Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Are You Really an American? – Oliver DeMille

Originally posted by Oliver DeMille. He is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling co-author of LeaderShift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand Up and Lead, the co-founder of the Center for Social Leadership, and a co-creator of TJEd.

Among many other works, he is the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century, The Coming Aristocracy, and FreedomShift: 3 Choices to Reclaim America’s Destiny.

God bless, Scott Johnson

The more I watch the news, the more I wish we had more farmers in modern America. I grew up in a small
town, and when I was a boy there were lots of farmers still left in the county.

The town was small enough that I knew, at least by face and name, pretty much every man and woman — and I noticed something different about farmers. They didn’t accept the “official line” on anything, and they never tried to impress or fit in. They seemed secure in who they were, not worried about whether they were popular or not. This gave them immense strength.

For example, one day while walking to school, I noticed water spouting high into the air from a broken fire hydrant. A local grocer I knew pulled over, watched it with me and a few other kids, and then said, “I’ll call the city office and tell them to come fix it.”

We all kept walking to school — crisis averted. Later in life, while traveling in a big U.S. city, I noticed a similar spouting hydrant. This time people just walked around it and kept going, as if they had never really noticed it. “No calls to city hall here,” I remember thinking.

But the really amazing thing happened back in my hometown the same day I saw the leak. I’m not sure whether the grocer ever called the city office, but on my way home from school the hydrant was still spraying water. It was hot, so my friends and I cooled off in the free entertainment provided by the leak. In a town this small, this provided high adventure.

While we were there, an old farmer pulled up in an old pickup truck. He got out, looked over the leak, then went and puttered around in the back of his truck. He returned with several tools, and twenty minutes later the leak was fixed. The man walked back to his truck, and I asked him if the city sent him.

I’ll never forget the truly shocked look on his face. “No,” he said. “I was just driving by. The hydrant was broke, so I fixed it.” Then he got in his truck and drove away.

I hauled hay a few times for this farmer, earning some spending money during high school. Neither of us ever mentioned the incident again. It was as normal as sunrise. The hydrant was broken, so the man fixed it. He didn’t work for the city. But he lived there — and a broken hydrant needs fixing.

At least, that’s the logic for a farmer. In many modern cities today, he’d probably be issued a ticket and have to pay a fine.

That’s modern America. When we don’t encourage initiative and innovation, we naturally get less of them. When we punish self-starting entrepreneurialism, jobs go overseas. When we reward “leaving solutions to the government,” we get fewer solutions. No wonder we’re in decline while China and Brazil, among other places, are on the rise.

I once told this story to a group of students, and two of them later served as interns at a state legislature. On the last day of the session, they sat in the seats high above the legislative chamber, reading through the session program and circling the names of the legislators who had become their heroes.

They said something like, “These were the leaders who never, ever caved in on principle, who always stood firm for what they believed — never playing politics or trying to fit in, just doing their level best to serve the people who had elected them.”

After they finished, they noticed something very interesting. Next to the picture and name of every legislator was their profession — teacher, accountant, attorney, businessman, etc. Every single one of the legislators they had circled was a farmer.

The two young interns were duly impressed. They remembered my story about farmers and fire hydrants, and they shared their experience.

Not every American can be a farmer. But every citizen can be an American — one who thinks independently, takes action when it is needed, and always takes a stand for the right.

Washington will get some things right and some wrong in the years ahead, but the future of America doesn’t depend on Washington. It depends on regular people: will they think independently, will they spend their lives trying to fit in, or in standing up for what is right?

Standing up for the right things isn’t always popular. But people who do it anyway are the only ones who keep a nation free. So, sometimes I ask myself a very important question: Are you really an American? Really?

That old farmer was. If you are too, prove it.

Oliver DeMille

Oliver is dedicated to promoting freedom through leadership education. He and his wife Rachel are raising their eight children in Cedar City, Utah.

Unemployment Rates are Not What the Media Says

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Tim Marks.

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As I meet people out and about these days and talk with church members, family, friends, and relatives, they all seem to agree that the way things “feel” are not the same as what the mainstream media says about how our economy is doing.
Read this interesting post below and I think you will see why now is the best time for people to start their own LIFE Leadership business and take control of their future!
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A Wall Street adviser in a recent memo to his clients said that the “actual” unemployment rate in the United States is 37.2 percent.
Obviously, this has many asking whether this is indeed the case. In short, it isn’t. But of course this requires some explanation.
David John Marotta’s memo, which was picked up by the Washington Examiner, stated that unemployment is much worse than what is being reported by the federal government.
Marotta’s claim is based primarily on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data on the current labor force participation rate, which is about 62.8 percent:
The above graph represents the adult, non-military and non-jailed population that is currently employed or actively seeking work.
But how did Marotta arrive at that 37.2 percent figure? Simple: He subtracted the current labor force participation rate from 100 (“100” representing full labor force participation), AEI’s James Pethokoukis reported. If the current labor force participation rate is 62.8 percent, then that means 37.2 percent of the civilian, noninstitutional population is “unemployed.”
Obviously, this does not give us an accurate calculation of unemployment.
Marotta in his calculation includes everyone: Retirees, adolescents, college students and stay-at-home mothers. In other words, he includes people who would ordinarily be excluded from what we refer to as the labor force.
The Wall Street adviser’s figure “is absolutely ridiculous and tremendously overstates labor market weakness. A total joke,” Pethokoukis said in a fiery blog post. “Using Marotta’s ‘logic,’ maybe the ‘real’ unemployment rate is merely the share of … the civilian noninstitutional without a job. That comes out to a whopping 44.5%!”
Now this isn’t to say that the official unemployment rate, which currently rests at 6.7 percent, doesn’t seriously understate the reality of the unemployment situation in the United States.
Indeed, as noted every month by TheBlaze, the U-6 unemployment rate, considered a broader measure of actual unemployment in the U.S., regularly posts a much higher figure than the “official” unemployment rate.
The U-6 rate, which includes not just the unemployed, but also the underemployed and the discouraged, currently sits are around 13.1 percent.
So although it is absolutely accurate to say that the commonly reported figure on unemployment in the United States regularly downplays “real” unemployment, saying that the “actual” unemployment rests somewhere around 37 percent is highly — dubious.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bad Lip Reading

Originally posted by Life founder and Author Chris Brady.

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As many of you know, having clever children is endlessly entertaining. My oldest son Casey decided to construct a "bad lip reading" version of one of my old talks. Then, like those Russian Matryoshka dolls that are stacked one inside another, he wrapped it in a succession of boxes until a huge one made up the outer shell. After tearing through layer after layer, the family was treated to the following (which, personally, I think may make more sense than did the original talk)! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Understanding Each Other

Originally posted by Life Leadership and Policy Council Member Wayne MacNamara.

God bless, Scott Johnson

Have you ever wondered why your spouse can never remember where they parked the car, or why your child will organize all of their toys just right and get upset if anyone touches them?  Without proper understanding of the four basic personality types, these things can seem extremely foreign and unnatural.  In order to understand people; the way they talk, act, work, and even have fun, a basic understanding of personality traits is fundamental.
There are four basic personality types that are concerned with where one draws their energy (internally or externally) and what motivates a person (tasks or people).  The traits are broken up as follows;
For a detailed explanation of the four types I would recommend two books; Personality Plus by Florence Littauer and Positive Personality Profiles by Dr. Robert Rohm.  While these two authors use different title to describe the different personalities, their definitions are very similar.
Let me use professional life as an example of how the different personalities operate:
Popular Sanguine volunteer for everything even if they don’t know how to do it.  They think up new activities, are creative and colourful, and look great on the surface.  They are full of energy and enthusiasm, they inspire others to grow and charm others to work.  Professions where a popular sanguine would thrive are actors, comedians, and politicians.
Perfect Melancholy is very schedule oriented.  They are perfectionists with high standards and are very detail conscious.  They love order and an organized work environment that is neat and tidy.  They will see the problems and think of creative solutions, always needing to finish what they start.  They love charts, graphs, figures and lists.  Becoming an accountant, attorney, scientist, or pilot would be a perfect fit for perfect melancholy.
Powerful Choleric are people who see the whole picture, are goal oriented and seek practical solutions.  They move quickly into action, delegates work, and insists on production.  These people thrive in the face of a goal, deadline or opposition.  Excellent career choices for powerful choleric are police officers, navy seals, and umpires/referees.
Peaceful Phlegmatic is competent and steady.  they are peaceful, agreeable, and has great administrative ability.  they meditate on problems, avoid conflict and are excellent under pressure.  Jobs suitable for peaceful phlegmatic are hostage negotiators, personal support workers, relationship counsellor, and bomb defusers.
Each personality type has amazing strengths as I have noted.  There are professions that are more suited towards people with specific personality traits, and the world needs people like them.  A sanguine may not be suited to be an accountant or an actuary, just as a phlegmatic would probably not make the most effect border patrol officer.  These are jobs we need, and I am thankful that there are people out there with the personality traits that fit them so they can be filled by people competent in those areas.  I’m not saying that someone couldn’t do a job that their personality traits were not complementary to, however they may find it uncomfortable and unfulfilling, and most likely have a career change in mind.
Another great example for explaining the differences between each personality type is their expectations on time matters. A choleric is easy on themselves, but hard on other people.  Even if they are late to an event or a meeting they would just consider everyone else lucky they even showed up.  But if someone was late to an appointment they had arranged and was important to them, they would not be understanding.  Sanguines are easy on themselves and easy on others.  They aren’t even really sure why they are going to most appointments, they probably lost track of time, and if you showed up late to a meeting they would be just as happy to see you.  Phlegmatic are hard on themselves and easy on others.  A phlegmatic would never want to be late because it would bring attention to themselves or make someone else upset, and if you showed up late they would understand any reason for your tardiness.  A melancholy is hard on themselves and hard on others.  They run on a schedule and wouldn’t miss an appointment, and if you were late to a meeting with them they would be annoyed that you disrupted their schedule for the day.
You can probably start to sort out who in your life has what tendencies.  Your spouse who forgets where they parked the car probably has some sanguine traits.  Your child who organizes their toys probably has some melancholy tendencies.  As you look into the four personality profiles more you will start to understand those around you better, and become better at interacting with them and understanding their methods of communication.
As with anything, there are positive and negative elements to each of the four profiles, so I will leave you with a message to each;
Choleric, look up!  You may be able to destroy the world, but remember, you didn’t create it.
Sanguine, button up!  Tell one less story every time you talk.  Yes, all these people will miss out on your amazing story, but they will appreciate you listening to them.
Melancholy, lighten up!  Nobody is perfect, we don’t expect you to be perfect, so please give us some grace too.
Phlegmatic, get up! a body in motion tends to stay in motion.  It’s great to rest but you truly feel better about yourself when you are accomplishing a task.

God Bless,

Friday, January 17, 2014

The First US National Bank: Hamilton vs Jefferson

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Orrin Woodward.

God bless, Scott Johnson

Thomas DiLorenzo shares how the First USA National Bank came into existence. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, two of the brightest and best American minds, disputed whether a national bank was within the boundaries of the Constitution. Unfortunately, for liberty’s sake, Hamilton won approval for the national bank and America tilted towards Statism. It is difficult to protect freedoms one does not understand. Hence, learning the early history of the American founding is a great start in understanding and defending the freedoms American’s hold dear. LIFE Leadership seeks to learn and share truth in the fields of leadershipliberty, and life.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Originally posted by Life Founder George Guzzardo.

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Demosthenes (384-322 B.C.)
Whenever freedom reigns from a period of bondage or decline, you will find a group of leaders who had the courage to make a difference. When taking a first look, those who lead don’t always appear to be identified as the leaders who will make a difference. This was the case in 377 B.C. when a frail seven - year old boy by the name of Demosthenes sat down in the town square. That is where the Greeks came for their education. It was here that Demosthenes first heard the truths spoken by a well – built dignified man. That man Plato, shaped the boy’s future. The classical education he received at the city circle provoked his interest in sculptors like Phidias and poets like Sophocles. Then, the untimely death of his father, a wealthy sword maker, made him wonder about his destiny. It was at that time when he witnessed his first evidence of corruption and exploitation. His uncles, Aphobos and Demophon, cleverly swindled away his inheritance, his father’s sword factory. But a leader shapes their future with the story they tell themselves. He used the cards that were dealt against him in his favor. He began his quest to learn the law and began to pour over the speeches of Pericles and Themistocles. Although he had a speech impediment he didn’t use that as an excuse. He filled his mouth with smooth round pebbles and attempted to speak. Slowly the phrases began to grow clear and distinct. He gradually developed his careeras a litigator and orator. From those early experiences he committed his life to the preservation of freedom and became one of the most influential men in all of Athens. You see leadership comes from the most unusual circumstances.
Each of us can use our situation as an excuse to lose or a reason to grow. Demosthenes recognized the truth and did not stand for the status quo. There is something to be said for leadership. A leader cannot tolerate the status quo when it is corrupt and controlled by manipulators and exploiters. As it turns out Demosthenes witnessed the Five Laws of Decline first hand as politicians began to sell their city - states to Phillip of Macedon. Philip was building a mighty navy preparing to conquer the world and began to influence the wealthy landowners and politicians to sell out. Demosthenes took his case directly to the market place where he described the scenario that was getting ready to take place. “Which of you citizen’s are ready to give their freedom up to the encroaching power of Macedonia?”
I don’t know about all of you but the more I read Orrin Woodward’s short blog articles about his up and coming book the Duties of Society, the more I am getting fired up. As a systems genius he already co wrote the book Leadershift with Oliver DeMille where the authors systematically describe how freedom is being lost. They describe the Five Laws of Decline for anyone who is witnessing the gradual loss of freedom but don’t quite know why or how it’s happening. Anyone who cares about freedom’s future should read the blog articles closely as Orrin releases them. The future of freedom is at stake. Unlike popular theory, freedom will not be lost from a mass invasion like Philip of Macedon. The loss of freedom will be like the ‘frogs boiling in water’ where the people will hardly notice as the agenda of a small group of elites who exploit freedom takes shape.
However, be aware that there has always been a group committed to the preservation of freedom. LIFE Leadershiphas produced the Freedom subscription for the group who wants to gain a deeper insight into those issues. There are those who read between the lines of what the popular media pundits and politicians would have us believe. Orrin Woodward is a type of Demosthenes.  Like most leaders who are recognized throughout history, Demosthenes initially didn’t think he was a leader. Many leaders throughout history didn’t look like leaders when they began but they were born into the times at hand. You see, leaders recognize the times and detect a call or a purpose, if you will. If the loss of freedom is wrong, a leader will stand to change the circumstances. They have to be involved in resisting the drift toward bondage. Freedom will always be that way. Freedom will always attract those who inherently detect those who have an agenda against it. Leaders throughout history have always taken a stand to preserve our ‘inalienable’ rights.
The repression of freedom and the Five Laws of Decline can be found throughout history. Historians from Livy to Macaulay site the fall of the Roman Empire from those who created special deals. Business was disrupted, wealth was redistributed, taxes were increased, and the currency was devalued. The handbook written by Cicero’s brother sites “bribery and lavish promises.” Under Marcus Aurelius, the state came close to bankruptcy. In 1716 John Law persuaded the French Regent that he could restore French industry from the depression caused by the extravagance and corruption of Louis XIV by starting to issue notes. The Regent effectively became the Royal Bank of France. At the end of the ‘Reign of Terror’ Dickson White wrote, “To cure a disease temporarily in its character, a corrosive poison was administered, which ate out the vitals of French prosperity… It ended in thecomplete financial, moral and political prostration of France."
Leaders who confront exploiters of freedom can be found throughout history. A few Biblical examples occurred, one at the end of Solomon’s reign when Jeroboam approached Rehoboam because the people’s freedom had been lost since the kingdom of David. “Your father has put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”  Another example is when Jesus turned over the temple tables from those seeking to take advantage of manipulating the currency. Merchants had subtly worked their way into the temple. They set up money changing booths. People from all over the known world came to Jerusalem to worship God. The money - changers sold sacrificial animals like pigeons and such at high prices. They exchanged all international currency for the “special temple coins” – the only money the exchangers would accept. In essence they created a special deal similar to what we are seeing today. Demosthenes called for an alliance with Sparta and Thebes but was unable to prevent Alexander the Great from plundering Greece after the death of Philip his father. More than three hundred years before Christ, Demosthenes, an Athenian patriot stood in the town square and voiced the eternal battle cry of Freedom, “We must unite or perish.” We don’t need to unite in a battle line today, yet. Today we need to unite in a leadership revolution. Today we need to learn how to uphold the principles of freedom. 
God Bless, George Guzzardo

Income Tax: The Goose and Golden Eggs

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Orrin Woodward.

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I am still plugging along on my new book. The long history of taxation has been both a treat and disappointment to me. On one side, it has been a treat to learn all the various methods that society has sought to check the exploitive State. On the other side, though, it has also been disappointing to realize how many times the State has won this contest against society. LIFE Leadership is a company on a quest to learn truth so it can be shared with others. The only agenda is truth, wherever that may lead in life. Understanding taxation is an important aspect of State/Society truth. More pointedly, understanding the Income Tax, that goose that has laid so many golden eggs for the State at society’s expense is essential. There are few areas in the history of mankind that have been subjected to more Five Laws of Decline outcomes than the taxation policies. Hence, let’s turn to the Income Tax in today’s blog.
USA Income Tax Amendment
USA Income Tax Amendment
Income tax has proven to be the goose that lays the golden eggs for government. Although all governments, even those performing its limited and delegated role, need constant funding, the creation of income tax has led to the unlimited State. Indeed, expecting a limited-government to restrain itself when it has been handed the power to tax the people’s income indiscriminately is like expecting the local drunkard to restrain his drinking when he has a free pass for unlimited drinks from the local brewery. It cannot be emphasized enough that power is an insatiable drug and money is its means of purchase. Hence, any government given a practical unlimited ability to tax (restrained only by society’s rebellion or destruction) will use this power over the purse to build State Power by taxing Social Power. The State’s view of society is akin to a the shepherd over his sheep, namely, seeking to shear them as close as possible without slaughtering them. Montesquieu recognized the State and Social Power and Social symbiotic relationship when he wrote:
The revenues of the state are a portion of that each subject gives of his property in order to secure or to have agreeable enjoyment of the remainder. To fix these revenues in a proper manner, regard should be had both to the necessities of the state and those of the subject. The real wants of the people ought never to give way to the imaginary wants of the state. Imaginary wants are those which flow from the passions, and from the weakness of the governors, from the charms of an extraordinary project, from the distempered desire of vain glory and from a certain impotency of mind incapable of withstanding the attacks of fancy. Often has it happened that minsters of a restless disposition, have imagined that the wants of the state were those of their own little ignoble souls.
The State and society, however, have had an ongoing dispute over the definition appropriate, equitable, and just levels of taxation. Indeed, when John Marshall wrote, “the power to tax is the power to destroy”, he articulated why limiting government’s ability to tax is just as important as limiting as its sphere of operation. In fact, the only proven method for limiting the State has been by limiting its funds. For anytime the funds are available to do so, government’s “force hammer,” has routinely usurped its delegated boundary to becomes the exploiters agent of injustice. Accordingly, if society intends to enjoy its inalienable rights, it must minimize the level of taxation to a limited and equitable amount that permits the government to perform its delegated role. Anything above this minimum amount is dangerous to the inalienable rights of society’s members since government will seek to use these funds to interfere with the SDS. Unhappily, few societies have successfully walked this tightrope and thus why the FLD has historically thrived under government taxation schemes. Taxation has typically been used by the rulers to optimize their profits and power by providing special deals for the few funded by increased taxation upon the many. Tax historian Charles Adams wrote:
A government that taxes excessively is like a spouse that engages in adultery. Its destructiveness is usually not apparent until it is too late. . . A society can best be evaluated by examining who is taxed, what is taxed, and how taxes are assessed, collected, and spent. Those in control of the political process invariably bear lighter tax burdens than those on the outside. . . Taxes are forced exactions. The loss of money through taxation often enrages people and drives them to revolt. Governments, therefore, must face their tax management with the utmost prudence and wisdom. . . A government that shackles its people with grossly inequitable tax laws and despotic enforcement practices loses all moral persuasion with respect to compliance, and can hardly complain if its taxpayers resort to all kinds of schemes to protect themselves . . . The ethics then, of society’s tax policy should develop from two moral maxims: First, it is the duty  – the first duty – of every government to develop just and sound revenue systems. . . Second, it is the duty of every person to pay his (or her) fair share of the costs of maintaining the government that serves and protects them. 
Regrettably, the history of taxation reveals the inability of those in power to lightly shear society’s sheep. As the tax rates increase, the shearing transforms into slaughter as the the people are plundered mercilessly. Moreover, the increased taxes rob the people of the capital needed to grow the SDS. As a result, societal growth slows before it begins its inevitable decline. Although people can endure injustices for extended periods of time, they will not tolerate an unjust tax system indefinitely. If the FLD continues to expand within the tax system, then evasion, exile, and rebellion become the potential paths of action. But when the rebellion against the State’s oppression reaches a certain point, the SDS collapses as either chaos or coercion overthrows societal concord.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The impact of reading

Originally posted by Life Founder Dan Hawkins.

God bless, Scott Johnson

One of the most powerful tools people have is the ability to gain knowledge. By picking up a good book, one can position 
himself a step ahead of the average Joe. Unfortunately, many people rarely take the time to sit down with a good book and acquire new information and learn new concepts. But through daily reading, contemplation, and the development of new ideas, one can expand his knowledge, wisdom, and creativity and gain the capacity to engender a rewarding and prosperous life. Pick up a good book today and explore the possibilities!
Life Leadership is creating a group of entrepreneurs who love to read and learn. Every time I speak to this group and ask who has read a book in the last 30 days over 90% of the group raises their hands. By creating the habit of reading good books, you are creating a future with limitless possibilities!
Here is a short video from LIFE leadership expert George Guzzardo on the power of reading. Enjoy!
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Leadership Seminar

For anyone who would like to go to the Leadership Seminar today please contact us at (872) 222-9136 or (309) 531-2403 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. The price is $40.00.

Thank you, Scott Johnson

5:00p Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sheraton Westport Plaza Towers
900 Westport Plaza
St. Louis,MO63146

Success Talk Speaker: Marc & Kristine Militello
General Session Speaker: Marc & Kristine Militello

Marc & Kristine Militello will present the Success Talk, Teaching, Story and Ticket Holder Sessions. *Please remember, No Food or Beverage allowed in the facility.

Marc & Kristine Militello
Marc and Kristine were teachers by trade but became leaders by choice. Kristine quit her full-time job as a high school English teacher to start a business and be a stay-at-home mom. Though she tried many businesses, none (prior to joining LIFE) were successful. Marc, a master degreed sixth grade teacher who loved working with the kids and coaching golf, wanted nothing to do with his wife’s “business-of-the-month-club ventures.” It was after five years of trying all kinds of business ideas that Kristine went to a LIFE meeting. On the verge of giving up her dream of being a stay-at-home mom, she saw that night that LIFE had figured out a way for her to win. Marc wasn’t so excited. Though sinking in debt, he just didn’t think what Kristine had found was the way out. However, it didn’t take long for him to realize LIFE wasn’t just another thing coming through town, and he began to see it for the business it was. Marc was able to apply the knowledge from the products and the system to his full-time teaching and coaching careers. By doing so, he earned himself a Teacher of the Year nomination and back-to-back state championships in 2004–05. And ultimately, he was named Michigan’s Division 2 State Golf Coach of the Year. Today, because they were willing to step out and try one more time, Marc and Kristine are both home full-time with their four children pursuing their dreams together and truly living their priorities. This couple is thrilled to be out of six figures in debt, thankful to see how their marriage and family have been strengthened, and proud to represent the LIFE products and system. They are now Senior Coordinators in LIFE. To them, there isn’t a better business on earth. LIFE truly gives people hope and a chance to change their lives.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Life Leadership: business plan and atmosphere

Originally posted by Life Member Aron Radosa.

God bless, Scott Johnson

As we come into the year of 2014, some people are resolute in improving their results from last year.  People are anxious to look inside themselves and find faults. The #’s of individuals who go out and get health club memberships and buy books in January is staggering.  But what is the results of this self-examination.  Usually by February, the workout facilities should become bars (this would continue to attract the new club members, and the books assume their dusty realm of “I’ll get to it”.  Now, this is not new or even surprising information.  The question that lingers is that of “I want change but how?” or likely, “How do I stay consistent?”
Napoleon Hill (“Think and Grow Rich) and Robert Kiyosaki (Cash Flow Quadrants), both well-respected sages in the truth arena, wrote (over 60 years apart) that the atmosphere is most important aspect of improvement.  You become what you surround yourself with.  Good in = Good out, Bad in = Bad out.  They say it more eloquently, but you get the picture.  I am not trying to say that those around you are bad, or evil, or not good for you.  People just “don’t know what they don’t know” cause “if they did know, what they say they know, they would have different results, you know”.
There is an atmosphere of improvement. Whether it is improving your business or job results, improving your self-confidence, improving family and marriage skills,  gaining strength in your spiritual walk, understanding the deep principles of freedom,  or understanding the offense, defense, and playing field of finances, it all has to do with the environment you put yourselves in.  I believe that is all encompassed in the Life Leadership company.  I challenge you to prove me wrong.  Get around the likes of Orrin Woodward, Chris BradyBill Lewis, and Holger Spiewak and not improve.  Give yourself an adult time-frame (6 months to a year).  I bet the improvement is noticed much quicker! And I bet you stay consistent for a lot longer with the information you tune into.
Here is an example from Ed, who is a business owner for 19 years and initially, a true skeptic of Life Leadership :
I totally lost track of time last night watching movies with the kids.  Around eleven, I grabbed my phone thinking it must be close to ten and UGGGGH!  At that point I saw your text and got to thinking.  About expecting to win….. I’ve been around this organization long enough to know one can expect to win.  But what is a win and what is expectation, is what makes it a bit of a conundrum in my head.  The old adage you get what you expect is so true here.  If I get involved and do nothing, then I will surely get all the expectations that go with that effort.  But once I got busy reading associating and listening my expectations of a win started to clarify.  Through consistent effort to right the ship that is my thinking my expectation of winning grows bigger.  Like any endeavor without consistency it also can shape my expectation.  I can expect slow long coming results with this business if I don’t go make it happen.  Why still results?  Because this works and someone in your organization will step up and lead.  However, for me that’s not an option.  Expecting things, especially a big win in life is never fulfilled on luck and a prayer as they say.  It’s determination and guts that will bring home the win.  Recently I started reading A Whole New Mind.  So far it’s a great discussion about how we learn in this day and age.  About left brain mechanics and right brain art.  This “win” we talk of that is to be expected comes with not so much understanding the whole left vs. right brain argument, but rather by focusing on the practice of art with mechanics.  Dealing with prospects it’s the art that will drive them to do the mechanics that no one initially wants to do.  It’s a natural progression as with anything.  To get from point a to b requires c, so go do c and the wins will stack up.  But without the  art side driving us, the mechanics will and do bog us down.  For some the idea of a win isn’t expected and they’ll get exactly that.   Until we build the art side, “feed the elephant” so to speak long enough to change that expectation it will never change.  For me concentrating on expectation of a win is what keeps me looking for that next big leader that will benefit all our lives in our community from just being around them.  I expect myself to do the work for a win, I expect myself to be willing to talk through just about anything a teammate wants to discuss even if it doesn’t advance the ball immediately, I expect to have people be negative and outright ignorant about what I do, I expect that over time I’ll grow enough artistically that the mechanics will flow naturally, I expect that the next seminar is going to be the best because it’s there my newest teammate “sees” it.  I expect to struggle to keep tools flowing but constantly get better, I expect that this Tuesday is the one where a team member breaks out, and most importantly I expect to repay the efforts of my upline by paying it forward to the next individual willing to stand and say my time is now.  For all these expectations require effort and with the LIFE leadership community I can expect a win because it’s built on honesty integrity and character.    Oh and from my most recent lesson learned, you can expect to pay attention to time, it’s gonna pass whether or not you are noticing.  Sorry again about missing the call last night.  I know you would never bring it up negatively, but I hate the feeling of letting others down even if it’s something as simple as being involved with a call.   To this day when I’m late for work, I get all balled up inside like I’m going to get fired for being late.  I could only be so lucky eh?  lol 
Try it and you will like it.  ”Hey! He likes it! Mikie likes it He really likes it!” (for my 80′s crowd)
God bless,  Aron Radosa
Steel the Mind and Tender the Heart

Life Leadership Scam….are you nuts?

Originally posted by Life Member Kirk Birtles.
God bless, Scott Johnson

It is so exciting to be entering into 2014 with Life Leadership running on all cylinders! I've heard from a few mis-informed people lately that Life Leadership sounds like a Life Leadership scam?  My typical response is, ‘Are you nuts!’ We are two years into this grand venture, and it already feels like we are on the 20 yard line with our directional innovation!  We are in the red-zone my friends, with an endless number of downs, an all-pro line-up, and Orrin Woodward is the quarterback!!  Can you say hut 1, hut 2….TOUCHDOWN!!!
There are so many things to be excited about, I mean jacked out of your mind about, with LIFE Leadership taking 2014 by storm!  Here is a short list just off the top of my head -
1) Leaders worth following – As John Maxwell likes to say, ‘Everything rises and falls on leadership’.  LIFE Leadership has more character-based, courageous, purpose-filled, talented, genius, tenacious, hungry, service-oriented, God fearing leaders than any other organization, corporation, government, team, or community on the planet.  I have had a front row seat for over a decade to watch this epic story unfold, which is the life of Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the other founders of LIFE.  They are not perfect, but I have seen them tried by fire again and again, during good times, bad times and ugly times, and in each and every situation their foundation of character, courage and purpose have always risen to the occasion!  I like to compare them to that old SCI FI movie ‘The Blob’.  It doesn’t matter what hits them, they always come out stronger and better every time!  All kidding aside, they are real men and women of character who I would trust with my money, my family and my future.  How many people could say that with peace in their heart about their boss, partner, CEO, president, or even pastor?  They are leaders worth following, they are a force for good, and these are not statements I throw around lightly!
2) Big MONEY – there are a lot of advantages to having information as your product, one of which is the potential for a massive profit margin!  Bill Gates became one of the richest people in the world selling us information that makes our computers run better.  We sell information that makes YOU run better…your thinking, your attitude, your self-esteem, your marriage, your children, your career, your bank account, etc…  When information is your product, it hardly costs anything to mass produce it!  The manufacturing cost for a download, a phone app, a CD, a DVD, or even a book is literally pennies on the dollar, especially when you don’t spend any money on the middlemen (wholesalers, retailers, stores, advertising, etc…).  The price for our LIFE-changing information was willingly paid in full by the leaders who delivered the information.  It was paid by the great demands they put on themselves day after day and week after week for decades prior to giving that talk or writing the book.
Its the best of both worlds; we have a product that has an extremely low manufacturing cost, but at the same time it can not be duplicated or copied by another company.  Where else are you going to find a community of front-line leaders who are willing to pay the price of blood, sweat and tears for decades to become the leaders worthy and qualified to give those talks and write those books.  As Chris Brady says, ‘You can’t commoditize community’.  We are one of a kind!  This and many other reasons allows LIFE Leadership to continually pour more and more money into their industry leading compensation plan!  It’s pretty amazing when a company that already pays back 70+%, after only 2 years, decides to throw in $350,000 more dollars into the One Time Cash Awards for 2014!  Are you stinking kidding me?!
And Just think about it, as technology continually improves over the next several years, it will just make the transfer and delivery of our LIFE-changing product cheaper, easier and more user friendly for everyone all over the globe!  For example, there is a day coming soon when you will be at work listening to Rascal Radio and your co-worker will be complaining about how financial stress is killing him and you will be able to push a button on your watch communicator and it will transfer a world-class LIFE Leadership financial talk to your friends glasses communicator that he can listen to and watch in 3D.  Just think about it, you’ve got to be pumped when your product is LIFE-changing information!
3) Free Enterprise at its best! – One of the biggest things that Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Bill Lewis and the other founders of LIFE fell in love with years ago when they joined a struggling home-based business was the idea of free enterprise.  The idea of a fair business model that is all about win/win competition and purely pay by performance.  A model that recognizes and pays the right behaviors and habits that truly ‘stimulate’ our economy.  The idea that your financial destiny is in your own hands.  The founders of LIFE and many other top leaders in the world believe that one of the only things that can save America, Canada, and the free world for that matter, is a community of entrepreneurs pouring their heart and soul into making their business as successful as possible.  LIFE Leadership, in my opinion, offers hungry and aspiring entrepreneurs, who want a change in their life, the purest form of a free enterprise business available anywhere.
4) Become ‘all you can be’ – this has historically been a military slogan, but I don’t believe it.  No offense to any person who has courageously served their country in any branch of the military, but I don’t believe that the US armed forces is the place for you if you are looking to become ‘all you can be’.  If you really want to become the best you can possibly be, then I whole-heartedly recommend you get launched with LIFE Leadership.  You just can’t beat the power of a supportive community that promotes a self-directed education and lifts up listening, reading and associating .  You just can’t beat a community that highlights and lifts-up achievements, but at the same time accepts you right where you are at.  You just can’t beat a community that messages and models leadership principles such as; character counts, service before self, failure is not fatal, win-win or no deal, excellence lies on the other side of inconvenience, etc…  You can’t beat a community that understands that God is on the throne, and ultimately is looking to do His will.
If you dare to want to become the the best you can be…..Welcome to LIFE Leadership!  
God bless, Kirk Birtles