Saturday, October 24, 2009

From an Ordinary Cameroonian to Senior Vice President of an Inc. 500 Company

"Strong leaders are those who let their pride down, develop resilience and tolerance and follow in the footsteps of a mentor until successful."
- Albert & Lema Nsah

While growing up in Cameroon, West Africa, I celebrated many of my sister's achievements and have always known her to be a smart and hardworking trailblazer. But I must confess this particular achievement hit me like a bombshell and convinced me beyond reasonable doubts that anybody can make it BIG, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, you name it. Everyone has a fair chance to emerge victorious in this greatest game of all (life). My sister's story, is a story to be shouted from roof tops. It's truly a lesson of survival: it's either you sink or you swim!

We were born into a middle class family and my sister - Lema Nsah nee Abeng happened to be the first kid. Many have suggested that she has such an insurmountable drive and determination to succeed because of the responsibilities that rest on the shoulders of the eldest child in a typical African family. While I agree with the assertion, I also think it takes a certain type of person to pull it off and go from an obscure kid from Bamenda, Cameroon, West Africa to Senoir Vice President of an Inc. 500 company in the United States of America.

Lema Nsah nee Abeng potrayed entrepreneurial skills and a business mindset way back in the days after she obtained her Bachelors degree from the University of Buea, Cameroon. I guess she realised quickly that in order to be financially free and independent, business ownership is the path to follow. Make no mistake about it, she has what it takes to follow the path everyone else follows - to get a job, BUT she choosed to strike out on the road less traveled and as David Frost nicely put it, "two road diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference."

I remember her first business venture - opening a Cyber Cafe in Bonaberi, Douala. I'd be doing her justice by mentioning that it was in her Cyber Cafe that I sent my first email (at a time when some of my friends and I called the internet - ".com"). A few years after she set up the Cyber Cafe, she traveled to the United States of America (that was in 2001) to meet her husband. While in the United States, she again refused to settle for the common things. She saw her husband work an average of 60 hours a week while she was home raising their beautiful kids by herself (most of the time). She knew something had to change and she kept looking for an opportunity, believing that, "it's better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."

Lema and her husband lived paycheck to paycheck like most people until they got started with a network marketing company in June, 2006 and steadily worked their way to the TOP of the company in just a period of 2 years. Today, Lema and Albert Nsah are making a lot of money and having a lot of fun. Today, their business has expanded into Europe and Africa and they travel the world sharing the opportunity with ordinary people who're sick and tired of living a life of struggle. They inspire ordinary people and help them achieve the same level of success.

I can write all day about this incredible journey to success but a lot has already been written about Lema and Albert. Click here to watch their Senior Vice President promotion. In their quest to help ordinary people succeed, Lema and Abert Nsah have written a book - THE RISING STAR. You have the opportunity to network with Lema on Facebook and Twitter or visit her blog for insights: Face2Face with Network Marketing. If she can do a thing, she can teach a thing. You want her to be your mentor.

Needless to say, I got involved with the same company on October 8, 2008 and it has been a journey like no other. I have achieved some success and I'm still looking for a couple of serious people to partner with. If that's you, join me on Facebook or Twitter and let's kick it! The journey ahead is daunting but together everyone achieves more. I'll see you at the finish line.

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