New Year’s Resolutions

This time of year we all start thinking about New Year's resolutions and what we want to change in the coming year.

Lose weight, save more money, keep in touch with far flung friends and relatives, spend more time with the kids….all are familiar themes as we decide what to change.

Maybe a better question is what we should keep the same.  Instead of focusing on what's wrong we should focus on what's precious and priceless and worth keeping.

Anyone who's achieved success will tell you that it's not the big stuff that matters but the stuff we may have already — friends, family, love, security.  These are so important, yet we so often take them for granted.

One of my favorite films is "It's a Wonderful Life."  When the main character George Bailey thinks he has nothing, everyone he has helped throughout his life steps forward to lend a hand to "the richest man in town."

There are many people who have Quixtar-powered businesses who have achieved what some may consider modest success.  They earn additional income that meets a particular need in their life.  They are happy and content with what they have achieved, but they aren't the ones who are on the cover of Achieve.  But ask them if they're successful, and they'll tell you they are — by their own standards.

While you're thinking about what's next and what you want, don't forget about what you've already got.  Set your goals and work to achieve success, but don't lose sight of what you've already got and what you've already achieved.  


Happy Whatever You’re Celebrating

Merry Christmas….

Happy Hannukah…

Have a lovely Los Pasadas…

A Keen Kwanzaa…

Or whatever else you're celebrating this time of year.

Travel safe, stay warm, spend your time surrounded by family and friends, and eat, drink, and be merry.

All the best in the New Year from Inside Quixtar Success! 




Off to a great start!

A great "kick start" that is!

If you're an IBO, visit to find out all about "Kick Start," a brand new program designed to help create more success for  Quixtar-powered IBOs.  It offers something for everyone at all levels of the business — from brand-new IBOs to those looking to build and grow an existing business.

Learn more by clicking through on the tile ad at the IBO home page.

And then get started! 



Legendary Success, An Indelible Legacy

Quixtar this week mourned the passing of the founder of its company, Jay Van Andel.

With Rich DeVos, Mr. Van Andel created a business opportunity that has helped millions of people achieve their goals through a business of their own.  He truly helped people live better lives both through the business and through his generous and impactful philanthropy.

Here in Grand Rapids, the skyline is a visible tribute to his visionary giving — from the Van Andel Arena which finally brought big acts and events to the city to the Van Andel Institute, which we may someday thank for a cure for cancer or other killing diseases.

Most importantly, Mr. Van Andel created success for himself and others and shared that success by helping make our town, and the world, a better place.  Quixtar is proud to carry on Mr. Van Andel's commitment to helping people create their own success through our business opportunity.



Quixtar: Nothing Succeeds like Success

I'm heading off in a few days to Achievers Invitational — where Quixtar celebrates success with its top Independent Business Owners. 

The theme of Achievers 2004 is "Get Fit for the Future" — a nod to Quixtar's success and focus with health and wellness.  That means lots of focus on supplements, sports nutrition, and the brand new Trim Body system for weight management.  Quixtar is walking the talk by offering a 5K run/walk and lots of healthy activities throughout each jam-packed session.

And, of course, there's lots for IBOs to learn about to have a "fit business" as well.

I'll let you know more about Achievers when I get there!




Deer Camp

I'm not a hunter, and am lucky not to be married to one.  But there are a lot of hunters here at Quixtar, so there are lots of empty parking spaces here at Quixtar headquarters.

The further north you go in Michigan, the more passionate people are about deer firearms season.  In fact, a school district near mine doesn't have school today because it's the firearms opening day. 

But, who's to blame those who've worked hard and contributed to Quixtar's success for taking some time off for a little R&R?  That's part of Quixtar's credo — to have fun.  The other elements are to every day do something to make it easier for IBOs to do business; every day do something to help your Quixtar teammates; and do your best.  As our managing director likes to say, part of our credo is to have fun, because you can never have too much fun!

So, later this week, while others are on the hunt for deer, I'll be on the hunt for Christmas presents.  Shopping, after all, is a competitive sport!



$93 million here for the taking

Quixtar Business Incentives is a program that rewards IBOs for growing their businesses in the coming year.  What kind of rewards?  There's more than $93 million available to IBOs who grow their businesses in 2005.  That's cash plus incentives like travel to business conferences. 

And, this is all on top of the Independent Business Ownership plan that offers monthly and annual bonuses.

Why would Quixtar do this?  Because Quixtar's success is all about IBOs' success and Quixtar is all about helping IBOs be successful.


Swine and sunshine

Yesterday Quixtar employees celebrated five phenomenal years with a luau/pig roast at Quixtar headquarters.

There was lots of swine and sunshine, and Boca burgers for the vegetarians and others who don’t partake in pork.

It was also only the second “work appropriate shorts” day in the history of the Alticor family of companies (the first being Quixtar’s lunchtime picnic last year.)

The best news of all is that the staffeteria was closed for the day to accommodate this special event.  So all Quixtarians were well-fed and sent off for a weekend of warmth and sunshine — just in time for the official start of fall in a matter of days!


Only the beginning

As you may know from reading other blogs by Quixtarians, we just relaunched after a 10-month overhaul that involved more than 100,000 hours of work.

The new site is faster, has a great look and feel, and was redesigned based on research with hundreds of IBOs so we could determine how they use the site and what they need it to do to support their businesses.

It was exhausting, but exhilarating.  And it's only the beginning.  That's because in the coming months we're making more changes, adding more tools and enhancements, and in a nutshell, continuing to improve the site for our users.

Allow us to just catch our breaths for a second, and we'll be right back at it! 


Party like its 1999

On 9/1/99, Quixtar launched not only its Web site but its business model.  While the anniversary of a Web site isn't news, the phenomenal success of Quixtar is.

Since its launch, Quixtar has become the #1 online health and beauty retailer, tallied sales approaching $4 billion, and not only survived, but thrived, when a lot of .coms became .bombs.

There hasn't been a lot of good business news in West Michigan over the past year or so (unless you count the almost weekly opening of some chain restaurant in the area — honestly, how many bland corporate-processed theme restaurants can you take?)  Plant closings, workforce reductions —  lots of bad news on the doorstep.   Quixtar's success has been a bright spot not only for the hundreds of thosuands of IBOs who are earning through their Quixtar businesses, but for Quixtar's home base in West Michigan.

And, as one of Quixtar's 900-some employees, it feels good to be part of a success story like this.  Most of us don't get the chance to be part of something at its inception be part of its growth and success.  It's been a lot of work and a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see what the next five years brings.