As any regular follower already knows, my wife has been involved with the amazing folks at Shaklee and Project Dream for a while now. I thought I’d take a few minutes to give you some insight to what I thought before Kim started out on this exciting new career path.
This isn’t Kim’s first kick at the can when it comes to selling something. Like a lot of people these days, her desire to make a little bit of extra money lead her towards Avon. While I like the idea of Kim getting out, trying something new and making some extra benjamins to drop on her wonderful husband, it never played out that way.
Kim’s problem with Avon is that she’s just too damn nice and I mean that respectfully. Instead of selling the Avon products at the regular price, she would just give everyone the price she would get the items for, meaning that she basically made nothing from it. She would take the time to find out what everyone wanted, go through the hassle of ordering them and then collecting the money and getting the product out. From my perspective, Avon just became a place that had items permanently on sale that Kim had to manage for everyone who wanted items.
I want to make this perfectly clear before I continue, Kim had no problem doing what I just described above. I had a problem with it because it wasn’t advancing her towards her goals. Kim would always tell me that she wished she could find something she could be passionate about, something she could do from home and make a living at. Well, Avon wasn’t turning out to be that thing. It seemed, no matter how hard she tried to convince herself to make it work, she was never able to get into it like she needed to. Eventually, Avon settled down and sure, she orders things for others if they ask but she doesn’t go out of her way to make sure everyone has a book to look through.
I remember the night Kim brought up the idea of selling Shaklee. After she gave me the entire rundown of what was Shaklee was all about, all I could think was “great, Avon all over again.” The real kicker for my money-oriented brain was when she slapped on the $600 or so start up cost onto it. “Great, Avon with a cost” is all I thought. Given Kim’s recent trial with Avon, I couldn’t help be skeptical of her wanting to take another kick at, what I thought was, the same can.
When she asked if it’s something that I’d be on board with her doing, a small part of my brain screamed “Nooooooo! Shut this idea down!” Luckily, I listened to the dominant part of brain and agreed. Why? Well, it’s simple really. I’m her husband, I’m supposed to be there for her and support her in her endeavors. Yes, I’m suppose to stop her from doing reeeaallllyyyy stupid things, but this was far from that. Unlike Avon, she talked about doing it with enthusiasm and excitement, not just “Yeah, I’m going to do this.”
Fast forward to today, I think the products are great! I’ve had the chance for a lot of them to come into my home and I’m really impressed with them. I’d say, out of everything, the vitamins Kim gets for herself impressed me the most. Kim used to be plagued with stomach problems, headaches, migraines and other health related issues. After a few weeks of the vitamins, I could see a noticeable difference in Kim’s energy levels and the stomach complaints were gone. I can’t remember the last time she’s had a migraine and I’m sure she is happy not having to crawl on the bathroom floor sick as a dog. Even when I took the 30 day supply of men’s vitamins in the starter kit she got, I noticed a big difference in my energy levels. I’m currently taking the multivitamin and feeling good about it.
The support system Kim has with the Project Dream team has been wonderful and I really think that it’s one of the reasons she’s starting to see success in her business endeavors. She has a team of like minded individuals with similar goals all trying to help each other succeed. When one of them does well, they all feel good about it and that’s something really special. Not only that, but Kim’s found some motivation to keep up with the healthy aspects of life which has benefited our whole family. Most importantly, she’s happy and committed and that’s something money can’t buy, so I’m really happy she’s given it a go.
So if you’re wondering if it’s for you, or if you a skeptical husband who can’t decide if you think your wife should sign up, just go for it! Even if you do it just to make your money back, I’m sure you’ll find yourself happier and healthier than when you started.
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