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Sunday, December 22, 2013

So Much to be Thankful For

During the holiday season, it’s time to reflect on the good things that have enriched our lives.
This morning, on Dec 21, we attended a local gathering to mark the winter solstice. It was a time to stop the hectic pace that always seems to envelop the holiday season, to marvel at the amazing order of the world around us, and how we all fit into something much greater than ourselves.

As was pointed out by a native American Indian who helped facilitated the event, there’s so much beauty in nature we take for granted. We live in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California. Big Bear is located in a pine forest with towering trees all around us. There is a manmade lake reflecting a perfect blue sky free of the pollution that hovers over the big cities down the mountain. But even here, we get caught up in the push and pull of daily pressures, trying to improve our “quality of life.” That phrase has taken on a meaning of amassing material things that will make our lives more successful. But material success does not guarantee happiness. Happiness comes from doing what you love to do, and helping enrich other people’s life in the process.

What does all this have to do with a Watkins home business? Quite a bit. We are fortunate to be associated with a company that is cognizant of protecting the environment while at the same time producing an array of all natural products for consumers. Very few Watkins managers will become millionaires through their home business.  But there is a feeling of satisfaction one receives knowing you are promoting an all-natural life style to customers.

We’re also in the business of helping others establish their own Watkins businesses. As we like to say, “Our best product is our business opportunity.” We help other men and women be the best that they can be. Watkins has become known as a company that has been producing quality products for some 145 years. Many times, we encounter individuals at our public events, who remember the Watkins man coming by the house on a regular basis to sell their parents and grandparents an array of all natural foods, body care, apothecary and home cleaning products. In some cases, those individuals are in need of additional income for their households, and we can offer them the opportunity of taking that first step to becoming a Watkins salesperson for only $39.95.  For those who don’t see themselves as a salesperson, we point out that the $39.95 also gives them 25% off all the Watkins products they buy. So we are showing them they can switch to an all-natural way of living for about the same cost they spend on the products they currently buy on a daily basis.

This time of year, we can look back and realize we are doing what we love to do, and enjoy helping enrich other people’s lives at the same time. If you think you might be interested in becoming part of this process, call us at 888-881-7372, and then visit us at the All Natural Country Store online at www.AllNaturalCountryStore.com to see the vast array of all natural products that we carry. You just might find that 2014 could become the year that you achieve one of your life’s ambitions – establishing your own home business. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

You can’t keep a good man down

Bill Porter, well-known disabled Watkins consultant, was an inspiration to many out to build their own Watkins businesses.

Because he touched so many lives and was a great friend to Watkins, Chief Executive Officer Mark Jacobs informed the organization that long-time Watkins Consultant Bill Porter passed away December 4. He was 81 years old.

Jacobs, who had the honor of meeting Porter during his Watkins career, called him “a man of great character.” His amazing perseverance in the face of a challenging physical disability inspired countless Watkins consultants throughout the United States and Canada. They too became successful by following in Porter’s footsteps.

The award-winning movie Door to Door about Porter's struggles brought his story to the public, and moved people all over the world. Well-known actor William Macy played Porter in the movie. His mother, who never doubted her son’s capabilities, was played by Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren. Porter’s caregiver was played by Kyra Sedgwick, lead actress in the TNT crime drama The Closer.  The film is available through Netflix.

Because of his disability, many questioned if Porter could become successful in building his own Watkins business at a time when the majority of company sales came from “pounding the pavement” and ringing many doorbells. Porter proved the naysayers wrong by not only succeeding, but by being selected as Salesman of the Year at an annual Watkins awards banquet.

“I am honored to have known Bill,” said Jacobs. “He will be missed by many.”