… in Her Newest Endeavor

Meet New Business Owner and Lifemax Distributor, Diane Kantor
Tell us about your business.
My quote is, “Did you get your Mila today”?  Usually, that will draw attention to the folks I want to educate regarding the importance of healthy eating.  There is a short video clip which Lifemax uses entitled, “Food Matters”.  Why does Lifemax use this clip?  Because this 3 minute video targets the entire population regardless of age.  And, the video clearly explains what has gone wrong with our diets.
So, what exactly is Mila? Mila is chia seed.  The seed comes from the plant Salvia Hispanica L, and is in the mint family.  Not all seeds contain the same nutrients.  Therefore, each seed that is hand selected is tested in the laboratory to ensure the highest quality of nutrition.  After the hand selection of the seeds and tests are completed to determine the efficacy of the seed, Lifemax uses their proprietary system to insure that every serving is optimized for the highest bioavailability and nutritional value.
Mila is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, high in fiber and protein, and cholesterol free.  Mila is non- GMO (genetically Modified Organism) and pesticide-free.  Therefore, Mila is 100% all natural raw chia.
Mila offers one the highest and safest concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients.  Mila is a plant based FOOD!  Mila allows you to incorporate this highly nutritional food into your daily diet.  Add Mila to your morning smoothies, your children’s pancakes, meat balls, and even peanut butter sandwiches!  And, you can bake to 500 degrees which won’t diminish the nutritional properties of Mila.  So, the next time you bake your bread, be sure to add Mila!  Yes, Mila is a food, and the FDA has certified Mila as a whole raw food category.  So, any age can consume Mila on a daily basis.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
I have been in the healthcare field for over 20 years as an Occupational Therapist.  I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute care, long term care, home health, and out patient facilities.  I also have several years experience in management of many rehabilitation centers.  Working on a daily basis with nursing home administrators and fellow therapist that provided services to the nursing home was very overwhelming.  I had tremendous responsibility not only to my company that provided the services to the nursing home but also to the nursing homes.  In essence, I have two very demanding bosses!
Working with people who always had health problems made me wonder that some day that could be me!  I knew that in the near future I needed a career change.  I needed to find the right type of work that would interest and challenge my prior work experiences.  I needed to find the right business that would be portable.  And, I was looking for a business that would give me the freedom to work on my own schedule.
It was an evening last June that my step-daughter asked my husband and I to go to a home business presentation.  We went, kicking and screaming!  But, to my amazement I began to realize that this business, could be the business I have been searching for.
Just the thought of working on my own time, being my own boss, and not gong to boring corporate meetings intrigued me.  So, I began the process of educating myself on the company, product, and the possibilities of earnings.
I realize now  I am my own boss.  I can work my company at my home in Jupiter, or my home in the Bahamas.  And, I can make my own schedule.  I also realize that my successes and my rewards are my own, as well as my failures, with only myself to answer to.  In Webster’s Dictionary the meaning of entrepreneur is, “a person who organizes and manages an enterprise with considerable initiative”.  The business of entrepreneurship is teaching me just that.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
I would have to say my greatest influence have been several people, and outside resources.  Those people would include my husband, daughters, fellow workers, and even my grandchildren.  Why would I say my grandchildren?  Because, what I learn in business and in life, I will pass to my most precious gifts.  My grandchildren influence many things I do in life.  They influence me because I am given another chance in life to nuture and teach.  All that I gather and learn with my new business will be passed to my children, and grandchildren.
My outside resources are my company tools which have helped me learn my new business.  I have found many tools on the internet, DVD, CD, and printed materials of information to educate myself.  Being educated is paramount to being a creditable and successful person of any business.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
Being an entrepreneur requires self-motivation, self-learning, and self-discipline.  Also being an entrepreneur has taught me that not all will accept my message.  Many will reject my suggestions.  Not all of my fellow business partners are going to duplicate what I am trying to teach them.  And, that is okay.  All of these components make me realize on a daily basis that I am human.  Humans make mistakes and achieve accomplishments.  So, my answer to the question, “your greatest professional accomplishment to date” is.
This past year I have gained knowledge beyond the product, and business I stand for. I have been introduced to many people I might not otherwise have met.  Who are so successful in business that are willing to share their secrets to success.  I have learned to be self-disciplined and devote the time and energy I need to achieve my goals.  My goal for building Lifemax is not for the “six figure income”.  My goal is to reach and teach people and share what I believe to be the best Omega-3 delivery on the market today.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
The business of MLM is NOT a quick rich venture.  If you want to succeed then you must remain steadfast.  You must learn to accept rejection as to a “no” to the product, or business, not a “no” to you.  People are all individuals with their own reasons to choose the way they live, and you need to respect that.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
Besides all of the company tools, webinars, informational pieces of information provided by the company to teach us success, another effective marketing tool are new acquaintances.  I have met numerous intelligent, energetic, vivacious people who are willing to share with me what is in their tool box.  Each person who is willing to give me just one tool out of their box is worth it’s weight in gold.
What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the year?
Patience.  As I said earlier on MLM is not a quck rich venture.  It takes patience and perserverance.
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business?
“Business of the 21st Century”, by Robert T. Kiyosaki.  “The 45-Second Presentation That Will Change Your Life”, by Don Failla 2009 edition.  And one of my favorites because of the history of Chia.  Why this particular book? Because Mila is 100% all nutural raw chia.  “The Magic of Chia”, by James F. Scheer.
What do you do for fun/relaxation?
What I enjoy most at the end of the day is to sit quietly and have time with my husband.  This is our private time to talk about our days accomplishments and disappointments.
I also enjoy our beautiful home on Long Island, Bahamas.  We built this magnificent home which is our retreat from stresses.  No matter where you sit or stand at our home beauty is everywhere.  Long Island gives one a feeling of calm and allows you to wander off onto your own private thoughts without interruption of environmental noise.  Our home sits high on a hill overlooking the most wonderful waters of the Carribean.  Our highlight of our days at our home on Long Island are the sunsets.  No two are ever the same.  Our goal is that each summer we want to share this wonderous island with our grandchildren.  By sharing with our grandchildren they too will learn how others live, work, and play.
A day on Long Island for me is swimming, boating, fishing, searching for sea glass and sea shells, crocheting, and creative cooking.  Also just talking to the local folks at the local grocery store, going to church on Sunday and hearing Father Fox’s long, long sermons!  Fun and relaxation on Long Island is for me.  And to me Long Island is one of the most perfect islands to experience that.
What is the Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
My number one goal would be excellence.  Excellence in knowing what and why my product I endorse is so valuable to everyone.  Excellence in knowing how to present my business in a dignified manner to prospective business partners.  Excellence is teaching my new business partners to be successful with their endeavors of Lifemax.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
What I would like to share is to always keep an open mind to expand your horizons.  Learn to listen effectively to what others are saying.  Don’t be judgmental of others.  Accept rejection as a new learning tool.  And celebrate your successes.
For more information, visit Diane’s website at www.lifemax.net/dianekantor