As company founder, Robert L. Montgomery has been at the helm of Reliv since the very beginning. We sat down with Bob to discuss what’s happening at Reliv right now and what we can expect to see in the years to come.
Q. Reliv’s theme in 2015 is “The Power of You.” Why do you think it’s so important for people to take control of their own lives?
Personal freedom. That’s really what we’re all working toward, isn’t it? Either you can make the choices you want to make in life or you can have someone else make those choices for you. I sure know which way I prefer.
Q. In what ways can Reliv help people achieve personal freedom?
It all starts with our compensation plan and the rewards that come with it. As you work your business and tell more and more people about Reliv, you build an organization. As you build an organization and help others do the same, your monthly check grows. And once you start that process, there truly is no limit to where you can take it.
You get to decide what you want Reliv to mean for you — an extra $500 a month to help make ends meet or a millionaire lifestyle. The beauty is that the work you do today will continue to generate income in the months and years ahead. You build it once; you get paid for a lifetime. And every person reading this interview — every single one of you — already has the power within you to succeed with Reliv.
Q. Reliv recently launched mobile-ready personal websites. Why is it important for Reliv to continue to update our technology and innovate in the way we do business?
When we started Reliv in 1988, no one knew what the internet even was. Now entire industries have developed around it and it’s an integral part of our lives. And that’s just one example. The world is always changing, and as new technologies are developed, change happens faster and faster.
We have to adapt and innovate to stay ahead of the curve. The personal websites are just the latest example of that. Reliv is committed to providing the tools and technology our Distributors need to succeed in today’s marketplace — and tomorrow’s. And that’s not to mention the groundbreaking work in nutrition being conducted by [Reliv Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer] Dr. Carl Hastings and his team.
Yet as things continue to change, one thing will always remain the same: This is a people business. Teddy Roosevelt said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” I couldn’t agree more. Your new website isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t first connect with new people and send them there.
Q. What can we expect to see from our next generation of corporate leaders in the years to come?
This is an extremely talented group of executives led by Ryan and Scott [Montgomery]. And the support team they have working with them at all levels of the company is the best we’ve ever had. When you walk around HQ at conference, be sure to ask the staff you meet what they do at Reliv and how long they’ve been doing it. The level of commitment, experience and expertise in this building is astounding!
If you’ve been around the last couple years, you’ve already seen what our current leadership team has accomplished in that short time. They have both the corporate staff and the Distributor field aligned better than ever around common goals and our plan to achieve them. I’m confident we’ll be seeing big things happen at Reliv in the near future.
Q. The upcoming conference in St. Louis will be your 27th International Conference. What is it about conference that still gets you excited to be there?
Conference never fails to re-charge me — and everyone else who attends. Leaders go to conference, so it is full of people who have caught the Reliv vision for themselves and are ready to take charge of their lives. That creates an energy that’s contagious!
Plus, I get to meet new people and catch up with old friends. We celebrate success all weekend long, and there’s nothing better than seeing people you know do well.
This year we’re having a party on Saturday night right here at HQ. I look forward to welcoming all our Distributors and celebrating with them at their Reliv home away from home.
Q. If you had only one piece of advice to give to every Reliv Distributor, what would it be?
Get out of the way. Your #1 job is to introduce people to Reliv. That’s really the most important thing you do. After that, once you set them up in their businesses, it is their own dreams and their own motivations that will determine their success. Sure, you’ll still mentor them when they need it and provide encouragement and advice, but inspiring people to take action on their own and learn from their own mistakes is what creates leaders.
One of the quotes I refer to most often comes from Zig Ziglar: “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” So ask yourself: Have you helped enough people yet? Who gets to hear about Reliv today?