I was at a family reunion a few weeks ago, honoring the life of one of my uncles who passed away earlier this year.
It had been eight years since I’d seen many of my cousins and other relatives, and one of the highlights from the experience was seeing that so many of the marriages, through thick and thin, have endured.
I just celebrated my own 18th wedding anniversary—longer than either of our parents’ marriages lasted.
Clearly, with about half of all marriages ending in divorce, preserving the marriage relationship should never be taken for granted. And when it does come to an end, it’s hard enough if it happens in a relatively private manner.
With that in mind, I don’t know how gracefully I would handle having it played out online. And not just for a little while, but with the set-in-stone permanence that comes with the Internet.
That’s what Leslie Wolgamott has had to endure the past few years, after she and her husband, Brad, divorced. Together these parents of four children had built a very successful Amway business, attaining the Double Diamond level and growing into one of the most inspiring couples in World Wide DreamBuilders.
I admire the fact that Leslie has moved ahead with her business, despite all the online gossip and negativity surrounding the end of her marriage to Brad.
Because so many of the big successes in Amway happen to be married, those who are building the business single might be discouraged that they are less capable of achieving success in the business.
So now, though it wasn’t what she envisioned or desired when she began her Amway business more than 25 years ago, Leslie has become a highly visible role model for all of those single Independent Business Owners (IBOs).
And for everyone, she is exhibiting qualities that you often hear about, but which take on true significance when you see them in action: the power that comes with resilience and a willingness to persevere in the face of adversity.