Why Retirement Is A Terrible Idea

Why Retirement is a Terrible Idea

Do you ever daydream about having enough money so that you’d never have to work again? Imagine all the things you wouldn’t have to do anymore: Get up early (unless you want to), commute, endure office politics, be stressed about meeting deadlines, attend countless meetings and often work overtime. Wouldn’t it be great if you could give up all this “bad” stuff in order to enjoy a more rewarding “good” life? Some people think that this is what retirement brings. Our cultural definition of retirement is basically retiring from your career/job and living off your social security and savings until you die. However, research has shown that people who retire have lower life expectancies than those who remain at work. Simply put, the sooner you retire, the sooner you can expect to die. That doesn’t seem very appealing. I’ve personally seen too many people whose health and enthusiasm for life decline after retirement because they stop activities that challenge them.  I, for one, don’t plan on ever retiring. Yes, I’ve been called a workaholic over the years. Yes, my wife and children sometimes wish that I would retire. But, I love working! I love the challenge of growing a business…

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Start Your Day With The Miracle Morning

Start Your Day With The Miracle Morning

The Book of the Month that I’ve chosen for the month of February is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. This is a quick read that promises a huge impact for your life. Hal challenges his readers to get up earlier each morning and focus on 6 key elements to transform their lives and catapult them to to be more productive and achieve incredible success. He teaches how you can achieve this between 6 minutes and 60 minutes each day (optimal time 60 minutes). Thousands of people around the world have joined The Miracle Morning community and committed to create the life they’ve always wanted. I challenge you to read this book by the end of February and in the month of March practice these principles for 30 straight days (or as soon as you are ready). I can’t wait to hear the feedback from everyone as they do this challenge. Will you commit to read and take my challenge? If you have already read this book and are currently doing The Miracle Morning please share how it has impacted your life. Summary Hal did extensive research and personal experimentation with the best practices of personal development and incorporated them…

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6 Ways To Boost Your Confidence

6 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” -Norman Vincent Peale Perhaps because I was an only child, I was pretty quiet and introverted, not very outgoing except with my friends. I didn’t like being an introvert. So I remember very deliberately asking myself, “How do I overcome being an introvert? How do I become something that I’m not? I knew that I had to get out of my comfort zone and force myself to be comfortable in front of large groups of people and at least act like the person I wanted to be. Then I figured I could become that person. So I literally jumped onto a stage and took high school drama. I took part in multiple plays. This accomplished its intended job; it forced me to get out of my comfort zone. I portrayed characters who were outgoing and it began bringing me out of my shell. In my junior and senior years, I won the “Thespian of the Year” award. This experience gave me a lot of confidence going forward. Throughout my career I have had many chances to…

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3 Things All Champions Share

3 Things All Champions Share

“A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” -Pat Riley   To uncover the mentality of true champions, a recent scientific study was done by the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. Their results showed 3 things that all champions shared to reach their peak performance whether it was in sports or business. They were driven by an internal need to perform rather than any particular external goal like fame or fortune. The very best were never satisfied - no matter how fast they ran or how many accolades they won, they still wanted to push themselves to be better. Setbacks just made the highest achievers more determined to win. What are you willing to do to unleash the champion in you?

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How To Say “No”

How to Say “No”

The right “no” spoken at the right time can change the course of history. To give one example, Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat was exactly the right moment to help propel the civil rights movement forward. Have you ever said yes to avoid conflict? Have you ever felt too scared or timid to turn down an invitation or request from a boss, colleague, friend or family member? Do you have a hard time saying “no”? We have great reasons to fear saying no. We worry that we’ll miss out on an opportunity. We’re scared of rocking the boat, burning bridges or disappointing someone that we like and respect. We feel guilty. We are worried about damaging our relationships. As hard as it can be to say no, failing to do so can cause us to become over-committed, resentful, feel self-loathing and increase the likelihood of dropping the ball and/or burning out. Here are some things to consider when someone wants your time and how to say “no”: Separate the decision from the relationship - remember that denying the request is not the same as denying the person. Consider that if someone truly cares about your well-being, then…

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6 Ways To Become Your Best Self

6 Ways to Become your Best Self

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” -Jesse Owens The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) wanted Jesse Owens to boycott the 1936 Olympic Games in order to send a message to the world regarding Adolf Hitler's policies toward people of color. Others felt that Owens emerging victorious at the Games would send an even louder message. Of course, this would only be true if Owens dominated. Fortunately, Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the Games becoming the most successful athlete at the Games and crushing Hitler's views on Aryan supremacy. We may not have as much pressure on us as Jesse Owens did or be in a major competition with all the best competitors in the world in our business category, but we are in competition against ourselves on a daily basis. I believe that this is where we can truly be a “winner”. We should focus on being our best “inner” self, not on just achieving “outer” success. So how do we do it? How do we become our best self? Believe that you Can Above all…

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Book Of The Month – March

Book of the Month – March

For the month of March the book that I’ve chosen is The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Success by Dan Clark. Dan is a good friend of mine and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his wisdom. He is a master motivator with high integrity which is why I’m recommending his book. Dan was so gracious to write the foreword to my book for which I’m grateful. I’m sure that many of you have heard him speak, so you are aware of his ability to inspire people to become their best self.   Book summary This book isn’t your average business leadership book, but a complete instruction manual for going beyond successful to becoming significant. Dan Clark, one of the world's leading inspirational speakers and leadership trainers, vehemently opposes the conventional wisdom about success. He believes it's tragic and superficial to build our careers and personal lives around getting more money, bigger houses, cooler toys, and fancier job titles. What's it all worth in the end? How many outwardly successful people still feel empty inside? Clark has spent decades traveling around the world, interviewing and consulting with presidents, generals, sheikhs and corporate leaders; creating his…

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3 Ways To Change Your Mindset

3 Ways to Change your Mindset

What sets successful people apart from others who are frustrated in their attempts to improve? According to pioneering Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work documented in her book Mindset, The New Psychology of Success, the best predictor of success in life is your mindset. Which mindset do you have? Here is a quick quiz to find out: You can learn new things, but you can’t really change how intelligent you are.  No matter how much intelligence you have, you can substantially change it. Those who achieve great success generally believe they can improve and grow. This is called a "growth mindset." Those who are frustrated in their attempts to succeed tend to believe their abilities and talents are static. They have a "fixed mindset."  The exciting part of Dr. Dweck’s research is that science proves that you can change your mindset.  The saying that someone is too old to change their stripes isn’t true. This very idea could be the catalyst for many people to find more success in their lives. The fixed mindset says, "Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don't have the talent or skills." The growth mindset answers, "I'm not sure I can do it…

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‘Must Read’ Books For 2016

‘Must read’ books for 2016

Do you want to grow your business? Do you want to become a more disciplined achiever? Then I cannot stress enough how important it is that you set aside some time every day to read personal/professional development books. I’ve listed some of what I consider ‘must read’ books as a starting place for this discussion.  You may have already read some of these, but if it’s been awhile, then pick them up again. Create a study group or find a reading partner that you can have discussions with. There are too many books to include on this list, so I’ve narrowed it down to a few great classics: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey As a Man Thinketh by James Allen The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino How Successful People Think by John Maxwell The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar I guarantee that you will be amazed at…

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Making Time For YOU

Making Time for YOU

“The best thinking has been done in solitude.  The worst has been done in turmoil.” -Thomas A. Edison We’ve all heard of the danger of burning the candle at both ends. Henry David Thoreau escaped to Walden Pond, MA to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” He removed himself from his busy life to be alone to contemplate and practice self-reliance in the quiet of the woods. He lived in the 19th century which didn’t have the noise, TV, internet and other consuming resources and activities we now live with. Most of us won’t go to such drastic measures to escape our demanding lives. However, it’s important to take time for yourself - to be alone with your thoughts and not be interrupted. We read and talk a lot about taking care of ourselves physically, which is also important, but we need to consider how to mentally take care of ourselves as well. In the morning, I think of things I’m grateful for and offer up a prayer to start my day.  I enjoy reading my scriptures. I also make a list of daily goals that I want to accomplish. Other ideas could be to read…

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What I Would Tell My Younger Self

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

When you reach my age, it's inevitable that you reflect back on your life.  I’ve considered the experiences that shaped my life, how my core beliefs and values have guided my life and most specifically how the hand of God has led me along.  This reflection was one of  the reasons why I published my memoirs earlier this year.   God has blessed my life in such a way that I’ve been given the opportunity to give back to His children. The other day someone asked me what I would tell my younger self if I could go back in time.  It’s an interesting thing to ponder about. Some of you may be young and just starting your career, but for those of you who have a few more years under your belt - what would you tell your younger self? Here are a few things I would advise my younger self about: The first thing I would tell myself is...   You’ve got to relax and enjoy the moment a bit more!   Regarding business 1) Don’t take people at face value.  Initially trust them, but then verify what they’re saying to you.  Unfortunately, there are some people who will…

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When I Was A Superhero

When I was a Superhero

(Excerpt from my autobiography My Life Encapsulated) My childhood was really quite idyllic and full of the kind of play you don’t see as the norm these days with kids. We had no video games to occupy our time, no Internet, no cell phones, no social media. I played War with marbles or little plastic characters. I loved that game of War, and I played both sides, but one side was always “me” and, of course, it was the hero side. I’d play it on the wooden floor for hours at a time, learning strategies and just pretending. Life itself created patterns that enabled me to put my natural talents to good practice for strengthening the traits I would later need in business. What was a young boy who loved action movies to do? A certain amount of independence asserted itself into my life while I was still in elementary school. My father went back to school at the University of Utah to earn a PhD in metallurgy and organic chemistry, and my mother worked at the ZCMI credit department to support the family. I often visited her there at work after school, and her parents lived just a couple of…

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Recording Your Life

Recording Your Life

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life.” -Robin Sharma I’ve recently been compiling my memoirs into an autobiography. Over the years, I’ve kept a couple of journals, but for the most part I’ve had to recall memories. In hindsight, I wish that I would have been better about keeping journals. For the book, I bought a small recorder and spent many evenings sharing my memories into it. I also had a professional interviewer jog my memory with questions. Thank goodness, I have a pretty, good memory. My wife Linda, our children and other people also helped me recall important events and details. Recently, I blogged about leaving a legacy. I love that my posterity will now be able to read my autobiography; they’ll be able to better appreciate my legacy. By leaving behind journals and photos, your posterity will be able to learn from your life lessons. Now with social media, you’re able to create an album with your posts and photos; this could help document your life for those that consistently post. Another way, if you’re not a writer, would be to audio or videotape as a way of documenting; then…

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THE FIVE C’s OF SUCCESS!

THE FIVE C’s OF SUCCESS!

If your dreams aren’t large enough to scare you, they are too small!   COMMITMENT Without a person making a commitment to himself or someone else, nothing great will be achieved.  Of course there are various types of commitments.  They vary from weak ones to large ones, unattached ones or strongly, emotional ones.  An unattached weak one might be a New Year’s resolution.  Few of these are ever strong enough to drive a person on - to make it so important that it is ever or rarely accomplished.  I believe a commitment must be attached to a strong belief to make it work.  The price must be worth the result.  To lose ten pounds isn’t worth the price of starving ourselves for the couple of months that would be required and then, maybe, we subconsciously think that we’d put it right back on again. How can we make such a commitment stronger?  I recommend that a commitment be made to another person who will encourage us on.  Now, it is getting stronger and has a greater likelihood  of happening.  What if our doctor tells us to lose the weight or we’ll be dead within 6 months?  Would we commit to…

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3 Attributes Of A Great Leader

3 Attributes of a Great Leader

As I think about what makes a great leader, these three come to the top in my mind. Love the People you Lead This is by far the most important one because it is the foundation of all attributes.  Love is felt by all you lead.  It creates a mutual relationship of loyalty and respect. If you truly love these people you will care about them and their family.  Get to know them, listen to them, acknowledge them when they do well.  Learn what motivates them and what their interests are.  If you have interests or a background similar to theirs, let them know.  Bonding takes time, but will never truly happen without something common between the two of you and that can lead to this love and caring. Listen to them, really listen.  Remember that God gave us two ears and only one mouth.  That should indicate to us to listen twice as much as we talk.  Some people are great at this while others have to learn this skill.   Machiavelli, an Italian philosopher, penned the book, “The Prince”.  In this book he asked whether or not it is better to be feared or loved as a leader.…

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Why Legacy Matters

Why Legacy Matters

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill A legacy is defined as something received from an ancestor.  Many people focus on building a legacy once they near retirement age.  I don’t ever plan on slowing down or retiring but I am at an age that many people retire by.  Now my focus is not only building but extending my legacy by passing it along.  One way that I’m doing this is writing my memoirs for not only my children and grandchildren but to publish as a book.  I’ve been talking about this in the past few weeks via this blog as the “Invisible Hand of God” leading me on this incredible journey.  I want to share my experiences that built my faith as well as other life lessons that I’ve learned. What legacy was left for me?  I’ve enjoyed researching my family tree to see where my roots lie.  It’s fascinating to see what countries my forefathers came from and when they came to America to settle and build their legacies here.  I believe that those who came before me helped shape me and that not only…

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My Journey (Part 4) Be Quick To Forgive

My Journey (Part 4) Be Quick to Forgive

Learning and experience came quickly for me as President and CEO of Nature's Sunshine Products.  Within a year, our MLM business was larger and growing faster than our health food store business.  Pressure was mounting from the distributor force for us to stop selling to that market.  They didn't want competition.  A decision had to be made.  The decision to discontinue the health food store business was one of my worst decisions I could have made. We soon had other competitors enter into the health food space and nothing was gained by our distributors by that move.  In fact it was worse.  I have often thought that had we remained supplying that market we could have controlled the product mix and pricing and kept it better for us and our distributors.  Nevertheless, we moved forward, dropping that segment of business and continued to grow every month. Soon I learned that you can't please all of your distributors all of the time.  A giant decision had to be made.  Two of our top female distributors each had an opposing viewpoint.  Whatever the outcome, one would not be happy.  After much deliberation and prayer, I made up my mind.  The leader whose…

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Today Not Tomorrow

Today Not Tomorrow

“Don’t wait.  The time will never be just right.”  Napoleon Hill Last week I had the amazing opportunity to spend time with approximately 2,000 Zija distributors and their guests when I went on my Founder Tour.  Traveling with Zija Sr. Vice President of Sales and Operations, Ryan Palmer and members of our Leadership Advisory Board was an enjoyable experience for me to listen to, share my vision with and most importantly build relationships with them.  Starting in Austin, TX, we flew across the United States and through Canada hitting 6 cities in 6 days ending in Louisville, KY.  At every stop we experienced incredible energy and excitement from our Zija family. Today not tomorrow became the theme of our week.  What if I had waited until the proverbial tomorrow to start Zija? Where would you and I be today if I had never founded it?   Those familiar with why I did create Zija International know that I firmly believe that God wanted me to start this company so that His children would be blessed with better health and financial blessings.  I don’t see this company as my company; I see this company as God’s company.  I shared the story of…

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Dream On

Dream On

I’ve always loved to fly! I understand what Leonardo da Vinci meant when he said, “For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will long to return.” In the early 1970’s, I achieved one of my dreams by securing a pilot’s license for small aircraft.  Over the next few years, I owned a Cessna 172 then a Piper Cherokee. When a colleague of mine crashed his small plane and was killed, I weighed the responsibilities of being a family man and running a company that relied on me with my aviation hobby.  It was a tough decision, but I opted to sell my plane and fly on larger commercial airplanes. Over the past four decades, I’ve touched 6 of our 7 continents and visited over 30 countries.  Recently, I had another dream fulfilled when I purchased a Bombardier Challenger 604 so that I can travel the world meeting Zija International distributors, travel on vacation with my family and conduct my other business ventures.  As I contemplate while writing this blog, I’m on my inaugural trip in my new plane hitting 6 cities in 6…

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