In His Words

If you have investigated the various pages on this site, then you know that the writings of Frank VanderSloot are sprinkled throughout. As much as possible, I have tried to let Frank speak for himself. He tends not to blow his own bugle, though, so it has been necessary for me to interject a comment here and there.

Frank doesn’t know this, but he has become a mentor to me. His common sense, value-based philosophy has added to and sharpened my personal vision, and his dedication to hard work and helping others to reach their goals has inspired me to rededicate myself to my own ambitions.

If there is anything I am certain about, concerning Frank VanderSloot, is that he cares. Frank cares about this world and its people. He cares about you and he cares about me. I know that to be true from personal experience, and I have seen how he relates to others–going out of his way to acknowledge their contributions.

The following excerpts and quotes from his own pen will afford you a direct view into the heart of Frank VanderSloot:

We trusted in the superiority of our products and had faith that they would generate enough excitement for people to talk about. Instead of trying to get the most out of our customers in exchange for the least we could give, we devoted our profits to improving and researching new higher quality products that benefit our customers. We simply formulated exceptional products we knew consumers would love to share with others, and we offered an unequaled financial opportunity to those who chose to do so (August 2007, Leadership in Action magazine).

[The Melaleuca mission statement] is so far different from any mission statement I have seen or heard. Usually those statements have to do with earning profits, or being the biggest or the best in a particular industry. Our mission statement took us in a whole different direction, of enhancing lives and helping people reach their goals. It set us on a different direction (From the Melaleuca Journal).

For those who need hope, we can give them hope. Those who want to build a future for themselves—we can give them a vehicle to do exactly that (From The Secret of Success article).

At Melaleuca, because of how our program is structured, if you help someone else reach their goals you automatically reach yours at the same time (From the Reaching Goals article).

The following list is from a Leadership in Action article from January, 2010:

  1. Motherhood and Fatherhood are the two most important positions in any organization chart.
  2. Wealth will test us more than poverty ever could.
  3. Honesty is necessary in any meaningful relationship.
  4. Trust is never a gift. It must be earned. It is easily destroyed.
  5. We can be happy without money, but we cannot be happy without being loved.
  6. We can also not be happy without loving someone else.
  7. Forgiveness heals both the giver and the receiver.
  8. Expensive mistakes make great lessons.
  9. This is the most wonderful time in history to be alive on this earth!

The following two quotes are taken from an address entitled The Integrity Advantage:

For people to be totally honest, I think we have to be able to laugh at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously. If we demand from ourselves perfection, if we never allow ourselves to be imperfect, we are more likely to be dishonest in an effort to protect ourselves from being deemed imperfect.

We would like to run a business where, after someone has had experience with us for five or ten or fifteen years, they say for themselves, “That’s an honest outfit.” We want to be worthy of that. And our intention is to have people say it about us, without us having to say it.

And from a 1996 Leadership in Action magazine article:

A single person can make a tremendous difference, like a single drop of water on a still pond sends out ripples in an ever-expanding circle. At the convention there was much discussion about how each person on this earth can make a difference. Each person involved with our company. Each customer, every leader. Every single person counts and makes a difference, and some can make a big difference.

I suppose the person who made one of the biggest impacts on my life was my father. He was a good man. He was an honest man. I learned a great deal from him, not because he lectured—he never lectured—but because of his great example. I never heard my father tell a lie. He was a humble man, a modest man. He did not exaggerate; he was the master of the understatement. He loved me, and I loved him. I felt a strength that emanated from him. He trusted me, and I believe the biggest impact he had on me was that he believed in me…

My father is a great example of the powerful influence that one good man can have on our lives–and therefore the lives of others. Without knowing it, Dad has had a tremendous influence on tens of thousands of people. We do not have to do great, newsworthy things to have a great influence on this world. We only need to live a life that others can follow. It is impossible to measure the impact that one life can have on thousands of others. My father’s life is a great reminder of the power of that principle. A single person can make a difference—a tremendous difference!