Odelle Bowman is an artist, award-winning nonprofit Director and Entrepreneur. She is an affiliate with LifeVantage, a company that is a disruptor in the field of Neutrogenomics, developing all natural components that turn on our DNA. LifeVantage’s goal and hers is to make people better and by so doing making the world a better place.
- CEO Hack: (1) Setting goals (2) Book – Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
- CEO Nugget: (1) It's all about the relationships (2) It's the journey, not the destination
- CEO Defined: Being in control of my destiny
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Gresham Harkless 00:29
Hello, hello. Hello, this is Gresh for me, I am CEO podcast and I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Odell Bowman of life. Vantage O'Dell. It's awesome. have you on the show?
Odelle Bowman 00:39
Oh, Gresham. It's awesome to be here. I love sharing information,
Gresham Harkless 00:43
no problem. And I think you have a lot of information to share such a wonderful story. So I'm super excited about having you on. And before we get started, I want to read a little bit more about Odell so you can hear about all these awesome things that she's doing. And Odell is an artist, award winning nonprofit director and entrepreneur. She's an affiliate with LifeVantage, a company that is a disruptor in the field of Neutrogena, gentle medics, or anti aging. If you know how to say that better, and developing all natural components that turn off, did it turn on our DNA LifeVantage his goal in hers is to make people better and by doing so making the world a better place. So Dale, are you ready to speak to the imcl? community?
Odelle Bowman 01:23
Yes, I am.
Gresham Harkless 01:25
Awesome. Well, let's do it. So to kick everything off, I wanted to hear a little bit more I know I touched on your bio, could you could you take us through your SEO story, we'll let you get started with all the awesome things you're working on.
Odelle Bowman 01:35
Yeah, I was in the field of at nonprofit field for about 1520 years, my focus was always on making making the world a better place actually through using the arts. But from doing that, the arts and nonprofits tend to spend a lot of time doing things that they don't necessarily have the money for. So I work lots of hours. And as a result of that, I ended up having an autoimmune disease. And all modern medicine could give me was prednisone, which is not a great thing. But I got off prednisone because I knew it was long term not good for me. And I was dealing with a lot of pain. So I just exited my last nonprofit job, which I was very passionate about. But I could tell I was going through extreme burnout for for having about 20 years of doing that work. And the thing for people to think about is the nonprofits in their community are a blessing. And they need all of our support. I just want to reiterate that now because we're in a time when they are getting less support. So going forward, I was in this mix of figuring out things I was doing contract work for other nonprofits, writing grants, etc. When I was invited by a colleague in the community to come check out her plan B and I was like, Okay, I'll go check out your plan B. And as I was leaving to go to this meeting, my husband said, Well, what what's this thing you're going to? I said, Well, I think it might be network marketing. And he went, Oh, you'll never do that. I went no way would I do network marketing. So when I returned from the meeting, he saw the look on my face. And he went, Oh, no, what happened? Because he knows a look, when I have an idea that's missing. And yeah. And I began to tell him what I experienced while I was there. This is what I was introduced to LifeVantage. They showed an ABC investigative report that was done on the flagship product, Protandim interrupt two. And that came about is the fact that a clinical study had just come out saying that it reduced your oxidative stress by 40% in 30 days, 70% 90 days. And everybody thought that has to be bogus. No, we're gonna go in and debunk them. They came out the other side and saying no, it worked. JOHN can yodas had great results, etc. While I was sitting there and watching it, and I went, Oh my goodness. If it does just a tiny bit of this, it probably would help me. I tend to be a yes person instead of a no person anyway, that's kind of how I encounter life is yes, and that I'll figure out things. So I got myself on the product and in two to three weeks I had major results in my health in in feeling better, and I was blown away. And so my head went to immediately. Oh, who else could I help because I'm not the only one that has issues around levels of oxidative stress in their body. And for people that don't know, oxidative stress is the thing that causes most disease and people, it's linked to over 200 diseases. So I, I jumped in, I was still doing contract work and other stuff on the side. While I was figuring this out, and
Odelle Bowman 05:45
over the process, I've now been within six and a half years and affiliate with a company. And I'm more passionate than ever. As we've developed new products, we've expanded from two countries to 22 countries, I've seen positive growth, we're traded on the NASDAQ, and I met hundreds of people and help hundreds of people change their lives. And that's kind of an addictive thing, when you offer someone to some something, and they embrace it, and find that their life has changed. Because we all know that health is the number one thing that's most important, even though in our culture, we don't always keep it that way or operate that way. But it is the most important thing. It affects every area of your life. So this is where I've landed. And I encountered lots of negativity from my friends and artists and nonprofit people like I'd gone to the dark side. But because it wasn't an experience they had had. And I also feel as an entrepreneur, that often is artists, people, artists embrace the notion that you should suffer for your art. And that, you know, they they grab the mindset that poverty is okay, if you're creating art. And I don't believe that's a paradigm you have to accept, I can think you could still be an artist, and draw abundance into your life. No one else should have to take care of me but me, ultimately, so that the journey I'm still on is, is spreading the word. And letting more people know that they can up regulate their genes and get healthier. And we've developed more products along that line over the years, I've been with them.
Gresham Harkless 07:54
Nice. Well, I definitely appreciate that. And you've been mission driven, I've seen sorry, you know, to hear what happened, you know, with the nonprofit and how, you know, you develop that autoimmune disease, but a great to hear that, you know, you've been able to help yourself and help out so many other people as far as doing that. Because I think a lot of times when you're so mission driven, you really want to see and have that addictive personality to be able to help people, a lot of times you forget to help probably what is might be the most important person which is often ourselves. So the better we take care of ourselves, the better we're able to help so many other people. So I love that you do that. So I know you touched a little bit upon those products. Could you take us through a little bit more of that. And what you feel is kind of either your or the business's secret sauce and what you feel kind of sets you apart?
Odelle Bowman 08:38
Well, the secret sauce is that we have lots of science behind our products that they have. They're 22 studies on pubmed.gov on an all natural product, not only ingredients that someone else did, but on our products. And there are 40 more studies in the works right now. So that's the secret validating thing that supports the notion that all natural ingredients can make us healthier for 10s of 1000s of years, people have been doing it. But now it's become a major focus of formal medicine and our secret sauce is people are able to take control of their health by making a decision to do something about it for one thing, because I found once people start taking our products and things shift, they start doing other things about supporting themselves and health. And our secret sauce is that we develop products that upregulate you epigenetic ret level of your body, it activates your body to heal yourself not supplementing it. It activates your body to heal itself, when it's theirs gets ready. Have your oxidative stress. Another one there one heals your mitochondria, which is the the powerpack energy of your cells. And the third one is Protandim, na D which helps your body create sirtuins, which, by the time you're 70, not creating them anymore. And there's two two is kind of, you might say, are the garbageman of your body, they clean out all the cellular waste, so helps your body function better. I certainly from using the products feel a lot younger than my age. And most people think that I'm younger than I am, just because of how I have the energy to do things that most people my age, you know, I'm I'm 68, I'm going to be 69 next year, I don't feel like I'm that old, I don't carry myself that way. I don't quite look that way. And it's all from the products. And you know, after I'd been on them a year or two, I ran into people I hadn't seen a few years and they were like, oh, tell what's up? You. Wow, you actually look better than 10 years ago when I say what are you doing? So our secret sauce is you can take control of your health with all natural products that are cutting edge, and and where the future is going in medicine.
Gresham Harkless 11:23
Nice. Well, I definitely appreciate you for sharing that. And of course doing that helps so many people out. And as you kind of touched on as well, too. A lot of times we don't understand or know kind of the ramifications of the stress that we have and what can happen. So I appreciate you for making us aware of that. But also, of course of providing a solution for that. So I wanted to switch gears a little bit. And I want to ask you for what I call a CEO hack. So this could be like an app or book or a habit that you have. But what's something that makes you more effective and efficient?
Odelle Bowman 11:54
Well, I think what makes CEOs more efficient is their being able to set goals and make CEB you know, make changes in their own habits, so they're more effective. And there is this amazing book, and I actually a blessing, heard him speak for 45 minutes last week, his name is BJ Fogg. And he's written a book tidy, tiny habits. And here's the new approach to creating new habits for yourself. And when you break down goals, there's always multiple things that add up to you to attaining those goals. And they're usually attached to habits that you have.
Gresham Harkless 12:40
I love bad hacking. And so I wanted to ask you now for what I call a CEO nugget. So this could be a word of wisdom or a piece of advice. It might be something if you were to happen to a time machine, you would tell your younger business self,
Odelle Bowman 12:53
I would tell her are any entrepreneur, it's all about the relationships. People sometimes get focused on what they want. They'll try to skip past the relationships. And people are the core of everybody's success. And also, it's the journey, not the destination.
Gresham Harkless 13:17
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. So now I want to ask you my absolute favorite question, which is the definition of what it means to be a CEO. And we're all gonna have different quote unquote CEOs on this show. So Adele, what does being a CEO mean to you,
Odelle Bowman 13:28
as a control of my destiny, that I'm someone that my day is my day. And how successful I am really is up to be I'm, I'm, I'm turning the wheel, I'm making the wheel run. And no one to look to but myself if it if if I'm not going forward and and with that comes freedom. I can do my work when I want to do the my work. I can work as late as I want or not. I can take the day off.
Gresham Harkless 14:06
Odell truly appreciate that definition. I appreciate your time even more. What I wanted to do is pass you the mic so to speak, just to see if there's anything additional, you want to let our readers and listeners know and of course, how best they can get a hold of you and find out about all the awesome things that you're working on.
Odelle Bowman 14:22
I want people to think outside the box. Think about the possibilities that are out there in defining themselves and what they do for work in the time of COVID people are feeling limited, I think and some people are feeling trapped. When actually I think there's a real opportunity to reinvent yourself. If anybody wants to get in touch with me. I'm on Odell Bowman on Facebook and my email is an easy one. It's Oh Tao od e Ll e dot Bowman Bo w man at gmail.
Gresham Harkless 15:09
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Well, thank you so much Oh, dad, we will have the links and information in the show notes as well for people to follow up with you. But sometimes the same is Necessity is the mother of invention. So sometimes when you need to find a way that's when those ways come about, but I think that we often forget that we don't necessarily need to be against that wall so to speak, to be able to make those changes and adjustments we can do that right now. right here and right now. So I appreciate you for reminding us of that as well. And I hope you have a phenomenal rest today.
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