CEO Frank VanderSloot Receives Horatio Alger Award

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished American

Last week in Washington, D.C., Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court presented Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot with the Horatio Alger Award. This prestigious honor recognizes Frank as a “Distinguished American” whose work has contributed to free enterprise and has inspired people to achieve the American Dream.

Almost 30 years ago, Frank founded Melaleuca to help typical American families get ahead in life. Because of his unwavering commitment to Melaleuca’s mission of enhancing lives, hundred of thousands of families receive a Melaleuca check every month. As a champion of the “little guy,” Frank has long understood that people can best find true happiness in life when they are in control of their own lives and not subject to their jobs, their debts, or other demands on their time. Thanks to his vision, Melaleuca is successfully helping people reach their goals.

The Horatio Alger Award is given annually to accomplished American leaders who have not only overcome significant adversity to achieve success in their own lives, but who are dedicated to higher education, philanthropy, and helping others reach their dreams. Former recipients of this award are Ronald Reagan, Buzz Aldrin, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, Tom Landry, Ray Kroc, Lou Dobbs, and Tom Selleck. A nonprofit educational organization, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans honors these outstanding leaders while also encouraging young people to achieve their goals through higher education by providing them with over $110 million in need-based college scholarships.

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished American

Become Your Best, Today

By Melaleuca Senior VP of Sales Darrin Johnson

All of us have an ideal for ourselves—our concept of how good we could be, or perhaps how good we once were. But some of us have developed this idea that we’ll never truly reach that ideal, that we’re long past our prime. Even if that were true, and I don’t believe it is, it’s much too dangerous to believe. After all, it’s the striving toward that ideal that drives us to become better, even if we never quite achieve what we consider to be our best.

That’s a big part of our message to the world with Melaleuca. As George Eliot said, “It’s never too late to become what you might have been.” That’s our purpose. We’re here to tell people that they can indeed become what they want to become, physically, financially and personally. With Melaleuca as our tool, we can help people turn their potential into reality.

I want to mention one specific way you can do that next month: Come to Convention and bring a friend. Convention changes lives every year, and I’m not being trite when I say that. There’s no other event like it anywhere in the world, and in no other place will you find so many people who sincerely care about helping themselves and others to get better. And when you get that many like-minded people in the same place, something truly incredible happens.

You’ve probably heard the saying “a rising tide lifts all ships.” Well, that’s what Convention is like. All of us who attend that event have an uplifting experience at Convention every year.

Yes, there will be awesome entertainment. Yes, you’ll hear inspiring messages. And yes, you’ll have the opportunity to learn almost anything and everything about Melaleuca. But there’s more to the Convention experience than just that. There’s something about being there with us for this amazing event that you can’t adequately describe on paper. And that’s the part you need to be there to experience for yourself.

Maybe you feel like you’ve been around the block with Melaleuca already. Maybe you feel like you’ve heard it all before and that you already know everything there is to know. If that sounds like your situation, I want you to think about something Lionel Ritchie said the other day when he was a guest coach on the TV show “The Voice” (and I’m paraphrasing here): “I’ve been in the music industry for 40 years. And after that long, some might say you’ve learned everything you can learn about music. But when I hear and watch these young guys, I’m still learning.”
Don’t kid yourself: You can still be better than you are, and there’s still an opportunity for you to see something in Melaleuca you’ve never seen before.

Wherever you are, and whatever you’ve done or haven’t done with your life, we want you to be there with us at Convention in Salt Lake City in May. Hearts are healthier. Minds are clearer. Futures are brighter. In short, lives change here. So why not yours? Run, walk, drive or hitchhike. Just come. I won’t guarantee a specific result, but I will guarantee this: When you arrive in the Salt Palace Convention Center, you’ll find some of the best, most dedicated people in the world. And when you rub shoulders with them, you will be one step closer to achieving your ideal, to being the best you can be right now—that much I can promise.

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I’ll see you there!

Discover Your “Why” at Convention: Live the Life You Want Today

Melaleuca Convention 2015

Nothing will impact you and your business like being at Melaleuca Convention 2015. It’s where thousands of business builders from every walk of life come to rub shoulders and share stories with one another. They forge friendships that last a lifetime, learn about incredible new products, and receive exclusive training from Melaleuca’s top business builders and management team. They also leave with renewed hope and belief in themselves and their businesses.

Those who’ve attended Convention in the past know what a life-changing experience it is—and they can’t wait to get there again. Many of those who attended their first Convention as brand-new customers credit the event as the launching point for their Melaleuca businesses.

That’s because Convention, more than any other Melaleuca event, inspires people. It helps them rediscover and fortify their sense of purpose.

Doing anything worthwhile in life requires real purpose, and building a Melaleuca business is no different. Success is a result of identifying what you want out of your life—and how much you want it. It’s a crucial first step to achieving any goal, and at Melaleuca, we call it determining your “why.”

In order to build a successful Melaleuca business, you need to have a strong “why.” It’s the reason you’re striving to reach your goals, and it’s what will push you to act and sustain you when obstacles arise. If you’ve been a Melaleuca Marketing Executive for a day or a decade, and you don’t have a clear “why” for building a business, stop what you’re doing and determine what that is. Think about the one thing that’s really motivating you to succeed, and write it down. Then, don’t let anything else get in your way.

Ask yourself what kind of life you would like to create for you and your family. Try to visualize the future you want; then document that vision. One of the best ways to do this is to create a dream board as a daily visual reminder of your “why.” You can see Melaleuca’s virtual Pinterest dream board for ideas on creating your own.

Sometimes dreamers get a bad rap, as if dreaming is synonymous with laziness or inactivity. But some of the greatest accomplishments in history were inspired by a simple yet powerful dream. That’s because an action plan always begins with a goal, and a goal always begins with a dream.

A dream board is a visual representation of your dreams, but it can act as a springboard for action. It can simply be a corkboard or whiteboard that contains images and words that symbolize your personal “why.” You can also create a virtual dream board using a social platform like Pinterest. However you choose to create your dream board, fill it with inspirational quotes, photos, magazine clippings, and more. But each item you add should strongly reflect your “why.”

Is your “why” to spend more quality time and find happiness with your family? Then perhaps your board should include your family name—including the first names of your loved ones—a family photo, or a generic picture of a happy family playing or vacationing together.

Is your why to achieve financial freedom? Then consider adding a paycheck, a car-payment countdown, a photo of your college-bound child at their high school graduation, a snapshot of your current home or dream home, or a pouch to hold your cut-up credit cards.

Remember that it’s okay to think about money—as long as it’s in the context of helping you fulfill your worthwhile dreams. Money itself is only a means to accomplishing something good.

Ask yourself this: What amount of extra income would make a difference for you and your family? Write that amount on your dream board. What would help you bridge the gap in your household expenses, get out of debt and stay home with your kids? Write it down and add it to your dream board. What type of residual income would secure your retirement or give you time freedom to enjoy life on your own terms? Again, put it on your dream board.

While your dream board serves as a daily reminder of your goals, Convention gives you the tools you need to achieve those goals. In other words, Convention helps you turn your dreams into reality. Melaleuca’s Mission Statement is “Enhancing the lives of those we touch by helping people reach their goals,℠” and everything that happens at Convention is centered around setting you up to do the right activities and helping you commit to yourself to reach your goals.

If you’re someone who likes to be surrounded by people who care about you and want you to succeed, then you’ll feel right at home at Convention. We can’t wait to see you there!

Check Out Melaleuca’s Virtual Dream Board!
We’re counting down the days to Convention too. So we decided to create our own virtual dream board. Check out the Melaleuca Dream Board on Pinterest to see some of the things that make up our “why” of enhancing lives. Since our goals are your goals, you’ll likely see a few things in common with your “why.” Go ahead and add them to your own dream board. We would love to see your virtual dream boards, so be sure to use the official Convention hashtag #whynotyours.

To help you determine your “why,” be sure to register for Convention 2015 today.

Inside Out: Being Your Best Self

Real change doesn't come from the outside in. It comes from the inside out.

Real change doesn’t come from the outside in. It comes from the inside out.

I want to talk about a theme that is closely intertwined with the Peak Performance Pack, something I hope everyone is thinking about at this time of year: How you can be your best self in 2015.

The first thing I want you to know about being your best self is that we’re not talking about aiming for some sort of unachievable perfection. Being your best self doesn’t mean taking someone else’s best and pinning it up on your wall as your goal. It doesn’t mean wearing yourself out by trying to become something you’re not.

You might’ve heard what happened when Victoria’s Secret announced their new ad slogan a few months ago: “The Perfect Body,” accompanied by a photo of a group of airbrushed supermodels. More than 27,000 people signed a petition asking the company to change its slogan. The company wisely relented and changed its slogan to “A Body for Every Body.”

This is the generation of the “selfie”—the most photographed generation in history—so when we talk about your “best self,” it’s easy to get caught up in personal appearance. But being your best self isn’t about having a perfect figure or a sculpted physique. If you focus on body image or body weight, on what’s on the outside, you might do more harm than good. And there’s a very simple reason for that: Real change doesn’t come from the outside in. It comes from the inside out.

If you were at Launch and you heard about the research behind the Peak Performance Pack, you know that’s exactly how it works—from the inside out. The Peak Performance Pack starts at the cellular level and, in as little as one hour, helps the systems in your body perform better.

It’s almost a cliché in the world of nutrition to compare your body to a sports car. You might have a high-performance engine under the hood, but if you neglect it and feed it with subpar fuels, it won’t matter how nice your fenders are. You simply can’t perform optimally if you don’t give your engine what it needs.

The reality is (and I mean no disrespect to automobile engineers in saying this) our bodies are much more complex and magnificent machines than shiny, high-performance sports cars. The more you discover about how your body operates and what it’s capable of, the more you realize that every single one of us is a walking, talking miracle.

Being your best doesn’t mean being your skinniest or even your fittest; it means being your healthiest. It’s not just about what you do today; it’s about what you do daily for the long term. So when you’re determining what it means to be your best self this year, cut yourself some slack about what you see in the mirror and instead focus on consistently giving your body the nutrition it requires to perform.

The best decision you can make right now is to start using the Peak Performance Pack daily and share it with everyone you know. Once your bodily systems are running smoothly, the changes you want to see on the outside will come.

Regular physical exercise works in the same way. What matters is not how fast you ran your mile or how good you look in your workout clothing. It’s what happened inside you as you worked out and how your body adapted to it. The key to physical fitness, just like nutrition and any other lifestyle habit, is consistency.

Marketing Executive of the Year Brooke Paulin often shares this quote from philosopher Will Durant: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Something else happens when you do those activities regularly: you change. Your lifestyle changes, and you become a happier, healthier person. More and more evidence is showing that relationships are among the biggest keys to happiness and quality of life. This is a business where creating and then nurturing relationships, and even fostering communities, is central to your long-term success. There’s great satisfaction to be found in building relationships and communities in your organization.

Sometimes we get so caught up in celebrating the milestones of a Melaleuca business, and those things should be celebrated. But often, the real triumphs and successes come long before those successes begin to show up on your business report. The truly lasting accomplishments come in the personal growth, the courage and the fortitude we find as we build this business and discover what we’re capable of.

Start taking those small, consistent steps toward becoming your best self in 2015. When you get to December 31 and look back, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished.

By Darrin Johnson, Senior Vice President of Sales

Melaleuca Customer Wins the Louisiana Marathon!

Melaleuca customer Adam MacDowell as he crosses the finish line

Melaleuca customer Adam MacDowell as he crosses the finish line to win the Louisiana Marathon
Photo Credit: Advocate Staff Member Angela Major

It’s typical to start the New Year off running—whether that’s enthusiastically setting new goals and finding a way to reach them, or actually stepping on a treadmill to shed some weight and get healthier. One Melaleuca customer did more than head to the gym. Earlier this month, Adam MacDowell won the Louisiana Marathon, crossing the finish line at 2 hours and 27 minutes! In a nutshell, Adam is really fast and he can prove it.

Over the years, Adam has clocked countless miles as a competitive cross country and track runner. Once the captain of the University of Missouri’s track team, Adam ran a 5k race in only 14 minutes and 26 seconds. (For some of us, that’s as long as it takes to run a third of the distance!) After he graduated, Adam ran a half-marathon in just over an hour, which means he ran a 5-minute mile for more than 13 miles! He even qualified for and ran in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012. You have to feel kind of sorry for the man’s running shoes.

Yet these days, Adam isn’t running next to world-championship contenders. Instead, he’s teaching math to high school students in Louisiana, coaching cross-country runners and entering an occasional race to stay in shape and stoke his competitive fire.

“When I was training at a high level, I was running 90 to 110 miles a week,” he says. “I’ve been doing this sport my entire life, but now that I’m getting older, I’m looking for anything I can find that will help me keep doing the sport I love and help my body recover.”

After Adam had an allergic reaction to a household cleaner, he and his wife found Melaleuca while looking for safer-for-your-home alternatives. One day, Adam was reading Leadership in Action magazine when he discovered Vitality Elevate™. He started purchasing Vitality 4® with Oligo® every month, along with the Vitality Elevate™Amino Boost and a box of Access Bars.

“I eat an Access Bar before I run because I know it helps me burn fat, and I don’t want to burn any muscle!” Adam says. “After any of my long runs, I used the Amino Boost to recover.”

Until this past Sunday, Adam hadn’t seen the results of switching over to Vitality for Life. And when he toed the line for the Louisiana Marathon, he wasn’t sure how it would go. He’d only been running 40 miles per week—far fewer than the distances he’d run before past races.

“You never start a marathon thinking, ‘Oh yeah, I’m definitely going to finish this,’” he says. “Anything can go wrong. You can start with a little pain in your toe that can completely end your race after 20 miles. You just never know.”

For 20 miles of the race, Adam and his training partner cranked out the miles at a steady pace, and then his training partner suddenly fell behind. Instead of easing off the gas, Adam “threw the hammer down” and ran his last six miles even faster. He crossed the finish line at 2:27:12—and claimed the overall race win!

“I’ve never won a major marathon, ever,” he says. “That was the best I’ve ever felt after running a marathon, and I’ve run a lot of marathons.”

Already, Adam is looking at how he can take his performance even further with the Peak Performance Pack. Since hearing about the Freiburg Study and the science on free radicals and inflammation, Adam knows that it will help his body recover even faster than before.

“When you run a marathon, it can be a real shock to your body,” he says. “So I’m really conscious about the recovery process and how I can give my body everything it needs to get stronger.”

Like Adam, each of us could stand to put a little more effort into getting strong and treating our bodies better. But that doesn’t mean running a marathon, or 40 miles a week. Melaleuca advocates a life of health and wellness. That’s why we seek to provide you with products like the Peak Performance Pack that will supplement an active lifestyle and help you reach your dreams. So set some goals, big and small, to feel better in 2015. Then walk, run, lift, bike, or dance to the finish line of your choosing.