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Melinda Hickey, Successful Direct Sales Leader for 8 years.Premier Level 5 Executive Consultant with Rodan + Fields. Rising Star 2009, Leadership Advisory Board and 14th Lexus Achiever earner in Rodan + Fields.

Dream It ~ Achieve It in 2017!

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
Richard Bach

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
Napoleon Hill

Reading these quotes today and several others with a similar message and asking myself, “what does it mean to dream it and achieve it?” “How can this help someone who is building a business of their own?” Is the dream portion all that important? I say emphatically ~ “YES”! Put the DREAM to paper and go as far as to find photos of the parts of that Dream that bring it to life for you! Seeing these images of what a successful business will bring to you and how a DREAM BOARD will bring focus to your daily work ethic will certainly bring about the achievement of that Dream! Bringing others on board with you to share your dream is important as well. Break this dream/vision for yourself down into goals and then the goals into activities. As you work through your day, ASK… “Is what I’m doing right NOW bringing me closer to my dream for myself and for my family?” If it isn’t, then Stop, change gears and move in a work direction that WILL!

    NEW YEAR ~ 2017

    January 2017 ~ Your Personal Development Challenge is to FOCUS on YOURSELF

    Personal Development is one of the most important gifts you can give to yourself. Give equal importance to growing personally by committing to daily personal development. Commit time each day; at least a minimum of 15 minutes to filling your mind with positive information that will affect your life and the way that you respond to challenges that happen during the day

    January is the perfect month to recommit to a personal development practice. As you read, you might write down at least one “take away” from your reading. Keep a journal of your take aways.

    “For things to change, you’ve got to change.” Jim Rohn

    If you aren’t happy with the way things are going in your life …in any area of your life, from your health, to your income, from your relationships to your business… make a commitment to daily personal development. You can make a shift in all areas of your life. You owe it to yourself to put positive thoughts in your head each and every day. Remind yourself how amazing you are and how the possibilities are endless!

    Work around your children IS an option in a Direct Sales career!

    mom-and-babyWhat if you could build an income that completely changes your family’s life? What if you could work around your children instead of having to leave your children in the care of someone else? If you’ve never thought it was possible, well I’m here to tell you it is. Contact me today and let me share with you the possibilities that are available. You can BE in Business FOR Yourself, but not BY Yourself! I have over ten years experience in this industry and offer my business partners a wealth of support, ideas and encouragement

    #homebasedbusiness #workfromhome #workfromwherever

    Melinda Hickey – Creating a Legacy That Lasts

    When stretched financially, we’re often forced to cut back to get by. Melinda Hickey knew this firsthand, but she refused to let seeing her family be one of the sacrifices she had to make. When she exited the plane in Montana, visiting her grandkids for the first time in nearly a year, and saw the oldest boy running at her, shouting, “Finally! I get to see you,” Melinda knew that moment would inspire her to keep persevering so she could recreate it over and over again. Using her family as the source of her strength, Melinda has found a way to live her passions and enjoy what she loves.

    For much of her career as an elementary school teacher, Melinda found herself in a constant state of flux. Her husband, Mike, served as a Colonel in the Air Force, which caused their family to move quite a bit. It was hard starting fresh each time. Their three sons would have to adjust to new schools while Melinda would need to get re-certified to teach. “I love the military; it gave me confidence, broadened my horizons, and allowed me to meet amazing people, but the downside was that I was always at the bottom of the pay scale in every new location and I couldn’t build a retirement plan. When Mike retired from the military, we were in Austin, Texas, and I was still teaching. One day I was sitting on a park bench at recess and it dawned on me that after 24 years, I only had seven years of tenure. I turned to a fellow teacher and said, ‘I am out of here!’ It just didn’t make sense.” Soon after, Mike’s corporate job was eliminated due to a company closure. Facing bankruptcy, they decided it was time to make a change.
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    In 2005, they moved back to Tennessee and decided to go into real estate with one of Melinda’s sisters, Donna, and her husband. They were quite successful until 2008. “With the downturn in the economy, no one was buying anything, so we were living solely on Mike’s retirement. We had to give up going out to Montana to visit our sons. We hadn’t seen our two grandkids in nearly a year. That was the hardest part; I just really wanted to see them.” So, in March of 2009, when she attended a Rodan + Fields® meeting, Melinda saw an opportunity to potentially get ahead financially. “I remember thinking this could be the lifeline Mike and I were looking for. I was excited about the idea of partnering with the Doctors, but what really riveted me to the core was the evergreen opportunity.” Melinda signed up as an Independent Consultant that night and within weeks, after having lived paycheck to paycheck for nearly a year, she had some extra income.
    Melinda in Lexus

    At first, Melinda simply viewed her business as a way to provide a little extra money that would allow her to visit her family, but as she started to see her earnings, it quickly became more than that. “By the second month, I had purchased a plane ticket. It was so rewarding knowing I could do it. So, after that first trip to Montana, I just kept going, ready for more. In 130 days, I had reached Level V. That started it all. Within a year, I was earning an income equivalent to Mike’s retirement. Now, it’s double that.”
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    Melinda is amazed at the many options her business has provided her family. “It’s just incredible knowing that our retirement is secure. And where else could a 60 year old reinvent themselves? I felt that I had finished the work I had been called to do as a teacher, and I thought that real estate was the next chapter, but I wasn’t passionate about it. When things weren’t successful, I was so grateful that I found an opportunity where I could embrace the person that I am. I was able to weave the teacher, coach, and encourager in me into a new career. And the cool part is that I get to return to my first love, which is teaching. But now, I’m teaching a team about personal strengths and how to lead genuinely. I really think it’s just like my days as a kindergarten teacher. I’ve come full circle, still doing show and tell. I show the products and I tell about the business.”


    Another aspect of her business that Melinda absolutely loves is building and strengthening relationships. “It’s been so rewarding becoming Premier Level V leader. The relationships she has created over the years have proven to be the most fun part. “I feel like we’re all one big family. I am so proud of my team and it’s so exciting to watch their success. I’ve seen so many people take a leap of faith and start a new life. It’s wonderful to witness someone’s life change and it pushes you to keep going, knowing your business may keep growing and more good may come from it.”

    Melinda has always been passionate about having a positive impact on others and using her ability to pay it forward. She is very active with the Prescription for Change Foundation in Nashville and assists with an all-encompassing program that offers a variety of opportunities including life skill training for moms and young adults, gardening, and summer camps for children in poverty. Melinda is also helping to plan a Christmas in July stocking stuffer event and a back-to-school fundraiser. “My R+F business has really allowed me to focus on who I am. I have time and the means to be involved in my community and help others. It’s important that we leave the world better than we found it and we don’t live forever, so why not create something that will? I see a possibility to do that with R+F.”

    Contact me today to start a conversation about how YOU can begin to Redefine Your Future!
    Contact me today to start a conversation about how YOU can begin to Redefine Your Future!

    Melinda hopes to create a legacy of love for her grandchildren in the form of a summer retreat home in Missoula. Despite living so far away, Melinda and Mike are looking forward to being as present as they can be in their seven grandchildren’s lives. “I don’t have a crystal ball, I don’t know what the future will bring. Maybe one day we will live out there, but right now we have a 93 year old mother to take care of. We spend a lot of time with her.” The flexible schedule allows Melinda to care for her mother and enjoy activities she loves like gardening, journaling, walking, and spending time with Mike. “Every day is different and that is pretty cool.”

    Melinda truly believes that if your “why” is big enough, your “what” doesn’t matter. “You will experience disappointment. It’s life. There are obstacles every day, but the best way to discipline your disappointments is to revisit your why and to be honest with yourself about why you are doing this or taking a leap of faith in the first place. The why is the most important part of the career.” For Melinda, that driving force is her family. Home is wherever she is instilling life and love into her relationships and, by infusing her business with faith and the commitment to doing good, she is building a family and creating a legacy wherever life takes her.

    Redefine Your Future Now


    May ALL your Dreams Come TrueWhy Direct Sales? Why was this so perfect for Melinda?

    • 82% of WOMEN who earned 6 figures or more did so in direct sales.
    • Melinda was introduced to an incredible direct selling business in the pre-global stage.


    • The company she works with provides abundant support! Melinda provides her team weekly training calls, Training Sites and One-to-One support every step of the way!!

    Her company is a simple virtual franchise business with zero inventory.  “We simply wash our face and talk about the products with proven results and the amazing business opportunity.  We share with people we know and meet, while we are on the go in the midst of our busy lives”, Melinda shares.

    The Best Part:
    Direct Sales offers substantial income, time freedom, while empowering & helping others.

    Let’s talk about how we can get you started today!

    20 Tips for a Positive New Year ~ 2014


    This was such a great article… we couldn’t have said it better!  Enjoy the read and put into practice!  We plan too!

    1. Stay Positive!  You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

    2. Take a morning walk of gratitude. I call it a “Thank You Walk.” It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

    3. Make your first meal the biggest and your last meal the smallest. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

    4. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

    5. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself and feed your mind with the words and encouragement you need to keep moving forward.

    6. Remember that adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome. {Tweet This}

    7. Don’t chase dollars or success. Decide to make a difference and build meaningful relationships and success will find you. {Tweet This}

    8. Get more sleep. You can’t replace sleep with a double latte.

    9. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in your purpose, people and the positive present moment.

    10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

    11. Live with the 3 E’s. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.

    12. Remember there’s no such thing as an overnight success. There’s no substitute for hard work.

    13. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

    14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. Remember that if you are complaining, you’re not leading.

    15. Read more books than you did in 2013. I happen to know of a few good ones. : )

    16. Don’t seek happiness. Instead decide to live with passion and purpose and happiness will find you.

    17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.” Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

    18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:

    I am thankful for __________.
    Today I accomplished____________.

    19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

    20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.