Not My Team.
The vision I have for the team I have built is as strong today as it was when I started in network marketing, over ten years ago. It’s to see women win by living out their God-given potential. This looks like learning to take care of you and letting God do the rest. And no, this isn’t a big talk on why you should join us. If you want to join us, do it. If you don’t, don’t. It’s that simple.
For the last several years, I’ve noticed a trend on our team. Coaches want to branch out and start second businesses, execute on new ideas or maybe pursue a dream they’ve had since childhood. Some abandon their coaching business and others keep it going alongside a new pursuit. And instead of being happy … I would literally roll my eyes at this.
I’m not proud to say that I took it personally every time this happened. The enneagram 6 in me is fiercely loyal, which means I will go down in flames with the people I love. So this felt like the worst possible leadership gut punch. Why were people leaving to do other things? People come and people go, that’s the nature of any business. But when I looked more closely, these coaches weren’t actually LEAVING the team. In fact, they were technically staying. They were just shifting to a quieter role as the true path that God had for them became more clear.
Since my initial attitude was terrible about all of this, God really got a hold of my heart … and it went something like this: “If your heart is to truly equip women to do big things for me, why are you putting them and me in a box?”
Dang. He was right. So here’s the truth and why I wouldn’t have it any other way now … coaches on our team evolve. And I’m so proud of that. They develop themselves, their skills and others. What they do as a coach leaves them better. Sometimes they realize that their life’s calling is to be a coach and a network marketer and to make an impact in this profession. And sometimes, God uses all of it to help them gain the confidence to crush a new idea or to act on something that’s always been there.
Using what they have learned on our team, I’ve watched coaches develop courses to train others in a different capacity. Start non-profits. Build online boutiques and t-shirt businesses. Launch a cosmetic line. Launch a business that offers canned water. Start a ministry. I’ve also watched dance studio owners, personal trainers and medical field professionals strengthen their existing businesses with what they learn and who they become as a coach. And this is the short list.
This is a training ground. And a beautiful on ramp into being an entrepreneur. You learn that it’s hard. You learn how to be a leader. You learn how to build and steward your client base. You learn how to build a brand and market. You learn about taxes. You learn how to be a business owner and think like an entrepreneur. You learn how to foster community and relationships. But most of all, you learn that the only way to succeed is to be yourself.
Ten years ago, I looked in the mirror and realized I did not recognize myself anymore. I had become a shadow of the strong, confident woman than God intended me to be. It took starting a business to shake that back out of me. And it’s been a decade of unraveling that has been both painful and beautiful at the same time.
I watch as God uses the vision and tools on our team and in our company to rattle the cages of women across the world. It doesn’t seem like a sound business strategy to train up leaders to do things that do not directly impact the team. But if someone takes what they’ve learned here to impact the kingdom, so be it. So that’s what we do, and I’d like to normalize that. We equip leaders to develop their gifts and use those gifts to bring heaven to earth.
This is His team.
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Oh sweet Amber. I love the vulnerability & honesty of this. To admit that you eye-rolled actually gave me a giggle. I know it’s hard to not take it personally when team members stray, get lost, fall of a cliff or go just simply go find a different pasture. But I’ve told you before that you make such a major impact on the flock you’ve been charged with tending (what is my deal with sheep right now?!). And whether or not they stay in your care, that doesn’t change. I went and tried something new, and what I learned from you helped me greatly!! And because of your leadership, I’m now back again. For how long? Who knows! We’ll see what God is doing and what He has planned!!
Love you. Love your heart.