My early years of college was when I first became interested in the health and wellness scene. Social media had just become the craze between Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We were now introduced to a new way of staying connected to other people. My second year of college I got my first gym job at age 19. I absolutely loved it. I loved the people I worked with, I loved the environment and I loved that I was learning so much about a particular industry I didn't know much about.
From working with other trainers I got inspired to get certified as well. Around this same time an opportunity came to me that I felt could be too good to be true. It was called Vemma. For those who aren't familiar Vemma is a health and nutrition company based off of their main product a liquid antioxidant. Vemma stands for Vitamins, essential minerals, mangosteen and aloe vera. At first I kind of thought the whole thing was a hoax. But I liked the fact that a bunch of young adults my age were packed into a restaurant at night, at least interested in hearing what the speakers had to say.
As time went on I became an affiliate and brought some friends along to join the team. Many people will have their opinions on the company as to what it really was (pyramid scheme or not), if they had good ethics or morals. But for me, it was way more then just a part time gig I did with some friends. It became this globalized social vehicle that allowed me to reshape the way I thought and ultimately who I was as a person. In fact we could've been selling elephant shit. The product itself didn't matter. And don't get me wrong having a great product was the cherry on top, but it was so much more than that.
If you knew me at this time I had probably talked about it or tried pitching one of the products to you. I had this gleam in my eye when it came to sharing something I was excited about. I had felt true motivation and passion for something, for the first time in my life.
At a young age we were learning about personal growth. I was reading more books than I ever had in all of my school years combined. I was being introduced to great leaders/thinkers like Bob Proctor, Les Brown and Tony Robbins. I was talking to more people and creating new connections. I was educating myself on health and wellness. I was learning to come out of my shell and not just be the shy, quiet girl. I was making friends that started to become a second family. We were all now a part of the #YPR the Young People Revolution. We were changing the world.
In fact, looking back on my Vemma experience there is very little negativity I have to say about it. Other than maybe the fact that I never got a Vemma BMW (company rank perk) but I survived. I got to travel to different states (New Jersey, Ohio, Las Vegas to name a few) with my friends and talk to other young people about a great opportunity. I made connections with people in different countries through social media interaction and was able to build up my own team. I mean if you had someone like Alex Morton show up to your house for an event, or even get to speak to him on a person phone call you felt like you "made it" in the Vemma world.
A few years after leaving the company I felt like I lost my vision. I had a clear vision at one time of what I wanted out of my life. I knew what I deserved and I wouldn't have it any other way. I had been so inspired to have my own business with life coaching and personal training. I had the mindset that I didn't want to work for anyone else. But as the years progressed the vision got smaller. I wasn't as excited about other job opportunities or as motivated. I had gotten into the mode of just making money to pay my bills and not so much follow my passion.
Why was I so motivated and inspired by other people to grow a business that wasn't even my own? I was pushing to make someone else's dream come to life but I couldn't do that for myself. So, I went back to the basics. I pulled out the books. I opened the old documents and watched the old videos. This time though, it wasn't about Vemma. I watched everything else in the videos. How everyone was so excited, speaking with such passion and educating others. I read the books that spoke about business and sales, personal growth and mental health. I read the documents of step by step tutorials on how to grow your branch. Then it all made sense.
It wasn't the product. It wasn't even the company. It was the people. It was the growth. It was the challenge to learn something new. It was the drive to set a goal and hit it. It was being my own "boss" and learning how to become an entrepreneur. It was creating that environment that made you want to jump out of bed in the morning and tell everyone you knew. It was exactly what I wanted out of a career. It was exactly what I wanted to create for myself. And fast forward almost six years now, I have it.
I'm building my own company with my list of clients growing by the days. I'm creating a life that I am truly passionate about. And best of all, finally living out what truly fulfills me. So I guess thanks, Vemma. Thanks for starting my journey off to the rest of my life.