In Loving Memory Of Bill Britt

In Loving Memory of Bill Britt

Billy Bernard Britt, Korean War Veteran, founder and leader of Britt Worldwide, and

Amway Founders Crown Ambassador and Founders Council Member, passed away on

Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was 81 years old.

Bill Britt was born to Edward and Vivian Britt in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on August 28,

1931. Bill Britt grew up the oldest of eight children; he grew up fast and assumed head of

household responsibilities at an early age. So much responsibility could easily have

caused bitterness and regret. But he always said, “It made me tough.”

He joined the United States Army in 1949, and was selected to attend the Army’s Officer

Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Bill Britt’s commanding officer had quickly

recognized his leadership abilities, and Bill was one of only two candidates in his class at

OCS without a college degree. He excelled in OCS and graduated in the top two of his

class. He went on to serve honorably as an officer in the Korean War, eventually rising

to command a floating bridge unit.

After finishing active duty, Bill Britt continued to serve his country as commander of a

National Guard Reserve Unit. Bill Britt attended college on the G.I. Bill at North Carolina

State University in Raleigh, N.C., where he studied civil engineering. While in college,

Bill met his beloved wife Peggy Garner in 1956. They were married the next year on July

13, 1957.

In Loving Memory Of Bill Britt

After college Bill worked as an assistant to the City Manager in Raleigh, and then as City

Manager in Sanford, N.C. and Goldsboro, N.C., and Town Manager in Carrboro, N.C. His work ethic was impeccable – arriving before anyone else; working hard all day to

accomplish more than was expected; and usually the last to leave in the evening. As Bill

always said, “Do whatever it takes, plus a little bit more.”

However, Bill Britt soon discovered that the status of having a professional, highly visible job in the community simply did not make up for the fact that, no matter how hard he worked he was not satisfied, and wanted a better life for his family. Bill Britt knew he would need to diversify his efforts if they were ever going to have the financial security and freedom he dreamed of.

Bill Britt was a man on a very serious mission.

A $10,000 loss in an investment scam had simply added fuel to the fire already burning in Bill.

He and Peggy had borrowed the money for the investment, and after three years of

working hard to pay it back, they were still in debt.

It was at this time that the Britt’s heard about a business that actually paid

according to how hard you were willing to work. With Bill and Peggy already adhering to

a phenomenal work ethic, this was a truly a match made in heaven!

Still seething from the investment fiasco, Bill approached this “new business” very

cautiously. He recalls, “The night I went to see this business plan for the first time, I left

my wallet in my car so I wouldn’t even be tempted.” Bill Britt had learned to be more than just a little skeptical!

Bill Britt looked at the business plan, and what he saw was an opportunity to control his own

destiny. A business that he could take and run with as hard and as fast as he could, or

simply work as a sideline for some extra income. “We were successful in our careers,

but wanted more,” said Bill. “The Amway business model creates a level playing field for everyone. You get out of it what you put into it.” They started their Amway business in 1970, for an investment of $25.

For Bill and Peggy, the idea of owning their own business, setting their own schedules,

and being compensated according to their efforts were reasons enough to take this

seriously. As the realization of what they had their hands on took hold, “Everything

changed very quickly,” said Peggy.

In Loving Memory Of Bill Britt

When they began building their business, Bill was completing a master’s degree in

public administration; serving as an officer in the National Guard; and working full time as

a city manager! He certainly did not have time to do this, but he was also absolutely

unwilling to settle for anything less than total control of his own life; financial freedom

and control over their time fueled his drive. So, in Bill’s mind, he did not have the time to

NOT do this. And now that he had a way to accomplish his goal of financial

independence, there was no stopping him. Hard work and adversity were old friends, so

there was no fear of that. The only fear, if there ever was one, was the fear of living a life

of mediocrity – and that just wasn’t going to happen for Bill and Peggy Britt.

In the following years Bill catapulted to success, reaching the Crown Ambassador level

in both the United States and India. Bill believed that Amway was built on people helping

people, and he continued throughout his life working to inspire and motivate others to

achieve success.

For some people, adversity encountered along the way, especially early in life, can have

a debilitating effect on one’s future performance. For Bill, however, it was that very

adversity that drove him to rise above – to overcome – and to become!Bill not only

overcame the adversities of his young life, but also went on to become so

successful in this business, that he is largely responsible for the development of a host

of other successful business owners. A born leader, Bill led all who would follow – right

to the well! Bill Britt shared this dream for over forty years – the dream of financial freedom

that has become a reality for him and for many others.

“In college, I was taught to get a job and work hard,” said Bill Britt. “But when we realized that

we could apply the same effort to our own business and be rewarded properly for it, we

began to develop an educational system to teach other people how to own and operate

their own businesses. We take the knowledge we learned the hard way and give it to

others. We help them develop their business until they become our peers, and then they

pass their knowledge on to others, and that pattern just keeps perpetuating itself.”

Of all that Bill and Peggy Britt accomplished during their stellar careers as business

owners and business builders, they are probably best known and loved for being the

ultimate mentors to hundreds of thousands of people around the world looking for the

same type of personal freedom.

Their dedication to sharing their knowledge has resulted in one of the largest global IBO

organizations in Amway’s history – one that includes an extensive presence in the

United States, India, and China. The Britt’s first became Founders Council Members in

1998 and qualified at the Founders Crown Ambassador level in 2002. Most recently in

2004, the Britts reached 40 FAA (Founders Achievement Award) points.

In addition to their Amway success, Bill Britt has established the most respected Amway

educational system, used throughout the world. His teaching and motivation are used as

a model for the Amway Approved Provider business support materials program. His

closest friends and business partners joined forces to create Britt Worldwide decades

ago, which will carry on his legacy forever.

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In Loving Memory Of Bill Britt

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