Personal development and self-improvement have been linked with the direct selling segment for decades. The notion of improving your current situation is what draws so many people to direct selling in the first place. As you’ll learn from this month’s cover story, personal development remains fundamental to the best of what modern direct selling has to offer.

Author Courtney Roush talks to a number of direct selling executives who outline the importance of personal development in their lives, careers and businesses. The giant shifts in technology haven’t quelled the urge to achieve more and do better; rather, they provide brand-new avenues for learning.

Heather Martin also brings insight from her interviews with company executives at Amway in this issue. She shares how their belief in the underlying purpose of bringing value and empowerment to people’s lives drives the company’s initiatives. In another feature, Beth Douglass Silcox explores cultural authenticity with Heidi and Orville Thompson, co-founders of home fragrance company Scentsy. And finally, Lin Grensing-Pophal catches up with fast-growing Jamberry, the nail wrap company.

Of course, a big part of self-improvement is taking stock in what you’ve already been able to achieve. That brings us to the other subject that’s top of mind this month: the Direct Selling News Global 100.

Nine years ago, we embarked on an ambitious project to chart the world’s 100 largest direct selling companies. Plenty of people doubted that we could convince companies to publish their annual revenue, as well as to get them to provide the other information used to compile the list. But we succeeded and the Global 100 was launched.

Since then, we’ve put together this international listing every year. Being a member of the Global 100 provides valuable recognition for those appearing on the list.

But the Global 100 couldn’t be a success without the active and enthusiastic participation of countless companies around the world. We’d like to take a moment to thank every one of you for your impressive collective efforts throughout the years. And we’d also like to ask for your help once again so we can make this year’s Global 100 the best one yet.

To insure that, we are asking all active executives at direct selling companies to visit and fill out the nomination form and complete the company profile.

The words one past honoree used to describe the Global 100 bring back this month’s theme of being all that you can be.

“The DSN Global 100 is a way for the world to look at this industry as a whole,” this company executive told us. “It’s a privilege. It’s an honor. And it’s an inspiration to keep growing and to keep getting better at it.”