Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Polaris’s Beyond Freedom Evolution Picks Up Award



So very exciting to share the news today that Polaris picks up an International award for our Beyond Freedom Evolution course. Our materials were secretly submitted 5 months ago and it is with great delight that we announce that we won this very prestigious award in the Educational Category of the Telly awards.

The Telly awards have been around for 31 years and out of 13,000 entries we came out on top in two category’s. Beyond Freedom Evolution in the Educational Category and our documentary, Unbeaten, won the Documentary Film Category.

It’s a wonderful achievement to have our products recognised by such a prestigious organisation. We can all be proud in the knowing that as we share our products with the world that they are making a difference to the lives of everyone who comes across them. Every day I receive emails of gratitude from our customers and distributors who’s lives have been touched and changed as a result.

Share with me any personal wins that you have experienced from our Beyond Freedom Evolution and other products.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Two Choices

Human Spirit

Human Spirit

The below message was sent to me via email today. It touched me so deeply I felt to post it here. Enjoy as much as I did.

What would you do?….you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection”.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

Then he told the following story:
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father Ialso understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’

Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay..

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first! Run to first!’
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third! Shay, run to third!’

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

To Experience The World Through New Lenses



Shane and I are so excited to be heading back to Australia! We both woke up this morning with that extra spring in the step. I always get little butterflies in my bellie before a trip.

It got me thinking about a conversation I had years ago with a girlfriend. Have you ever written out a list of your ideal partner? Anyways at the top of her list was that the guy must be “well traveled”. I asked her why this was so important to her and as it turns out, Cassey, was well traveled herself and found that there was a huge difference in the mindset from someone who had seen the world, compared to someone who hadn’t.

This makes sense as when you travel it expands your experience. To experience different cultures and places first hand certainly has an impact on how you view yourself and the world. I often reflect with tremendous gratitude that “I get paid to travel the world”. There is a reason that Polaris holds its conferences in different locations around the globe. It opens the mind of the attendees, and with this open mind, we are able to see life through a different point of view. Things that you take for granted, you appreciate more. Things that you just thought were a certain way, are revealed not to be so.

As I’ve run my business over the years, there have been many times when someone within my team shares with me that their decision to attend a Polaris conference will have them going overseas for the first time. It is then so wonderful to see them in this new land with eyes wide open and glistening! Without question, every time, the experience of travel causes a shift within the person. This physical shift stays with you.

Share with me where you have been and the changes that occurred within you as a result of the experience.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

4 Tips To Success In Network Marketing



I’m sitting in a cafe having my morning coffee reflecting on what it takes to succeed in a business such as Polaris Global. A few things come to mind.

1. Falling in love with the product. This is imperative to your success no matter which company you align yourself with. People don’t care what you say, they will be attracted and join you based on HOW YOU FEEL about what you say. The way I fell in love with Beyond Freedom Evolution was I immersed myself into the product, experienced personal wins that I was then passionate for others to experience.

2. Falling in love with the industry – Network Marketing. I remember when I first started in the industry 8 years ago. Initially I was a little embarrassed to share what I was doing with friends and family for fear of judgement. I then embarked on learning as much as I could about the industry and discovered it to be the most tremendous platform for growth, development & financial success. Where else could a high school drop out apply themselves for a few years and become a self made millionaire? A love affair with the industry began!

3. They take consistent action. Every success story in the industry has come as a result of an individual taking consistent action. Here at Polaris we teach 3, 5, 10. Presenting the opportunity to 3, 5 or 10 people per day. Its as simple as picking the activity plan that fits with your schedule, part time or full time, and then sticking with it.

4. They are patient. The worst thing that a new marketer can do is come in with the mind set of – “I’m going to give it a go for 3 months and see what happens”. This attitude would have one setting themselves up for failure before they even begin. If this had been my approach I wouldn’t be sitting here today as a success story. You see when I started here, the first four months of business produced next to nothing. So lots of activity and little result. All of a sudden, my 5 month, the business exploded! What if I had of quit in month 3? All too often I see people quit just before they are about to make the turn. Just before things click with them. Things can change very quickly in this business. I went from $0 income in month 4, to $25,000 the very next month.

Finally – network marketing is not a get rich quick scheme. One must apply themselves, take responsibility for their results and give it enough time while they are learning the necessary skills to succeed. HOWEVER….my business went from ZERO to well over $1 million in profit in just 12 months. I don’t know about you…but to me…THAT’S QUICK!

To Your Success xx

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Our Ethical Stand Is Making a Difference



I wanted to bring you up to speed that our ethical stance in the industry is making a difference. Thank you to all of you for taking a stand and communicating to “the pirates” that their ethics are out of line. As we mentioned on the call this past week, quite often, “the pirates” do not even realise that they are out of ethics. I have pasted an email below which I received from our legal department. This email was in response to our legal department sending communication to those that are raiding and pointing out that their actions are in breach of their agreement etc…This was the response from one…..

“Thank you for your Email, the points you made have been acknowledged and taken on board
I did not realise I was breaking any rules, all activity of any kind like that, at my end has been stopped
My understanding of the few people I sent Emails too, was that they had left LLI quite a while ago.
As I have found out today after I arrived home, I viewed some Emails sent to me from extremely annoyed (I think) Polaris people
If I had known they were still involved or even partly involved with LLI or Polaris I wouldn’t of sent them
I will not take part in any similar activities like this again. I have sent apology Emails to the other complainants.

My apologies to Polaris and the people involved with it

ps: just a note, you will be pleased to hear that no one has enrolled with me, through that.
I just brassed a few people off”

It saddens me to think that this person above was led astray by another. While I understand that we are all responsible for our own actions, the above is a classic example of someone being led to take actions based on incorrect and misleading information. I believe that most people on the planet really do have the desire to operate from a place of high ethic. Lets continue with our stand to educate others within the network marketing industry!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Ethics of Polaris Global

The Pirates

The Pirates

Wow guys – what a brilliant training call we had yesterday. On reflection today I am feeling so humbled and proud to be a part of our Polaris community. If you missed the call, we had an open discussion about the ethics of the network marketing industry.

Over the past 8 years as a professional network marketer there have been many times when I’ve received phone calls from “the pirates”. When distributors from one company strategically invade another company’s downline, they are known as raiders or pirates. Each time “a pirate” has made contact with me, it’s always left a sour taste in my mouth.  Do “the pirates” not realise that this form of unethical business practise will in no way assist them to build a long term profitable business? Do they not realise that this conduct would never attract strong leaders into their team? To me “the pirates” are self serving, after a quick buck and worst of all are doing tremendous damage to the industry as a whole.

I love the network marketing industry. I have made it my home for the past 8 years, have enjoyed tremendous success and have met so many wonderful people. It has been a platform and an environment for growth in all areas of my life and I certainly look forward to many more years as a professional network marketer.  As with any industry there are good guys and bad guys. I feel so grateful to be surrounded and moving forward with the good guys.

Thank you to all of the ethical marketers I have met on my journey, we are in good company.

Enjoy this article and pass it on to educate others within the industry.

Click here: Ethics

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

“Screw It – Let’s Do It”

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

I just love this tag line that Richard Branson is famous for – “Screw it – Let’s Do it”. I’m reading one of his books right now, “Business Stripped Bare”. Highly recommend it. It’s light, funny, informative and in true Branson style – utterly BALLSY!

It amazed me that he was able to launch his very first airline within just 4 months of when he initially had the thought to go into the airline business. In 4 months he had to learn everything there is to know about the airline business, from reservations to ticket sales, to acquiring a plane, to the food served on the flight. Everything! Four months to learn how to deliver an airline. “Not easy”, as Richard said, “but definitely doable”.

He did this by immersing himself in every detail for 4 months. Getting up early (well maybe not so early – as he does like to party), but certainly staying up late to gather an understanding of the business model and how to have it launch effectively.

Think about this for a moment. 4 months! This is strong evidence that one can learn all they need to learn to get their Polaris Global business launched in maximum one day. I remember when I first started here I immersed myself for a day. Spent the day setting up my website, listening to some training calls, placing some ads and by the afternoon I was speaking to people.

When you first launch a business, any business, its important not to get bogged down in complexity. As Richard says, “thinking simply and clearly is hard to do. It takes concentration and practice and self discipline”.  Attention to detail is different to getting bogged down in complexity.  The details are important, but don’t major on the minors. Just get on with it.

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Making a difference at Polaris with our product



Hey guys – the below message was sent to me this week by one of our leaders. Margaret has kindly given me permission to post her wins here. It makes me so proud to know that we are making such a difference with the principles that we teach. Thank you for sharing Margaret, your story is courageous xx

Prague Jan 2010 Polaris Global

“Sometimes when your in the flow and the world and you are pulling together you find yourself drawn to certain events, people and places.  At the time it’s not always clear why but as your life unfolds you realise that many things are “meant”. Prague for me was one of those events.  I didn’t know it at the time but It was to have a profound influence on what was to play a huge part in carrying me through the next three months.

The underlying theme for me from the speakers Scott Burrows and Ozzi (Oz Sanchez) and the film Unbeaten was “Don’t wait until your life changing emotional event happens before you go for what you want in life.”  To witness these people telling their stories of how pure grit and determination enabled them to push the tide that was pushing against them and turn it around and achieve what they wanted in life was overwhelming and mind blowing.  Little did I know my own life changing emotional event was already awakened in me and for the next 3 months I would be journeying through biopsies, waiting for results and an operation.  Thankfully for me I have had a very positive out come and I’m very blessed and fortunate to have my health back. Most importantly a second chance to live my life to the full and have the time to be with my family.

What I would like to share is the fact I have been introduced to the world of positive thinking through the Beyond Freedom Program and through my experience in Prague,  I went through my life changing emotional event with such positive strength.  I can honestly say some of my most profoundly happy moments were during this time.  I discovered how to turn a hugely stressful time into such a positive experience.  I saw my world with new eyes and without my positive belief the experience would have I believe been terrifying.

I would like to say thank you to Rachel and Shane for your belief and all who are making Polaris Global a company that has and continues to have such a positive impact on peoples lives.

To conclude Prague was outstanding at the time but now I recognise why I traveled and how my path crosses with the giants of positivity”. Margaret L-W

Friday, May 7th, 2010

When You Love What You Do – Success Comes Naturally

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk

People often ask, “What is the secret to success?

If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. An old mentor told me that once, when I was quite young, and at the time it sounded impossible. It didn’t seem feasible that you could actually survive like that.

Men worked. That was just the way it was.

And if you don’t think it’s possible either, I have two words for you: Tony Hawk.

Tony Hawk is a skateboarder.  He is also the co-founder of a multi-million dollar skateboarding empire.

He followed his passion, but he also worked extremely hard – going on the road, doing contests from the time he was a teenager and founding his own business soon after.  And he started the business when the sport was experiencing a slump in popularity!

Through unbelievable hardship and adversity he built a core brand that has exploded into arguably the hottest series of video games in the world, accompanied by his merchandising and clothing as well as ….well… anything skateboarding really.

He lives his business. He breathes it and sweats it. It is his life, so he never really works.

He laces up his skate shoes and drops into a custom made state-of-the-art half pipe and tests out his product. His co-workers are on their feet cheering as he lands a near impossible trick.

Just another day at the office.

Shane Krider- Polaris Global

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The Trend Of The Home Based Business – Polaris

Work From Home

Work From Home

More than half of all U.S. businesses are based at home. While often dismissed as quaint hobbyist ventures, an estimated 6.6 million home-based enterprises provide at least half of their owners’ household income generating a personal freedom previously unimagined. Together these “homepreneurs” employ one in 10 private-sector workers, and by many measures they’re just as competitive as their counterparts in commercial spaces.

Stephen Labuda is the 35-year-old president of Agency3, a Web development firm he runs from his home in Cambridge, Mass. A former programmer at Deutsche Bank (DB), Labuda started building Web sites as a side job in 2003 and expanded the venture into a full time business three years later. Agency3’s revenue is in the millions, and Labuda is about to hire his fifth employee, who will work remotely, like the rest of the staff and the contractors he taps. He is not even thinking about renting office space because his business is founded on his personal freedom.

You can trace the rise of home-based businesses to the early days of telecommuting in the 1980s and the mass adoption of the Internet in the 1990s. Cloud computing, online collaboration, and smartphones have accelerated the trend, and recent research clarifies the economic significance of companies like Labuda’s. The personal freedom of being able to be anywhere and still be able to do business has changed the face of the entrepreneurial world forever.