I’ve been curious about the diverse career paths taken by those who go on to great success in the Amway business. From blue-collar to white-collar, from entrepreneurial small business to corporate America, there has been a wide variety represented by Diamonds and above.
Sure, traits like being a hard worker and having an independent streak frequently pop up when evaluating this high-achieving group’s common ground. But there is no one clear career pattern that seems to be a great predictor of future success.
Still, I couldn’t help but notice a coincidence within World Wide DreamBuilders (WWDB), a 35-year-old organization that provides training and motivational support for Amway Independent Business Owners.
Two of the longest-running successes, Laurie Duncan and Joya Baker, are former dental hygienists.
And I know of a disproportionately large share of other ex-dental hygienists or assistants who went on to become successful, though few who grew IBO organizations nearly as large as Greg and Laurie Duncan, or Glen and Joya Baker.
Granted, this is a somewhat random observation, and it may not hold much broader significance. But it has me pondering some of the transferable traits and skills that served both of their organizations well within WWDB:
Self-Discipline: to be good in both fields, you need to have a certain level of organization in your life—to manage your time well enough to get the training you need to be knowledgeable and effective.
Entrepreneurial: because it’s a relatively high-paying job, dental hygienists often work only a few days a week so they can balance other demands of life, such as child-care and a side-business like Amway offers.
Ability to relate to wide spectrum of people: whether it’s taking care of someone in the dentist’s chair or working with a new IBO, both roles place a premium on your skill in connecting with many types.
Ability to put others at ease: let’s face it, few people actually enjoy going to the dentist. In fact, they can be extremely nervous or downright fearful. An effective hygienist is an astute reader of the little signs, all those nuances of body language that declare how the patient is feeling.
Likewise, it can be uncomfortable to go to an “opportunity” meeting or meet a steady stream of new individuals. The edge goes to those who have a calming influence on those struggling to navigate this potentially awkward setting—and who convey enough genuine warmth and comfort to motivate people to come back again.
What transferable traits and skills do you have that would serve you well in a people business like Amway?