Markiewicz Joe & Marybeth
Joe & Marybeth Markiewicz
“A little bit of life happened this morning,” says Double Diamond Joe Markiewicz with a laugh as he climbs out of his sleek sedan, complete with an eye-catching “No Job” license plate. Sleek, that is, except for the crumpled rear bumper.
On his way home from an appointment to meet the Achieve® Magazine staff, Joe found himself in a bit of a car accident.
It clearly takes more than a little fender bender to dampen the Markiewiczs’ optimistic spirits. Their positive attitude was evident when Marybeth called to let us know that Joe had been in an accident and would be a little late for this interview.
“Everyone is fine and that’s the most important thing. It could have been so much worse!” said Marybeth. “Our only concern is that this car is supposed to be a gift for Joe’s mom and she’s not going to be very happy!”
Further demonstrating that the glass really is half full as long as you’re determined to see it that way, Joe actually wound up prospecting the man responsible for the accident.
“He asked about my license plate and I gave him some information about the business,” says Joe. “He took my card and I’ll follow up from there. That’s what this business is all about – seizing every opportunity that comes your way and turning what could be a negative situation into something positive.”
Growing up in Rochester, New York, home to the minor league baseball club for the Baltimore Orioles, Joe remembers honing his baseball skills while watching Hall of Famer Cal Ripken play third base.
Joe’s boyhood dream was to follow the same path to major league baseball. But while playing ball in college, where he studied engineering, Joe suffered a knee injury that rendered playing professional baseball impossible.
“That injury crushed my dream, but it was actually a blessing in disguise,” says Joe. “It set the wheels in motion for me to eventually find this opportunity and refocus my dreams on something that I could accomplish. At the time, though, I had no idea that getting hurt would be one of the best things to happen to me.”
Another one of the best things to ever happen to Joe was meeting Marybeth.
Marybeth was studying to attain her business degree when she and Joe met. Their careers took them to North Carolina, where Joe began working his way up the corporate ladder at a major computer company. When a fellow engineer showed Joe the Quixtar IBO Compensation Plan, the couple immediately saw it as a way to earn extra income.
“We had decent jobs that paid the bills but we knew we wanted more,” explains Marybeth. “We saw this business as our chance to trade a good life for a really great life. And that’s exactly how it’s worked out. We’re grateful every day that we seized the opportunity when it was in front of us.”
Joe and Marybeth left their careers and chose to make their Amway business their full-time career.
As Double Diamonds the Markiewiczs find that their priorities have evolved since beginning their business.
“Today, this business for us is really all about what we can do to make this opportunity better for other people,” says Joe. “Achieving great things isn’t that much fun if we’re the only ones doing it. We want to create an atmosphere where people can feel empowered to take risks and get out of their comfort zone. We want them to not be afraid of making mistakes but learn how to overcome them and ultimately taste success for themselves.
“There are a million different reasons why people start this business,” says Joe. “Some people want to earn a little extra money. Some want to earn a lot. Others just want to get away from the 9-to-5 grind and lead a life where they’re in control of their schedule, where they can make every one of their kid’s games or have time to go work out in the middle of the day.”
The couple admits that they have had to adjust to the goals and priorities of the next generation seeking to engage in this business. Young people today are often seeking so much more than material rewards and personal achievement.
“One of the biggest shifts I’ve seen in the business in just the past few years is how much more people seem to be seeking community,” notes Joe. “Young people today really want to belong to something, which you see a lot online in communities like MySpace. People are starved for recognition, attention, and affirmation. We provide a community that’s more loyal, more supportive, and more positive than any other.”
Another trend the couple points to is the increasingly youthful age of the new IBO. “There’s an obvious challenge for a lot of bright, hardworking young people to find good, well-paying jobs when they finish college,” says Marybeth. “This business provides them a way to take charge of their future rather than leaving it in the hands of someone else.”