Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Forbes Magazine suggests MLM Business for Boomers!

Originally posted by Life founder and Author Mr. Tim Marks.

Thank you, Scott Johnson

Forbes Magazine suggests MLM Business for Boomers!

Hey gang!  Here is an interesting article from Forbes magazine.  The author is an advocate for baby-boomers to consider starting their own MLM business, and discusses the pros and cons quite candidly.  It is a refreshing and positive article from a widely distributed source.  Not all major publications have always shared a positive opinion about our incredible industry, which makes this article a refreshing break from other articles I have come across.
These are powerful points to consider as you build a business that reaches ALL ages.  LIFE Leadership, lead by NY Times Bestselling Author and Inc Magazine Top 50 Leadership expert Orrin Woodward, is experiencing some of it’s greatest growth ever, and we are poised to capitalize on this momentum.  Enjoy the article!
God bless, Tim

Monday, September 15, 2014

Leaders are Readers

Originally posted By an amazing Leader and Life Leadership member Mr. Wayne MacNamara.

Thank you and god bless,

Scott Johnson

It has been said many times that leaders are readers, and this statement could not be more accurate.  The biggest leaders I know are all voracious readers.  My personal mentor Claude Hamilton is constantly reading books in all different areas to help improve those areas of his own life, and be able to help other’s in those areas as well.  Orrin Woodward, with whom I also mentor, has read thousands of books!  He can devour a book (or two) on a flight somewhere, never giving up  ”spare time” to learn from the experience of others.  That is what reading is, it’s learning from the 40, 50, or 60 years of experience one man or woman has had in their area of expertise without having to go through all the same struggles they went through.
When I finished high school I told myself I would never read another book, I didn’t enjoy reading and wasn’t going to waste my time on it.  However, when I was introduced to Claude Hamilton, and the Life Leadership organization, he told me I had to read if I wanted to achieve the goals I had set out for my wife and myself.  Reading was not easy at first, I was a slow reader and was frustrated by my lack of progress.  Eventually, after reading a few books and applying the principles in them into my life, I realized how wrong I had been about reading (good books).  It added so much value to my life and helped me through so many hurdles I was dealing with.
Recently, a book was published entitled Turn The Page.  I wish this book had been around when I started on my leadership journey and my reading expedition.  The tips in this book are invaluable if applied to one’s reading habits.  There are so many good ideas on how to read like a top leader, and get the most out of the books you are reading, I urge everyone who doesn’t like to read (or at least thinks they don’t) to start here.  Pick up this book, apply its principles to the rest of your reading and you will see a huge difference in how much you enjoy reading and how much you get out of it.
There are a few tips from this book that really stood out to me when I read it;

Write in Your Books

Whenever I read a book I didn’t want to make a mess of it, so I never thought about writing in it.  I learned though, through mentorship and through this book, that writing in your books as you read them is such an important part of reading.  When you write in your books it makes reading an active process, it makes you really think about what you are reading as you take the words on the page and turn them into thoughts and then sentences in the margins of your book.  Then you not only have the author’s thoughts in your book but also your own, which can be helpful when you look back at books you have previously read.  It is much easier to find important points if you made notes about them when you read through the book originally.

Start With a Question

When I started reading books, I was reading them just to read them and therefore not getting much out of them. Claude told me however that I needed to start with a question before I opened the book.  Readers will get much more out of books if they are looking for the answers to questions, not just reading for the sake of reading.  ”Leaders understand that important answers often come from unexpected places, so they don’t limit themselves to getting business advice only from business books, mentoring advice only from mentoring books, and so forth.”  As you read more and are thinking deeply about what you are reading, the answers to your questions can pop up in places you never expected them to.

Read Several Books at Once

This advice came as a bit of a shock to me at the beginning because I could hardly focus on one book enough to finish it, let alone four or five.  However, as Turn The Page points out, there are so many benefits to reading more than one book at a time.  Readers are more likely to read more if they have more than one book on the go.  They may not feel like reading book A, but they might feel like reading book C.  If they were only reading book A at that time however, they may not have picked up a book at all that day.  Another amazing benefit of reading more than one book at a time is the connections you can make between books that don’t seem to be connected at all.  I love reading a book in one area, then picking up a book in a completely different area and making connections that help me find answers to the questions I started with.  Making these connections makes you think more which stretches you as a leader.

Read Anywhere

Reading anywhere is something we can all take advantage of.  Claude encouraged me to always have a book on me incase I ever had a few spare minutes to read, I reluctantly agreed even though I really thought I would have no spare moments.  I was quickly proven wrong.  Waiting at the doctor’s office, on my lunch break, waiting in a store while my wife tried on clothes.  There were so many opportunities to read a few pages here and there, and I finished books so much faster than I ever though I could.  I always carry books with me now, because I never know where I will get a chance to sneak in a couple of minutes of good reading.

Read and Reread

When I started reading, I was so happy to finish a book and cross it off my list, the thought of picking it back up and reading it again was not very high on my priority list.  However, there are so many benefits to rereading books.  You already know what to read because you know which books were helpful and full of good information and you know which ones were not.  Some questions that Turn The Page suggests asking yourself before rereading a book are extremely helpful in deciding if it would be beneficial; did it change me?  Am I better for having read it?  Did it inspire powerful action in me?  A second great reason to reread books is to catch all the details you missed the first time through.  There have been many occasions (almost every time I have reread a book) where I could have sworn the book had changed since the last time I read it because of how much new information I picked up.  ”In this way, rereading will help you achieve greater depth in your reading and better understanding of the valuable nuggets of truth that are sometimes hidden in the pages.”
Turn The Page is a phenomenal book on how to read like a leader.  I urge anyone who is serious about leadership, or wanting to become serious, to pick up this book and learn how the leaders read, because leaders are readers, but not all readers are leaders.

God Bless,

5 Steps for Overcoming the Crippling “Bystander Effect”

Originally posted by Stephen Palmer.

Stephen Palmer is a writer and entrepreneur devoted to helping people conquer limitations, maximize their potential, and achieve true freedom.

 Thank you and God bless,

Scott Johnson 



Given the choice, Kitty Genovese would rather not have become the subject of social psychology research.

As she was returning home from work on March 13, 1964, Kitty was approached by a man who attacked and stabbed her.

 She screamed repeatedly for help. At least a dozen people heard her screams, but it took a full thirty minutes before someone contacted the police.

Four years later, researchers John Darley and Bibb LatanĂ©, fascinated by the Kitty Genovese case, first demonstrated the “bystander effect” in the lab.

The greater the number of people present, they discovered, the less likely people are to help a person in distress.  

For example, they staged an experiment around a woman in distress. 70 percent of the people alone called out or went to help the woman after they believed she had fallen and was hurt. But when there were other people in the room only 40 percent offered help.

The “bystander effect” is explained by what social psychologists call “diffusion of responsibility”: In a large group of people, people may feel that individual responsibility to intervene is lessened because it is shared by all of the onlookers.

Let’s cut through all the psychological jargon and state it bluntly: People in crowds are stupid. They become followers. They stop taking responsibility for their actions.

That’s precisely why following the crowd cripples our success — not because following is intrinsically wrong, but because when following a crowd our sense of responsibility is stifled.

Taking ultimate, unflinching responsibility for our choices, results, and happiness is the first and foundational principle of success.

No progress can be made without responsibility. As long as we have someone to blame or some reason to justify and excuse our lack of success, we can never claim our power.

There is an inverse relationship between excellence and conformity. The more we conform to social pressure, the less excellence we achieve.

By definition, excellence is unique. The principles for achieving it may be universal, but no two expressions of excellence are alike.

Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling and sculpted David. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Steve Jobs built Apple Computers.

What’s your unique expression of excellence? What pressures are you conforming to that are restraining your unique purpose and voice?

Being a bystander in crowds is bad enough, but even worse is people being passive bystanders to their own mediocre lives.

They drift on the wind and waves of life without a clearly defined purpose and a firm commitment to a cause. They let fear, doubt, and worry dictate their choices rather than faith and courage.

According to research, bystanders go through these cognitive and behavioral processes:
  1. Notice that something is going on
  2. Interpret the situation as being an emergency
  3. Degree of responsibility felt
  4. Determine the form of assistance
  5. Implement the action choice
These five processes provide the steps for overcoming the bystander effect in our own lives:
  1. Notice: Take stock of your life. Where are you currently? Where do you want to be? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What is your purpose? Write down your answers.
  2. Interpret: Be honest with yourself. Are you living up to your full potential? How big is the gap between your current performance and what you know you’re capable of?
  3. Take Responsibility: Don’t blame your parents, your circumstances, your lack of talent, your lack of connections. No justification or rationalization. You were brought to your current state by your own choices. Period.
  4. Determine Your Action Plan: What are you trying to make happen? How will you measure success?
  5. Implement: Just do it. Make it happen. Start that business. Write that book. Take that dream vacation. Hike to the top of that mountain. Cut up that credit card. Stop wishing and DO IT.
Kitty Genovese was murdered while bystanders watched. Likewise, human potential is snuffed out while people conform to culture and passively watch their lives pass by.

Just because everyone around you is living a scripted life doesn’t mean it’s okay for you. Break the mold. Stand out from the crowd. Be the change.

Would you rather be studied by social psychologists for your conformity, or by descendants for your greatness?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You are the people you associate with

Originally posted by Life Founder and Author Claude Hamilton.

God bless, Scott Johnson

Think about the top five people you’re spending time with. Are they successful? Committed to a cause? Do they toughen up when they need to? If this sounds like the people you’ve surrounded yourself with, chances are good that you’re going to be pretty successful yourself.

On the other hand, if those five people aren’t working towards anything, quit when the going gets tough, and have poor lifestyle habits, you probably do the same things.

My mother smoked for 42 years. Eventually, she got to the point where she needed a machine to help her breathe at night. When she reached that point, she decided it was time to quit. But amazingly, some of her friends weren’t supportive. They would offer her cigarettes and try to convince her to start smoking again. Thankfully, she resisted, but those friends were no help at all.

Fortunately, we get to choose the people we spend time with. For example, in the early days, when I was still building my business, one of the men I was working with called me up and asked if we could talk. We met in person, and he told me that he wanted to take a break from the business. As I questioned him, I realized that this “break” was actually a subtle way of quitting. So I responded with, “Ah, man, we were doing so well. I was really relating to you, we were getting along really well, and I was enjoying my time with you. We were kickin’ butt. We were on a path to really growing our business, and I thought you’d become a leader in our company. And now you want to quit. It’s really sad.”

Harsh, right? Well, I was probably a little harder on him than I should have been, but it was really important to me to make sure I was surrounded by successful, likeminded people. After all, one of the pillars of my system is knowing that there’s only one way to turn a loser into a winner. It has nothing to do with giving them money and opportunity. It’s all about changing the way they think.

That was a tough conversation, but there was an important principle I needed to pass on. If you spend time with people who are willing to give up when they get tired, or when things get tough, their attitude will influence you. Having courage means loving yourself enough to say, “I will not let my goals be hindered by people who aren’t willing to work to achieve theirs.”

It’s possible that my former associate did have a good reason for taking a break–maybe he wanted to play baseball to strengthen his relationship with his son. If so, that’s wonderful. But we need to remember: we can’t achieve our goals if we’re constantly falling back on excuses.

Take a few minutes to think. Are you letting excuses stop you from achieving your goals? If so, it’s time to reconnect with your reason for pursuing that cause in the first place.