It Doesn’t Hurt to Say Yes – Hanam Truong might not be where she is today had she not agreed to a babysitting gig. “That’s how I met my sponsor. She was out attending a conference while I babysat for her,” explains Hanam. “I saw a book she had and asked her about it. She showed me the plan (for the AMWAYTM business opportunity). After that, no more babysitting.”
Hanam, who had recently moved from Vietnam to the U.S., was studying business administration in a two-year college at the time. After meeting Amway IBOs and seeing them living the lifestyle for which she longed, her mind was made up. “I thought, ‘Why do I need to go to school for business when I have people to learn from right here?’”
In 2006 she had officially started her own business, and within about two years became Platinum. “When I saw the business plan, I thought I could save up to get a car,” says Hanam. “I didn’t have big dreams like I have now. Now that I know more about the business, my vision is more clear.” Her next goal is to achieve Diamond.
You Design Yourself
Hanam knew at a young age that she wanted to run her own business. “When I was little I used to make money by helping friends with homework and doing things for my mom,” she recalls. “My dad taught me to become my own boss. He gave me the book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and it changed my life.
“I either saved my money and let friends borrow it, or I spent it on books—drawing books, crafty books, novels, too.” These days Hanam is still in the habit of buying books, but many are not for her. “I buy more about personal growth and leadership and give them to my downlines to help them start their business,” she says.
Socializing with people in general has not always been a strong suit of Hanam’s. “I used to be a really shy girl. When I finished high school I could count my friends on one hand,” she explains. “I didn’t have much fun.” At age 26, Hanam now has over 40 people on her team, most of whom were friends she had made in school.
Pursuing Two Dreams
Both a student and businesswoman, Hanam has not given up her lifelong passion of interior design. She will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in the subject in April of this year. “I want the liberty to enjoy doing interior design and helping other people,” she says. “Hopefully one day I will design my uplines’ and downlines’ houses for free!”
Currently pursuing Q12 qualification, Hanam does not plan on moving back to Vietnam anytime soon. She does, however, plan to expand her business there.
“I just love the Amway business. It changed my life a lot, and it changed my friends’ lives. I hope I can help other people, too,” says Hanam. “The people on my team—we’ve become best friends. If we have problems we’re happy because we know we are growing.”
Hanam enjoys driving around Seattle in the car she purchased a year after starting her Amway business; there are now over 200,000 miles on it.