Contagious Enthusiasm – Charles Li & Lucy Lu
Beyond the goal of financial freedom, building an AMWAY™ business gives IBOs the opportunity to energize, inspire, and lead others to realize their dreams.
For Executive Diamonds Charles Li and Lucy Lu of Houston, Texas, helping others match the success they’ve achieved and share the joy they’ve experienced motivates them every day.
“Right now, we feel happy feelings and hope these feelings are contagious,” says Lucy. “We want our enthusiasm to catch on.”
They are deeply grateful to their friends who did the same for them, and to Amway for making the opportunity possible. “We have so much appreciation for our uplines,” says Charles. “From them we’ve received years of care, consideration, love, patience, and teaching.”
He says the Corporation demonstrates its strong commitment to their success through the IBO Compensation Plan, discretionary rewards, and recognition. Expanded support for cultural diversity helps too. “They’re helping us with more Chinese language support, with interpreters, Chinese-speaking sales advisors, and product information in Chinese,” Charles says. “All of which is very important to the growth of an organization such as ours, with so many IBOs whose first language is Chinese.”
That support, plus the success of other high achievers, continues to inspire Charles and Lucy. “In the beginning, following our uplines’ examples helped us stay focused, learn how to work as a husband and wife team, and find more efficient ways of getting things done,” says Lucy. “Today, these relationships energize us.”
Cycle of growth
Charles believes that because this is a business for everybody, almost anyone with a willingness to put in the time and work hard can succeed. “You will be supported in every possible way by people who care about your success,” he says.
Experiencing and expanding the business is like a cycle of growth. “When we start to use the products, we begin to understand the benefit, which helps us sell them to others,” he says. “At the same time, we feel better about our health, beauty, and our quality of life. We feel more confidence in going forward to help others grow their business. When their business grows to a level that can sustain their family, we feel like we’re impacting the health and wealth of the world’s economy.”
Today, Charles and Lucy are living a harmonious life. As they enjoy more freedom, they are sharpening the clarity of their vision for their group’s future. They travel to China a couple times a year to visit their daughter, Li Lu, 20. Because she is also a part of Amway, they’ve had the privilege of attending some events there with her.
Financially, the couple has never felt more secure. With the means to indulge in little luxuries for their home, their family, and themselves, they continue to pursue their hobbies and take weekly Chinese singing and dancing lessons.
Learning, growing, training
With years of accumulated business knowledge in their repertoire, Charles and Lucy invest their time and money generously toward their group’s growth. For the nightly training sessions they lead, they recently purchased a classroom. Owning this space has helped reduce distractions during training sessions and enhances their ability to train more people, more often.
They also host cooking demonstrations and exercise sessions in their home. They genuinely love the people they work with, and it shows.
Some of Lucy’s best memories come from times they’ve gathered with friends. She believes that “success belongs to the person who earns it through their own hard work and perseverance.” She also acknowledges how gratifying it is to hear and applaud a new success story. “When I succeed in helping someone else, it makes me feel useful to society,” she says. “This business brings a powerful opportunity to people suffering in today’s economy.”
Family freedom and time
When comparing their current family life with days gone by, Charles and Lucy agree that feeling secure financially has helped increase joy and reduce tension in their family. While they continue to work as hard as they did in their previous ventures, their AMWAY™ business gives themthe freedom to define the terms and derive the benefits.
The couple enjoys being more involved as parents and watching their young daughter thrive as she explores dancing, singing, basketball, running, and violin lessons. “Rose, 14, has gained a level of self-awareness beyond what most kids her age have,” says Lucy, clearly proud of her daughter’s accomplishments. “She’s great with her friends and cares deeply about each one. When presented with an opportunity to mentor a friend in distress, she acted in a strong, wise, and responsible way.”
With days of stress and struggle firmly behind her, Lucy says she feels happier and healthier than ever in her life. “The better I feel about myself, the better I am as a wife, parent, friend, and business partner,” she says. “I feel more love and appreciation for everyone in my life and then it comes back to me.”
She laughingly remembers it was his big smile that first attracted her to him.
Charles confesses too that his love for Lucy is stronger than ever. He’s thrilled with her devotion to their family and business. “We understand each other better. Working side by side, adjusting our communications with each other, and sharing our goals and dreams have brought us closer,” he says. “We learned all this from building our AMWAY business together. Once we were able to focus less on ourselves and more as a team, it became a true partnership. Now Lucy and I share so much trust and love. It’s a good feeling!”
This business brings a powerful opportunity to people suffering in today’s economy.
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 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