Lizzy Becknell – Indiana University
All throughout my life I have been a dreamer. I have dreamed of being a famous actress, a pilot, an architect, a comedian, a business owner, oh my goodness, the list goes on! I remember there would be times throughout high school where I would hop in my little black VW Cabrio and just drive all around the country roads in Indiana thinking up ideas on how I was going to make millions and be successful. Before selling books I had many good ideas, however after having the experience of not only surviving but thriving at something I never thought was possible I learned that in life everyone has great ideas…the difference is when you take action. This is one concept that I not only learned from Southwestern Advantage, but still to this day practice in my own life.
I was a Freshman at Indiana University when I was recruited to sell books. I remember sitting in the information session thinking this sounds crazy…but I kind of like it. I met with the group of students who had sold before and I remember seeing something in them that I wanted to possess myself. They had this confidence that was really appealing. They told me stories about their previous summers and at that point I decided to take the opportunity. I thought worst case scenario I go out there and I suck at selling books, I guess it’ll still be a good story. Best case scenario I go out and make lots of money, get some great experience, meet some cool people and still have awesome stories to come back with!
My first summer I sold in Dallas, Texas. That summer was the turning point in my life. I met some of the most influential people that I still love and appreciate to this day. They taught me things that I would never have learned in a classroom at Indiana University. Through the experience of a new location and being around brand new people every day, I saw every side of myself and grew more than I ever could have imagined. As I said before, I had always had many ideas but never the best follow through. After completing 12 weeks of selling books door to door and finishing at number 13 in the company I finally saw in myself that I could complete a task successfully! Some of the families I sold books to I still keep in touch with and the friends that I met my first summer I will always travel and stay in touch with. It’s really cool to think that I have friends in most every state because of selling books. No matter if I am in New York, Florida, Montana, Costa Rica, Texas…etc…etc. I’ll always have a friend to stay with.
After selling books for 3 summers and recruiting for one spring, I gained confidence, amazing friends and a new perspective on how to work hard and achieve my goals. I am now living in California finishing school and working as Marketing Director/Business Development for one of the top waxing lounges in San Diego called Viva Brazil!
All of the families I have met, the incredible friends that I have made and Southwestern Advantage as a whole will always have a special role in my life. I am so thankful to have had the experience.