My Nu Skin® journey began in Australia.
Although my professional background was in law and banking, I owned several fruit and vegetable supermarkets around Sydney. In 1994, the Australian economy was in a deep, harsh recession and this did not only have a devastating effect on my supermarket business, but also on my personal life. I was working nonstop, seven days a week and still losing money. It was at that point that I said to myself that "there has to be a better way.”
Even though I did not want to hear about it then, my sponsor, Blue Diamond Executive, Louella Hatfield, insisted on telling me about a new business opportunity. Louella told me that I could sell and distribute Nu Skin® products around the world and earn a good income. She said that I would not have a capital investment risk, stock, a boss, employees, rent to pay, account receivable, paperwork and so on. In other words, I would no longer have any of the "headaches" of a traditional business that I was now facing every day, and best of all, I would have the most invaluable thing: "freedom". Of course, I did not understand a word she was saying. I simply could not understand how this was all possible. I had friends around the world who had freedom but no money and others who had money but no freedom.
Luckily, I had an open mind and since I consider myself an entrepreneur, I was intrigued and was ready to listen some more.
In 1994, the world was at the beginning of the internet revolution. It was changing very fast, a new globalised economy was emerging and the way we do business was going to be different. Computers, microchips and the Internet were sweeping away the old world and bringing about new businesses and opportunities. I realised that Nu Skin® was one of the new type of emerging companies made possible by the Internet and that this was "the better way" I had been dreaming of.
Of course, I knew that the products I would be distributing had to be the best, so I bought them and tested them, and although the range was limited to approximately 30 products, they were fantastic! Moreover, I knew that Nu Skin®’s corporate management team had to be the best, so we met up with them (remember this was pre-Google times). I met Blake Roney, Steve Lund and several other very important people and I was impressed by their vision and ethics. I knew they were people I could trust.
In 1994, Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. put the perfect vehicle for success into my hands - a turnkey business distributing great products from a great corporation. However, I had to drive the vehicle myself and the success depended entirely on my hard work. I became an Executive, I had my freedom and I had a decent income, which paid my rent and fed my family. I worked extremely hard and I enjoyed myself. I had my ups and downs but eventually I became a Blue Diamond Executive. Today, the adventure continues and I am grateful to my friends and family who have been there with me. Most of all, I am grateful to this superb company, made up of exceptional people, both corporate employees and independent Distributors, for what they have made possible for me.
What is the secret of success? Thanks to Sean Brady, Team Elite, I know. Many years ago he told me: “Jon, the secret of becoming a Nu Skin® Blue Diamond Executive is to just be there when it happens and never, ever, ever, ever give up.”