Recently promoted to Chairman’s Club Director, Ralph Peterson joined AIM in 1989. His doctor had told him that his knees would be replaced one day due to painful arthritis. His friend AIM Director Wendell Berg stepped in. He said, “Ralph, why don’t you try this green stuff?” Ralph said that his knees were totally worn out and that “green stuff” wasn’t going to help. So Wendell offered to give Ralph a free canister if Ralph promised to use the whole thing. Ralph agreed and decided to take large doses to get rid of the pain faster. Within two weeks, his knees stopped hurting. Ralph hasn’t looked back.
“I’m so thankful that Wendell was persistent,” Ralph said. “He was bold enough to share with me the green stuff, known today as BarleyLife. How can I even say thank you? He changed my life, made it livable again because he was bold. We need to be bold. We need to share. We know what BarleyLife does. It’s our obligation to share with those around us.”
After taking BarleyLife for a while, Ralph got to thinking that a lot of people could benefit from it. At that time, Ralph had two stores where people came to shop. He made sure each one of his customers learned about BarleyLife. He realized that he could build a business by selling BarleyLife. His checks from AIM kept getting bigger, and Ralph kept on sharing the product. Twenty-seven years later, Ralph’s
business has really grown!
Ralph worked alongside his late wife Phyllis. He did most of the talking, but she did the legwork. She prepared things and sent mailings. If someone asked for information, she’d be the one who sent a packet. She kept inventory, made copies, did the ordering, all that stuff. She allowed Ralph to do the talking, the thing he enjoyed most while she toiled behind the scenes. They worked together running multiple businesses, but Ralph says that their AIM business was their favorite.
Ralph has shared AIM with numerous people. He shared the product with Star Sapphire Director Marlene Rawls, who shared with her sister-in-law Chairman’s Club Director Charlotte Thompson, who went on to share the products with people who shared the products throughout the whole country. Neither woman wanted to create a big business, but by sharing it with one person and then another, they were able to affect many lives in a positive way, including their own.
“That is what building a business does. You never know what may happen, but you’re faithful, and sharing with one person can touch thousands. People ask me ‘how can I get to Chairman’s Club?’ Well, it takes a lot of hard work, but you just have to start with one person and introduce them to the products: BarleyLife, RediBeets, Just Carrots. Then do it again. Share with one more and then one more, and pretty soon you’re a Director. Just never give up. You don’t have to do it overnight. It took me twenty-seven years, but I’m here. It’s a great journey! Some do it in less time because they work harder at it. It’s not easy, but you can do it. Everybody can. Don’t say, ‘oh, there’s some easier way.’ ”
“Now that I’ve reached my goal of Chairman’s Club, I just want to do more of it. I want to share with more people. One of the things I really appreciate because of my achievements from AIM is the freedom I have to do things now that I didn’t get to do with my own family. I can do them with my grandkids. I can go to their sporting events, their musical events and take them out for dinner. And that’s why I really appreciate the things that AIM has given me, and again I say, thank you, AIM.”
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