Frank Vandersloot

Melaleuca CEO

Frank VanderSloot: How this Idaho Farm Kid Epitomizes the American Dream

Is the American Dream still alive and well? Or is it dead and buried as some critics have argued?

While the American Dream may not be celebrated in Hollywood or talked about in pop culture as much as it used to be, there are still modern-day examples that prove that the path to prosperity is real and achievable.

Look no further than a farm kid named Frank VanderSloot, who grew up dirt poor on a small family farm in the obscure town of Cocolalla, Idaho. The son of a railroad worker, Frank had some heavy responsibilities, which included running the farm—even as a 12-year-old boy.