“If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”

John Zenes’s father grew up during the Great Depression, and he made sure to instill a value of hard work in his children. But the senior Zenes died when John was just 15. John dropped out of school with only a 10th-grade education and began working as a dishwasher. While working at the restaurant, his boss introduced John to network marketing. John said it all came together when his own son was 2. “My life changed over fifty cents,” John says. His son asked him for a 50-cent Matchbox car, and John had to tell him “no.” He didn’t want to deny him, but he couldn’t even afford the 50 cents to buy a toy for his son. At that point, he knew something had to give.

Never in my mind did I think I would go on to make a full-time living and change thousands of lives.

John remembers, “I was stressed out, burnt out and looking for a way out.” At that point, a couple hundred dollars a month would have been a huge help for him and his family. “When I hit my first $500 in the industry, I thought I hit the lotto,” he smiles. “Never in my mind did I think I would go on to make a full-time living and change thousands of lives.”

John, a quick-talking Pennsylvania native, now lives in Utah with his family. He has four children, ranging from 3 to 23. His two youngest daughters (one adopted and the other biological) have special needs. “If we didn’t have financial stability, we wouldn’t have been able to bring [the youngest one] into our lives,” says John. Having a child is expensive enough, but parents of special-needs kids have an additional financial burden for things like occupational or speech therapy. Luckily, because of his efforts in network marketing, John and his wife have the ability to run business on their terms. They are free to take the girls to therapy or spend the mornings with them.

John left three previous direct-sales companies because he felt like the people underneath him were not making money. He walked away from three full-time incomes because it didn’t feel right. John feels he now has a home at M, he appreciates the company’s integrity, and he knows this is a place where everyone can win. Now John is pouring his heart and soul into M to keep changing more lives. “There are so many people out there looking for an extra $200-500 a month,” he says. “These people are struggling, maxed out on hours, and looking for something to add to their bottom line at the end of the month.”

If John can help even a few more people gain financial stability, he feels like he’s done his job.

Welcome home, John.

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