In honor of Mother’s Day, Jennifer Samuels talks about her mom and biggest cheerleader Debbie Rotkvich
This former tomboy never dreamed she would be selling jewelry—much less follow in her mother’s footsteps.
“Now, I want to be just like her,” says Jennifer Samuels, of her mom Debbie Rotkvich, a Field Vice President and 22-year-veteran of lia sophia.
“My mom started this when I was in high school as something extra for her,” says Jennifer, a Region Leader of Lemont, Il, who won’t even go to the mailbox without a necklace on. “Then my mom went from a stay-at-home mom to a natural born leader and businesswoman, from this woman who was afraid to talk in front of people to this motivating, outspoken, strong and confident person.”
And her mom is her biggest cheerleader.
“She wanted me to succeed more than me,” Jennifer says.“The first time I started, I quit. We had $300 a month in rent and couldn’t afford it. I was just sitting around waiting for things to happen and my mom said ‘this is a business, treat it like a business and then people will respect what you do.’”
That was the tipping point and now Jennifer marks her ninth year with the company. Like any job, there are good days and bad days.
“This business is a lot like life,” she says. “You care for a lot of people on your team and sometimes people just walk away. It’s disappointing. That’s what she tells me, it’s about giving and taking. You’ll make sacrifices but you have to be willing to put yourself out there. Be true to who you are. She says to watch what you do with your own business and not worry about what everyone else is doing. Then, you will have a very good life and business.”
With Mother’s Day approaching, Jennifer cannot say enough about her mom.
“When it comes to what others can learn from this amazing person, my mom, there isn’t enough paper. She is truly amazing and one of a kind.”