Congratulations to Mike and Kelli Bonomo from Herscher, Illinois, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what they had to say about qualifying for the cruise…
"Mike and I started this business with one motive: we loved the product, and we didn't want to pay for it! The idea of starting another business was not at the top of our list. Mike works full time for the state of Illinois, and I was a hairdresser four days a week as well as running an in-home personal training and nutrition company. In addition, we are also promoters of an amateur fight organization called Fire Extreme Fighting that features amateur level MMA fighters. On average, we do 4–5 events a year.
"Greater than all of those obligations are the loves of our lives, our children, whom are involved in several extracurricular activities. Needless to say, the idea of even starting another 'project' was inconceivable. We just had 'no time' like everyone else on the planet! However, when we paid for our product within the first month of being involved, we decided that a few extra bucks in our pocket may help with gas and vacations. We hit the level of Silver in six weeks and knew that we could never turn back.
"Our children became just as involved in tasting parties as we were. They would pour the juice and even explain to potential consumers which juices were for what. It became a family project. So to us, qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip means so much more than hitting the next level. It means proving to our children that with great sacrifice comes great reward, a lesson we will continue to instill into their lives.
"We have developed some lifelong relationships with some truly awesome and amazing people—our second family, our MonaVie team. Our upline Blue Diamond Jerry Dowd, Diamond Jeff Delany, and Ruby Stephanie McCormick have become the most motivational and inspiring people that God could have placed into our lives. They, along with our extraordinary downline of ambitious, likeminded, and goal-oriented people, give Mike and I the hope that we can continue to inspire each and every one of them that the sky is the limit. This can be done!
"We pray over our lives and our business. We ask God to be at the forefront of what is to come of MonaVie. We have learned to place our trust and our success in his will. We know that God's timing is the best timing, and nothing can compete with that! We know what we have in MonaVie, and we are determined to fulfill our dreams and those of our family. Our daily activities include not only staying plugged into a system, but a system of people. We are running with the runners. We have learned that the hard way, but we are helping our downline hit their goals. Mike and I are both very passionate about helping people. The hardest part of this business is people, and yet the easiest part of this business is people! If you can figure them out, that's half the battle. The struggle comes when you are trying to help the ones that don't want help.
"We listen to several motivational speakers including Rex Crain, Myles Monroe, and Joyce Meyer to name a few. Your personal growth will determine how well your business will grow. These are all things that we do on a daily basis, as well as staying plugged into every big event and conference call, and staying up to date on all the tips and nuggets that you can learn from anyone that is in this business.
"We really added in more one-on-ones. We realized that our success rate was definitely higher when we took the time to meet individually with people. This is absolutely something that we stepped up and will continue to do, as we believe that it has helped us build so many relationships. We have also started holding more frequent meetings at our home where we all get together to talk about new things, re-motivate one another, make phone calls, and really build relationships. These are the people that we are going to be going to Hawaii with, so we want to get to know them better!
"Persevere, work hard, stay motivated, and stay plugged in. You have to do something every day. Help your organization build depth because this becomes depth under you. If you want to be successful, you have to put others before yourself. 1 Peter 4:10 says that 'Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.' We live these words through our business. You have to be willing to help those that God brings into your path with your gifts and talents; however, you also have to be willing to accept the help of those that want to do the same for you. If you work your business as a group of goal-oriented people out to make a difference in as many lives as you can, God will bless that. You have to be a blessing in someone's life in order for God to bless you.
"Mike and I will continue to help our downline reach levels and build their businesses. We will continue to do one-on-ones and tasting parties. We will continue having everyone over to our home for a distributor night where we may all work on phone calls or setting up dates for the weeks to come, motivating each other, staying plugged into each other, and keeping new distributors plugged in to get them off to the right start. We have been involved with MonaVie now about a year and eight months. We have made some mistakes, and we really feel like we are learning to teach those that are new not to make those same mistakes!"