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1 BOOK REVIEW – THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION HOW TO MAKE A FORTUNE IN THE NEXT TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY YUXIN MAO AND QIANG LIN INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTOR

2 ABOUT AUTHOR – MR. PAUL ZANE PILZER  A world-renowned economist o Received MBA from Wharon in 15 months at age 22 o Citibank’s youngest vice president at age 25 o Appointed economic advisor in two presidential administrations  A multimillionaire software entrepreneur o Earned his first $1 million before age 26 o Earned his first $10 million before age 30 o Over last 30 years, started and/or taken public five companies in software, education and financial services  An adjunct professor at New York University  An author of seven bestselling books o Unlimited Wealth 1990, God Wants You to be Rich 1995/1997 and The New Wellness Revolution 2002/ THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

3 SICKNESS BUSINESS VS WELLNESS BUSINESS  Sickness business is reactive o Despite its enormous size, $2.0 trillion, one-sixth of the U.S. economy, people become customers only when they are stricken by and react to a specific condition or ailment o No one really wants to be a customer  Wellness business is proactive o People voluntarily become customers to Feel healthier Reduce effect of aging Avoid becoming customers of the sickness business o Everyone wants to be a customer of this earlier-stage approach to health 3 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

4 SICKNESS INDUSTRY VS WELLNESS INDUSTRY  Sickness industry o Products and services provided reactively to people with an existing disease, ranging from a common cold to existing cancerous tumors o These products and services seek to either treat the symptoms of a disease or eliminate the disease  Wellness industry o Products and services provided proactively to healthy people (who without an existing disease) to Make them feel even healthier Look better Slow the effects of aging Prevent diseases from developing in the first place 4 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

5 HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY VS NEW OPPORTUNITY  Most of one-sixth U.S. adult working population work in the healthcare industry o Focus on treating the symptoms of disease rather than on preventing disease o This because it is more profitable for medical companies to research and develop products that create customers for life  One of the greatest entrepreneurial opportunities within wellness industry o To convert households from employer-based sickness-only health insurance to wellness-oriented individual and family health insurance 5 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

6 WHERE ARE FORTUNES FROM?  Today, 70% to 80% of cost of retail products is in distribution o Which explains why the world’s greatest individual fortunes are now being made by people focused on distributing things rather than on making things  From providing services to distributing products to investing in wellness companies, there are numerous opportunities, but the best ones for each of us are the ones that best utilize the assets we already have o Become an independent distributor for distributing wellness products WHY? 6 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

7 WHAT IS A PERVASIVE INDUSTRY?  Most successful investors and entrepreneurs know how to distinguish between a passing fad and a long-term trend  Look for five distinct characteristics to be present before they launch a new mass-market business: 1.Affordability – mass people can afford the products. For example, iPhone and Isotonix OPC-3. 2.Legs – the ability for a product to walk off the shelf without promotion once a critical mass of people own it. For example, cars, television, personal computer, iPhone and Isotonix OPC-3. 3.Continual consumption – ubiquitous products must be continually consumed in order to succeed. For example, Isotonix OPC-3 compared to a DVD player. 4.Universal appeal – the product or service must be one wanted by virtually everyone who learns about it. For example, Isotonix OPC-3 and iPhone. 5.Low consumption time – busy consumers must have time to enjoy them. For example, Isotonix OPC-3 compared to a Harley motorcycle. 7 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

8 WHY ONE JOINS WELLNESS BUSINESS? 1.Affordability – mass people can afford Isotonix OPC-3, multivitamins, calcium and fish oil. 2.Legs – wellness industry products and services have perhaps the strongest legs as people immediately notice when someone has a wellness experience and are anxious to duplicate the results 3.Continual consumption – by their very nature, vitamins, exercise, food and other wellness products and services are perhaps the most continually consumed products and services in our economy. 4.Universal appeal – every human being, no matter how healthy or fit, wants to be even healthier and more fit. This is partly because there is no limit to how well and strong we can feel, but mostly because only the wellness industry offers solutions to the universal problem of human aging, rather than just telling aging consumers to meekly accept their deteriorating physical condition. 5.Low consumption time – do consumers have time to consume most wellness products and services? Answer is – yes. 8 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

9 WHY THE AUTHOR BECOME AN ECONOMIST?  When the author was growing up in the 1950s, economic issues seemed to dominate 95% of our waking lives o His father left for work at 5:30 am and returned home after dinner, just as his mother was putting his brothers and him to bed. His father did this six days a week. o All his neighbors and relatives lived a similar existence, except those unlucky enough to be out of work. o Although everyone talked mostly about economic issues (how to make money, where to find work, etc.), no one seems to have solutions for how to achieve economic success.  This is why the author became an economist to find solutions for his immediate society o His parents, relatives and close friends 9 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

10 WHY WE NEED A WELLNESS REVOLUTION?  25 years later while giving a speech in the Midwest, the author realized that he was in the wrong profession o September 7, 1996, he was getting ready to go onstage as the keynote speaker before 45,000 people at RCA Dome in Indianapolis to discuss his book, God Wants You to Be Rich, making more money for a 45 – minute speech than he used to make in a full year when he graduated from Wharton and started working at Citibank. o He did not feel elated as he began his speech, but felt guilty as he felt as if he was about to rip the audience off.  Like much of America, half of the audience was unhealthy and overweight, a direct consequence of diet and lifestyle evidenced by the fatigued look on their faces and the size of their waistlines o Nothing he was about to say about economics was going to improve quality of their lives until they first learned how to take care of their bodies! 10 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

11 POOR AND FAT HAVE BECOME SYNONYMOUS  So many people are unhealthy and obese has more to do with economics than with biology o We have replaced racial and gender discrimination with a new kind of discrimination, based on a person’s weight and appearance. o Whereas in the past poverty was associated with thinness and obesity with wealth, most people who are overweight today occupy the lower rungs of the economic ladder.  Despite the economic prosperity we enjoyed, 65% of the US population is overweight and 30% are clinically obese o Weight and appearance now define social and economic opportunities, just as family name and birth did in the nineteenth century. o When a person is fat and clinically obese, it is hard to find a job, a relationship, or the energy to stay on top of the everyday demands of even a simple life. 11 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

12 BAD LAWS OF ECONOMICS  It is more profitable for medical suppliers to produce products consumers use for the rest of their lives that to make products that a consumer might use only once o This means spending research and development funds on products that treat the symptoms of diseases rather than the causes or the cures.  The third parties paying for most medical treatments – insurance companies and, ultimately, employers – do not have a long-term financial stake in the health of their employees o Most individuals bear little or no direct responsibility for their medical expenses, and almost all expenses to prevent illness (e.g., exercise, vitamins, nutritional supplements) are disallowed for reimbursement. 12 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

13 WHY PEOPLE TEND TO OPPOSE DIFFERENT VIEWS?  The reason we do not embrace opposing views is that our human mind fears disorder o Automatically avoids or rejects new ideas that challenge the existing order.  A lawyer friend of the author describes o Individual jurors, particularly in high-profile capital crime cases, are anxious to solve their own personal “disorder” problem of guilt or innocence as soon as possible. o To do so, they sometimes make up their minds on first seeing the accused enter the courtroom. Then, throughout the trial, they nod and listen attentively to evidence that supports their prejudicial decision, rolling their eyes when a conflicting view is being presented.  When presenting a new hypothesis that might challenge the status quo, it is important to be able to explain the history behind and to be able to explain where our society may have gone wrong when such a belief was first established 13 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

14 HOW TRADITIONAL WESTERN MEDICINE REJECTED WELLNESS?  In late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, scientists became international heroes as they eliminated, one after another, the major diseases that had been the scourge of humankind (e.g., smallpox, tuberculosis, typhus, polio) o Emboldened by this success, and partly to distinguish themselves from charlatans who were practicing magic more than medicine, Western medical science began arrogantly rejecting age-old treatments and cures whose functions could not be scientifically explained by the then-current level of technology.  This led most Western medical school training to virtually ignore, to this day, the importance of nutrition and the effect of vitamins, minerals, and natural supplements 14 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

15 QUANTITY DEMAND VS. QUALITY DEMAND  Quantity demand o Is the consumer’s desire for more of what one has already purchased: another TV, a second car, a bigger house– even if one has just made their first purchase of such an item. o Savvy retailers of every product or service know that a purchase by a satisfied customer is just the beginning, rather than the ending, of their relationship.  Quality demand o Reflects the appetite for a different or improved kind of product.  Ignoring quality demand is one of the biggest mistakes made by new entrepreneurs, particularly in areas of new technology like wellness o Many begin with a lower-quality item – hoping to improve the quality and increase the price as they build their business. o This is shortsighted. 15 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

16 HIGHEST QUALITY IN WELLNESS INDUSTRY  If you begin with a lower-quality item, it may be difficult or impossible to retain clients when once-satisfied customers begin demanding a higher- quality product or service o When a business or distributor becomes known for having lower prices, which is often correctly equated with lower quality by the consumer, it is sometimes impossible to change this perception.  The most successful wellness companies today manufacture or distribute the highest-quality (which often means the highest-priced) wellness products and services 16 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

17 CONSUMER-DRIVEN PHENOMENON – TRADE UP  An example o Suppose in 2000 you entered medical school hoping to purchase a new $45k convertible on completing residency in When you go to the dealer in 2007, you find that the car with all features you wanted back then now costs only $25k. o But rather than purchasing this car and pocketing $20k savings, you decide to “trade up” to a $45k car that has twice the features of the car you wanted back in  This consumer-driven phenomenon of choosing increasing quality over lower price is so prevalent today that most people don’t realize how much the material quality of their lives has steadily increased 17 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

18 STRUCTURAL UNEMPLOYMENT LEADS GROWTH  An example o In the US, in 1930, there were approximately 30 million farmers, producing just enough food to feed a population of about 100 million. o Technological breakthroughs in agriculture over next 50 years made farming so efficient that by 1980 only 3 million farmers produced enough food for more than 300 million people o This displaced 27 million farmers moved on to produce new products and services that added the total wealth in the economy.  New technology makes workers more efficient, which causes structural unemployment, but over time, the displaced workers end up producing new products and services that add to society’s overall wealth o The only thing new about this process today is the speed with which it is occurring. o In 1985, about 100,000 people in US employed to make vinyl records costing $2.50. By 1990, the music industry replaced them with CD, costing $ THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

19 WHY NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT?  Without a daily supply of proteins, vitamins and minerals o No matter how much energy we get in the form of calories, our bodies and minds deteriorate because we are not able to fully replace the dying cells in our internal and external organs. o Our initial symptoms include mood swings, fatigue, nervousness, headaches, confusion, and muscle weakness. o Over the longer timer, such poor nutrition can cause cancer, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other diseases that we used to just accept as part of our aging process. 19 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

20 PROBLEMS WITH 25% OF NUTRITION TODAY  25% of the nutrition supplements (vitamins, minerals, and herbals) sold in the US today have one or more of the following problems: o The products do not contain what they say they do on the label. o The products cannot properly release their ingredients due to poor formulation. o The products contain contaminants or undisclosed dangerous substances, in addition to what appears on their labels.  The US FDA regulations are rarely enforced when it comes to nutrition supplements due to inadequate personnel and limited budget o Leave the door open for unscrupulous or ineffective supplement manufacturers to get away with outright fraud. 20 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

21 PURPOSE OF 95% PRESCRIPTION DRUGS  Today about 95% of the prescription drugs sold are maintenance drugs: o Treat only the symptoms of a disease. o You are expected to take the rest of your life.  The reasons behind are: o If you were the CEO of a major pharmaceutical firm, would you spend your R&D dollars to make a pill that a consumer would only take once (e.g., a vaccine) or for only a short period of time (e.g., antibiotic), or o Would you spend your R&D dollars on creating products that consumers would take every day, or two or three times a day, for the rest of their lives? 21 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

22 FORTUNES IN DISTRIBUTING WELLNESS  Throughout history, there have been fortunes made and fortunes lost in manufacturing or controlling some particular commodity. o However, consistent success has come only from distributing the ever-expanding production of cutting-edge technology.  This is especially true today because: o Distribution costs represent approximately 80 percent of the retail price for most wellness products. 22 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

23 UNLIMITED WEALTH PRINCIPLE  Definition o First, over time, individuals can produce an unlimited amount of a single good or service (i.e., unlimited wealth) by making use of the advancing technology that automatically results from specialization. o Second, the total overall wealth of a society is thus limited by distribution: the number of individuals available to consume and trade their specialized produce and tools.  The economic power of the US is based, in part, on distribution laws that initially made it the world’s largest open marketplace for goods and services 23 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

24 DISTRIBUTION SURPASS MANUFACTURING  In 1960s and 1970s, entrepreneurial fortunes were made by those who found ways to lower manufacturing costs significantly o E.g., from $150 to $30 or less. o Often by using plastics or relocating production facilities overseas.  70% to 80% distribution cost is why, over the past three decades, the majority of great personal fortunes have been made by people who found better ways of distributing things rather than better ways of making things o In 1992, Sam Walton, of Wal-Mart, who first became an entrepreneur at age 44, became the richest man in the world. o Sam never manufactured anything during his life. o During his rule, Wal-Mart simply distributed name-brand merchandise made by other companies. 24 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

25 DISTRIBUTION CHANGED IN 21 ST CENTURY  Distribution is really two processes: 1.Educating consumers about products and services that will improve their live. 2.Physically distributing products and services to consumers.  Sam Walton and most of distribution billionaires of 21 st century made their fortunes by finding better and cheaper ways to physically distribute products to consumers o that consumers already knew they wanted – physical distribution.  On the other hand, Jeff Bezos and other distribution billionaires of 21 st century are making their distribution fortunes mostly by educating consumers about new products and services – typically products and service o that consumers don’t even know are available – intellectual distribution. 25 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

26 CATEGORY BUSTER  Definition: o A new retailing trend which preserves the physical distribution benefits of the mass merchandisers while exceeding the intellectual distribution services of traditional department stores. o Examples of Home Depot, Staples, Office Depot, Costco.  No significant category buster has emerged in the wellness industry o This is one of the greatest opportunities in wellness: creating a one-stop supersized shop, or perhaps a mall, for many wellness products and services that combines the best intellectual and physical distribution services. 26 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

27 COMBINING HIGH TOUCH WITH HIGH TECH  New products and services have always required one-on-one customer education o That only a trained user of the product can provide – “high touch” combined with “high tech.”  This accounts for much of the growth of person-to-person direct selling companies, especially in wellness o Direct selling distributors need to understand the differences between selling and education, and between physical and intellectual distribution, in order to fully exploit the high-touch advantage they have over traditional retailers. o Teaching consumers about wellness products and services – intellectual distribution – is the greatest entrepreneurial opportunity now and for the foreseeable future. 27 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

28 DIRECT SELLING INDUSTRY IN 2005  Facts o The US sales were more than $30 billion; worldwide sales were nearly $100 billion o More than 15 million people involved in the US, and nearly 50 million worldwide o 75% of the US population had purchased goods or services through direct sales – more than total number of those who had purchased through TV and Internet shopping combined o 45% of the US population said they want to buy from direct sellers o About 90% of all direct sellers operate their businesses part-time  Direct selling today = intellectual distribution o In 60s and 70s, direct selling model was in its infancy. Its business resembled having a store in your living room. No longer. o Today, when a direct seller discusses a product or service with a consumer, they rarely hand over the product. They rely on UPS, FedEx, or some other delivery service to ship the product to consumer. 28 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

29 PROSPERING DIRECT SELLING COMPANIES  The companies that are prospering and will continue to prosper in direct selling are those that o Have adopted a model of having their independent distributors focus almost entirely on intellectual distribution, teaching people about new products and services that will improve their lives. o Those that really flourish have some sort of unique or proprietary technology, product or service. o And not just unique products or services, but efficacious ones – better than anything else out there.  Traditionally, where direct selling shines is in working with what are called “information-rich” products or services o This mean products or services that people don’t already know about, that are not widely know or understood, and that therefore need a significant amount of information to o with them. o In practical terms, this often means products or services that are of especially high quality or high value: premium products or services. 29 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

30 DIRECT SELLING – AN ACTIVE MEDIUM  People ask if the Internet will replace all the people making their living selling products o As powerful as the Internet is, it hasn’t replaced the one-to-one, personal function of the modern direct seller any more than did the TV infomercials of 1980s and 1990s, and it never will.  What’s lacking with the Internet is the same thing that’s lacking with TV: it’s a passive medium o Conventional advertising media are not effective at delivering “intellectually challenging information” – which is a euphemism for “new ideas”. o TV is a very passive medium for learning, so we can’t really use it to teach new ideas. It is the same with newspapers. And to a great extent, the same is true of the Internet. 30 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

31 PASSIVE MEDIUM NOT FOR NEW IDEAS  Think about how you watch TV: o You’re sitting back, you’re relaxed, on your couch; the last thing you want to be challenged with new information. o In fact, when you do see something that challenges you, something that disagrees with you already know or think is true, what do you do? o You change the channel.  This is true of most of our media o Any time you encounter something that challenges your view of world, you change the station, turn to another page, or click the “BACK” button on your Internet browser. o You only go to learn about a product on the Internet when you want to learn about it – that is, you already know that something like it exists. 31 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

32 PEOPLE – ACTIVE MEDIUM FOR NEW IDEAS  Direct selling works because a one-to-one personal conversation o Is the best way to actively learn and start to consider brand new information about a completely new way of doing something.  The person who can teach or share with me (the author) a new way of doing something that’s important to me (the author) is one of the most valuable people in his life o I (the author) do business with people whose services might cost a bit more than what I might find on the Internet, but because they’re always teaching me something or adding some value, they’re more than worth it. 32 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

33 INTERNET VS PEOPLE  The Internet will soon take over the information function of teaching people things o They already know they want to learn, and o It will do that better, faster and in far more detail than ever before possible.  But the really vital sales function of teaching people about things they don’t yet know o Because they don’t yet know they’re available o Will always be an educational model that will function best person-to-person.  Direct selling is the single most effective medium we have today for teaching people about new products and services that will improve their lives o Either products and services they didn’t know existed, or o Ones that they didn’t know had now become affordable. 33 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

34 RESIDUAL INCOME VS COMPENSATION INCOME  For most people, the only way to accumulate a significant amount of wealth is through passive income – another term for residual income  Residual Income o You need to create some sort of property, whether real or intellectual, that continues to yield cash flow to you year after year, long after the initial work is completed. o Income stream can continue, month after month, and conceivably for a lifetime.  Compensation income o Income ties to your work hours even if you work at a very high rate, such as a highly-qualified lawyer, surgeon, or corporate consultant. o Every day, you have to start over from scratch and earn all over again. o If you stop working, you stop earning. 34 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

35 DIRECT SELLING AND RESIDUAL INCOME  Direct selling provides an opportunity – open to anyone o Regardless of background, specialized skills, or accrued capital worth to create a significant residual income.  “Property” in direct selling that you develop for residual income o Is the network of direct sellers whose sales volume generates a commission to you, the creator of the network.  Helping others succeed o With a direct selling business, your greatest financial opportunity comes from recruiting and training others Who each start their own businesses and consume your company’s products or services Generating additional business volume A percentage of which is paid to you. 35 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

36 WHO LOSE/WIN IN DIRECT SELLING?  If someone recruits you and then you fail, they are the one who loses o They lose all the time they spent recruiting you and training you. o And all you’ve lost is the nominal cost to get started, typically in a few hundreds of dollars.  Helping so many different people do this – offers its own rewards, far above and beyond the monetary rewards – a WIN/WIN business o Help other people make smart economic choices, o Create a business that they can operate from home, o Spend more time with their families, and o Build a stream of residual income at the same time. 36 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

37 RIGHT COMPANY FOR DIRECT SELLING  Direct sellers are fond of saying that you are in business “for yourself, but not by yourself” o While you are in business for yourself as a direct seller, you should choose a company that has a good support structure as well as a good product.  Choosing the right company as a direct seller is actually more critical than choosing the right employer o If you make a mistake choosing an employer, say because a competitor comes out with a better product, you can always transfer to the competitor and distribute their superior product to your customers. o But if you have already built a direct selling business with thousands of consumers in your downline, you cannot simply call them up and transfer en masse to a new direct selling supplier.  When you choose a direct selling company, you’re not simply affiliating with a supplier – you’re selecting a partner for your business! 37 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

38 UNLIMITED WELLNESS  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) o “How sad it is!” murmured Dorian Gray with his eyes still fixed upon his own portrait. “How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It if were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that – for that – I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!”  As you go out each day to market your wellness products and services, you carry a message more important than the actual product or service you are trying to sell o Underlying the pitch for each wellness product is the notion that your customers can take control of their lives and begin a road to wellness. 38 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION

39 STICKING TO YOUR PLAN  It is my (the author’s) hope that you will embark on your particular wellness business today and become one of the leaders in the this incredible industry o Once you have found some initial success with your product or service, it is important that you have the intestinal fortitude and financial resources to keep marketing it to more and more potential customers until you accumulate enough statistics to be able to stand back objectively and make a worthwhile analysis of your results.  The mathematical concept of frequency o Individual events don’t follow a set pattern but that many events collectively over time do follow a set pattern. o Is sometimes difficult to understand, particularly for new entrepreneurs.  We are in a world where everything doesn’t work out each time, but a world where everything does work out over time o Especially for those of us with enough faith to follow our plan regardless of how much adversity we experience. 39 THE NEW WELLNESS REVOLUTION


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