HEMANT AND SMITHA SAHELA
Our journey of a thousand miles began with a single step we took together says Hemant and Smitha Sahela, Amway’s newest Diamond IBOs and what a memorable journey it has been for this couple who started their Amway business in 2003.
“I came to Australia as an Indian student to study a Masters in Accounting 12 years ago,” reminisces Hemant. He didn’t know anyone in Sydney but was determined to pay down a student loan of AUD 50,000 before he completed his degree. “I needed to earn an extra $500 per week and was searching for a way to achieve this,” he says. Hemant was introduced to Amway by his elder brother who was building his own business in USA at the time. “Initially I was skeptical and not at all open minded about what was on offer, but when Anurag reached Platinum level in his business, I decided to give it a shot.” “Even though the joining fee was only $200, I started building the business with the mindset that it was, in fact, a two million dollar investment, and planned it meticulously. Though I made many mistakes on the way, the important thing was I kept learning and became better at sharing the business with people especially after my first team member joined,” explains Hemant. “People often say failure is undesirable, but in fact it’s failing many times over that has led to our success,” he says.
In 2006, Hemant achieved Platinum level, got married to wife Smitha and she joined the business all in the same year. “She didn’t really have a choice”, he laughs, “when we got married the business already existed and it was a natural decision for her to join me in running it.” While the couple worked part-time in their business and had full time corporate jobs, they soon made a decision to become full time business owners especially after Smitha resigned from her corporate analyst job while pregnant with their first child. Hemant also left his Accounting job upon reaching Emerald level in 3.5 years.
“The biggest benefits we have enjoyed from building our Amway business is seeing our children grow up before our eyes and gaining flexibility in how we spent our days,” say Hemant and Smitha. Owning a flexible business meant they got to share in their children’s milestones and build a successful business in their own time.
“Having choices and living a life of significance are two important things our Amway business has given us,” says this enthusiastic entrepreneur. “We’re excited to get up every morning to face a new day, knowing we’re building a legacy for our children and helping others to achieve their dreams too. We’re filled with a sense of purpose and that’s a pretty wonderful way to live your life!”