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

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!

 

PURE blog casting call

It’s your turn to be authors … to have your stories and articles and have them published on the PURE blog! This is a community that reaches thousands of like-minded individuals. You are the foundation of this great company and your voice matters.

You may be asking, what’s in it for me? Your contributions will be read by thousands of subscribers. By sharing your expertise to the field, you’ll become a trusted authority. You will build relationships and you’ll increase your fan list. We hope you’ll have fun, too!

What to write about: 

  • What are your favorite products by PURE and how do you use them?
  • Has a product (s) changed your life? In what way?
  • How has PURE helped you personally and/or professionally?
  • How is your business changing lives?
  • Do you have a favorite business tool that has helped your business?
  • Share favorite business tips that have worked for you.
  • Share something unique you do in your life.

Writing your article. Some helpful tips and suggestions:

  • Jot down a few points before you start writing.
  • Include bulleted lists and subheadings. You’ll catch your reader’s attention.
  • Create an inviting headline.
  • Include a short bio with your name, rank and a photo of yourself or a photo represents your submission.

Last points: 

PURE will make necessary edits, as well as determine what we post to our blog. Send your submissions to jevans@livepure.com. If your submission is accepted, we will notify you with a tentative publication date. Posts that are off topic or non-compliant will not be accepted. And please don’t submit or claim content that isn’t yours to post. We will try our best to use all submissions.

Happy writing!

PURE Destinations Amalfi Coast 2020

For those of you who have your hearts set on earning the PURE Destinations Amalfi Coast trip next summer, boy do we have a treat for you! Your home-away-from-home will be the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, one of Sorrento, Italy’s claim to fame.

Overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, and surrounded by acres of lush gardens, the Excelsior Vittoria is an upscale hotel dating from 1834. Its impeccable service and location are rivaled only by its storied history. The hotel has hosted countless luminaries, including Marilyn Monroe, Luciano Pavarotti, and Sophia Loren. Setting foot inside will make you feel like a star! The best part? We’ll get to enjoy an all-to-ourselves experience as PURE has bought out the hotel for our group only!  Yes, you heard that right! The entire property will be filled with PURE leadership from around the globe so everyone you encounter will be a PURE staff member or achiever from around the globe!  

The rooms feature original period furniture and balconies with sea and garden views. You’ll enjoy breakfast in an ornate room with sea views and frescoed ceilings. Sip a cappuccino at your choice of two restaurants. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness center. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind destination that blends romance with luxury and unparalleled comforts.

This Mediterranean experience would not be complete without daily opportunities to explore some of Italy’s most famous cities at your leisure, shop local markets and practice your “Per Favore” and “Grazie” with the locals. The Excelsior Vittoria is the perfect base for exploring the picturesque coastline.

The qualification period for this trip-of-a-lifetime closes March 30, 2020. Inspire your team to achieve. Celebrate their hard work. Come experience this coastal gem June 15-20, 2020!  Stay tuned for more updates and learn how to qualify at https://livepure.com/incentive-trips.

 

 

Just like Betsy – a pioneering entrepreneur

Today we celebrate Flag Day — a time to remember the adoption of our nation’s flag, and the foundation of our nation’s freedom.

I proudly display the American flag at our front door (always positioned to the left) and every time I look at it I feel a sense of pride. I’m reminded of the giving spirit of our citizens and the privileges and opportunities we have in this country. The American flag is our country’s brand, so to speak. It symbolizes America — the greatest country in the world.

If you grew up in America, you probably learned about a woman named Betsy (Griscom) Ross. What a fine example she was of the entrepreneurial spirit! Betsy was born in 1752 in Philadelphia and was raised in a family of carpenters. She learned needlework at home and in school. She married John Ross and together they opened an upholstery business in New Jersey in 1773, with flags being one of their specialties.

After the Revolutionary War started, the business faced challenges as fabrics were difficult to come by. In 1776, John Ross died leaving Betsy to keep the business running. Through her network, she met George Washington who was impressed with her skills. Legend has it that he asked her to design and sew a flag for the new nation.

Betsy was a mother, a businesswoman, the foundation of her household and, as I see it, a true entrepreneur. She had courage and determination to keep the business running when everything else around her was falling apart. Can you imagine what life must have been like for her? And yet she persevered despite the challenges. She symbolizes commitment, much like our Independent Business Owners (IBOs) at PURE today. Just like Betsy, our IBOs continue to give hope to those who want a better life and an opportunity to strive for greatness.

Today may not be a national holiday, but it’s a very significant day nevertheless. May the American flag, and Betsy Ross, be reminders of that great entrepreneurial spirit as we spread Whole Health across the nation.

Here is a reminder on how to honor and display the American flag from the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). As you proudly fly your flag today, pledge your support for those who have sacrificed for our freedom by visiting https://livepure.com/giveback/.