The second great convention we were holding in October happened just a few hours ago in Panama, and has left us with a lot of emotions.
The official start was set by the OneWorld Foundation gala dinner, an occasion that brought a special magic for the rest of the weekend. And it was a solidarity celebration where the central topic had to be the dreams of children. And part of that magical, creative and optimistic children’s imagery was very present in the room. The biggest donation recorded at that dinner was around fifty thousand Ones, in other words, almost eight hundred thousand euros. And it was only one of many donations made for the sake of the education for children.
Saturday was exclusively dedicated to the education of the leaders. Speakers from all over Latin America and other corners of the world delivered a number of intensive and impressive trainings.
But the big day, the date we all had been waiting for, was Sunday. And the reality went far beyond all our expectations.
The event began with a fantasy performance: a young woman with large butterfly wings appeared in the centre of the stage. A beautiful symbol of transformation and growth, of our project finally unfolding its mighty wings. A fairy tale beginning for a truly magical day.
The event was presented by the illusionist Frank Nicols, who showed us some moments of magic and humour throughout the event, and by the leaders Diane Mendivelso and Alejandra Chica, who proved to be formidable, energetic and dynamic presenters. Throughout the event, together with Jose Gordo, they cheered up the audience by raffled several tickets for two for a Caribbean cruise trip.
As for the speakers that day, we had a really spectacular selection.
The first one was Simon Le, a Crown Diamond from Vietnam, who shared his story and his strategy to create a team like his. Understanding success from the point of view of someone like Simon Le is really revealing, since he is a man who had never worked in this industry until he learned about OneLife. What he really knew were finances and how markets change, mutate or become extinct.
Simon is a financial analyst and has worked in places like Silicon Valley. He has also experienced the effects of an economic crisis and has struggled to set up his own business. When Simon found out about the OneCoin project, there were barely 3,000 people registered, and he immediately wanted to be one of the pioneers, especially after having missed the opportunity of Bitcoin. His family wasn’t very happy about that decision. But here you see him today: one of the most successful people in the company, who has created and led great teams across Asia.
Mr. Le leaves us the most important guidelines to follow his steps: recognition, simple presentations, knowledge and duplication.
After Simon Le, our Argentine colleague Alejandro Taylor brought magic to the stage when he proposed to his girlfriend in front of us all. An exciting moment. She said yes, fascinated and really delighted.
The next speaker was the founder of OneDreamTeam, Staffan Liback.
Liback talked about the need of giving up excuses. He compared a successful person to one who has failed; both may have had the same starting material to work with, and the difference was in what they decided to do with it.
Liback pointed out that network marketing may not be easy, but it is really simple, and we hardly need much more than our will and discipline to do things as simple as three meetings a day.
There was also a moment to talk about the future: within one year, one of the biggest changes in the company will take place when the ONE currency becomes fully independent, goes public and grows by itself with the demand. Products and models will change, and we will simply have to adapt and keep offering more innovation and more education… It will be different, but it will be wonderful.
During the event, Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds were recognized… and when it was time for the recognition of Diamonds, something surprising happened. Two leaders advanced from the back of the room to the stage, dressed as Roman soldiers, or perhaps Spartans, and shouting out cheering slogans for all those willing to become the company’s new Diamonds.
Those leaders were Esteban Merizalde and Rodolfo Rodríguez.
Their mission was not only to recognize new Diamonds – they did it later – but to encourage the creation of 500 new Diamonds in Latin America.
The next speaker in the afternoon was a special guest and a great last-minute surprise. Omar Villalobos himself, a coach and motivational speaker, well known in Latin America and one of the most powerful and energetic ones in the world.
With his particular vitality and sense of humour, he left us a very important message: we must recognize the power of our mind, our decisions and dominate the fears that could prevent us from living the life to the fullest. Not to leave the fears behind, not to ignore them, but to dominate them, because fear makes you stronger.
Omar also reminded us of the importance of being filled with love. Self-love doesn’t have to be arrogant, it’s not a joke.
When Omar left the stage, we really felt a very powerful sense of courage inside, we felt that we were capable of achieving anything. Apart from that, it was one of the funniest moments of the weekend. It is always a great gift to witness such presentations.
After that, another emotional moment came along. Staffan Liback brought a personal gift for Jose Gordo, the OneLife ambassador in Latin America, and gave way to recognition of the Blue and Black Diamonds.
Each of the recognized leaders said a few words of thanks. Emotions filled the room with each of them. A great moment that many will remember.
But there was still an event ahead and surprises to unveil.
Jose Gordo, the OneLife ambassador in Latin America, spoke about how some people want to damage “our kingdom” and our “castle.” And how we defend ourselves, not with bows and arrows, but with information.
Jose came not only to cheer us up, but also to bring some surprises. He also announced the opening of new offices in Quito, Guadalajara, Bogotá, and Buenos Aires, with customer service, support, meeting rooms and many more services.
And Jose also announced one of the most important changes. When the currency goes public, its official name will be ONE.
Before leaving the stage, Jose got surprised by an unexpected recognition of his great work in OneLife and everything he has done for Latin America to take off with such great force. It was an emotional moment when Jose was given all the thanks from his team mates and the audience, and yet he ended up thanking everyone himself, especially Staffan Liback.
And the final touch was given by two Black Diamonds that have recently become the highest-earning people in the industry, according to the Business For Home ranking.
First, Andreea Cimbala, who spoke about her process of becoming one of the most powerful people in network marketing and who gave us valuable advice from her experience.
She encouraged us to observe the leaders around us, and not only those we like, those who attract attention, but everyone. We must value the experience of those who have already walked the way before us.
Andreea also reminded us that inspiration and motivation are not enough if there is no action. You must do something, you must do everything possible.
Igor E. Alberts, really excited and astonished by everything he had seen that weekend, brought us some of his wisdom, with his unique personal touch.
Igor has been in the industry for 30 years. He has much to share, but he also wanted to put a special emphasis on the importance of education, and above all, financial education. Something that you are not taught at school.
Igor also almost missed the OneLife opportunity at the beginning. He was given three chances to say yes. And the third time was the charm. And the rest is history.
Really magical moments.