An Nguyen thought he had his career all mapped out. He had a B.S. degree in engineering and an MBA in marketing, and his 10-year goal was to open a chain of 1,000 Vietnamese restaurants. His wife, Kieu Dao, had a secure position plus benefits working as a pharmacist. And then they discovered Nu Skin, and they began to rethink what they wanted in their lives. In Nu Skin, An saw an opportunity to build an international business focusing on the company’s anti-aging products, without the stress or expense of employees, leases and other traditional business expenses. Kieu saw the ability to spend more time with their three daughters.
Adopting the old adage, “Where there is a will, there is a way,” the couple made a decision right from the beginning to be successful, knowing that it would take hard work, commitment and sacrifices. Whenever he was distracted with anything that interfered with his progress, An says, he pushed it aside and focused clearly on his goal. “My biggest breakthrough was when I became a Blue Diamond,” says An. “I knew others would soon follow … I had proven that it could be done.” And while he was excited about his own success, it was the success his team members experienced that pleased him the most.
In leading his team, An believes actions speak louder than words. “Whenever I ask my team to do something, I make sure I do more of it,” he says. “I am in the trenches with them, see their challenges, experience their pain … My motto is ‘together we grow.’” Today An and Kieu have both the financial and time freedom they wanted, along with many friendships they have accumulated throughout the world. They also give back by participating in Nourish the Children and by supporting the Force for Good Foundation.