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D. Gary Young: Maverick, Shokunin, Pioneer

Posted on November 20th, 2014 | 12 comments

Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has dedicated his life and countless personal sacrifices to creating essential oils that surpass every quality standard. His motivation? The belief that pure essential oils have the power to touch and change lives. Young Living Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jared Turner shares his thoughts below on what sets Gary and his approach apart:

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Gary Young is currently building a new Young Living farm up in cold British Columbia, Canada. As I think about this great personal sacrifice, I’ve been considering all the things people say about him, both good and bad. Some call him “crazy.” Others call him the “maverick” or “guru” of the modern essential oil movement. As with most leaders of movements that change the world, Gary Young seems to elicit a variety of opinions.

 

One title I love that describes the spirit of what D. Gary Young represents is that of “shokunin.” A traditional Japanese title, “shokunin” (or “craftsman”) could well encapsulate all the best of Gary. Shokunin are individuals who care deeply about their craft; however, even this literal description doesn’t fully express the full meaning of the word. Shokunin care passionately, even spiritually, about their work—to the point of utmost personal sacrifice. They don’t care for money; they care only to improve the world through the perfection of their craft. In this way, the world is better because of them. They see what they do as an art form that must be perfected every day, faithfully. They never rest and are rarely tired because they are doing what they were meant to do: living their purpose through their work.

 

Japanese artist Tasio Odate elaborates further:

“The shokunin has a social obligation to work his best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.”

 

Gary Young is the true craftsman of the art of the cultivation, distillation, and quality testing of essential oils. He is comparable to none. He excels at his craft not only because he’s done if for decades but also because it is as natural to him as flying is to an eagle or swimming is to a fish. It is what he is meant to do.

 

Recent demonstrations of his shokunin spirit include the personal physical sacrifices he is experiencing in Canada. Gary recently told us that he is never warm. The only time he’s able to “thaw out” is a couple of hours after he tucks in his bed late at night after a long, arduous day at the farm. And it’s not just the brutal cold: he has cuts and bruises all over his body as a result of his drive to beat the deep winter clock and get people the oils they love.

 

I tell you this only to show you what we have in D. Gary Young; his dedication to his craft is immeasurably valuable to all of us. Remember: he loves what he’s doing and is meant to do it.

 

As recipients of this shokunin gift, it’s incumbent upon us to tell the story, to connect others to the Young Living “why” and continue the revolution in wellness that Gary Young started decades ago. We strive to help you tell this story through our emphasis on Young Living’s Seed to Seal® promise, as evidenced in our farm-centric events, the ongoing rebrand, and our marketing materials (check out SeedtoSeal.com).

 

Our detractors, including competitors, are attacking on all sides. They know that they are shadows of what we are and what we stand for—and they don’t like it. They know that they can’t compete with our original, authentic and rich narrative, so they attack the source of that narrative: Gary Young. We continue to tell our story despite this, and will defend our virtue as the originator and leader of the essential oil movement. Gary Young created a culture and ethos of wellness and empowerment that has lasted for decades—and it will last for decades more.

 

The bottom line is that whatever our competitors want to call Gary, they can’t call him a copycat. They can’t call him an imitator. At a minimum they can hopefully acknowledge that he’s the real deal and has taught them everything they know about essential oils. Maybe instead of attacking, it’s time that they give credit where credit is due. But guess what? Gary won’t be listening to any apologies; he’s too busy working in Canada to make the world a better place, one drop at a time.

 

And in case you still want to call Gary Young “crazy,” well, that may not be so bad either. Just ask Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple:

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…the ones who see things differently—they’re not fond of rules…You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”

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We are grateful for the pioneering vision and tireless dedication of our founder. How has Gary’s work touched your life? Let us know in the comments!

Pack Your Young Living Favorites for the 2015 Global Leadership Cruise!

Posted on August 4th, 2014 | no comments

We are kicking off the qualification period for our 2015 Global Leadership Cruise, and we want you to join us! Get ready to explore the Mediterranean coast while enjoying the luxury of the Royal Caribbean cruise line and networking with Young Living executives and top leaders!

 

Young Living Essential Oils Global Leadership CruiseSo how can you prepare for this unforgettable experience from June 6–13, 2015? First, visit YoungLiving.com/Cruise  to learn how to qualify. Second, pack your Young Living favorites for the relaxing Mediterranean adventure of a lifetime!

 

We think you’ll love bringing our brand-new Bon Voyage kit, which offers 10 popular travel-sized Young Living personal-care products, including Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste, Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, Morning Start Bath and Shower Gel, and much more in a custom-designed travel case!

 

How are you planning on qualifying for the cruise? Which cruise-friendly Young Living products are you planning on bringing? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Sheerlumé™—Our Living “Young” Elixir

Posted on July 21st, 2014 | 6 comments

Fascination with beauty and the search for the Fountain of Youth is as old as time. Women everywhere, of all ages, seek solutions to complexion discoloration, whether it’s brought on by the natural process of aging, sun exposure, or other causes. Research suggests that uneven and dull skin tone contribute even more to the appearance of aging than wrinkles!

 

At Young Living’s 2014 International Grand Convention, we introduced the latest addition to our A·R·T®—Age Refining Technology—line: Sheerlumé™ Brightening Cream!

 


Sheerlumé contains a proprietary blend of Sacred Frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Clove, and other powerful essential oils, as well as third-party tested alpine plant extracts that protect the skin from external stressors that advance the appearance of aging. Use Sheerlumé daily to unveil a more radiant, flawless-looking complexion.

 

—Gloria Russo, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

Thanks for Making Our March Promotion One of Our Most Popular Ever!

Posted on March 19th, 2014 | 7 comments

We are pleased to announce that our March promotion that includes free 15-ml Basil and Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oils, a $20 enrollment coupon, and an 8-pack of ART Beauty Masques has been one of our most popular ever. Through these promotions, thousands of members are discovering exciting new Young Living favorites for free, while enjoying the products they order regularly.

Due to the overwhelming success of this promotion, supplies have become limited. Members who qualify for the 300 PV ART Beauty Masque reward may receive instead an exciting alternative reward! This reward will be of similar value and will, like ART Beauty Masques, be an advanced, essential oil-infused skincare product.

What is your favorite Young Living skincare product? Share your must-try Young Living beauty secret in the comments!

Join Our Valentine’s Day Giveaway on Social Media!

Posted on February 14th, 2014 | 6 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate this holiday and to show our love and appreciation to our social media fans, we’re having a special giveaway today, Friday, February 14, only! This exciting contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will give 25 winners a 15-ml Joy™ essential oil blend. One lucky Facebook winner will receive a 5-ml Rose essential oil!

Enter the giveaway now by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter,  and Instagram!

Here are the instructions on how to enter each giveaway:

Facebook

  1. Like the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page.
  2. Like the giveaway post on the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page.
  3. Leave a comment on today’s giveaway post telling us why you love Young Living with the hashtag #ILoveYoungLiving.

Prizes: 1 Rose essential oil and 15 Joy essential oil blends

The person whose comment receives the most likes will receive a 5-ml Rose essential oil, and 15 giveaway participants will be randomly selected to win a 15-ml Joy essential oil blend. The winners will be announced on Facebook.

Twitter

  1. Follow the @YoungLivingEO Twitter account.
  2. Send a tweet telling us why you love Young Living with the hashtag #ILoveYoungLiving.

Prizes: 5 Joy essential oil blends

There will be 5 winners for the Twitter giveaway. The winners will be announced on the @YoungLivingEO Twitter account.

Instagram

  1. Follow the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account.
  2. Like today’s Valentine’s Day giveaway photo.
  3. Leave a comment on the photo telling us why you love Young Living with the hashtag #ILoveYoungLiving.

Prizes: 5 Joy essential oil blends

There will be 5 winners for the Instagram giveaway. The winners will be announced on the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account.

For complete details and rules on these giveaways, click here.

The giveaways end tonight, February 14, at 11:59 p.m., MT. All winners will be announced on each social media account on Saturday, February 15.

Help Us Celebrate Young Living’s Biggest Anniversary

Posted on February 13th, 2014 | 3 comments

This year is Young Living’s 20-year anniversary, and we plan to spend all year celebrating! From the biggest convention we have ever held to a full year of giveaways and promotions, plus a new company highlight every month, 2014 is going to be a Young Living celebration like you’ve never experienced!

Thanks to both our members’ dedication and Founder and CEO D. Gary Young’s tireless passion for creating pure essential oils, we have been able to share our priceless message with the world for 20 years and counting. We invite you celebrate our history with us and become a part of our future. Be sure to visit YoungLiving.com/20Years to learn more—and leave your thoughts in the comments!

To kick off this exciting anniversary year, here are some fun facts about Young Living that you may not have known:

  • Our new essential oil distillery at the Highland Flats Tree Farm is the world’s first fully automated distillery, as well as one of its largest. This cutting-edge facility will help make the process of producing essential oils such as Idaho Blue Spruce significantly faster and more efficient.
  • 2013 was Young Living’s biggest year in two decades of business. We saw the launch of three international markets and shattered even our most optimistic sales and membership projections for the year!
  • In 1997 Gary developed Thieves®, an essential oil blend that has been studied for its potential activity against airborne microbes.

Relax Body and Mind with Our February Promotions

Posted on February 1st, 2014 | one comment

If you’re still going strong with your New Year’s resolutions to get fit or are ready to hit the gym before summer rolls around, take advantage of a new promotion guaranteed to help you stick with your goals! This February, earn a great essential oil two pack that is ideal for comforting muscles after a workout or to use as you need it throughout your busy day!

Reach 300 PV with your February order and receive a reward pack worth at least $134.15 that includes a 5-ml Idaho Blue Spruce and a 15-ml Copaiba essential oil! You will also receive a free $15 product credit and 10 percent back in Essential Rewards points on your order!

Here are the details:

Idaho Blue Spruce: Produced exclusively on our own St. Maries farm, Idaho Blue Spruce is one of our most popular essential oils and is a symbol of our 20-year commitment to pure, authentic essential oils. Diffuse this powerful oil to create a sense of well-being and balance, wear it as an empowering fragrance, or dilute and apply it where needed post-workout.

Copaiba: Unlike other essential oils, Copaiba is tapped directly from the tree rather than distilled. Used widely in Amazonian folk medicine, Copaiba offers a wealth of benefits—from supporting a healthy digestive and respiratory system to encouraging a glowing complexion. Apply to muscles after a workout or take it internally to support overall wellness.*

$15 Product Credit: Use this $15 just like cash toward any order of any Young Living product! Anticipate that this special credit will appear on your account in mid-March, which you may then apply to your order for a $15 discount.

10 Percent Back: For every order over 300 PV in February, you will receive 10 percent of your order back in Essential Rewards points! This offer applies to both Essential Rewards and standard orders and is on top of any points you may earn from your regular monthly Essential Rewards order, up to 50 points per order. To receive these points, which can be used toward free products, you must be enrolled in our Essential Rewards program. It’s our way of thanking you for your loyalty. These points will be available to use on or before March 15.

Excited about these promotions? Have some ideas about using Idaho Blue Spruce and Copaiba essential oils? Let us know what you think in the comments. Go to YoungLiving.com for full offer details and visit Virtual Office to update your order and receive these free products.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary with Fantastic Offers

Posted on January 20th, 2014 | 5 comments

2014 is Young Living’s 20th year of business, and we are excited to spend the entire year celebrating two decades of transforming lives with the world’s purest, most effective essential oils! We invite you to celebrate with us throughout 2014 with 20 percent off one of D. Gary and Mary Young’s favorite  products on the 20th of each month. This month, on January 20 only, you can purchase Relaxation massage oil for 20 percent off!

With its proprietary blend of coconut, grape seed, sweet almond, and other skin-nourishing vegetable oils—and featuring a calming blend of essential oils such as Tangerine, Lavender, Spearmint, and Ylang YlangRelaxation massage oil can soothe away daily stress. Be sure to log in to Virtual Office on January 20 to enjoy this exclusive discount!

Each month, be sure to watch our Facebook page to find out what favorite Young Living product will be featured next in our 20th anniversary promotion!

Invite the Spirit of the Holidays into Your Home

Posted on December 2nd, 2013 | no comments

Nothing welcomes the holidays into your home like the warm, festive aromas of cinnamon and citrus. This season, you can relive your favorite holiday memories and create new ones with two of our most popular essential oil blends, Christmas Spirit™ and Thieves®!

When your December order hits 300 PV, we’ll send you free 15-ml bottles of Christmas Spirit and Thieves essential oil blends, plus a $20 enrollment coupon to grow your business and a 30 pack of Slique™ Slim Caps to help you achieve your New Year’s weight-management resolutions! Order 250 PV to receive the free oils and coupon or order 190 PV and receive the free oils!

Excited about one of our most valuable reward packages ever? Learn more about the products that will add holiday joy to your home this season:

Christmas Spirit is a distributor favorite that combines the scents of Cinnamon Bark, Spruce, and Orange for an aromatic experience that is reassuring, purifying, joyful, and nostalgic. Diffuse or add a few drops onto firewood prior to burning.

Not only does Thieves smell amazing, but its unique combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils can also support your immunity* and uplift your spirits. Diffuse or drop onto cotton balls and place on air vents for a spicy, herbaceous scent throughout your home.

Our transferrable $20 enrollment coupon is an ideal tool for sharing Young Living and bringing new energy to your organization. You can find the coupon code on your qualifying 300 PV or 250 PV order invoice, which you may then give to an enrolling distributor, giving your new team member a running start with Young Living.

An innovative tool to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions, Slique Slim Caps are formulated to help you feel full and avoid overindulging on holiday treats. A unique combination of dietary fibers, essential oils, and other specialized ingredients, these capsules can help keep your weight-management goals on track.*

Excited about these promotions? Leave your thoughts in the comments! Go to youngliving.com for full offer details and visit Virtual Office to update your order and receive these free products.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Enter the Young Living Oola Giveaway!

Posted on November 12th, 2013 | 2 comments

Staying healthy requires attention to many different areas. The Young Living lifestyle is predicated upon achieving physical, mental, and emotional balance and well-being. Our friends at Oola believe in the same ideas of balance and well-being and have devised a way to achieve what they call the OolaLife.

To kick off Young Living’s partnership with Oola, we are having a special social media giveaway today, Tuesday, November 12! This exciting contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will give 50 lucky winners an exclusive kit containing Oola’s book, Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World, as well as two oil blends specially formulated for Oola by D. Gary Young: Oola Balance and Oola Grow.

Enter by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Here are the instructions on how to enter each contest:

Facebook

  1. Like the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
  2. Like the Oola Facebook page
  3. Like the giveaway post on the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
  4. Leave a comment on the giveaway post answering the question: Which Young Living essential oils do you use to help improve your life?

There will be 25 winners for the Facebook contest.

Twitter

  1. Follow the @YoungLivingEO and @OolaLife Twitter accounts
  2. Send a tweet with the hashtag #YLOola and @YoungLivingEO

There will be 15 winners for the Twitter contest.

Instagram

  1. Follow the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account and the @OolaLife Instagram account
  2. Repost the picture of the Young Living Oola kit prize shown on the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account with the hashtags #YLOola and #YoungLiving

There will be 10 winners for the Instagram contest.

For complete details and rules on these contests, click here.

The contests end on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:59 p.m., MT. All 50 winners (25 for Facebook, 15 for Twitter, 10 for Instagram) will be announced on each social media account on Wednesday, November 13.

We are also having a very special book promotion to celebrate our partnership with Oola! On November 12 only, purchase Oola’s life-changing book for only $9.99! You can purchase the book here.