Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Pursuit of Happiness

 Originally posted by Life Founder Dan Hawkins.

God bless, Scott Johnson

Hey everyone, here is a great article written by best selling author and Co-Founder/CEO of LIFE Leadership, Chris Brady.
Enjoy and God bless, 
Dan Hawkins

The Pursuit of Happiness

happiness“Don’t make that face! It might freeze that way!” It’s a silly little thing parents say to kids. We’ve all heard it. Even as children we knew it wasn’t true. But now I’m aging and I realize something profound: it was true! There are lines in my face representing the most dominant facial expressions I’ve been making all these twenty-nine years, and from the looks of it, I’ve been spending a lot of time making a lot of faces! I guess I should have listened.

I saw her in an airport. I surmised her age to be somewhere in the late sixties or early seventies. I tried to stop myself from making the observation that was unavoidable. After all, I knew nothing about her or the life she had lived. I had no concept of the heartache, difficulty, and trouble that might have dogged her throughout her days. But one thing was clear to me: she had spent a significant amount of time scowling. So much so, in fact, that her entire countenance was now permanently wrinkled into a mean and angry expression. Everything seemed to be perfectly aligned to present the idea that she was totally ticked off! How unfortunate for her that whatever combination of circumstances and her reaction to them had produced what apparently was a habit of unhappiness. She had made a mean face often and for a long time. Now, before I go any further, allow me to dig out of this hole in which I’ve put myself. She may have been perfectly happy. She may have been entirely nice. She may have been the greatest woman walking the planet. All I’m saying is that her face showed signs to the contrary.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the inevitable aging process instead froze smile lines on our faces; if our most dominant facial expression indicated happiness and contentment? To me, it seems, that’s precisely what most people wish for. In fact, throughout my life, I’ve noticed that one of mankind’s highest aspirations is to “Be Happy.” If you observe how people behave, they do a lot of what they do in order to make themselves feel happy. I’ve had more people than I can remember tell me, “I just want to be happy.” There are songs that tell us to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” people wish each other Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays and Happy Anniversary and we read in story books how they lived Happily Ever After (and we suspect they lied). Our nation’s founding documents promise us the right to a “Pursuit of Happiness.” Everything seems to be focused on this concept called happiness.

The strange thing is, however, that most people seem to be terrible at predicting what will make them happy. They chase after this thrill, or that one. They rearrange their lives around a new job, a new challenge, a new relationship, a new hobby, or a new anything else. It’s this next thing that’s going to make them happy. “As soon as” they:

1. get into college
2. get out of college
3. get married
4. get divorced
5. have kids
6. have the kids move out
7. make it to the weekend
8. go on vacation
9. get out of debt
10. get that promotion
11. get that recognition they think they deserve
12. get that new car

And the list goes on. But how often does the attainment of the items on this list actually make someone happy? How often are people right about that next thing producing happiness in their lives?
Answers to these questions have launched researchers on quests for many decades. There is even a strange sounding “Science of Happiness” category in which behavioral “experts” dig into the components of happiness. Predictably, however, these experts can’t come to an agreement on just what comprises happiness and what produces it over the long term. There are many interesting theories.

One theory posits that happiness is like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Like a pyramid with the most essential elements such as food, air, water, rest and sleep at the bottom, once those needs are met the next level is safety, including shelter, security, protection, and stability. Once those needs are met the next level is love and belonging, comprised of family and friend relationships. Higher still is self-esteem which includes achievement, status, and responsibility. The top is the high-sounding self-actualization, which is made up of fulfillment, self-sufficiency, creativity, morality, and authenticity. Ascending this pyramid supposedly makes one more happy.

Another theory says we are happy when we have the perception of control over events, paired with a noticeable amount of progress in our endeavors, along with a connectedness to others, and finally with a vision toward something of higher meaning than ourselves.

Still another one gives the memorable phrase, “Someone to love, somewhere to go, and something to do.”
Yet another says happiness comes from three levels; pleasure, passion, and purpose. Purpose being the most important, pleasure the least.

Aristotle said, “happiness is the only thing men desire for it’s own sake,” meaning, everything men desire they desire because they think it will produce happiness. They are all secondary pursuits to the main goal: happiness.

Happiness, as indicated by the wide range of theories and humongous amount of focus placed upon it by seemingly everyone (even those who don’t seem to be happy unless they are unhappy!), is important to us. It is behind nearly everything we do. It drives us, motivates us, and dictates our behavior. It’s just that it is mostly beyond us. We cannot obtain it from direct pursuit.

So how do we obtain happiness?

I have said that the only way to BE HAPPY is to GIVE HAPPY. This, of course, is just another theory to be tossed on the pile with the others. But I have found it to be true. Whenever I am serving, giving, and loving, I end up feeling happy. Whenever I get out of my own little world and seek to get into the world of others, I seem to feel happy. Whenever I forget all about my own happiness and get committed to helping make others happy, I find that happiness boomerangs around back to me. On the contrary, when I do things to make myself feel happy directly, at best, they are fleeting moments of shallow happiness, not the lasting, deep, meaningful happiness for which our hearts truly yearn.

And that brings me to my point, the making of which I trust will bring you happiness, but perhaps not as much as when I bring this article to an end! Nonetheless, I bring you to this: happiness, despite all the indicators and theories and focus, is not our true goal. We only think it is.

Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth century French mathematician, philosopher, inventor, and all-around smart guy, once said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

I used to hate “God talk,” “Churchianity,” and “Religiosity.” I didn’t want anyone talking to me about their religion or beliefs or anything else where they had something figured out that I didn’t. During this same time, however, I was chasing one thing after another hoping to find happiness. I was on a mad dash for a finish line with no banner, grabbing at smoke, trying to catch happiness and nail it to the wall like a trophy. None of it produced happiness. I was on an endless chase. Like the dog who caught his tail and didn’t know what to do with it, I was terrible at predicting what I needed. When I got what I thought I wanted, I found out I didn’t really want it. All the while the answer was there before me. I had been created by a loving God and was built to find my rest in Him. I could run, I could hide, but my heart would bear me out: there was no happiness in the things I thought would make me happy. There was nothing but theories and the next thing to pursue.

I can’t write about happiness without unmasking it for what it is: a fickle flirt. Happiness is a temporary feeling that comes and goes. It teases us into wasting our time and energies toward its attainment, when all along It is not our highest aspiration, though we may think it is. What we are truly seeking is deeper and more permanent than happiness: what we are truly seeking is something called Joy. You will hear that term mentioned often during this Christmas season. It is not a synonym for happiness, but rather the actual article for which happiness is a mere impostor. It is the true object of our hearts, and as Pascal states so eloquently, it can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In that condition, our existence makes sense, our heart finds its true longing, our soul finds its rest, and our whole being is flooded with the joy that only He can give. Joy doesn’t come and go based upon circumstances. It doesn’t rely on a situation or outcome. It is deep, permanent, divine, and lasting. It is also what we’ve been searching for all along.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bring On the Wind

Originally posted by writer and entrepreneur and a co-founder of the Center for Social Leadership, the founder of Life Manifestos, and the author of Uncommon Sense: A Common Citizen’s Guide to Rebuilding America - Mr. Stephen Palmer.

God bless, Scott Johnson

Just north of Tucson, Arizona an experimental glass building envelops 3.14 acres of land.

It is the Biosphere, an “Earth systems science research facility” with the mission of learning about Earth and its living systems.

The facility was originally constructed as a closed system to study the complex interrelationships of life forms.

The theory was that if they could create the “perfect,” self-perpetuating environment, it could sustain life in remote places like outer space.

But a problem quickly emerged in the original experiment.

Trees grown in the closed structure began tipping over once they reached a certain height.

The cause? A “lack of stress wood, normally created in response to winds in natural conditions.”

Stress wood, also referred to as reaction wood, tension wood, or compression wood, “forms when part of a woody plant is subjected to mechanical stress, and helps to bring parts of the plant into an optimal position. This stress may be the result of gravity, wind exposure, snow buildup, soil movement, etc.,” as we learn from Wikipedia.

Dennis Deaton, in his excellent book, Ownership Spirit, observes that this experiment teaches “one of the most prominent, pervasive, and universal Laws of Nature, one that applies to every living species, from plants to animals, including human beings: Living things are strengthened by struggle.”

Trees grow deep roots in response to battering winds. Likewise, we develop strength, character, and courage as we respond to challenges.

The “perfect” environment for all living things is not devoid of challenges, but is rather built on the foundation of opposition.

Now get this, also taken from Wikipedia: “The reaction wood is not externally visible, although asymmetric growth is a reliable indicator.”

“Asymmetric growth” is all those weird little twists and turns, bumps and ripples in the wood — what we would call flaws.

Likewise, all our weird little quirks and idiosyncrasies we’ve developed from being wounded through the years – what most people would call flaws – are not flaws at all. They’re evidence of our strength.
As we react to stress and tension, our willpower becomes compressed, hardened, strengthened.

As Douglas Malloch wrote in his classic poem, “Good Timber”:

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.

And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.

This is the common law of life.

Imagine life in a “perfect” environment, completely free of:
  • Risk
  • Stress
  • Sickness
  • Pain
  • Struggle
  • Mystery and uncertainty
Would you really want that life?

Imagine if every decision you made was certain to result in exactly what you wanted. Would that be a life worth living?

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take my winds and earthquakes over that bland and pointless biosphere.
Without those things, not only do we become weak, but we also have no context for experiencing true joy. As Robert McKee writes in Story,
“The depth of joy you experience is in direct proportion to the pain you’re willing to bear.”
I wonder, then, why we resist risk, stress, and struggle so much.

If we really embraced our purpose, wouldn’t we be much more willing to take calculated, mission-driven risks? Wouldn’t we stop second-guessing past decisions so much, and stop re-hashing regret? Wouldn’t we be able to deal with trials with a much healthier and happier frame of mind?

One final lesson we can learn from trees:

Sequoia trees are the largest organisms on earth. Living for up to 2,000 years, they can reach up to 379 feet tall and extend to 26 feet in diameter—taller than the Statue of Liberty, thicker than a Greyhound bus.
You’d think their roots would be incredibly deep, right?

Turns out that Sequoias have remarkably shallow roots, and they have no taproot.

Their roots only go down ten to thirteen feet deep before spreading outward sixty to eighty feet. One estimate is that 95 percent of these trees have roots no deeper than three feet.

Sequoias stand firm by growing wide roots and interlocking roots with other trees. Their strength comes from standing together and supporting each other.

Yes, the winds of struggle make us stronger.

But it’s no weakness to reach out for help when the winds are blowing hard. And we are strengthened as we reach out to help others battered by wind.

Pushing Past Rejection

Originally posted by Life founder and Policy Council Member Claude Hamilton.

God bless, Scott Johnson

When was the last time you were rejected? Were you presenting an idea to your boss? Initiating a new relationship? Making a sales pitch to a client? No matter what the situation was, I’m sure it was rough. Being rejected is hard, and regardless of the other person’s intention, it always feels personal.

When I think about rejection, one particular experience comes to mind. I was just starting to build my business. I was full of enthusiasm and a sense of adventure. That day, I was looking forward to bringing a new trainee along to a couple of business meetings with potential clients. 

At the time, I was still working as a diver. Diving is hard work. It requires a lot of physical strength and endurance, and I often ended my days on the job with new bumps, bruises and scratches. This time, the scratches were on my face, and because the water was dirty, they were infected. But diving had been a part of my life for so long that I barely thought about it. I met with my new trainee and we set out for our meetings, feeling keen and confident. 

The first meeting was at the client’s apartment. But we didn’t get very far before he suggested we meet somewhere else. Since were already there, I pointed out that it made more sense to stay. I was startled when he responded with “Man, you know what? I don’t think there’s anything you have that I’m interested in.” It stung. I was new to the business and wasn’t used to rejection yet. But we set it aside and went to the next meeting. 

This time, we barely made it past the front door. The man we were there to meet stopped up as we were walking up the stairs and told us that he wasn’t comfortable with us in his house.
It dawned on me then. With the infected scratches, my military haircut, my lean, muscular frame, I must looked like a hardened warrior—or maybe a criminal. Either way, my appearance was making people uncomfortable.

We left and I went home to bed, feeling overwhelmed. At that moment, it seemed so easy to just give up. I tossed and turned all night, running through the encounters in my mind and wondering if I should quit. But the next morning, my wife went off to a job where she wasn’t respected. It was worse than that, actually; she was constantly hassled by the guys who worked there. 

That was all the motivation I needed. I wanted to get her out of there, and that meant I had to refocus, push through the rejection and keep working toward my goal. I accepted that there was a learning curve to my new path and I gave myself time to adjust. 

When I look back now, I realize how much I would have lost if I had quit. Our life, our friends, our community and the lifestyle we’ve built—if I hadn’t pushed through, we might have missed out on all of it. 

So the next time you feel like quitting, make it a learning experience. Look at what went wrong, and if it’s something you can fix or improve on, then do it. If it’s something that you can’t change, move on and try something different next time. If you’re working towards a goal that you truly want to achieve, never let rejection pull you down. You might be giving up more than you know.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Anti-Federalist Fears are Today’s Reality

Originally posted by Life Leadership Founder and Policy Council Member Orrin Woodward.

God bless, Scott Johnson

The Federalist/Anti-Federalist debates at the founding of America have some of the best insights into government and society that have ever been written. Unfortunately, few have read both sides of the debate. I am working on a book project that will provide the main points from both sides and discuss where history has proven each side right.
LIFE Leadership is about providing truth for one to learn how to think and reason in order to better his/her life. I am so thankful I get to do what I do with the greatest compensated community and customer base in the world! Below is a short segment from the upcoming work.

Orrin Woodward

The Anti-Federalist
“[C]onstitutions are not so necessary to regulate the conduct of good rulers as to restrain that of bad ones.” —Robert Yates (Brutus), Anti-Federalist

What the Anti-Federalists Had to Say

The Anti-Federalists had a number of very important things to say about the powers of the sword and the purse. For example, as one Anti-Federalist wrote in the Pennsylvania Minority Report: “[T]he new government will not be a [cooperation] of states, as it ought, but one consolidated government, founded upon the [federal control] of…the states…”
In other words, one huge problem with the Constitution was that it gave too much power to the federal government, swinging the nation in the direction of Coercion—as I have already discussed. But the really interesting thing is exactly how the Pennsylvania Minority Report predicted that this would happen:

The Federalists
“The powers of Congress under the new constitution, are complete and unlimited over the purse and the sword, and are perfectly independent of, and supreme over, the state governments, whose intervention in these great points is entirely destroyed. By virtue of their power of taxation, Congress may command the whole, or any part of the property of the people.

“They may impose what imposts upon commerce; they may impose what land taxes, poll taxes, excises, duties on all written instruments, and duties on every other article that they may judge proper; in short, every species of taxation, whether of an external or internal nature is comprised in section the 8th, of article the 1st [of the Constitution], viz., ‘The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States.”

This was a major concern for the Anti-Federalists. They predicted that the federal government would use the power of the sword as an excuse to increase the federal power of the purse, and then just keep increasing their powers until the federal government did much, much more than protect our national defense.

They saw that the federal powers of sword and purse would lead to federal involvement in every facet of our lives. This is exactly what happened.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Marriage is not a Mirage

Originally posted by Wayne MacNamara Life Leadership Policy Council Member.

Thank you, Scott Johnson

When I got introduced to Life Leadership, and decided to start my own business, one of the things I did not expect to gain was an amazing marriage.  It was a business, I expected to gain business knowledge, hopefully make some money, gain my time back, but I did not expect to have the marriage I do today.
Our marriage is at where it is today because of two things; the influence of other great marriages like Orrin and Laurie Woodward and Claude and Lana Hamilton, and because the books that we have read because of our involvement in Life Leadership.  Our marriage was never terrible, but it was never as good as it is today, and it only grows stronger everyday.
When I thought about marrying Raylene, I thought that everything would be smooth sailing.  We would cook our meals together, go do things together, be happy all the time and never have any real problems.  We wouldn’t have to put any real effort in, everything would just work out.  That image of a marriage I realized, was a mirage.  It wasn’t real and it didn’t exit anywhere.  The reason why marriage doesn’t work like that is because a marriage is a relationship between two people who aren’t perfect, have different personalities and different needs and desires.
Early on in our time in business Claude recommended I read Personality Plus by Florence Littauer.  While this book can be applied to any relationship in your life (friend, child, co-worker, bank teller), I found it especially enlightening in our marriage.  I discovered that Raylene had phlegmatic tendencies which made her very easygoing.  I thought that was a great trait for my wife to have, until reading further and learning that “Peaceful Phlegmatic never wants to cause trouble and will quietly accept the status quo rather than ask for a change.”  I would ask Raylene what she would like to do, or like to eat and because she didn’t want to upset me, would just let me pick.  Often however, I would pick something she didn’t want and she would be upset and I didn’t even know why!  Learning about her personality helped me understand her so much better, and made our marriage stronger the more I applied what I was reading.
Another book we read early on was The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.  This book was huge in breaking the mirage I thought was our marriage.  I would love Raylene the way I would want to be loved but it never really made a huge impact.  I never understood why she didn’t appreciate it as much as I did when I would do the dishes for her; because my love language is acts of service, and her’s isn’t.  This book is where I learned that I really had to put in some hard work to make our marriage as successful as it could be.  Chapman says “I am convinced that keeping the emotional love tank full is as important to a marriage as maintaining the proper oil level is to an automobile.  Running your marriage on an empty ‘love tank’ may cost you even more than trying to drive your car without oil.”  To make Raylene feel loved I have to consciously make an effort to speak her love language; spend quality time with her and give her gifts.  This isn’t always easy, as it is so much easier to just love her in my love languages, but loving her in my love languages is no where near as effective in  keeping her love tank full.
Claude recommended another book to me to read, The DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley.  One of the most critical points I took from this book is that “though we can choose how we will participate in relationships, we have no choice about whether we will participate in them… Our only real choice is whether we will work to make our relationships healthy; whether we will do things that hinder or enhance them.”  Gary talks about how relationships are a natural part of human life, we have no choice about having relationships, it is in our DNA.  But we have to work to make those relationships thrive.  This is what I had never understood.  I thought people got married because they loved each other and they didn’t have to put in a big effort to make the relationship work, it just happened by itself.  The illusive mirage.
I have learned so much through my years being involved in Life Leadership and through all the materials available.  These books have been invaluable to me as their effect on our marriage cannot be measured.  Having a good marriage is a lot of work, some days you may not feel like putting in the extra effort; folding the load of laundry, spending the extra 20 minutes talking to your spouse, complimenting them on an accomplishment, but those little bits of extra effort accumulated over time is what makes a marriage great.  Like Orrin Woodward always says, “I can’t promise you easy, but I can promise you worth it.”
God Bless,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Scam/Pyramid — Life Leadership?

Originally posted by Aron Radosa a true leader.

Thank you, Scott Johnson

This past weekend Mary and I spent our time down in Columbus, Ohio.  We had the honor to be around literally thousands of people from all walks of life (race, creed, color, age, religion, etc.) with the mindset to become better. To say that it was incredible, would be an understatement!  Between the resources available, the amazing speakers, and the fellowship of the group, it is an environment for all.  The Life Leadership company is growing at a thunderous rate.  I am not going to change your mind on what has been accomplished, nor what this company stands for, but facts don’t lie.  Here is 2 compelling articles that you MUST read.  I pray you take the time to showing up at a local seminar and find out that there are real people who have gone through real things that are helping real people get through their real events.  The Life Leadership Company is real, and its better than you think as my mentor, Bill Lewis once told me.

God Bless,
Aron Radosa
Steel the Mind and Tender the Heart.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

There are Two Sides to Every Story

Originally posted by Life Founder and Policy Council Member Claude Hamilton.

God bless, Scott Johnson

The Counterintuitive Trick to Finding Your True Purpose – Stephen Palmer

Originally posted by writer, author and entrepreneur Stephen Palmer.

God bless, Scott Johnson

This is a story involving:

A. a woman struggling to define and commit to a purpose,
B. a window cleaning business,
C. George Washington,
D. water ripples and honeybees,
E. a Latin word,
F. and what you can accomplish when you choose a purpose and stay in motion.

Exhibit A: Woman Trying to Find Purpose

“But what if I pick the wrong thing to do?” she asked with sincere concern.

I’d been mentoring her to build her thought leadership platform.

She was interested in so many things that she couldn’t decide which one to focus on.

“Let me put it this way,” I said. “Anything you pick now will be wrong.”

“Now let me put it another way,” I continued. “Anything you pick now will be right.”

Exhibit B: Window Cleaning Business

I’m a writer today because I followed a prompting to start a window cleaning business nine years ago.

Following that prompting set in motion a sequence of events.

First, I gained confidence that I could earn a living outside of a job. Second, I learned how to build business systems. Third, I learned how to overcome the fear of selling.

Fourth and most important, I was put in a position where I had the freedom and income to attend seminars by Garrett Gunderson, who became my first freelance book writing client.

Exhibit C: George Washington

George Washington became the Revolutionary War general and won the war because he was a surveyor as a teenager.

At the age of fifteen, he trekked across the Virginia frontier on a surveying expedition. This “…gave him a knowledge of the frontier which later proved invaluable in launching his military career, and it enabled him to further develop the skills and the personal maturity which were essential as he advanced into adulthood,” as we learn in the book, The Real George Washington.

Exhibit D: Water Ripples & Honeybees

The 20th Century genius Buckminster Fuller coined the term “precession.”

As opposed to procession, meaning movement in a line, precession is the effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion.

Drop a stone in water. The direct, processional effect is the stone dropping straight down to the bottom. The indirect, precessional effect is the water ripples moving outward across the surface.

Honeybees go to work each day to gather nectar to make honey. That is their direct, processional goal. The indirect, precessional effect of their direct actions is cross-pollination — the maintenance of life on earth.

Exhibit E: Latin Word

The Latin word incido means to cut, and is the base of the words incision, excision, and decision.

Therefore, incision means to cut into something, excision means to cut out something, and decision means to cut off something.

Every time we make a decision we are cutting off possible options, which is why we struggle with making decisions.

Exhibit F: The Effect of Staying in Motion

Have you ever wondered what your life purpose is? Do you, like the woman in Exhibit A, struggle with choosing one thing to focus on?

Pick something — anything. Clearly define what you want to make happen and go after it. Doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you put your whole heart and soul into it.

Don’t wait for God to tell you what to do — He’s waiting for you to make good use of what He’s already given you.

What matters isn’t what you do today, but what ensues as a result of making a firm decision and committing to a clear purpose.

Had I not started my window cleaning business nine years ago, I never would have become a freelance writer and you would not be reading these words now.

Had George Washington not made the decision to be a surveyor at age fifteen, it’s possible that he may not have ever become our general. Ponder the consequences of that…

What is the true purpose of honeybees? It’s not what they focus their time and efforts on directly.
What is your true purpose? It may not be what you focus on now.

Anything you choose now will be wrong — meaning it won’t be your true purpose. But anything you choose now will be right — because by committing to it, your true purpose will be revealed.

Your true path in life can only be revealed as you step confidently and purposefully into the darkness of uncertainty.

Make a decision. Have the guts to cut off options and focus all your effort on one thing.
Clearly define:
  1. what you’re trying to make happen, and
  2. how you will measure success.
Now go make it happen.

Because if you don’t do that one thing today, your true purpose will never be revealed tomorrow…


Stephen Palmer is a writer and entrepreneur devoted to helping people conquer limitations, maximize their potential, and achieve true freedom.
He is a co-founder of the Center for Social Leadership, the founder of Life Manifestos, and the author of Uncommon Sense: A Common Citizen’s Guide to Rebuilding America.
He co-authored the New York Times bestseller, Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths that are Destroying Your Prosperity. He is also the co-author of The Conscious Creator: Six Laws for Manifesting Your Masterpiece Life.