Zbigniew & Sophia Rek – Leading with Inspiration
“I find it fascinating how a person’s outlook on what they can achieve changes when they truly understand their own motivation.”
For Zbig and Sophia Rek, it’s time to celebrate. Not just because they have achieved Double Diamond status. Not just because they invited daughters Dorota and Paula and families to enjoy the lavish accommodations at Achievers 2009 in Orlando. Not just because they followed that up with a Bahamas cruise for the whole family. (“It was the best family reunion we’ve ever had,” says Sophia.) Not even because their 5-year-old granddaughter, Anna Sofia, had a blast and says she’s ready to go on the next trip “right now!”
It could be time to celebrate just because of their personal and professional accomplishments. But for this couple, the greatest celebration comes from introducing many, many others to the AMWAY™ business opportunity. The Reks savor those accomplishments as much as their own.
Zbig and Sophia’s resolve to raise others up to new levels of achievement is strong. “We see so many talented people. Every IBO, no matter what level they are in their business, is just as capable as we are of reaching their goals,” says Zbig. “You know, we find it’s a lot more fun to celebrate a downline’s success than our own.” And each day, new business owners from all over the world join the organization the Reks have created.
Changing lives starts with listening
Because everyone’s dreams are different, Sophia begins relationships by asking questions. She seeks to understand life and happiness from the other’s perspective. “It’s amazing how much we can learn when we take time to listen,” she says. “I find it fascinating how a person’s outlook on what they can achieve changes when they truly understand their own motivation. It becomes the driving force for what they can accomplish in this business filled with possibilities.”
In helping others understand what motivates them, she and Zbig have discovered something about their own source of motivation. “Knowing I can make a positive difference in somebody’s life is the greatest feeling,” says Sophia. “We wake up every morning excited to help, inspire, and encourage people to go after their dreams. My husband is a master at working with people and building good relationships.”
Going for the win-win
In previous occupations – both were research scientists and Zbig was also a software engineer – the couple enjoyed financial security, status, and intellectual challenges. But they found it difficult to endure the “win-at-all-costs-to-get-ahead” mentality dominating their work cultures.
Zbig explains, “Any time you compete against co-workers, it becomes a win-lose situation. In our business, even the success of a total stranger can inspire a person to achieve much more than they ever thought possible. Imagine what I can do for people who come to believe that they can put their trust in my teachings?”
For Zbig, the most fascinating part of their business is building people up, strengthening their self-confidence, and empowering them. Ramping up for a speaking engagement schedule for the year, Zbig and Sophia say they’re excited to continue with the work they both love: teaching and inspiring others to achieve excellence. Zbig says, “Good leaders should also be great followers. Following our mentors has made a huge difference in our lives. Now, we’re committed to paying it forward by mentoring others toward success.”
Right people, right products
In their experience of introducing others to the AMWAY™ business opportunity, the Reks have identified several characteristics they believe are shared by the most successful Independent Business Owners. “They are persistent, consistent, and resilient,” says Zbig. “They are people-oriented, teachable, humble enough to accept change, and they dream big.”
Zbig and Sophia have also identified what works for them. Rather than working apart in separate offices, they choose to do business together at the kitchen table. Sophia admires her husband’s vision, persistence, and self-discipline: “He’s a gentleman who dearly loves his family and this business. He’s committed to the well-being of all the people in his life.” Zbig credits his wife’s ability to nurture growth: “As our relationship matures and our AMWAY business grows stronger, we continue to become closer and happier. Sophia has this amazing warmness that attracts people, no matter what country we’re in … she keeps our marriage blossoming and our business growing.”
Another source of confidence for the Reks is the Amway products they sell. “I’m really excited about the science and quality behind these products,” says Sophia. “I’m always mesmerized when visiting the Nutrilite Health Institute in Buena Park, California. There is a room containing hundreds of colorful plant concentrates that go into NUTRILITE® products.” She also raves about having “ARTISTRY® skin care products to help make us beautiful, and NUTRILITE supplements to help keep
Happiness beyond bounds
The Reks enjoy the California scenery while hiking together in the hills near their home. Sophia says, “The area is charming and the views are breathtaking. When Zbig goes by himself, I know he’ll return bursting with ideas and another big vision for what’s next.”
To relax, Zbig likes to solve complex math problems. “He’s like a bulldog,” says Sophia. “He stays on a problem, even if it takes a week to solve it.” Zbig also speaks seven languages fluently and uses this
skill to engage business partners all over the world.
As a young family, the Reks came to the United States from Poland. Maintaining their heritage and traditions is important. They return to Poland often, spending time at a second home there. One Christmas tradition is especially treasured: “It’s a big event to make pierogi (Polish dumplings),” says Sophia. “The kitchen is full of family and laughter, and some healthy arguing about how many eggs, flour, and other ingredients to put in.”
Zbig adds, “We’ve also confirmed the Polish blood in our granddaughter; she loves Polish sausage. Fortunately, she also loves NUTRILITE® supplements for kids.”
Ever enthusiastic to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa, Anna Sofia provides the Reks all the inspiration they need to build on their successes. During their Diamond Club trip to Hawaii, Sophia enjoyed watching her granddaughter splash in the pool, eat breakfast on their terrace overlooking the ocean, and build sand castles … “The images warm my heart,” she says. “It makes both of us want to build the business bigger and stronger.”
“We feel very lucky and proud to be a part of unlimited possibilities for family, our business partners, and ourselves.”
The possibilities are unlimited, indeed. As are their reasons to celebrate.
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