Entrepreneurs can begin their paths in many ways. Ricky Villanueva had his first job at the age of 13. He was earning $3 an hour, performing yard work for three years. At the age of 28, he had multiple weeks where he made USD 5000 from his network marketing business. Three years later, when a new opportunity presented itself, Ricky V became the youngest millionaires in the company within eight months.
Inside of his first 12 months he grew a team of 100,000 reps & 350,000 customers and totaling USD 80,000,000 in sales. Network Marketing and sales are in the blood of this Gen Y entrepreneur. Ricky V. moved to the United States when he was five years old and entered the field of network marketing at the age of 20.
The massive success did not happen overnight but after ten years of hard work and a fantastic amount of self-development. A year into network marketing, Ricky V. sought mentorship, which he found in two millionaires. They made him a deal: devote two years of his life to them, and they would give him the knowledge he sought. After those two years, he built a team of 10,000 distributors in more than 13 countries.
Ricky V’s success is largely due to this investment in himself. In addition to mentors, he read books and listened to audios in order to learn everything he could about sales, profits, and building a team. His ambition was on full display when he said, “I chose this industry because it rewards production. It’s blind to age, race, gender, ethnicity, etc. It’s a self-responsibility game, and it is a game I love to play to win”. From facing deportation at the age of 13 to becoming a self-made millionaire by the age of 31, one can grasp the full impact of these words.
Today, Ricky V. is a proud citizen of the United States with a wife and four children he calls his ‘driving force.’ His remarkable story shows us that entrepreneurs are not merely born; they are made. Like many others, a long journey of self-development yielded prosperity based on passion.