BLOG ARCHIVE FOR: January, 2005

Jan.31
2005

Inside secrets of Quixtar’s success

Sounds like a tabloid headline, doesn't it? 

Truth is, there aren't any "secrets" to Quixtar's success.  The formula is pretty simple:  Pprovide a plan to help people earn based on their own initiative.  Put in  a little effort, earn a little additional income.  Do more over time, earn more over time.  Back up the plan with leading edge health and beauty products and an unmatched infrastructure.  Let people have their own business for under $40.  Provide a guarantee so if it isn't for them, they can have their money back.

Some secret, huh?

The inside secret of Quixtar's success is that we help people achieve their goals through a low-cost, low-risk business model.  That's it.  And it is successful, with IBOs powered by Quixtar generating more than $1 billion in sales last year and earning millions in bonuses and incentives for their efforts. Simple, yet uniquely successful.  

 

Jan.20
2005

Inside Quixtar…Success but not perfection

I often use this space to boast about some of the good things about working inside Quixtar and supporting IBO success.

But is Quixtar some kind of corporate utopia?  No.  Those of you who have followed this blog since its inception know my feelings about parking and the cafeteria.  And everyone doesn't love everybody else — just like you're not going to like everyone who's related to you, you're not going to like everyone you work with.

But when you're clearly aligned around a goal like supporting IBO success, it can be amazing.  When you know the right thing to do.  When teams are united in making it happen. When you see the results of your efforts.

Are we perfect?  No.  But we try to do our very best for our IBOs.  And when we're aligned around a goal and supporting each other to achieve it, working inside Quixtar is unlike working anywhere else.  And that means we succeed unlike anyone else. 

Jan.19
2005

Inside Quixtar: What is success, and why not succeeding isn’t failing

I read a great quote recently that was attributed to Bono, lead singer of the group U2:

Great hangs behind until very good gets tired.

Sometimes you do a lot of "very good" work before you hit great.  Maybe you come up with 10 ideas that are good, or good enough.  Maybe you don't go any further.  And if you don't, maybe you never find "great."

Success comes from pushing the limits and from doing more than is expected.  Inside Quixtar we push for solutions that will create success for Quixtar and IBOs powered by Quixtar.  Sometimes we hit the jackpot on the first try.  Sometimes we plug away for days or weeks and do a lot of "very good" work.  And sometimes very good creates success.  But we're always going for great.

Next time you approach a challenge, think about what's very good and what would be great.  Going for great is like trying to smack the ball out of the park every time you go up to bat — and isn't that what we should always do?   We don't try to knock one inside the park, do we?  Of course not. 

So keep pushing, keep trying, until you get "very good" very tired.   And watch what happens when "great" comes out to play!

Jan.18
2005

Inside the walls of Quixtar success may be hiding behind "very good"

I read a great quote recently that was attributed to Bono, lead singer of the group U2:

Great hangs behind until very good gets tired.

Sometimes you do a lot of "very good" work before you hit great.  Maybe you come up with 10 ideas that are good, or good enough.  Maybe you don't go any further.  And if you don't, maybe you never find "great."

Success comes from pushing the limits and from doing more than is expected.  Inside Quixtar we push for solutions that will create success for Quixtar and IBOs powered by Quixtar.  Sometimes we hit the jackpot on the first try.  Sometimes we plug away for days or weeks and do a lot of "very good" work.  And sometimes very good creates success.  But we're always going for great.

Next time you approach a challenge, think about what's very good and what would be great.  Going for great is like trying to smack the ball out of the park every time you go up to bat — and isn't that what we should always do?   We don't try to knock one inside the park, do we?  Of course not. 

So keep pushing, keep trying, until you get "very good" very tired.   And watch what happens when "great" comes out to play!

Jan.17
2005

Inside Quixtar: Greater success being me

Quixtar's success as an online health and beauty retailer has been noted by Nielsen/NetRatings and Harris Interactive.  Now Quixtar may be cited as having healthier employees that literally walk the talk of the company's focus on health and beauty — inside and out. 

Quixtar and parent company Alticor just launched a new program designed to encourage employees to make commitments to improve their health and wellbeing.  Employees are invited to set goals in three categories: mind (education and development), body (health and fitness), and soul (community service, volunteerism, and giving.)   The inside part is personal commitments.  The outside part is reaching into the community and making it a better place through giving of our time, talent, and other resources.

A company's success depends on its people. And in a small, but meaningful way, Quixtar is helping employees create their own version of success.  That may be losing 10 pounds or lowering cholesterol.  It may be learning html or Spanish.  It might be teaching Junior Achievement or giving blood.

I've set my goals and am working to achieve them.  Some are extensions of what I was doing already; some are a stretch and will require a greater commitment.   Still, they'll help me be a better me, and that's success on a very personal level!

Jan.15
2005

Success Inside Quixtar or Beyond

One of my teammates here at Quixtar is leaving to work with another group at Alticor, Quixtar's parent company.  He has been a loyal, hard-working and dependable teammate that we miss already.

This individual is leaving for all the right reasons…a new opportunity to grow in his chosen career and  working with a new team.

In this case, he didn't have the specific means to expand his career at Quixtar in a fairly specialized field.  But for most of us, greater success doesn't necessarily meaning moving up or out…it means looking at what we're doing now and how we can do it better, differently, or just in a new way.

In a month that begins with grand resolutions for change but often ends with disappointment, the quest for continued growth should be a constant and not diminished as a seasonal folly.   We will only grow when we want to grow and seek opportunities to do so.  We will only find success when we continue to seek it.  Often, the means for that success are right in front of us if we just pay attention and focus on them.

It's the same with a business powered by Quixtar.  All the pieces are there to create success — one just has to put them all together and start working at it.  

It takes a commitment to succeed at anything — from losing weight to improving your vocabulary to getting a golf swing under control.  And like everything else, it all begins with each of us.  Think about what you're commited to and why.  And then think about what you're doing to create your success.  It could explain why you do or don't feel successful.  And if you don't feel successful, think about how you can be.  Create your strategy and action plan and just do it!

Jan.08
2005

Inside Quixtar — Sniffles and sneezes

Inside Quixtar there are lots of people battling colds, flu, pneumonia, etc.  It's hard to support the success of so many IBOs powered by Quixtar when you're battling a bug.

Still, this is where working for Quixtar gives us an added edge over all sorts of illnesses — we have Nutrilite.  I take triple guard echinacea, garlic, and vitamin C at the start of a cold or other malady to help keep it at bay.  Is it a cure for the common cold?  No.  But it helps lessen the duration and keeps me feeling better longer.

Jan.06
2005

Snow

Today's a snow day as most of West Michigan is blanketed with a fresh supply of the white stuff.

For us at Quixtar, it just means a slower drive to work.  Inside Quixtar it's warm and dry but cold and snowy outside.  For thousands of West Michigan kids, it means a snow day!

Can you imagine what you'd do with an unexpected day off?  Would you be productive or lazy?  Would you get something done or do something indulgent?

My kids are playing all day.  Isn't that a great thought?  You can't go to work so you stay home and play and do whatever you feel like.

That's the appeal of a business powered by Quixtar…success on your terms.  That might mean a specific goal or just the freedom to work when you want…or when you don't.  Sometimes it's not the big stuff that's appealing, but the smaller unexpected pleasures like a "snow day" (or golf day in warmer seasons) whenever the mood strikes!

Jan.03
2005

It’s Just Not Fair

Today Quixtar is closed for the New Year's holiday.  Yes, it's January 3, but we're still closed.

So I'm at home today, as is my preschooler as her preschool is closed, but my first-grader had to head back to class today and Dad was back at work.  All day Sunday I heard about how unfair it was that she had to go to school while the rest of us would be home today (this was despite having two weeks off from school for Christmas break.)  In a way, yes, it wasn't fair.  But few things are.

 If things were really fair, teachers and day care workers and Hospice nurses would earn what rock stars and professional football players do. Success would be defined by the value of what you do, not what someone is willing to pay.  If all things were fair and equal, we'd all get the same, right?

And then what?  Would we all settle into a degree of mediocrity because no matter how hard you worked, your rewards would be the same as someone who didn't work as hard?

I doubt it.  As we've seen the world over, it's not just the rewards that matter but the freedom inherent in achieving something. It's setting goals and working toward them.  It's achieving something and setting out to conquer something else.  If you talk to someone who climbs mountains, there's always a rush of reaching a new summit, but almost immediately the thought of what's next, what's higher, what's more difficult.

Is it fair that someone gets something that you don't?  Not if you worked just as hard and achieved the same but the reward was different.  That's the beauty of a Quixtar business — the plan is the plan.  What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.  Work a little, earn a little.  Work a lot, earn more.    Success is as individual as one's DNA.  And that's fair!