Carol has been selling Organo Gold to individuals and businesses for about 2 years now. And what surprised me was that because this coffee is so hugely popular, her husband has been able to stop working!
Because I'm not a big coffee fan (I know, weird), Carol had to prepare the cup of coffee for me with creamer and sugar. I was nervous, because I've never enjoyed the taste, but I was surprised how nice and mild it was. As we sipped our coffees she told me how the coffee had Ganoderma Lucidum. This is the worlds oldest medicinal herb. It's widely used in Asia and its gaining a following here, too. Carol also pointed out that coffee is woven into our culture with coffee tables, coffee shops, etc. While she wants to leave a legacy for her family, Carol also wants to use coffee to build happier, healthier communities in St. Louis.
Before she found Organo Gold, Carol worked in the restaurant industry for about 18 years, much of that as a local or regional manager. At the same time she was staying busy by performing in her church choir or singing backup around Delmar with her friends band.
I got the impression as we were talking, that there aren't many places Carol goes where she's a stranger. Her bubbly personality and easy laugh make her incredibly like able, and her visible tattoos help you learn more about her personality and interests right off the bat (including her treble clef tattoo, which endeared me to her immediately).
In addition to recommending the book "Think and Grow Rich", Carol believes its important for everyone to step outside their comfort zone in order to grow as an individual. I couldn't agree more. I've always made myself try the things that scare me, gliding in Germany, scuba diving in Mexico, paragliding in Switzerland. But it can be more difficult to find ways to do that in your own backyard. "Do it while your young and get the failure out of the way", was her advice.
While we were leaving Carol gave me samples of Organo Gold red and green tea, mocha and regular coffee. Although it was fun to drink the coffee with Carol, I think I'll leave the coffee samples with my dad and sister and go to town on the tea!
Insights: It's hard to find new ways to challenge yourself and you have to discern if it's fear or disinterest that holds you back.