#1 In Online Health And Beauty 9 years running – Sounds like a great Manufacturer to be associated with…..

When I looked to partner with a manufacturer I figured going with the best will give me the best results but also allow me to provide the best to all of my customers and business leaders. This is just another reason among many why I’m confident with my partnership with Amway Global. You don’t get these kinds of results with a fly by night, starting at the bottom level, get rich quick dealy.

See http://news.amway.com/2012-06-26-Amway-North-America-1-in-Online-Health-Beauty-Sales-for-Ninth-Consecutive-Year-Internet-Retailer

Amway North America #1 in Online Health & Beauty Sales for Ninth Consecutive Year — Internet Retailer

Jun 26, 2012

ADA, Mich., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — For the ninth consecutive year, Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) have earned the company the top spot in online Health & Beauty (H&B) sales. Internet Retailer’s annual Top 500 Guide to the web ranked Amway North America first again in the Health & Beauty category, and 30th in overall web sales.

Amway North America is part of the Amway family, a worldwide leader in direct selling, with more than three million IBOs in more than 80 countries and territories. Amway North America’s Top 500 Guide ranking is based on estimates made by Internet Retailer, since Amway does not report sales by individual market.

Enterprise-wide sales for Amway North America’s parent company, Alticor, were $10.9 billion in fiscal 2011. According to Internet Retailer estimates, Amway North America’s online sales were more than $980 million in 2011.

“Amway Independent Business Owners always look to the future and new technology trends and that’s helped us achieve this level of success online. Using social media and cutting-edge technologies, Amway IBOs serve customers wherever they are: in person, on their computers, phones or tablets,” says Tanios Viviani, Regional President of Amway Americas. “This ranking also reflects the high quality of our products and appeal of our major health and beauty brands, NUTRILITE® nutritional supplements and ARTISTRY® skin care and cosmetics.”

NUTRILITE is the world’s No. 1 selling vitamins, and dietary supplements brand*, and ARTISTRY is among the world’s top five, largest-selling, premium skin care brands**.  The NUTRILITE and ARTISTRY brands are among more than 450 unique, high-quality products manufactured and marketed by Amway. These exclusive brands are supported by more than 60 Research & Development labs worldwide, approximately 500 patents, and a 180-day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Internet Retailer’s definitive ranking and analysis of America’s 500 largest e-retailers is based on annual 2011 Internet sales, researched by Internet Retailer and confirmed by retailers. This report includes company financial, operational and performance data, as well as vendors in key categories.

About Amway
Founded in 1959 and based in Ada, Michigan, Amway is one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses and a member of the Alticor family of companies. Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide through more than 3 million Independent Business Owners building their own AMWAY™ businesses. Top-selling brands for Amway are NUTRILITE vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements and ARTISTRY skincare and colour cosmetics. For more information about Amway visit news.amway.com

About Internet Retailer
Published by Chicago-based Vertical Web Media LLC, Internet Retailer is a monthly national business magazine, two web sites, two e-mail newsletters, three conferences and trade shows, and five research guides – all directed to various aspects of the e-commerce business. Internet Retailer’s 42,500 subscribers and 250,000 monthly web readers represent senior executives primarily from retail chains, independent stores, catalogs, virtual merchants and brand name manufacturers. Internet Retailer’s circulation represents the largest multichannel readership base of any retailing magazine.

*Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Vitamins and Dietary Supplements, World, Retail Value RSP, 2010.

**Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Beauty and Personal Care 2011, premium cosmetics and premium skincare category and subcategory; global 2010 value RSP



Success Input

Just coming off a really solid weekend. Nikki and I had a chance to drive down to Lynwood, WA for a Tracy & Kimberly Eaton Regional training seminar/rally yesterday.
Anyone who is successful will confirm that input is almost everything. Any success book, success speaker or other successful source will agree that power of association and input is key.
We’re taught such: Input leads to Thoughts—->Words—->Action—>Habits—->Lifestyle—>Legacy.
What input do you take in and let affect you on a daily basis? Its a challenge out there to constantly avoid negative input. Negative news sells. And with online access so easily available, we’re bombarded day in and day out with negative garbage. Gossip, war, money….at some point you will hear about something bad going on in the world or with someone you know.

The solution to pollution is dilution. Tracy mentioned this the other night. Now I’m not saying plug your ears, and yell “La,la,la,la,la!!” and ignore life. My concern is the influence it has on your life. What positive are you putting in? What success principle are you adding to your life? What are your friends and family adding to your input to add hope to you? To add value to you? Is that important as well?  Because yes, the bad junk will always be happening. We cannot stop it. But are we going to be part of the negative? Or part of a solution? What can we offer that can help others?

Nikki and I have some great coaches in our life and we love speaking with them daily because they add value to us. They add positive. Thats why we made the drive down to Lynwood to get a chance to get around some awesome people in Kim and Tracy.
Say what you will about any athelete stereotypes, the man’s experience allows him to speak straight and with a passion you won’t get from your office buddies around a water cooler.

A main focus was that success is hidden in our daily routines. As above, habits will breed a lifestyle.There was so much great input that I was able to take away. I’ll just point to point this except for one statement Tracy mentioned: Lifestyle Evangelism. Now this isnt menat to be a religious focussed blog at all. But what it means is: live your life as an example to others. Be an example of what you wish for others and what you want to see in the world. When Nikki and I retire, we will be leading by example that these results ARE possible. We will be bringing other people with us. We will be leading by example. So I’m super excited to get started on building myself and our business to be an example of what others can achieve.

Here’s some other bullet points of what I gleaned from these great leaders. And some pics of our sick seats as well.

* When you start to believe in yourself, you can then start believing in others. If you don’t or find that you cannot believe in others, you may need to raise your belief in you.

* Dont go throwing out expectations of others. Raise the bar in your own life first. Once you can do this successfully to a point then you can raise the bar for others. Failure to do this simply will come across as cockiness.

* If you don’t know where you’re going in life then you are an employee for someone who knows where they’re going. Doors open in the world for those who know where they are going. Make your decisions based on where you want to go. Not on how fun the drive will be.

* Get your belief level of yourself higher than the doubts others have of you.

* The Elevator To Success Is Broken. We’ll have to take it one step at a time.

* Attempt to be bold. Bold enough to scare away those who have common thinking. You will attract the uncommon people and from those you will build a legacy and lifestyle that is totally uncommon to the 98% of people out there.

* Over the last three generations: of the wealth that has been created / accumulated – how much of that is being passed on to you? If you received anything, is it ongoing? Or a one time shot? Compare your results to a Ray Crock and his future generations. If you’re being out-earned by a dead guy, you need to change the way you look at your future.

* We are either going to set a standard of mediocrity or raise the standard to excellence. What is the outcome we want? this will determine the actions we take.

This last point actually flows into a teaching my buddy and mentor talks about: We’re taught through high school to pick a job we want to do for the rest of our lives (Assuming thats even normally possible these days with all the layoffs/funding cuts etc. happening). This is done without little concern for the final outcome on our lives. What happens is, we choose our occupation, from there that chooses our association(co-workers/possibly friends), it chooses our lifestyle via how much we’re paid and finally it determines how our kids will be raised (daycare?), and how we will end our days.

Why is it never taught the other way around. How do you want to live? Not what do you want to do. When we want to go on a trip the fundamental decision that needs to be made is WHERE ARE WE GOING!? Only AFTER this has been decided can we then best choose the right way to get there ie: car / flight etc. So why is this not done in life? I can gaurantee you someone’s dream is not to end up living in a cheap nursing home alone because their kids are too busy and tired to take care of them. If these people chose FIRST how they wanted to live, the outcome would have been far different.

But we’re not taught forward thinking. We’re taught to find something we love for the next 40 – 50 years because thats how we’ll get by. Its hard to love something that can’t love you back. And from what I see in the real world….jobs are definitely NOT loving people back. Thank goodness for great leaders and coaches like Tracy and Kimberly and our direct upline mentors.

~ Cameron

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What Does It Feel Like To Be The CEO Of A Startup?

I only wish I could take credit for this. But alas, I am far from being as eloquent. I had to post this simply because it speaks so much as to the mindset of being an entrepreneur. It speaks to giving up the good for the great. It speaks to being or becoming a leader so as to impact others as opposed to just making dollars for dollar’s sake. A geat read, and I love how it goes hand in glove with how we’ve been taught to look at, and run our business.

Credit to the author Paul DeJoe, CEO of Ecquire.
Original link : http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2012/06/06/what-does-it-feel-like-to-be-the-ceo-of-a-startup/

What Does It Feel Like To Be The CEO Of A Startup?

Very tough to sleep most nights of the week. Weekends don’t mean anything to you anymore. Closing a round of financing is not a relief. It means more people are depending on you to turn their investment into twenty times what they gave you.

It’s very difficult to “turn it off.” But at the same time, television, movies, and vacations become so boring to you when your company’s future might be sitting in your inbox or in the results of a new A/B test you decide to run.

You feel guilty when you’re doing something you like doing outside of the company. Only through years of wrestling with this internal fight do you recognize how the word “balance” is an art that is just as important as any other skill set you could ever hope to have. You begin to see how valuable creativity is and that you must think differently not only to win, but to see the biggest opportunity. You recognize you get your best ideas when you’re not staring at a screen.

You start to respect the Duck. Paddle like hell under the water and be smooth and calm on top where everyone can see you. You learn the hard way that if you lose your cool, you lose.

You always ask yourself if you are changing the World in a good way. Are people’s lives better for having known you?

You are creative, and when you have an idea, it has no filter before it becomes a reality. This feeling is why you can’t do anything else.

You start to see that the word “entrepreneur” is a personality. It’s difficult to talk to your friends that are not risking the same things you are, because they are content with not pushing themselves or putting it all out there in the public with the likelihood of failure staring at them every day. You start to turn a lot of your conversations with relatives into how they might exploit opportunities for profit. Those close to you will view your focus as something completely different because they don’t understand. You don’t blame them. They can’t understand if they haven’t done it themselves. or worked with others who have or are succeeding.  It’s why you will gravitate towards other entrepreneurs. You will find reward in helping other entrepreneurs.

Your job is to create a vision, a culture, to get the right people on the bus, and to inspire. When you look around at a team that believes in the vision as much as you do and trusts you will do the right thing all the time, it’s a feeling that can’t be explained. The exponential productivity from great people will always amaze you. It’s why finding the right team is the most difficult thing you will do and the most important. This learning will affect your life significantly. You will not settle for things anymore because you will see what is possible when you hold out for the best and push to find people that are the best. You don’t have a problem anymore being honest with people about not cutting it.

You start to see that you’re a leader, and you have to lead or you can’t be involved with it at all. You turn down acquisition offers because you need to run the show, and you feel like your team is the best in the world and you can do anything with hard work. Quitting is not an option.

You have to be willing to sleep in your car and laugh about it. You have to be able to laugh at many things, because when you think of the worse things in the world that could happen to your company, they will happen. Imagine working for something for two years and then have to throw it out completely because you see in one day that it’s wrong. You realize that if your team is having fun and can always laugh that you won’t die, and in fact, the opposite will happen:  you will learn to love the journey and look forward to what you do everyday even at the lowest times. You’ll hear not to get too low when things are bad and not to get too high when things are good, and you’ll even give that advice. But you’ll never take it, because being in the middle all the time isn’t exciting, and an even keel is never worth missing out on something worth celebrating. You’ll become addicted to finding the hardest challenges because there’s a direct relationship between how difficult something is and the euphoria of a feeling when you do the impossible combined with the higher rewards.

You realize that it’s much more fun when you didn’t have money, and that money might be the worse thing you could have as a personal goal. If you’re lucky enough to genuinely feel this way, it is a surreal feeling that is the closest thing to peace because you realize it’s the challenges and the work that you love. Your currencies are freedom, autonomy, responsibility, and recognition. Those happen to be the same currencies of the people you want around you.

You feel like a parent to your customers and business associates in that they will never realize how much you love them, and it is they who validate you are not crazy. You want to hug every one of them. They mean the world to you.

You learn the most about yourself more than any other vocation as an entrepreneur. You learn what you do when you get punched in the face many, many times. You learn what you do when no one is looking and when no one would find out. You learn that you are bad at many things, lucky if you’re good at a handful of things, and the only thing you can ever be great at is being yourself, which is why you can never compromise it. You learn how power and recognition can be addicting and see how it could corrupt so many.

You become incredibly grateful for the times that things were going as bad as they possibly could. Most people won’t get to see this in any other calling. When things are really bad, there are people that come running to help and don’t think twice about it.

You begin to realize that in life, the luckiest people in the world only get one shot at being a part of something great. Knowing this helps you make sense of your commitment.
Of all the things said though, it’s exciting. Every day is different and so exciting. Even when it’s bad, it’s exciting. Knowing that your decisions will not only affect you but many others is a weight that I would rather have any day than the weight of not controlling my future. That’s why I could not do anything else.

It Begins With Belief

What a great day June 9th was for Nikki and I. Not only were we part of a live recording of a training session done by WWDB Diamonds Bob & Shelly Kummer, but we also had both of our business owners qualify to be recognized for their Believers Pin! Unforunately one of them couldn’t make it due to illness, but we are so proud of both business builders.

What makes me laugh is that both of these owners prove that this business A) Works and B) is legal. When we sit down with people looking for a better opportunity I love being able to point to those we have helped achieve the very first building block of duplication in this business. Not only did these business owners make more money than we did in our first months, they also qualified for their Believers Pin in their first month. It took us 8 months! But thats why this is so awesome. They did the work, moreso than when we started, and they were rewarded as such.

If this was “one of those things” – because we sponsored them into business then they shouldn’t be able to make more than us. Yes? Good thing this isn’t “one of those things” your aunt, or your buddies cousin’s uncle thought it was. What they described was more like my current job. I dont know how it may be where you work, but I can’t make more money than the tier above me no matter how hard I work. Funny how that goes, eh?

All in all, we are so pround of our business owners and cannot wait for their continued success, and paycheques that they will be able to invest into themselves, and their business. Congrats guys!

~ Cameron