Herbalife started as one young man's dream a lot more than 29 years ago. Mark Hughes was just 18 years of age when his mother Joan died from an accidental drug overdose of prescription weight loss pills.
As being a part time model and actress in L.A, Joan struggled together with her weight for many years and getting a convenient and effective weight loss method like a single working mom in the late 1970's held little alternatives apart from weight loss supplements. Diet medicine is highly addictive, have terrible side effects and make it hard to rest so Joan also took sleeping pills and unfortunately she'd an overdose and died.
The wedding and also the situation of Mark Hughes life impacted him so profoundly that Mark decided that he will make a difference on the planet by finding a effective and safe option to the diet drugs and pills which had killed his mom.
Mark had a desire for nutrition especially in Chinese Herbs. He studied these herbs and travelled to any or all parts of China talking to the Chinese Herbal Doctors and discovered firsthand the incredible health benefits these herbs held on the human body. The Chinese Mark discovered have been using these herbs for thousands of years as their medicine.
Despite having no medical background, never finishing senior high school, no business background no money Mark were able to have some who'd listen to his idea with their support and help and 1 year of testing and refining together they formulated "Formula 1." A meal replacement made with soy protein, vitamins and herbs. Mark wanted to help people lose weight by replacing 2 meals a day with this formula and thereby reduce calories while still getting 100% of all of the nutrition the cells required for optimum health. And "Cellular Nutrition" was created.
In February 1980 at 23 years of age Mark got his first customer around the product, his granny Mimi, who lost 20 pounds and introduced 20 of her friends.
The term quickly spread that does not only were people slimming down about this product but as their systems were being cleansed in the herbs, they started looking younger, getting good energy, blood pressure normalised and lots of other health benefits ensued and at the end of its first year Herbalife had sold a lot more than US$2 million dollars.
Now armed with a whole heap of incredible health AND income testimonials the organization quickly grew. Almost 30 years ago US$10 Million In 1982 US$52 Million In 1983 US$148 Million Back in 1984 Herbalife did US$402 Million making it the quickest growing company in US business history breaking a variety of records and achieving remarkable things due to three extremely important factors.
1) The product. Mark decided right from the start that the Herbalife products would be made with the most recent in science, technology and medical discoveries with no period of time, effort or cost would diminish from that #1 purpose. These products would be the best type of food for that body that money could buy. Combining Chinese Herbal wisdom of more than 6000 years with Western Nutritional technology and which makes it consumable, easy to prepare and tasty was certainly an activity, but Mark Hughes and also the team of doctors and scientists accomplished that.
Today the Herbalife product range includes weight management, targeted nutrition, outer nutrition, and private care. All created using natural herbal ingredients and all sorts of designed to cleanse and nourish cells of the body for maximum health results.
2) Personal Coaching. Mark realised the requirement for a "personalised" method of weight reduction. He knew that selling these products off an excellent market shelf would diminish its usefulness so Mark decided the the easy way 'change the world' was with Multi Level Marketing. Through MLM not just would the customer obtain the best products but they would also get the very best service by having a Herbalife Distributor as their personal coach to assist them.
3) The Comp plan. Mark realised that for his imagine "making the planet healthier", being real he'd require a highly motivated team of distributors and thus Mark come up with comp plan to conquer all others.
1st The Comp plan pays no more than 50% on all sales. From high school students to moms, to taxi driver and even your loved ones doctor making sales means helping someone improve health, and thereby adding around 200 or a large number of extra dollars to your monthly income.
2nd Reward distributors who grew a business to assist with the 'Dream'. From 1 distributor to 100,000 you would be paid fairly on all your team including wholesale commissions as high as 25%, royalties 15% and infinite bonuses up to 7%, vacations and Worldwide Sales Bonuses amounting to 1% of annual turnover. In all Herbalife pays 73% of all revenue back to its distributor base which makes it the highest paying and fairest compensation plan within the entire industry.
Today the records speak on their own. 29 years running a business, 70 countries, US$3.8 Billion in 2008, listed on the Nyse, Nobel Prize winning scientists, UCLA medical advisory board, over 100 Million RECORDED testimonials, the Herbalife Family Foundation supporting in danger children around the globe and landmark sports sponsorship deals such as the L.A Galaxy and David Beckham a few of the achievements. But many incredibly Herbalife is officially the "Number 1 Weight reduction Company in the Entire World!"
It is true that 'One man can produce a difference!' Mark Hughes has shown that a person with an aspiration and also the determination to make that dream a reality can change the planet for that better.