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Photo credit: Ricky VillanuevaThere are a number of ways that entrepreneurs can start their journey. Ricky V. moved to the United States at age five and got his first job at age 13, earning $ 3 an hour and working in the garden for three years. He entered the network marketing field at the age of 20 and within his first 12 months he developed a team of 100,000 reps and 350,000 clients and totaled $ 80,000,000 in sales. At the age of 28, he had several weeks where he earned $ 5,000 through his network marketing business. Three years later, when a new opportunity presented itself, Ricky V became one of the company’s youngest millionaires in eight months.
Network marketing and sales are in the blood of this millennial entrepreneur. This massive success didn’t happen overnight, but after ten years of hard work and a fantastic amount of personal development. A year after network marketing, Ricky V. sought mentorship, which he found in two millionaires. They made him a deal: devote two years of his life to them, and they would give him the knowledge he was looking for. After these two years, he built a team of 10,000 distributors in more than 13 countries.
The success of Ricky V is in large part due to this investment in itself. In addition to mentors, he read books and listened to audios to learn all he could about sales, profit and team building. His ambition was fully displayed when he said: “I chose this industry because it rewards production. It’s blind to age, race, gender, ethnicity, etc. It’s a game of personal responsibility, and it’s a game I like to play to win. From facing deportation at the age of 13 to becoming a self-made millionaire at the age of 31, one can grasp the full impact of these words.
Today, Ricky V. is a proud citizen of the United States with a wife and four children whom he calls his “driving force.” His remarkable story shows us that entrepreneurs are not just born; they are done. Like many others, a long journey of personal development has produced prosperity based on passion.