parker-runWhen I was a ninth grader my class voted me “Most Likely to Succeed.”  Believe it or not, that silly vote done by a teacher has caused me a lot of reflection and even pressure.  There is no doubt that I am driven and I want very much to succeed, but as I approach the big 4-0 in age, I must ask, “What really is success and how will I acheive it?”

For about three years I have worked extraordinarily hard to start and run Jus International with my brothers and partners.  This month I was voted out of my executive position and from the board of Jus. I currently have no day-to-day responsibilities for the company I helped found.  I must admit, I disagree with the decision made by my partners and I was temporarily devastated.  I have had so many people ask me how this happened and how this was possible.  I still search for answers.  However, even though I had periods in the last three years that almost everything was sacrificed in my personal life to make Jus work, I can say that Jus alone does not define me and that I can succeed with our without Jus in my life.

At 37 I find myself in a unique position.  I have been approached by many wonderful people and opportunities.  I can confidently say that I will stay in network marketing.  I love working with people, and I love watching people improve themselves.  Network marketing allows me to be a part of people’s lives and help them improve.  I am not unlike many people in this new economy.  I have skills and I have desires, now I must reinvent myself again to apply them to new opportunities. My path is still not completely charted so I am a bit anxious, but I am sure I can make the new path something special.

Last year I was so busy, I forgot to register my oldest son Parker for baseball.  He loves playing and has done a fine job catching back up to his buddies.  Parker told my wife that he has really wanted to be awarded the game ball by his coach.  However, with a year off, he has struggled throughout the season to find his swing and strengthen his arm.  Last week my 9 year old was awarded the game ball after he drove in two runs, got on base all three of his at-bats and as a pitcher he struck out three in one inning. I was so proud of him because he has worked so hard to get that ball and it paid off.

In 2008, I flew over 120,000 miles and I frequently used Skype video phone to say good night (or morning depending on where I was at) to my kids.  In 2009, I have flown less than 10000 miles and currently have no job, but I watched my 9 year old achieve his goal of getting the game ball.  Reinventing myself is not much different than Parker’s goal of being awarded the game ball by his coach.  I will take my dedication to another level and although 2009 has allowed me a new opportunity to improve and reinvent myself, it will also be a year that will help define my future.  2009 has been a great year, and will only get better.