We just wrapped up our North American Convention – and the official kick-off of ACN’s yearlong 20th Anniversary Celebration – last week in Charlotte, NC. And regardless of where you are in the world in ACN, this is a milestone time for you – a milestone for everyone in ACN.
During the last few weeks, I have found myself really reflecting over the past 20 years. Certainly there were many, many rough days, many times we weren’t sure if we would be around one more day, much less one more year. Yet I still find that the tough times are far outweighed and over shadowed by the good times, the countless successes and the many, many lives changed. It’s funny that as more time passes, those obstacles that seemed so big at the time, so painfully impossible to overcome are now just little pebbles along the path that took us to much bigger and better things.
With our 20th Anniversary well underway, it seems only appropriate to share a little bit of ACN “then and now” with you.
I found these first two pictures way in the back of the basement at ACN’s World Headquarters. The first photo is sometime in 1994 at one of our early events. I remember this day like it was yesterday – feeling so excited of what we had already accomplished but at the same time knowing deep inside that it was only the beginning – and man was it definitely only the beginning.
The second is in 2000 – several years into our business, yet still a short period of time in our company’s history. Take a look at that check amount – $11,332.17. Man were we ever proud of that contribution; yet keep in mind that at our event last weekend, in the same three-day period, we were able to raise $134,358.28. Now that is something to be proud of!
And ACN Now…
Wow – do these photos ever speak for themselves! The impressive stage design, spectacular graphics and a crowd nearing 20,000 people in size – just look at what we’ve been able to do in 20 years, a relatively short period of time in the grand scheme of things, and just imagine where we will be in the next 5, 10 or 20 years.
So what is going through my mind right now? For starters, there is overwhelming gratitude that so many people have allowed us to pour ourselves and our company into their lives; gratitude that we have played a small part in changing so many lives. And more so than anything else, I am overcome with a feeling of anticipation.
The ACN of 1993 is far different than the ACN of 2013. And I can assure you the ACN of tomorrow will be far different than the ACN of today. But some things will never change – our commitment to building our business with integrity and to always putting the needs of the people and the greater good of the company above the needs of ourselves as individuals. We’re the same four guys we were 20 years ago, with the same hopes and dreams. The only difference is that today we are dreaming bigger than ever before!
This is only the beginning – there is still so much left to do, so many chapters left to write in the ACN history book. The only question that remains is will there be a chapter with your name on it?
Happy Anniversary ACN – and Happy Anniversary to each and every one of you too!
Until next time,