Language Challenge Doesn’t Stop Success – Keesoo & Minji Pak
Michigan, In the 1990s, Keesoo and Minji Pak immigrated to Canada because of the economic crisis gripping Korea at the time. Now, two decades later, they find themselves in a similar economic climate in Michigan.
“I just saw in the local paper that of the top 25 U.S. cities to experience the largest drop in household income since 2000, 13 of them are in Michigan. Our city was No. 12 on the list,” says Keesoo, an automotive engineer.
They’re not worried, however. They’ve found hope in their AMWAY® business, which they are building in Michigan, but also in Virginia, California, China and Korea. “We can go anywhere with this business!” Keesoo says. “It’s not just a local business dependent on the local economy.”
Even though the English language is a challenge, according to Keesoo, the biggest challenge he has encountered is his “later” attitude, “You know, I’ll do it later!”.
When their son Chris recently commented on his dad’s broken English, Keesoo replied, “Anyone who has goals and dreams and works to achieve them through an AMWAY business has an opportunity to succeed regardless of age, sex, or language challenges. We are proof of that.”
Minji, who gave up her career in apparel merchandising to be a stay-at-home mom, adds, “Life before our AMWAY business was so boring! This business has given me energy for life, another challenge, and many friends around the world.”
Now that they’ve reached their initial goal of Emerald, the Paks say they’re not about to quit. “I want to share my growing goals, dreams and experience, even my joys and sorrows, with others in this business,” says Keesoo. “It’s our desire to help as many people as possible achieve their goals and dreams.”
The average monthly gross income earned by “active” IBOs was $115 (U.S.)/$181 (CAN.).
The success depicted may reflect income and investments outside the IBO Compensation Plan. Approximately 66% of all IBOs of record were found to be active.* The percentage of IBOs who achieved Founders Executive Diamond and above qualification in FY08 was .00565%.
*Based on an independent survey during 2001, “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.
Emerald Income Disclosure