Tammy Cordes – A Leap Of Faith And Determination

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

If you have a strong enough desire for something, and you know beyond a doubt it’s right for you, you will do just about anything to get it. There are courageous stories of entrepreneurs who built empires despite starting out with nothing, and their stories are inspirational for all of us who have a will, and who know there has to be a way. Tammy Cordes is one of those inspirational people, and in 2008, at age forty-three, she was at a point in her life where she knew she needed something to change. She and her family were living paycheck to paycheck, and she was working long hours at two part-time jobs. She was consulting for a salon while working for a major airline that had laid her off from a former full-time position. Simultaneously, her husband’s job was affected dramatically by the crisis of the economy that year, so they found themselves juggling many bills while also providing for their teenage daughter.

Tammy Cordes

Tammy unexpectedly received a phone call from her ex sister-in-law, who had no idea what was going on in Tammy’s life at the time. She called because she wanted to share an exciting business opportunity with her to partner with Doctors Rodan + Fields as an Independent Consultant for their skincare company. Having tried direct sales years before, Tammy had learned what it takes to make a successful career out of it. She decided to seize this new opportunity, and make a change happen for her and her family. She recalls, “I was at a time in my life when everything finally came together. I had previous direct sales knowledge, and I had learned from my experience with the other company. I knew what to look for in a successful company, and I knew this was a winner.”

Her prior experience in the salon industry taught her what to look for in the beauty industry as well, and she realized that all of the steps she had taken in life, with all the ups and downs and the winding paths that seemed to be going nowhere, had finally led her to this. This was exactly what she had been looking for, and she knew this business was right for her. She just needed to gather her strength and determination to make it work.

“I really felt strongly that if I didn’t do this, I would regret it for the rest of my life. Financially, this was about saving my family. I saw it as an answer, and it came along at the perfect time.”

Cordes family on Prom night

Cordes family on Prom night

Only four months after signing up to be an Independent Consultant, she was earning enough money to make her mortgage payment. Her husband, who had been skeptical at first, was impressed. This was working for their family, and Tammy had made it happen. In another leap of faith and determination, she decided to leave her twenty-five year career with the airline and focus on her Rodan + Fields business full time. Her courage again paid off, and in another stroke of perfect timing, the same week she retired she was sent on a Rodan + Fields Level V Arrival trip.

“That trip was huge for me, and reaffirmed that I had made the right decision.”

She has since tripled her income, and her family no longer has to worry about juggling monthly bills. The most rewarding aspect, though, is how her choices have set a positive example for her teenage daughter, who has watched the transformation.

“It’s wonderful that I have been able to show my daughter that you really can do anything you put your mind to regardless of your circumstances.”


mother-daughter duo

All too often, we let opportunities pass us by because we don’t feel ready, or able, or good enough. But when we take a leap of faith in ourselves, we find out we can do so much more than we ever imagined. Sometimes all we really have to do is believe in our own ability to go after what we want, no matter what our current situation is. When we believe in ourselves, we can recognize the great opportunities in life when they come our way, and trust that now is the time to seize them.


The information, materials and views provided by a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant during this presentation are her or his own and do not necessarily represent the views of Rodan + Fields. Rodan + Fields makes no representations about the accuracy of the information. The stories shared may be atypical experiences among Consultants who join the business. Actual earnings vary significantly, and no income is promised or guaranteed. Potential Consultants are urged to perform their own due diligence prior to making any decision to participate.

For information regarding earnings under the U.S. R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement.

For information regarding earnings under the Canada R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement. We estimate that in Canada the typical plan participant will earn between $1,700 and $2,000 CAD per year.



8 responses to “Tammy Cordes – A Leap Of Faith And Determination”

  1. Cheryl Dacey says:

    Love you, Love your story; you are such an inspiration Tammy! So happy for all your success!! I love the way you “Roll!” CJD

  2. Lori Taylor says:

    Love your story! It is so inspirational!

  3. Jeannette says:

    Your story resonates deeply with me. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Tammy will tell you, I am one of her first and I’m so proud to have place my trust and belief in her when she presented the R+F opportunity to me. She held her head up high and said, watch me do this and so I did. Her belief and leadership keeps me going. Thank you for all you do!

  5. Yana Diaz says:

    Thank for all that you and Craig do. You have always been an inspiration!

  6. Becky Cox says:

    Tammy- you are amazing and we LOVE you!!!! SO excited to have started with you from the first!!!

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