The motivation for Vicky Gomez was a snapshot she took of her 62-year-old mother continuing to work as a housekeeper despite her failing health. She couldn’t afford to retire.
It’s what made Vicky and her husband, Adam Gomez, devote more time to their Amway™ business. The couple had been signed up for three years to supplement their income from the multiple jobs they already had while Vicky was paying for school.
But they were dabbling, not focusing, Vicky said. “Looking back, I realize that we didn’t aim high enough right away.”
After three years, they were young parents saddled with debt. Then her mom became sick but couldn’t afford to stop working.
“All of a sudden, we had our compelling reason,” Vicky said.
“Once we committed to the business, we were successful,” she continued. “Even though it had been three years since we had joined, we went back and dedicated ourselves to learning everything we could. We didn’t miss a meeting.”
Hard work paid off
Their business doubled, and they soon were able to support Vicky’s mom in retirement as well as focus on paying down their debt.
“Adam quit his second job, and I left my job to focus full time on our Amway business,” she said. “We couldn’t get lazy because we now had a large group depending on us. As a mentor, I believe you can’t motivate someone to do something you’re not willing to do yourself – don’t tell me, show me.”
Enriched family life
The flexibility of their business also allowed them to spend more time with their children and demonstrate the importance of working hard and giving back.
Their eldest son, Adam Jr., took that message to heart and founded The Road to Help, a nonprofit that provides blankets to homeless people in the Los Angeles area. Over the years, their family has delivered hundreds of blankets to people who need them.
The gift is in the giving
“Our kids see that the gift really is in the giving,” Vicky said. She feels that way about supporting her team in the Amway business, too.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than watching them grow not just financially, but in their self-worth and relationships,” she said. “It brings the Amway values of freedom, family, hope and reward to life.
“For Adam and me, success is not in the money or the lifestyle, but rather by how many lives we have touched.”
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The average monthly Gross Income for “active” IBOs was USD. Approximately 48% of IBOs in the U.S., and 52% of IBOs in Canada, were “active.” IBOs were considered "active" in months in 2016 when they attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway IBO Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended an Amway or IBO meeting. If someone sustained that level of activity every month for a whole year, their annualized Gross Income would be $2,484(U.S.)/$2,232 (Canada). Of course, not every IBO chooses to be active every month. "Gross Income" means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus monthly bonuses and cash incentives. It excludes all annual bonuses and cash incentives, and all non-cash awards, which may be significant. There may also be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation. For the purposes of the calculation in Canada, individuals who were IBOs for less than the entire year in 2016 were excluded. Before registering as an Independent Business Owner (IBO) powered by Amway, you should read and understand the AMWAY™ Business Overview Brochure, which contains important information for those interested in becoming IBOs. Following are approximate percentages of IBOs in North America who achieved the illustrated levels of success in the IBO Fiscal Year ending August 31, 2017: Platinum (0.4156%).