Leadership Magazines Leadership Magazine Issue 15 - Page 36

FEATURE ARTICLE “One of the greatest joys in my marriage has been to see my husband that I love become passionate about the business that I love. Watching him take on a more active role with our children or interact with our team with such leadership makes my heart soar and takes our marriage to a deeper level." —Melyna Harrison M Y S P OUSE IS A d ōT ERRA WHERE DO I FIT IN? By John Harrison, dōTERRA Presidential Diamond This is a question that I get asked quite often. Whether you are taking the plunge and quitting your job to join your spouse, or you just want to help build the business part time, there are things you can do to make the process smoother. Your rock star spouse will be excited when you decide to engage in building a do-TERRA business, but your spouse has been successful and is used to building a certain way. We as spouses must allow ourselves some time to learn as we have not magically absorbed all the things our partner has learned in the process of growing a do-TERRA business. I joined my wife, Melyna, full time while we were still Platinum rank. Before that point, I considered the challenges of a business partnership with Melyna, and I also considered the challenges of a marriage. Then I multiplied the difficulties because we were combining both of them. As we continue to fine-tune our business relationship, we have realized there’s no finish line. Becoming a full-on business partner with your spouse is an ongoing process. But, I can safely say we’ve learned some things along the way, and I am also proud to say that we have overcome most challenges and are currently Presidential Diamonds. Melyna says, “One of the greatest joys in my marriage has been to see my husband that I love become passionate about the business that I love. Watching him take on a more active role with our children or interact with our team with such leadership makes my heart soar and takes our marriage to a deeper level. There are many things he is better at than me. With him by my side, I feel like we are unstoppable at home and in our business.” 36 dōTERRA ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP I JULY / AUGUST 2015 Things get pretty real when we work with someone who knows us so well. There’s no faking a skill we don’t have. This provides us an extraordinary opportunity to work on our flaws and develop as a person. The payoff for aspiring couples who can make do-TERRA work is that the business just becomes a vehicle to bigger things. For me, it’s about being a better husband, a better father, and a better person. Through trial and error, I have learned these three tips: 1 Make a plan together. Growth will come a lot easier if the two of you have mutually planned it. Have a calendar for the next two months in a visible area. Fill it in with family activities and then work activities. You will work more effectively together when you can see what’s coming up in y