Shark Week: Improve your agility

The Mako shark is known as the peregrine falcon of the sharks as it’s one of the fastest swimmers. It can reach up to 31 miles per hour with bursts of up to 46 miles per hour. It can jump up to heights of more than 25-30 feet.It even resembles a torpedo. This is one fast fish!

Shark experts have found the Mako to be one of the fastest-learning sharks, too. When hunting, they mostly rely on their vision, rather than electroreception (the ability to detect electrical currents). 2

The Mako shark is known as the peregrine falcon of the sharks as it’s one of the fastest swimmers. It can reach up to 31 miles per hour with bursts of up to 46 miles per hour. It can jump up to heights of more than 25-30 feet.It even resembles a torpedo. This is one fast fish!

Shark experts have found the Mako to be one of the fastest-learning sharks, too. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all sharks, with strong critical reasoning and social skills. When hunting, they mostly rely on their vision, rather than electroreception (the ability to detect electrical currents). 2

Leaders must be fast, too.

It’s important to be agile in decision making. You must be flexible and adaptable as well. Your customers’ needs are changing all the time and it’s necessary to be able to adjust your strategy to deliver greater customer value. Slow and steady may win the race, but when you’re moving fast to solve a problem or responding to someone’s needs, the fastest will win in the end.

Trust your intuition. It’s that feeling you get, that sudden move you make, and that voice that tells you the truth that can help you make smarter, faster decisions. General George S. Patton said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

You must be flexible. Can you look at the big picture, break it down and execute it efficiently? Can you see where adjustments should be made to prevent wasting time? Are you able to let go of what doesn’t work? You should be able to think on your feet and be productive at the same time.

You must be adaptable. This goes along with being flexible. Our environment is always changing, and you’ll face challenges every day. What worked yesterday won’t always be right for today, or tomorrow. Be open to new ideas and concepts. Juggling multiple projects with ease is important.

You must listen well. Be present for your team and hear the challenges they’re facing. Listen deeply and ask questions so you can help them help themselves solve their problems.

Navigate like the Mako, have a desire for speed and knowledge and get ready to launch your business like a rocket!

 

1 https://www.thetravelalmanac.com/lists/fish-speed.htm

2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shortfin_mako_shark

Shark Week: Have a voracious curiosity

The Great White shark, a.k.a. “Jaws”, is a very curious creature. They set their minds on what they want, and they usually get it. You may be happy to note that humans are not on their menu. If they take a bite out of someone, it is simply out of curiosity (or self-defense).

Be curious! It benefits leaders greatly as it opens doors and creates possibilities. Like the Great White, we shouldn’t judge nor fear, and we must stay focused. To lead successfully requires finding new solutions, new ways to motivate people and new ways to think. The curious never stop, even when they think they have found a solution. Like the Great White, they are relentless.

Take Steve Jobs, for example, who had an intense focus. He wanted all his products to not only work well, but to be attractive. If you’ve ever watched the documentary, “Steve Jobs: One Last Thing,” you’ll realize that the secret to his success was his curiosity. He had a voracious appetite for learning. He wasn’t afraid of being wrong either, because he knew that was the best way to learn.

Curiosity requires confidence. And, who doesn’t have more confidence than the Great White? Leaders know they don’t have all the answers, and they’re not afraid to admit it. They ask questions constantly, finding out the who, what, how, why and where of everything. Ask the right questions and you’ll stay on track.

So, how can you enhance that spirit of curiosity?

Curious people read a lot. By opening a book, you learn from other people, you see different perspectives and you gain new ideas. Ask yourself what your interests are, then browse books on those subjects. You can also listen to books on tape when you’re driving, or find an interesting podcast or two to follow.

Ask all kinds of questions, even if you think they’re dumb. What you think is dumb may reveal a lot of answers. Ask your customers what their favorite interests and their goals are. This will get you far!

 Curiosity – your future depends on it. As for the Great White, its life depends on it.

It’s Shark Week!

Da-Dum…Da-Dum…Da-Dum-Da-Dum-Da-Dum! It’s Shark Week!

Does the mention of sharks send shivers down your spine, or does it send you fishing for information about these incredible creatures? The latter, we hope. The things you can learn from sharks can be invaluable to the success of your PURE business.

Some sharks work in teams, others have great vision, they are all agile, goal oriented, and they are very curious — characteristics of all great industry leaders. An ocean without sharks is a scary place, just as a business without leaders can be frightening. Without sharks, our lives would change, perhaps drastically. For instance, seafood delicacies like scallops would become extinct as sharks eat their predators. Also, sharks have highly developed immune systems, which may lead to preventative treatments for human diseases.

Each day this week, we’re going to dive into the characteristics of sharks and what we can learn from them. Our fincredible lineup starts with the distinctive Hammerhead.

The Hammerhead shark is privy to teamwork! It enjoys traveling in schools, often having up to 500 members! Each group has a social structure that determines dominance according to size, age and sex. Staying in groups may help protect them against larger predators and it increases their chances of finding food.1 These sharks have a connection, so to speak, and they trust each other. The proof is in their numbers.

Teamwork is the most vital skill in any industry. In the July PURE newsletter, Daren Hogge, PURE CEO, shared how success cannot be achieved alone (one is a lonely number). We all have a team behind us, cheering us on. Teamwork really does make the dream work. It promotes a sense of achievement and motivation. It maximizes everyone’s strengths and is complimented by the strengths of others.

The Hammerhead surrounds itself with proficiency, and so should you. Together, the team contributes to the whole. Teams embrace a common vision and common goals. As John C. Maxwell said, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.”

Teamwork is second nature to the Hammerhead, it should be natural to us, too.

 

1 https://sciencing.com/hammerhead-sharks-behavior-like-10033087.html

A PURE Destinations Aloha

Pineapples, Macadamia nuts, luaus, sunsets, leis, beaches … all things that are quintessential Maui! The PURE Destinations trip last week was all of this and more. 

PURE had the opportunity to celebrate the successes of our global leaders with 121 guests from Australia, Korea, Thailand and the United States. It was a time for these individual to celebrate their accomplishments while spending time with fellow leaders sharing tips, tricks and lessons learned along the way. Seventeen of the attendees were first-time achievers, so it was great to see the relationships they were able to build with the more tenured leaders sharing their experiences and advice.

Grand Wailea

We welcomed our guests to the Grand Wailea property where they were treated to bags with our Maui logo and special gifts for the kids, so they could immediately hit the pool or beach! The Grand Wailea was an expansive property filled with restaurants, shopping venues, gyms, an award-winning spa, beautiful gardens, breathtaking beach views, a lazy river, a water elevator and multiple water slides perfect for the kids or that kid in each of us!

For many, it was a trip to remember even though it began not according to plan. Most of our travelers were impacted by arson that started a fire in a dormant sugarcane field. This led to thick smoke shutting down all roads and leaving travelers stranded on buses for hours.  However, that didn’t hold these amazing travelers down. Later that evening, stories were shared and memories began to be made at the welcome reception with breathtaking views from the terrace overlooking the beauty of the island.

The following day, everyone got to check out the property, relax poolside or beachside, or explore all that the island had to offer. We surprised our guests with three hours to shop and experience a custom sunglasses fitting with Maui Jim. Each guest (kids included!) got to select their perfect pair of Maui sunglasses to take home. The excitement and expressions from everyone were priceless and it was fun watching them help one another shop and give feedback on “the perfect pair of glasses.”

That evening we celebrated our top global achievers with a special dinner. We brought together our Black Diamond and above ranks around the globe with a special toast from our founder and Chairman of the Board, Mr.  Jung.

The next day everyone had the freedom to explore and relax. In the evening we set sail for an iconic Hawaiian sunset. Our group boarded two chartered ships, enjoyed great company, ate amazing food, listened to Ukulele music, and took in the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian sunsets. It truly was an experience of a lifetime and the beauty of the sky was overwhelming as the sun fell behind the endless ocean.

Day three was a day of shopping and eating! We loaded up the buses for a visit to Lahaina where we shopped for souvenirs, gifts and keepsakes to represent Hawaii. As guests boarded the buses, we handed out shopping bags and cash to get their shopping started. While in Lahaina, we rented out the Dirty Monkey restaurant, a local favorite with a great vibe, where everyone could grab a drink, snacks and food. It became a great hangout where people could share their recent finds, get input from fellow achievers and just enjoy the great company!

The following day, many visited the spa and some relaxed poolside and beachside while others took helicopter tours of the islands, ventured up the Road to Hana, snorkeled/dove the Molokini Crater or watched the Haleakala sunrise at 10,000 feet!

The last full day in Maui was a day for our achievers to take in the beauty of the island and the property. The evening was a night to remember as we hosted a private luau complete with hula dancing, fire dancers, lawn games and a feast fit for a king. It truly was a great way to say farewell to old friends and new and reflect on the amazing week and accomplishments that brought everyone together.

 

Highlights

A couple of reoccurring highlights throughout the trip from our guests were the Napua Tower and gifts from the “PURE Fairies.” The Napua Tower provided daily times where there were breakfast, snacks and drinks allowing achievers to build a community and truly get to know one another. It was fun watching the relationships bud and grow through this common area. Also, each night the guests returned to their rooms with a special gift reflective of the island and their experiences in Maui. The achievers coined the delivery of this as “a gift from the PURE Fairies.”

Overall, it was a trip to remember and a memorable page in the book of life for all achievers. Saint Augustine once shared, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page.” What page will you be reading next?

Check out how you can earn a trip to the Riviera Maya next March and the Amalfi Coast in Italy next June through PURE Destinations. https://livepure.com/incentive-trips

 By: Shay Kiper, Vice-President of Marketing

Apollo 11 — it took a village

For me, it was a weekend of nostalgia watching the National Archives film footage of Apollo 11. Born in 1969, I felt American pride for this most celebrated mission. I had goosebumps experiencing this most celebrated mission while listening to the people who worked Mission Control. I could almost feel their nail-biting and uneasiness during that unprecedented day.

Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are American icons, as were the hundreds of thousands of people working behind the scenes that made this mission possible. The sheer amount of manpower it took to achieve such a remarkable feat of technological innovation was breathtaking! It really did take a village to support the astronauts and make this moment in history.

Think about your PURE business and what it takes to build your community. There is so much we can learn from the Apollo 11 mission that can be applied to our own personal missions.

Be ambitious — Talk about a strong desire to achieve something! The years of training and planning and learning these astronauts went through could not have happened without an incredible desire, determination and longing to achieve success, and they did! Focus on your dreams. What is your purpose, destiny and legacy? Share the products and opportunity with people in your own backyard. Be hungry and the doors to success will open.

“Don’t merely make a living; make a life. Launch out farther than
you’ve ever gone before.” – Buzz Aldrin

Value teamwork — As Armstrong and Aldrin took those famous first steps, Collins was orbiting the moon waiting for his friends’ return. He was part of the larger effort. Everyone had an important job to do and they all worked in alignment. Anchor your business with a strong foundation. Be that person whom you want to attract. Check in frequently with your team members to offer support, educate them and make sure everything is running smoothly.

“We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job,
and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected.”
– Neil Armstrong

Have confidence — From takeoff, to the precarious moon landing to re-entry, these astronauts had nerves of steel. They believed in themselves and their ability to succeed. They had confidence in the technology and the people behind them. Dare to believe big! Remember that you are strong and capable. Disbelief is negative power whereas belief is positive power.

“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.” – Buzz Aldrin

Learn from your mistakes — It took the failure of Apollo 1, and other errors, to achieve Apollo 11 success. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay. See a learning opportunity in all things. Be sure to listen to your mentor; they’ve been in your footsteps and have made the mistakes before. They are aware of the situations that can trip you up. Attend UNITE where you’ll get valuable training. As a leader, you can empower your team to make better decisions and become the solutions to the problems.

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul…we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.” – Neil Armstrong

Planning and Communication. You are in the business of growing and developing the skills of your people. Write down the results you want to achieve. Use the tools you have at your disposal and always schedule the next step. Author Judith Glaser said, “Conversations are the power that launches transformational products into the world.” Go out there are start those conversations. That first handshake, greeting, email and call can set the stage for a lifetime!

“We are off! And do we know it, not just because the world is yelling “Lift-off”
in our ears, but because the seats of our pants tell us so! Trust your instruments, not your body, the modern pilot is always told, but this beast is best felt.
Shake, rattle and roll!” – Michael Collins

Recognize each other — At every opportunity the astronauts recognized the efforts of their teammates back on earth. Acknowledge your team’s hard work. Fuel their continued work.

“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” – Neil Armstrong

Just as Apollo 11 mission is an event that is stamped in our minds, so too is the legacy you’ll leave with your PURE business. Go the distance and make that difference.

You have the ability to do more than you can imagine!

 

Get to know your customers

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could read minds? This may be more desirable in certain circumstances. I think if we could  read our customers’ minds, it would open a lot of doors. Imagine knowing right off the bat what motivates someone and how they prefer to be talked to.

As an IBO at PURE, customers are the lifeblood of your business. Getting to know them inside and out is imperative to your success. Understanding what’s important to them and how they make decisions can mean the difference between a sale and a fail.

Today is Get to Know Your Customers Day. I challenge you to reach out and get to know your customers better, even meet some new ones! Treat them to coffee or invite them over to your house, just because. Make them King or Queen for the day and give them your utmost attention. Most importantly, listen and learn from them.

Really get to know them:

Create customer personas. Start a spreadsheet that outlines demographic information, education, professional status and hobbies and interests. Note what excites them and what would make them turn away. This list will give you a snapshot of your customer — a profile, if you will. With this information, you can better choose the products and tools you’ll introduce to them as well as discover ways of communicating that will capture their attention.

Leverage social media. If you have a PURE business, you must use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter if you want to stay connected with your customers. It’s where the action is! Here you can learn what they like and dislike, what their habits are and what they are buying. Interact with customers from all over the world.

Be proactive. Go to them first; don’t wait for them to come to you. And never assume anything. Your customer’s goals will evolve, as well as their reasons for taking the products or building a business. Never lose sight of their intentions. You can only do this by staying connected.

Ask the right questions. Learn what problems they have that need to be solved so you can appropriately align the products to their needs. Gain their trust so they’ll confide in you to help solve their problems. What are their top three health priorities? Find out what they’ve done in the past to try to fix their problems. What do they need in their life to feel like they’re really moving forward? Equally important is finding out what they don’t want. Tell them that their answers to your questions will help you better serve their needs, so they can take their own business, and health, to the next level.

If they are a product user, you could ask, “What challenging thing are you working through these days?” or “What lifestyle change have you been meaning to make for a while now?”

If they want to build a business, ask them, “What one thing do you really want but can’t afford?” or “What would be the most amazing adventure to go on if you could?” Think about your answers to these questions, too, and share them! You might find you have a lot in common.

Host an event. Are you a business builder? You might want to host an event in your community where you can invite a targeted list of customers to introduce to your business. This is a great forum in which to interact.

You simply can’t move forward without getting to know your customers. Try some of the above methods. You’ll be better able to understand their needs, you’ll broaden your reach and you’ll experience amazing success. You’ll make awesome relationships, too!

Happy #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay!

 

Eat for peak performance

Eat like a Pan Am athlete this summer. With the Pan American Games only a week away, starting July 26, there is a lot of attention about the incredible talents of the athletes. Their performances will hopefully inspire you to increase your physical activity and eat more like an athlete.

Whether you’re a weekend gardener or a professional athlete, your body requires optimal nourishment. The quality of food is important to ensure you’re receiving top nutrients, but it’s also important not to deprive yourself. In her book, Eat Like an Athlete, author Simone Austin says, “We’re not going on a diet, we’re not making ourselves feel deprived, we’re not judging ourselves [for what we eat] too much, and we’re still enjoying food. Food is about enjoyment.”

So how do you eat like an athlete?

We know that our energy needs increase when we’re active. Most people need between 1,500 and 2,000 calories a day. For athletes, this number can increase by 500 to 1,000 more calories.1

  1. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables … at least five servings per day, including a variety of colors. One serving is approximately the size of a baseball. Add Greens to your smoothies for extra vitamins and minerals.
  2. Choose whole grain carbohydrates such as whole-wheat bread or pasta. Avoid sugary cereals, white breads and bagels.
  3. Choose healthy sources of protein such as chicken, turkey, fish, peanut butter, eggs, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, flax seed, Mila, nuts and legumes.
  4. Hydrate! A loss of sweat equals 2% of body weight and this can cause a noticeable decrease of physical and mental performance.  Losses of 5% or more of body weight during physical activity may decrease the capacity for work by roughly 30%.2  Energize your daily workout with sugar-free, anti-oxidant rich ENERGY. Replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients, while quenching your thirst, with GPS Hydrate.
  5. Stick with whole food options instead of processed foods.

Navigate to your peak performance with GPS

Whatever your level of activity, from yard work to general fitness to professional athlete, let GPS guide your performance. GPS Energize, GPS Circulate and GPS Adapt help prepare you physically and mentally by providing nutrients to muscles and organs and helping you adapt to physical stressors. GPS Hydrate replenishes lost liquids, GPS Rebuild restores energy to muscles and GPS Reset resets hormones while burning calories while you sleep.*

Use all six products as a system for best results or customize their use to your nutrient and energy requirements.

Energize, Circulate, Hydrate, Rebuild and Reset are all Informed-Sport Certified so you can be assured they have been tested for banned substances and are safe to use.

Get your sport on

Want to create some friendly competition with your friends or family? There are so many ways to get active. Did you know that race walking is one of the sports in the Pan Am games? Practice during your lunch hour, or when walking your kids to the park. It would be fun to hold your own triathlon at home. Plan a bike/run/swim event, or just a bike/run event if you don’t have access to a pool or a lake.

The Pan American Games begin on July 26 and run through August 11 this year. Have a watching party and cheer for your favorites! Get inspired to increase your activity and be sure to eat like an athlete to optimize your performance.

 

1 https://familydoctor.org/nutrition-for-athletes/.

2 http://www.sportscardiologybc.org/the-effects-of-hydration-on-athletic-performance/