It feels like a lifetime ago.
My wife and I had just moved to Burbank, California. I was trying to make it as a screenwriter — and she was in search of a base office to network. Search over, we dressed for success and drove to Sherman Oaks, to meet her potential new upline.
I have to admit, I was far from a willing participant. The role I was playing was that of the supportive husband. You see, my wife had given up everything, so I could follow my dream.
Her family. Her friends. Her comforts. All were now over 3000 miles away.
The least I could do is sit through a Wednesday night presentation. Right?
To my surprise, the reception was warm and welcoming. The presenters were unassuming. I later discovered these warm, welcoming, unassuming presenters were the her potential new upline. Oh yeah, they were also multimillionaires … kind, sharing and unassuming multimillionaires.
Over time, we felt more than just members. We felt like family.
To date, I have never met two people as inspirational. Their stories were entertaining, influential — and endless.
I’ll never forget the night I first heard what I call “The Plan.” The best word to describe the feeling: Awestruck.
The presentation that I was watching was not just about their patented business plan for success. It was also my plan … “The Plan” — straight from the pages of my book, Corporation YOU: Business Plan for the Soul.
Impossible, I thought.
I quickly nudged my wife, leaned towards her, and whispered, “That’s my plan!”
She simply smiled and then quietly replied, “I know.” (She was always so much smarter and wiser than I.) And even though she had read my book in draft form — years before she was in the business, my wife never said a word. (She is also much more humble, and so much less forthright, as well.)
Eventually, our new network started to grow — and I continued attending meetings, as often as possible.
One Saturday, I became bold enough to introduce myself to a fellow distributor after discovering that he shared my career goals.
Eventually, we became writing partners. Today, I consider this gentle man a confidant, a brother and one of my closest friends.
Together, he and I started to apply these time-tested principles outside of the business and eventually, against all odds, respectively produced and directed a faith-based play: Faith Ties. Next, we put the plan in place to turn that play into a motion picture.
Did you watch it? Awesome, right?
We still have a much work to do, but we don’t only have the faith that we will succeed. We have the principles to succeed!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: This can’t work for me. Well, I’m telling that it doesn’t matter if your business is LuLaRoe, It Works, Thirty-One, Avon, Primerica, Amway, Herbalife, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Nu Skin….
You will succeed — if you don’t forget the bacon!
Like many, my life was one of unfulfilled dreams. In search of life’s true meaning, life became meaningless. That all ended the day I meet a charismatic salesperson by the name of Mel.
Mr. Mel, as I called him, quickly began to transform my life through a series of personal lessons. However, it was not until his last lesson — what it meant to “Don’t Forget the Bacon” — that I was given “The Plan” and with it: Life’s key meaning.
It was then, and only then, I finally understood God’s true plan for my life.
As in everything, there are peaks and valleys. But today, the peaks have never been so high. And thankfully, the valleys are never as low as they were before I learned the lesson for successful living from the Master Teacher, Mr. Mel.
As you read this inspirational narrative, you will find yourself slowly climbing the ladder of personal success and happiness. When you reach the top of the ladder, you will be spellbound as you look beyond and discover a world within—a world of higher purpose, a world of action, a world “beyond self.”
Welcome, my friend, to Corporation You — and don’t forget the bacon!
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.