In October 2013, I made a choice. A choice to share Young Living essential oils with you. I didn’t yet understand what a blessing this would become for me or what a blessing I could and would become to others. A couple of days ago, I hit the highest rank one can achieve with Young Living: Royal Crown Diamond. I am humbled beyond belief.
That is what this post is about: the innate ability for anyone to achieve record breaking success. Keep reading if you want to understand this formula because it’s the oldest formula around.
Rewind: You don’t start where you finish
In 2009, 3 weeks before my daughter was born, I started Homemade Mommy for no other reason than to have a place to organize my own recipes for myself and for my mother, who kept asking for them. I also wanted to keep a daily journal of what I was eating and how my health was changing (for the better). I suppose I needed a place to just be myself because I did not have much support at all when I embarked on my real food journey. I wanted to find like-minded mothers who also cared about what they fed themselves and their families. And find them I did.
My blog was nothing fancy, I certainly didn’t know how to take any pictures nor format HTML. I didn’t worry about these things in the beginning but I did learn how to make my site more professional over time. Through trial and error and a lot of mistakes, I was able to grow Homemade Mommy to over 300,000 unique visitors per month. A community had developed for sure yet here I was with a lot of like-minded people that I didn’t know.
When I made the choice to join Young Living, I did so to get a few essential oils to experiment with in my homemade beauty recipes. I was not looking for a business and frankly had a negative impression of MLM companies. I am not sure why – probably just because I didn’t know anyone who was with a network marketing company and all I had heard was “they don’t work”. I decided to ignore the chatter and stay true to form because my blog is my outlet. I loved my oils and my blog was my place to share with my readers about all the things that I love and that I am making.
I created a fun Facebook group and it was at this time that my relationship with my readers started to become personal. When someone joined Young Living with me, they now had a face and a name. I could now pinpoint who those readers were. I could reach out and talk to them. I got to learn what the members of our community care about: their faith, families, finances, health, purpose in life, and their free time.
Personal development: You can’t help others until you help yourself
I quickly realized I cared about the same things my readers did, but unfortunately, many things in my life were out of harmony. I thought I had to work long hours and make huge sacrifices in my family life to be successful. Thankfully, through this process of growing with Young Living, I learned some amazing life lessons that I am for sure I would not have learned elsewhere. You see many of us live life by default. We default to stress and being ‘busy’ instead of focusing on what is important to us. We do this because frankly we don’t have a vision for what we want from life. We are too busy to have a vision.
I learned this type of work ‘ethic’ in the corporate world and decided that this must change. I must change. I made a choice to no longer live life by default. My vision is to live a life rooted in my Judaism and G-d and that I wanted to have a fun and close relationship with my husband, daughter and with my community. With this vision in mind, my priorities shifted back into balance: I am now focused on putting G-d first, my husband second, my daughter third, and then I focus on work and then other activities. I took a leap of faith and cut my hours back from 80-100 hours per week to just 20 hours per week on my work and I left the rest up to G-d. And you know what happened? I grew even faster and my relationships with my husband and daughter are flourishing. I truly have brought Shalom back to my home. You see when you focus on growing yourself personally, you can help even more people.
Be blessed or be a blessing? The secret formula…
As I grew, so did my income. You can check out the Young Living income disclosure here and can see that we are experiencing great abundance. But does success always mean a lot of money? How do you perceive success? We have been taught that success means a lot of money but after having a lot of it, I have learned two things:
- having a lot of money does not mean you have great wealth or joy
- that money ultimately isn’t ours. It comes as a blessing from G-d and it is our responsibility to use to be a blessing to others.
Some would argue that network marketing is a pyramid scheme and that only the person at the top is blessed with plenty. However, the people at the top of any business have a responsibility to give back and to help others grow. Growth isn’t about how much we can be blessed with money/success, it is about how we can be a blessing to others. When we are called to give charity (tzedakah/mitzvot) in the Old Testament (Torah), our first and foremost responsibility is to help those closest to us. As it is written: ‘Between relations and poor strangers, relatives come first’. Additionally, how we give is designed to protect the dignity of the recipient. The highest rung on the tzedakah ladder is to offer someone a job or make a loan available to him so that he might start his own business. So sharing the business opportunity members have with Young Living is something I do not take lightly – it is my responsibility to help others see the opportunity that is right under their nose.
Helping others to achieve success is to truly serve others above ourselves. One cannot achieve the highest level of success in any business without understanding these principles. Duplication, my oily friends, is to serve G-d in the highest manner. Because ultimately all the glory goes to G-d. From the prophet Jeremiah:
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the rich man glory in his wealth, but he who wishes to glory, let him glory in this…That he understands and knows Me, for I am the L-rd who exercises loving-kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for it is in these things that I delight, saith the L-rd.
So I thank G-d for this opportunity for without G-d I would not have the ability to be blessed or be a blessing to others.
What does this mean for you?
The Young Living opportunity can provide you the resources to address your priorities and needs in life. How quickly you grow is dependent on your desire to be blessed or to be a blessing. It is with great humility that I achieved the Royal Crown Diamond rank but my identity is not tied to any rank. I am just here to serve you with joy and commitment, should you decide to take the plunge.
Comment below if you have achieved some level of success with Young Living and what you are grateful for from this amazing company!