Reflecting on your story

Mar 20, 2013

This morning, I found a drawing of the Amway One by One logo on my daughter’s school notebook. Her assignment is to write a position paper, and she chose to write about the Campaign.

This made me think about a New York Times article that many of my friends and colleagues have been sharing: The Stories that Bind Us by Bruce Feiler. It’s about how families pass their stories down from generation to generation, and the impact storytelling has on the identity and self-esteem of children.

After talking to many experts and researchers, Felier found, “The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative.” Simply stated, the research proves that family stories can have an extremely positive influence on making a child resilient to life’s big and small challenges, because they feel that they belong to something larger than themselves, a bigger story.

I think of how my daughter sees my narrative through the work I do with Amway One by One – but even more, I think of the many Amway distributors around the world who are involved in programs that demonstrate great generosity and sacrifice.

Every day, I’m witness to incredible stories of Amway people who have created charitable organizations, mobilized groups of volunteers, given selflessly and advocated for a cause that helps children in need.

These stories of social activism happen alongside their work as entrepreneurs – while they build their Amway business part-time, or go full time where the focus is helping others build their Amway businesses. It’s an incredible balance and perspective that they maintain as leaders in life, and in their families.

All of this begs the question: What is the narrative that you will leave behind? Each day, our story is being written, and we choose to share it literally, and through our actions. How will you demonstrate to future generations that part of your life story is about improving the lives of those in need?

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