In Unicity he found the perfect match -- the product mix, the global reach, and especially Stewart Hughes, who had Jim on an airplane to visit Unicity's headquarters as soon as he could. When he arrived, Jim had $800 to his name and a hole in his tooth he couldn't afford to fix.
"Nobody knew I was broke." Jim says. "But I had a lot of faith and a positive attitude, so I guess everyone just assumed I had money."
One month after joining Unicity, Jim had more than enough to fix his tooth. Three and a half years later, he made history. By February 2010, Jim reached Presidential Sapphire. Two years later, he was recognized as a Double Diamond at Unicity's Global Leadership Convention in Seoul. Six months after that, he reached Triple Diamond -- the fastest distributor in Unicity's history to reach the rank.
Jim credits his success to a number of factors -- the leaders he surrounds himself with and the opportunity Unicity provides, but in his approach there are several keys, that even though they seem simple on the surface, make a profound impact.
The first is Jim's ability to make complicated material extremely straightforward and easy to understand.
The next is passion. Jim works every day like a man who's been given a second lease on life, and he applies his trade with the type of missionary fervor that keeps him motivated, regardless of money and rank. The way he see's it, his profession has the ability to change people's lives.
Most importantly, Jim believes in the power of having a positive mindset.
"If you've got a positive attitude and the right mindset, then you're ready to make changes. But you also need to get rid of all the distractions and the things holding you back and realize you can make changes. I've always said we're in the leader building business -- of helping people turn their goals into realities -- and it all starts with the right attitude."
"It's not about the money," he says. "You can be happy with a little or a lot, but I also know what it's like to lose everything and think your life is over. What keeps me motivated is helping people turn their lives around."
Jim has had quite a journey -- the rise and fall, the drama, the resolution -- and is now enjoying his curtain call.
But for him, he's getting ready for the encore.