When Marie Thurot began her career her father, a successful business leader, would often tell her that her tendency to zig where others zagged meant she would wind up no better than “a potato peeler.”
Today Thurot is still making her own way, but her prospects are a fair sight better than Assistant Spud Stripper. A 32-year-old mother of two from the south of France, Thurot didn’t truly find her calling until just two years ago, but she’s been busily making up for lost time by building her own successful TLC business.
Multi-level marketing is not always a glamorous business, and it requires a great deal of persistence and willingness to potentially annoy friends and family. Thurot learned this firsthand from her friend and former coworker Mélaine Bernard who would also ultimately become her sponsor. Bernard recently became Europe’s first TLC Global Director, but back in 2013 she was new to network marketing and her pitch to Thurot fell on deaf ears.
“I really liked working with Mélaine,” Thurot remembers, “until one day she went on maternity leave and never came back! MLM wasn’t well-known in France at the time, and when she tried to call me about an opportunity I turned her down flat.”
Thurot continued to follow Bernard’s professional progress over Facebook, sometimes against her will—after leaving a Facebook group Bernard had added her to about her TLC business, Thurot would always find herself quietly re-added within a few days.
Minor annoyance aside, Bernard’s single-mindedness would ultimately pay dividends for Thurot. By 2016, Thurot had worked in sales for ten years. “I was never one to count the hours: I did my job with pleasure,” she says. “But when your child is sick or when you want to take days off to celebrate Christmas with them, if your boss frowns on it it’s out of your hands. I needed more control over my own life.” When Bernard reached out to her again about TLC, Thurot was more receptive. She accepted an invitation to an event Bernard had organized for new IBOs.
“I immediately understood the strength of this industry,” she recalls. “I saw people who called themselves ‘leaders’ talking about their income.” Just as importantly to Thurot was their constant evocation of their amazing ‘freedom.’ When she left the room, she recalls turning to her friend and saying, “Okay, I’m starting this, and I won’t stop. I want to be one of those leaders.”
At the beginning, she tried everything she could think of to get her business rolling: home parties, stands at fairs, hours on the phone calling every last contact. “Getting a ‘yes’ is rare, but so precious! And more importantly, just one ‘yes’ can make you forget every ‘no’ you got on the way there.” In time, the ‘yes’ column began to fill up, and life started to get easier for Marie and her husband Franck.
For the first time in their life, they are no longer short of money. They are able to offer their children nice holidays and a more comfortable day-to-day life. “Monsieur was able to buy his huge SUV, and Madame can finally satisfy her passion for shopping,” she says with a touch of irony. But beyond the financial aspect, she can afford to be around for her children. As her friend Mélaine says, “The most beautiful thing that we can offer to our children is our time.”
Thurot’s father passed away in 2016 before her TLC career began to take off, but she knows that he’s watching her, and she wants him to be proud of what she accomplishes. “From the stars, I want him to see that his daughter is brave, determined and strong.” Having now reached the rank of National Director, she’s proven that she has inherited something of his gift for leadership, and if today she peels a few potatoes, it’s strictly to prepare a meal for her family. There’s no telling how far she’ll go with TLC.
About Total Life Changes
Total Life Changes offers a diverse product portfolio of health, wellness and beauty products. President and Tea Executive Officer Jack Fallon created TLC over 16 years ago with a single product: NutraBurst®. Since that time, TLC has continued to develop the Iaso® brand of products to include a diverse and attractive product portfolio matched with a hybrid binary compensation plan that allows IBOs of TLC to be rewarded quickly for introducing new customers to our products and business opportunity. Find out why so many are saying, “It really is different over here.”