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Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Recently, I’ve shared a couple of videos that got me thinking about inspiration. The videos came about after I asked my social media followers to ask questions, let me know what’s on their minds, etc. I received several excellent questions, so thank you!

In case you missed the clips, take a look below…

Sir Paul McCartney

Where do you find inspiration?

The first one describes my all-time favorite musician — Sir Paul McCartney. Those who know me, know I’m a huge Beatles fan. Sometimes, it’s scary to meet your heroes for fear that they’ll let you down. What if they’re not the same person they portray on stage or in interviews? In other words, what if they’re a jerk?

Well, Paul McCartney lived up to my expectations, and he continues to be a source of inspiration for me.

Years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a Paul McCartney soundcheck. His crew was setting up for one of his big stadium concerts. It was closed to the public, and there were only a couple of us there who weren’t part of the band or production crew.

Soon, Paul McCartney came out. I watched him hug and greet members of his crew by name. He asked them how they were doing and how their families were doing. He went around to everybody and personally had a moment with them.

It demonstrated the importance of personal interaction and truly caring about others. Here we have one of the biggest stars of all time. It’s his concert, he’s the boss. But he took time to recognize people by name, greet them, give them a hug, and sincerely ask them how they were doing.

It’s an example to me that no matter how famous you are, personal relationships and communication matter. Taking time to acknowledge others is so very, very important. Sir Paul McCartney’s always been a musical hero of mine. But after witnessing that soundcheck, he became an even more impressive figure in my mind.

Abraham Lincoln

Another question I received: Who do I turn to when I need inspiration or guidance? Well, there are many from the religious side, which I’ll leave for another time. From the non-religious side, somebody who’s inspired me is Abraham Lincoln.

He’s someone who came from a meager upbringing and had to find his own way in the world. Throughout his life he stood for things he truly believed in — even if they weren’t popular opinions.

Basically, risked everything because he felt so strongly about certain things. Now, looking back on history, his steadfastness had a positive effect on millions of lives. Abraham Lincoln was insightful.

One story I appreciate… One of Lincoln’s relatives sent a letter asking to borrow money. Lincoln declined because he felt that if he gave the money, it would do them more harm than them having to earn the money themselves.

Many instances from Abraham Lincoln’s life inspire me to want to be a better leader and a better person.

How About You?

Who do you turn to for inspiration? I’d love to hear. In All the Right Reasons, I go into greater detail about who inspires me and where I find my inspiration.

Catching Up with Kevin: Reflecting & Looking Ahead (July 2021)

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk about a variety of topics that have been on my mind lately. This exercise of reflecting and looking ahead is something I like to do regularly.

If you subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you likely saw the following video. However, if you haven’t yet seen it, I invite you to watch it.

In it, I share my thoughts on several topics, including…

📌  World Service Week 2021

World Service Week 2021 - Thank YouIt’s always inspiring to me when I watch how people are willing to give of their time to serve others. World Service Week is always an inspiration to me. It’s gratifying to look at the pictures, see smiles on everyone’s faces, and realize how good they feel because they know they’re doing something that helps somebody else in need.

I don’t think there’s anything more important than we can do in our life than to help others in need.

📌  Active Nutrition & Let’s Go Podcast

With the launch of Active Nutrition, there’s really a strategic reason why we did this. It’s because of our vision of being The Healthiest Family on Earth. Active Nutrition lends itself to the whole notion of lifestyle. That’s why we have the podcast. And truly being healthy is the body, mind, and spirit.

Those things are really what true health is all about. Active Nutrition is one step closer to us creating The Healthiest Family on Earth.

📌  Adapting to a Post-Pandemic Life

As I return back to whatever normal is post-pandemic, I think the important part for me is what did I learn? I’m trying to not go back to everything I did before. But rather, to do things differently, to approach things differently from that perspective.

One thing I learned is the importance of face-to-face interaction. Over the last several months, we communicated primarily virtually. Sure, it would be easier for me just to do Zoom calls versus getting on an airplane and traveling around the world. But there’s nothing, I believe, that replaces face-to-face and in-person interaction.

📌  Living Life to the Fullest

Recently, I witnessed my youngest grandson take his first steps. It’s an interesting thing to look at a little child like this who’s so full of life and so happy and joyful. He brings so much love into our family.

It’s remarkable to watch him take his first steps and to remember what life’s all about. Between birth and death, it’s the middle part that’s so important. I think it’s important to take stock. To take time to think about the past, while also looking ahead. For me personally, how can I better myself and what can I do to make this little child’s life better?

Thank you for following along here, and I appreciate all the kind words and the interaction on my social sites.

Catching Up with Kevin: Reflecting & Looking Ahead (March 2021)

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk about a variety of topics that have been on my mind lately. This exercise of reflecting on the past and looking toward the future is something I like to do regularly.

If you subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you likely saw the following video. However, if you haven’t yet seen it, I invite you to watch it.

In it, I share my thoughts on several topics, including…

📌  Takeaways from 2020

Kevin GuestIn reflecting on 2020, I didn’t realize how much I needed to take care of myself. I’ve spent all these years taking care of others and 2020 for me was really a year that I was able to slow down. I was able to focus on myself. I was able to think about things that were causing me stress in my life and trying to manage them more effectively.

📌  A Year of Acceleration

I really see 2020 as a year of acceleration, not disruption. What I mean by that is we were already on the path of being more user-friendly from a technology perspective. When all of a sudden we couldn’t have our in-person meetings, we couldn’t jump on a plane and travel and fly, we were forced to use technology and I’m so grateful that we were well down the path so that we could pivot when we had to.

📌  USANA’s Five-Year Strategy

There are a few things I’m really looking forward to — the launch of some new products we’ve been working on for quite a long time. We’re also working on expanding into a new market. We won’t announce which one it is until we’re ready, but that’s well underway. The thought of expanding USANA’s global footprint is exciting to me in the future.

And then lastly, stay the course. The last several years have been outstanding and we’re going to have, in my opinion, an outstanding future as we continually do what we do best — which is make the best nutritional supplements in the world.

📌  Social Responsibility (and the new Sustainability Committee at the board level)

The whole idea of social responsibility, social governance, sustainability is nothing new to USANA. Our buildings feature solar panels to help us with our carbon footprint. We xeriscape the property at our Home Office in Salt Lake. We’ve implemented recycling programs in other markets where consumers can bring empty supplement bottles in for us to recycle.

The Sustainability Committee on the board is a more formalized approach to many things we’ve already been doing from social governance and social responsibility perspective. We want to make sure USANA is a good global citizen at all levels as it relates to diversity, as it relates to the environment, and as it relates to social responsibility.

📌  How I’m Adapting to the ‘New Normal’

I think part of being around USANA for 30 years and seeing many different changes in the marketplace come and go is you have to be agile. We are a large, global company and so we’re not as agile as I’d like us to be in many areas. But the way I stay grounded and focused is trying to remain agile and trying to do things here at USANA that can help us respond even quicker to changes.

Thank you for following along here, and I appreciate all the kind words and the interaction on my social sites.