Running on Inspiration – Younjo & Oksoo Han
“It was a wonderful time,” Youngjo recounts. “Just being together and having the time to talk was good.” Younjo was recalling their recent trip to Europe with his wife, Oksoo Han, and their children, Jennifer, 15, and Brian, 14.
Hoping to have time for each other is one of the reasons the Hans became Amway Independent Business Owners.
In the past year, the family has enjoyed taking several trips together, including visits to Hawaii and Orlando. And they are planning a trip to Korea. “I couldn’t imagine this lifestyle before we joined Amway,” Oksoo says. “We believe God has given us lots of blessings and life solutions through Amway. We want to dedicate ourselves to helping others experience blessings too.”
Traveling offers the family a chance to grow together. “It is like a dream for us,” says Youngjo. “Through traveling, we have learned a lot about the meaning and value of life together – especially my two children.”
“During the trip to Europe, our children also developed an appreciation for helping others,” which is great, says Oksoo. “They appreciate our dedication to our AMWAYTM business, our partners, and the company.”
Mindset of a marathoner
The Hans have also found some surprising strengths within themselves.
“I love to run marathons!” says Youngjo with enthusiastic glee. What started out as mild curiosity a few years ago quickly grew into a passionate pursuit. Now he trains year-round, participating in two marathons per year.
Oksoo didn’t always understand his motivation. “One day I asked him, ‘Why do you do these marathons?’” she says. “He answered, ‘A marathon is like life’s journey.’”
In an early marathon experience, Youngjo had an epiphany: “This is a metaphor for life.” Since then, he’s used this insight to encourage his business partners to stay the course when things get tough. Youngjo states, “Many runners stop before reaching their goal. I stress the importance of endurance, pursuing a goal, and embodying the spirit of a marathon runner.”
Growing up, both Youngjo and Oksoo accepted a lot of responsibility. “I was the eldest daughter in my family,” says Oksoo. “In our culture, I was expected to take care of my younger brothers and sister … These experiences gave me the ability to relate to many different people.”
Youngjo grew up in a small city. He was his parents’ second child, but as the eldest son he was expected to take care of his brother and sisters as well. Oksoo calls him responsible, patient, and persistent.
He went on to become a textile engineer in a research lab. She taught English grammar at a high school. Even then, they were a great team. “This business requires good people skills, the willingness to learn about the business, and dedication to work hard,” Youngjo says.
Entering the race
So what brought them halfway around the world? “Where we lived in Korea was extremely competitive and stressful,” Oksoo says.
About a year before they decided to move to Canada, Youngjo was selected to attend a language training course in Ontario. “He was very impressed by what he saw here,” Oksoo says. Soon she was sold on the idea of moving.
With a toddler and baby in tow, they arrived at the airport with only their suitcases, very little cash, and the address to a hotel Youngjo had reserved online.
They both had earned master’s degrees in Korea. “It meant nothing here. We had to start over from scratch,” says Oksoo. For a time, she ran a day care out of their home and did translation; he took whatever jobs he could find. Eventually, she opened a Montessori school and he started an import textiles business. Both were hugely successful operations, but they came with a steep price. “I often worked six, seven days a week,” Oksoo says. “This was not the life I wanted. I wanted to change my lifestyle.”
Oksoo was introduced to the AMWAY business opportunity when a friend from church recommended NUTRILITE® dietary supplements. “I wanted to learn more about building the business right away!” she recalls. “We were looking for something valuable, something worthy – not just working day and night.”
So despite their demanding schedules, the Hans embarked on a new business venture. “It gave us the passion, the hope, the vision – the lifestyle – we wanted. It allowed us to utilize our talents to help others achieve their goals and dreams,” she says.
Youngjo and Oksoo are also eager to introduce others to their favorite AMWAY products, including ARTISTRY® skin care and the e-Spring® Water Purifier. Youngjo can now install the water purifier, and can often be found helping others
Coaching the team
Helping their partners get the most out of their AMWAY businesses is a priority for the couple. “We feel a responsibility to help people live better lives,” he says. “It’s one of the reasons we keep striving to become better mentors and why we encourage leadership development in our group.”
Working together is also vital. The Hans believe that “more can be achieved together than separately.”
Oksoo agrees. “It doesn’t matter how fast you grow, only that you keep growing,” she says. “We respect and admire people who’ve been in this business longer than we have no matter what their pin level, because they have not given up on their goals and dreams!”
“Without our AMWAY business, we would not have the lifestyle we enjoy today,” believes Youngjo.
“Before we just worked, worked, worked,” says Oksoo. “We had no family time.” Now they can attend Brian’s afternoon basketball games or stay for Jennifer’s ballet practice. Youngjo has set aside Saturday evenings as his time to cook with the kids – with iCook® Cookware, of course.
They are justifiably proud of their strong family bond.
“I see many highly motivated people start their own business but then stop all of a sudden or get off course,” reflects Youngjo. As for the Hans, they are staying the course and pressing on, pursuing their goals and dreams.
Now we have a dream of traveling together with all families in our group … they deserve all the blessings.
The average monthly gross income earned by “active” IBOs was $115 (U.S.)/$181 (CAN.).
The percentage of IBOs who achieved Double Diamond and above qualification in FY08 was .0038%.
Based on an independent survey during 2001, approximately 66% of all IBOs of record were found to be active. “Active” means an IBO attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway Global Independent Business Owner Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended a company or IBO meeting in the year 2000.
“Gross Income” means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus the amount of Performance Bonus retained. There may be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation. The success depicted may reflect income and investments outside the IBO Plan.
Diamond Income Disclosure