GUEST BLOG: Emily Katz talks about 8 Steps to Success

From time to time, I’m going to have special guest bloggers share their work on my blog. Our first guest blogger is Emily Katz, the daughter of Adam and Beth Katz. Emily read my book “The 8 Steps to Success” and wrote a school paper on it. I was honored...

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From time to time, I’m going to have special guest bloggers share their work on my blog. Our first guest blogger is Emily Katz, the daughter of Adam and Beth Katz. Emily read my book “The 8 Steps to Success” and wrote a school paper on it. I was honored that she chose my book for her school project and wanted to let her share with you. I hope you guys enjoy reading this and I want to say thanks to Emily! Leave Emily and I comments and tell us what you think!



Adam Katz and his Daughter Emily


The book I am writing about is called The 8 Steps to Success by our close friend Andy Albright.  Andy and his family, his wife Jane, daughter Haleigh, and son Spencer have been a huge part of our lives and mean so much to our family.  My parents have known Andy and Jane for over 20 years, and they’ve mentored our family through so much in business and life.  This book talks about how agents with National Agents Alliance (NAA) and people in general can succeed with 8 simple steps.  Following them can make you a millionaire in just a few years like Alex (pronounced Elec) Fitzgerald and his family or the Stephen Davies family.  These ideas apply to everyone whether student or business worker, and with them you CAN succeed.

I predict that if my dad continues to follow the 8 steps and listen to Andy he will grow further in National Agents Alliance.  I say that because I have seen him and so many people succeed by following them.  I have already seen him and my mom grow so much in everything. They are such amazing parents and I know that they are such a big influence on all of National Agents Alliance.  As newlyweds my parents were in debt after their honeymoon and then started looking for a job.  My parents were both part of a group called the Teaching Fellows, and so they looked for jobs as teachers. They finally found a job with a salary of around $32,000 a year.  They were on the edge of bankruptcy until NAA started in 2002.  Andy called my dad and a few of his friends over, and in Andy’s basement NAA was created.  Every person who started National Agents Alliance is still with us today and loves it.  Our lives have changed so much in so many different ways with NAA.  It is amazing to see all the wonderful people joining together and making a better tomorrow.  National Agents Alliance has changed our lives, and it can change yours and many others.

After reading this book, I had a question to ask Andy.  My question was “what do I do next?”  Andy answers this question many times in the book and face-to-face.  He says, “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the questions you ask.”  That means to me that no matter what the circumstance, you should always ask questions.  If you want to be better at something or do something faster, go to someone who knows and ask how to improve.  Everyone has a why in life and business, so questions can help find it.  Questions are kind of like the key to succeeding.

After reading this book, I thought about how these values relate to me as a 5th grade student.  Let’s start with Chapter 1, “Personal Use.”  This chapter is about how you should value whatever you are doing.  In school I should see the importance of what is being taught and learn it.  Chapter 2 is called “Work.”  This chapter relates to me because when you are at school you have to work hard in order to maintain A’s and graduate.  Chapter 3 is called “Listen.”  This applies to school when you have a test coming up and you want to listen to everything so you do not fail.  Chapter 4 is called “Read.”  In this chapter it shows the importance of reading and how books help your vocabulary and many other skills.  Chapter 5 is called “Attend All Meetings.”  As a student the meetings are basically school, so it is saying always attend school.  Chapter 6 is called “Be Teachable.”  This is a very important life lesson because if you won’t allow others to help you and you are stubborn, then you are sort of screwed.  Chapter 7 is called “Be Accountable.”  This chapter talks about how it is very important that your words and actions show that you actually care and want to learn.  Chapter 8 is called “Communicate with a Positive Mental Attitude.”  This shows that you should always try not to look at things negatively.  The following is a very good example from the book…”I am talking to an agent and he tells me he made 72 calls and had two positive responses.  He is depressed.  2 out of 72.  What he needs to see is it is not 2 out of 72.  He made 2 positive responses.  Then he will improve and get more.  Please do not tell me you made 72 calls and only got 2 sales.  Tell me you got 2 sales, and then we can talk about how you got them.”

I loved this book so much, and it has taught me lots of lessons that I will always value.  If you would like to learn more about NAA and how you can succeed, call my dad at 910-591-8627 or 910-686-1772.  You can also visit

By Emily Katz


UPDATE (June 8, 2012): Emily Katz traveled with her father to Ohio this week and spoke to those in attendance about why NAA is so important to her. Here’s what Emily said:

“Hi my name is Emily Katz, daughter of Adam and Beth Katz. I am 10 years old. I am honored to be standing up here today. I was asked by my dad to talk about what NAA means to me. NAA means to me a huge house that we got in august of 2007. It means food on my plate and health. I am a very lucky girl and am blessed with a wonderful family. Most of all NAA is a family. I love how you can go up to anybody and laugh and have fun with the feel of family. I have always noticed how much cooperation, team-work, and love the NAA team shows. I couldn’t imagine being without NAA. NAA is a place of opportunity and I want to tell you about some of my success. First off I would like to tell you about a blog I am on I read Andy Albright’s first book “The 8 Steps To Success” for school and wrote a paper about it. Then I sent it in to Andy and I am his FIRST GUEST blogger. It is amazing that NAA realizes that work is just as important as rewards and they show that by if you earn a certain amount of points then they provide an all expense paid vacation to an amazing place. I know my parents just got back from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico and are going to Fiji. I have gone to Atlantis (Bahamas) and it was amazing. NAA means so much to me and my family and I hope you get to experience that too.”

Thanks for the update Emily!


  1. Bill Kryder
    Bill Kryder
    May 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    loved the enthusiasm…last paragraph though was the BEST!

  2. Martti Ylipelkonen
    Martti Ylipelkonen
    May 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    That is Awesome! Adam and Beth- you must be so proud! Andy- just reading that took me back to what I was seeing and being influenced by in the world in 5th Grade and realizing how quickly you can Succeed in life if you have the proper foundation in place as young as possible. Just incredible Emily!!

  3. Jeff Taylor
    Jeff Taylor
    May 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Incredible job, Emily! I love this: “Chapter 6 is called “Be Teachable.” This is a very important life lesson because if you won’t allow others to help you and you are stubborn, then you are sort of screwed.” So true, so true! I wish I had read BOTH of Andy’s books when I was your age – would have saved me a lot of time!

  4. Kimberly Hodapp
    Kimberly Hodapp
    May 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Wow Emily! You have a bright, successful future ahead of you! What an inspiring story! I wish I had an understanding of that in fifth grade but it’s never to late to get smart! ;0) Please read Jer. 29:11 Blessings!

  5. ray France
    ray France
    May 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

    If a young girl sees the importance here then what’s my excuse? Thanks for helping me open my eyes up to the magnitude that this can have on my own life.

  6. Jim Glascott
    Jim Glascott
    May 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Great report Emily! You did a great job of relating the book to your situation. The 8 steps can be utilize by anyone for success at whatever they wish! Thanks Andy for your leadership and vision, thanks Adam and Beth for being great mentors and parents, and thanks Emily for your child’s perspective.

  7. Louise Barber
    Louise Barber
    May 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Wow! It is wonderful to see your daughter involved with NAA philosophy! Looking forward to seeing you speak tomorrow at the FLL Rotational Mtg.!

  8. rose cushman
    rose cushman
    May 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Emily wow!What a influence your parents and NAA has had on your life already! You are already ahead of the game. Keep that perspective and you will succeed at what ever you do.I feel the book should be required book for business majors to read. So read on Emily and god bless you!

  9. Toni Zito
    Toni Zito
    May 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Emily – extraordinary! I can feel your positive glow in every word. I’d give you an A+ on this report! Congrats to you and to your awesome parents and Andy Albright!

  10. Ashley Rollocks
    Ashley Rollocks
    May 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Great job Emily, glad you are learning these lessons early. Keep up the good work!

  11. Dina Cain
    Dina Cain
    May 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Emily-I really enjoyed reading your paper. You are a very bright young lady. I know your parents are VERY proud of you. You can definitely be an inspiration to ALL the agents in NAA.

  12. Gina Hawks
    Gina Hawks
    May 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    WOW Emily!! Fantastic job! Your parents – Adam & Beth – Andy, and your entire family must be so proud of such a successful, intelligent & enthusiastic young lady! The sky’s the limit for you!

  13. Trini Stelz
    Trini Stelz
    May 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Emily, Bravo! Your life will be a great Journey.

  14. Paul Martin
    Paul Martin
    May 8, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Wow! How inspiring!! Did you say you were in the fifth grade or tenth? It is true we can use this great tool of Andy’s in any aspect of our live’s. So touched by Emily’s maturity about life and being ALL WE CAN Be!! Just follow the system and watch us grow!!! Thanks Emily and the Katz family for sharing.

  15. Lisa Goodman
    Lisa Goodman
    May 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Absolutely amazing! This was very well written and the passion comes through loud and clear. Very inspiring. How fortunate for Emily to be in the NAA family and all the support surrounding her – amazing and I thank you for sharing.

  16. Michael Kincaid
    Michael Kincaid
    May 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Emily, great job on taking the 8 steps and figuring out how to apply it to your own life. Good job on the report.

  17. Etta Smith
    Etta Smith
    May 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Emily, you make us all proud to know you. Keep up the good work. I am working with the eight steps to success. I am improving my life as well. It is great to hear from a 5th grader who has her head on right. Thanks

  18. Matt Lindley
    Matt Lindley
    May 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This is what I love about NAA. It is about life change throughout your family and passing that on to others. Emily, you are changing lives for the better.

  19. Douglas H. Secor
    Douglas H. Secor
    May 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I really thought Emily did a wonderful job. I gueshe apple has not fallen far from the tree. It show the great attitude or all the NAA leaders. my only question is how soon can Emily get licensed. Adam and Betrh did a fabulous job as parents

  20. Angela Randall
    Angela Randall
    May 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    What a bright young lady. I love the excitement she shows when writing about something she loves so much, her family and friends. With such great people to admire I know she will have many successes in her lifetime.

  21. Hugh A Turner
    Hugh A Turner
    May 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Awesome job making application Emily. No matter what information one reads, if we cannot make the application then it’s useless – you have shown that our rule book can be applied by everyone if we just take the time.

  22. Linda Meredith
    Linda Meredith
    May 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I can see Emily out-doing her dad in about 10 years. YOU GO GIRL….!!!!!

  23. JosephMoore
    May 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Awesome job Emily!!! Knowing is more than understanding, it is applying what you understand. This is so inspiring to me because now I see greater possibilities for my son. For this I thank you. Way to go truly maming a difference. Thanks for sharing!!

  24. JosephMoore
    May 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Awesome job Emily!! Knowing is more than understanding, id is applying what what you understand. I can tell you know your stuff!! This opens possibilities for where my son can go as well. Thanks for truly making a difference!!

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