited me to. To my surprise, I liked what I saw. A little voice in the back of my head kept saying, “What if…?” What if I could make money and still have the flexibility to stay home with my two little girls? What if this could actually work for me?

I had no idea this new business would give me way more than money and flexibility. Network marketing has empowered me to go from desperately seeking self-gratification and a feeling of importance in my life, to truly feeling confident in any environment and financially successful while positively impacting the lives of others. It has truly helped me get my sparkle back!

Network marketing provides an environment of like-minded people who think bigger, dream more, earn more, help others, and most importantly, can help you believe in yourself. It allows you to surround yourself with people who have what you want, and are going where you want to go—people who believe in you and who celebrate you and your success.

As others began to lift me up with recognition and verbalizing their belief in me, I slowly started to believe it myself. I started to shine a little brighter and be a little bolder. My “what if...” dreams and possibilities grew to new heights.

There had been plenty of times in the past when I couldn’t help but wonder if I was supposed to be doing something more with my life. Have you ever had a feeling that you had some untapped potential buried deep inside? What if I could help other women discover their whys, reawaken their dreams, uncover their gifts, and give them the courage to start using them in big ways? What if I could help them let go of the same self-limiting beliefs I had when I first started. What if I could sow life into others the way others had sown it into me? What if I could really make a difference?

It truly is amazing what we can accomplish when others believe in us and make us feel valued. A powerful force behind my business success comes from the people who poured belief into me. The people I surrounded myself with treated me as though I was important and was going to accomplish great things.

As a quote attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says, “If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

When you believe somebody has the capability to be more than who they are, and you encourage that person to develop it, she or he will live up to their potential. Personally, it gave me the courage to be more and continually stretch myself to higher grounds. It empowered me to get out of my own way, out of my head, and into my heart.

I started to notice and let go of my negative self-talk. I established new behaviors and developed new skills. I began to find my inner sparkle! I gained the posture that if others could do it, so could I!

Encourage someone today; tell someone you believe in him or her.

Environment makes all the difference. In Today Matters, John C. Maxwell explains how a certain species of fish will grow according to the size of its environment. Put them in a tiny aquarium, and they remain small even in adulthood. Release them into a huge natural body of water, and they grow to their intended size. People are similar. If they live in a harsh and limiting environment, they stay small, but when immersed in an environment that nurtures growth, they will expand to their full potential.

The world needs women to stand up and speak up. Network marketing is the perfect profession for women to shine and lead. Whether you want to start part time to make some extra money or you want to make big money and create big change in the world, this business offers you the kind of lifestyle and flexibility that just isn’t achievable in a traditional job. It gives me the ability to work around my children’s schedules, volunteer in their classrooms, and drive them to school in my pajamas (sometimes just to embarrass them).

We offer women and mothers worldwide an environment to learn while they earn, profit from their passions, use their natural gifts, and build on their strengths.

The world needs more women leaders, more women to shine bright and motivate, inspire, and give others hope. Growing and developing people is the strongest form of leadership. This comes naturally to women.

Be bold, my friends. Be a beacon of hope and let your light shimmer. When we stand up and shine, we empower others to do the same. It is our duty as vibrant, strong women to share our gifts, breathe life into others, grab their hand and say, “Come follow me, I believe in you!”

People everywhere are looking for us. They may not know it yet, but they are looking for us. Be brave, use your gifts, and sparkle, baby, sparkle!

AMEE GLEAVE is known for her high energy and
expertise in relationship building. She is a mother, wife,
inspirational speaker, and top leader in her network marketing company.
Amee is the author and creator of the
Get Your Sparkle Back series,
inspiring women to find their why and turn their passion into profit.