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Nov 25, 2009

Accepting Dallin's Challenge to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Dallin has often challenged us to develop an "attitude of gratitude" in order to help us move from "success to significance."

Personally, I am grateful for God, family and MonaVie.  One of the great things that middle age brings—and I’m very middle aged—is perspective.  I can look back on any number of life experiences, including a number of great jobs, and readily determine that MonaVie is the best company for which I have ever had the privilege of working.  Our Founders, Dallin, Henry and Randy are men of highest ethics, committed to our distributors' success above all.  I am grateful to work for such great people.

One of the lessons that I am learning from them is that success is dependent, in part, upon an attitude of thanksgiving.  One who counts her blessings every day is likely to be happier, more optimistic and more successful as a result than one who counts his problems, and is perpetually found condemning those who have wrong him.  The blessing counters tend to scatter seeds of success in every act while the problem counters seem to suck the success right out of the room.

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to get to know many of MonaVie’s top field leaders; invariably, they are people who count their blessings, praise God and lift up those around them.  Occasionally, I encounter distributors who are struggling with the business.  I believe I can tell who will be successful and who will continue to struggle.  Those who are grateful for the opportunity, who are positive in their outlook and who see that their success is largely a function of their willingness to serve those in their groups are almost certain to succeed.  Those who come to me with complaints, hoping that I can remove the obstacles from their path to make the work easier are likely to struggle; ultimately, we at corporate can only do so much to smooth the way.  The path to success is found easily enough by following those who are on it in front of you, counting their blessings and lifting all who are willing to be lifted.

I am grateful for those on the path ahead of me, like Dell Brown, whose constant optimism and spirit of gratitude ennoble not only themselves but all those around them.  Certainly, it is my goal to count my blessings and not my problems so that I can lift and lead, serve and succeed—please join me!


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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

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