Amid all of life’s crazy demands, we often find ourselves merely going through the motions, barely making it through our daily schedules and “to do” lists. In doing so, it’s easy to lose sight of our strengths and we neglect to truly commit to being the best versions of ourselves. When we devote care and attention to self-improvement, the results are remarkable—and we can achieve more than we ever anticipated.
Jennifer McIntyre was the perfect example of an educated professional and busy mom with a very full calendar, who just couldn’t seem to get ahead financially. She and her husband, Brock, both in the medical field, had student loans that exceeded their monthly mortgage payment. The idea of saving seemed out of the question, until she pursued a business opportunity that not only provided financial flexibility, but also allowed her to make some necessary adjustments to her lifestyle, encouraging her to consistently strive to be the best possible version of herself.
At a standstill
Jennifer had been working full-time as a physician assistant in an emergency room, covering the night and weekend shifts, but when she had her second child in 2003, she made the decision to put her career on hold so she could stay at home with her kids. A few years later, when her third child was almost old enough to attend school, Jennifer and her husband agreed it was time for her to go back to work, at least on a part-time basis. “We were getting by, but we weren’t getting ahead.” Even with her husband’s successful family practice, things were tight. Accounting for bills, future college tuitions and their own retirement, Jennifer knew she needed to start contributing to their finances so that they could start saving.
Jennifer began looking for jobs in the medical industry, and although there were many opportunities available, nothing had the flexibility she was looking for. “I had gotten used to my ‘stay-at-home schedule’ and being the boss of my own day. I wasn’t ready to go back to the 12-hour night shifts, and I worried what being gone for those long hours would do to our family life.”
Finding a vehicle
Jennifer had been watching a friend’s successful Rodan + Fields® business grow over the past year, and she finally decided to reach out and learn more about the Company. “I had no experience in business or sales, but I appreciated the potential I saw with the business model.” With her medical background, she liked that it was a dermatologist-created product, and when she researched the ingredients, clinical trials and the publications in various medical journals, she was impressed with everything she found. The business model appealed to her as well. “I recognized the flexibility the business tools provided, and I saw that I could work it around my already busy family schedule—and all from home.”
Jennifer launched her business in May of 2010, with the hope of eventually earning enough to cover her and her husband’s student loans. She began working 10 to 20 hours a week and, by her third month of business, her income exceeded their monthly loan payments. “That was my long-term business goal—I was shocked to have met it so quickly. I really had to refocus at that point and acknowledge the fact that I needed to set my sights higher.”
Realizing she had something special on her hands, Jennifer committed to learning everything she could about the industry and running with it. “Suddenly, I had a team, and I wasn’t sure if I had what it took to be the leader they needed, but I was determined to learn; I knew it would be crazy to not take advantage of this amazing opportunity.” She stepped out of her comfort zone and began presenting in front of an audience and studied how to better coach others and help them find confidence within themselves. “I realized that I would only be truly successful if my team was succeeding in reaching their own goals. That is my favorite part of it all—helping others is at the core of this business.”
By June of 2011, she had reached Level V and, since then, her goals have evolved beyond what she ever expected. A little over a year ago, Jennifer and her husband were able to build their dream home. “I did not think we’d be able to do something like that as soon as we did. We also have a very realistic goal for my husband to retire in five years, at the age of 46. That would’ve seemed absurd before now, but it’s a real possibility. My goals were so practical before, but now I can entertain plans that never would have been on my radar otherwise.”
Passionate about offering medical services to those who don’t have access, Jennifer and her husband aspire to give back to their community. They hope to either work with a free clinic or to open one of their own. Once their kids are off to college, they hope to expand their efforts beyond their local community by travelling to under-served countries and providing medical services where there is a need. “With the time and financial freedom, there is so much we can do to make a difference.”
Steadying her pace
About a year ago, Jennifer’s business plateaued. For nearly 12 months, she didn’t see any growth, and she began to get frustrated. “Each month I’d set a goal for myself and, when I didn’t reach it, I would feel extremely disappointed. So, I decided to step back and work on myself and focus on my own personal growth. In doing that, I realized that I have this amazing business that is already exceeding my expectations and doing more for my family than I ever imagined. I had so much to be thankful for—it was silly to be frustrated about the little things.”
Jennifer reevaluated what it was that inspired her to work hard, and she discovered that it was self-improvement. She decided to adjust her mindset to be more grateful for what she had and to trust that the rest would come. “Success stems from happiness; happiness doesn’t come from success. When we’re thankful and focus on the positive and not what could have happened or what we wanted to happen that didn’t, we’re able to be the best version of ourselves.”
Since she adjusted her thinking, Jennifer has seen significant growth within herself and her business. She has determined that the most important predictor of success is working on oneself and learning to be a better person and leader. “So many of us are just living day to day, just getting by—that’s exactly what I was doing. But this has given me the chance to take a look at my life and ask myself, ‘What more am I capable of? How can I live to my full potential in every aspect of my life?’ So I just dug in and decided to be better, and I’m constantly working on that.”
Full speed ahead
Jennifer’s business has taught her not to let setbacks or frustrations deter her from her goals or affect her belief in herself and her abilities. “A big part of this experience is finding yourself, being authentic and trusting in your own voice without comparing yourself to others. No one’s path looks the same—we all have different skill sets, backgrounds, and networks. By setting personal goals, you will develop your own path, and if you can be yourself and focus on being the best version of yourself, you will find what makes you happy. No matter where you’re at, though, be grateful for what you have and what’s to come; with that mindset, we’re able to truly enjoy the process of realizing our full potential.”
*This story was originally posted on the Rodan + Fields Redefine blog.
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